Look to Me!

God offers this life-saving advice: “Look to Me and be saved.” (Isaiah 45:22)  The antithesis to this wisdom is to look to yourself and be lost: however don’t discount looking at others and comparing your life with theirs as a way of spiraling downward either.  Many do and their lives are miserable. 

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CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (August 18 to 23): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with JeAnn Davis – Persevering Prayer; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – TBD; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Doug Batchelor + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:45 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Mike Thompson

Introducing Central’s New Media Director: We are happy to announce that Dale Kasperson will be our new director for Central’s worship hour beginning this Sabbath, and Central Study hour on September 13.  Dale comes to us highly recommended by Doug Hill, along with years of experience in media production. Dale is husband and father, and is the media director at Trinity Life Center here in Sacramento. We welcome Dale to our media team!

Take Action Now! Central has now officially entered its “Media Ministry” campaign. Beginning September 13 we will be launching our very own media ministry that will continue to develop high-quality, Christ-centered programming (including Central Study Hour and the worship service). We ask for your continued support in helping us develop a robust media crew and fund the new equipment. The goal is for our membership to raise $75,000, which will be matched by existing Central funds. To financially support this endeavor please mark your tithe envelope “Media Ministry” or click here to give online. Thank you for your continued support!

Vegetarian Foods Have Arrived at Your Neighbor Thrift Store (YNTS): Your Neighbor Thrift Store has partnered with the local Adventist Book Center to provide various vegetarian food options for the masses.  The food is there and available now. YNTS is open Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 7 PM, Friday 10 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM. You’ll be impressed with the selection.

Also, the thrift store is looking for dedicated helpers to assist them on a regular basis.  If you have a good work ethic, can volunteer consistently, enjoy people, and want to share the love of Jesus, please contact Central church office or Buddy Harper directly @ (916) 676-6632. If you can’t donate your time you are welcome to donate your resources. Please mark your tithe envelope accordingly.

Annual Women’s Ministry Supper: All ladies, plan to attend Central’s annual women’s ministry supper that will be held in the Camellia Room on August 24 @ 4 PM. Bring your favorite salad in your favorite bowl enough to serve eight and bring a friend.  Bread, drink, and dessert will be provided.  RSVP by August 20 to (916) 729-4322

Central’s Food Closet: Over the past couple of months our Food Closet Ministry has been re-tooling for a re-launch early September (new date).  This is a vital ministry to our community and we need your donations and qualified individuals to assist Buddy Harper and Andre Hope to both physically and spiritually feed those in need.  To apply to join this ministry please contact Buddy @ (916) 676-6632 or Andre @ (719) 580-2206 ASAP.

New Elders Appointed: We would like to welcome David Garcia, Seymour Morgan, and George Luh to the team of Central elders.  We’ll be praying for these men as they move into their new responsibilities.

Family Life Event: Coming to Central on August 30 from 2 PM, Tools For Successful Christian Living. Choose from 4 seminars/2 sessions.  Seminars include: Christian Principles For Financial Planning & Stewardship; Safeguarding Your Family From Internet Dangers; Strengthening The Family Through Effective Communication & Positive Forms Of Discipline; and What It Really Means To Unequally Yoked. Contact the church office @ (916) 457-6511 for more information.

Sacred Concert: Laura Williams, singer and recording artist from Washington, will be conducting an inspirational concert for Central members, friends, and the community on August 30 @ 5 PM (new time) in the sanctuary. Everyone is welcome. Don’t forget to tell a friend.

Church Choir: Our new church choir director, Walter Aldrich, is ready to get busy! Weekly Sabbath rehearsals begin shortly and will go year-round (excluding summers). Auditions (low-key) to join the choir begin Sabbath, September 6 @ 2 PM in the sanctuary.  For more information please call Walter @ (530) 388-8494 or email music@saccentral.org.

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BULLETIN BOARD - An assortment of happenings, announcements, and resources from around the Seventh-day Adventist Church

News & Announcements

The White Estate is scheduled for an eight-month remodeling project that will offer an enhanced visitor center. Starting August 15, the Ellen G. White Estate will be unavailable for tours and research at its location on the lower level at the Adventist Church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. The area is scheduled to reopen in mid-April 2015. Click here to read more.

Adventist Review editor Bill Knott recently sat down with Shawn and Jean Boonstra, the husband-and-wife team now leading the Voice of Prophecy, to talk about the how Adventism’s oldest media ministry is winning new audiences. Read the interview here.

Resources

Media on the Brain: Given the connection to the world through media devices, what does the latest science say about the mind-altering effects of 21st century media? And what is the spiritual agenda in the entertainment and advertising industries? Learn more about this by getting the 7-part DVD series by Belt of Truth Ministries. Go here to learn more.

The 2014 Annual Statistical Report, which is the 150th Report of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists® for 2012 and 2013, is now available. You can get the latest church stats on membership, tithes and offerings, schools, churches, pastors, missionaries, hospitals, literature evangelists, and much more right here.

Mission 360: Go to http://www.adventistmission.org/dvd to watch inspirational stories about what God is doing in different parts of the world church. This quarters’ focus has been on the Euro-Asia Division.

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ABOUT CENTRAL HAPPENINGS

Dear friend,

We would like to warmly welcome you to Central Happenings – a weekly e-newsletter from your pastoral staff to inform, update, and keep in touch.

It was George Bernard Shaw who once quipped, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”  Ask anyone and they will tell you how true this is.  Healthy communication is a prerequisite to healthy relationships, and no less for the church family.

We plan to make Central Happenings a pithy and relevant read with the obvious goal to simply communicate.  You can expect each edition to contain:

Pastor’s Blog - a refreshing Biblical insight from your pastors.

Central News & Happenings – important info on news and events taking place at Central.

Bulletin Board – includes various news, resources, programs, and/or initiatives taking place in the Seventh-day Adventist Church locally and around the world that may impact you.

We trust you’ll find Central Happenings (not to be confused with The Central Connection) another great resource that will allow you to stay in touch with your church family.  As your pastoral staff we look forward to continuing to reach out to you as we seek to press together for the work at hand and in preparation for the soon return of Jesus.

Your Pastoral Staff