Drifting

Everyone knows that when swimming out in the ocean you need to occasionally check your location by looking back toward the beach where you’ve left your belongings.  Why?  Because if you don’t underwater currents will gradually move you to where you don’t want to be.  I remember as a young boy sometimes scanning the beach frantically trying to spot my parents.  They hadn’t moved, but I had drifted: all because I had taken my eyes off the point of reference.  Although they had said it would happen it seemed unlikely to me.  How right they were.

I explained this phenomenon to my children the other day when they asked how the wisest man who ever lived who started out so well and had such a close connection with God, ended up making some pretty dumb choices that led to the demise of his and God’s people...

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CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (August 25 to 30): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Buddy Harper – The Golden Rule; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – Silvia Ballesteros; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Doug Batchelor + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:45 AM - Worship Service with Dr. David DeRose

Youth-Young Adult Pastor: We want to welcome Michael Butler to our team of pastors here at Central.  A recent graduate from Southern Adventist University, Michael will start September 1.  He is originally from the state of Washington and is engaged to Kristine Gemora; daughter of Pastor Willie and Betsy Gemora of the All Nations Seventh-day Adventist Church in Elk Grove, CA.  Michael is a graduate from AFCOE, an artist, and has experience working with young people. Michael’s primary pastoral attention will be given to our youth and young adults.

Clarification: Last week we introduced you to our new media program director, Dale Kasperson, who comes to us with years of experience. We are thankful to God for leading us to Dale to fulfill a very important function for Central’s media ministry. Some of you may be wondering what he will actually be doing and how large a role he will undertake.  We wanted to provide some answers to that here: 

Dale’s role will involve directing and editing both Central Study Hour and our worship service.  As director, each Sabbath he will work with Central’s growing team of volunteers to produce high-quality, Christ-centered programming under the supervision of the pastoral staff.  While Dale’s work is important, he will not be providing any spiritual leadership.  This will be the direct responsibility of the senior pastor who will give direct oversight to Central’s media ministry until we can find an on-campus leader to take the helm.  Once a month Dale will also provide on-site training for our volunteers to improve their skills and enhance their ministry experience. 

Take Action Now! We are now into our “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) for the masses. 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 date we have raised $21,000.  To financially support this endeavor please mark your tithe envelope “Media Ministry” or click here to give online. Thank you for your continued support!

Your Neighbor Thrift Store (YNTS): Your Neighbor Thrift Store has partnered with the local Adventist Book Center to provide various vegetarian food options for everyone, including frozen items.  The food is 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 their selections.

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.

A special thank you to all those who came out to the YNTS work bee.  Over a quarter of the boxed up clothes were sorted, a number of furniture items were assembled or readied for refinishing, and the warehouse was tidied and cleaned to provide a more workable environment for our skilled handymen who work there several days a week.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Loella Kennedy who recently experienced the loss of Loe, as she was affectionately called, just over a week ago.  The family requests, that in lieu of flowers a suggested memorial to either Adventist Frontier Missions for the Bower Family reaching the Turkish people (POB 286, Berrien Springs, MI 49103), or to the Sacramento Central Church Food Closet. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 19 at 1:30 PM in the Sanctuary with a light reception following in the Family Life Room. Please keep this precious family in your prayers. 

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 Ii Really Means to be 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.

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.

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

News & Announcements

Our Northern California Conference schools are starting the 2014-2015 school year.  There’s a lot of excitement in the air as one would expect at this time of the year.  Let’s continue to pray for our teachers, administrators, staff, and students that God would richly bless this year with His presence and power.

NCC Tithe Report: Our conference president informs us that the figures are in for July and the NCC is experiencing a 2.57% gain, year–to-date, compared to this time last year.  Thank the Lord for His goodness to us!

No Room for Evolutionists in Adventist Schools: Elder Ted Wilson, president of the world Seventh-day Adventist Church recently attended an educators conference in Utah and in the opening address strongly asserted that the earth is relatively young and called all attendees to reject general evolutionary teachings. To read more, click here.

Landmarks of Prophecy: This new epic Bible study adventure from Amazing Facts, hosted by Pastor Doug Batchelor, will be broadcast live from Albuquerque, New Mexico beginning October 31, 2014.  For more information go to www.landmarksofprophecy.com.

Resources

There’s a new Spirit of Prophecy resource available – Ellen G. White Letters & Manuscripts with Annotations, Vol. 1 – published by Review & Herald.  This volume covers every known page of Ellen White’s writing for a 15-year period and puts them in chronological order along with helps to understand who she was writing to and the reasons. You will want to check it out at www.adventistbookcenter.com.

My Bible Friends has long been a hit with parents and preschoolers.  Recently, a well-known story from that set of books, Noah and the flood, made the leap into an interactive app.  There’s pictures, a read aloud option, and more.  It’s just $1.99 at the app store.

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.

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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