Traveling The Wrong Road, Part 1

We’ll call him Paul.  Paul was headed from northern Arizona to Phoenix, which is south.  He called his wife from Flagstaff, a 2-hour, 144 mile drive away.  “See you in a couple of hours,” he said.  He got on the interstate and took full advantage of the western speed limits.  He had a lot on his mind that day – this apparently did not include where he was going. By the time he realized what road he was on, he was almost in...

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This Week (Sept. 8 to 13): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Elder Ray Rengifo – Wolves in Sheep Clothing; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – Silvia Ballesteros; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Chris Buttery + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:45 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris Buttery – The One With the Most Toys

Interactive Sabbath School Class: The pastoral staff is looking for Central members who would like to get involved in the recording of Central Study Hour by asking a question or making a comment related to the lesson. All you have to do is email your question or comment to before 8 p.m. on the Thursday night, along with your name (first and last) and a contact telephone number. If your question/comment is approved (it must be related to that week's lesson) you will be notified by Friday evening and asked to share your thoughts with the class that Sabbath. If you would prefer your question/comment be read for you, please indicate that on your email. We can only accept a certain number of questions/comments per class so please don't be disappointed if you're not contacted right away. Keep trying and we'll get to you eventually. Thank you for your willingness to get involved and we’ll see you early this coming Sabbath!

Invest in Eternity! Beginning this Sabbath (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 Receiving the Word) for all.

Good news; our cameras and studio equipment have arrived and we are one-third of the way toward reaching our goal of $75,000. We still have a way to go, but we are thankful for the dedication and sacrifice made by our members who are making this dream a reality. To financially support this endeavor please use the tithe envelope and record your gift on the line that says “Media Ministry” or click here to give online. Don’t forget to keep our Evangelism budget funded for program production and television broadcast costs as well. Thank you for your continued support!

Visitation Ministry: you can be a part of a vital team to show care for our member families who are experiencing illness or some type of loss. The opportunities are as unique as each individual. Come and find out more about Central’s Visitation Ministry and what we can do to provide care for our congregation on Sabbath, September 13 @ 1:30 PM.  For more information email Pastor Mike and Helen Thompson @

Adventurer Club is now signing up children, ages 4 to 9 (3 ½ with parents), who would like to learn more about Jesus through Bible stories, music, nature, and crafts. Year-round activities include family fun weekend, Christmas caroling, field trips, classes, etc.  Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Sabbath of each month from September through May.  There will be a registration table in the foyer at the end of church each Sabbath until the first class meeting on September 20.  Please contact Amapola Francisco @ (916) 741-2665 or for any questions.

Church Choir: Our new church choir director, Walter Aldrich, is ready to get busy! Weekly Sabbath rehearsals begin September 13 and will go year-round (excluding summers).  For more information please call Walter @ (530) 388-8494 or email

Annual Church Picnic: Plan now to attend Central’s annual picnic on Sunday, September 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Howe Avenue Park. All food and drinks will be provided (vegetarian burgers and hotdogs, including corn, potato salad, and more). Look forward to seeing you there!

Calling all those with writing, photography, proofreading, editing, or publishing experience. We are looking to re-launch The Central Connection and are planning a preliminary meeting on Sabbath, September 27 immediately after church in the Junior Room. If you can make it please bring a sack lunch. If you have any questions about this meeting, please contact Pastor Chris.

Fall Work Bee: Calling all members! Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 28 from 8 AM to 2 PM and plan to come out as we seek to do some tidying up of the church gardens and property. There’s much to do so don’t be shy. Look forward to seeing you there. Lunch will be provided.

Vegetarian Foods @ 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. 


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

News & Announcements

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

Lodi Health announced last week that its Board of Directors has voted unanimously for the health care system to enter into a letter of intent to affiliate with Adventist Health.  "We are excited about partnering with Adventist Health to maintain high quality, community-focused health care," said Steven Crabtree, Lodi Health's Board Chair. "Adventist Health's mission-driven culture and values are very similar to ours and truly resonated with board, physicians and staff members. Adventist Health brings the financial and operational resources that will help ensure a strong local hospital for Lodi into the future."  Click here to read more.

The 2014 Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC) Awards are open for submission in anticipation of this year’s SAC Convention in Jacksonville, Florida.  This year SAC is debuting an electronic submission process, where submissions can be uploaded for the judges consideration. Additionally there is a new category for Student Projects this year, so if you were a student during the 2014 school year, please consider submitting your project. The other categories are: Corporate Communication, News Media, Print, Broadcast, Marketing/Public Relations, and Design. The deadline to submit projects is September 19, 2014.  For more information or to submit a project, click here.

Amazing Facts is looking for volunteers to improve our reach and service to those who need to hear about Jesus. You can make a big difference in several key departments, and some work can even be done from home! If the Lord is calling you, please contact Nikki Smith at (916) 209-7220 or email

Bible Answers Live, a nationally syndicated radio program hosted by Pastor Doug Batchelor, is a great way to have your difficult Bible questions answered, live! Check out KFIA 710 AM at 7:00 PM every Sunday evening.


The Rapture Deception by Steve Wohlberg shatters false myths, breaks the spell of false theories, reveals solid Biblical truth, and will help prepare you for the end of the world! Order your copy today.

Straight Answers to the Gay Question: With genuine love and compassion Victor Adamson reaches out to the gay community and to all affected by the issue of homosexuality. In an effort to show them the blessed hope he found for himself in Jesus Christ, readers will share in his experience of inviting and allowing Jesus to truly be Lord and Master in all dimensions of his life.  Twenty-two years ago the Lord rescued him from homosexuality. Through much prayer, study of God’s Word, and guidance of the Holy Spirit, he was able to find strait answers to all his gay questions and walk away from his old life and into his new life in Christ.  Order your copy today!

Reflection on the Hermeneutics of Women’s Ordination: This insightful article written by Pastor Stephen Bohr helps the reader sort through the confusion on the new approach to Bible study proposed by the NAD Ordination Study Committee. Click here to read the article.

Facts with Hope are evidence-based health messages that may be used in a church bulletin, newsletter, or during the "Health Minute" as part of the church service to motivate people to choose a full abundant life. They are published monthly in our Health Unlimited Newsletter. For more information on Facts with Hope, visit the website ( like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. You can also watch Facts with Hope videos on Youtube (



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