Traveling The Wrong Road, Part 2

How does a person know which is the right road to travel?  Is it he narrow way that leads to life that Jesus talked about in Matthew 7:14?  Actually one of Jesus’ early disciples, Thomas, asked Jesus that very question.  Although he asked it a little differently, it is essentially the same question we’re concerned with here today: 

“Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you’re going, and how can we know the way?’  Jesus said to him, ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man comes to the Father but by Me.’” (John 14:6) In other words Thomas was asking, “Which road do I travel?  How do I know I’m going the right way?  How does one reach the best and right destination?”  And Jesus kindly responded by stating a powerful, yet controversial truth – “I Am the Way.”

How does Jesus get away with edging out all other competitors for worship by stating He is the only way?...

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This Week (Sept. 15 to 20): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Pastor Chris Buttery – Building on the Rock; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – tbd; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Chris Buttery + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris Buttery – Noun or Verb Christian?

New Website Launched!  We’re happy to announce that Central’s new website is now up and running. The address hasn’t changed (it’s still but the look and some of the features have. Aside from being able to review the online bulletin or listen to archived MP3 sermons, our new site offers the following:

• Calendar of Events – a bird’s eye view of what’s happening at Central

• Our History – a brief look at our fascinating past

• Campus – a map and guide of the church

• Ministries – new and updated

• The Central Happenings  - sign up and follow

• Free Online Bible School  - opportunity to make forever friends

• Central Study Hour - fully edited programs ready to view in time for the weekly lesson

• Receiving the Word ­ - fully edited programs posted to our YouTube channel ( that can be viewed

Tell everyone where they can go to stay connected to what’s happening at Central!

Central Study Hour: The pastoral staff is looking for Central members who would like to get involved in the recording of the 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 before, along with your name (first and last) and a contact telephone number. If your question/comment is approved (it must be related 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 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! We have launched 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 are now set up and we have raised over $30,000 of our $75,000 goal. 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.

Portuguese Sabbath School Class begins Sabbath, September 20 @ 9:30 a.m. with Pastor Renne Teixeira dos Reis, retired pastor of the Central Brazil Union Conference. The class will be held on campus in the pastor's study right next to the church library. For more information contact Pastor Renne

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 3 rd 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.

Reading Ministry meets each Sabbath in the Primary room @ 1:30 PM. If you enjoy reading and have reading challenges this the place to “hear” the Scriptures and other spirit-filled books being read.

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, Sept. 27 right 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.

Visit 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

The following is the closing address speech that Adventist Church President Ted N.C. Wilson gave on August 24, 2014, at a 10-day International Conference on the Bible and Science in St. George, Utah. Read his speech here. 

Ejler Jensen, Adventist Pioneer on Okinawa, Dead at 102. In addition to his stories of God’s grace, Jensen was known for serving others as a pastor and hospital administrator in Japan and Malaysia.  Read his tribute 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


A Call for Reformation: Why does the Seventh-day Adventist Church need a reformation? The articles in this issue of Adventist Affirm seek to find clear and succinct Biblical answers to this question. To read or to order your copy go to

American Christian Ministries (ACM) is an international revival ministry with a branch office in South Africa. The ACM archive, dating back to 1975, is now known as a primary source of authorized CDs, MP3s, books, and DVDs by many well-known speakers who have granted permission for the reproduction and promotion of their materials. Go to their new website at

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!



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.

Central's Pastoral Staff