Words of Life

English can be a very difficult language to master.  Even when it’s the only language you know it can still be pretty tricky.  Consider that there is no egg in eggplant or ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.  English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France.  Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet or bread, are meat.  Quicksand works slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.  You have to marvel at the English language!  But there is more to marvel at; the words of Jesus...

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This Week (Sept. 22 to 27): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Buddy Harper – NEW SERIES! The Coming of the Comforter; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – Richard Anger; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Chris Buttery + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Michael Butler.

We Are Live! We are excited to let you know that Central’s very own TV program, Receiving the Word, was aired on Sacramento Faith TV this past Sunday.  If you missed it, don’t worry.  Receiving the Word will be aired every Sunday @ 11AM and Wednesday @ 8:30PM on Consolidated Communications (formerly Surewest) ch. 19, Comcast ch. 20, or AT&T U-Verse ch. 14.  

If you don’t have cable Receiving the Word can be viewed by going to www.SacramentoFaithTV.org and click on the “Watch Online tab.  You can also go to our website (www.saccentral.org) or www.youtube.com/thecentralconnection to view archived programs.  Tell everyone you know where they can go to learn more about God’s holy word, the Bible!

New Website: We’re happy to announce that Central’s new website is now up and running. The address hasn’t changed (it’s still www.saccentral.org) 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:

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

2. Our History – a brief look at our fascinating past

3. Campus – a map and guide of the church 

4. Ministries – new and updated

5. The Central Happenings  - sign up and follow

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

7. Receiving the Word  - fully edited programs posted to our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/thecentralconnection) that can be viewed

Tell everyone how they can stay connected and find out 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 during the class. All you have to do is email your question or comment to csh@saccentral.org 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!

Temperature is Rising: On September 13 we launched our very own media ministry that will continue to develop high-quality, Christ-centered programming like Central Study Hour and Receiving the Word.  There is terrific news; we are just about two-thirds of the way toward reaching our goal of $75,000. We are so thankful for the dedication and sacrifice you are making to ensure this dream becomes a reality. To financially support this endeavor please use the tithe envelope and mark “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!

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.

Emerging Church Symposium: As you know, the Emerging Church movement has been prominent in Evangelical circles for quite some time.  Is it possible that it has made inroads into the Seventh-day Adventist Church?  Our movement survived the alpha of apostasy during the Kellogg years, yet we were told the omega would be much worse.  Could this be the omega of apostasy?  “Operation Iceberg" was formed to educate our people on the dangers of emergent theology.

On October 17th and 18th, we will host a symposium of speakers, who are dedicated to sharing the truth about this subject.  Please join us for the following messages:

Friday, October 17th: 6:30pm: Steve Wohlberg - "The Emerging Church Controversy within Adventism”; 7:30pm: Janet Neumann - “A Church in Change?”

Sabbath, October 18th: 11:00am: Allen Davis - “The Power of the Everlasting Gospel”; 1:30pm: Alexa Hernandez - “Adventism’s Emergence"; 2:30pm: David Fielder - “When All Else Fails”; 3:30pm: Gerry Wagoner - “The New Evangelism”

In addition to the speakers above, Stephen Bohr and Dustin Butler will join the group for a town hall panel beginning at 4:30pm. This will be an opportunity to gain deeper insight into the issues as the speakers discuss more specific concerns and also field questions from the audience.  The program will be live streamed. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

Breath of Life Ministries celebrates 40 years of television ministry. This year is a special one for the Breath of Life (BOL) Television Ministries, launched by Elder Walter Arties in 1974.  After 40 years of public evangelistic campaigns and weekly television broadcasts, Breath of Life has birthed 13 churches and baptized over 20,000 individuals!
To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of BOL, former Speaker/Directors Elders Walter Arties, C. D. Brooks and Walter L. Pearson will all be present in Huntsville, Ala., along with current Speaker/Director Dr. Carlton P. Byrd, at the Oakwood University Church the weekend of November 7-8, to celebrate God’s blessings on this ministry. 

ADRA will assist 5,000 people affected by deadly floods in Nepal.  To read more click here.

Spain: Adventist’s Receive First Radio License.  The Seventh-day Adventist Church becomes the first non-Catholic organization to obtain a license for a radio station in Spain. To learn more go 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.


Maranatha Mission Stories: Produced by Maranatha Volunteers International, based in Sacramento, California, this weekly 30-minute telecast features stories from around the world. Host Dick Duerksen introduces viewers to communities that have been changed, and personal testimonies from volunteers who have been touched by Maranatha. To view recent programs go here.

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 http://www.adventistsaffirm.org/

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 http://americanchristianministries.org/



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