Less Is More

Summer camps usually offer a safe, fun-filled experience for children.  This was true for 14-year-old Nick Springer in the summer of 1999, at a camp in western Massachusetts, until the night of August 6 when he contracted meningococcal meningitis.  The infection in his bloodstream cut off the vital circulation of blood, beginning with his hands and feet.  When his kidneys shut down, Nick was placed on dialysis.  With only a 10 percent chance of survival, Nick’s parents were preparing to say goodbye to their son...

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This Week (Sept. 29 to Oct. 4): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Pastor Mike Thompson – The Promise of the Spirit; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – Eileen Eisenbiesz; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Chris Buttery + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris Buttery – When Jesus Finds No Fruit.

Last Day Sale: Your Neighbor Thrift Store is having a store-wide clearance sale that extends to Tuesday, Sept. 30.  30-75% on selected items. Up to 50% off on furniture. Tell everyone you know, and come out to support your thrift store!

We Are Live! We are excited to let you know that Central’s very own TV program, Receiving the Word, is being aired on Sacramento Faith TV 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 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!

Central Study Hour: Want 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 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 in your email.  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!

Women’s Ministry Luncheon is the second Sabbath of every month.  For October, the potluck menu is set!  They will be having a potato bar. The potatoes will be provided, but everyone needs to provide all the toppings!  If you plan to come to the Women’s Ministry luncheon on October 11, call Jan Nichols to find out what toppings you can provide!

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 17 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!

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. Our new site offers a calendar of events; a sign-up to The Happenings; a link to Pastor Chris' blog postings; a new and updated ministries page; archived Central Study Hour and worship programs, and more! Tell everyone where they can go if they want to know what’s happening at Central! 


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

News & Announcements

College Student Job: Where? Adventist Health Compliance Department at 2100 Douglas Blvd. Roseville, CA 95661.  Hours?  10 to 20 hrs/week.  Position?  Accounting, Business, or Law Majors preferred Contact Aubree at aubree.cook@ah.org for instructions to apply online. 

Adventist Urged to Study Women’s Ordination Themselves: Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, appealed to church members worldwide to earnestly read what the Bible says about women’s ordination and to pray that he and other church leaders humbly follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance on the matter. To view the entire article click here.

Calling All Cyclists! A 2015 Tour de Youth Cycling Event to the General Conference Session will be hosted by the Southwest Region Conference (SWC).  The ride will journey 325 miles from Dallas to San Antonio, Texas through the beautiful towns, hills, and back roads of central Texas, beginning Sunday, June 28, arriving on Thursday, July 2. 

This four-day cycling adventure will bring awareness to Texas and the U.S. about the growing problem of youth and adult obesity.  Ten out of the 11 states that have increased rates of obesity are located in the South, and children between the ages of 2‐19 are recording dangerous levels of obesity and unhealthy lifestyles choices.  The SWC wants to encourage young people and adults to “get moving” and live better for the future.  Register to join them or sponsor someone on June 28, 2015 at the SWC headquarters in Dallas. http://mysouthwestregion.org/tourdeyouth2015


The End of the World: Fact Versus Fiction by Steve Wohlberg.  Discover BIG things in this little pocket book.  Nothing imaginable is bigger than the end of the world and Christ’s second coming. While we do not know the precise moment, we can know the signs of His coming. Click here to order yours today.

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.



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