Kept in Check

Some of you may have heard of Steven Slater.  He gained instant notoriety a couple of years ago after he hurled profanity-laced rants at a female passenger via the intercom during his shift as a flight attendant – shocking passengers – then sliding down the plane’s emergency chute yelling, “I’ve had it!”  While some viewed him as unstable (no doubting why), others, strangely, praised him as some type of folk hero.  One Facebook group had about 170,000 members as early as a week after the incident in support of his actions. 

Why the cult-like following of Mr. Slater after his obviously disturbing behavior?  Perhaps many rallied because they sympathize with those “had-it-up-to-here” moments; however I believe that would be half the reason...

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This Week (Oct. 20 to 25): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Pastor Chris Buttery – The Spirit’s Work for the Lost; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – TBD; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Mike Thompson + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris Buttery – “A Matter of Just Desserts”

Art Fair Coming to Central on Sunday, November 2 from 11 AM to 4 PM. Hundreds of landscape, flower, animal, and still life oil paintings of various sizes on canvas, boxes, and baskets; all painted by Dorothy Angell whose paintings can be found at Loma Linda University and on restaurant ceilings in the area. Silent auctions on additional pieces will occur throughout the afternoon. Music and refreshments will be provided. All proceeds will go toward Central's growing media ministry. Tell your family or bring a friend to this delightful event. PS - To see what a special treat you're in for leading up to the event we'll be showcasing several of Dorothy's pieces each Sabbath in the church lobby. For more information please contact Marilee Angell Walker, Dorothy's daughter, at (916) 989-5433.

Central Study Hour on 3ABN! 3ABN will continue airing Central Study Hour on their Proclaim! channel at the following times: Friday evenings @ 8 p.m. (PT) & Sabbath mornings @ 6 a.m. (PT). You can also view the final product of Central Study Hour by going to and clicking on the “CSH” banner on the home page. 

On Sacramento Faith TV: Receiving the Word (Central's worship messages) is being aired on Sac Faith TV (Ch. 14 - AT&T U-Verse; Ch. 19 – Consolidated Communications; Ch. 20 - Comcast) on Sunday morning's @ 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings @ 8:30 p.m. These will also be made available on our own website – Thank you for your continued support of Central's media ministry. Without it we would not be where we are today. 


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

News & Announcements

Women’s Ordination Question Goes to General Conference (GC) Session: Delegates vote after 6 hours of presentations and discussion in a “gracious” atmosphere of punctuated with 17 prayers.  To read the question being asked at the next GC session click here

28 Fundamental Beliefs Get an Update: The Annual Council approved revisions after two days of talks and sent the document to the General Conference session. To read about the changes click here.

Evolution vs. Creation: A seminar on origins with Dr. Sean Pitman will be taking place at Amazing Grace Church, 600 McBean Park Dr. Lincoln, CA.  The seminar schedule is Friday, October 31 @ 6:30 PM – “God, the Creator of the Universe”; Sabbath, November 1 @ 2 PM – “Intelligent Design, Science or Religion”; and @ 3:15 PM – “The Flood; Fossils and Geology”


Secrets Beyond the Grave: Better than candy. Here’s a wonderful way to share the truth.  Today, the confusion surrounding the afterlife is more widespread than ever, causing heartache for millions who have lost loved ones.  This resource has the straightforward answer to life after death.  Order your copies today right here.

Women’s Ordination Symposium: History, Issues, & Implications: The purpose of the symposium sponsored by Secrets Unsealed is to share the biblical foundation for male servant-leadership known as “headship” in the home and the church.  These presentations include the reasons from both the scripture and the spirit of prophecy as to why women should not be ordained to either the gospel ministry or to the office of local church elder.  Get your copies of the symposium today by clicking 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