Life At Its Best

What does life look like at its best?  It would be easy to imagine an imitation “good life”.  Daily inundated with the apparent easy life of the glamorous and the gleeful we could easily think we’ve arrived at happiness when we have a lot of stuff, when we are well known, and when we have the hairstyle, looks, and body of the latest model on the cover of Cosmopolitan or GQ.  Not to burst any bubbles, but - wrong!  Life at its best has nothing to do with stuff but rather the stuff you’re made of.  I encountered the following thoughts while reading an article that I think best describes a life at its best:

“To talk with God before I talk with man.  To do my daily work with sunshine in my face.  To be strong in the presence of temptation; alert in the presence of opportunity; open-eared to the call of conscience for service or sacrifice; open-minded to views which differ from mine.  To make duty a joy, and joy a duty...

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CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (Oct. 20 to 25): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Buddy Harper – The Coming of the Spirit; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – Karen Medeiros; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Chris Buttery + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Mike Thompson

Art Fair Coming to Central on Sunday, November 2 from 11 AM to 4 PM in the Camellia Room. 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. For more information please contact Marilee Angell Walker, Dorothy's daughter, at (916) 989-5433. See you there!

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 regarding our fundraising campaign; we have raised close to $64,000 toward the purchase of our new equipment. Only $11,000 to go.  We are so thankful for the dedication and sacrifice each one of you is making to ensure this dream becomes a reality. To financially support this endeavor please use the tithe envelope and fill in your contribution in the “Media Ministry” line 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!

Central Study Hour: Want to get involved in the recording of the Central Study Hour? All you have to do is email your question or comment to csh@saccentral.org 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 in your email.  Thank you for your willingness to get involved and we’ll see you early this coming Sabbath!

Central Study Hour Continues 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 www.saccentral.org 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 – www.saccentral.org. Thank you for your continued support of Central's media ministry. Without it we would not be where we are today. 

Visit Our Website! Central’s new website has been up and running now for over a month. 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 start receiving The Happenings newsletter; 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 to learn what’s happening at Central!

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 vegetarian “turkey” rolls for the holiday season. 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. 

Next Quilters Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 16.

Submitted by a Central Member:Reverence for the House of God:Ye shall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:30. God is high and holy; and to the humble, believing soul, His house on earth, the place where His people meet for worship, is as the gate of heaven. The song of praise, the words spoken by Christ's ministers, are God's appointed agencies to prepare a people for the church above, for that loftier worship.  

“When the worshipers enter the place of meeting, they should do so with decorum, passing quietly to their seats. . . . Common talking, whispering, and laughing should not be permitted in the house of worship, either before or after the service. Ardent, active piety should characterize the worshipers.  

If some have to wait a few minutes before the meeting begins, let them maintain a true spirit of devotion by silent meditation, keeping the heart uplifted to God in prayer that the service may be of special benefit to their own hearts and lead to the conviction and conversion of other souls. They should remember that heavenly messengers are in the house. We all lose much sweet communion with God by our restlessness, by not encouraging moments of reflection and prayer. . . .  

“Elevate the standard of Christianity in the minds of your children; help them to weave Jesus into their experience; teach them to have the highest reverence for the house of God and to understand that when they enter the Lord's house it should be with hearts that are softened and subdued by such thoughts as these: "God is here; this is His house. I must have pure thoughts and holiest motives. . . . This is the place where God meets with and blesses His people.” . . .  

“Parents should not only teach, but command, their children to enter the sanctuary with sobriety and reverence. Practice reverence until it becomes a part of yourself.” (My Life Today, p. 291)

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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 this Friday, October 31, 2014.  To host an event in your home or for more information, go to www.landmarksofprophecy.com.

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”

NEWSTART Lifestyle Program Lecture Series present Dr. David DeRose MD, MPH, “Evading Ebola” on Monday, November 3 from 6 to 8 PM at Weimar Institute. To register go to https://weimarmedia.wufoo.com/forms/m1odgbi4044egwv/

Hell & Mr. Fudge gets talked about in the New York Times! Mark Oppenheimer, religion and culture editor for the New York Times was interested in conditionalism. He went looking and came across Hell & Mr. Fudge. To read his article click here

Adventist Hospitals in West Africa are in need of funding in order to open after being closed due to the Ebola virus. Cooper Adventist Hospital in Liberia had to be placed under quarantine when two workers became infected. Waterloo Hospital in Sierra Leone had to close when several workers contracted Ebola and three died. 

Hospitals are said to be the most dangerous place you can be right now. That is why it is important to show support to these brave medical professionals that are working to maintain a level of safety and health for the patients they are treating. Some of the greatest needs are gloves, masks and surgical gowns as well as other much-needed equipment to help maintain a level of safety and protection for the physicians and patients. The goal is to raise $250,000. Help by donating and/or raising funds at the Fundly site. To watch video click here.

Highlights from the recent Annual Council:

Suggested revisions to Adventist Church Manual include matters on discipline

Adventist leaders approve new administrative unit in Central America

Oakwood constituents back transfer to NAD

Adventist Church sets vote on women’s ordination for next July

Church leaders urged to hire pastors, not administrators

Annual Council adopts recommended edits to Fundamental Beliefs

Church membership reaches 18.1 million

Wilson says Satan trying to destroy Adventist Church

Ebola deaths include 16 Adventists in West Africa

Day two of Annual Council is preamble to next year’s election, women’s ordination vote

Surfer pastor, clinics, literature outreach are evangelism highlights this year

Annual Council opens with focus on healthful living, appeal for diplomacy

Resources

Ebola: Public Health Physician Explains Why Feds' Lack of Full Disclosure is Feeding Fears

Evading Ebola, a newly released book by David DeRose, MD,MPH, is already providing new hope in the face of rampant Ebola fears.  DeRose shares encouraging research that has heretofore been absent from our national dialogue; namely, the good news about “inapparent infections.”  In short, DeRose provides evidence that thousands of West Africans have been infected with the Ebola virus—but never became ill.  This all points to some very good news:  It is likely we too can be exposed to Ebola and remain symptom free. To order your copy click here.

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.

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ABOUT CENTRAL HAPPENINGS

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