Giving Paralysis

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet made headlines when they asked billionaires to give away half of their wealth.  Even more stunning was that many of the 1,000 responded.  Forbes magazine estimated that charities would receive $150 billion as a result, however their example is by no means new.  In fact, they are simply taking up a long-held belief that giving is central to receiving more.  Notice what the Bible says:

“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and the first-fruits of your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9, 10)...

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This Week (November 10 to 15): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Pastor Mike Thompson – Transformed Preachers of Christ; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – Aaron Earnest; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Mike Thompson + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris Buttery – Preparing the Way of the Lord

Good News! Because of your commitment and sacrifice to keep Central’s important Bible-centered programming on the airwaves, we have reached our fundraising goal of $75,000 toward the purchase of our existing media equipment. Praise the Lord!  Right now the total raised stands at $75,125.  Great job everyone!  Be prepared for a mini celebration at church on Sabbath!

While we’ve reached our goal, your gifts toward our media ministry are still appreciated.  We have new sanctuary lights that still need to go up, along with the need to keep our equipment well maintained.  Again, thank you!

Discipleship University (DU): With five Sabbaths in November we are planning to conduct a DU not only on the third Sabbath as well as the fifth.  Our presenter for the third Sabbath will be Adventist psychologist Daniel Binus who will be sharing the benefits of good mental health from a biblical perspective. On the fifth Sabbath Pastor Romain, an internationally recognized expert in the dialogue between Christianity and Islam,will be presenting valuable information on Islam and a comparitive study on the gospel to help us in our intereaction with those of the Muslim faith.  

Food Pantry Need: Our food pantry is in need of food donations (or monetary donations) so they can continue to feed the families who visit each month.  All food contributions can be placed in the bin behind the chapel. Thank you!

“Turkey” Rolls at YNTS: Your Neighbor Thrift Store (YNTS) 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.  Pick up your food items today.

Watch Central Study Hour on 3ABN Proclaim! 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 mornings @ 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. 

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 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 to go to learn about what’s happening at Central!


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

News & Announcements

Job Opportunity.  Sacramento Adventist Academy is currently looking for a part-time preschool teacher.  To apply call the school at (916) 481-2300.

Landmarks of Prophecy: This new epic Bible study adventure from Amazing Facts, hosted by Pastor Doug Batchelor, is being broadcast live from Albuquerque, New Mexico Go to or to view each program.

North American Division (NAD) Takes First Steps to Relocating Headquarters.  During the NAD year-end meetings, an action was taken to relocate the offices from Silver Spring, MD to another site in the metropolitan Washington area.  To read more click here.

Civil Discourse.  Delegates to the NAD year-end meetings voted on a statement for civil discourse over the women’s ordination issue.  To read the statement click here.


Strange Fire: Understanding the Hot Topic of Women’s Ordination.  This book, written by Pastor Doug Batchelor and Dwight Hall, is designed to help the reader navigate their way through this issue that is threatening to divide our beloved church.   Get you copy by going here.

Three Days Before The Sun: Attorney, Warren Johns undercuts popular theories of evolution with common sense and penetrating logic.  He indicts Darwinism as a fairytale for grownups and backs up his judgment with well-crafter arguments based on real science. His book is a timely contribution to the Creation conversation within our church and beyond. Click here to learn more. 



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