Central Happenings

A weekly e-newsletter from your pastoral staff to inform, update, and keep in touch.

PASTOR'S BLOG

After forty years of wilderness wanderings, Israel had finally crossed the Jordan River.  At the command of God and under brilliant leadership, Joshua uprooted and displaced the strongholds of the wicked Canaanites whose “cup of iniquity” had become full.  It was now time for the twelve tribes to receive their long-awaited inheritance - the promise given to Abraham about four hundred years earlier. 

As the parcels of land are being divvied between the tribes, an ancient figure emerges from the background and asks for his family’s portion - the section promised to him forty-five years earlier – Hebron.  It is known as the seat of the dreaded Anakim whose formidable appearance had terrified the spies, and through them destroyed the courage of all Israel.  Because of their lack of faith in God’s promise to deliver, Israel was not permitted to go into the Promised Land. 

Now it’s forty-five years later and this aged man comes into view.  His determination and courage is still unwavering.  His strength and vigor as present now as it was before.  He could have easily retired or requested an easier assignment, but he chose the most difficult territory in the region so his family could finally settle down. 

His pitch to Joshua was stirring, “And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.

Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.” (Joshua 14:10-12)

After all these years Caleb is still focused, brave, full of faith in His God, and wholly following the Lord.  And the Bible records that he, “drove thence the three sons of Anak.” (Ibid. 15:14)  Nothing can stand before courage and faith in God’s promises.

Here we have two different responses to difficulty that brought two different outcomes.  The faithless among God’s people perished in the wilderness, but the faithful ate the grapes of Canaan!  Each was given according to his faith.  The unbelieving had seen their fears fulfilled.  Irrespective of God’s promises they were determined that it was impossible to inherit Canaan, and so they didn’t possess it.  Those who trusted God’s promises entered the pleasant land. 

It was through faith that they “subdued kingdoms…escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” (Hebrews 11:33-34)  Faith makes all the difference between victory and defeat; eternal life and eternal death; heaven and hell. 

When faith departs, fear fills the vacuum, zeal disappears, and inaction and indifference unfortunately follow.  But when faith in God’s promises is present fear flees, enthusiasm is rekindled, and decision and action are reborn.  How has your faith been recently?

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CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (2/23-29):

Tuesday @ 7:00PM  Revelation with Pastor Chris, Pastor Mike, & JeAnn Davis Righteousness By Faith – Final Presentation!                 

Sabbath @ 9:00AM  Morning Manna TBA                 

Sabbath @ 9:30AM  Central Study Hour with Pastor Mike / Other Adult & Children’s SS Classes                                                                                            

Sabbath @ 10:50AM  Worship Service with Dr. David DeRose                                         Revelation Seminar Graduation

Pastoral Search Update: Last week the Pastoral Search Committee met with the church board to review their list of five names to be considered for the senior pastor position.  Toward the conclusion of the meeting the board took a secret ballot and recommended the name receiving the highest vote to the attending Northern California Conference (NCC) representative to be invited in for a formal interview with the church at large.  We are presently awaiting confirmation from the Conference and will notify the church when the interview will take place.  Let’s continue to keep this very important matter in prayer.

With Us Another Quarter: At the church business meeting at the beginning of the year it was decided that the church board should handle any future requests from Amazing Facts to continue recording Central Study Hour (CSH).  With this in mind, the church board voted unanimously to keep the ongoing partnership it has enjoyed with Amazing Facts for one more quarter.  Pastor Doug will continue teaching CSH into the second quarter Sabbath School lesson.  We will keep you posted as to whether or not this will extend into another quarter.

Winter Sanctuary Help: Looking for a worthy cause to donate your time and resources too?  Central’s homeless ministry is looking for assistance on March 2 to 16 & 16 to 20.  Call Buddy Harper if you can help (916) 676-6632.

Prayer Meeting Resumes! While we’ve had a terrific time conducting the Revelation Seminar and are sad that is coming to a close, we are happy to announce that prayer meeting is resuming Tuesday, March 4 @ 7:00 p.m. in the chapel.  The theme/topics will be posted in this week’s bulletin.

Covered & Kept Ministries: Join author and speaker Karen Johnson, whose story of a life-shattering tragedy that God turned into a triumph has helped thousands, as she presents The Gift: The Restarting Of A Life on Sunday, March 30 @ 2:00 p.m. right here at Central Church.  For more information visit www.CoveredandKept.com

Central Food Closet: The Nominating Committee is currently looking for an individual or a married couple that would be interested in spearheading this very vital ministry to the less fortunate.  Please contact Buddy Harper, Central’s Community Service leader or Helen Thompson, Nominating Committee Chairperson, for more information or to indicate your interest.

Welcome! We are excited to present Ed Grant as Central’s new Personal Ministries leader and David and Leticia Karn as Central’s new Youth Ministries leaders.  They were recently voted in by the church-at-large to fill these much needed positions.  Please lift them up in prayer as they adjust to their new roles.  To learn more about these positions, and to download your very own copy of the Church Manual, please click here.

Israel In Prophecy: Recently Central’s board approved the request to invite Steve Wohlberg of White Horse Media to hold a four-part series on Israel in Bible prophecy.  The scheduled dates are set for May 8 to 10.  More exciting information soon to follow!

New happenings will be featured each week.

BULLETIN BOARD - An assortment of happenings, announcements, and resources from around the Conference, the NAD, and the World Church

News & Announcements

Amazing Facts is excited to share with you an exciting evangelism-training program coming to Rocklin!  Amazing Facts will host an AFCO-To Go session with a schedule especially designed for individuals who are unable to take time off work!  The cost for registration, course syllabus, outreach materials, and the Empowered Church training manual is $125; however, if you call the registrar and tell her what church you attend you will receive a $25 discount!  Call (916) 434-3880 to register today!

Visitation Day at Orangevale Seventh-day Adventist School is Wednesday, February 26 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Students who will be in grades Kindergarten through 8th and their parents are invited to check out the school. Please RSVP to (916) 988-4310.

The Summit on Abuse, May 1 to 4 in Silver Spring, Md., is a co-sponsored training event by the NAD and GC Women’s Ministries. The emphasis of the summit is training members and leaders how to respond to abuse victims in our churches and in the community. Church and school administrators, pastors, teachers, and laypersons are invited to attend. Register here by February 27 for the lowest rate. 

Children's Leadership Conference will be held March 28 to 30 on the campus of Andrews University. Register before February 28 for the best rate. Full Adventurer Basic Staff Training and Hispanic Workshop Tracks (Basic and Advanced) will be available. Other workshops include Kids' Health Expo, Creative Prayer Ministry, Children's Ministries basics, and much more. Several of the workshops will be great for kids who would like to learn more about ministry. If you or someone you know loves teaching kids about Jesus and needs ideas, inspiration, or encouragement this event is for you! To register click here

It Is Written Courage Tour: This is something that is worth checking out. Visit www.itiswritten.com/courage-tour to learn more. 

More and new programs will be featured each week.

Resources

Revived By His Word: Is a journey-through-the-Bible resource designed to get God’s people back into the Word and reading it together.  Go to the provided link to discover more. www.revivedbyhisword.org/

Witness The Panorama Of History: www.biblehistory.com gives you a concise history from creation to our day and beyond. If you haven’t seen this resource before it is time you checked it out.

Every Word: A new one-minute daily devotional presented by director/speaker, John Bradshaw, from It Is Written.  It can be accessed at www.itiswritten.com or “Like” It Is Written’s Facebook page to receive automatic updates.

More and new programs will be featured each week.

ABOUT CENTRAL HAPPENINGS

Dear Reader,

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 put together by Central’s Communication Department) 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, including through this new way, as we seek to press together for the work at hand and in preparation for the soon return of Jesus.