The Smile Of God

Dr. Bernard Rimland, the previous director of the Institute for Autism Research Center, conducted a fascinating study some years ago.  Each person involved in the study was asked to list ten people he knew best and to label them as happy or not happy.  Then they were to go through the list again and label each one as selfish or unselfish, using the following definition of selfishness: “a stable tendency to devote one's time and resources to one's own interests and welfare - an unwillingness to inconvenience one's self for others."  In categorizing the results, guess what Dr. Rimland found?...

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This Week (February 9 to 14): 

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with JeAnn Davis – “Enamored With Jesus”

Wednesday @ 7:00 PM – Spanish Group Prayer Meeting

Various L.I.F.E. groups (in-home small group Bible studies) take place across Sacramento. To locate one near you contact our small groups coordinator Richard Anger @ (916) 681-3990

Sabbath @ 9:00 AMMorning Manna – JeAnn Davis 

Sabbath @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Chris Buttery + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School

Sabbath @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Mike Thompson

Sabbath @ 12:30 PM – Men’s & Women’s Ministry Luncheon 

Sabbath @ 2:00 PM – Discipleship University.


General Media Ministry Meeting: Calling all who are working with and those interested in working with Central's media ministry (all areas). A general year "kick-off" meeting is scheduled for Sabbath, February14 after church in the Junior Room. We'll be doing haystacks, so please sign up to bring something by emailing Dianne Cossentine at

All tithe and offering donation receipts have been mailed! If you have not received yours please e-mail the treasurer at to request a copy.

The February/March edition of The Central Connection is now available.  To read your copy click here

Member Assistance: Recently a couple of our congregation had the joy of welcoming their grandson into the world, however he was quickly diagnosed with HLHA - a birth defect that affects normal heart flow through the heart and where the left side of the heart is absent. His mom needs to stay by her son’s side while he is being treated out of state which is bringing with it extra costs.  To learn more about how you can help click here.

Ralph Callandar is looking for a church member with experience writing grants and who would be willing to help with California's Dental crisis.  His company, "Smile Health Solutions" wants to write a

Grant to help adult Medicaid patients receive basic dental preventive care, such as yearly exams and dental cleanings.  For example, all of the dental offices in Humboldt County have stopped accepting adult dental Cal patients.  Patients are being referred over three hours away to Redding.  If you are willing to help please call Ralph’s office at (209) 477-6700 or leave a message at the call center of (877) 277-9969. Thank you!

Discover Your Divine Design (a seminar of Discipleship University): Every Christian wants to know God’s ultimate purpose for their life. While many know this they struggle to see how they can best fit in and serve within the body of Christ.  This practical seminar continues this Sabbath, February 14 @ 2 PM in the Camellia Room (and concludes on the 28th), is geared to matching who you are with areas of ministry, and to help you reach your full potential for the kingdom of God. All presentations are being recorded and can be picked up at the CD/DVD Ministry Room.

Your Neighbor Thrift Store (YNTS): Don’t forget to stop by YNTS to pick up all kinds of items for your home and personal needs- paper products, new and used clothing, new and used furniture, plus vegetarian food products. Store hours are Monday to Thursday - 10 AM to 7 PM, Friday - 10:30 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday – 11 AM to 6 PM.  The store is located at 6700 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA. Tell a friend or neighbor!


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

News & Announcements

Dr. Herbert Douglass Memorial Service: Elder Douglass’ memorial service is planned for Sabbath, February 14, 2015 @ 4 PM at the Carmichael Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4600 Winding Way, Sacramento, CA.  In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those desiring, contributions in the memory of Dr. Douglass may be directed to either Adventist Heritage Ministry, P.O. Box 141, Battle Creek, MI 49016 (, or Just As I Am Ministries, 2501 Hwy 193, Lincoln, CA 95648 ( 

Sacramento Adventist Academy’s (SAA) Film Festival is Sunday, February 15 at 6:00 PM, location to be announced.  Admission is $8.50 per person with all proceeds going to the Senior Class.  They will be showing the award winning feature film Life Cycles, appropriate for all ages and is the story of a mountain bike from its creation to its demise.  Concessions also available for purchase as well as corn dogs!

Corn Dog sale is back!  Pre-order your corn dogs and pick them up at the Film Festival.  For all who cannot make it to the Film Festival, alternate pickup is available.  Call SAA or come by to place your order and drop off your payment at the business office: $20 per dozen.  Thank you for supporting the Senior Class of Sacramento Adventist Academy!

Lego League/Adventist Robotics Tournament Weekend comes to Sacramento Adventist Academy (SAA).  The festivities begin with a screening of the film, “Slingshot,” which will serve as an SAA Robotics program fundraiser.  The screening will be held at the Sacramento Central Church on Saturday evening, February 28.  Then on Sunday, the Robotics tournament will be held at SAA throughout the day.  Stay tuned for more details! 

Prayer Retreat: This year’s NCC-sponsored Prayer Retreat at Leoni Meadows takes place March 13 to 15 with Dr. David Levy, M.D., well-known author and neurovascular surgeon. Contact or call (916) 955-4583 to register or for more information.


Revived by His Word is a daily Bible reading plan leading up to the General Conference Session in July of this year.  To join the journey visit the Revived by His Word website:

Adventist Mission: Adventist mission work today touches lives in more than 200 countries and areas of the world.  Adventist mission workers preach the gospel, teach relevant living skills, heal people through Adventist hospitals and clinics, spread the gospel on radio and television, run development projects to make better lives for people, and provide comforting relief in times of suffering.

So many mission workers serve God as part of the church that you may not have heard their stories. The Adventist Mission website not only shares their stories, but focuses on the mission of the church.  As you browse through the site, witness how God is improving lives through Adventist mission work around the world and in your neighborhood.