The Secret Of Success

In 2 Kings 13:18, 19, we have these enigmatic words: “Then he said, ‘Take the arrows’, so he took them.  And he said to the king of Israel, ‘Strike the ground’, so he struck three times, and stopped.  And the man of God was angry with him, and said, ‘You should have struck five or six times.’”  Who were the characters of the story, and what warranted anger from one of them?

It was the time of Elisha the prophet.  His ministry and influence had become widespread.  Israel’s present king, Joash, was an idolater, and found himself challenged by a foreign foe.  In this present crisis he valued Elisha above his formidable army, and Elisha, who had played the part of a wise and sympathetic father to many, refused to turn from this rebellious king in his moment of difficulty...

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This Week (February 23 to 28)

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM - Prayer Meeting with Buddy Harper – “Jesus: the Agreement”

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 AM - Morning Manna – Elizabeth Rengifo - "Really Thankful"

Sabbath @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Mike Thompson + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School Classes

Sabbath @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris Buttery – “Who & What Is A Seventh-day Adventist?”

Sabbath @ 12:30 PM – Small Groups (L.I.F.E.) Ministry Luncheon 

Sabbath @ 2:00 PM – Discipleship University with Pastor Chris Buttery - Discover Your Divine Design, Part 4


Congratulations to Jim Mitchell & Avis Spencer-Murray on the union of their lives in holy matrimony.  Our prayers are with you both as you begin your journey together.

Welcome!  We wish to welcome Jennifer Buttery to the team of deaconesses.  She was voted into this position a couple of Sabbaths ago.

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 to Redding; more than three hours away.  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!

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.

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, and 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

K-1st grade Visitation Day at Orangevale Seventh-day Adventist School on Wednesday, February 25.  Students who would like to attend next school year and their parents are invited. Complimentary lunch is provided; RSVP to (916) 988-4310.

The 12th annual Andrews University Music and Worship Conference will be held February 26 to 28 on the Andrews campus. It will provide biblically grounded training opportunities for church musicians, pastors, worship leaders, and anyone involved in worship ministry. The theological focus will concentrate on biblical worship through the lens of the Book of Revelation. Go to to learn more.

Sacramento Adventist Academy (SAA) Robotics Program Fundraiser commences Saturday, February 28, 7:00 PM at SAA – The venue for the screening of Slingshot has been changed to SAA. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased from any robotics club member, the SAA Business Office, or by going online at During the evening there will also be a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics demonstration by the SAA Robotics team.

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.

The Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program (NLCP), March 22 to 26, is a two-level leadership development program that equips pastors and lay leaders with the latest strategies and professional skills to successfully lead. NLCP focuses on three major components: Leadership, Nonprofit Management, and Social Dimension of Evangelism. This intensive two-session program is taught by a group of professionals who teach participants how to operate and minister effectively.  Click here to learn more.


Liberty Magazine: "It is hard to find anyone unashamedly opposed to religious liberty. It is becoming even harder to find that rare person who understands the principle at play and will grant religious freedom to beliefs they find abhorrent and to peoples they find vaguely threatening..." writes Liberty editor Lincoln Steed. Do you believe religious liberty is under threat? There is a great lack of understanding in our country, and even in our denomination, about religious liberty.  Click here to learn more. 

Omega Emerging: There’s a saying: “Don’t allow a camel to put its nose under your tent, for soon it’ll be in your tent.” Today the “camel” appears to be the emerging church movement in Seventh-day Adventism. How far has it penetrated the church today? Is it the “omega of apostasy” Ellen White warned us about?  This series presents what could be the undermining of the movement raised to correct the errors of modern Protestantism. If the issues raised are indeed happening, then those committed to the historic teachings of the faith have no choice but to “Meet It!”

To order the DVD series click here

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.