Debt Crisis, Part 2

It was a very meager amount that I didn’t think needed to be paid, but rules were rules, so I handed over the $0.25 for an overdue library book.  Don’t get me wrong.  I was willing to pay the fine, and you can be equally sure that I was grateful I didn’t discover the book as late as an individual I heard about.  Apparently the book was way overdue…100 years overdue!  The library staff looked at their records and said that the fine that had accumulated was now around $10,000!  Fortunately, the library staff was willing to waive the financial penalty.  And just like that, it was as if that the huge debt had never existed.  Paid in full.  Forgiven!

It’s not a stretch to suggest that you and I have also accumulated a pretty heavy fine, the likes of which is impossible to pay and still live.  Paul states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  Simply put, the human family has racked up an incredible debt, and the penalty is eternal death (Romans 6:23).  However, in those final cryptic words of Jesus just before dying on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30), we find wonderful hope...

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This Week (April 27 to May 2)

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM - Prayer Meeting with Pastor Chris Buttery – “Sharing the Word”

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 – Pastor Michael Butler

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

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

Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – Book Ministry Luncheon

Sabbath @ 2:00 PM - Spring Concert: All Heaven Declares


All Heaven Declares: Central’s annual Spring Concert will take place this Sabbath, May 2 starting at 2 PM. Come and celebrate the life of Jesus through song and scripture. Local talent will be featured in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Everyone is welcome!

Church-Wide Potluck & Ministry Fair is on Sabbath, May 9. Come one, come all and enjoy good fellowship, food, and a chance to learn more about the various ministries at Central.

Join us for Central’s Annual Family Life Retreat, May 29 to 31, 2015 at The Leoni Meadows Christian Retreat Center, 6100 Leoni Road, Grizzly Flats, CA 95636. This year’s theme is “Lord, Send Your Rain” with keynote speaker Pastor Stephen Bohr, who is the Senior Pastor of the Fresno Central Seventh-day Adventist Church. Special guest presenters will include Alice Merrill, NCC Assistant Director of Family Ministry, the ministry Little Light Studios, and Allen Davis, Executive Vice President of Amazing Facts. Presentation topics include: Healthy Communication between Couples, The Impact of the Media in Christian Homes, and more.

For registration forms click here or contact Central Church at (916) 457.6511 /, or Family Life Ministry Chair, Tyra Taylor at (916) 230-3938. 

Making Friends For God Seminar - Join Pastor Chris Buttery and JeAnn Davis on Sabbath, May 16 and May 23 as they show how to make relationships that will last forever using the Bible. You don’t want to miss this event designed to help “each one, reach one” for the soon return of Christ.

Worthy Student/Student Aid Forms will be made available soon. Check back here or the church bulletin for more information.

Membership Directories are available to all members. If you would like a copy, please contact the church office for the latest edition and to update your personal information. Email or call (916)457-6511.


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

News & Announcements

ADRA Helping Victims of the Recent Earthquake. To learn more about what ADRA is doing and how you can support them go to.

A 3-Year Evangelism Project in Edmonton, Alberta is nearing its completion with a Revelation Today series presented by It Is Written Speaker/Director John Bradshaw. It is a month-long study conducted in partnership with more than 20 local churches and companies and will continue until May 9. Four new church plants have been established, two of which are working directly with the series. To read more about this exciting event click here.

Faith for Today Awarded Gold Remi Award for excellence in the Health & Fitness category for their “True Strength” episode, featuring actor Kevin Sorbo. Lifestyle Magazine was also awarded the Silver Remi (“Creating Option C”) and Bronze Remi (“True Strength”) awards in the Lifestyle Programming category. To read more click here.

Palm Beach County Churches Come Together in a Mission to the Cities’ Total Health Expo. The strategy evolved into inviting county residents to a major impact event, preceded by a Season of Service and followed by public evangelism in area churches. More than 3,000 people gathered February 28 for the Sabbath emphasis on spiritual health and family. To read more click here

Registration for NARLA's Annual Religious Liberty Summit. Join the North American Religious Liberty Association's Summit, May 15 to 18, in Silver Spring, MD. NARLA plans an inspiring weekend filled with religious liberty training and information sessions, spiritual emphasis and testimony, American history tour, Capitol Hill legislative office visits, and a banquet featuring Liberty magazine editor, Lincoln Steed. Due to capacity limits for several of the activities, attendance at this year's Summit is limited to 50 individuals so register now


The Antichrist Identified is a new sharing pocket book written by Steve Wohlberg that carefully unpacks this very important subject. To order your copies please click here.

The highly popular books, Over and Over Again, volumes 1 and 2, which have been out of print for a number of years, have been requested "over and over." Free downloads are now available on the NAD Stewardship Ministries website. Click here to start reading these inspirational stories of how God blesses people when they put Him first in all things.