God's Loyalists

God’s last-day book, Revelation, presents one gripping scene after the next.  As history and prophecy unfolds, one is left amazed at the awesomeness of God, smitten by the absolute holiness and stunning beauty of Christ, and challenged to be among God’s faithful followers at the close of earth’s history.

Prior to Christ’s return for His saints, God sends out a universal call to be ready for that great day.  The message is packaged in three crucial parcels and wrapped in the love of God for a lost planet.  Have you ever wondered how God describes those who respond to and accept this urgent appeal?  John paints the picture: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” (Revelation 14:12)

While the majority of earth’s inhabitants are following after the beast, Satan’s masterpiece of deception, and receiving the mark, which is a sign of allegiance to the same, God has a group of loyalists that would rather die than be removed from the side of the One who loves them.  How would you illustrate that type of loyalty?...

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CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (May 25 to May 30): 

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM - Prayer Meeting with Ray Rengifo – “Preaching & Healing – Acts 3”

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

Friday to Sunday – Family Life Retreat @ Leoni Meadows 

Sabbath @ 9:00 AM - Morning Manna – Aaron Earnest

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 Mike Thompson 

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Events

Media Training: Desire to be involved in a dynamic ministry that is taking the gospel right into people’s homes? Want to grow your capabilities and skills while doing something for the Lord all at the same time? Tuesday, June 2 @ 6:30 PM Central's media department is conducting a camera operator training in the church sanctuary for all interested. Come one, come all! Current media crew are also invited.

Calling all ladies!  Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 7 for Central’s Annual Prayer Brunch. More details to follow.

New Prayer Meeting Topic: We have just started going through the book of Acts to study the life and ministry of the early church. Join us each Tuesday evening at 7 PM in the Chapel.

You're invited to the Dominican Republic: Join Ray and Elizabeth Rengifo for a Maranatha mission trip September 10 to 20, 2015. To learn more pick up a flyer at the hostess desk in the church lobby.

Family Matters

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Esther Oliver who died in her sleep on Sabbath, May 16 at the age of 98.  Esther loved her church family and for many years ministered to others through her cards and get well wishes.  Esther was baptized into Central Church in 1949 when it was located at 23rd and K Streets.  A memorial service will be held Sabbath, June 6 at 2PM in the church sanctuary. She will be truly missed. 

Rosie Beavers wishes to thank those who remembered her in prayer.  The phone calls and flowers have been very supportive since Jim’s passing.  Our prayers continue for Rosie and her family during this time.

Workers Needed! If you can collate bulletins on Friday mornings, do some gardening on Wednesday mornings, have a place for a traveler to stay for two nights, or can visit someone who is homebound, please call or e-mail the church office: (916) 457-6511/office@saccentral.org.

Student Financial Aid Forms are now available! These request forms are for parents who would like to send their children to a Seventh-day Adventist school but require some assistance to do so. Pick up your copy in the church lobby.

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

News & Announcements

Sacramento Adventist Academy (SAA) Graduations: 

Kindergarten Graduation is June 2, 6:00 PM at SAA in the Multi-Purpose Room. 

8th Grade Graduation is June 3, 7:00 PM at the Carmichael Seventh-day Adventist Church.

High School Graduation weekend begins Friday night, June 5, at 7:00 PM at the Roseville Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Baccalaureate Service, June 6 at 11:00 AM, and the Commencement Ceremony, June 7 at 10:00 AM will be held at SAA in the gym.

A Word of Thanks from SAA: “Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)  Without your support, SAA would not be able to do our part in fulfilling this mandate.  So thank you for your prayers, your time, and your financial support.  It is only with you that “Sacramento Adventist Academy honors God by preparing students for academic success and a lifetime of service.”

Orangevale Seventh-day Adventist School invites you to their Open House on Thursday, May 28 at 7PM. See the school, meet the teachers and tour the classrooms. All are welcomed at 5810 Pecan Ave, 95662.

The Sacramento Adventist Academy Athletic Department is in need a Girls Varsity volleyball coach. Also needed, is an announcer for home volleyball and basketball games. If you are interested in filling either of those volunteer positions, contact Athletic Director, Matt Cantrell at mcantrell@sacaa.org.

100 Days of Prayer for the 2015 General Conference (GC) Session began March 25 and will continue through to the end of the GC Session on July 11. Pray for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to be fully experienced by our church members and leaders during the GC Session.

The North American Division (NAD) welcomes three new staff members: 

Armando Miranda Jr. has accepted a call to the NAD Youth Department as Associate Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Miranda has served as the Texas Conference Youth and Young Adults Associate Director since October of 2012. Before that he was a pastor in the Texas Conference since 2003. He will begin his duties at the NAD later this summer. 

Nickilos Wolfer will be NAD's Director of Production for the new NAD Studio. He comes to us from being Director of Media Ministries at Pioneer Memorial Church at Andrews University for the past ten years where he began working right after graduating from Andrews.

Pastor Ruben Merino will be coming from the Greater New York Conference Poughkeepsie Adventist church to be Assistant Director of Esperanza TV. Before his pastorate in Poughkeepsie he was a departmental director in the Greater New York Conference from 2006 to 2014, and before that had wide evangelism and television experience with La Red in several areas; with Caravana de Esperanza Peru, and other entities, and has held positions of multiple skill levels in TV production. 

For the third year in a row, Oakwood University has won a Tier 1 grant of $50,000 in The Home Depot's Retool Your School competition on social media. The judges liked Oakwood's grant proposal for a mile-long circuit of outdoor exercise stations emphasizing the laws of health. The stations will be a part of the Healthy Campus 2020 initiative that will officially launch this August. The university's administration would like to thank everyone who voted and/or utilized social media to help Oakwood win this competition.

Resources

Breaking News From Last Generation Magazine! Does God know what world leaders are planning? Does He impress His people to respond with timely messages? Pope Francis has declared 2016 a “Back to Basics” year and is urging his flock to return to moral piety. Six months before his announcement, Last Generation had already made plans to redo and reprint a third edition of “Back to Basics,” featuring the Three Angels’ Messages and the Law of God. Order quantities of this before June 10, 2015 and you will receive substantial discounts plus free shipping.

The Adventist Ordination Crisis: Biblical Authority or Cultural Conformity? is the culmination of a two-year study of church leaders; including pastors, professors, administrators, physicians, teachers, and lay leaders—men and women alike. This brand-new book provides clear, calm, and concise answers for anyone considering this crucial question. Amazing Facts is featuring special pricing for this book for study and sharing! Click here to order your copy.

WomensOrdination.com is a new website put together by Clinton Whalen associate director of the Biblical Research Institute (BRI) at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to help answer questions related to this currently divisive issue. In fact it is related to the new book he recently wrote entitled “Women’s Ordination: Does it Matter?” It is important to understand this issue as it comes to a vote at this year’s General Conference Session in San Antonio, TX.

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