Secret Of Success

There is no question that the 21st Century has already seen more than its share of burned out people.  Workaholics abound.  Countless people have bought into the belief that no successful person can achieve balance in life.  As a result, children don’t see enough of their parents, families are collapsing, and individuals are increasingly stressed out.

A CNN story about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg set off quite a debate in the tech world when she told an interviewer that she works a nine-to-five schedule.  What’s interesting is that she only felt comfortable in talking about her work hours once she had entered the highest levels of management, suggesting that biases against life-work balance are very real in the working world.  

The rat race is in high gear, but the pace of competition has left many people exhausted and disillusioned.  They’re yearning for more personal time and family time like Sandberg has attained.  They’re questioning whether work-life balance is fact or fantasy... 

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There will be NO Happenings for the next few weeks. The next issue will be available on Monday, August 10.

This Week (July 13 to 18): 

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM - Prayer Meeting with Buddy Harper – “Dealing With Bigotry – Acts 10”

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 – Ronald Allen

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 Michael Butler

Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – New Believer’s Ministry Luncheon


Central Events

Teen Day Camp has arrived!  It is being held this week, July 13 to 17 from 9 AM to 4 PM right here at Central.  Enjoy participating in community service projects, Bible study, making new friends, and fun activities. For more information contact Pastor Michael Butler at (432) 362-0907.

Communion Service and Agape Meal (food provided) will take place this coming Friday evening, July 17 at 6:30 PM in the Camellia Room.  Prepare your hearts now and plan to join us for this time of spiritual renewal.

Shoebox Ministry is gearing up for another summer of sharing truth-filled literature.  Order forms for your shoebox of sharing books will be at the hostess desk.  You can even customize your shoebox today and start sharing words of life with those in need. For more information contact Ruben Cantu at (916) 847-1617.

Central Matters

Additional Associate Pastor for Central: We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Pastor Fred and Lorrie Dana who will be joining the ministerial team here at Central.  Pastor Fred comes with 27 years of ministry experience that includes pastoring and teaching.  Pastor Fred and Lorrie have two children; Jared who is married with children and living in Wisconsin, and Emily, who is also married with children and living in southern California. Pastor Fred’s ministry at Central will focus on discipleship, family life, and some administrative duties. We look forward to introducing them when they arrive in Sacramento.

Facelift to Your Neighbor Thrift Store: Are you wondering where our thrift store has moved to?  The good news is that we haven’t moved anywhere!  Central’s thrift store ministry has been undergoing a change to make it more representative of and appealing to our community.  Our new name is “Smart Thrift” because God has called us to live wisely in today’s world.  Come check out the renovations (6700 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA), and please continue to support this community ministry with your prayers and donations.  More information coming soon.

Smart Thrift (previously known as Your Neighbor Thrift Store) is in need of household items and blue jeans!  If you have these items to donate, please call (916) 457-6500.  Thank you!

Young Adult Small Group Ministry takes place every Tuesday at 7 PM at Pastor Michael’s house.  Call (423) 362-0907 if you would like more information.

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

News & Announcements

Around the World

General Conference Session Has Now Ended: To learn more about Wednesday’s historic vote on women’s ordination, please go to To read Elder Ted Wilson’s inaugural address, and for information on other important decisions made during the event, visit and

Around the Pacific Union 

Pacific Union College and the Ellen G. White Estate presents, “Ellen G. White Centennial Legacy Conference,” celebrating the significance of Ellen G. White 100 years after her death.  The conference will be held July 16 to 18, and given their lineup of speakers you will not want to miss this historic event.  Flyers are available at the hostess desk.  The full conference schedule can be viewed by going to

Around the Conference

Campmeeting Schedules for this year are as follows: Soquel - July 16 – 25; Redwood - July 23 to Aug 1; Lake Tahoe - Aug 3 – 8

Around Sacramento

Volunteer at an AMEN free clinic Sunday, August 23 at the Orangevale SDA Academy gymnasium. We need dentists, hygienists, assistants, physicians, nurses, therapists and non-medical volunteers. AMEN provides all the equipment. Just bring yourself and a willingness to serve! Go to to sign up and for more info.

Orangevale Seventh-day Adventist School is looking for a part-time 7th/8th grade Language Arts and Bible teacher.  Please call Principal Brad Davis at (916) 718-4276 for more information.


Impressions magazine is the new quarterly magazine published by It Is Written. Each issue includes updates and highlights about how the ministry is working around the world. Read about how It Is Written connects with the community, what it is like to be a staff member, what being a Partner is all about, and a letter from John Bradshaw. 

God Will Provide: In challenging economic times, how can a person be confident about the financial future? Recessions, unemployment and failed investments have caused many to worry about how they will survive. The Bible assures us that God's people can face the future with confidence. By following the principles in the Bible, you can be certain that God will provide! To order your copy visit 

The Rest Of Your Life: Loaded with vivid, full-color graphics and fascinating facts, this one-of-a-kind magazine reveals the astonishing truth about the seventh-day Sabbath, including its history from ancient times to the present!  See how Sabbath-keeping can improve your life and even your health, and why it’s critical for you to know the future of God’s holy day!  Wonderful sharing magazine! (48 pages). To order your copies click here.