Dear friends of Holy Trinity Chico –

I hope this finds you thriving in the Lord this nineteenth week of Trinity.

Last Sunday, in a message called “A meditation on the midterms,” we considered the strategic importance of the upcoming November 8th election, the challenges we have facing us and the opportunities we have to help change the course of our nation through our prayers, votes and political involvement. If you missed the service, you can watch it here.

In a similar vein, Bonnie Reimers forwarded me a link to an open letter to Gavin Newsom by Pastor John MacArthur. I include it as an example of what it can look like for Christians to speak prophetically into our culture with the truth of the Gospel. You can read the letter here.

This Sunday, we will resume our study of Romans, focusing on chapter four and the role played by Abraham who took God at his word and, in return for his faith, had God’s saving righteousness credited to his account. Paul cites Abraham as the father of all who are saved by faith and not works. For those unable to attend in person, be sure to tune in to our livestream at 9am Sunday morning.

If you are looking for a small group bible study, I invite you to join us on Tuesday nights from 7-8 pm for sharing, prayer and a study of the Letter of James. We meet in the sanctuary at the church and would love to have you be a part. You can also attend via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81655475348

Here are a few upcoming dates for you to get on your calendar.

  • Oct 28 – CareNet annual banquet
  • Nov 18 – YWAM annual banquet
  • Dec 24 – Our Christmas eve/Christmas service (Note: No service on Dec 25th)

As you’ve noticed, we have started our renovation work on the church. We have a number of projects planned, both in the building and outside on the grounds. If you are interested in being a part of one or more of these, will you please let Tom know of your interest and availability? You can simply respond to this newsletter or talk to Tom on Sunday. We want the church to be a sacred space that expresses the beauty, peace and glory of the great God we know and love.

Can you set aside an hour this week to pray for Christ’s Church, our nation, state and city? There is a group of us who have been meeting for two years on Fridays from 12-1pm at the church building. We have been asking the Lord to bring repentance and new life to his people, to expose evil, frustrate the plans of bad actors and restore righteousness, integrity and love in our land. We have seen so many concrete answers to prayer. With the midterm elections upon us, the need for prayer is greater than ever. Please consider joining us this week and as often as you can make it. “The effective prayer of a righteous person accomplishes much” (James 5:16b).

Thanks so much for your continued prayers for those in our body who face health issues, losses, financial difficulties and other challenges. Please be in prayer particularly for James Johnson (cancer), Tom and Connie Vervoorn (major house fire), Danielle Penne (upcoming surgery, Emmett and Pat Jarvis (Louis’ dad [stage 4 cancer] and mom [dementia]), Phil Larios (medical issue), Kaylinn Hignell (cancer), John and Julie Conners (death of John’s mom), Nola Taylor (hospice care), Barb Trimmer (medical issues). Please continue to pray for an end to the bloodshed in Ukraine and for God’s will to be done in the upcoming midterm elections. Thank you!

In Christ’s love –

Tom