Dear friends of Holy Trinity Chico –

As we approach the weekend, we come to the final Sunday of the liturgical calendar. This Sunday begins the 25th week after Pentecost. The following Sunday, November 28, is the first Sunday of Lent, when we start the Church Year all over again. As we move into this busy holiday season, I pray you are able to keep your eyes glued to Jesus, drawing strength and peace from him.

Thank you all for the special Friendsgiving dinner and fellowship last Sunday night: what a sweet time! Thank you especially to Janet Wietbrock, Ashley Lundberg and Nate Curry for organizing, setting up and cleaning up and for all of you who brought side plates, drinks and desserts and pitched in to pick up and vacuum the room.

If you are interested in helping in some way with our upcoming Christmas Eve service (4pm on Friday, December 24), please contact Tamie Beach. She is coordinating this special family centered celebration of the Nativity with creative worship, music and the Christmas story, ending with a candlelight singing of “Silent Night.”

If you have any clothing you would like to provide for low-income students at Neal Dow Elementary School, please bring it with you this Sunday, Nov 21 or next Sunday, Nov 28. There will be storage containers in the church lobby. Size information and other details can be found here.

Ladies, if you are interested in attending Pricilla Shirer’s “Going Beyond” simulcast from 9am-3pm on Nov 20th, please contact Danielle Penne. Pricilla is an extraordinary communicator of God’s truth who will encourage and challenge you in your faith!

Last Sunday, we considered some sobering reflections on the state of American culture in light of Habakkuk’s prayer: “In wrath, remember mercy.” If you missed the message, you can check out the sermon outline and slides here and the recording here.

This Sunday, we will look at what the bible has to say about the end times. What events will come before, during and after the return of Jesus to earth? What difference should this have on how we live our daily lives? These are just a couple of the questions we’ll try to answer. If you are unable to attend the service in person, please tune in at 9am using this Zoom link.

The passcode is: 0404. We will also record the service, so you can watch the recording after it is posted the following week.

If you are interested in adult baptism or child dedication, please connect with Tom via email or in person at one of our services.

If you are looking for a bible study where you can connect relationally and grow spiritually, we’d love to have you join us on Tuesday nights from 7-8pm at the church building. We pray, fellowship and study John’s Gospel. This week, we are studying John 17. We also have Zoom setup for those unable to meet in person. Please use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82177078238

We also have a prayer group that meets on Fridays at noon to pray for our nation, state, city and church and would love for you to join us! We are asking the Lord to expose evil, frustrate the plans of bad actors, raise up his church is strong, vocal faith and restore righteousness, integrity and love in our land. Join us at the church building from 12-1pm. All are welcome.

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 Danielle Penne (healing for her leg, family losses), Craig and Sharon Anderson (illness), Don Rogers (on ventilator and dialysis), Keri Oliva (cancer), Laine Dahlberg (premature baby), Nola Taylor (hospice care), Barbara Trimmer (medical issues), James Johnson (cancer).

In Christ’s love –

Tom