Dear friends of Holy Trinity Chico –

Advent blessings to you during this first week of this festive season of preparation!

Last Sunday, we began our Advent adventure with the theme of “waiting.” Craig taught us from the well-known prophetic text, Isaiah 9:1-7, in which God promises to bring salvation—righteousness, justice and peace—through the giving of a “Son” who will be born to Israel. If you missed the message, you can check out the sermon outline and slides here and the recording here.

The theme for this Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent, is “preparing.” How does one prepare oneself to abide in Christ, enjoy his presence, hear his voice and walk in obedience to his ways? We will examine a rich text, John 13:21-26, for the 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 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 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

Danielle Penne will be starting another women’s bible study starting January 3 and continuing for seven weeks (skipping Feb 14) until Feb 21. The study will be on Gideon’s courageous stand against a stronger enemy. Priscilla Shirer does the teaching via DVD. Runs 6:45 to 8:15. Sign up on the table in the lobby. For a one-minute teaser, click here.

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 the Rogers’ family (Don Sr.’s homegoing), Anna Rogers (bad virus), Greg Pietz (recovery from hip surgery), Danielle Penne (healing for her leg), Sharon Anderson (long COVID), Keri Oliva (cancer), Laine Dahlberg (premature baby), Nola Taylor (hospice care), Barbara Trimmer (medical issues), James Johnson (cancer).

O come, O come Immanuel –

Tom