Dear friends of Holy Trinity Chico –
We are just one day away from Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season! For the Church around the world, Lent has long been a special kind of “hard reset”: a time to take a deeper look at the habits that shape us and to make adjustments to make more room for God so we can grow into more loving, Christlike persons. Here is an information sheet that gives some background and suggestions about how to use this season to draw near to God.
Tomorrow night, we will have a very short Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 at the church building, followed by a simple meal downstairs: chili, bread, fruit salad. Please join us if you are able! If you can’t come due to health considerations or other reasons yet would like to receive the impartation of ashes, send me a text to arrange a time to swing by my house tomorrow, and I’ll come out to your car, apply the ashes and speak the blessing over you!
This coming Sunday, we will again look at Paul’s astonishing prayer in Eph 3:14-19, in which he prays that believers would come to know by deep, intimate experience the love of God for us. Without question, it’s one of the most beautiful and important prayers anywhere in the bible. And it centers us on our goal for this Lent: to better understand ourselves as the beloved of God. If you missed last Sunday’s introduction to this passage, you can find the outline and slides here.
If you can’t attend our in-person Sunday services, please tune in at 9am using this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99123315621?pwd=SzU3VFFYenVYdy9ENUdvWGFRaU9jZz09
The passcode is: 0404. We will also record the service each week, so you can watch the recording after it is posted later in the week, typically Tuesday or Wednesday.
If you are willing to occasionally help with our adorable kids in children’s church, we would be grateful and you would be blessed! Please sign up on the calendar on our website or by using this link. No special skills are required. Our director, Lynn does all the planning and heavy lifting, so you get to just love on them.
Thank you for your continued prayers for those in our body who face health issues, losses, financial difficulties and other challenges. Please pray especially for Darryl Brock as he navigates the grief of losing his beloved Ruthi just over a week ago. Pray, too, for Larry Ruby, whose father passed away yesterday morning and for Craig Anderson, whose mom was just put on hospice. Finally, please remember to pray for our country as we face such extraordinary challenges. This Friday, we will again host a special prayer time for our nation, state and church at the church building, 12-1pm, for those of you able to come.
In his great love –
COVID safety precautions:
- If you’re experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home and safe.
- We provide leis available near the door for those who need to keep their distance from others.
- We will have an area on the south side of the room set aside for those needing some extra space.
- Please bring your mask and wear it when in close proximity others, including entering and exiting the building. We will also have extra masks available at the door.
- Chairs will be socially spaced, and are movable to accommodate any kind of family arrangement
- Wipes and sprays are available for surface cleanings throughout the building