Dear friends of Holy Trinity Chico –

I hope you are well and growing daily in your relationship with the Lord!

Next Wednesday, March 2, is Ash Wednesday, when the Western Church begins our observance of Lent. We will have a very brief family service with worship and the application of ashes, starting at 5:30pm. Immediately following will be a simple meal together. We should be out the door by 7pm or earlier. You can sign up on the clipboard Sunday to bring a food item. You can download an informative flyer on Lent here.

Men, as you know, we were going to have our men’s gathering on March 2 before we realized it was Ash Wednesday! So, please mark your calendar for March 16 for our next get together. We may also be sending you an email about a special connection time between now and March 16.

Last Sunday, Craig gave us a great overview of salvation history beginning with Noah and continuing through to Jesus, the Suffering Servant in Isaiah. Craig showed us how, according to Isa 53:4-6, Jesus is the one who gives us lasting peace and real healing through his work on our behalf. He is also our great High Priest who makes us truly righteous and holy by means of our new covenant relationship with him.

If you missed the service, you can view the recording here.

This week, we will wrap up our study of 2 Thessalonians by looking together at chapter 3, verses 6-18. Paul deals with a problem issue in the church, then pronounces a final blessing on the believers in Thessalonica as he concludes the letter. For those unable to attend in person, be sure to tune in to our livestream at 9am Sunday morning at the following YouTube link https://youtu.be/Tk1XBFRljSs  We will also record the service, so you can watch the recording after it is posted next week.

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 as we get started in the book of Romans! We meet 7-8pm at the church building for prayer, fellowship and bible study. We also have Zoom setup for those unable to meet in person. Please use the following link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81655475348

Women, Danielle Penne is starting another seven-week study using the video series by Priscilla Shirer. This one is on the prophet Elijah and begins next Monday, Feb 28th. The group meets from 6:30-8pm for fellowship/lesson. Sign up Sunday or email Danielle. The other weeks are: March 7, 21 and 28 and April 4, 11 and 18. Beginning on April 25, Danielle will lead another 7-week video group on ”Discerning the Voice of God.” Let her know if you want to come!

Has God been prompting you to pray more for our nation, state, city and His church? If so, come join us each Friday at the church building from 12-1pm. 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.

Thanks so much for your continued prayers for those in our body who face health issues, losses, financial difficulties and other challenges. One of the great privileges we have is to hold each other up in prayer. Please be in prayer particularly for David Calkins (healing of foot), James Johnson (cancer), Keri Oliva (cancer), Kaylinn Hignell (cancer), Larry Ruby (loss), Mark Spelts (healing), Nola Taylor (hospice care), Jason, Carrie and Lily Kruger (loss of Carrie’s grandfather), Phil Larios (medical issues) and Barbara Trimmer (medical issues). Please pray also for an end to the bloodshed in Ukraine. Thank you!

In his great love –

Tom