Dear friends of Holy Trinity Chico –

I hope this finds you well and flourishing in the Lord as we draw to a close this thirteenth week of the Trinity season.

Last Sunday, we continued our study of Paul’s letter to the Romans by looking at verses 1-16 of chapter two, where Paul talks about the sobering reality of God’s final judgment and disabuses us of the notion that our religious history or ethnic identity will exonerate us from God’s justice. Craig treated us to an excellent treatment of this text. If you missed the service, you can access it here.

This Sunday, we will look together at the last half of Romans, chapter two. In verses 17-29, Paul delves further into the mind of his Jewish audience, making that case that neither circumcision nor possessing God’s law can save them. We will look in some detail at the unique calling of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the unifying work of Jesus, which makes Jews and Gentiles one in him. For those unable to attend in person, be sure to tune in to our livestream at 9am Sunday morning or watch the recording during the following week. The link is https://youtu.be/rk2_ifB5FM4

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

Danielle Penne will be hosting a bible study for women taught by Beth Moore on 2 Timothy entitled “Entrusted” beginning next Monday, Sep 12th. It will run for six weeks, concluding Oct 24th. Come for fellowship at 6pm. The video starts at 6:30, and the meeting concludes at 8. Sign up on Sunday, and see Danielle for details.

Come and join us to pray for Christ’s Church, our nation, state and city on Fridays at the church building from 12-1pm. We are 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. Come join us!

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

  • Sep 18 – Goodbye fellowship for Louis, Catherine, Gabriella and Pippa Jarvis after our church service.
  • Sep 25-Oct 16 – Clothing collection for low-income CUSD students
  • Oct 28 – CareNet annual banquet.
  • Nov 18 – YWAM annual banquet.
  • Dec 24 – Our Christmas eve/Christmas service (Note: No service on Dec 25th)

Parents of public school children: Focus on the Family has published an informative guide for Christian parents. Here is their description of the guide: “Thanks to the Family Policy Alliance, you now have a fantastic guide on what your rights are as a parent of a child in the public school education system. Get information and tips on what is being taught in your child’s class, how to push back against inappropriate material being used in the class, and how to respectfully advocate for your child’s physical and mental well-being in their public school” For your convenience, here is a link to a PDF copy of the handbook.

If you are you a veteran of one of our branches of the armed services, would you please let me know in which branch you served? Thank you to those that have already responded!

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 Ron Reid (recurring infection), Tom and Connie Vervoorn (major house fire), Danielle Penne (constant pain and upcoming surgery), Emmett and Pat Jarvis (Louis’ dad [stage 4 cancer] and mom [dementia]), Phil Larios (medical issue), Jackie Musselman (recovery from knee surgery), James Johnson (cancer), Kaylinn Hignell (cancer), Nola Taylor (hospice care), Bob (salvation) and Barb Brown (colitis) and Barbara Trimmer (recent hospitalization). Please continue to for an end to the bloodshed in Ukraine and for God’s will to be done in the upcoming mid-term elections. Thank you!

In the delighted embrace of the Father, Son and Spirit –

Tom