This year we are having a special Christmas Party Lunch at which we will celebrate the Staff & Vestry. We have so many people who serve at Holy Trinity that we can no longer fit in a home. So on Sunday December 7, in place of Conversations we are having a special catered lunch after church in the courtyard—a really delicious Taco Cart is coming. For dessert we will have a special cake.
Best of all, we will take a few minutes to thank those who care for us during the year, facilitating our worship, our daily and weekly discipleship and our special occasions.
I look forward to celebrating with you,
Sunday, November 30 – Our next book will be Falling Upward by Richard Rohr.
“In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.” Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as “falling upward.” In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness.”
Bring your lunch if you like, and we will eat before discussing the book. We’ll start at about 12:00, but if you want to go to Conversations, feel free to come over when the Conversation is over. For those who are not staying for Conversations, I should be back at my house about 15 minutes after church ends, so it’s ok to come over before 12:00 if you like.
For future reading, our next two books will be Peace Like a River by Lief Enger, and The Question that Never Goes Away by Philip Yancey. We’ll set the January date when we meet in December.
Date: Sunday, November 30
Location: Home of Kristin Carmody (contact us for address 949.631.2820)
What Does The Gospel You Teach and Live Naturally Lead To?
If you attempt to make a Christ-like disciple based on a faulty gospel, you will fail. Every gospel has its own DNA and creates its own product.
Join Holy Trinity as we welcome our friend, Bill Hull who will help us think about the various gospels being taught today and why it determines the kind of Jesus we follow and the kind of disciples we make.
Bill Hull is a writer and one of the world’s leading discipleship experts, calling the church to choose the life to which Jesus called every disciple. The core of Bill’s writings (of over 20 books) are his highly influential books The Complete Book of Discipleship, Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, The Disciple Making Pastor and The Disciple Making Church. These works made the case for Jesus as the prime example of a disciple maker, and that discipleship should be the core of every pastor and church’s work.
In October of 2015 Bill’s newest work will be published, Conversion and Discipleship: You Can’t have One Without the Other. It will serve as the basic text for The Bonhoeffer Project, which is devoted to the creation of disciple makers. Bill is an adjunct professor at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University
We are limited to 30 people at the gathering. Dessert and refreshments will be served.
Date: Friday November 14, 2014
R.S.V.P.: Beth Khorey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Piecing Together The Story We Find Ourselves In A Review of the Anglican Catechism
Dates: November 16
Every story can be outlined—no matter how nuanced by twists and turns of the plot. This is what the creeds do. The catechism does the same, but in much more detail. The catechism teaches us how to rightly believe and gives us a whole life orientation for how to live as followers of Jesus.
Thus, while our catechism conversations this fall will include Anglican uniqueness’s, our predominant focus will be:
- Rediscovering belief in a world that isn’t sure right belief is possible
- Discussing the most important concepts of Christianity
- Mining from the catechism the core drivers of Christian spirituality
- Learning to think well and communicate to others about what we believe, and why we seek to be followers of Jesus
Todd Hunter will host these conversations. Rev. Dr. Dennis Okholm (Prof. of Systematic Theology) will be our main teacher.
Please join us for what we hope will be robust, enjoyable, enriching and relationship-building conversations.
A Review of the Anglican Catechism:
Dates: November 16
Time: Immediately following our Sunday morning worship services
- November 16: How should we then live? How to be an Anglican in the world. | When Anglicans are dismissed at the end of worship, they are sometimes told to “go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” How do we go from worship to mission—to keep the Story going?
Saturday, November 15 | The men of Holy Trinity are invited to join Todd Hunter to a monthly reading group. The book we are reading together is Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy. We will conclude our discussion of this book with chapter 9. We meet at a local restaurant in Costa Mesa, 8:30am Saturday mornings. See the calendar or call/email Beth Khorey
Todd Hunter facilitates the discussion.
Dates: November 15
Location: Mimi’s Cafe, 1835 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa [map]