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Holy Trinity Announces Fall Study Groups

Beginning in Fall 2015, adults in Centre County will have additional opportunities to learn more about the Orthodox Christian Faith. To better serve you, Holy Trinity has scheduled a variety of study groups for you to choose from.

For a full calendar of Holy Trinity services and events, click here.

Inquirer’s Class
This bimonthy class led by Fr. John Reeves is intended for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Orthodox Faith.  It begins Sunday, September 20 and meets in the Parish Hall (119 S. Sparks St., lower level) on the first and third Sundays thereafter for six sessions. For more information, please email info@holytrinity-oca.org. Topics covered include the history of salvation, the doctrine of the early Church, Christian worship in the First Century, and spirituality (“What must I do to be saved?”).

Adult Study Group
The Adult Study Group is also led by Fr. John and meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. throughout Fall 2015. The 14-week series begins September 8 and concludes December 8 (there will be no class on Election Day, November 3). The study is open to all adults. For more information, email info@holytrinity-oca.org.

Women’s Book Study
The Women’s Book Study kicks off on Thursday, September 10, at the rectory (562 Lanceshire Ln., in Park Forest) at 10 a.m. The group will study the life of Mother Maria Skobtsova and read Pearl of Great Price by Sergei Hackel. The books can be purchased in the bookstore for $12. Matushka Linda Reeves will lead a discussion on Chapters 1 and 2 at the first meeting. For more information, email women@holytrnity-oca.org.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship Dinner and Discussion
Penn State students are invited to attend the weekly Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) meeting on campus, which features a complimentary dinner and student-led spiritual reflection moderated by its spiritual advisor or chaplain. These informal meals and time for fellowship are open to all Penn State students, faculty, and staff, especially those interested in learning more about the ancient Christian Faith as practiced and believed by the apostles. To learn more, contact us at orthodox@psu.edu. To RSVP for dinner, visit our Facebook event page.

Study Group to Explore St. Paul’s Exhortative Epistle

High Priest in HeavenHoly Trinity’s Adult Study Group returns this Fall, moving to alternating Thursdays beginning September 18. Fr. John will lead an examination of The Epistle to the Hebrews, High Priest in Heaven by Fr. Lawrence R. Farley.

Meant to feed both the heart and the mind, the study will be both devotional and exegetical, drawing from several patristic sources. Working from a literal translation of the original Greek, the commentary examines St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews section by section, explaining its meaning in everyday language.

Intended for those already Orthodox but open to all adults, this bimonthly educational opportunity resumes on September 18 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Books will be available to purchase or to borrow.

Study Group to Examine the Humanity of Christ

The Jesus We Missed Book CoverHoly Trinity’s Adult Study Group returns for second and fourth Tuesdays this Fall. Fr. John will lead an examination of The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon.

The book offers insights into the humanity of Jesus Christ drawn from the Gospels so we can know God’s Son as He really is—a real man who came to redeem and sanctify every aspect of our lives. Participants will find the “historical Jesus,” not through biblical criticism but through the writings of the apostles  who knew Him best.

Intended for those already Orthodox but open to all adults, this bimonthly educational opportunity resumes on September 10 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Books will be available to purchase or to borrow.

Sponsor a Seminarian!

Continuing their Alaskan outreach which began as a construction mission last summer, members of the Men’s Fellowship have undertaken a $3,600 scholarship for Deacon Jason Isaacs, a native son of Marshall studying at St Herman’s Seminary. While the seminary provides a tuition-free education, Father Deacon and his family rely on voluntary contributions to provide for their living expenses.

The Men’s Fellowship hope to raise a least $300 a month for the Isaacs through monthly pledges of $20 for one year. You are invited to join in Dn. Jason’s support by using the special offering envelopes available in the narthex, even if you cannot make a pledge at this time.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated. For more information, please speak to Fr. John.

Adult Groups Begin New Studies

Holy Trinity’s popular Adult Study Group returns to first and third Tuesdays this Fall. Fr. John Reeves will lead an examination of the book Born to Hate, Reborn to Love by Klaus Kenneth. Intended for those already Orthodox, this bimonthly educational opportunity resumes on September 4 at 7 p.m.

Those interested in learning more about the Orthodox Faith are invited to attend Holy Trinity’s other Tuesday night adult education offering, Orthodoxy 101The inquirer’s class begins a series entitled “The Faith of our Fathers” on September 25 at 7 p.m, and continues every second and fourth Tuesday thereafter.

Both groups meet in the Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 119 S. Sparks St., in State College.

Adult Study Group Returns Tuesday (March 20)

Holy Trinity’s Adult Study Group returns to its regular time slot this week (first and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m.). Fr. John will lead us in examining Chapter 8 of Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives. If you are new to the group or Holy Trinity, please come: Each session is self-contained and open to newcomers.