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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.

Orthodoxy 101 Returns This and Every First Wednesday

2012-09-11 19.42.32Do you want some basic knowledge about what Orthodox Christians believe? Orthodoxy 101 might be perfect for you. The class covers everything from:

  • developing of the Scriptures into the Bible,
  • the Church’s history,
  • the Eucharist,
  • Orthodox worship and developing a rule of prayer,
  • and much more.

Orthodoxy 101 classes take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. There will be refreshments provided for those interested in coming early and attending the 35-minute evening prayer service that precedes at 5:30 p.m. The class curriculum loosely follows Fr. Thomas Hopko’s The Orthodox Faith series, but each class takes on its own dimension based on the interests of those who attend. There are no prerequisites and newcomers can begin attending Orthodoxy 101 at any time.

Outside of first Wednesdays, Holy Trinity’s clergy are available to answer questions via email or meet with you one-on-one to discuss the Orthodox Faith.

To learn more about Orthodoxy 101, schedule an appointment, or ask a question about Orthodox Christianity, email us today at info@holytrinity-oca.org.

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.

Orthodoxy 101 Returns

Want to know more about the Apostolic Faith? If so, Orthodoxy 101 is for you. Join us second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall beginning September 27.

Summer Schedule Changes

Please note the following schedule changes and additions to the following ministries this summer:

  • To accommodate our growing group of new catechumens now preparing for Holy Illumination, Orthodoxy 2.0 will join forces with Orthodoxy 101 this summer to offer specialized instruction. The combined group will meet on the second and fourth Saturdays in July and August at 4 p.m. All are welcome.
  • The Junior Orthodox Youth Association (Jr.OYA) for children in grades 5-8 will meet on July 24 this month; the high school group (OYA) is postponing its July meeting to plan an overnight August retreat.
  • Vespers is canceled on Wednesday, June 13 so the altar and nave can be repainted. An oil-based primer will be applied to remove and limit future soot buildup.

 

Sanctifying Technology in Parish Life

by Dn. Alexander Cadman

We cannot escape technology. Handheld devices give us access to more information than can be contained in any library, social networks reinvent the world and how we interact… even the simplest automobile has more computer power than the system that guided men to the moon.

Earlier this semester during our weekly OCF dinner and discussions, we explored the effects of technology on this generation and its relation-ships, noting true friendship is based on self-sacrifice and suffering with our neighbor, sharing trials until death. The all-too sanitized glimpse we get into the lives of others from Facebook, though neither “Pandora’s Box” nor “Prometheus’ Gift,” can’t provide the saving bonds we long for. We all committed to sanctify it by praying through our friend lists and status updates, and giving thanks to God for the many connections He provides.

In the parish as a whole, we are discovering new ways to bless electronic resources, like the weekly This Week email (contact the Parish Office to subscribe) and “digital” bulletin (i.e., “HTOC-TV”), video conferencing at ministry meetings, and mobile scheduling (on Fr. John’s iPhone, no less!). In April we look forward to further enhancements, including a totally redesigned holytrinity-oca.org and the transmission of audio from the amvon and Choir into the Narthex.