Each Sunday there are announcements and activities for the next week listed in the bulletin. Below is the most current information posted each Sunday. So if you are out of town or unable to attend church on any Sunday please check here for any information you may have missed!
Sunday School/Adult Bible Class 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00 am Special Ministries Meeting 11:30 am Bell Choir Practice Following Worship
100th Anniversary Committee Mtg 7:00 pm
Lutheran Confessions Bible Study 6:30 pm Choir Practice 7:30 pm
Ladies Weekly Bible Study 11:30 am Men's Bible Study 7:00 pm
Sunday School/Adult Bible Class 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal Following Worship
Ushers Bud Hubert and Errol Jennings
Acolyte Jason Loper
Lector David Chadwick
Children's Sermon Pastor Meraz
Host/ess JoNell Chadwick and Janice Gwin
Ushers Doug Sulak and Justin Malone
Acolyte Cassie Wyles
Lector Ken Leiding
Communion Assistant Ken Leiding
Children's Sermon Pastor Meraz
Host/ess Patty Hoeft
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 James 5:1-20 Mark 9:38-50
ALL SERVICE PARTICIPANTS PLEASE JOIN US – There will be a special recognition of Acolytes, Choir, Communion Assistants, Lectors and Ushers today during the Worship service.
We are beginning to see more young families join us on Sunday Mornings. For the children we have Activity Bags available in the Narthex. We currently have refilled four of these bags. At this time, there are four activity bags missing. If anyone has an activity bag at home, please return it to the Narthex, so that we can continue this ministry. We appreciate your help.
Special Offering for Hurricane Relief - Helping the hurting amid disaster.
In partnership with you and others across the Synod, LCMS Disaster Response has a decades-long legacy of changing lives with our Lord's mercy in the aftermath of disaster. Through the generosity of our LCMS congregations and families, you work with LCMS Disaster Response to carry out our Synod's response to people who are hurting, grieving and seeking hope. By God's grace, through resources and grants to districts, RSOs and other strategic partners, together we reach out to the hurting with Christ's love. Our prayers continue for those affected by Hurricane Florence. If you would like to help with a monetary donation to the hurricane relief, we will be taking a special offering this morning to send to the LCMS Disaster Response Fund. Checks can be made to LCMS or TLC. Make sure to write "disaster response" in the memo line on your check. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Reformation Sunday will be celebrated on October 28th at 10:00 am with a Communion Service followed by a Potluck Luncheon in Belvedere Hall. Christ and Unity Lutheran Churches will be invited to join us for the luncheon. Please look for the sign-up sheet for side dishes and desserts, on the Volunteer Board in the Welcome Center. (Brats, Hot Dogs, Rolls and Drinks will be provided.) It helps tremendously to know how many are attending and what side dish you can bring. We are looking forward to a great day of Christian Fellowship!
Trinity’s LWML ladies are collecting items for their in-gathering for the Gifts from the Heart for the 2018 Convention. If you would like to help them with this project, below are some items they are looking for – Gift Cards for Seminarians – Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears, Walmart, BP and Shell (gas cards), Applebee’s, Chick-Fil-A, Dairy Queen, KFC, McDonalds, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Wendys; Eyeglasses for MOST Ministries – adult-sized glasses, child-sized glasses, non-prescription sunglasses, reading glasses; Fisher House, Portsmouth/Supporting American’s military in their time of need – Gift cards for Lowes, Food Lion, Walmart, Office Max, Home Depot and Amazon - non-perishable food items and travel size toiletries; Blue Ridge Women’s Center, Roanoke – baby clothes, newborn to 18-24 months; and Orphan Grain Train – Flip flops and new underwear (adult and child sizes).
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS - ALL CHILDREN ages 3 to middle school are invited to join in the Sunday School each week at 9am . We will be studying the ministry of Jesus as HE taught about God's Kingdom. We have singing, lively discussion and creative ways to remember our lessons. Come join the fun!
SPECIAL MINISTRIES will continue to collect school supplies for Operation Christmas Child to fill the shoe boxes. Items needed are as follows: comb, hairbrush, toothbrush, washcloth, adhesive bandages, reusable plastic containers w/hair bows or bracelets, socks, mittens, pencils, pencil sharpener, colored pencils, pencil case, pens, crayons, markers, coloring pad or notebooks that will fit into a shoebox, foam ball, small doll, finger puppets, Slinky, cars, plastic tools, plastic cookware, One “WOW” item. There will be a collection box in the Welcome Center for the above items.
Would you like to use a tablet to follow the Order of Worship? You may check out a tablet from the usher before service and please return it after the service.
RECYCLE PORTALS OF PRAYER – Please consider recycling your copies of Portals of Prayer when you are finished with them. The recycled copies will be used and distributed by the Southeastern Correctional Ministry in Hampton. A box is available in the Narthex for collection.
Trinitarian newsletter - We need your help!!!! Each time we print the newsletter there are over 100 copies that are not picked up and then have to be mailed. In order to help us save on printing, paper and postage we will no longer be printing every copy. If you have an email you will receive your copy electronically. If you would still like to receive a paper copy, please let the Church Office know either by calling 489-2551 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The newsletter is always available on our website at www.trinitylutherannorfolk.org. Please help us to keep you informed of Trinity’s happenings. If you requested a hard copy it is available in the Welcome Center this morning. Extra copies are for guests!
Bulletin Deadline – If you have a blurb or an insert for the bulletin, please make sure it is into the Church Office by 9:00 am on the Wednesday morning prior to publication.
In the event of inclement weather please visit our website at www.trinitylutherannorfolk.org and our Facebook page at TLCNorfolk for announcements concerning any cancelations. Notifications will also be sent by email to those with an email address on file and by phone to those who do not. Please do not rely on the notice being posted on the local news networks.
Generosity Made Easy - The Simply Giving® Program is an automated stewardship program that helps members live generously. It's a convenient, safe and simple way for individuals to make automatic payments to nonprofit organizations through electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly from checking or savings accounts. Thrivent Federal Credit Union has contracted with industry leader Vanco Payment Solutions to provide electronic payment processing services at reduced rates – so your generosity goes further. Trinity offers electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offering. Electronic giving offers convenience for individual congregation members and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. Direct Debit giving is used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account.As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Authorization forms are available on the hallway bulletin board. Please return completed forms to the Church Office.
Altar Flowers – Everyone enjoys seeing the beautiful flowers adorning our altar on Sunday mornings. If you have a special event or recognition please consider signing up to provide flowers one Sunday. The Flower chart is located in the hallway across from the office. We would really appreciate any donations to the Flower Fund even if you don’t have an occasion to place flowers on the altar. The LWML tries to make sure we have flowers on the altar for communion Sundays. Any help is greatly appreciated.
RECYCLE PORTALS OF PRAYER – Please consider recycling your copies of Portals of Prayer when you are finished with them. The recycled copies will be used and distributed by the Southeastern Correctional Ministry in Hampton. A box in the Narthex is available for collection.
Worship is our adoring response to the eternal God; it is the central and unique act of the Church. Without it there would be no church. Worship and Christ-centered service to the community is what identifies the church as the Church. To worship is to stand in awe in the presence of the Almighty – it is to “be still, and know that I am God,” and it is also to sing with profound reverence “Glory to God in the highest!”
In worship we celebrate the saving act of God. We gather in church to remember all that our God has done for his people. This is the purpose of the liturgy; this is what we celebrate in the Word and the Sacraments. God created us. God forgives us. God upholds us in his everlasting arms. We who are baptized gather frequently to give thanks to our God and to celebrate the presence of his Son in our midst.
Reverence is a deep feeling of awe and respect and thanksgiving in the presence of the almighty God. Our reverence is expressed in the way we speak and act and in how we handle the words and actions of worship and prayer. Respect for our Lord also implies respect for our fellow worshipers.
Let us worship together in peace and joy!
Certain actions have symbolic meaning for Christians – they symbolize our reverence and our faith.
Bowing our heads during meditation and prayer is an action of reverence. We bow our heads to show our respect for God. When passing the altar, we may also bow toward the cross, because it represents Christ’s presence among us; or bow when Christ’s name is mentioned in the liturgy, as a sign that we accept him as our Lord. Likewise, during the Processional and the Recessional we face and may bow towards the cross as it passes us. These ceremonial acts are an acknowledgement of our devotion to our Lord and a means of signifying our reverence and adoration for the holiness of God.
Making the sign of the cross is an action which reminds us of our Baptism. Christians make the sign of the cross as we remember that in Holy Baptism we die with Christ so as to rise with Him as his children in new life.
Outward signs of devotion are not enough, however. They are worthless if they do not flow out of hearts full of love for God and obedience to his will. “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false” (Psalm 24:3-4). An inner life of prayer – with confession of sinfulness, adoration of God simply because he is God, thanksgiving for all he has done for us, and petitions for his help – is essential to the reverent spirit.
Church Website - Our website is always a work in progress but we hope it will give visitors and members information about our church. There is a secret page just for members. In order for you to see this page and to receive future communication/updates from the website, you will need to set up a username and password. If we do not have a current email on file for you please contact the church office.