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 Communion Worship Service 10:00 am LWML Bake Sale for Mites Fundraiser Bell Choir Rehearsal Following Worship
Bowling League 6:30 pm
Deacon's Meeting 1:00 pm Choir Practice 6:30 pm
Lenten Soup Supper 5:30 pm Lenten Mid-week Worship Service 7:00 pm
Ladies Weekly Bible Study 11:30 am Board of Worship Meeting 1:00 pm Men's Bible Study 1:00 pm
LWML Spring Rally @ King of Glory 9:00 am
Sunday School/Adult Bible Class 9:00 am Communion Worship Service 10:00 am New Member Reception Following Worship Bell Choir Rehearsal Following Worship LWML Paint "Night" 1:30 pm
Ushers Justin Malone and Julie Meraz
Acolyte Jozlynne Donahue
Lector Anna Carter
Communion Assistant Dave Petri
Children's Sermon Pastor Meraz
Host/ess Linda Loper
Ushers Bud Hubert and Doug Sulak
Acolyte Jeanette Gilson
Lector John Knickelbein
Communion Assistant John Knickelbein
Children's Sermon Stephen Pruitt
Ezekiel 33:7-20 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9
Immediately following the Welcome and Announcements you will hear bells signaling the Call to Worship. At the conclusion of the bells, please stand and face the Processional Cross.
LWML MITE CHALLENGE –The LWML will be holding a Bake Sale TODAY to support the MITE mission goal for Lutheran children's books for families worldwide – Lutheran Heritage Foundation. Please stop by the table in the Welcome Center and help support this mission project.
Please join us for the next four Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm as we explore The Book of Exodus: Let My People Go! for our Lenten mid-week Worship Service. Each service will begin with a hymn-sing. Soup Suppers will precede each Worship Service at 5:30 pm. Sign-up sheets for soup and bread are available on the bulletin board in the Welcome Center.
SPECIAL MINISTRY NEWS - Special Ministries will be making sandwiches for the homeless on Sunday, March 31st, following the church service. The sandwiches will then be delivered to St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries on Lafayette Blvd. All ingredients will be supplied, we just need your help to put them together. For more information, please see Patty Malone.
Praising the Lord for 100 years and Forever! - We are 41 weeks away from celebrating our 100th Anniversary year beginning in January of 2020. We are still collecting recipes for our cookbook. Please help us to gather at least one recipe from every family at Trinity. We are also looking for addresses of past members and school families. You can give the info to Lynn Hubert or place recipes and addresses in the little church in the Welcome Center.
SPECIAL MINISTRIES NEWS - This Lent, we’re joining Lutheran World Relief in A SEASON OF HOPE to announce to the world the HOPE of Christ. Each week, we’ll collect a different item that we’ll use to assemble Personal Care Kits that give people around the world tools to stay healthy in life’s most challenging situations.
Here’s Our Collection Schedule:
March 17 – Toothbrushes
March 24 – Combs
March 31 – Nail Clippers
April 7 - Bars of Soap
April 14 - Towels
Please place your items in the box in the Welcome Center. Thank you for your support for this very worthwhile project. SOME IMPORTANT GUIDELINES TO REMEMBER • Be sure to shop for light- or medium-weight towels, which are easier for kit recipients to hand wash and air dry, take up less storage space and are considerably less expensive than the fluffier towels we may prefer to use. • Please give new items only. • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your group’s name. • Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage. • Do not add other items or leave out any of the items listed. • All items should be new and in good condition.
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.