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
Ladies Weekly Bible Study 11:30 am Operation Barnabas BINGO NIGHT 5:30 pm
Men's Breakfast 8:00 am
Sunday School/Adult Bible Class 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00 am
Greeter Jacque Czypinski
Ushers Linda Blaker and Doug Sulak
Lector Rick Townes
Children's Sermon Linda Blaker
Ushers Jack Carter and John Knickelbein
Lector Ralph Knorr
Communion Assistant Ralph Knorr
Children's Sermon David Chadwick
Scriptures for August 20th Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Romans 11:1-2, 13-15, 28-32 Matthew 15:21-28
WELCOME CENTER – While we continue to worship in Belvedere Hall our Welcome Center refreshments can be found on a table at the back of the hall after service. Cold drinks and refreshments will be furnished by our hosts/hostesses. You will find coffee in the kitchen, available during the BC/SS hour as well as after church. (We ask our hostesses to prepare your refreshments and have them ready to place on the table during the last hymn of the service.) We look forward to sharing this fellowship time with each other and welcoming our visitors to Trinity.
YOUTH NEWS - Youth (confirmation age and older) - We will be holding a back to school swim party TODAY at Noon. We will leave after church for a fun day of swimming, food and fellowship. We will head out to our host home of Lynn and Bud Hubert. This is always a big hit with everyone who attends. There is a sign-up sheet on the youth board. Please include your phone number or give it to Mrs. Malone.
VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETING - A Special Voters’ Assembly will be held on August 20th following the service. Discussion will be held concerning ONE Service and how we proceed after August. Your vote counts please join us!
OPERATION BARNABAS – On Thursday, August 17th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Operation Barnabas will be sponsoring BINGO NIGHT! Not only is this for military, veterans and retirees we would like to invite EVERYONE in the congregation for a night of FUN filled FELLOWSHIP! Snacks and drinks will be provided. Mark your calendar and join the fun!!!
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED - The Board of Christian Growth is looking for Sunday School teachers for the 2017 - 2018 year. Please consider being part of God's work in educating those who will follow us in the faith. For more information please speak with Cathy George or Pastor.
Operation Christmas Child Update - With our Ice Cream Social fundraiser we are off to a good start. As a church family, we are committed to packing 30 boxes!! (Last year we did 11.) During the month of July we collected school supplies, thanks to all who donated. For August we will be collecting Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soaps, combs, brushes, wash cloths, hand towels, etc. AND Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, flash lights(with batteries), small umbrellas, fishing line, playing cards, compact mirrors, etc. REMINDER - the items must fit inside a shoebox. Each month we will have a difference focus and in November we will have a Packing Party to put all the boxes together and have some pizza.
PLAYGROUND FUND - Due to the removal of the trees around the playground, discussion has started as to providing shade in the playground area and working on the mulch. We have been blessed with a $500 donation for additional mulch for the playground. The Board of Church Properties received permission from our voters' to build a 12 x 12 shade cover in the playground. Estimated cost $500-$1000. This project (shade cover and mulch) will be covered by personal donations that will benefit the children of the congregation and the summer camp. If you would like to contribute, please make your checks out to Trinity and write "Playground Project" in the memo section. A special thank you for all donations made to this project.
PICTURES NEEDED – We would like to update our Operation Barnabas Board with pictures of all our military personnel, past and present. If we do not have one, please submit a picture (we can make a copy) to the Church Office.
ICE - If you are having a cook-out or picnic or something where you need ice….the Church’s Ice Machine is continually making ice. If you would like some, please contact the Church Office to coordinate a time to pick it up. Bring your cooler and shovel away! (With the scoop designated for the Ice Machine please!)
Welcome Center Hostesses Needed – Please take a moment to look at the signup sheet on the Volunteer Board in the Welcome Center. We have several Sundays where Hostesses are needed after services. We are sorry but when we do not have a Hostess there will not be refreshments in the Welcome Center after that particular service. If you have any questions about being a Hostess please see one of the ladies from the LWML. Thank you for your support.
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.