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 Holiday Happenings Following Worship Bell Choir Rehearsal Following Worship
Board of Worship 1:00 pm
Deacon's Meeting 1:00 pm
Choir Practice 5:55 pm Thanksgiving Eve Service 7:00 pm
THANKSGIVING - Church Offices Closed
Church Offices Closed
Sunday School/Adult Bible Class 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal Following Worship
Ushers Errol Jennings and Doug Sulak
Acolyte Hayden Jennings
Lector John Butcher
Communion Assistant Ken Leiding
Children's Sermon Pastor Meraz
Host/ess LWML Holiday Happenings
Ushers Bud Hubert and Julie Meraz
Acolyte Janet Gould
Lector David Chadwick
Children's Sermon Pastor Meraz
Host/ess JoNell Chadwick
Isaiah 51:4-6 Jude 20-25 Mark 13:24-37
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.
Christian Stewardship is the free and joyous activity of
the children of God and God’s family, the church,
in managing life and all of life’s resources for God’s purposes.
Today we celebrate Stewardship Sunday! As we joyously look forward to celebrating Trinity’s 100th Anniversary in 2020, it is appropriate to praise our God for the many blessings that He has bestowed on Trinity over those many years. The Holy Spirit has brought many souls into our Christian family to worship with us, be nourished by God’s word, and praise God with gifts of time, talent and treasure. As we look to our future and our celebration of this milestone in the life of our church, we want to thank each of you for all you have done as faithful stewards of your time, talents and treasure.
Once a year we ask that you complete the Biographical Form to update information we have on file for you (please make sure that your contact information is up to date) as well as the Opportunities for Service and Participation as completely as you are able. As you review the areas of service available at Trinity, please consider where your talents and your time will allow and guide you to joyful service. These forms will be gathered during the service today or placed in the offering plate on any Sunday.
The Lord has blessed our congregation with a faithful pastor and a facility to serve all our needs while showing His presence in our community. Our annual budget supported by your gifts is built to maintain those blessings essential to our church’s mission and ministry.
Prayerfully consider your gifts and what you can offer to support the ministry at Trinity. This commitment is between you and our Lord. Please keep your 2019 Commitment Form in a place where it will remind you of your stewardship commitment to Trinity and to God’s work. May God bless you to be a cheerful giver!
You are vital to our ministry at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church which could not exist without your faithful stewardship. This includes your support through your financial gifts, your time and talents as well as your prayers. Help us to share and celebrate God’s word as we continue to spread His Gospel into a world that so desperately needs to hear it. Thank you for being a part of the family of Christ at Trinity.
Welcome Center this morning. Gift items and crafts and lots of wonderful treats are available to purchase. This Annual Bake Sale helps us to support our mission ministries. Please consider purchasing something to make your holiday baking easier or pick up that little something for the holidays!
The Poinsettia sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the hallway. Poinsettias will be $8.00 this year and must be paid for in advance. Order deadline is Sunday, November 25th. Poinsettias may be taken home after the late service on Christmas Eve. Please make checks payable to LWML.
Lutheran Confessions Study Group will resume on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 6:30 pm. Please join us to learn more about how the Lutheran Confessions will instruct, inspire, and educate all who use it and learn what it means to be, and to remain, a genuinely confessing Lutheran Christian.
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 will be available for collection.
LIVE NATIVITY – Trinity’s Live Nativity will be held on December 8th. If you would like to participate, please sign up!! A volunteer sheet has been posted in the Welcome Center to see how many children and adults would like to participate. If we do not have enough children then we will ask the adults to appear as the characters of the nativity.
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.