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 Welcome Reception 11:00 am
Deacon's Meeting 1:30 pm
Ladies Weekly Bible Study 11:30 am
Sunday School/Adult Bible Class 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00
Greeter Roger and Mary Anne Medlin
Ushers Julie Meraz and Doug Sulak
Acolyte Janet Gould
Lector Anna Carter
Children's Sermon Pastor Meraz
Host/ess Welcome Reception
Ushers Bud Hubert and Doug Sulak
Acolyte Janet Gould
Lector Julie Meraz
Communion Assistant Jeff Ingmire
Children's Sermon Pastor Meraz
Host/ess Sharyn Leiding
Exodus 16:2-15 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:22-35
WELCOME - This morning we welcome our new Director of Music, Stephen Pruitt and his wife Diane to Trinity. Please join us for a reception in their honor after service in Belvedere Hall. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Over the next two weeks they will be closing on their home in Colorado and moving to Williamsburg where they will reside. Stephen will be back with us at the organ on August 12th. Please pray for their safe travel as they make the final trip to their new home. Special thank you to Mary Ann Medlin who will help lead us in worship on the piano while Stephen is away.
SPECIAL MINISTRIES would like the THANK ALL who participated in the CHRISTMAS IN JULY Ice Cream Social! We raised $244 to help with our boxes. We will continue to collect school supplies for Operation Christmas Child through September. There is a collection box in the Welcome Center.
Summer Camp is moving right along! Last week was everything Norfolk, our favorite week. We painted Mermaids and some Mer-men? A mermaid friend of ours came in and read to the campers. Everyone went to the Slover Library and we ended our Norfolk week with Doumar’s fresh Waffle Cones. Ryan the balloon guy also paid us a visit and as always the children and adults enjoyed it so much. We sure hope you all were able to see the special balloon we had him make for Pastor Meraz. Looking forward to the rest of the summer, we have so many new children this year and everyone seems to be very happy and having a great time.
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – On Wednesday, August 1st from 2:00 to 7:00 pm, we will be holding a Blood Drive here at Trinity. Giving blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference. At this time, the American Red Cross is facing a blood emergency. Sign up sheet is on the Volunteer Board in the Welcome Center.
Update your email address – Please make sure that we have your current email address on file in the office. It's easy, just write your email address next to your name in the Welcome Book found in the pew. Each week Pastor sends out a message, we also send out special notices as well as the Trinitarian is emailed to those with addresses on file. We appreciate your help.
Family Pictorial Board – Active guests and members, do we have your picture on the board in the hallway? Lynn Hubert will be taking pictures this morning in Belvedere Hall during the reception. Please see her to have your picture taken!
CHRISTMAS IN JULY! - SPECIAL MINISTRIES will be collecting 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.
STEWARDSHIP UPDATE - Ever wonder where your offerings to General Fund are spent? Within our budget are different categories that cover everything from building to salaries to missions. Each week The Board of Stewardship will be explaining what is covered by our budget and paid with your offerings. Last week we covered a portion of Church Properties. Other than salaries this is one of our biggest budget items. Church Properties' budget also covers our Telephone/Internet Bill (avg. $250.00/mo.), Repairs and General Maintenance of the building (budgeted $333.00/mo.), Cleaning and Paper Supplies (budgeted $100/mo.). The total monthly need for Church Properties to meet budget is $4,720.83/month. Prayerfully consider your gifts to Trinity and His work in this place. Thank you and God bless you.
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.