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/Bible Class 9:00 am Communion Worship Service 10:00 am Voters' Assembly Meeting 11:30 am Bell Choir Rehearsal 12:30 am
Bowling League 6:30 pm
Ladies Weekly Bible Study 11:30 am Mens Bible Study 1:00 pm
Ladies Monthly Bible Study 8:00 am
Sunday School/Bible Class 9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal 9:00 am Communion Worship Service 10:00 am Holiday Happenings 11:30 am
Ushers Linda Blaker and Doug Sulak
Acolyte Jeanette Gilson and Philip Gilson
Lector David Chadwick
Communion Assistant Dave Petri
Children's Sermon Stephen Pruitt
Host/ess Linda Loper
Ushers Julie Meraz and Doug Sulak
Acolyte Janet Gould
Lector Julie Meraz
Communion Assistant Bill Sontag
Children's Sermon Pastor Meraz
Host/ess Holiday Happenings
Malachi 3:13-18 Colossians 1:13-20 Mark 10:17-27
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.
The VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETING will be held today following the Worship Service in the Sanctuary. The agenda will include budget approval for 2020 as well as elections. Your vote counts.
Stewardship Sunday will be celebrated next Sunday, November 24th. Letters from the Board of Stewardship were mailed last week. If you have not received yours, please contact the Church Office. 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. In order to carry out our mission at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, we need the support of all of our members through your financial gifts as well as your time and talents. May God bless you to be a cheerful giver! We are asking you to prayerfully consider your gifts to Trinity.
SPECIAL MINISTRIES NEWS - For the months of November and December we will be collecting children and adult diapers for the Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank. A lot of people take for granted that all children and adults have clean diapers throughout the day. That sadly, is not the case! The collection box will be in the Welcome Center. Open packages are allowed if they are not used.
Praising the Lord for 100 years of Grace! Our 100th year celebration will begin in 7 weeks!! WE NEED YOUR PICTURE for our "Trinity Family" board and for our 100th Anniversary Pictorial Directory coming out in early 2020.
LWML Holiday Happenings will be held on Sunday, November 24th in the Welcome Center - Gift items/crafts and lots of wonderful treats (cakes, pies, cookies, etc.) are available to purchase. Pick up that little something for someone special for the holidays!
Thanksgiving Worship Service - Our traditional Thanksgiving Worship Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00 p.m. Please join us as we thank God for all He has given us!
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 December 8th. Poinsettias may be taken home after the service on Christmas Day.
COMMUNITY CHURCHES - What does this mean to our church? Join us on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. and learn about this church trend.
Join us on Wednesday evenings for our Advent services - December 4th, 11th and 18th. We will begin at 7:00 pm with a hymn sing. This is an opportunity to sing your favorite hymns and Christmas carols (that may not be sung during the Sunday Advent services).
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 - If you have an email on file you will receive your copy electronically. If you would 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.
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.