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!
Senior Ministry Worship and Lunch 11:00 am
Communion Worship Service 10:00 am
Ladies Bible Study 11:30 am Men's Bible Study 6:30 pm
Arts and Crafts Fair 8:00 am
Communion Worship Service 10:00 am
Ladies Bible Study 11:30 am
Family Fellowship Night 6:00 pm
Communion Worship Service 10:00 am
Lector - Judy Sykes Communion Assistant - John Knickelbein
Lector - Scott Thieman Communion Assistant - Roger Medlin
Lector - Cathy George Communion Assistant - Bill Sontag
Jeremiah 23:16-29 Hebrews 11:17-31; 12:1-3 Luke 12:49-53
Isaiah 66:18-23 Hebrews 12:4-24 Luke 13:22-30
Proverbs 25:2-10 Hebrews 13:1-17 Luke 14:1-14
Masks are no longer required inside the church. If you prefer to wear a mask you are encouraged to do so.
In the event of inclement weather please visit our website at www.trinitylutherannorfolk.org and our Facebook page at TLCNorfolk for announcements concerning any cancellations. 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.
Congratulations! - Please keep the Rev. Dr. William A. Harmon in your prayers. Pastor Harmon was installed yesterday as the 14th President of the Southeastern District, LCMS, at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Williamsburg.
Don’t forget to attend the LWML Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, August 20th from 8 am – 1 pm. We hope to see you there!
Special Voters’ Assembly – Sunday, August 21st – Following service - Park Place School in Norfolk is looking into the possibility of renting Belvedere Hall 2 days a week to use as a gym for their students. A Building Committee has been established to meet with them and see if this is feasible. Once the committee meets, they will bring their recommendations to the Church Council. If approved by the Church Council a Voters’ Assembly needs to be held for voters’ approval. In order to meet the time constraints of a two week notice to the congregation, a date was selected to hold this meeting.
Family Fellowship Night – Friday, August 26th – 6:00 to 8:00 pm - All ages, family and friends are invited. Teams will be formed to play “Minute to Win it” games. Hot dogs, chips and cookies will be available to enjoy. If you plan to attend, please sign up on the bulletin board in the Welcome Center so we know how many to plan for. A special thank you to Lisa Otero for planning and leading this special event!
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) has always been a very important part of Trinity. All women of the congregation are members of Trinity’s LWML. On Saturday September 10th we will hold a meeting inviting all of Trinity’s ladies to attend. This will be an information gathering meeting about what you want to see made available to you! Are you interested in a Night League, Bible Studies, etc? What are you looking to get involved in? We pray you will take some time out of your busy schedules and join us as we look to our future and how we can best serve Trinity and those in need.
LWML Responsibilities - Prayer Shawl Ministry - As the prayer shawl is made, the preparer offers prayers to the Lord for the protection, comfort, and blessings for the shawl’s recipient. The completed shawls are placed on the altar railing, the ladies then gather as a league and kneel at the altar and pray that God would bless the shawl and its recipient. We pray that as the recipient wears the shawl, that they receive warmth and comfort from it, and that they feel the “hugs” from Trinity’s LWML. We are always looking for those who know how to knit, crochet or work a loom. Even if you can’t help make these shawls you can help by donating 3 skeins of #4 yarn all in the same color, 122 shawls have been distributed since we began this ministry in 2011. A special thank you to all who have supported this very important ministry.
On Saturday, September 17th from 8am to 1pm the ladies of the LWML will be holding a PARKING LOT TAILGATE SALE. What is that you ask? You bring your car/van/truck into the space and set-up your wares. You get to keep any money you make from your day of selling. Clean out your garage, attic and house and join us for what is to be a day of fun and fellowship. Sign up on the LWML bulletin board and get a space early. The women’s league raises funds by charging for the parking spaces. The cost for parking space is $15.00 and tables are $5.00 the chair is included. Proceeds from the yard sale will support mission work of the LWML.
Prayers for Kentucky Flood Victims - We are collecting gift cards to Home Depot, Lowes, Target, and Walmart to be sent to help the flood victims in Kentucky. If you would like to participate, please bring these cards into the Welcome Center and place in the container there or place in the offering plate. We will mail these cards to SED LCMS as a donation from our Trinity congregation.
The 100th Anniversary Cookbooks are still available for purchase. The cost is $7.00 each. Order your copy today. Place your payment, checks made out to Trinity, in the offering plate with “cookbook” marked in the memo section. Then next Sunday your cookbook will be placed on the pew in the hallway near the parking lot door. If you have any questions please contact Lynn Hubert.
Would you like to forgo the hassle of envelopes? You can enroll in the VANCO “Simply Giving” program. You select the donation, the day and the frequency of the donation and the money is withdrawn from your bank account. Forms are available on the bulletin board in the office hallway. A voided check is required. Completed forms should be given to Anne Combes, Church Secretary. Anne can also answer any questions.
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 email@example.com. 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.