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!
Advent Mid-Week Worship Service 7:00 pm
Ladies Bible Study 11:30 am
Worship Service 10:00 am
Bowling League 6:30 pm
Advent Mid-Week Worship Service 7:00 pm
Lector - Tresea Staley Communion Assistant - Dave Petri
Lector - Judy Sykes Communion Assistant - John Knickelbein
Lector - Cathy George Communion Assistant - Roger Medlin
Lector -Tresea Staley
Malachi 3:1-7 Philippians 1:2-11 Luke 3:1-14
Zephaniah 3:14-20 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 7:18-28
Malachi 5:2-5 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45
Genesis 2:4-9 Genesis 22:15-18 Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 Micah 5:2-4 Luke 1:26-38 Luke 2:1-7 Luke 2:8-16 Matthew 2:1-11 John 1:1-14
While Trinity still encourages members to wear masks inside the church (as 'recommended' by the CDC), Trinity will no longer require wearing masks. However, we do recommend those not comfortable without their masks to continue wearing them. We will still have masks available if someone wants one. Of note, Pastor and the Communion Assistant will wear their masks during Communion.
A special thank you to everyone who donated crafts and baked goods for our Holiday Happenings on November 21st. Maybe you stopped by the Welcome Center and bought some goodies or a craft; whatever you purchased we want you to know that you are helping to support our mission work through the LWML. We raised $700!
Special Ministries would like to thank everyone for all the food donated during the month of November. The LWML will be matching can for can all donations brought in. The food will be delivered to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore the first week in December.
Join us on Wednesday evenings for our Advent services - December 1st, 8th and 15th. We will begin at 7:00 pm with a hymn sing. This is an opportunity to sing your favorite hymns and Christmas carols.
All ladies are invited to the Women’s Advent Tea on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at Hope Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach. Advent season is the time to prepare for the Coming of Christ. The ladies of Hope would like to celebrate this special time of the year with you and hope you can attend. For those wishing to attend please contact Cathy George so that she can give Hope a count of how many ladies will be attending.
Mark your calendars for next Sunday, December 5th (the Second Sunday in Advent) to join us after the Worship Service to decorate the church for Christmas. Our tradition is to place handmade Chrismons on the two large Christmas trees that stand on either side of the altar. You are invited to participate in this fellowship event.
New Pictorial Directory – Our plans are to have a new pictorial directory available for pick up the first week of December. If your picture is out of date or missing, please see Lynn Hubert after service to have a picture taken. Also, if there are changes to be made to your contact information, please let the Church Office know.
Christmas Caroling to the Homebound will be held on December 12th. Trinity’s shut-in members look forward to visits from you. Share Christmas spirit by lending your voice and enjoy good fellowship. A light lunch will be served after Worship Service before we go caroling. There is a sign-up sheet is in the Welcome Center.
Cookie Pack for the Military – This year we will be supplying HOMEMADE COOKIES for Boyd Sylvester to deliver to service members standing their watch on the piers on Christmas Eve. If you could make a dozen cookies and bring them to church on December 19th (labeled for COOKIE PACK) the ladies will get together on Monday, December 20th and pack the cookies into gift bags along with a note of blessing from Trinity. Please sign up in the Welcome Center and let us know to expect your cookies. We are truly excited to be able to minister to our military and let them know they are thought of at Christmas.
The Poinsettia sign-up sheet is on the LWML Flower bulletin board in the hallway. Please indicate whether they are in honor or memory of someone and whether you want to take them home or gift to a shut-in. Poinsettias will be $10.00 this year and must be paid for in advance. Order deadline is Sunday, December 14th. Poinsettias may be taken home after the service on Christmas Eve. Please make checks payable to LWML and drop them in the offering plate or mail to the Church Office. Please make the notation of “POINSETTIA” in the memo line.
Farewell/Retirement Dinner for Pastor Meraz - A potluck dinner will be held on Sunday, December 19th following the worship service. The LWML will supply chicken tenders. Those attending are asked to help supply the side dishes, salads and desserts. Please sign up to let us know you plan on attending and the dish you will be bringing! (On Volunteer Board in the Welcome Center.) The Church Council has put aside a financial thank you gift for Pastor Meraz. If you are interested in adding to this gift please place your contribution in a pew envelope marked for Pastor's gift. Please join us as we gather to say Goodbye and Godspeed to Pastor Meraz in his retirement. A gift basket will also be available next Sunday in the Welcome Center where you can place your personal cards and gifts of appreciation.
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 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.