Weekly Events

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!

Trinity Events                          

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Adult Bible Class/Sunday School 9:00 am Communion Worship 10:00 am                    Sandwich Making following Worship

Monday, October 2, 2023

Bowling League 6:30 pm

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Ladies Bible Study 11:30 am                         Choir Rehearsal 4:30 pm                             Men's Bible Study @ Ball's 6:30 pm

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Clean Out Work Party 10:30 am

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Adult Bible Class/Sunday School 9:00 am Communion Worship 10:00 am                    Operation Barnabas Pastor Appreciation

Monday, October 9, 2023

Columbus Day - Office Closed                   Bowling League 6:30 pm

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Ladies Bible Study 11:30 am                         Choir Rehearsal 4:30 pm 

Saturday, October 14, 2023

LWML Tidewater Zone Workshop 9:00 am

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Adult Bible Class/Sunday School 9:00 am Communion Worship 10:00 am 

Monday, October 16, 2023

Bowling League 6:30 pm

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Ladies Bible Study 11:30 am                         Choir Rehearsal 4:30 pm                             Men's Bible Study @ Ball's 6:30 pm

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Adult Bible Class/Sunday School 9:00 am Communion Worship 10:00 am 

Monday, October 23, 2023

Bowling League 6:30 pm

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Ladies Bible Study 11:30 am                         Choir Rehearsal 4:30 pm 

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Trunk or Treat/Fall Festival 2:00 pm

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Adult Bible Class/Sunday School 9:00 am Communion Worship 10:00 am                 Reformation/Oktoberfest Luncheon 12:00pm

Monday, October 30, 2023

Bowling League 6:30 pm



October 1, 2023

Lector - Anna Carter                                       Communion Assistant - Dave Petri

October 8, 2023

Lector - Scott Thieman                                       Communion Assistant - John Knickelbein

October 15, 2023

Lector - Cathy George                                     Communion Assistant - Roger Medlin

October 22, 2023

Lector - Ken Leiding                                       Communion Assistant - Bill Sontag

October 29, 2023

Lector - Pastors                                         Communion Assistant - Pastors

Weekly Scripture

October 1, 2023

Isaiah 2:1-5                                                               1 Peter 2:4-10                                           Matthew 11:25-30

October 8, 2023

Isaiah 5:1-7                                             Philippians 3:4-14                                     Matthew 21:33-46

October 15, 2023

Isaiah 25:6-9                                           Philippians 4:4-13                                     Matthew 22:1-14

October 22, 2023

Isaiah 45:1-7                                                           1 Thessalonians 1:1-10                             Matthew 22:15-22

October 29, 2023

Revelation 14:6-7                                       Romans 3:19-28                                               John 8:31-36





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.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Board of Worship along with our Vacancy Pastors have decided to again offer the Common Cup as well as individual cups during the distribution of Communion.  If you wish to commune from the Common Cup do not take an individual cup when it is offered.  Whichever you prefer is an individual choice for blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.  

Special Ministries will be making sandwiches for the St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries Sunday morning following the Worship Service.  Many hands make for light work.   If you have never made them before it goes fast and the conversation while making the sandwiches is fun!   Hope you will join us in Belvedere Hall after you have your refreshments!   

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!  Our worship service is live-streamed every Sunday.  We would like to set up a team to share the responsibility of managing the computer that controls the camera and sound for the service.  If you have some computer skills and would like to be part of this rotating team, please speak with Bud Hubert. 

TLC is looking for a volunteer to assume the role of Bookkeeper for 2024.  You do not need to have an understanding of accounting or finance, but do need to have some computer skills and willingness to learn.  This requires working directly with the Treasurer and Church Secretary (both pretty good people!!) and a time commitment of about 2 hours per week. Please let David Petri or Lynn Hubert know if you are interested.

Work Party - The Building Clean Out Committee will host another ‘Work Day’ from 10 am -12 pm on Saturday, October 7th. We will be attempting to clear the Belvedere stage as much as possible. Please sign up in the Welcome Center if you will join us!

Operation Barnabas will be holding a Clergy Appreciation Day on Sunday, October 8th following the worship service.  Please join us in the Welcome Center to let our clergy know how grateful we are they are here at Trinity.  If you plan to stay, please sign-up on the board in the Welcome Center so that we can plan appropriately.

CANDY DONATIONS  -  Christian Growth will be collecting candy donations in support of a Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot at the end of October.  A box will be placed in the Welcome Center throughout October for the candy to be collected.  Keep an eye out for announcements for the Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival in the coming weeks!

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS AIDE  -  In a new effort we are looking for an additional aide each Sunday in the children's class.  A sign-up sheet will be posted in the Welcome Center.  There will be no need to make or review the lesson before the Sunday you volunteer, just that you arrive by 9 am.  Contact Lisa Otero with any questions. 

SPECIAL MINISTRIES NEWSSHOEBOXES for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child are available in the Welcome Center this morning.  This year we will have 30 boxes that will need to be filled.  As you take a box, please fill out your name, phone number and how many boxes you take on the sheet provided so that we can keep track.  A special thank you to Cathy George for getting the shoeboxes and applying for Thrivent “seed money” to pay for the mailing of the boxes.  We do ask if you take a box to please fill it and return it since the postage has been pre-paid.   If you take a box and find yourself unable to fill it, please return the box to Patty Malone or Cathy George.  PLEASE RETURN YOUR BOX WHETHER YOU FILL IT OR NOT.  You will have the entire month of October to fill your box and return to church.   The final day for returning the boxes will be Reformation Sunday – October 29th.

LUTHERAN WITNESS RENEWAL – It is time once again to renew your subscription to The Lutheran Witness.  The cost is $20.50 per subscription, with checks payable to Trinity, memo notation Lutheran Witness.  This is a publication well worth your reading time, please consider ordering through the Church Office at this group rate. Order deadline is October 15th! 

We will be celebrating the Reformation on Sunday, October 29th at 10:00 am with special music and both Pastor Utton and Chaplain Prince leading our service that morning.  Following the service, we will once again gather for our Oktoberfest Luncheon in Belvedere Hall.  Along with some traditional German food we always enjoy the many dishes brought in to share by each of our Trinity family.  A sign-up sheet can be found in the Welcome Center to let us know who will be attending and what dish you will be bringing! 

There will be a LWML Tidewater Zone Fall Workshop on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, here at Trinity.  A lite breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you are planning on attending, please sign-up on the board in the Welcome Center.  $5.00 Registration Fee

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.

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.

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 tlc@trinitylutherannorfolk.org. The newsletter is always available on our website at www.trinitylutherannorfolk.org. Please help us to keep you informed of Trinity’s happenings. 

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.

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!

Symbolic Actions

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.