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!
Joyful Ringers Rehearsal 8:45 am Sunday School/Bible Class 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00 am Voters' Assembly Meeting Following Worship
Bowling League 6:30 pm
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5:30-7:00 pm
Trinity Chorale Rehearsal 6:00 pm Ash Wednesday Worship Service 7:00 pm
Ladies Bible Study 11:30 am Men's Bible Study 7:00 pm
Sunday School/Bible Class 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00 am Joyful Ringers Rehearsal Following Worship
Ushers Bud Hubert and Julie Meraz
Acolyte Janet Gould
Lector David Chadwick
Communion Assistant Jeff Ingmire
Children's Sermon Stephen Pruitt
Host/ess Linda Blaker
Ushers Bud Hubert and Julie Meraz
Lector Anna Carter
Communion Assistant Bill Sontag
Children's Sermon Pastor Meraz
Host/ess LWML March Birthdays Celebration
Genesis 3:1-21 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11
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.
VOTER’S ASSEMBLY MEETING – There will be a Voter’s Assembly Meeting immediately following the Worship Service today. The purpose of this meeting is to announce the Nominating Committee for 2020 and upcoming Church Council positions to be filled in 2021, to give End of Year Financial Reports and current financial position and an update from the 100th Anniversary Committee.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER as we prepare our hearts and minds for Lent! Pancake Supper will be held Tuesday, February 25th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Volunteer and Attendance sign-up sheets are available on the bulletin board in the Welcome Center to let us know who will be helping/attending. A freewill offering will be gathered to benefit the 100th Anniversary Fund.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26th with Worship at 7:00 pm. Please join us for this evening Worship Service as we reflect upon God’s gift of forgiveness and life and learn about The Gospel in Seven Words.
Soup Suppers will begin on Wednesday, March 4th at 5:30 pm followed by our Lenten Worship Services at 7:00 pm. Please look on the Volunteer Board in the Welcome Center for more information and to sign up to bring in a pot of soup.
Maundy Thursday - The “Living Last Supper” is a drama based upon Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper. Around the table with the Twelve, Jesus observes the yearly Passover meal—the celebration of God’s rescue of Israel from slavery in Egypt. Yet the Lord also institutes His own holy meal—His body and blood, given and shed for our forgiveness, in the bread and wine. “Take, eat,” He invites disciples of all times and places, “Take, drink...in remembrance of Me.” During the supper Jesus also spoke the words, “One of you will betray Me.” Taken back with fear and anxiety, the disciples become still and silent. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper captures this moment, a moment of intense soul-searching. In the “Living Last Supper” drama, one by one the disciples rise to speak, recalling their experiences with the Master over the past three years. But confronted with the prospect of betraying their Lord, they can only wonder and ask, “Is it I? Is it I?” The "Living Last Supper" will be presented as part of our Maundy Thursday Worship Service, April 9th at 7 pm. There will be a short meeting for the “Apostles” after the Voters’ Assembly Meeting today!
Birthday Recognition – Our prayers that your special day will be filled with all the glory and the wonder of God's unfailing love and may you feel His presence working on your life all throughout the coming years! Please join us in the Welcome Center on the first Sunday of each month as we celebrate the birthdays happening that month.
Praising the Lord for 100 years of Grace!
100th Anniversary Notes – If you did not get a chance to pick up your 2020 calendar, there are still copies available in the Welcome Center.
Our next project is our Pictorial Directory – TODAY is the last day to add/update your picture before we go to press. Please see Lynn Hubert before or after the Voters' Assembly Meeting.
Golfers – We would like to set up a fellowship event golf outing sometime in May. If you would like to participate please sign up on the volunteer board in the Welcome Center. Once we see how many people can join, a date will be selected.
Banquet – Reservation Forms for our 100th Anniversary Banquet to be held at Grand Affairs in Virginia Beach on June 7th are available in the Jan/Feb/Mar issue of the Trinitarian or can be picked up in the Church Office. Please return completed form to the office with your payment and reservation. All reservations need to be made by April 1st so we can let the venue know how many are attending. If you have any questions please speak with Bud or 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.