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                        

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service  7:00 pm

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Adult Bible Study 9:00 am                                 Communion Worship Service 10:00 am         

Monday, November 28, 2022

Bowling League 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Mid-week Advent Worship Service  7:00 pm

Thursday,December 1, 2022

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

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Adult Bible Study 9:00 am                                 Communion Worship Service 10:00 am           Greening of the Church   Following Worship  

Monday, December 5, 2022

Bowling League 6:30 pm

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Mid-week Advent Worship Service  7:00 pm

Thursday,December 8, 2022

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

 

 

SERVING AT TRINITY  

November 27, 2022

Lector - Boyd Sylvester                                         Communion Assistant - Bill Sontag

December 4, 2022

Lector - Ken Leiding                                         Communion Assistant - Dave Petri

December 11, 2022

Lector - Judy Sykes                                               Communion Assistant - John Knickelbein

December 18, 2022

Lector - Scott Thieman                                           Communion Assistant - Roger Medlin

December 25, 2022

Lector - Cathy George                                         Communion Assistant - Bill Sontag

 

 

Weekly Scripture

November 27, 2022

Isaiah 2:1-5                                                             Romans 13:8-14                                                   Matthew 24:36-44

December 4, 2022

Isaiah 11:1-10                                                           Romans 15:4-13                                                   Matthew 3:1-12

December 11, 2022

Isaiah 35:1-10                                                         James 5:7-11                                                 Matthew 11:2-15

December 18, 2022

Isaiah 7:10-17                                                 Romans 1:1-7                                                 Matthew 1:18-25

December 25, 2022

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Special Ministries is holding a food drive during the month of November to benefit the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.  Across the globe, eating three meals a day has become a luxury. While we may not be able to help globally, we can help those here in our community.  You can bring your canned and dry goods to church on Sunday or during the week when the office is open.   You may leave the canned goods on the pew inside the side entrance.  

Join us on Wednesday evenings for our Advent services – November 30th, December 7th and 14th. 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). 

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 4th (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.

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.  Please make checks payable to LWML.  Order deadline is Sunday, December 11th.  Poinsettias may be taken home either after the service on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Christmas Caroling to the Homebound will be held on December 18th.  Trinity’s shut-in members look forward to visits from you.  Share the 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.

ADVENT – During the Advent season, we prepare our hearts to focus on Jesus being born as a humble human baby. He is both son of Mary and Son of God, the ultimate son of Adam who fulfilled the Law and Prophets. Through Him, we take on our identity as children of God, heirs to heaven and made new in baptism. Explore the theme of sonhood through Jesus, biblical sons, and our identity as children of the heavenly Father.  The Christian Growth Committee has purchased Advent Devotionals and Children’s Advent Devotionals, This is My Son, and they are available this morning.  If you have not done so, please pick up your copy in the Narthex as you leave. We ask that you only take one per family. 

Cookie Pack for the Military – Again 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 18th (labeled for COOKIE PACK) the ladies will get together on Monday, December 19th 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.

Cleaning House – This winter we will begin to clean out the building.  We have many classrooms that are full of stored items from our Day School. Some items will be trashed, some put aside to sell and some donated.  In order to sort these items, we are asking for donations of boxes.  These can be placed in Belvedere Hall.  Watch for announcements on future work parties if you would like to help out.

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. 

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.

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.

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