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!
Bible Study 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00 am
Bible Study 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00 am Voters' Assembly Meeting - Following Worship
Amos 5:18-24 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Matthew 25:1-13
A VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETING will be held next Sunday after service – The current members of the Church Council in positions coming up for election have volunteered to remain in those positions. This was approved by the Church Council and will be brought to the voters for approval. These positions are: Vice President - Scott Thieman, 2nd Trustee - Walter Staley, Treasurer - Dave Petri, Director of Christian Growth – Judy Sykes, Director of Deacons - Sharyn Leiding, LWML President as elected by the LWML - Cathy George. Bud Hubert has also volunteered to remain as President for one more year. The agenda for this meeting will include Elections for 2021, Church Budget Approval for 2021, and the Financial Report on the State of the Church. During this meeting we will be following the same Covid guidelines as we are currently following during the Worship Service.
The Oktoberfest take home dinner was a huge success. A very special THANK YOU to everyone who supported our fundraiser. We hope you enjoyed your dinners. A profit of $470 will be applied to our Mission Outreach. God bless, Trinity’s LWML
Give blood. Help save lives. On Sunday, November 8, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church located at 7305 Hampton Blvd., will be hosting the Faithful Neighbors Blood Drive in their fellowship hall. (Please note, all blood donated will have a COVID-19 antibody test completed on it!) Anyone interested can register on the American Red Cross website at www.RedCrossBlood.org and schedule an appointment.
Our Special Ministries chairperson, Patty Malone, has come up with a great idea. To quote her 'who best to tell the history of our 100th year? I think it would be nice for people to submit how and/or what changes they have seen or made during 2020. Our 100th year - Covid-19 pandemic... a written expression of what is has been like to live through this moment in history. It could be as long or short as they want it to be. The more we receive, the better historical information we will have for those planning150th etc...'. All are encouraged to participate. This is a unique time and as much as we sometimes struggle with the inconvenience, the disappointment, frustration and, yes, even anger once in a while, God is using it for His good purposes. Please consider writing a few lines (or more) and sending them in. It would be wonderful for the future members of this household of faith to 'see' (hear) firsthand accounts of this time of trial. You can email your submissions to email@example.com.CHRISTIAN GROWTH NEWS - Although Adult Bible Study has resumed, no Sunday School offerings are being collected. Therefore if you would like to make a donation to our ongoing support of ministry in Puerto Rico (still struggling to survive natural calamities), please drop a check in the offering plate or mail and add the memo “Sunday School Mission Project”.
CHRISTIAN GROWTH NEWS - Although Adult Bible Study has resumed, no Sunday School offerings are being collected. Therefore if you would like to make a donation to our ongoing support of ministry in Puerto Rico (still struggling to survive natural calamities), please drop a check in the offering plate or mail and add the memo “Sunday School Mission Project”.
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.