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!
Sunday School/Bible Class 9:00 am Communion Worship Service 10:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal 11:30 am
Bowling League 6:30 pm
Deacon's Meeting 1:00 pm LCMSU @ ODU 4:00 pm Choir Practice 6:30 pm
Financial Peace University 7:00 pm
Ladies Weekly Bible Study 11:30 am Mens Bible Study 1:00 pm
Ladies Monthly Bible Study 8:00 am Mens Breakfast 8:00 am Special Ministries @ Foodbank 9:00 am
Sunday School/Bible Class 9:00 am Communion Worship Service 10:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal 11:30 am
Ushers Linda Blaker and Doug Sulak
Acolyte Patty Hoeft
Lector Cathy George
Communion Assistant Ralph George
Children's Sermon Sharyn Leiding
Host/ess Rebecca Davidson
Ushers Bud Hubert and Julie Meraz
Acolyte Jeanette Gilson
Lector David Chadwick
Communion Assistant Bill Sontag
Children's Sermon Stephen Pruitt
Amos 8:4-7 1 Timothy 2:1-15 Luke 16:1-15
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.
Sunday School kicks off a new year this week for children of all ages! Join us in the Sunday School Room (Room #112 next to the Adult Bible Class). There will be music, lessons and lots of interactive activity!
TRINITARIAN articles are due today for the October/November/December issue. We are moving to a quarterly newsletter. Our next issue will cover January, February and March 2020, Please make sure we have your current email address on record so you don't miss an issue. Place your article in the Trinitarian mailbox or email to email@example.com.
Special Ministries will be at the Foodbank on Saturday September 21st from 9:00 a.m. to noon. When you go on-line to sign-up please sign-up for quality control. Remember to wear closed toe shoes! The Foodbank is located at 800 Tidewater Dr., Norfolk, VA.
Lutheran Confessions Study Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm. If you have been considering joining a Bible study group we invite you to join us in the Welcome Center on Tuesday night. If you have any questions please speak with Pastor Meraz.
ADULT CHOIR/BELL CHOIR - Adult Choir meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Bell Choir meets on Sundays right after church and will begin rehearsals today! If you are interested in adding your talents to praise God with music, please speak with Stephen Pruitt, our Director of Music.
Praising the Lord for 100 years of Grace! Our 100th year celebration will begin in 16 weeks!!! We are collecting recipes for our Cookbook, through September 30th. If your picture is missing from "Our Trinity Family" board, please see Lynn to have your picture taken so that your picture will be included in our Anniversary Pictorial Directory.
Special Ministries will be collecting supplies for the Bahamas. We have received $250 from Thrivent to help with the much needed supplies after Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc on the island. (Thank you to David Chadwick for bringing Upward Flying Club to our attention.) We will be focusing on collecting monetary gifts as well as the following items:
Flashlights and batteries (FYI - Wal-Mart has a 6 pack of flashlights with batteries for $9.99)
Work gloves Work goggles
Ziploc bags Duct Tape
Socks – NEW Underwear – NEW
We will collect items through the end of September and ship the first week in October. A special collection area has been set up in the Welcome Center.
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 - We need your help!!!! Each time we print the newsletter there are over 100 copies that are not picked up and then have to be mailed. In order to help us save on printing, paper and postage we will no longer be printing every copy. If you have an email you will receive your copy electronically. If you would still 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. If you requested a hard copy it is available in the Welcome Center this morning. Extra copies are for guests!
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.