February/March Issue of the Trinitarian

Here is the February/March edition of the Trinitarian! Be sure to go to the Calendar page on this website for the most up to date calendar info!

Trinitarian: FEBRUARY MARCH 2013

February 2013 Calendar

March 2013 Calendar

Reformation Festival at Trinity!

Mark your calendars now for Trinity’s annual Reformation Festival!

Friday night October 26, at 7:30 pm, we will host our annual Bach Festival. Trinity’s organist Kai Lin has chosen a wonderful selection of Bach pieces to highlight the “Composer of the Reformation.”

On Sunday, October 28, we will have one festival service at 11:00am. We will hear about God’s freeing gift of salvation: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone. The students from Trinity Lutheran School will also sing several songs!

At 12:30pm our Oktoberfest starts! There will be sausage and sides for everyone. Singing, games, and more.

Bring your friends and share this on Facebook!

Bach Festival on Facebook

Oktoberfest on Facebook

This Week At TLC (July 9-July 15 edition)

There’s a lot of special stuff  happening this week at Trinity-come be part of the family!


Family Service Event 6pm

Join us for dinner and devotion as we serve our neighbors in need by making food for St. Columbo ministries, an organization that feeds the homeless in Norfolk. All ages are encouraged to attend and participate-bring your friends!


Youth Group Lock-In!!!  7pm

Middle and High School youth will have fun with their leaders Chris & Melissa Hales. There will be Lunar Golf, baking for Sunday’s Bake Sale, skits, and fun check out the facebook group for more info.


Car Wash 9am-12pm

The Trinity Youth Group will have a car wash to help raise funds for their retreats and activities come on out and have your car washed by the best car washers in town!

Bathroom Painting 9am-11am

While you’re getting your car washed come inside and help paint the bathrooms. Trust me, it’s more fun than it sounds. :)


Yes, there’s worship at 8:30 & 11:00am and Bible Study & Sunday School at 9:45am, but be sure to bring some money for coffee hour! The Youth Group will be selling some of their homemade goodies to help raise funds for their projects for this year.

Later in the day there is something special happening at Christ-the installation of their new pastor! At 3:30pm at Christ Lutheran Church (6510 N. Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA) will install their new pastor. Join our daughter congregation for this very special celebration!

Trinity has a new Facebook Page

We are changing our Facebook presence from a group to a page and want you to join in the change!

What does this mean? You’ll now be able to add pictures and events to the timeline and check-in to Trinity to show folks where you worship or do other amazing stuff here.

So come and join us on Sunday for worship and on Facebook at the Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church Facebook page.

Memorial Day Sunday/Confirmation Sunday/Pentecost Sunday

This Sunday is a special Sunday at Trinity-it is Pentecost Sunday and when Judy Neemeyer will be confirmed into the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Because it is such a big celebration, we will only be having one worship service, at 11:00am, so everyone can celebrate Judy’s confirmation with the Neemeyer family.

Following the 11:00am service there will be a reception in Belvedere Hall put on by the Board of Deacons to celebrate the milestone of Confirmation.

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Join us for a special family Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service.

We begin on Wednesday, November 23 at 7pm as we thank our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us-especially sending Jesus to be our Savior!

A Hopeful Lamentation on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 from Synod President Matthew Harrison

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On Sunday, September 11th, the world will stand still as the first post-9/11 decade comes to a close. As I pause to pen this note to the church, I’m flooded with a swirl of disparate and even conflicting thoughts and feelings. I recall the progression that morning from interest that a “small plane” should have hit the World Trade Center, then the shocking news of a jet airliner hitting the first tower, by mistake?

Then the second. The Pentagon. The plane down in Pennsylvania. Confusion. Disbelief. Fear. Frustration. Anger. Revenge. All of that took place for me in the LCMS International Center from which I write now. We all have a story.

Having visited Manhattan the week after the event, and then Ground Zero later, speaking with our LCMS brothers and sisters who lost family and friends (one dear brother shared with me, as we surveyed Ground Zero on an anniversary years later, that he had lost 30 friends that day), I feel ashamed even to write of my own insignificant thoughts. This week the pain that invaded the lives of thousands upon thousands is re-lived, as though the event were just last week. Our own struggles in the Missouri Synod at the time cause me deep lamentation still. Lord, have mercy upon us all. But it is a hopeful lamentation.

The people of the LCMS responded in overwhelming generosity. Thousands upon thousands were assisted through Lutheran Disaster Response of New York (LDRNY), to which we provided funding. We assisted children who lost parents, provided tuition, counseling, care and much more. LDRNY concentrated on help for victims’ families, and was a major force in the September 11th Families’ Association, which throughout it all has been committed to attending to the concerns and needs of affected families.

The Lord Jesus himself, in the face of the profound suffering He would undergo for the sins of the world, prayed, “Take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Thine be done” (Matt. 26:39). And so it is human and by no means wrong for those so terribly hurt by the senseless carnage 10 years ago, to lament their loss and pain even today, and to cry out, “Why, Lord?” Somehow, in an unfathomable way, the Lord’s hand is not shortened and His universe is still His, despite the carnage of a few madmen. And like His very cross—which appeared senseless and pointless and an end of all hope—so this suffering is purposeful. “My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). At the last, we have one thing to say. One thing to hope. One thing to trust. And that is Christ.

Let us join in prayer for the LCMS Atlantic, Southeastern and Eastern districts, and for all their leaders and people, for the witness of the Gospel in New York from Ground Zero, to the Pentagon, to Pennsylvania and beyond. Let us pray for our nation, our president and the military, for faithfulness in duty and an increase of all honorable vocations in public and military life. Let us pray especially for those who still suffer the loss of loved ones. Grant faith, O Lord, in the resurrection and in Your blessed Gospel. Let us pray for our enemies, for justice and for peace. And finally, as we lament this sinful world of pain and loss, let us lament in hope. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy, Lord, have mercy.

“Through [Christ] we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:2).

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Matthew C. Harrison, President
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Individual Confession & Absolution

Individual Confession & Absolution will be offered at Trinity on Fridays from 11am-1pm beginning on September 16. Pastor Smith will be available during this time to hear your private confession and pronounce Christ’s forgiveness to you.

What is Individual Confession and Absolution? It is when an individual comes to the pastor and confesses specific sins to God and hear God’s word of forgiveness from the pastor.

Is this mandatory?No. However, if there is a certain sin that is troubling you or you are having difficulty recognizing God’s forgiveness then Individual Confession and Absolution can be very helpful.

How does it work? When you get to Trinity, ring the doorbell to be let in from the Granby St entrance. Come to Pastor Smith’s office. If he is not there, feel free to wait in the office for him. From there you and Pastor Smith will go to the sanctuary. If you have individual sins that you wish to confess you may do this during the confession, if not a general confession is acceptable. If you desire Christian guidance in dealing with the sin(s) you confess, that is available, too.

Isn’t this what Roman Catholics do? Is it Christian/Lutheran? Yes to both. Please take a moment to read these articles for a better understanding of the historical and Biblical practice of Private Confession and Absolution:

The Hidden Treasure of Private Confession from The Canadian Lutheran (the magazine of the Lutheran Church in Canada).

Private Confession and Absolution is an easy to read article written by LCMS pastor Rev. William Cwirla.

Dr. Alfonso Espinosa talks about Private Confession and Absolution on Issues, ETC.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Pastor David Smith at pastor@trinitylutherannorfolk.org or 757-489-2551.

UPDATE: All Sunday Worship Services Cancelled

Due to hurricane Irene, all Sunday worship services, and Sunday school classes, have been cancelled. Additional updates regarding TLC’s schedule will be posted on the website, on our Facebook page, and shared via email.

Early Worship Service, Sunday School Cancelled

Trinity Lutheran’s 8:30 a.m. worship service and Sunday school classes have been cancelled for this coming Sunday, due to hurricane Irene.

As of now, we are still planning to hold the 11:00 a.m. service. We will make a final decision Sunday morning and post it online.