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Save the Date
Sunday, June 4, at 12:30 in Fellowship Hall, please join us for a Special Voters meeting combined with a reception to vote on the peaceful release of our Deaconess, Liz Borth, and spend time thanking her for her faithful service to Trinity.  The 4th will be her last Sunday serving as Trinity's Deaconess. Refreshments will be served. More details in the weeks to come.  

Loving our Neighbors
* No responses yet -- is anyone available to bring this person to church on just ONE Saturday? *
We have a request from a neighbor who wants to participate in worship, but has no transportation.  This individual is a senior who lives in the Bumby/Colonial area, just a few minutes away, and would like to attend the Saturday evening worship service.  Can you help?  Please contact Chanda at or 407-488-1919 x101.

May 18 - Trinity Lutheran School Spring Concert
The TLS Choral Directors have worked very hard to bring you a beautiful Spring concert by the VPK through 8th grade students of TLS. Join us from 6-7:15 in Trinity's gym.
♫  Parking on campus will fill up fast; the Parking Garage across the street will be open for the overflow spaces needed for our concert guests from 5:30-8:30pm
♫ The grand finale is a mass chorus of all students, and at this concert we will inaugurate a tradition at Trinity, closing all of our concerts as "A Gift for You!"  You will want to stay until the end, as good concert etiquette dictates.

Seniors Fellowship
Come join us for lunch at Johnny's Fillin Station Friday, May 26th at 11:30am. A table has been reserved. Please call 407-897-1418 or e-mail  to confirm attendance.  We hope to see you there! Johnny's Fillin Station is located at the corner of Fern Creek and Michigan, at 2631 S. Ferncreek Ave., Orlando.

Join us in the Choir Loft on Sunday, June 11
Make a Joyful Noise! Join the Parish Choir for One Sunday Only !  (Have you ever been in the choir loft?!) Sing at the 8 am service OR the 11 am service.  We will have some fun in rehearsal on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30 pm. (in the choir loft).  If you can't make the Wednesday rehearsal, come Sunday morning at 7:30 am (in the choir loft) to sing for the 8:00 a.m. service, or at 10:30 am (in the church basement) to sing for the 11:00 am service. Come help the Parish Choir fill the choir loft as we make a MORE Joyful Noise and serve the Lord with gladness! See a Choir Member or email Paul at or Glenda at for additional information.

Foundations Series
ALL ARE WELCOME to attend The next Foundations class for Trinity family members, guests, staff and friends -- all are welcome-- will begin on Sunday, May 28 and will meet at 9:30am in a loggia classroom for four consecutive weeks.  Pastor Stephen Schroeder, good friend of Trinity and frequent guest here, will offer a four week "Foundations" series for members and friends of Trinity who desire a deeper knowledge of what Lutherans believe and confess. These sessions are idea for those desiring to enter into formal membership in the Trinity Family. Foundations will also offer an excellent way to "reconnect" with earlier instruction in the Faith which many received as a young teenager heading for Confirmation!   Pastor Schroeder is an outstanding teacher and will be a good friend! Watch for additional information. Since we'll be meeting at 9:30 Sunday School and nursery care are available for little ones!

Community Event Opportunity - Learn & Grow

Financial Peace - Dave Ramsey
A LIVE event will give you the motivation you need! On May 18, Dave Ramsey will be joined by Chris Hogan for a night of life change. You'll get to experience the plan that has helped millions of people get out and stay out of debt and retire with dignity. Whether you're tired of living paycheck to paycheck or already seeing success with the Baby Steps, you'll leave with a clear vision for your financial future.  They'll be covering all of the Baby Steps so be sure to bring your friends and family as well! Don't miss your chance to join thousands of others for the Smart Money Tour .   We have tickets available for just $15! You can register here with promotional code FIFTEEN to reserve a General Admission ticket for $15. First Baptist Orlando, Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Important Dates

May 13   Pastor Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament
May 14  Happy Mothers Day
May 18  TLS School Concert 6pm
May 28 - June 18  "Foundations" Bible Study Group 9:30am Sundays
June 4   Youth Led Worship
June 4   Farewell Reception & Special Voters Meeting for Peaceful Release for Deaconess Liz Borth
June 11 Guests sing with the Parish Choir at 8am and 11am
June 11 Comfort Dogs visit in Church 
June 18 Fathers Day
June 25 New Member Welcome at 11am worship
July 4   Offices and Programs Closed
July 17-21  Summer VBS

Elected Leadership Nominating Committee

To the Congregation of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church  - Trinity Downtown :
Peace, joy and greetings in Christ Jesus our Lord!  As prescribed by our Constitution & Bylaws, the newly formed 2017-2018 Nominations Committee (NC) has been established including representatives to include the Senior Pastor, Head Elder, two Leadership Council members (LC), and at least two Congregational members a large(C)] for the purpose of recording the initiation of the 2017 Nominations Committee, and receiving and making recommendations for TLCS fiscal year 2017 - 2018 vacant elected leadership positions. The following individuals have agreed to serve on this committee:

Chair:                     Gregg Yawman (LC)
Co-Chair:               John Strandquest (LC)
Pastor:                    Vacant - Head Elder will assist
Head Elder:             Mike Kunze
Leadership:              Kathy Aber (LC)
Congregation:          Marcy Shively (C), Bill Gouveia (C)

We pray for you God's continued blessings and for the spiritual well-being and physical health of you and your families.  We encourage you to be vigilantly and prayerfully considering two very important things; 1) the Holy Spirit's guidance and calling regarding the Congregation's recommendations for godly, hardworking and committed members to fill each open position, and 2)  the opening of the same hearts and minds by God's call to joyfully accept and to serve. This would naturally also include your prayers concerning your own potential consideration for serving in one of these positions. (Matthew 9:35-38 - "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.")  

Jesus Himself reminds us of the importance of service in Mark 10:45, "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." He also gave us the example of washing His disciple's feet in John 13:4-15.  We are to be about His work!

The NC is currently preparing its nominations to be published to the congregation. In addition, the NC is now soliciting nominations from the congregation for all upcoming vacant positions.  The NC will then review eligibility and contact individuals nominated and prepare a final nominations list.  Additional information will be provided during worship services in the weeks to come. Nominations should be submitted in writing - written and handed to any member on the Nominating Committee or emailed to . Do not hesitate to nominate yourself.  Some information on current positions, terms and candidates is below.  Please remember to pray for the people and process.  It is the most important thing you can do for support.  More specific information will be furnished upon request. Thank you and God bless!

Faithfully His,
Gregg Yawman, NC Chair

Leadership Council
LC members are elected to 2-year terms to serve for no more than two consecutive terms; service will begin on July 1 st 2017 and run through June 30 th , 2019.  Positions opening:

Two Member-at-large Leadership Council positions
John Strandquest and David Tesch have currently served one term - eligible to serve one more term each
President of the Congregation
Ted Lange has currently served one term - eligible to serve one more
Vice President of the Congregation
Stephanie Landis served for two terms - cannot serve another term as VP
School Board President
Kathy Aber has currently served two 2-year terms - cannot serve another term as SBP
Finance Officer
David Wilkosz has currently serve one 2-year term - eligible to serve one more

Elders Ministry Team
Elders are elected to serve for 2-year terms, for up to three consecutive terms.  Senior Elder serves for 2-year term, no more than two consecutive terms.  There are to be at least six and preferably 12 or more sitting Elders serving Trinity at any given time and the Elders Ministry Team can be expanded at any time to meet the needs of the congregation.

Senior Elde r serves for no more than two consecutive terms
Mike Kunze has faithfully served the maximum of two consecutive terms
Current Elders Continuing in Service (even year election)
Ulysses Floyd (in 3 rd ), Steve Kerestes (in 2 nd ), Bob Trapp (2 nd ), Jim Curtis (1 st ), Rusty Stephens (1 st ), Ken Boggs (1 st ), Rocky Smothers (1 st ), Lo Phillips (1 st )
Current Elders Eligible to be Elected for New Term
Don Behrmann (considers 3 rd ), Tom Finger (confirms 2 nd ), Clay Bourgeois (considers 2 nd ), Brendan O'Brien (considers 2 nd ), Tony Ramiz (confirms 2 nd ), Gary Schumacher (confirms 2 nd ), Chris Gerou (confirms 2 nd ),
New Elder Candidates
Mike Kunze (confirms 1 st )

Trinity members Eric & Wendy Havens travelled to Illinois this week to attend "Top Dog" training with the Lutheran Church Charities K9 Comfort Dog minsitry! We're ONE STEP CLOSER to getting our first comfort dog here at Trinity Downtown!  Check out the webpage, learn more, support the program, get involved, and tell people you know in the communityall about this ministry to the Orlando area!  

Did you Know?

Trinity Lutheran School, infants through 8th grade, is now in open registration! 
Browse the website to read about the benefits of Lutheran education, schedule a tour, find out about tuition rates, scholarship opportunities and more!

Attendance and Giving
May 6-7, 2017


Children's Sunday School 20
Youth NR
Confirmation NR
Adult Bible Study   23

6pm  30
8am  43
9:30am    94
11am  112
Total in Worship    279


Last week C & M  Actual Recd: 17022 Budgeted: 21092 Over/(Short): (4070)
YTD C&M   Actual Recd: 740059 Budgeted: 754710 Over/(Short): (14650)
Bridge To The Future   Received: 650   YTD: 55927
Faith Factor   Received:1500   YTD: 21545
Holiday/Loose Plate   Received: 262   YTD: 38450
Trinity Resurrection   Received: 0   YTD: 61089
Faithfully Forward   Received: 335   YTD: 32169
Comfort Dog  Received 45  YTD: 1265

Minsitry Partner Highlight 
Redeeming Life Outreach Minitries
Pennies for A Purpose starts this weekend -- take a bottle home with you, fill it with change and bring it back.  All proceeds support Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries!

Ministry Partner Highlight -  Opportunity to Witness and Serve
(Baby Bottle Fundraiser coming up on Mother's Day!)

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