Your Weekly News & Updates
All The News

Preaching this Weekend
Pastor & Mrs. Schaefer are out of town attending a Grandson's graduation, and so we have the pleasure of welcoming Rev. Doug Kallesen to Trinity this weekend.  Rev. Kallesen is the FL-GA District Executive Director of Missions-Outreach.  He will preach at all services this weekend.  Please extend a warm Trinity welcome!

Josh & Niko
This Sunday's 9:30 worship service is Josh & Niko Wilson's last Sunday serving as worship leaders with the 9:30 praise band. Please plan to stay a bit later after 9:30 worship to join us in the first loggia classroom (nearest the office) to share our love and appreciation with them both. Refreshments will be served.

Foundations Series
The next Foundations class is for ALL Trinity family members, guests, staff and friends -- all are welcome!  It will begin on Sunday, May 28, meeting 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 series for all those who desire a deeper knowledge of what Lutherans believe and confess. These sessions are ideal 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. The Nursery (infant through 3's) and Sunday School are available for children.

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.

Save the Date
Sunday, June 4, at 12:30 in Fellowship Hall, please join us for a Reception for Deaconess Liz Borth.  The 4th will be her last Sunday serving as Trinity's Deaconess. This reception will include a very brief call to order of a Special Voters meeting to vote on the peaceful release of our Deaconess, Liz Borth, and will allow for time to visit, share words of encouragment, drop off cards and gifts to express to Deaconess Liz our love & gratitude as she begins her Call with Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries.  Refreshments will be served.

Campus Work Day
Scheduled for June 3 at 8:30 a.m. will be another work day and we need YOU.  The task at hand is to clear out the Loggia Classrooms of any unwanted items into a garbage bin or move to an area that is specified for the item(s).  So we will need a little muscle and the ability to take several steps to place items where they belong.  Please R.S.V.P, to Eric Havens at if you are able and willing to assist.

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.

Congratulations to Robert Trapp!
This week Trinity member Robert Trapp was awarded the Golden Ticket by IDignity! The IDignity Golden Ticket is awarded monthly to a dedicated individual who has significantly impacted IDignity's mission.  What a great way to witness and serve in the community!  Way to go, Robert!  The ticket itself says: Thank you for being an essential part of IDignity's success.  The identification we provide to the poor is the Golden Ticket to employment and social services.  It also enables a sense of dignity and hope.  We are grateful for your compassion and dedication.  You are a blessing to this community. In your wildest dreams you can not imagine the marvelous effect that you have had on those in need.

Summer VBS is an Outreach Effort YOU can be a part of!
Summer VBS is scheduled for July 17-21 and is a free, five day, half-day VBS camp open to the public, the Trinity family, and Trinity Lutheran School's summer camp participants.   This is a true Outreach initiative through which we are able to witness and serve right here in Orlando.  Jenn Blackwood is organizing volunteers now, and needs all of you to jump in to make this VBS fantastic! With the GROUP publishing resources for this "Rome Holyland Adventure" you will be well equipped to share the gospel in creative ways with everyone participating.  If you have a special skill or craft - those talents are needed as well. Please sign up in the Narthex this weekend and get in touch with Jenn Blackwood if you have more questions

Healing Touch
With the departure of Deaconess Liz from our ministry staff and until God gives Trinity a new Senior Pastor, the Elder Team will share in hospital and rehabilitation visitation.  Please communicate with your Trinity family any scheduled surgery or hospital stay.   In addition to scheduled procedures, please give the church office a call to let us know about extended  illness, unplanned hospital stays, or even the birth of a child.  You can call the office at any time and leave a message-no need to wait until business hours (407-488-1919 x101).

Ring The Bells!
Have you ever listened to the handbell choir (sometimes known as the Ring-a-Lings) and wondered what it would be like to ring the bells?  Here's your chance - sign up now for a handbell lesson in June!  No prior experience is necessary, and there is no commitment to join the handbell choir.  Middle school age through adult - bring your child, parent, and/or grandparent, and have some fun together!  One-hour introductory lessons will be held at 10:30am and 1:00pm on Monday, June 12 and at 7:00pm on Thursday, June 15 in the balcony; follow-up lessons can be scheduled if desired.  Please contact Glenda Frazier at to sign up or, if these times don't fit your schedule, to request a different time/day.

TLS Graduations
If you'd like to come out and support our TLS graduates, our VPK students will graduate on Friday, May 26th in three back to back services from 8:30-10:30am in the Sanctuary.  On Wednesday, May 31st our one 8th grader will graduate at the 8:30am graduation/awards ceremony/chapel in the Sanctuary and grades 1-7 will receive awards, and 18 Kindergarteners will graduate at 10:30 that same day.  If you plan to attend, please be sure to arrive early to find parking, and please leave the best seats for those parents who will want the best photos! Thanks!

Garden Pickings!
Part of the school garden will be re-seeded on June 6 so we need to harvest all the salads, leafy greens, bok choy, kale, cucumbers, turnips and beans before then.  Please help yourself to these items thi
s weekend! Please do NOT pick carrots, tomatoes or peppers.  Enjoy.

Important Dates

May 21 Farewell Reception for Josh & Niko Wilson
May 28- June 18   New 4-week Bible Study series, "Foundations," 9:30am Sundays, first loggia room
June 4-June 25   New 9:30 Bible Study, FH, Ecclesiastes & King Solomon (see above for details)
June 4   Youth Led Worship
June 4 12:30pm 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 12 & 15 Handbell Lessons (details above)
June 18 Fathers Day (Bring back your Pennies for a Purpose bottles)
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 )
Attendance and Giving
May 13-14, 2017


Children's Sunday School 16
Youth NR
Confirmation NR
Adult Bible Study   25

6pm  35
8am  59
9:30am   78
11am  77
Total in Worship    249


Last week C & M  Actual Recd: 17474 Budgeted: 18250  Over/(Short): (776)
YTD C&M   Actual Recd: 757533 Budgeted: 772960 Over/(Short): (15426)
Bridge To The Future   Received: 996   YTD: 56924
Faith Factor   Received:0    YTD: 21545
Holiday/Loose Plate   Received: 91   YTD: 38541
Trinity Resurrection   Received: 75  YTD: 61164
Faithfully Forward   Received: 45   YTD: 32659
Comfort Dog    Received 45    YTD: 1310

Trinity's Comfort Dog Ministry!

Trinity members Eric & Wendy Havens travelled to Illinois tast 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!  

Minsitry Partner Highlight 
Redeeming Life Outreach Minitries
Pennies for A Purpose is going on now-- take a bottle home with you from the narthex, fill it with change and bring it back by Fathers Day.  
All proceeds support Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries!  Thank you!

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

Trinity Downtown | The Ministries of Trinity Lutheran Church & School 
407-488-1919 |