Your Weekly News & Updates
 From the Stewardship Ministry Team

Annual Stewardship Drive
We're at that time of year when the budget planning for the upcoming year is in full swing and we begin the process of collecting pledges during our annual Stewardship Drive in order to create the most accurate budget possible. 

 As a member of Trinity Downtown, you are a partner in ministry with Trinity, and your gifts of time, talent and treasure are essential to having the resources necessary to support the mission of the church. Your annual financial pledge communicates to Trinity's leadership what your financial commitment will be in the next 12 months to support Trinity's "Current & Missions" which represents our general operating budget.  That information allows leadership to complete the budget planning process with all resources accounted for.  

Please prayerfully consider what your pledge amount will be for this coming year.  This past week you should have received a letter in the mail with a pledge form and return envelope included. If you haven't already, please tear off the pledge form and return it to Trinity in the postage paid envelope.  Thank you!

From your Elders Ministry Team

Name Tags
Last call to sign up for your Trinity name tag!  Please be sure to print your first and last name on the sign up list in the Narthex - this is the last weekend to sign up.  A donation of $10 is appreciated but not required as this was not a budgeted expense.  *Please note:  the new name tags are magnetized.  If you currently have a pacemaker, it is not recommended to have a magnetized name tag.  Please contact Senior Elder, Mike Kunze at to let him know if you need a non-magnet name tag due to having a pacemaker.

All The News

Tomorrow and Sunday we share our resources with our neighbors as we recognize the second Fifth Sunday Weekend in 2017.  Funds are deposited into the Church's Discretionary Fund to be used when members and visitors are in financial need.  Donations are welcome for this fund all year long.  Mark your check "Discretionary Fund".  The food you bring this weekend will help "The Samaritans" serve supper to homeless men and women of Orlando.

MayDay Festival
Our 2nd annual May Day Festival is NEXT Friday from 6-8pm!  We have so many fun games and activities planned, and out Trinity students have worked very hard on their art projects that will be auctioned off!  Food, music, and lots of fun.  Come out for some great fellowship time with your Trinity family!

Calling All Volunteers!!! We are still in need of volunteers for the May Day Festival next Friday, May 5th so, we have a deal for you... the CDC classroom with the MOST parent volunteers will receive a class popsicle party courtesy of the PTL! ALSO, every parent volunteer will receive a FREE meal at the May Day event when they sign up to volunteer in advance. Follow this link to sign up NOW:

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.  

SIGN UP NOW!  Golf Tournament May 13
The sweet aroma of freshly clipped grass is in the air!  That can only mean one thing...the Pastor Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Trinity Lutheran School Athletics must be just around the corner!  It will be held Saturday, May 13 th at beautiful Celebration Golf Club.  The 4-Person Scramble will begin with a Shotgun Start at 8am.  Cost per player is $95 which includes Greens Fee and Cart, Range Balls, Continental Breakfast, Lunch and fabulous prizes!  Go to the website at to register your foursome.  Contact Planning Team Member Mark Brink if you have any questions at or 321-217-8112.  

Comfort Dog Ministry
The Comfort Dog Ministry is now in fundraising mode.  Our dog is in training  and we need to get busy raising funds. Our immediate goal is $15,000 to cover the costs of the dog, dog supplies, Top Dog training, handler trainings, and next year's budget. We have created a ministry page at where you can learn more and donate any amount.  You may also use the collection plate to donate, marking your donation "Comfort Dog".  Very soon, we will be creating a Facebook GoFundMe page open for you, your family, friends and community connections to help us raise our goal.  This will be an on-going campaign, as this is not a line item in Trinity's budget, but funded solely by donations from supporters.  Trinity family, this will be YOUR ministry comfort dog, and we look forward to the endless possibilities that lie ahead for this ministry!

Foundations Series
The next Foundations class 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. The Nursery is available Sunday school is also available for!

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 )

Partner Ministries

Baby Boutique Sale
Gently Used infant, toddler and maternity items - from clothes, strollers, pack-n-plays, toys, saucers, bottles, blankets and more.  All proceeds benefit Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries Maternity Home.  May 6, 8a-2p, at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 2525 S. Oak Avenue, Sanford, FL 32772.  

Important Dates

May 1-5   Trinity's Staff Appreciation Week sponsored by the PTL
May 5  PTL Sponsored Spring May Day Festival
May 7 Confirmation Sunday
May 13 Pastor Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament
June 3-4 Youth Led Worship
June 4 Special Voters Meeting & Reception, Peaceful Release for Deaconess Liz Borth
July 17-21  Save the Date: VBS

Garden Update

The garden is growing... The students are learning... 
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
April 22-23, 2017

Sunday School/Bible Study
Children's Sunday School  17
Confirmation  8
Adult Study  20

6pm  43
8am  47
9:30am  71
11am  91
Total in Worship  252


Last week C & M  Actual Recd: 10,130 Budgeted: 11,364 Over/(Short):(1,234)
YTD C&M   Actual Recd: 709,630 Budgeted: 721,048  Over/(Short): (11,417)
Bridge To The Future   Received: 1,016  YTD: 51,742
Faith Factor   Received:750   YTD: 20,045
Holiday/Loose Plate   Received: 599  YTD: 38,072
Trinity Resurrection   Received: 350   YTD: 60,854
Faithfully Forward   Received: 95  YTD: 31,194
Comfort Dog   Received 95    YTD: 1,150
Ministry Partner Highlight -  Opportunity to Witness and Serve
(Baby Bottle Fundraiser coming up on Mother's Day!)

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