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 weekend you'll hear more from Trinity Elder, Tom Finger, during worship, and you should receive a letter in the mail with a pledge form and return envelope included. Please tear off the pledge form and return it in the postage paid envelope as soon as you can.  If you do not receive a letter, and should have, please contact the office and we'll get that information to you ASAP!  ( or 407-488-1919 x101) Thank you!

From the 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 Elder 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 )

From the Senior Pastor Call Committee

Call Process Update
A new call candidate list has been compiled from names submitted by the congregation along with names from the District office. Our Circuit Visitor, Pastor Ken Green, is now calling all those on the list to confirm their eligibility and will then compile a final list for us.  We ask for your continued prayers as we wait for the final list to be prepared.  Once the final list is received, the Call Committee will start the interview process. Please continue to pray for this call process: that the Holy Spirit is working on the hearts of the pastors on the list and that the Call Committee is able to discern God's will for Trinity.

All The News

New 6-week Adult Bible Study, Sundays 9:30am - Begins this Sunday
In a six-part series, the Sunday 9:30am Bible Study class will examine the Lutheran Confessions compiled in the Book of Concord.  This class meets from 9:30-10:30am on Sundays in the fellowship hall. The discussion-oriented class will examine:
  • The history of the Lutheran Confessions
  • The heresies confronting the Church and confounding Scripture
  • The heritage and 500th Anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses
  • How to express what you know why you believe this in the context of the Lutheran Confessions
Recommended reading/purchase:Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions (A Reader's Edition of the Book of Concord).  Paul T. McCain, Editor, 2012.  St. Louis, Concordia Publishing House has this on sale right now

OWLS Fellowship, April 28
On Friday, April 28 at 11:30, come join us for lunch at Chuy's Tex-Mex Restaurant at 170  S. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park. Please e-mail or call (407-897-1418) to confirm attendance. Last month we had 19 for lunch! Hope you can make it too.  Have a Blessed Easter---Bob and Audrey

April Has 5 Sundays
Every month with five Sundays means Food and Funds on the Fifth!  We follow the example of the early Christian Church and share our gifts and abundance with anyone who has a need.  On April 29 and 30, the Lake Eola Publix grocery cart will receive canned and boxed food for "The Samaritans".  This is a small group of Christian men and women who see Jesus in the faces of hundreds of men and women living in Orlando without permanent shelter.  Trinity is connected to this charitable group through Maleny Perez, a teacher in our VPK classroom. Please donate Macaroni & Cheese, vegetables that can be used for soup or stew, pasta and sauce, and Winn-Dixie or Publix gift cards to bless hundreds of our neighbors without walls.  Any Funds on the Fifth cash funds donated through the offering plate are added to the Discretionary Fund and offered to anyone in our church, school, or neighborhood in need of financial assistance.  Contact Deaconess Liz with questions: 407-488-1919 X 127 or .

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.  

Foundations Class 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!

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!

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.  

IDignity Shindig Casino Night
Join IDignity for a chance to win prizes, mingle with incredible people and enjoy classic casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and slot machines. April 29, 2017 at DoveCote, 390 N Orange Ave #110, Orlando, FL 32801. Doors open at 7 p.m. Gaming from 7:30 to 10pm. Cocktail attire, please. Tickets are $50 and include appetizers, two drink vouchers, and 1,000 in casino chips. Complimentary self parking is available in the garage attached to the Bank of America building and can be validated by Dovecote.  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, interested in donating merchandise or gift cards for the event, or would just like more information, please contact Anne Taylor at 321-445-1900 or email

Important Dates

May 1-5   Trinity's Staff Appreciation Week - Send notes of appreciation and support to staff!
May 5   PTL Sponsored Spring May Day Festival 6-8pm
May 7 Confirmation Sunday
May 13  Pastor Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament
June 3-4  Youth Led Worship
July 17-21  Save the Date: VBS

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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 16, 2017

Maundy Thursday   12:10  25      7pm   146
Good Friday              12:10  49      7pm   125
Easter Eve                6pm  14

Easter Morning
6:30am 124
8am  115
9:30am  220
11am  193
Total in Worship  666


Last week C & M  Actual Recd: 15,498 Budgeted: 10,139  Over/(Short):5,359
YTD C&M   Actual Recd: 699,684 Budgeted: 709,684 Over/(Short): (10,183)
Bridge To The Future   Received: 1,870   YTD: 50,725
Faith Factor   Received:0   YTD: 19,295
Holiday/Loose Plate   Received: 9,629   YTD: 37,473
Trinity Resurrection   Received: 75   YTD: 60,504
Faithfully Forward   Received: 425   YTD: 31,099
Comfort Dog   Received 55    YTD: 1055
Ministry Partner Highlight -  Opportunity to Witness and Serve
(Baby Bottle Fundraiser coming up on Mother's Day!)

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