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 From the Stewardship Ministry Team

Annual Stewardship Drive
Thanks to all those who have mailed in your annual stewardship pledge!  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. This weekend, Trinity member Rocky Smothers will talk about your our personal commitment to Christ, not just through growing one step in a financial pledge, but in your commitment of your time and your talents as well!  

If you have not yet mailed in your pledge, you'll soon receive a reminder letter. Please tear off the pledge form and return it to Trinity in the postage paid envelope.  Thank you!

All The News

All Were Filled With the Holy Spirit
This Sunday, during the 11:00 a.m. worship service, two youth will stand up, raise their voices and address the crowd with a public declaration of faith: "God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ for my forgiveness of sins." Come and celebrate with Taylor and Brandon as they renew their baptismal vow.  They have devoted themselves to the faithful teaching of loving Pastors, Study Leaders, and Parents and stand before God with hearts ready to fully commit their lives to Him.  Lutheran Confirmation is a serious witness of belief in One Triune God: Father who protects us; Son who intimately knows us and sacrificed his life for us;Spirit who keeps our hearts and minds burning with desire for a closer relationship.  

A cake and punch reception will follow the service.  All family, friends, visitors, and congregation members are welcome to share in fellowship.

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
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.

SIGN UP NOW!  Golf Tournament May 13
The Pastor Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Trinity Lutheran School Athletics is just two weeks away !  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 Series
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. The Nursery is available Sunday school is also available for!
Partner Ministries & Opportunties

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 1st 2017 and run through June 30th, 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 )

Local Opportunity to 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 FIFTEENto reserve a General Admission ticket for $15. First Baptist Orlando, Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Important Dates

May 7 Confirmation Sunday, Reception following the 11am service
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

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 29-30, 2017

Sunday School/Bible Study
Children's Sunday School  16
Adult Study  25

6pm  30
8am  NR
9:30am  82
11am  69
Total in Worship  181 + 8am


Last week C & M  Actual Recd: 13,406 Budgeted: 12,570 Over/(Short):836
YTD C&M   Actual Recd: 723,037 Budgeted: 733,618  Over/(Short): (10,580)
Bridge To The Future   Received: 3535 YTD: 55,277
Faith Factor   Received: 0  YTD: 20,045
Holiday/Loose Plate   Received: 116  YTD: 38,188
Trinity Resurrection   Received: 235 YTD: 61,089
Faithfully Forward   Received: 640 YTD: 31,834
Comfort Dog   Received 70    YTD: 1220

Minsitry Partner Highlight 

Second Harvest Food Bank and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Second Harvest Food Bank will drop of 20,000 pounds of food at POP next Wednesday, May 10th.  Volunteers are needed between 8am and 1pm to help distribute that food within just a few hours.  Please contact POP if you have questions at (407) 277-3945.

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

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