Your Weekly News & Updates
 
Senior Pastor Call Process Update
This Sunday at 12:30 is our voters meeting during which we will vote on who to call as our next Senior Pastor!  Please set aside the time to participate in this meeting!  We'll sing, pray, share information and vote! If you've not yet heard the recorded Town Hall Meetings with each of the pastors, they are provided for you here.  
 
Pastor Braun                                  Pastor Kallesen  
 
If you have any questions or feedback about the pastors, please feel free to email or call the Call Committee Chair, Tim Norris, at norris.timothy@gmail.com or 321.624.8882.   
 
Rally Day, Sunday School Kick-Off
Trinity will be recognizing the official beginning of our fall Sunday School for 4 years through 5th grade will begin on Sunday, August 27 , with a special Rally Day celebration.  We will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the children meeting for opening in the church basement music room.  Sunday School teachers will be installed in the 11:00 a.m. service.


Confirmation and Youth Groups
Confirmation Parent & Student Meeting for students in 6th and 7th grade on Sunday, August 27th:  Come by the youth room at 9:30 (that right in the middle of the church basement) and find out about plans for Confirmation classes for this year.  

 
Details on Youth Bible Study and Youth Group are coming up soon.  Please contact the church office at TLC@TrinityDowntown.com or 407-488-1919 x101 if you have kids from 6 th through 12 th grade to be sure you're on our YOUTH NEWS email list to hear about what's coming up next!  


Public Comment Meeting Regarding New Construction Proposed on Livingston Street
At a recent Lake Eola Heights Neighborhood Association (LEHNA) General Membership Meeting a presentation was shared about a proposed project on the triangle "wedge" at Livingston and Rosalind across from Trinity. At the recommendation of Commissioner Sheehan, and as requested by the developer, a public comment meeting has been set for Tuesday August 29th at 7PM. The meeting will be held in Trinity's Fellowship Hall.

Trinity members are invited to attend with our LEHNA neighbors to express your comments and concerns on how you perceive the development would affect the residential quality of life of the Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhood Association. The LEHHNA Board will be in attendance to record opinions and comments from which they will formulate a consensus of the neighborhood's concerns.


Bible Study Options Coming Up Next

Foundations of Faith Bible Study / Membership Class: Begins September 11th
Meeting on Mondays from 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for this 8-week series on the Foundations of our Faith.  "Living with Jesus, God gives us value, undeserving grace, expectations, and strength in our new relationships with one another.  You have questions about life?   Jesus answers them."  Everyone is invited to Explore God's Word with Pastor Schaefer.

Financial Peace
Learn Dave Ramsey's seven easy-to-follow Baby Steps to get out of debt and make a plan for your money! Also includes 16 weeks of online lesson-viewing access and 90 days of EveryDollar Plus, our premium budgeting tool!  Join us for this 9-week series starting September 9th, meeting on Saturdays at 4:30pm, and wrapping up in time for Saturday worship. Register and purchase class materials online. https://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1042926 Class led by Peg Green. This class will be using the FPU Flex format (watching videos at home, then coming to class for community and discussion) *Ask about Childcare when you register.  


God's Grace
Sundays at 9:30, begins on September 3, led by Gregg Yawman and Lo Phillips.  More details to follow.


Grace Notes Choir
For students in K through 5th grade. Julia Malenke will lead this group which will meet on Wednesdays @4:30pm, and begins Aug 30.  For more information please contact Julia at JMalenke@trinitydowntown.com

Trinity's Children's & Youth Ministry - Sunday School and Youth Bible Study Teachers
Each time our church family welcomes a little child into His kingdom through the waters of Baptism, we promise together that "we will" partner with these parents in nurturing their child to come to know, love, and follow Jesus Christ.  One of the foremost ministries that we have counted on for our children is Sunday School and Youth Bible Study (our 6th & 7th grade youth participate in Confirmation instruction on Sunday mornings, 8th-12th participate in Bible Study) during the 9:30-10:30 Christian Education hour, August through June.

11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4.11-13)

Volunteer Sunday School and Youth Bible Class teachers do not need to be professional educators. In fact, the adults who most profoundly influenced my own (Julia Malenke) faith development as a child and youth held full time jobs in business, construction, finance, and administration.  It was their passion for Christ and transparency in sharing personal stories about what it means to live with integrity, wrapped around the Word of God, that motivated me to keep learning and to follow their examples.

Trinity is in need of additional Sunday School teachers, specifically a 1-2 nd Grade teacher and a 8-12 th Grade teacher.  We are in our second year of using an excellent, online curriculum (PreK4 - 5 th Grade) which allows each teacher to choose activities that most closely fit their strengths and the learning styles of their students.  Each Sunday morning, we begin at 9:30 a.m. with an Opening in the basement where we sing praise songs, share prayer needs, and introduce the Bible topic with a fun object lesson (presented by the Sunday School Director).  Teachers and students then head for their classrooms where they have between 35-45 minutes to develop the Bible lesson with videos, games, Bible study, crafts, etc. Typically, Sunday School teachers spend about 1-2 hours each week preparing for class and are with the children about 90 minutes on Sunday mornings.

Training and mentoring will be provided for anyone who has a heart for being part of this vital ministry focused on the spiritual development of young hearts and minds.  For those interested in teaching our High School youth, there will be an excellent workshop provided locally (Sept.16, 9am-12pm) to help equip and encourage you as you come alongside these students.
We don't want to disappoint any students by not having a class available for their age level. If you are feeling the Holy Spirit tug on your heart as you prayerfully consider being part of Trinity's Sunday School team, please contact Julia Malenke at jmalenke@trinitydowntown.org.

Trinity's Music Ministry
Trinity is currently accepting applications for a Contemporary Worship Leader for 9:30am as well as for an Organist for the 8am & 11am worship services.  Those job postings are being advertised publicly on multiple forums and can be found easily by searching on Indeed.com for Trinity Lutheran Church, Orlando.

Loving our Neighbors - Bakers!
Trinity will host a bake sale to support our friends at Handy Pantry on Amelia St. The owners have both been challenged by medical issues and have had to close their store on multiple occasions and we're reaching out to provide some neighborly support.  The bake sale will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 9am to 11am.  YOUR support would be greatly appreciated.  Please send in freshly home-baked goods wrapped for resale Friday during business hours or Saturday morning at 8am to the Magnolia Building kitchen. If you have questions, please contact Terry at 407-797-7345 or mammierocks@yahoo.com .

Flood Buckets
We're partnering with the FL-GA District in the Flood Bucket Challenge.  When a flood strikes, the LCMS Disaster Response ministry sends our volunteer support and flood buckets to aid in relief efforts. Each bucket contains essential supplies needed for clean-up after a flood. Our goal is to provide 10 completed buckets to support this effort.  Please visit the Narthex to see what supplies you can donate to contribute to completing the Flood Buckets from Trinity.  Thank you.


Headed off to College?
Many students are heading off to college for the first time or returning to continue their education.  The Florida Georgia District has a form that students and parents can use to help our campus ministries get in touch with these students. Simply  go to this web link - http://flgadistrict.org/campus-ministries/ and scroll to the bottom of the page. This form will allow you to provide helpful information that will put your college students in touch with one of these wonderful campus ministries or a nearby church .  Please take a few minutes to help connect these students to Jesus on campus!

LiveUCF Gala
"Saturday Night Live: An Annual Gala Supporting LiveUCF" is going to be held on Saturday, September 23rd at 6pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.  LiveUCF is a church on the campus of the University of Central Florida that is supported by local congregations. Tickets are $40 and will include a plated meal, open bar, a silent auction and guest speaker: Tom Eggebrecht, author of Fully and Creatively Alive and pastor at Ascension Lutheran in Casselberry (tomeggebrecht.com). Join us for an evening of creativity in support of LiveUCF.  Tickets can be purchased at http://www.liveucf.org/gala/ or you can contact Laura Blank - laura@liveucf.com. Table sponsorships are also available.  Please contact Meridith Swanson for more information - cmswanson07@gmail.com.


Urgent Prayer Requests
If you have an urgent prayer request that can't wait until you fill out a yellow prayer card during worship, please submit it via email to Pray@TrinityDowntown.com .  While submitting a yellow card during worship is still the preferred way to share prayer requests, sometimes a prayer need can't wait until Sunday.  Your prayer request (first name and basic details of the prayer requested) will be shared with a team of committed weekday prayer warriors and will also be added to Trinity's regular printed prayer list for the congregation.  All prayers are kept on the printed list for a period of three weeks, so please resubmit long term prayer needs regularly so that they stay on the printed list. Thank you.

Invest with LCEF and Save Trinity money!  
Trinity just received a check for $61K thanks to YOU !  Your invesment accounts with LCEF earn a Shared blessings rebate for Trinity.   If you haven't already, please consider opening an LCEF savings account.  The more investors mean the higher the rebate check will be next year.  Savings account investments start as low as $25 for children under 18 and $100 for adults.   If your child is new to Trinity Lutheran School in either the CDC or K-8 programs Trinity will donate $25 to start the account.  Adult investment accounts with LCEF benefit Trinity in the same way the Youth Investor accounts do, so parents and church members, you can participate as well!  You can apply online at LCEF.org .  For more information, please contact Bruce Hahn at 407-701-3234 or email bruce@mm-c.com .

Please let us know!
Please let your Trinity family know of 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).  During business hours, that information can then be forwarded to the appropriate caregivers.  For an emergency that requires the care of a Pastor after hours or over the weekend call or text us at 407-490-7339 and leave a message.  We'll get back to you ASAP. We want to be sure to know when you need us-whether to pray with you before a scheduled procedure, sit with you during a loved one's procedure, pray for you while you recover, visit you in the hospital/at home or to share praise and thanksgiving prayers for good news/results. Just let us know.  Thank you.

Important Dates

August 20   Special Voters Meeting, Senior Pastor Call
August 27   Rally Day, Sunday School Begins, VOTERS MEETING 12:30pm
September 4  Campus closed for Labor Day
September 28-30 FL/GA President's Equip Conference
October 27  Oktoberfest & 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Celebration
Attendance and Giving
August 12-13, 2017

Adult Bible Study 22

Worship/Open House
6pm  69
8am  39
9:30am   72
11am  180
Total in Worship  360


Last week C & M  Actual Recd: 13812 Budgeted:15400 Over/(Short): (1587)
YTD C&M   Actual Recd: 105961 Budgeted:94658 Over/(Short): 11303     
Bridge To The Future Received: 840  YTD: 9445
Faith Factor Received: 0 YTD: 4280
Trinity Resurrection Received: 120 YTD: 13700
Faithfully Forward Received: 515 YTD: 2910
Comfort Dog Received: 20 YTD: 235
Trinity Downtown | The Ministries of Trinity Lutheran Church & School 
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