Your Weekly News & Updates
 
August Bible Study Series @ 9:30 on Sundays
Through the month of August, the Adult 9:30am Bible Study on Sundays will be working through the story of Elijah on Mount Carmel and God's response to his prayer. We will also be listening to a piece of music called by the same title and connecting the Scripture to the music. It is going to be a multi-sensory in-depth look at a powerful story in the Old Testament. Please join us!  All are welcome.
OWLS Fellowship
Older Wiser Lutherans are invited to gather for a meal and fellowship on Friday, July 28th at 11:30.  We'll meet at Sonny's Barbeque at 7055 S. Semoran Blvd., in Orlando.  Call or email to confirm with the Gordons at 407-897-1418 or robert.w.gordon@hotmail.com.

International Music Tea - August 4
Most people take a plane, ship or train to travel around the world, but this summer, our preschool children in the PreK 2, Pre K 3, and VPK classes have used their imaginations to experience music, dance, stories and food from countries all over the world. We would like to share what we have learned on these adventures with you in an International Music Tea on Friday, August 4, at 9:00 a.m. in our gym and fellowship hall.  Trinity Lutheran Church and School families, friends are welcome to attend.

August 5, Campus Work Day
August is the month we go back to school. Our CDC children move to new classes, and we welcome new families. We are also preparing for the new pastor God will send us. We need helpers to spruce up the whole campus... weeding, trimming, planting, cleaning. Our work day is set for Saturday, August 5th from 8:30 to 12pm. Lunch will be served afterward. Please sign up in the Narthex or contact Darlene Sabin at darlene.rehbein.sabin@gmail.com. Let's have a great turn out. Many hands make light work!

Voters Meeting
Please join us August 6th , after the 11am worship service (about 12:15)

Comfort Dog Ministry

Building the Team  
The next team meeting is set for August 16 at 6:30pm in the first floor Magnolia conference room.  On the Comfort Dog Webpage you'll find a list of opportunities to serve on this ministry team.  Contact us at ComfortDog@TrinityDowntown.com to let us know. Let's get to know one another, find out where and how everyone can serve, and learn more about what is involved in community visits with the dog and taking care of the dog.  

Fundraising  
You can help by sharing the public fundraising campaign for the Comfort Dog Ministry GoFundMe.com/OrlandoComfortDog. Please share with your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, EVERYONE!  And then tell them to share it with everyone they know.  We need to get the word out into the community so we can all work together to reach our goal!

Re-Forming Living Stones-President's Equip Conference
EQUIPPED with tools - EMPOWERED with others - ENGAGED in the world
Be part of an energizing three-day event, September 28-30 , with Florida-Georgia pastors, educators, DCEs, music ministers and lay members, participating in:
  • 60 workshops for church professionals & lay volunteers, with topics ranging from youth ministry, fundraising, strategic planning and social media to fabulous family nights, insights for church treasurers, greeter and usher ministries and more
  • Fellowship including an opening night dessert reception, Friday evening banquet and regional gatherings
  • Uplifting closing worship service
Early Registration through August 11th is $100 per person


Food & Funds on the Fifth Collection Next weekend
Once again it is a Food on the Fifth month. Trinity asks members and friends to donate canned and boxed food to share with our community neighbors. This month the recipient is the Christian Service Center. Funds are also collected through the offering plate by designating "Church Discretionary Fund" on the memo line or envelope face. These monies are designated to help people within our congregation and in our community who are in difficult or desperate financial stress.

Senior Safety Summit - Crime Prevention Techniques for Seniors
Two individuals have responded with interest.  We need at least 10 to schedule.  If you'd like to have the Orlando Police Department host a 1.5 hour seminar on safety and crime prevention, please let us know this week. Topics presented include: Prescription Drug Fraud or ID Theft, Crimes Against Seniors, Identifying and Preventing Strokes - taught by Orlando Health, Hands Only CPR, and more.  Please email TLC@TrinityDowntown.com or call 407-488-1919 x101 to let us know if you're interested in participating and/or as a volunteer to host.

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!  
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 4  International Tea
August 5  Campus Work Day 8:30-12:00pm, lunch provided
August 6   Voters Meeting 12:30pm Sanctuary
August 11  Trinity Staff Workday, school offices & programs closed
August 12  CDC Open House and Meet the Teacher 4:00-6:00pm
August 12 & 13  Blessing of BackPacks & Teacher Dedications in all worship services
August 13  K-8 Open House 12:30-2:30pm
August 14  First day of school
August 16  Comfort Dog Ministry Meeting
September 4  Campus closed for Labor Day
September 28-30 FL/GA President's Equip Conference

 
Greetings from Deaconess Liz

I have been away from the offices and ministry of Trinity for nearly two months now and immersed into ministry with Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries.  However, having just returned from this year's annual Deaconess Conference in the beautiful mountains of Pennsylvania, I feel like a lifetime has passed since I've worked and ministered to and with you.

My first day in the office of Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries in Sanford, four years of experience with forms, interview procedures, mistakes and successes was passed on to me in the form much like a shot-gun blast!

Day two, I was handed the full responsibility of our third expectant mom - I am her first "Life Plan Coach".  By the end of my first week, I had connected with the other two residents as their new "Life Plan Coach".  Then I was installed!  

That following week a new baby came to live in the house.  I visited a pediatrician for the first time in 35 years at the end of my second week and found it delightful.  I spend one overnight a week and enjoy getting to know the women and their babies better.

We are studying a series I wrote a while back based on Liz Higgins "Bad Girls of the Bible" every Wednesday at dinner time, and we share a Q&A about anything spiritual or scriptural every Sunday over lunch.  The hours pass quickly each day for there is always something to listen to or share with or just encourage with each of the now four women who are living in the maternity home.

This first week of July a fifth woman who is only 10 weeks pregnant has come to find her way to independence, responsibility, forgiveness and merciful life in Christ.  The little baby boy, Aiden, born on my installation Sunday, was washed in baptismal waters along with his mother on July 2.  This is the highlight of our ministry.

I am thankful for all that God has done to prepare me for this amazing opportunity to see new life and peace come over women who were living in doubt, darkness and fear.  I miss the very busy and diversified ministries I shared with you all at Trinity, but my position now is truly a God-directed position.

There is not yet much opportunity for personal social interaction with Christian men and women, so I am happily continuing to gather with the Trinity women who meet monthly for Chick Flicks, Dinner and a Movie.  Hopefully, I will be involved with the Seminole County IDignity event too.  Some of our residents have found this organization (founded by Trinity and other churches in Downtown Orlando) to be a gift of encouragement.  Once again, I see how God has prepared me for His work.

God is with us all, and He has plans for us that are not to hurt us but keep us close to Him.  He is an amazing God!

Blessings and love to you all, Deaconess Liz


 
Employment Opportunities

Choices Women's Clinic- Development Manager
CHOICES is looking for a dynamic part-time DEVELOPMENT MANAGER to co-share the position with our current manager join our ministry staff team!  
* Experience in Fundraising & Event Management
* Strong Organizational & People Skills
* Part Time Position (15 Hours Per Week)
* LOVE to Make a LIFE Saving Difference
The Development Manager is a co-share position responsible for oversight and coordination of the primary fund-raising and promotional events and donor/partner marketing on social media. The Manager will also assist the Executive Director with various development tasks as needed and time permits to advance events and increase ministry partners/donors and direct coordination with the Administrative Assistant to assist with various administrative tasks. Contact Choices for full position description. Send resume or inquiry to:  vicky@choiceswomensclinic.com & brittany@choiceswomensclinic.com  

Redeeming Life Maternity Home: Part-time Residential House Mother
Redeeming Life Maternity Home provides critical housing and support services to single expectant women who, due to the circumstances in their lives, have nowhere to go and little or no family support. Our home provides a positive and safe living environment for all who reside here.  This part-time support position requires two overnight shifts per week. Additional shifts may be needed to cover scheduled vacations. The main responsibilities are to managing the household operation, provide daily reports to the administrative office and provide some meal preparation while the Residential Manager is off duty. The ideal candidate will be a mature Christian woman with a nurturing spirit and a strong desire to minister to God's people. She will have the ability to maintain personal boundaries and be able to work closely with a variety of personalities.Please contact Sheryl DeWitt, RLOM Executive Director, for more information or to schedule an interview at 407-625-9880.
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