Your Weekly News & Updates
 
Blessing of the Backpacks and Dedication of All Teachers
At all services August 12 & 13 we will be blessing backpacks and dedicating all those who serve as teachers in various school systems in our community, including Trinity's teachers, preparing to begin a new school year! Our CDC families and teachers will join worship Saturday evening after their open house activities, and our K-8 families will join us at the 11am worship service before their Open House activities.  Be sure to pack those backpacks in the car before you head to church - so kids can bring them up and have them blessed during the service!

Senior Pastor Call Process Update
This past Thursday evening we had a great turnout for Pastor Kallesen's town hall visit. Those that were there had a wonderful opportunity to learn about Pastor Kallesen and what motivates him in his ministry doing the Lord's work. He told us about his past churches and his time at the District office. Pastor Kallesen's lovely wife Desiree told us how they met and about their family. It was obvious throughout the town hall that she is his rock in their 40 years marriage and has been very involved in every move that the Lord has taken them. The links for each town hall meeting are available below. Please take the time to listen to both of the town halls if you were not able to attend.
 
Pastor Braun                                  Pastor Kallesen  
 
Where do we go from here? The Call Committee will be meeting next week to prayerfully consider the recommendation that we will bring forward to the congregation on August 20th for the Call Service. The time is not finalized yet, we believe that it will be right after the 11am service. Please stay tuned to the announcements, weekly and the phone tree for the final details.
 
If you have any questions or feedback about the pastors, please feel free to email or call mthe Call Committee Chair, Tim Norris, at norris.timothy@gmail.com or 321.624.8882.   
 
  God is good and has provided us two wonderful Pastors for Trinity to pray over and listen for His will.
 
Please keep both Pastor Braun and Pastor Kallesen and their families in your prayers. Please keep Trinity and the Call Committee in your prayers as we ask for God's wisdom and guidance to discern which pastor to call.

Comfort Dog Ministry Team
Comfort Dog Ministry meeting is Wednesday, August 16 at 630pm in the Conference Room at the Magnolia Building. All positions will be discussed and the link to apply online for the handler position will be provided. We will talk about how each visit is handled and what is involved to ensure continuity with the dog and team members. If you are interested in this ministry, please feel free to attend this meeting. Any questions, please email Eric or Wendy Havens at comfortdog@trinitydowntown.com

Thank you from Susan Roby
"Thank you to the church family at Trinity for your many cards, texts and phone calls during Ron's hospitalization and death. Your love and support are much appreciated. Romans 8: 28"  --Susan Roby

Rally Day: Sunday School Kick-Off
Trinity will be recognizing the official beginning of our fall Sunday School and Bible classes on Sunday, August 27 , with a special Rally Day celebration.  All Sunday classes will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the children meeting for opening in the church basement music room and the adults gathering in the fellowship hall. Adult Bible study and Sunday School teachers will be installed in the 11:00 a.m. service.   (Due to scheduling needs for the budget meeting the picnic previously scheduled for the 27th will be rescheduled for October)

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Campus Work Day!

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.  

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.

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 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 .

Missionary Update - Young Family
Greetings from Irenga, Tanzania. Our family is in the mountains at River Valley Camp for an intensive language training in Swahili. You may wonder..."Why do you go to Tanzania to learn the language you will speak in Kenya?"  You can read more about their work here.  Prayer requests:
  • Thank God for the mission trips happening around the world this summer. May God be glorified in all that is done.
  • Pray for the children, families, and teachers at Karama Academy in Nairobi, Kenya.  
  • Ask God to prevail over the elections in Kenya - that they be peaceful and calm.
  • Ask God to be with our East Africa team as folks travel different places while they serve.  
  • Lift up Krista's dad, Richard Adler and our family as we grieve the loss of our Grandma, and Mom.
  • Thank God for safe travels and good reunions as our family traveled to the US.
  • Thank God for faithful and generous partners who support us through prayer.

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 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
August 20   Special Voters Meeting, Senior Pastor Call
August 27   Rally Day, Sunday School Begins, VOTERS MEETING 12:15pm
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
Attendance and Giving
August 6, 2017

Adult Bible Study 26

Worship
6pm  29
8am  45
9:30am   82
11am  69
Total in Worship   225


Last week C & M  Actual Recd: 21148 Budgeted:10350 Over/(Short): 10798
YTD C&M   Actual Recd: 92149 Budgeted:79258 Over/(Short): 12891     
Bridge To The Future Received: 800  YTD: 8605
Faith Factor Received: 1500 YTD: 4280
Trinity Resurrection Received: 0 YTD: 13580
Faithfully Forward Received: 530 YTD: 2395
Comfort Dog Received: 50 YTD: 215

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