Your Weekly News & Updates


Voters Meeting This Sunday 12:30pm
Your Executive Council, staff, and volunteer finance committee members also labored on developing a balanced budget for the coming year.  On June 19 th , we asked for and received permission from the congregation to take additional time to further refine the annual budget.  Please join us for a special congregational meeting on Sunday August 28 th following the 11am service to learn about our plans to finance Trinity's Ministries for the coming year.

Ooops!
With all the excitement of a successful and busy week of VBS, our regular "Food and Funds on the Fifth" missed publicity.  Although many of you did not forget and donated food items that are on their way to the Christian Service Center, the Discretionary Fund missed a dollars collection.  There may not be five Sundays in September, but Deaconess Liz has a birthday with a "5" in it that falls in September.  The special collection basket will be available in the Narthex or at the side door to the church this Sunday (Aug 28) and again on September 4.  Of course you can make your donation to the fund that helps so many of our members with extra dollars needed for necessities when sickness, accident or other unforeseen events prevent timely payment, through your donation envelope.


What's going on with YOUth?  
  • What's Coming up for MS & HS Youth? Please plan to attend Rally Day on September 11th at 9:30am. The Youth Room Dedication and Open House event is on September 18th from 2-4pm. Bible Study resumes September 25th 9:30am and the District MS Youth Gathering is November 4-6, District HS Youth Gathering Feb 18-20.
  • Youth Ministry Open House and More Mark your calendars for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 from 2:00-4:00 for a 6th-12th grades students and their families - YOUTH ROOM DEDICATION, Open House, Meet and Greet Fellowship time. We will register for confirmation, apply for S.A.L.T. (Student Activities Leadership Team), hear about different opportunities to serve at Trinity, discuss fellowship ideas, share interests, pray and begin relationship building that helps develop and continue relationships of a strong Youth Ministry.  But we need YOU there!  Any questions please email Jenn Blackwood at Jenn.Blackwood@TrinityDowntown.com
  • Guys and Gals MS and HS Bible Study   Bible Study resumes the following week on September 25th 9:30am, meet in the Youth Room.
  • New Study for confirmed GIRLS 8th-12th graders Jenn Blackwood will this group Bible study, "Brave Girl" by Jen Hatmaker, beginning October 2 at 9:30am .  Come to Youth Room downstairs and be ready to GROW!  It is part video lesson and discussion. Description: What girl doesn't want to have it all together? Whether popular, not-so-popular, quirky, cool, or anywhere in between, every teen girl wants to love, be loved, and find acceptance and meaning in the world around her. Often feeling alone and insecure, she spends her life competing, comparing, and creating drama to prove to the world and herself that she's enough. But what if she's already enough? What if girls aren't meant to be perfect, but brave ? In this 5-part series, Bible teacher, New York Times best-selling author, and popular blogger Jen Hatmaker talks honestly with teen girls about the struggle to live for Christ when their lives are full of pressure and temptation. Each session features real-life stories of brave girls and focuses on a different relationship: themselves, friends, guys, parents, and God. Sharing Scripture and stories from her own life and experience, Jen Hatmaker offers hope, guidance, and assurance that now is the time to stand strong and build a life of significance.  (Details coming soon for the GUYS!)
  • What about Jr. and Sr. Confirmation this year?   Come to the September 24th Youth Ministry Open House event to talk about what confirmation instruction looks like.  If you cannot be there please email Youth Ministry Coordinator Jenn Blackwood at Jenn.Blackwood@TrinityDowntown.com
Children's Ministry
  • It's a New Sunday Morning   Trinity Church offers the best choice for children ages 4 through 10 every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m.  Come and explore Bible accounts of making tough choices, Kings and Queens, and Conquests in the name of the Lord. Opening is in the church basement music room and pick up at 10:30 a.m. will be in the classrooms on the first floor of Heritage Hall.   The celebration of these new studies will be on September 11 - Rally Day!  Look for your invitation in the mail.

Music Notes
  • Thank you Thank You to Julia and Dan Malenke for providing special music throughout August; to Julie Lushetsky and Justin Tayon, our substitute organists during the summer; and to Carol Eichinger and Sandy Zaccagnini, our ongoing interim organists - we appreciate you and your musical talents!
  • Ready to hear Special Music again? We will have our first Parish Choir rehearsal on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 pm in the music room in the basement.  We welcome all basses, tenors, altos, and sopranos who love to praise God with singing! We rehearse every Wednesday at 7:30 pm; during Advent and Lent, we start at 7:50 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Soost at Sooster67@yahoo.com .
  • Handbell Choir Our first Handbell Choir rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 pm in the balcony.  We rehearse every Wednesday at 6:30 pm; during Advent and Lent, we start at 6 pm.  If you are joining us for the first time, or if you have any questions about ringing with us, please contact Glenda Frazier at whitemice@bellsouth.net.
  • The 1st Floor Once In A While Choir This choir is in the planning stages.  If you are interested in singing with this group, please come to a very short (15 minute) informational meeting after either the 8 am service or the 11 am service on September 11.  We'll meet in the back pews of the sanctuary. Please contact Glenda Frazier at whitemice@bellsouth.net if you cannot attend or if you have any questions.
  • Helpers Needed! We would love to have the Trinity Brass play on special occasions, but we need someone to lead this group.  We would also love to have a backup accompanist for the choir - if you are a pianist with good sight-reading skills, we need you!  If you have an interest in either volunteer position, please contact Glenda Frazier at whitemice@bellsouth.net.
Urgent Prayer Requests During the Week
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.

Thrivent Choice Dollars and Personal Donations in Response to Pulse Tragedy
Funds distributed to Trinity to support a long term outreach response to the shooting on June 12 in Orla ndo, to help support the Orlando shooting victims, survivors and their families, ha ve exceeded $100,000 from all over the country. Donations made by July 31 to five local Lutheran churches were matched by Thrivent. Trinity representatives and our Orlando area ministry partners will be working together to develop a plan of how to best make use of those funds to support ongoing and new initiatives in keeping with Trinity's mission that reach out and make a difference in the lives of people touched by this tragedy. Leadership Council is accepting proposals for using these funds in a meaningful way to support those impacted by events on June 12. No idea is too big or too small with the main goal to reach out to victims/survivors, their caregivers, and others impacted by the events on June 12 with our promise to "walk alongside you with Christ's love and compassion".

Proposals for Outreach Initiatives received to date include
1) Supporting the Lutheran Counseling Services Crisis Care fund which supports free counseling and outpatient mental health services for those involved in the crisis and their caregivers. (Request for $30K)
2) The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild - making quilts for victims' families, survivors, first responders, and others affected - which has quickly grown to a worldwide drive with donations coming in from Mexico, UK, Australia, and more.  (Request for $5,355: fabric for backing the quilts $3K, batting $1,955  and for postage $400)
3) Trinity Lutheran Church LCC Comfort Dog Ministry -- proposal includes the cost for the dog, travel and the required training in Illinois before and when the dog and handler meet, then hands on training here at Trinity with the LCC team. A Comfort dog ministry would allow for ongoing care and outreach to those affected by the Pulse tragedy in addition to providing a huge number of outreach and service opportunities for the church long term in our local community which would allow for our church family to build relationships and become actively involved with those in need in our community. ($20K)
4) Support for an Urban Church Plant in Downtown Orlando, in partnership with FL-GA District and other area churches.
5) Partnering with local law enforcement professionals to offer a self-defense and active shooter scenario training. ($375)
6)Reimburse Trinity's expenses for the Pulse Vigil and Banner ($623)

Please feel free to contact Leadership Council member Tim Norris norris.timothy@gmail.com , Senior Elder Mike Kunze mwkunze@gmail.com or Ministry Coordinator Chanda Gillenwater TLC@TrinityDowntown.com for information on the Thrivent fund and submitting an idea or proposal for intentional outreach to those affected by the Pulse tragedy and survivors and responders and to the Downtown community.

Support Trinity Ministry Partners
  • Fundraising Dinners with Local Ministry Partners If you need a date night, or you want a social encounter, or you are interested in learning something new, then come to dinner!   Coming soon are three fundraising dinners three very different purposes.  You can attend one, or two, or all three.
    • On September 22, IDignity is planning the annual Souper Douper where fabulous soups hand-crafted by local celebrities tempt your palate. Contact Diann Grover to reserve your spot at Trinity's table:407-587-5957. DEADLINE TO RESERVE A SPOT IS SEPTEMBER 11.
    • Put on your fancy duds for a Saturday night out. Live UCF , a church at the University of Central Florida, spreads an elegant table for you September 24th, 2016, 6pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Orlando. Contact Billy@liveUCF.com .
    • A fall feast for Redeeming Life Maternity Home fills the spot for your third social outing.  November 5, 2016 will be a Saturday evening you will never forget.  A delicious dinner, good entertainment, and heart warming stories are waiting for you at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Sanford. The dinner is free, but this is an "ask" dinner for a donation that fits your budget.  Contact Deaconess Liz for details: eborth@trinitydowntown.org
  • Team Trinity Needs YOU Trinity is sponsoring a walking team for the Lutheran Counseling Services Walkathon on September 24, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Held on the beautiful and conveniently located UCF campus, this event supports Mental health and Suicide Prevention Awareness as well as funds Lutheran Counseling Services' Crisis Care fund.  This fund allows many individuals the gift of mental health care that may not otherwise be affordable. Did you know that Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages (CDC), and that only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment? (NAMI) Lutheran Counseling Services can help. Trinity will have an information table at this event to represent Trinity and all its ministries and would also like to have a Trinity team.  If you are interested in participating on the Trinity team or volunteering time at the booth, please contact Chanda at TLC@Trinitydowntown.com or 407-488-1919 x101.   If you are unable to walk, your direct donation can be made through the registration link. Thank you.
Invest with LCEF and Help Earn THOUSAND$$ for Trinity!  
Trinity just received nearly $23,000 from LCEF to assist our ministry!  The check is the result of the outstanding response from the church, school, and CDC to open an account with Lutheran Church Extension Fund!   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.

Heading to College?
Our District provides college ministries and congregations around Florida and Georgia. During your years away at school it is vital that you stay connected to your church family in some way!    If you complete this Connection Form , the district will connect you with a ministry near to where you're in school and help get you plugged in. If Trinity can help you in any way while you're away at school, please let us know by emailing TLC@TrinityDowntown.com.

Gideon News
Your Orlando East Camp of the Gideons distributed over 900 copies of the New Testament, Proverbs and Psalms to the inmates at the Florida Reception Center in East Orange County, Saturday August 20th.  Please pray for the men who received God's Holy Word that thru the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit that their lives will be transformed.  Your East Orlando Camp has begun school distributions to the middle and high schools and will be outside Winter Park High and Genridge Middle School this week.  Keep us in your prayers and thank you for your support!

Disaster Response
Our Brothers and Sisters in Baton Rouge, LA have suffered a terrible flood, the extent of which is probably not known as of now.  This is an opportunity for you to help share God's Mercy and the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through the local LCMS congregations in Baton Rouge.  If you are able, funds are needed to put supplies on the ground in direct support of those affected by the flooding.  It will also allow the Southern District to distribute gift cards to those in greatest need along with the message of the Gospel. If you or your congregation would like to donate, please direct your donation to: The Southern District, LCMS, 100 Mission Drive, Slidell, LA  70460-5221.   Earmark your donation for the support of the Southern District's Disaster Fund.  Alternatively, you can donate on their website at    http://southernlcms.org/connect/disaster-response/

Important Dates

September 5  Labor Day Holiday -- Campus Closed
September 11  Sunday School Rally Day
September 18 MS & HS Trinity Youth Ministry Open House, Youth Room Dedication
September 24   Stronger: A Walk to Save Hearts and Minds, UCF Memory Mall
September 24   LiveUCF Gala, Prince of Peace
October 15   Oktoberfest at Trinity
October 15-31 Pumpkin Patch PTL Fundraiser
October 22  Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament
October 31  Reformation Day (499th)
November 4-6   District MS Youth Gathering
November 5   Touch A Truck Community Event and PTL Fundraiser
November 20  Congregation Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal
November 24-25 Campus Closed
November 23 Thanksgiving Eve Worship 7pm
November 24   Thanksgiving Day Worship 10am
December 2  Downtown for the Holidays Tree Lighting Event, Lake Eola
December 24   Christmas Eve Worship
December 25  Happy Birthday Jesus
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