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Notes from Pastor Zehnder

Trinity Resurrection
Thanks to all who continue to support the Trinity Resurrection effort!  While this is a "low key" process our people are responding generously. Please do what you can, dear members and friends of Trinity.

The Lenten Season
Each Wednesday in Lent through April 5 we will have devotional services at 12:10 and 7:00pm which last about 40 minutes each. The Second Sunday in Lent is known by the name Reminiscere, and is the first word of the Introit assigned to this Sunday. It means, " Remember ."  At our mid-week services we will discover the many biblical references to "remember." The Lord God will remind us that He will never forget us. He tenderly "remembers" us forever. Hope you can join the mid-week services!

Grateful Hearts!
A word of appreciation to the many people who serve Trinity as volunteers. At this time Trinity is involved in a financial audit. I hear it is going smoothly. I am amazed to learn of the long hours which are being given to prepare for this audit. Our salaried financial folks are of course involved, but volunteers too are literally "burning the midnight oil" in preparation for the auditors. Other volunteers and elected leadership tackle other tasks for the sake of all of us at Trinity. Again, a heartfelt word of thanks to all!

-Pastor Z
From Leadership Council

Regular voters Meeting  
Please plan to join us Sunday, March 12 after the 11am worship service (about 12:15pm).

Trinity Resurrection
Trinity Family, Several weeks ago I reached out to you with a request to join fellow members and staff in a time of prayer to seek guidance and faithfulness as we move forward with Ministry at Trinity Downtown.  When Leadership Council gathered to assess our financial shortcomings we determined that the Trinity Resurrection campaign was imperative; it has grown to so much more. When we gathered in corporate prayer, members and staff reached out to pray for one another, to seek guidance for Trinity in the Senior Pastor call process, to seek financial guidance, and to give thanks for all of the good things that happen on a daily basis at Trinity Downtown.  We are and will continue to face challenges; however, we are facing them directly and with gratitude for all that has been given to each of us and our Trinity family.  Through this past Sunday, giving for Trinity Resurrection has exceeded $48,000.  We on the Leadership Council are grateful for your faithful giving for Trinity.

Senior Pastor Call Process Update
I would also like to inform you that the Senior Pastor Call process is moving forward with the opportunity for members to submit nominations to the call committee.  Moreover, the call committee is prepared and ready to move on with a slight change in structure.  All members will continue to serve, including Mike Hoffmann, Rocky Smothers, Bruce Hahn, Jenn Blackwood, Bonnie Roby, Mike Kunze, Ted Lange, and Stephanie Landis.  An additional member has been added to the committee, Tim Norris, who will serve as the chair.  We continue with open nominations for a Senior Pastor through March 20* (*correction, not April 20) while FL-GA District President, Rev. Greg Walton, works on putting together a new call list for Trinity. You will find nomination forms in the Narthex.  Please continue to keep this process in your prayers.
From Your Elders

A Call To Prayer
Please commit to praying once a day for Trinity Downtown, as your schedule permits, through Easter. Trinity is facing two important issues we'd like to ask you to include in your prayers: the call of a Senior Pastor and a serious financial situation; and as always, we join together in prayer to cover the petitions of our entire Trinity family and those we're connected to in addition to those prayers for Trinity.  Daily reminders are going out on Facebook each morning at 6am and you are welcome to share your own prayer requests in comments and show you're praying for others who have posted by "liking" their prayer request comment. Let's come together in prayer as we seek God's wisdom and guidance in these matters all other concerns on your hearts.
All The News

Be Our Guest: Spaghetti Lunch
TYM (Trinity's Youth Ministry) invites you to Be Our Guest on Sunday, March 19th to say "Thank you!" from TYM to you, our church family, for your support!  This is not a fundraiser, but a meal provided for you by our Youth and the Youth Minsitry Team to say thank you for your loving and generous support of Trinity's Youth ministry.   Activities begin at 12:30 in fellowship hall and is followed by a full service luncheon at 1pm. Come let us love on  you a bit! Please RSVP for your ticket!

32 Years & 1000's of Lives
True Life Choice is a name many of Orlando's long time residents recognize.  The same love for women and children is evident in this life-saving ministry, but the name is changed.   Choices Women's Clinic offers the true choice to frightened and confused women considering abortion.  Choices Women's Clinic will soon be a full medical center offering ultrasound, nursing health care, and supportive counseling on West Colonial Drive.  Trinity members Andrea Gabriel and Julia Malenke are representing Trinity on Saturday, April 8 in the annual Walk for Life.  Your support with pledge dollars or joining these faithful women as a walker is evidence of your belief.  Choices Women's Clinic would also welcome your help during renovations of the new facility.  Your offer to help paint inside walls, landscape, renovate bathrooms, yard work, and other needed assistance is a phone call away.  Contact Deaconess Liz: or 407-488-1919 X127.

TYM-Confirmation Classes
No confirmation classes on Sunday, March 19th. Happy Spring Break!

Golf Tournament May 13
The sweet aroma of freshly clipped grass is in the air!  That can only mean one thing...the Pastor Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Trinity Lutheran School Athletics must be just around the corner!  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.  

Come one, come all!  
Your assistance is needed in cleaning out all three of the vacant residences as we start the next phase of renovation.  Bring your work gloves and your muscles to haul out all the remaining debris from inside the houses.  We will meet on Saturday, March 25 th at 8:30 a.m. outside of the three houses on the corner of our lot on Amelia and Ruth Lane.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

OWLS Fellowship
Join us for lunch Friday, March 31 at 11:30am at ITALIAN HOUSE located at 1400 S. Crystal Lake Dr in Orlando. PLEASE call 407-897-1418 or e-mail to confirm attendance to make the reservation.  Hope to see you there---Bob and Audrey Gordon

Trinity's Comfort Dog Ministry
Don't forget about our Comfort Dog - whomever he or she may be!  We have added a page to our website at for you to get information and to make a donation if you so choose. Please pray about being a part of this ministry.  There are several areas to choose from; donor, prayer partner, handlers, visit team, schedulers, fundraising, advertising, photography to name a few. Top Dog Wendy Havens will be at all Sunday services next weekend to share a little information about next steps for this new ministry.  If you have questions email

The Great Easter Surprise
Families, Neighbors, Friends, Children:  Plan now to attend the Great Easter Surprise on Sat., April 8 from 10:00-11:30am  The whole family will enjoy a variety of fun "stations" around campus, with activities, surprises and crafts all related to our Celebration of Easter.   Bring your friends, families, neighbors. Help us celebrate the greatest Christian event ever ... Jesus' Resurrection on Calvary - for us!. If you'd like to volunteer to help at one of our 5 "Celebration Stations," contact Trinity's Outreach Ministry Team member Gladys Dittmer,   Thank you.

Trinity Lutheran School - Church Member Tuition Discounts
If you are registering a child/children for school next year in grades K-8, please consider Trinity Lutheran School! The Trinity Lutheran Church member tuition discount for the 2017-2018 school year has been increased to $1,000 per year, per member child. What a wonderful opportunity to give your child/children a Christian education as well as a sound academic education. If you are interested, you can visit the TLS website at , or school or church office for more information. The deadline for submitting an application for member discounts is March 31 , 2017.  I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and watch your child grow academically and spiritually.  -Trinity Downtown Scholarship Committee.

Children's Consignment Sale
Saturday, March 11 from 8am to 3pm the Greater Orlando Moms of Twins and Triplets (GOMOTT) will be having a children's consignment sale here at Trinity in the gym.  $1 door entry.  Say hello to your Trinity reps at the Trinity information table and be sure to tell any shopping parents asking about Trinity how much you love being part of the Trinity family!  More information at

Urgent Midweek 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 .  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.

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 x100).  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, there is an option on our auto-attendant to dial 9 for immediate assistance (listen to the entire message).  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

Through April 5  Lenten Worship: Wednesdays 12:10pm and 7pm 
March 12  Regular Voters Meeting, 12:15 Sanctuary
March 19   Congregation Spaghetti Lunch sponsored by TYM 1pm Fellowship Hall
April 1  Meet the Neighbors Walk 10am
April 8   The Great Easter Surprise 10am
Holy Week
April 9   Palm Sunday
April 13 Maundy Thursday & First Communion
April 14 Good Friday worship noon and 7pm (offices and school programs closed)
April 15 Saturday evening Easter Vigil 6pm
April 16 Easter Sunday (sunrise plus regular services)
April 17 Easter Monday - Offices & school programs Closed
May 13 Pastor Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament
July 17-21  Save the Date: VBS "Maker Fun Factory - Created by God, Built for a Purpose"
Trinity's Comfort Dog Ministry
Next Steps: Fundraising & Sending our Top Dog for Training
Donations may be made via Comfort Dog webpage

Lent Resources

March 4-5, 2017


Children's Sunday School   20
Youth NR
Confirmation NR
Adult Bible Study   27

6pm   32
8am   54
9:30am   97
11am   90
Total in Worship   273


C & M   Actual Received: 13,868      Budgeted: 9,662    Over/(Short): 4,206

Trinity Resurrection          Received: 5,200     YTD: 55,189
Bridge To The Future          Received: 2,730      YTD: 44,210
Faith Factor                            R eceived: 300         YTD: 15,970
Holiday/Loose Plate           Received: 1,825       YTD: 23,916
Faithfully Forward               Received: 415           YTD: 27,372

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