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Notes from Pastor Zehnder

Mid- Week Lent Devotions
The Fifth Sunday in Lent is known by the name Judica,that is, "Judge Me!"  This is the first word of the ancient Introit used on the Fifth Sunday in Lent. It gives a "flavor" for the week and reminds us of the judgment of God over against sin. Without God's intervention in Christ, God's judgement would destroy us. It is a paradox to remember that the "One who knew no sin," that is Christ Jesus, "becomes sin for us..." and God's judgment against our sin falls upon Christ Jesus. We are eternally grateful for the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross for our sakes. We will approach this at our mid-week Lenten services this coming week. Hope you can join us. The service is informal and interactive, and I believe we learn much from each other. Hope you can join the mid-week services! If you missed them, you can listen or watch online. Look forward to Holy Week and Easter Services. These gatherings will be grand!
Holy Week

Palm Sunday
It is said that Holy Week is the Holy of Holies of the Christian Church Year. It begins next Sunday, the Day we call Palm Sunday but is also known as Passion Sunday. We will be there in spirit, watching as Jesus goes into Jerusalem on that day. The theme for the sermon meditation for Palm Sunday is "Hosanna, Wet with Tears..."
Maundy Thursday
Jesus washed the feet of the disciples and then bestows on them and the Church Universal the great Feast, His Supper. Miraculously and in ways only comprehended by Faith, Jesus gives us His Body and His Blood, the same which will soon be on Golgotha's cross. The mystery of it all.  Several young people of our congregation will receive this Sacrament for the first time at the evening service. It is awesome. The service will close with the moving Stripping of the Altar, and then in darkness.
Good Friday
The Altar is bare. The Son of God is dead. We are moved by the Tenebrae Service and its profound darkness. We come and go in silence. "Oh sorrow dread, our God is dead..."
Easter Eve Devotion
At 6 pm we will gather quietly outside, at the front of the Sanctuary. The doors will be open but we will not go in. We will see the Christ Light burning brightly, and we will receive that Light. We will pray, sing, hear God's beautiful Word, and then in confidence and with joy in Christ's Resurrection we will eagerly await Tomorrow when we will go up and into the Temple of the Lord!
Sunrise Service and Easter Festival Services
These follow one another. It's fitting to have four opportunities for worship on the Day of Days! Word and Sacrament and Celebration will lift us up to the Heavens!
On Sunday this Week:  LiveUCF
This Sunday, April 2, we will welcome Rev. Billy Brath who serves as Pastor for the LiveUCF ministry. Pastor Brath and members of his congregation will be leading the worship at the Sunday services. Pastor Billy and his team will bring us on board with the latest activities and dreams of this fine ministry. We look forward to welcoming our friends!
Saturday this Week
Pastor Larry Schaefer will lead the 6 PM worship on Saturday, April 1.
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 total received thus far is $57,164.00. This helps a great deal. The stated goal is $226000.00 God bless our efforts!
Because of scheduling conflicts we must move the Foundations Class forward, beginning on Sunday, May 28.  The sessions will take place on Sundays at 9:30 AM.  Pastor Stephen Schroeder, good friend of Trinity and frequent guest here will offer a four week "Foundations" series for members and friends of Trinity who desire a deeper knowledge of what Lutherans believe and confess. These sessions are ideal for those desiring to enter into formal membership in the Trinity Family. Foundations will also offer an excellent way to "reconnect" with earlier instruction in the Faith which many received as a young teenager heading for Confirmation!   Pastor Schroeder is an outstanding teacher and will be a good friend! Watch for additional information. The Nursery is available for infants through 3's as well as Sunday school for children 4 and up!

-Pastor Z

From Your Elders

Name Tags
The Elder Ministry Team is moving forward with procuring name tags for our members. Wearing a name tag is a gift that you will give to your new Pastor when the Lord brings that man of God to us! (And we pray for that always!)

There are sign-up sheets for Trinity name-tags in the narthex and by the side door to the loggia. Please print carefully your name exactly as you would have it printed; include your first and last name. The Tags to be purchased are sturdy, attractive and magnetic. No more holes in blouses and shirts!  We would like to have the name-tags in place before we have our new Senior Pastor.  A $7.00 donation is requested for the tag, but not required.  Since this is a non-budgeted item, donations are appreciated if you are able.  When you make a contribution, please write "Name Tags" on the memo line of your check. If you give a cash donation, place it in an envelope which are in the pew rack and clearly mark it "Name Tag."

As always, please introduce yourself to those around you on campus and in worship! You may recognize the face but cannot attach a name! Let's change this! God bless us in this endeavor!

A Call To Prayer
Please continue to pray 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

Meet Your Neighbor Walk Tomorrow
Walk with us through the neighborhood on Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. We'll be sharing prayer with our neighbors, inviting families to "The Great Easter Surprise", and to our Easter Worship at Trinity.  We'll meet at our Livingston St. Parking lot.  After the walk, we'll head to Handy Pantry to have lunch with neighbors.  Come join us!

The Great Easter Surprise -- invite your friends and neighbors!
For all Children and Families, Saturday, April 8 , 10am on our Trinity campus. Kids and Families will enjoy SURPRISES, as they visit 7 different stations, such as "Confounding Creation", "Marvelous Mirascope", "Surprising Snacks," and more. Registration forms are in the Narthex and School offices. For more info contact Gladys at  PLEASE SHARE this invitation with friends and neighbors!

Member Photo Directory
We are now in the process of completing arrangements for having Trinity's Church Directory printed.  Anyone who did not have their photos taken by Re:MEMBER and would still like to be included in the directory can submit a digital photo to the church office.  The photo, preferably a head and shoulders shot, will be submitted with our layout package for inclusion in the directory. There is a ten dollar charge for each photo submitted, which includes receiving a copy of the directory when it comes out.  Deadline for submitting photos is Tuesday April 18th.  Any questions please contact Tom Finger.  email:, phone: (407) 765-9483.

PTL Read-In Event
Come spend an evening with Bear at the Read In on Friday, April 6th from 6:00 - 7:30pm in the Trinity Gymnasium. Students will enjoy listening to the book "A Visitor for Bear" along with crafts and a tea party.  Pizza will be available for purchase in the courtyard beginning at 5:30pm. Please RSVP to our PTL board at

Book Fair April 6-7
Scholastic Book Fairs is coming to our school with a Buy One, Get One FREE* Book Fair! This special event offers a great opportunity for you to add twice as many books to your child's home and classroom library. For every item you buy, you get another item for FREE! It's that simple! You'll leave the Fair with twice as many books!  Our fair will be held on Thursday, April 6 th - Friday, April 7 th through the Read-in event! *All free items must be of equal or lesser value than the ones you buy.

Life Support
Trinity members Andrea Gabriel and Julia Malenke are representing Trinity on Saturday, April 8 in the annual (True Life Choice) Choices Women's Clinic Walk for Life.  Your support with pledge dollars or joining these faithful women as a walker is evidence of your pro-life belief. True Life Choice is a name many of Orlando's long time residents recognize, but one that will no longer be seen or heard in Orlando.  True Life Choice is now Choices Women's Clinic offering the same love for women and children in life-saving ministry.  Choices Women's Clinic will soon be a full medical center offering ultrasound, nursing health care, and supportive counseling on West Colonial Drive.   Look for the brochures, pledge cards, and other information in the Narthex.

All Daughters of the Father
Get connected to Christian women outside your regular circle who will give you spiritual encouragement, guarantee you meet interesting and unique people, and share delicious food you don't have to provide.  Twice a year, women from all the Lutheran churches in Central Florida get together and spend a morning devoted to loving each other.  On Saturday April 22, St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Oviedo will host under the theme "Jesus Christ Above All."  Breakfast and $8.00 registration from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. start the morning and lunch concludes the day from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  If you are unable to attend , please consider a donation of NEW items for children's backpacks: small stuffed animals, toy cars, dolls and action figures, individual tissue packs, small fleece blankets, child toothbrushes and toothpaste. An LWML box is located in the Narthex.   RSVP necessary for lunch preparation: register as "Trinity Orlando" with or call Katherine: 352-601-2808 by April 8.
Contact Deaconess Liz 407-488-1919 X 127 or with questions.

Pancake TYM
Trinity's Youth Ministry is ready to flip some pancakes on Easter morning!  We will serve pancakes (complete with a toppings bar), fruit, juice, and coffee from 7:00-10:30 AM in Fellowship Hall. Proceeds will benefit TYM program costs for the year. Come out and enjoy some Trinity fellowship on Easter morning and support your TYM as well!  

Free Viewing of The Jesus Film
We all know Easter is so much more than eggs and candy!  Here's an opportunity to share the whole story.  There will be a free viewing of The Jesus Film (family version) at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola on Good Friday, April 14th at 7:30pm. Sponsored by individuals in a local small group Bible Study, the "Orlando Friends of the Jesus Film." To learn more about and/or contribute to The Jesus Film project visit

April Has 5 Sundays
Every month with five Sundays means Food and Funds on the Fifth!  We follow the example of the early Christian Church and share our gifts and abundance with anyone who has a need.  On April 29 and 30, the Lake Eola Publix grocery cart will receive canned and boxed food for "The Samaritans".  This is a small group of Christian men and women who see Jesus in the faces of hundreds of men and women living in Orlando without permanent shelter.  Trinity is connected to this charitable group through Maleny Perez, a teacher in our VPK classroom. Please donate Macaroni & Cheese, vegetables that can be used for soup or stew, pasta and sauce, and Winn-Dixie or Publix gift cards to bless hundreds of our neighbors without walls.  Any Funds on the Fifth cash funds donated through the offering plate are added to the Discretionary Fund and offered to anyone in our church, school, or neighborhood in need of financial assistance.  Contact Deaconess Liz with questions: 407-488-1919 X 127 or .

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.  

Comfort Dog Ministry
The Comfort Dog Ministry is now in fundraising mode.  Our dog is in training  and we need to get busy raising funds. Our immediate goal is $15,000 to cover the costs of the dog, dog supplies, Top Dog training, handler trainings, and next year's budget. We have created a ministry page at where you can learn more and donate any amount.  You may also use the collection plate to donate, marking your donation "Comfort Dog".  Very soon, we will be creating a Facebook GoFundMe page open for you, your family, friends and community connections to help us raise our goal.  This will be an on-going campaign, as this is not a line item in Trinity's budget, but funded solely by donations from supporters.  Trinity family, this will be YOUR ministry comfort dog, and we look forward to the endless possibilities that lie ahead for this ministry!

Contact Information
If you have had a change to your contact information, such as, name change, change in phone number, email address, or street address, please get a large blue card form an usher during worship, complete the new information, and return the card to an usher.  Thank you!

Missionary Updates

From the Wasmunds in Seoul
Dear friends and family, Spring greetings to you from Seoul and this ministry in East Asia. We invite you to read this month's update - found below (smaller form) as well as through the links ( full print version and one version with less color ). We greatly appreciate your continued love and support. The Wasmunds--Matt, Dee Dee, Lily and Olivia, LCMS missionaries serving in East Asia.

From the Clausing Family in Kenya
Dear Brothers & Sisters at Trinity, Lenten greetings from Nairobi, Kenya in the name of our Lord Jesus. On behalf of my family and the church of east Africa, thank you for your ongoing financial support through multiple donations over the past year. Although I don't respond  to every individual gift with a thank-you, be assured that every gift is appreciated. It is regular donors like you who sustain us on the mission field, and we thank God for you. God bless you!  Yours in Christ, Rev. Jonathan Clausing & Family.

Important Dates

April 1  Neighborhood Walk 10am
April 5   Final Wednesday Lenten Devotion 12:10pm and 7pm 
April 8   The Great Easter Surprise 10am
April 9   Palm Sunday, regular services - bring palms to wave
April 13 Maundy Thursday  12:10 and 7pm & First Communion 7pm
April 14 Good Friday worship 12:10 and 7pm 
April 14  Offices and school programs closed for Good Friday
April 15 Saturday Easter Eve Devotion 6pm
April 16 Easter Sunday (sunrise 6:30 plus regular services)
April 16  Pancake Breakfast 7am-10:30am
April 17 Easter Monday - Offices & school programs Closed
May 13 Pastor Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament
July 17-21  Save the Date: VBS
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Please share this invitation with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and other connections as opportunities arise.

March 25-26, 2017


Sunday School/Bible Study
Children's Sunday School   19
Youth   2
Confirmation   11
Adult Bible Study   NR

6pm   50
8am   56
9:30am   87
11am  80
Total in Worship  273


Last week C & M  Actual Recd: 13,352  Budgeted: 12,997   Over/(Short): 335
YTD C&M   Actual Recd: 647,520 Budgeted: 638,392  Over/(Short): 9,128
Bridge To The Future      Received: 1,528    YTD: 46,813
Faith Factor      Received: 25    YTD: 17,795
Holiday/Loose Plate      Received: 451    YTD: 25,679
Trinity Resurrection      Received: 545       YTD: 57,164
Faithfully Forward      Received: 1,545    YTD: 29,784
Comfort Dog      Received 245    YTD: 850

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