Veterans Day Program at the Rotary Club
A TLS music class participated in the Rotary Club's Veterans Day program in Orlando this week, where they sang patriotic songs, accompanied by music teacher Mr. Howard.
A Note From Pastor Tom Zehnder

Dear Trinity Family, I am pleased to be with you in ministry once more! My coming on board again for these days was not on my calendar but the good Lord has plans, and they are always carried out! I am humbled to serve you. I will be praying for the Trinity family, and Jackie and I ask for your prayers and support as well.
In these early days of re-entry, I have met with many people, attempting to get caught up with the vibrant ministry of this place.  

I had good meetings with Eric Havens, our incredible General Manager, with Mike Kunze, Head Elder, and Ted Lange, President for congregation of Trinity Downtown. Chanda Gillenwater and Deaconess Liz Borth and I had good conversations about our ministry here which were helpful to me. I look forward to a conversation with school directors Kevin and Patty in the coming days. Chanda and Deaconess Liz have been a great help already. They are great partners in ministry.

My first official meeting was with the Board of Elders, a group of dedicated men of God who give solid leadership and stability in so many ways.

On my first walk around the campus, I made a few wrong turns with new walkways and campus pathways. My first stop was the K-8 classrooms of Trinity Lutheran School. Stopping in at each class room I greeted the teachers and talked a bit with the classes. I was deeply impressed with the atmosphere of excellence which is everywhere. Thanks to Dr. Brockberg for his leadership! I pray for the continued of growth for our K-8 program.

When I left Trinity's Interim Ministry in May of 2015 the new facility for the Child Development Center was not yet open for business. The day before yesterday I got a complete tour of that facility, the New Century Center, which is virtually in full use. Teachers filled with joy. 305 children singing, laughing, sleeping, dancing, parents smiling. Simply amazing. Thankful to Patty for her leadership and expertise! This ministry is awesome.   Congratulations Trinity! Walking out of the facility with a young mother who had just picked up her beautiful child. I asked, "What do you think of the ministry of our Child Development Center?" She said, "It is an awesome place. I love it and feel so comfortable leaving my child there with these wonderful teachers."

Youth, Confirmation, Sunday School, Bible Study leaders and teachers give their best for the sake of those who receive their ministry! The musicians play the organ, the choirs sing, praise band leads us in rejoicing! The custodians and care takers keep the place sparkling clean.

Oh awesome Trinity Sanctuary - a hallowed space! Since 1926 it has given refuge to God's people. From this place the Gospel of Christ rings out. The Sacrament of Holy Baptism has washed the hearts and souls of thousands. Surely tens of thousands have received the Body and Blood of Christ Jesus as this Feast continues to be offered at virtually every service held!

So much good is all around us here at Trinity.

The Call Committee for the Senior Pastor Call process will soon bring worthy Candidates for this Office. The congregation will decide, and - please dear Lord - the Call will be accepted!
A new chapter is about to begin. Lord Jesus be with us! Watch over us!

And in the meantime, I am pleased to be walking with you. Looking forward to our first service (again) together with you this coming weekend. Don't miss worship. Strange and wonderful things from the Scripture will touch our hearts. And by the way, it's time to start praying for the worship (sermon included)!

Your Weekly News & Updates
Senior Pastor Candidate Visit
Trinity will be hosting a visit from one of our senior pastor candidates next Tuesday, November 15 th .  Please join us for a Town Hall Meeting with Pastor Mark Mueller, Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. The town hall format will give you an opportunity to meet Pastor Mueller and a forum to ask him questions.  This will be the only congregational meeting with Pastor Mueller, so please plan to attend.  We are hoping to host a second candidate in early December and plan to have a town hall meeting with him as well. Details will be available soon. If you have questions, please contact Call Committee chairperson, Stephanie Landis at  

Trinity Family Thanksgiving Meal, November 20th
Join us for the Trinity Family Thanksgiving Dinner after church (about 12:15pm) on Sunday November 20.  There is so much for which to THANK GOD!  
  • Please Bring a Dessert   Trinity member and Food Service Manager, Chef Rich Poole, will be preparing the meal and is requesting donations of "Sweet Treats" for dessert.  According to your first letter of your last name please contribute the following : A-I (Cake or Brownie), J-R (Cookies), and S-Z (Pies).  Thank you very much in advance for your " Sweet Treat" contributions !
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Preparations We are also in need of Volunteers to make the meal successful.  Areas of help needed include:
    • (5) Assist in the kitchen with food preparation, to help set up the buffet lines, to set up the 2 drinks stations as well as the dessert stations and placement of the tablecloths and table décor etc
    • (6) We need help working in the kitchen preparing food, food placement set up for the buffet lines, helping to serve and replace food as needed. ( Adults Only Please )
    • (8) Help cleaning dishes, food storage of the leftovers, and just general cleaning up.  The tables and chairs will not have to be taken down that day.
If you are able to serve, please contact Mr. Rich Poole at .

Thank you!
We'd like to thank all of our parents, students, church members and staff who made this year's Touch-A-Truck a great success by volunteering! Every year T-A-T creates an opportunity for many to make memories with their children.  And of course, we could not have done it without the leading ladies and gentlemen of the PTL:  Dalene Burnum - Chairperson, Anne Higgerson - Truck Coordinator,  Cindy Wasielewsk- Volunteer Coordinator, and Karen Gentry - Finance. Thank you all so much! See you next year at the T-A-T!

Trinity Shares Christmas
Christmas is less than two months away!  Our ninth annual Trinity Shares Christmas tree is in the narthex! The ornaments contain gift, food, and gift card requests for children of incarcerated parents and for the children's caretakers. If you attend the late service, don't worry that they'll all be gone - ornaments will be replenished after each service this Sunday, Nov. 6. Please return all donations, with the ornament, no later than Nov. 27, and please do not remove the backing from the ornament!

Do You Have an Attitude of Gratitude
Trinity Downtown invites you to participate in a 30 day Gratitude Challenge to encourage a daily focus on gratitude through the month of November (and beyond). Focusing on blessings instead of obstacles encourages a habit of gratitude. Communicating that gratitude spreads the blessing to others and encourages them to participate too. There are three components: Name it, Say it, Share it.  If you'd like to learn more, go to

Gospel Gifts for Tots
It is Trinity's desire to teach little children the love of Jesus and so we support a Christian Lutheran day school program.  Our youngest students begin in infancy to see Jesus in the loving care offered through touch and smiles in our New Century Center.  Every Christmas, Trinity church intentionally collects money to purchase Beginner's Bibles for Toddlers and present them to our two year old students.  For a donation of $15.00, we will continue our mission to nurture Christian character and bring children one step closer to Jesus.  There are 60 children in our two-year old classes!  Donation board is hanging in the Narthex.

Kindergarten Round-Up November 17
Do you have a child getting ready for Kindergarten next year -- or do you know someone who does?  We'd love for you to consider Trinity's school ministry, Trinity Lutheran School (infants through 8th grade).  On Thursday evening, November 17th, our school directors will be meeting with families for dinner and a short program to share information about Kindergarten (and beyond) at Trinity Lutheran School. So, m osey on down to Trinity for a chuck-wagon dinner at 5:30 on Thursday, November 17.  Meet Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jesse, and Prospector Pete!  During the Round-Up you will learn about our VPK to Kindergarten connections and explore how Kindergarten prepares children "Step-by-Step" for First Grade and Beyond! Questions, answers and tours of Heritage Hall will round-up the evening at 7:00 so you can head on down the trail to home.  RSVP for you and your family at  For more information about Kindergarten click here. Please feel free to share this invitation with family, neighbors and friends.

Music Notes  

Bible Study   CLICK HERE

Children's Ministry 
  • Christmas Celebration is straight "From Heaven Above."  The Sunday morning children's teachers are planning the annual family friendly worship for the 3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service .  Children who regularly attend Sunday morning classes AND those who cannot are warmly invited to be part of the celebration.
  • Children's Choir All K-5 children are invited to be a part of Trinity's Children's Choir. Learn More here

TYM: Trinity Youth Ministry (6-12th grade) 
For all Youth News Youth Ministry Webpage
  • Confirmed 8th grade-12 Grade students Bible Study In November we will meet guys and girls together to look through and study, Shaken by Tim Tebow. It will be part video and follow up discussion.

Voters Meeting, Dec 11
Please join us on Sunday, December 11, for a Church Voters Meeting in the Sanctuary after 11am worship (about 12:15pm).  At that time presentations will be made by representatives from Finance, School board, Senior Pastor Call Committee, Thrivent Pulse donations distributions, and Comfort Dog Ministry. Other agenda items may be added as well.

Ministry Partner Opportunities
  • Resident Manager @ Redeeming Life Maternity Home   Position opening:   The Resident Manager of Redeeming Life Maternity Home provides a positive and safe living environment for the residents.  She is a role model, administrator and limit-setter.  She will assist with facilitating personal and social development of each resident of Redeeming Life Maternity Home. For more information please contact Sheryl at 407-625-9880.
  • Volunteer in the Rose Parade with Lutheran Hour Ministries Petal Pushers are needed.  The 2017 Lutheran Hour Ministries' float Is entitled Celebrate Jesus. Volunteer to be a Petal Pusher® here: . The LHM is your partner in HIS mission. The LHM float will:
  • commemorate our deep rooted Christian and Lutheran legacies
  • portray Jesus as the Founder and Perfector of our faith
  • recall a significant person: Dr Martin Luther, who took a major step of faith in the Reformation 500 years ago
  • carry living examples of Gospel proclaimers with the appearances of former Speaker Dr Dale Meyer and Rev Dr Gregory Seltz, current Speaker of The Lutheran Hour.
  • salute the 100 th anniversary of the International Lutheran Laymen's League, which led the way to launching The Lutheran Hour in 1930
  • have LWML President Patti Ross as a rider, commemorating the 75 th anniversary of the LWML.

Important Dates

November 20  Congregation Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal
November 23 Thanksgiving Eve Worship 7pm
November 24   Thanksgiving Day Worship 10am
November 24-25 Offices and School Programs Closed
December 2  Downtown for the Holidays Tree Lighting Event, TLS students sing, Lake Eola
December 11   Voters Meeting after late service in the Sanctuary (about 12:15p)
December 24   Christmas Eve Worship
     Family Program 3pm
     Candlelight Communion 5pm, 7pm, 9pm and 11pm
December 25   Sunday, Christmas Day, 10am Worship
January 22-29   National Lutheran Schools Week
January 28   Servant Saturday
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Attendance and Giving
 November 5-6, 2016

Children's Sunday School   NR
Youth   10
Confirmation   12
Adult Bible Study   28

Worship Attendance
6pm   27
8am   60
9:30am  106
11am  70
Total in Worship  263

FundsActual   Budget        Budget             Over/(Short)
C & M                    25,048            10,508                    14,540
Bridge To The Future  1,843.00
Faith Factor                   1,450.00
Holiday/Loose Plate    124.00
Faithfully Forward       130.00

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