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Touch a Truck is Tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Saturday, November 5th from 9am to 1pm for Trinity's Downtown Orlando Touch A Truck event. We're expecting thousands of guests for a fun filled morning with dozens of trucks, great food, church & school tours, music and activities! In addition to all the trucks and vendors, Trinity's outreach ministry team will be on campus welcoming visitors and sharing information, along with Trinity's Elders and Organists in the Sanctuary greeting guests, and our School ministry directors taking families on school tours. The parking garage across the street will be open (enter on Ridgewood Ave, event parking fees apply). ENTRY GATES are located on LIVINGSTON STREET (with a card reader), RUTH LANE (cash only), and AMELIA STREET (cash only). TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES and share with us on the Facebook page!

Senior Pastor Call Committee Update
Your Call Committee has been diligently moving forward with securing a new senior pastor for Trinity. The following is the official Call List after both President Walton and our Circuit Visitor Rev. Ken Green fully vetted the District and congregational nominees:
  • Mark Mueller:  Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Delmar, NY
  • A. Mark Schudde:  Concordia - Conover, NC
  • Kurt Wenzelburger:  Divine Redeemer - Hartland, WI
  • Douglas Kallesen:  FL-GA District Executive Director of Outreach - Orlando, FL
  • Jeffrey Meyer:  Christ Memorial - Fitchburg, WI
  • Carl Rockrohr:  Candidate (no current affiliation) - Fort Wayne, IN
  • Mark Frith:  Lutheran Hour Ministries - St. Louis, MO
The Call Committee has had the opportunity to research, study, and discuss all of these great candidates and we have once again moved to interview stage.  During the first week of November, we are conducting video interviews with the candidates we wanted to get to know better.  Stay tuned for our next steps and as always, don't hesitate to speak to anyone on the Call Committee if you have questions.

Saturday Night, Set Your Clocks Back!
Daylight savings time ends at 2am Sunday morning.  If you have a clock that doesn't auto-update, don't forget to fall back.

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!

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    https://goo.gl/forms/i3AMj8nwEYYXP4642

Guest Preacher this Weekend
Rev. Larry Schaefer will be preaching at all services this weekend! We are BLESSED by his service to Trinity during the past few months.  Please take a moment to say thanks when you see him.

New Bible Study Group for Women  
New study starting in the Tuesday morning women's group: "Faces of the Reformation" begins November 8th when we take a look at Katharina Von Bora, escaped nun, wife, and mother. Each week we study a different "face", so come anytime and join in the tea and coffee study.  Contact Deaconess Liz with questions at eborth@trinitydowntown.com or 407-488-1919 x127.  For information on all adult Bible study at Trinity CLICK HERE

Women find Joy in Jesus
For all the ladies of Trinity who are ready to fill themselves with the strength that comes only from Joy in Jesus:  The NEW Greater Orlando Zone of the LWML has scheduled the first gathering for Saturday, November 12 at Faith Lutheran Church in Eustis.  Arrive between 8 & 9 a.m. for a continental breakfast; worship together at 9 a.m.; join in Bible study at 10:00 a.m,; eat lunch!  It's a great morning filled with service to each other and time to meet all the other Lutheran women in the greater Orlando area.  Contact Deaconess Liz with questions eborth@trinitydowntown.org or 407-488-1919 x 127.

Congregational Thanksgiving Meal
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 d├ęcor 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 rpoole@trinitydowntown.com .

Children's Ministry Children's Ministry Webpage
  • 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) Youth Ministry Page
  • 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.
  • Acolyte Servers  Training and fitting for the new robes has just finished for 6th grade students. A make-up class will be scheduled sometime in November for those who missed and want to give their service time to the church as an acolyte.
  • VOLUNTEERS If you are interested in helping during a fellowship event, please contact Jenn Blackwood at Jenn.Blackwood@TrinityDowntown.com .
Music Notes   Music Ministry

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.

Thank you!
We'd like to thank all of our parents, students, church members and staff who made this year's Downtown Orlando Pumpkin Patch a great success by volunteering and purchasing your pumpkins from us. Having the pumpkin patch on our Trinity Downtown campus allows the students to have story-times in the pumpkin patch, allows us to connect with our neighbors downtown and creates an opportunity for many to make memories with their children.

We had approximately 45 students, parents, staff and church members who helped unload the pumpkins -- about 551 pumpkins in an hour. We had about 53 who volunteered to help with daily sales! And of course, we could not have done it without the support of the PTL:  Brandi Meyer, Pumpkin Patch Chairperson, Jessica Chan - Marketing, Mary Poole - Decorating, Cindy Wasielewsk- Volunteer Coordinator, Julia Malenke - Daily Clean up and Marcy Shively - Finance. Thank you all so much!

With your help, we were able to sell approximately 400 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes for a grand total of sales of $7,555., which gives us a profit $2,266.50 to put towards our school ministry needs. We appreciate your faithful support of the events and fundraisers that the PTL coordinates and are hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church and School hosts during the year. We look forward to all of the upcoming events and fundraisers, and appreciate your support to help make our school even greater. See you next year at the Downtown Orlando Pumpkin Patch!

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 church.trinitydowntown.com/gratitude

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.
Important Dates

November 5   Touch A Truck 
November 5  Redeeming Life Maternity Home Dinner
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, TLS students sing, Lake Eola
December 11  Voters Meeting 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 22-28  National Lutheran Schools Week
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Attendance and Giving
 October 29-30, 2016

Education
Children's Sunday School   18
Youth   11
Confirmation   9
Adult Bible Study   18

Worship Attendance
6pm   25
8am   40
9:30am   99
11am  94
Total in Worship  258

FundsActual   Budget        Budget             Over/(Short)
C & M               10,546               13,023                  (2,477)
Bridge To The Future  605.00
Faith Factor                   00.00
Holiday/Loose Plate   1272.00
Faithfully Forward   275.00

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