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Oktoberfest is almost here!  Let's celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!  How's your Martin Luther Trivia?
 
Sanctuary Renovations - Worship Schedule Change
We're worshiping in the gym again this weekend and it's LWML Sunday!  We'll have services at 6pm on Saturday and on Sunday at 8am and 11am.  Sanctuary renovations can be seen in a recent blog post on Trinity's website.  

A Special Invitation to You
Join your Trinity family between the 8am and 11am services this Sunday for an ALL-CONGREGATION fellowship time from 9:05-9:45 and one big Trinity family Bible Study group led by Pastor Doug Kallesen from 9:50-10:50.

It's LWML Weekend!  Wear Purple and bring a purple $5 bill!
LWML, (Lutheran Womens Missionary League) has celebrated 75 + years as a service and missions organization of  the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  What amazing things can be accomplished  with spare change (the mite)! As a women's organization started during World War II when few women held jobs outsid
of the home, the founding women were dedicated to making use of anything available. We still carry on today. Trinity's LWML ladies meet the first and third Thursday each month to complete projects for our February 2018 drive to a central distribution point.

This weekend we celebrate LWML Sunday. We want to acquaint you with a few of the simple, tied quilts made by our LWML at Trinity - now on display in the gym. These very quilts will soon be distributed throughout the world. Our goal for this year is to finish 75 quilts. You can help us meet this goal. Once distributed, our quilts can serve as temporary shelters propped up like tents, sleeping bags for warmth, and even temporary clothing when nothing else is available in areas ravaged by natural disasters and war.

We DEPEND on donations of  CLOTH as well as LOOSE CHANGE PLACED IN THE LARGE MITE BOX in the Narthex of the Sanctuary.  On this very special Sunday we even suggest maybe that purple colored $5 bill as a donation in addition to change.  We encourage your participation. Thank you for previous donations of mites and material and we continue to accept any pieces of cloth or old sheets at the church office or contact mevanchy@att.net or call for pick up at 407-237-0125. Thank you!!                                                                                                                      
OCTOBER is Pastor Appreciation Month
Let's let our pastors know how much we love and appreciate them -- our Senior Pastor, Rev. Doug Kallesen, and our shut-in pastor, Rev. Dennis Glander.  You could also include our former interim and vacancy pastors; Rev. Larry Schaefer, Rev. Tom Zehnder, Rev. Jim Martin.

Oktoberfest/Reformation Festival
We are just under two weeks to go before Trinity Downtown's Oktoberfest and 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Celebration, and we're excited to let you know that there are a lot of fun activities planned for the evening of Friday 10/27 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

We are in need of volunteers who are willing to give about two hours of their time to help set up (starting at 4pm), staff a Trinity Ministry or Reformation Activity table, help youth volunteers and visitors with games, stuff backpacks for our servant event, work concessions, bring baked goods, and more!

This is a FREE community event - so please INVITE friends, family and coworkers by sharing the FACEBOOK event on Trinity's page. Food trucks (Chi-Phi and German Grill), beer tasting, live music, beer tasting, kids activities and so much more.  Visit www.trinitydowntown.com/oktoberfest for more info.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
:  Sponsor a specific activity and we'll display your family or company name/logo on a sign next to the station.
  • Beer  $500 or Direct Beer Donation (2 sponsors needed)
  • German Wine  $250 or direct Wine donation
  • Pretzel Booth $150
  • Cotton Candy Machine $150
  • Snow Cone $150
  • Logo'd Shopping Bag Sponsor $250
  • Tee Shirt Sponsor $250
  • Diet of WORMS dessert $100
Secured Sponsorships:
  • Beard Contest Sponsor  Sponsored by BROTTS BEARD CARE
  • Popcorn Machine $175  Sponsored by COVENANT HOUSE
  • Pucker Powder Candy Art $100 Sponsored by PKG PRO, LLC
     
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (K-8 School families can earn PRICE hours)   A detailed list of volunteer options are listed in our SIGNUp site . Volunteer slots are scheduled for portions of the event so you can volunteer AND still have time to enjoy the event with your family!  With your support we will create a fantastic family event where we can welcome our Downtown Orlando neighbors onto the Trinity campus to connect with the Trinity Family! Thank you!


HAND ETCHED GLASS MUGS
The house of Lloyd is creating a special 26.5 oz. clear glass mug just for Trinity's event. You can Pre-Order your hand etched glass 26.5 oz mug for $15.00 per mug until October 23, 2017 at 2:00pm. After the pre-order time frame and on the day of the Oktoberfest event at Trinity, the cost will be $20.00 per mug. You can process your payment for pre-orders at: PayPal.Me/houseoflloydorlando.  Please make sure you put the name of the person who will pick up the order at the event in the transaction notes section.  The mug will have a Trinity Downtown logo and the text "CELEBRATING THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION"

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT: "Comfort Backpacks" for Children who need a little extra love and care while they are in transition from their home, to DCF, foster care or medical care. This is an initiative made in partnership with the Orlando Police Department, the Department of Children and Families and the Howard Phillips Center.  Our goals is to provide 250 backpacks which will be assembled during Trinity's Oktoberfest/Reformation Event on Friday, October 27th.  Supplies are being collected in advance. As you are able, please contribute the following items (collection in the church Narthex and school offices):
    • Small blankets,
    • small stuffed animals,
    • Toothpaste & toothbrush,
    • small toys for a boy and/or girl,
    • playing cards,
    • Crayons & coloring books (Christian content preferred).
Cash gifts are welcome also, and we can do the shopping for you.  If you have questions or concerns contact TLC@TrinityDowntown.com or call Terry Boggs at 407-797-7345.

OKTOBERFEST BAKE SALE - Are you a baker?   Please donate baked goods for the Outreach Team's Fall Bake Sale. They can be dropped off at the Magnolia office on Trinity's campus between 7:30am and 4pm on Friday, October 27. Please wrap in individual purchase bundles, and note what your baked item is called and any special details (please include allergen details that aren't indicated in the name of the item - nuts, dairy, etc).  Please do not put prices on your items. Your participation is most appreciated - all proceeds will be donated to partner ministry Rebecca's Garden of Hope.

2017 Pumpkin Patch, October 14-31st
The annual Pumpkin Patch begins this weekend !  Volunteers are needed to help make this another successful event! The money earned supports our Trinity Lutheran School families. To volunteer, please sign up through SignUp.com:  
http://signup.com/go/pOyqzbD
.  We still need volunteers this Saturday the 14th at 9am for unloading the pumpkins , Monday - Friday spots are available between 3:15-6:15pm, and Saturday & Sunday spots are available between 11am - 7pm.

LWML Rally
All Trinity ladies are cordially invited to the Greater Orlando Zone LWML Fall Rally on Saturday, November 4, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1123 Louisiana Ave., St. Cloud, FL, 34769. Registration from 8:00am-9:00am.  Start time at 9:00am. Registration fee $7. Please RSVP by October 28 th , 2017 to Tina Kading (tikading@embarqmail.com) or 321-624-5391 (after 4pm).   Gifts of the Heart Donations will be for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD.  Please see www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/ for ideas.  We will have shoeboxes available at the Rally for packing if needed, and we will be packing shoeboxes at the event.

Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Please begin praying for open hearts and minds as to how the Trinity family can prepare to care for the needs of families we anticipate will be coming into Central Florida from the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Local government is anticipating up to 100,000 people who have lost their homes, jobs, safety and security, local network of friends and family (and so much more)... as well as their local faith communities.  The FL-GA District,  local district & circuit pastors, local school districts, and local ministry partners are working together to develop plans for how we can all work best together to meet the needs.  So stayed turned for updates.  For now, please be intentional in your prayers so that we will be ready to be answer, "Here I Am!" when the Lord calls for us to respond.

FL-GA District Disaster Response Update - South Central FL, SW FL and the Keys
In South Central FL, the devastation is great.  Many are rural farming communities still without power, communication, and water.  Many homes are mobile homes. There is much flooding that hasn't receded yet. The FL-GA District is trying to show mercy and help to these communities.  Volunteers will be needed for some time across South Central, FL, Southwest Florida, and north of Key West.  There are 2 congregations set up to receive volunteer work crews, especially tree work, and ground clean up.  Muck out crews will follow. 
 
Southwest Florida and the Keys also had major devastation and flooding that has not receded yet, and are in desperate need of dollars, gift cards, supplies, and volunteers.  Volunteer teams are also needed to put items (shovels, flood buckets, respirators, etc.) together and get them to the Marathon and Key West, but housing is at a premium. Most church buildings fared pretty well, but need resources to help them be places of mercy in their communities.    If you wish to be on a volunteer crew, willing to work, and willing to be trained, the need is great. Contact the Florida-Georgia District Office, John Elliott, Business Manager, FL-GA District, LCMS,  407-258-5054, jelliott@flgadistrict.org

K-8 Reformation Walk
Who me?  Dress up like Friar Tetzel or Katy Luther?  Yes, you!  To celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Mrs. Tesch and Dr. Brockberg are organizing a Reformation Walk, a re-enactment of 10 events in the life of Martin Luther and the Reformation.  Actors and actresses are needed for this Living History Museum.  Contact Mrs. Tesch kathleen.tesch@trinitydowntown.com or Dr. Brockberg kbrockberg@trinitydowntown.com
to volunteer and join in on the fun at this upcoming special Friday morning school event!

We need YOU:  Supporting New Trinity members - Connection Points
We'd like YOU to consider being a Trinity Connection Point for a new member who is now going through the Foundations class.  A Connection Point is a member who is well connected in multiple areas of Trinity ministry, who will serve as a resource and "point of connection" for a new member just completing the Foundations class.  You check in regularly with your assigned new member, pray for them, maybe worship with them from time to time, answer any questions they may have, maybe meet them for coffee once a month for a few months -- getting to know them and then sharing information on upcoming events and opportunities where they might be able to GET CONNECTED at Trinity.  If you'd like to serve in this way, please contact Chanda at TLC@TrinityDowntown.com or 407-488-1919 x101.


Rebecca's Garden - Tutoring Youth and Providing a Meal
The Pasta dinner was a great success!  Thanks to all those who participated.  Read more in the recent blog post . Tutoring and serving a meal to a room full of children is a rewarding experience. The kids love the 1:1 attention and really appreciate good food!! Organized by Trinity's Ministry Team, this serving opportunity is open to the entire Trinity family. Check out upcoming dates and sign up here .  You can sign up to tutor, serve or cook and drop off food for pick up - or any combination of those things! You'll love it!  



Law Enforcement or Military?
The Comfort Dog Ministry team is looking for an active or retired member of the military, AND an active or retired member of Orlando's police or sheriff's department to round out our team.  If you are interested, please contact Eric or Wendy Havens at comfortdog@trinitydowntown.com

Prayer Partners for our Confirmands
Jr. and Sr. Confirmation classes have begun for our youth. We meet two or three Sundays a month for lunch, class time and fellowship time. Deana Norris and Jenn Blackwood are co-teaching Jr class and Tim Norris is teaching the Sr class. There are 17 youth in these two combined classes. Praise God!  We would love to show our kids that their Trinity family loves them and is invested in them by connecting them with a Prayer Partner. A Confirmation Prayer Partner is someone who is an active member at Trinity and will pray daily for a student. You would send a note of prayer and encouragement from time to time and just get to know him/her. We will join together for lunch once or twice this year and of course look forward to First Communion and Confirmation.Please contact Jenn Blackwood mom23girls@cfl.rr.com

Lunch Hosts for Confirmation Families
We also are looking for someone who would like to host lunch for the group in Fellowship Hall.   Please contact Jenn Blackwood mom23girls@cfl.rr.com if you would like to be involved in confirmation prayer partner or hosting lunch.

OWLS Fellowship
Let's celebrate!  Friday, OCTOBER 20, Lunch at Hollerbach's Willow Tree cafĂ© at 205 E. 1st Street, Sanford. Hope to see you there. Please call(407-897-1418) or email to confirm please. NOTE: We've changed date from 4th Friday to 3rd Friday, due to Trinity's Oktoberfest/Reformation Event.  Let's all plan to be at Oktoberfest/500th Anniversary of the Reformation as well on Friday, October 27 from 5:30-8:30pm

Free Concerts at Broadway Methodist Church
"Word on Broadway"  is a series of free concerts open to the public. Following each performance, a free will offering will be taken and all proceeds will be donated to a local charitable organization. All performances are on Sunday afternoon at Broadway UMC, corner of Broadway and Amelia, beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting approximately one hour.   Next: Sunday, November 12th at 4:00pm "Gleaning Florida's Fields - Feeding Florida's Hungry" Rollins College Choirs & Soloists Sing of Feed for the Society of St. Andrew.

Volunteer Opportunities
Whether you are a staff member, parent, or church member, PTL has plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in our ministry.  PTL events like our annual Fall Pumpkin Patch and Touch-A-Truck connect our school, church, and surrounding community.  These events not only raise funds to support our school, but they draw big crowds from the surrounding community to our church!  We need your help to make them happen!  If you have any questions regarding PTL volunteer opportunities or simply need information for an upcoming event, you may e-mail the PTL at PTL@trinitydowntown.com.

Brass Group at Trinity!
Time to dust off those musical instruments tucked away in the closet that you haven't played for a while or just tune up if you've been playing all along. We are re-organizing and expanding a brass group to play at Trinity for special services. It will not take a huge commitment of your time and you do not have to be a expert. You just need the desire to share your gift of music. We are also looking for anyone able to play kettledrums. (Timpani) Please contact Matthew Schroeder or Eva Newshutz for more information. 321-303-7824 or Eva21@aol.com

Coming Up in March:  Touch a Truck, March 3, 2018          
Trinity Lutheran School's Parent Teacher League will be hosting their annual Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday, March 3, 2018.   We need your support by volunteering for this amazing event.   To make this year's Touch-a-Truck another success, we need to start planning now!  If you are interested in joining TAT's committee meeting, please contact ptl@trinitydowntown.com.      

Fifth Sunday Collection
The month of October has 5 Sundays so we will be collecting food and funds this month.  Dry/canned food collections will take place in school offices throughout the month and in church on October 29th. Financial donations to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund to help those in need can be made during worship services or dropped off at the office (please write Pastor's discretionary Fund on the memo line of your check or on your offering envelope please). The collection will be donated to the Prince of Peace Food Pantry and will benefit our local community.  Start making those BOGO purchases!

Important Dates

October 14/15    LWML Weekend!
  6pm, 8am and 11am worship in the Gym
  All-Congregation Fellowship 9:05-9:45am
  Trinity Family Bible Study with Pastor Doug 9:50-10:50am
October 14   RLOM Gala
October 25   Rebecca's Garden Tutoring and Dinner
October 27 Oktoberfest/Reformation Festival & Community Event 5:30-8:30pm
October 29  Food on the Fifth Collection in Worship
October 31 500th Anniversary of the Reformation | Happy Halloween
Trinity Downtown | The Ministries of Trinity Lutheran Church & School 
407-488-1919 | TLC@TrinityDowntown.com