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Bring a Friend to Church
This weekend is "Bring a Friend" to church weekend at Trinity.  Be sure to say hello to any new faces you see in worship!  A personal invitation from a friend is the best way to welcome someone back to church, and that intentional relationships provide opportunities for connecting with people. Read more about this outreach initiative   here.  

"Can You Spare $2.00?"
For the past couple of Sundays, one or two of  Orlando's chronic homeless men and women came to church.  Unfortunately, their desire was to pull the heartstrings of Trinity members rather than feel God's heart touching them. 

After you park your car and begin to exit the garage or cross the street, you may come face to face with a person asking for bus fare.  Her feet are sore; she is only $2.00 short; he asked at the other church; he can't find anyone who acts like a Christian should.  You are the one person God is using to touch certain lives as His witness. Always be aware of the opportunity to connect someone to Jesus with compassion and mercy.

Please DO NOT give money.  It is tempting to pull the couple of dollar bills out of your pocket and hand it over so "that panhandler" or "they" will go away, but do not give money.  There is no such thing as a one time gift.  If you have it the first Sunday, then you will have it the second Sunday and the third and the fourth, etc.
  • DO listen actively.  You will likely hear the same story over and over and over again.  Be sympathetic, especially when you say you cannot give any cash.  Be firm but gentle when you say "I am sorry, but I do not give cash.  Our church financially supports Christian Service Center, Compassion Corner, and IDignity to offer your the help you need."
  • DO invite the person to come inside.  Help him or her find a seat, hand them a worship folder and open the hymnal to the worship order of service.  But, do not promise money or offer anything other than peace of mind for an hour.
  • DO offer directions to the Christian Service Center on Central Blvd. for a FREE meal. Sunday's the meal is served beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The Daily Bread program was established at the Christian Service Center in 1975 with a goal that no person in Central Florida would struggle with hunger.  Daily Bread has offered a free nourishing noontime meal to anyone in the community who is hungry.  On the usher table in the narthex, you will find a basket with pocket cards that are distributed by Homeless Services Network.  Carry some in your wallet or purse.  DO give this card to someone who approaches you with his or her story.  There is a listing of where to find shelter, where to find meals, and where to locate agencies that might be able to help.
  • DO learn how Trinity is working in our community to help our Lord's hurting and poor people on the edges of society.  There are brochures in our tract rack in the narthex for all the following:
        IDignity - Trinity church was one of five founding churches to address the difficult process that poor and homeless persons struggle through in obtaining a necessary federally approved identification card.  Without an ID, no social services are available.
        Christian Service Center - Again, Trinity congregation participated in establishing an organization that now serves families and individuals who truly want a hand up.  Case workers meet clients every day to help with plans for a fresh start.  There is a food bank and clothing store available for anyone who will meet with a caseworker and qualifies for the hand up.  SIX DAYS a week, Daily Bread serves hundreds of people FREE lunch.  An intentionally high protein and carbohydrate meal is served free to anyone who comes Monday through Friday noon until 1:00 p.m. and on Sunday 11:00 a.m. to noon.
        Compassion Corner - This is a ministry begun by First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.  Trinity offers a discounted rent for the small building located at 425 N. Magnolia.  Monday through Thursday, Compassion Corner shares daily Bible study classes, a hot cup of coffee, and listening ears and guidance from trained volunteers. Donations of clean socks, reading glasses, and small toiletries are made available to anyone in need.  Compassion Corner does not offer services or funding on a regular basis.
        Good News Breakfast and Worship - Organized by Central Care Mission and First Presbyterian Church in Orlando,The Good News Breakfast is an outreach ministry of Central Care Mission, and an opportunity for community volunteers to make a difference to the homeless and at-risk of downtown Orlando.  Service time begins at 4:45 a.m. and ends at 8:00 a.m. with clean up.  In between there is a hearty meal and message of hope during a worship service for 150 or more men and women who have probably slept outside the night before.

Big News about a Big God!
True Life Choice (which is now known as Choices Women's Clinic) has found a beautiful new home for the ministry and believe this is the Lord's best plan for permanent headquarters. After a long year of pursuing and failing to acquire property on Lucerne Terrace, only blocks from Orlando's late term abortion clinic, a perfect site with room to expand and great visibility and presence is now available with minimal renovation needed.  Please come to the Open House on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 1851 W. Colonial Drive from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and share in the celebration of a great leap of faith with refreshments and tours.   A 30 minute presentation about the exciting plans for expansion and building begins at 6:30 p.m.  Choices Women's Clinic, a.k.a True Life Choice, is one of Trinity Lutheran Church's benevolences.

New Bible Studies
  • Called to Vote   All women are invited to share the struggles of how to vote with Christian ethics and morals in a world that seems to ignore everything Christianity teaches about love and trust in God.  This six week lesson series begins September 27 at 8:45 a.m. in the Magnolia Center 1st floor conference room.  Contact Deaconess Liz: eborth@trinitydowntown.com
  • Grandparents of the New Millennium   Grandparents Day is this Sunday!  Are you ready to take grandparenting to the next level?  Trinity will be offering a new study group on Tuesday evenings beginning October 11 at 6:30 PM that will be based on the book, Extreme Grandparenting: The Ride of your Life! by Dr. Tim and Darcy Kimmel.  This class will offer timeless and tested principles for grandparenting in the 21 st century from two experts in family dynamics.  This honest and Christ-centered study will motivate and guide you to develop richer relationships with your children and their children.  This study will be led by called Trinity Lutheran Church member, Julia Malenke. If you have questions, please email Mrs. Malenke at juliamalenke@hotmail.com or call 407-488-1919 x101. Each study participant (or one per couple) will need to purchase a copy of the Kimmel's book for $13.  These will be available in the church and school offices by October 1.  Please RSVP by October 4 at the email address provided to let us know how many will be attending so we can choose the appropriate meeting location.  We look forward to seeing lots of Grandparents there!
  • The Life of Paul, Starts 9/18, 9:30am Sunday Mornings  This adult Bible study will review St. Paul's life and his important teachings. All are invited to join this 13 week study which will include dramatizations of a number of St. Paul's life experiences. The class will begin Sunday, Sept. 18th at 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall.
Check out the full listing at website at church.trinitydowntown.com/word

Support Trinity Teachers
The last week of this month, our Trinity Lutheran School teachers and administrators join almost 500 educators throughout Florida and Georgia who serve in our Lutheran Schools for their annual conference.  They learn together and connect with each other, but also worship together.  During the closing worship, an offering of gift cards and cash will benefit the many people who have been struggling to recover from the flooding in Baton Rouge.  YOU CAN HELP TOO!  Make a contribution of a gift card to Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, or Visa and hand it to one of our Trinity school teachers or administrators.  He or she will take it to the conference.  If you prefer, you may send that gift card or check made payable to "Florida-Georgia District" and put BRLS Relief in the memo, and send it to: Florida-Georgia District Office - LCMS 5850 T. G. Lee Blvd. Suite 500, Orlando, Florida 32822 ATTN: Lynda Voss.

Trinity's Prayer Circle
Some special people in our school CDC ministry created a prayer circle from a large wooden cross. It's amazing! The Prayer Circle is a way for the entire Trinity family to connect and support one another through prayer. A giant wheel with clothes pins make up the circle on the cross. Each clothes pin is labeled with a different part of ministries of Trinity Lutheran Church including school ministries, different groups of staff, classrooms, etc. We have each grade all the way from the infants to the eighth grade, the administrative staff, maintenance, kitchen, pastoral team, finance, music, PE, and Spanish teachers, and the congregation too (some people belong to more than one group, that's ok). Each week the group listed on the clothes pins will pray for the group on the inner circle. The congregation's prayer assignment will be listed in the prayer list each week, and will also let you know who has been praying for you all week.  We hope this commitment to regularly pray over our entire Trinity Family will build a sense of community and unity as well as a growing awareness of just how interconnected our Trinity family truly is.  We are GROWING TOGETHER to bring people ONE STEP CLOSER to Jesus!  Thanks for participating.


Trinity's OWLS
How about having lunch this month, Friday, September 30th, at Sonny's BBQ---7055 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando (the dry rub ribs are great). Please e-mail robert.w.gordon@hotmail.com or call 407-897-1418 to confirm. Hope to see you there!



Event Update
Trinity loves to host campus community outreach events!  This fall, we hoped to relaunch Oktoberfest after a break for many years. However, after researching resources and then speaking with many amazing volunteers and Trinity Leadership we have chosen not to move forward with the relaunch of Oktoberfest this year and will instead focus all our efforts the 500 th Anniversary of the Reformation coming in October 2017.  The 2017 event will include campus wide participation, community outreach, neighbor relationship building and service events.  This decision was not made quickly or lightly, and took into consideration, many factors.  The greatest consideration was the current list of scheduled activities going this fall that ask for Trinity volunteer support.  We have FIVE spectacular volunteer led events/fundraisers for Trinity's primary outreach initiative, our school ministry, all in the next seven weeks for which we ask church families to help plan/coordinate and/or participate in (Grandparents Day, Book fair, 15 days of Pumpkin Patch Sales, Sam Hoard Golf Tournament and our biggest event of the year, Touch A Truck, on Nov. 5.).  We recognize, honor and appreciate the volunteer commitment made by all of our Trinity families and we know the great lengths you regularly go to in order to provide ministry and fundraising support.  THANK YOU for all you do.  

Trinity Lutheran School PTL Needs Your Support
Trinity Lutheran School is an Outreach ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church. The Parent Teacher League of the school coordinates the majority of the outstanding school fundraising and fellowship activities -- and asks for volunteer support to make them happen!  That's where YOU are needed.  Upcoming events that need volunteer support are listed here with links for easy sign-up!  Thank you for being part of making Trinity Downtown the best it can be!

2016 Fall Book Fair, October 3 - 7th

2016 Grandparents Day on October 6th

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click the link to go to our invitation page
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation. Easy!   (Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact PTLVolunteers7@gmail.com with your specific date/times, and we can sign you up manually.)

Coming Up Next with PTL:  Pumpkin Patch (Oct 15-30)
The Second Annual Downtown Orlando Pumpkin Patch is arriving soon! PLANNING MEETING is set for September 29 th from 6-7 PM in the loggia. Childcare is available if needed.  Please support this school ministry fundraising effort by by volunteering!
Brandi Meyer is chairing this fantastic event for the PTL again this school year and is eager to make it better than ever!  We'll need help from all of our Trinity Parents, Staff, Members and Students! There are many ways you can help out to make this fundraiser a success.
If you are interested in any of the following positions please join me for the meeting on 9/29/16. Please let me know if you will be attending so I can have material available for you. If you are interested but can't make it please contact me. Volunteers needed:
  • Unloading Point Person   (Contact person for Deliveries, coordinating with truck, ect)
  • Quality Control Point Person   (Checking Patch and disposing of any bad pumpkins)
  • Decorations Committee   (Adding to the great decorations we already have, setup, ect.)
  • Financial Point Person (Reporting Sales daily online)
We will be sending out more information about the Daily Sales Volunteers and Clean Up Crew Volunteers and how to sign up! Please feel free to email Brandi with any questions at Pumpkin.tlcs@gmail.com or call 407-579-8359.  Thank you!

Coming Up in November:  Touch a Truck, November 5th
It is that time of year again and Touch a Truck is just around the corner. Join us November 5th from 9am-1pm (9-10am Sensory Sensitive Horns Free). Bring your family and friends to play on dozens of trucks, make new furry friends at the petting zoo, enjoy face painting, balloon artists, a live band and a performance by the Pound Hounds! Looking forward to seeing you all there. Watch for more details coming soon about volunteer service opportunities.  


Rev. Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament
Trinity Lutheran School's annual Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament is right around the corner, Saturday October 22nd. We are fundraising for Trinity's K-8 athletic department. To help us make this year a success, we are looking for support from you. Is your place of employment interested in donating drawing prizes or welcome bag items? Donations such as coupons, pens, key chains and other promotional pieces are always great additions. Any item with your logo is a great way to give free advertising for your company. Every little bit helps! To help out contact Trinity's Athletic Director, Lisa Crawford, at lisa.crawford@trinitydowntown.com. Thank you!  You can learn more about this event at http://school.trinitydowntown.com/golf-tournament


It's "TYM" to kick off Trinity's Youth Ministry!  TYM
  • THIS SUNDAY Youth Ministry Open House and More This Sunday from 2:00-4:00pm for a 6th-12th grades students and their families - Join us for the official Youth Room dedication, Open House, and Meet and Greet Fellowship time. We will register for confirmation, apply for S.A.L.T. (Student Activities Leadership Team), hear about different opportunities to serve at Trinity, discuss fellowship ideas, share interests, pray and begin relationship building that helps develop and continue relationships of a strong Youth Ministry.  But we need YOU there!  Any questions please email Jenn Blackwood at Jenn.Blackwood@TrinityDowntown.com
  • Guys and Gals MS and HS Bible Study   Bible Studies resume on September 25th 9:30am, meet in the Youth Room. MS with Ms. Jenn and HS with Miss Caroline.
  • Confirmation, and Confirmed Guys and Girls Groups start October 2
    • Brave Girl: Jenn Blackwood will this group Bible study, "Brave Girl" by Jen Hatmaker, beginning October 2 at 9:30am .  Come to Youth Room downstairs and be ready to GROW!  It is part video lesson and discussion. Description: What girl doesn't want to have it all together? Whether popular, not-so-popular, quirky, cool, or anywhere in between, every teen girl wants to love, be loved, and find acceptance and meaning in the world around her. Often feeling alone and insecure, she spends her life competing, comparing, and creating drama to prove to the world and herself that she's enough. But what if she's already enough? What if girls aren't meant to be perfect, but brave ? In this 5-part series, Bible teacher, New York Times best-selling author, and popular blogger Jen Hatmaker talks honestly with teen girls about the struggle to live for Christ when their lives are full of pressure and temptation. Each session features real-life stories of brave girls and focuses on a different relationship: themselves, friends, guys, parents, and God. Sharing Scripture and stories from her own life and experience, Jen Hatmaker offers hope, guidance, and assurance that now is the time to stand strong and build a life of significance.  (Details coming soon for the GUYS!)
  • What about Jr. and Sr. Confirmation this year?   Come to the September 18th Youth Ministry Open House event to talk about what confirmation instruction looks like.  If you cannot be there please email Youth Ministry Coordinator Jenn Blackwood at Jenn.Blackwood@TrinityDowntown.com

Children's Ministry
  • It was a fun morning! The annual "rally day" was super successful.  Over 35 children ages 4-12 partied all morning playing games based on the Bible lessons we are teaching this Fall quarter.  Every helium balloon that floated high in the blue sky had a special prayer card attached.  Let's look for return cards in the mail in the next few weeks!  Trinity Lutheran Church offers the best choice for children ages 4 through 10 every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. when children experience Bible accounts of making tough choices, Kings and Queens, and Conquests in the name of the Lord. Opening is in the church basement music room and pick up at 10:30 a.m. will be in the classrooms on the first floor of Heritage Hall.   
  • What to be part of the success?  Two Sunday morning children's program teacher are needed to encourage the children's regular attendance.  If you feel a pull on your heart to give 1 hour each week and share fun with 1st and 2nd grade or 4th & 5th grade boys and girls, please contact Lisa Warren:407-927-5140.
Urgent Prayer Requests During the Week
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 Pray@TrinityDowntown.com .  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.

Support Trinity Ministry Partners
  • Dine and Donate   A perfect date night is also an easy way to make an impact on college ministry. Honestly, there is NO charge for the meal and quality entertainment when you choose to learn how sharing life is easy with support and love.   Come to dinner with your credit card or checkbook and help three very different organizations raise funds.
    • Put on your fancy duds for a Saturday night out.Live UCF , a church at the University of Central Florida, spreads an elegant table for you September 24th , 2016, 6pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Orlando. Contact Billy@liveUCF.com .
    • A fall feast for Redeeming Life Maternity Home fills the spot for your third social outing.   November 5 , 2016 will be a Saturday evening you will never forget.  A delicious dinner, good entertainment, and heart warming stories are waiting for you at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Sanford. There is NO CHARGE for the dinner, but the "catch" is an expected donation that fits your budget. Contact Deaconess Liz for details eborth@trinitydowntown.org
  • Virtual 5K to Support Mental Health & Suicide Prevention   You might have heard about the Lutheran Counseling Services STRONGER; 5K - a walk to support local crisis care and suicide prevention. Well, we are excited to announce that we have upgraded this event to be a virtual 5K.   What does this mean?  It will no longer take place here in Orlando at the University of Central Florida, meaning that people from all over our district and even country can participate! Grab a friend or two or three and exercise for a great cause!  The cost to register is $25 per participant and $15 per student (through college).  How do you participate in a Virtual 5K?  It's simple!
- Sign up using this link
- You will be sent a "bib" and shirt
- Walk, run or bike a 5K sometime between September 18-30.
- During or after your 5K, post a picture to Facebook or Instagram wearing your shirt and using #Strong5K

Invest with LCEF and Help Earn THOUSAND$$ for Trinity!  
Trinity just received nearly $23,000 from LCEF to assist our ministry!  The check is the result of the outstanding response from the church, school, and CDC to open an account with Lutheran Church Extension Fund!   If you haven't already, please consider opening an LCEF savings account.  The more investors mean the higher the rebate check will be next year.  Savings account investments start as low as $25 for children under 18 and $100 for adults.   If your child is new to Trinity Lutheran School in either the CDC or K-8 programs Trinity will donate $25 to start the account.  Adult investment accounts with LCEF benefit Trinity in the same way the Youth Investor accounts do, so parents and church members, you can participate as well!  You can apply online at LCEF.org .   For more information, please contact Bruce Hahn at 407-701-3234 or email bruce@mm-c.com.

Redeeming Life Maternity Home is seeking a new staff member!
The staff member will manage living operations of the home; be a supportive and loving role-model to each resident by living out the gospel in everyday life.  This role functions as a teacher, role model, advocate, and listener while overseeing the residents and enforcing rules and regulations. This is a full time overnight house parent position.  Please email resume to Tricia@rlom.org or call 407-790-9745.  

Important Dates

September 18 MS & HS Trinity Youth Ministry Open House, Youth Room Dedication
September 24   Stronger: A Walk to Save Hearts and Minds, UCF Memory Mall
September 24   LiveUCF Gala, Prince of Peace
October 15-31 Trinity's Downtown Orlando Pumpkin Patch PTL Fundraiser
October 22  Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament
November 4-6   District MS Youth Gathering
November 5   Touch A Truck Community Event and PTL Fundraiser
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, Lake Eola
December 24   Christmas Eve Worship


Attendance and Giving
September 10 & 11

Adult Bible Study Total 23
Children's Sunday School Total 43

Worship 
6:00 p.m. 31
8:00 a.m. 53
9:30 a.m. 87
11:00 a.m. 86
          Total  257

Funds                                  ActualBudget      Budgeted          Over/(Short)
Current & Missions                    12,321.00             15,694.00              (3,373.00) 
Bridge To The Future                 290.00
Faith Factor                                  1350.00
Holiday/Loose Plate                      210.00
Faithfully Forward                       620.00
Trinity Downtown | The Ministries of Trinity Lutheran Church & School 
407-488-1919 | TLC@TrinityDowntown.com