Your Weekly News & Updates
Special Voters' Meeting Summary
On Sunday August 28 th , members of the congregation gathered at a special voters assembly to consider for approval the FY 2016-2017 Trinity Annual Budget.  David Wilkosz, Trinity's Financial Officer, provided highlights for each Christian Operating Center as well as major ministry areas to provide clear insight and understanding of the various parts of the budget and how they influence how we engage in our mission and ministries at Trinity.  Several informational presentations were made for the benefit of those in attendance.  Bob Meyer provided information on the Faithfully Forward and Bridge to the Future campaigns while Bruce Hahn discussed Trinity's Shared Blessings Rebate program with the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.  Finally, Tim Norris provided an overview on the status of proposals to utilize Trinity's portion of the Thrivent Choice Dollars. A motion to approve the proposed FY 2016-2017 annual budget was affirmed by the congregation.  Forty Seven members were registered to vote.  Please find details on the meeting and the FY 16/17 budget on the Trinity's website under "Member Resources/Official Reports" or by contacting the Church Office at or 407-488-1919 ext. 101.  A detailed copy of the approved budget can also be obtained by contacting the church office.

Funds on the Fifth
Whenever there is a fifth weekend in any month, Trinity encourages members and friends to remember those less fortunate.  There are many within our church family who find themselves in embarrassing or difficult financial difficulty due to sickness, accident, or when unforeseen events prevent timely payment.  The Discretionary Fund is empty.  This weekend, a special basket is in the Narthex to receive your donation.  You may also include an extra gift for the Discretionary Fund in your regular offering envelope.

What's going on with YOUth?  
  • What's Coming up for MS & HS Youth? The Youth Room Dedication and Open House event is on September 18th from 2-4pm. Bible Study resumes September 25th 9:30am and the District MS Youth Gathering is November 4-6 (registration deadline October 7th), District HS Youth Gathering Feb 18-20.
  • MS and HS Youth Ministry Open House and More Mark your calendars for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 from 2:00-4:00 for a 6th-12th grades students and their families - YOUTH ROOM DEDICATION, Open House, 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
  • 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 Classes, and Confirmed Guys and Girls Bible Study 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

Children's Ministry
  • It's a New Sunda y Mo rning   Trinity Lutheran Church offers the bestchoice for children ages 4 through 10 every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m.  All children from Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade please come and explore 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.   The celebration of these new studies will be on September 11 - Rally Day!  Look for your invitation in the mail.

Music Notes
  • Choir Practice We will have our first Parish Choir rehearsal on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 pm in the music room in the basement.   We welcome all basses, tenors, altos, and sopranos who love to praise God with singing! We rehearse every Wednesday at 7:30 pm; during Advent and Lent, we start at 7:50 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Soost at .
  • Handbell Choir Our first Handbell Choir rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 pm in the balcony.  We rehearse every Wednesday at 6:30 pm; during Advent and Lent, we start at 6 pm.   If you are joining us for the first time, or if you have any questions about ringing with us, please contact Glenda Frazier at
  • The 1st Floor Once In A While Choir This choir is in the planning stages.  If you are interested in singing with this group, please come to a very short (15 minute) informational meeting after either the 8 am service or the 11 am service on September 11.  We'll meet in the back pews of the sanctuary. Please contact Glenda Frazier at if you cannot attend or if you have any questions.
  • Brass and Piano Helpers Needed! We would love to have the Trinity Brass play on special occasions, but we need someone to lead this group.  We would also love to have a backup accompanist for the choir - if you are a pianist with good sight-reading skills, we need you!  If you have an interest in either volunteer position, please contact Glenda Frazier at
Bunco Buddies
This Thursday is the second Thursday, and every second Thursday of every month all women and friends of Trinity Church and School are invited for a social gathering at 6:30 p.m.  We play a simple and fun game, eat a light dinner and snack together, and laugh our cares away.  Meet on September 8 in the first room in the loggia with your gift of either a food item or drink to share, or a white elephant gift to give away as a prize.  Contact or 407-488-1919 X 127 with questions.

Adult Bible Study at Trinity
Check out the full listing at website at
Can't find what you're looking for?  Looking for something on a different day of the week?  Have an idea for something new?  Email Chanda at or call 407-488-1919 x101

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 .  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.

Update from Pastor Jeff and Lisa Moore
Pastor Moore and Lisa want to thank all our friends at Trinity for the prayers, cards, Facebook posts, and other messages during Pastor's hospitalization and since.  He's recovering slowly but steadily, and we hope to return to Florida later in September, if the cardiac surgeon gives the OK.  We've felt so surrounded by God's grace and your love during this difficult time--thank you all!  We love you!  (Home address in Daytona--let's fill it up for when they finally get home!  311 Mobile Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118)

Thrivent Choice Dollars and Personal Donations in Response to Pulse Tragedy
Funds distributed to Trinity to support a long term outreach response to the shooting on June 12 in Orla ndo, to help support the Orlando shooting victims, survivors and their families, ha ve exceeded $100,000 from all over the country. Donations made by July 31 to five local Lutheran churches were matched by Thrivent. Trinity representatives and our Orlando area ministry partners will be working together to develop a plan of how to best make use of those funds to support ongoing and new initiatives in keeping with Trinity's mission that reach out and make a difference in the lives of people touched by this tragedy. Leadership Council is accepting proposals for using these funds in a meaningful way to support those impacted by events on June 12. No idea is too big or too small with the main goal to reach out to victims/survivors, their caregivers, and others impacted by the events on June 12 with our promise to "walk alongside you with Christ's love and compassion".
Current Proposals for Outreach Initiatives received to date include
1) Supporting the Lutheran Counseling Services Crisis Care fund which supports free counseling and outpatient mental health services for those involved in the crisis and their caregivers. (Request for $30K)
2) The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild - making quilts for victims' families, survivors, first responders, and others affected - which has quickly grown to a worldwide drive with donations coming in from Mexico, UK, Australia, and more.  (Request for $5,355: fabric for backing the quilts $3K, batting $1,955  and for postage $400)
3) Trinity Lutheran Church LCC Comfort Dog Ministry -- proposal includes the cost for the dog, travel and the required training in Illinois before and when the dog and handler meet, then hands on training here at Trinity with the LCC team. A Comfort dog ministry would allow for ongoing care and outreach to those affected by the Pulse tragedy in addition to providing a huge number of outreach and service opportunities for the church long term in our local community which would allow for our church family to build relationships and become actively involved with those in need in our community. ($20K)
4) Support for an Urban Church Plant in Downtown Orlando, in partnership with FL-GA District and other area churches.
5) Partnering with local law enforcement professionals to offer a self-defense and active shooter scenario training. ($375)
6)Reimburse Trinity's expenses for the Pulse Vigil and Banner ($623)
Please feel free to contact Leadership Council member Tim Norris , Senior Elder Mike Kunze or Ministry Coordinator Chanda Gillenwater for information on the Thrivent fund and submitting an idea or proposal for intentional outreach to those affected by the Pulse tragedy and survivors and responders and to the Downtown community.

Support Trinity Ministry Partners
  • Dine and Donate   A perfect date night is also an easy way to make an impact on college ministry. Would you seriously turn down an opportunity to meet local celebrities?  Honestly, there is NO charge for the meal and quality entertainment when you learn how choosing life is easy with support and love.   Come to dinner with your credit card or checkbook and help three very different organizations raise funds.  You can attend one, or two, or all three.
    • On September 22, IDignity is planning the annual Souper Douper where fabulous soups hand-crafted by local celebrities tempt your palate. Contact Diann Grover to reserve your spot at Trinity's table:407-587-5957.   Deadline to reserve your FREE spot at the table is September 11.
    • 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 .
    • 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
  • 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 .   For more information, please contact Bruce Hahn at 407-701-3234 or email

Disaster Response
Our Trinity Lutheran School Teachers and Administrators are participating in the gift card offering for our brothers and sisters in Baton Rouge, LA. when they attend the Florida-Georgia District Educators Conference the end of September.   Nearly 50% of the homes of children who attend Baton Rouge Lutheran School were flooded and more than 50% of the school faculty and staff had 6-8 feet of water in their homes. If you are able, please purchase a gift card for Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, and Visa in any amount, and our Trinity Lutheran School educators will take them to the conference .   This is an opportunity for you to help share God's Mercy and the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through the local LCMS congregations in Baton Rouge.  These funds are needed to put supplies on the ground in direct support of those affected by the flooding.  It will also allow the Southern District to share the message of the Gospel. A direct donation  may also be sent to: The Southern District, LCMS, 100 Mission Drive, Slidell, LA  70460-5221.   Earmark your donation for the support of the Southern District's Disaster Fund.  Alternatively, you can donate on their website

Important Dates
September 5  Labor Day Holiday -- Offices and Campus Closed
September 11  Sunday School Rally Day
September 18 MS & HS Trinity Youth Ministry Open House, Youth Room Dedication
September 24   LiveUCF Gala, Prince of Peace
October 15   Oktoberfest at Trinity
October 15-31 Pumpkin Patch PTL Fundraiser
October 22  Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament
October 31  Reformation Day (499th)
November 4-6   District MS Youth Gathering
November 5   Touch A Truck Community Event and PTL Fundraiser
November 20  Congregation Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal
November 23 Thanksgiving Eve Worship 7pm
November 24-25 Campus Closed
November 24   Thanksgiving Day Worship 10am
December 2  Downtown for the Holidays Tree Lighting Event, Lake Eola
December 24   Christmas Eve Worship
December 25  Happy Birthday Jesus
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