Your Weekly News & Updates
Guest Preachers this Weekend
Please extend a warm Trinity welcome Saturday evening to Rev. & Mrs. Paul Foelber.  Pastor Foelber is a retired LCMS pastor who will be preaching at the 6pm service for us this weekend.  On Sunday, please welcome Rev. Kermit Rickenberg, Missionary Director of the Central FL branch of Burning Bush Ministries and Executive Director of Support for Missions, Inc.  

Senior Pastor Call Update
We at Trinity have been blessed with a variety of vacancy pastors over the past few months which has provided new perspective on the variety of pastoral preaching and teaching.  New perspectives and teaching techniques can provide to any congregation a boost in spirit as we work through God's plan for both Trinity and the leader he is preparing to continue on the Mission and Ministries of Trinity.  We may be impatient while we wait but please know full well that God is in charge and he does have a plan for Trinity.
Following the call decline by Pastor Jacob May, our District President, Rev. Greg Walton, immediately began to create a new call list for Trinity. For a variety of reasons, all of the individuals on our original call list are no longer being considered.  As part of this new call process, we have again opened Sr. Pastor nominations to Trinity members through September 30th.  Official nomination forms are available in the narthex or from the church office-please complete and return to a call committee member or to the church office. Feel free to direct any questions you may have to the members of the call committee. Stephanie Landis, Ted Lange, Mike Kunze, Jenn Blackwood, Mike Hofmann, Bonnie Roby, Rocky Smothers, and Bruce Hahn.

To provide for Trinity's spiritual leadership and pastoral care needs during this call process, Trinity's Leadership has asked Reverend Tom Zehnder to return to Trinity to serve Trinity as a short term vacancy pastor.  Pastor & Mrs. Zehnder will be returning to Central Florida in late October.  Pastor Zehnder has agreed to serve beginning in November and through Easter weekend which falls on April 16 th in the coming year.  We are still working on details of Pastor Zehnder's responsibilities at Trinity but we look to him first and foremost to serve the spiritual well-being of Trinity by planning and leading worship, attending to the spiritual needs of staff and congregation, officiating at weddings and funerals as needed, baptisms, and care for hospitalized and shut-ins.  Pastor Zehnder will work to continue efforts to build strong relationships between church and school as well as to build and encourage strong relationships with the community and our District and Synod leadership.  It is reassuring to know that Pastor Zehnder is familiar with Trinity and that he has a strong passion and love for Trinity.  Also know and understand that the mission and ministries of Trinity are ours and that regardless of what pastor is present on any given weekend, we, the congregation, have the responsibility and desire to continue to "Grow Together" while "Bringing People One Step Closer to Jesus".

Know that the Senior Pastor Call Committee is fully committed to move forward to identify God's plan for Trinity and will continue to keep you updated with news of progress in the Senior Pastor Call Process.  As always, if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact any one of the Call Committee members listed above.  Above all else, keep this process in your prayers, along with the committee members, members of leadership and your ministry staff.  Thank you.

A Basket with Big Help
Here is one more way you can share a gift of respect and dignity with someone asking for assistance:  In the Narthex there is a large basket with prepared gift bags.  This past week, the Thrivent representatives in our Florida-Georgia LCMS District asked all the Pastors attending the District Conference to put these bags together.   Take one for your car, to offer when you see someone day to day who asks for help.  When you see someone who is asking for assistance, you DO have a gift to give.  "It isn't much, but I want you to know that this gift bag comes with a prayer for you today."  Then DO say a prayer.

Have You Signed Up Yet?
  • 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:
  • Grandparenting in the New Millenium 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 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!
Check out the full listing at website at

Trinity Family News
Rosalie Maynard Bowen, age 78 of Oviedo, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2016. She was born August 31, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan. Visitation will be held Friday, September 30, 2016 from 6-8 PM at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Oviedo Chapel. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, October 1, 2016 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 2021 W. State Rd. 426 Oviedo, Florida 32765. There will be a private interment at St. Luke's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Oviedo, Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Orlando, or CurePSP @ or 30 E. Padonia Rd. Suite 201 Timonium, MD 21093.

First Rehearsal of the First Floor Once In A While Choir (FFOIAWC)!
Our very first rehearsal will be at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 29. We'll practice in the sanctuary - meet up front near the piano; the side door will be open.  If you love to sing but cannot commit to weekly practices and/or do not want to climb up and down stairs, this is the choir for you! If you plan to come and have not indicated your interest yet, please contact Glenda Frazier at so that we'll have enough music for everyone.

Support the Flood Victims
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.

Buy a Brick - 14 more needed to place an order and install!
Pave the way to a special place in Trinity's history with a commemorative brick in the courtyard of Trinity Lutheran Church & School. An engraved brick is an ideal way to celebrate school spirit, ministry partnerships, student graduations, a prayer, or personal message.  Be a part of Trinity's history and purchase your addition to the courtyard today. Proceeds benefit campus playgrounds/mulch. Order forms are available in the Narthex and in school offices.  Thank you.

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 clothespin 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 (Older, Wiser Lutherans)
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 or call (407-897-1418) to confirm. Hope to see you there. Bob and Audrey

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.  

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 Thank you!  You can learn more about this event at

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
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation. Easy!   (Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact 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 or call 407-579-8359.  Thank you!

Coming Up in November with PTL:  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.  

TYM: Trinity Youth Ministry (6th through 12th grades)
  • OPEN HOUSE was a great success!  This past Sunday we gathered for the official Youth Room dedication, Open House, and Fellowship.  We had a "ribbon cutting," played games, ate and had some great fellowship time.  THANK YOU TRINITY CONGREGATION, ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP for providing this wonderful space for TYM.  And a big thank you to Thrivent for the Seed Grant money to help with the decorating and opening of this special place.  Please stop by and take a tour of the youth room!  
  • BIBLE STUDY starts this Sunday, September 25 at 9:30.  All youth grades 6-12 will meet in the youth room.  MS will be with Ms. Jenn and HS will meet with Ms. Caroline.  Two new Bible studies start on October 2- Confirmed 8th grade- 12 grade girls "Brave Girl" by Jen Hatmaker - video and interactive discussions; confirmed 8th grade - 12th grade boys "Killing Lions."  Plan to dig into the Word on a weekly basis.  This is your TYM to grow!  
  • CONFIRMATION classes start in October.  Junior confirmation students will begin on October 2 at 9:30 and Senior confirmands will start instruction on October 9.  All confirmation students should plan on attending church service on October 2.  
  • Check us out on FACEBOOK -  TYM  
  • FORMS:  If you weren't able to make it on Sunday, all the forms that were handed out are on the Facebook page under the files tab and they are also on the Trinity website.  
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL GATHERING is coming up quickly!  Registration forms are due October 7 and can be picked up in the back of the Church.  The fee for the Gathering is $155.  Contact  Jenn Blackwood at with any questions.  Your kids will have a blast at this Gathering connecting with others and growing in faith.  
  • HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?  We are so grateful for any involvement and help from our supportive congregation.  If you would like to help us get started but don't know how to participate, we could always use:  
    • donations to help fund attendance at the Middle School Gathering (place in the offering basket with a note marked "Middle School Gathering")
    • gift cards from places like Target or Walmart to get supplies for fellowship events,
    • games that you would like to rehome,
    • beanbag chairs and floor pillows.  
If you are interested in helping during a fellowship event, please contact Jenn Blackwood at

Children's Ministry
  • Every Sunday is a fun morning!  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. Please consider sharing your time with 5-6 children as a leader. Currently we are have an opening for a 1st grade teacher/leader, which could also be a shared position.  If you are unable to commit to every Sunday morning, your gift of any  scheduled time is welcome.  Contact Deaconess Liz: or 407-488-1919 X 127.    
  • Want to be part of the success? Sunday morning children's program leaders 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 a small group of 1st and 2nd grade or 4th & 5th grade children, 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 .  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 & 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.   You can take part in a fall feast with Redeeming Life Maternity Home November 5, 2016 - 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

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 or call 407-790-9745.  

Important Dates

September 24   Stronger: A Walk to Save Hearts and Minds
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
December 25  Happy Birthday Jesus
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