2018-2019 Stewardship Drive:
Giving from the Heart ~ Motivated by God
This weekend we kick off our annual stewardship drive. You will soon receive information in the mail* with your annual pledge card, and will hear weekly sermon messages specific to Stewardship:
Giving from the Heart - Motivated by God
. Together we are encouraged to rise to a challenge to make one step in growth in our giving of time, talent and treasure - from wherever you are now, moving just one step further. Below is a chart that represents possible growth steps in weekly giving. Addition information on next steps for time and talent will be provided in the weeks to come.
*If for some reason you do not receive the Stewardship mailing at your home address, please contact the office at 407-488-1919 x101 or TLC@TrinityDowntown.com and we will update your records and send you a copy immediately.
This Weekend: Food and Funds on the Fifth
Please place your food donations in the shopping cart in the Narthex. Donations this month will go to Second Harvest Food Bank. Funds are also collected on Fifth Sundays to replenish the Pastor's Discretionary Fund which serves to support those in financial crisis. THANK YOU for your support in these areas.
THANK YOU for Sharing the Gospel with our VPK Families
Update: We exceeded our goal and have raised
$1,678 for TLS Student Bibles all thanks to YOUR generous contributions!
78 VPK students will be graduating from Trinity Lutheran School's CDC at the end of May - and each of them will take with them a Beginner's Bible! It is a Trinity tradition for the congregation to purchase Beginning Bibles for all of these little ones as they graduate from VPK and move on to Kindergarten. Some will stay at Trinity and some will move on to other schools and won't be a part of the Trinity community as they have been for so many years. Trinity's congregation members are dedicated to Christian education and congratulate these youngest students by presenting a Beginner's Bible at their VPK graduation. We want to bless each of them with our prayers and with the precious Word of God as they learn and grow. The overage collected from your generous donations will be used to provide all new incoming Kindergarteners with a Beginners Bible at the start of the school year!
3rd - 5th Grade Movie and Pizza Event - Sunday, May 6th 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
3rd - 5th Grade youth from our church, school, and the community are invited to participate in this afternoon time of food and fun. We will meet in the church basement immediately following the late service and walk to "Your Pie" across the street for lunch, then return to church to watch and discuss the movie "Wonder". Please bring $10 to cover the cost of an individual pizza or a entree salad and a drink. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reaching out to Orlando's Homeless
Servant Saturday for the WHOLE TRINITY FAMILY!
On Saturday, May 19th, from 9-11am (optional lunch together afterward) volunteers from throughout our Trinity family are invited to participate in a fantastic opportunity to reach out to our homeless neighbors AND to learn from some of our local ministry partners who serve to meet the needs of Orlando's homeless day in and day out!
We'll be serving with, and receiving training from, staff from the
Central Florida Commission on Homelessness
! THIS is an opportunity you don't want to miss!!
Our volunteers are engaged specifically as an extension of the Downtown Orlando H.O.P.E. Team (Homeless Outreach Partnership Effort), which is a group of full-time outreach staff who actively engage and serve our neighbors experiencing homelessness. You may have seen them in red shirts talking to people out in our area. The H.O.P.E. Team builds relationships with individuals and families so that they can direct those individuals to appropriate service providers. The goal of this initiative is to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time.
Volunteers will receive training from staff at the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and the H.O.P.E. Team, and be part of a group
with folks downtown experiencing homelessness. The CFCOH provide refreshments for volunteers, and will gather everyone together after the experience briefly to share thoughts and insights.
You must be 18 or older to participate
If we have some youth who want to help out, we can have a second group (also for anyone who can't be out in the heat) who can assemble hygiene kits with toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, and personal notes in the office during this same time frame.
SIGN UP NOW, as space is limited. There are sign up forms in the school offices and the Church narthex, or you can contact Chanda at
or 407-488-1919 x101 with your name, email and cell phone number or sign up online at
. You may also receive a call or email from team members of the volunteer Outreach Ministry Team who will be helping to recruit participants. If you've already registered, just let them know!
Lay Leadership Elections
Christ's blessings & peace! Brother Ted has appointed me to chair this year's Nomination Committee. I wanted you to know who your Nominating committee folks are and bring you a short update! The committee consists of: Pastor Doug, Sr. Elder Tom Finger, Maggie Bowles, Mary Beth Brink, Kelley Lane and me. Please thank these folks for their service when you see them. Our task is straight forward this year. Only 2 positions are up for the Leadership Council Members at Large (odd years), Tim Norris and Gregg Yawman. Both are eligible for another term. There are also some Elder position that will need filling. Please be sure to get your nominations submitted as soon as you can via email to email@example.com or notify any Leadership Council Member for Leadership and Pastor or Tom for any Elder nominations. You can of course also let any committee member know as well or the Church Office.
There has been some questions recently about whether or not multiple nominations for the same position are allowed. Of course they are! The best elections have multiple voting opportunities for any position. Without this, elections could be rubber stamped and redundant. So, I encourage you to pray about the two LC and Elder positions and who you think should be nominated. Please submit these names soon. God's blessings for your efforts and support. JBWYA! Respectfully, Gregg Yawman, NomCom Chair
There are two great opportunities coming up to sing praises to God with a choir (no long-term commitment!):
The First Floor Once In A While Choir
will be singing at the 11:00am service on Mother's Day, May 13. If you would like to join us, please come to our before-service practice at 10:15am. We'll meet in the middle loggia classroom to go through the perfect song for that day,
God Gives Us Those Who Love Us
. Email Glenda at
if you have any questions.
Make A Joyful Noise Sunday
Join the Parish Choir for one Sunday only! 8am OR 11am on June 3.
Rehearsals will be help Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30pm (in the choir loft)
OR Sunday, June 3, at 7:30am (in the choir loft) to sing for the 8am service,
OR Sunday, June 3, at 10:30am (in the choir loft) to sing for the 11am service.
Come help the Parish Choir fill the choir loft as we Make a MORE Joyful Noise! and serve the Lord with Gladness!
See a Choir member or email Paul at
or Glenda at
t for additional information.
Thank you Pastor Glander
After many faithful years serving as Trinity's Shut-In Visitation Pastor, Rev. Dennis Glander is retiring. We'll host a reception on May 6 at 12:15pm to thank Pastor Glander and his wife Janice for their service to Trinity. Everyone is encouraged to bring a card and let Pastor Glander and Janice know how much they mean to us. Please make plans to join us for a short time to say thanks and celebrate his years of service to the Lord.
Trinity's PTL Sponsors Staff Appreciation Week
Staff Appreciation Week will be held May 7-11. This event is sponsored by Trinity's PTL Board. As you know, our faculty, teachers, ministry and support staff are invaluable here at Trinity. We want to recognize all of their efforts on behalf of TLS! Many fun things have been planned for Staff Appreciation Week. Below is the list of events scheduled.
Monday: Lunch catered by Chick-fl-a provided by the PTL
Tuesday: Notes of hugs, loves & kisses delivered by parents & children
Wednesday: Ice Cream Social provided by the PTL
Thursday: 10 minute massages & each staff member receives a gift provided by the PTL
Friday: Breakfast provided by TLS/CDC Parents
We have several volunteer opportunities during this week. Additionally, we need your support to host a breakfast to our staff on Friday May 11. Here is a link that includes the volunteer opportunities, and items you can bring in for the staff breakfast:
Baby Bottle Fundraising for Redeeming Life
The Baby Bottle Fundraising Campaign for Redeeming Life Maternity Home starts on Mothers Day and runs through Fathers Day! In celebration of life, Trinity members have the opportunity to partner with
Redeeming Life Maternity Home
as they reach out to pregnant women in crisis. Redeeming Life provides critical services to expectant mothers and their unborn children by giving them hope and an opportunity for a bright future. The home provides residents, some of whom believe that their only option is abortion, a safe, nurturing, Christ-centered home. At Redeeming Life they experience, many for the first time, what it means to love and to be loved in Christ, while learning to support themselves and their child. It's easy to participate. Just pick up a baby bottle at one of the exits on Mothers Day and fill it with coins, cash or a check over the coming weeks. Bring it back to church on Fathers Day and know that your generosity is making a huge difference for the women and babies being served at Redeeming Life!
Trinity Downtown is seeking a Full Time Front Desk Receptionist for the Main Office
Thank you to all who came to our first Trinity Yoga class. It was a big hit with 15 attendees. Next class will be
Monday May 5th
. Email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm you're coming. Class starts at 7, please arrive by 6:50pm. THANK YOU!!!!!
Bring With You
: A Yoga mat (and block if you have), $5, Comfy clothes, smile and enthusiasm!!! (Yoga class meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall)
Thank you to all who brought in box tops during the 2017/2018 school year! Your efforts benefit Trinity Lutheran School and is much appreciated! Our goal this year was to submit $2000 worth of box tops....and we are over half way to meeting this goal. Please bring your box tops to your child's classroom (or to the front office) no later than May 4. If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Walters at email@example.com.
Urgent Prayer Requests
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.
Ministry Partner News
Redeeming Life Maternity Home
RLOM is searching for a new Residential Manager to work with the ministry. Position Summary: "As the Residential Manager you will reside in the home, on duty 5 days per week, with our residents and provide a positive, safe and orderly living environment for all. To that end, you will be responsible for the day to day operation of the household. You will assist the Director of Program Ministries in monitoring residents program goals and responsibilities. While you will have private living quarters much of you time will be spent interacting with and providing support to the residents." For the full job description or to apply, please contact Sheryl DeWitt at
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Jones High School Concert Choir & Wind Ensemble, just back from their performance at Carnegie Hall, will hold a free concert at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (1515 S. Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32807) on Friday, May 4 at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit
or call (407) 277-3945.
Campus Development Task Force Town Hall Meeting 6:30 Sanctuary
Servant Saturday in Downtown Orlando with the HOPE team and CFCOH
Confirmation Sunday 11am worship
Summer VBS: Shipwrecked
Attendance and Giving
Sunday School/Bible Study
Confirmation (no class this week)
Total in Worship 271
Last week C & M Actual Recd: 9,983 Budgeted: 11,250 - Over/(Short): (1,312)
YTD C&M Actual Recd:646,601 Budgeted: 605,200 Over/(Short): 41,401
Bridge To The Future Received: 115 YTD: 8,040
Faith Factor Received: 320 YTD: 22,955
Trinity Resurrection Received: 75 YTD: 16,410
Faithfully Forward Received: 445 YTD: 18,272
Comfort Dog Received: 2,845 YTD: 5,680