Your Weekly News & Updates
Backpack Blessings
Join us for this weekend at all services for Backpack Blessings during worship services on Sat/Sun, Aug 11 & 12.  Students of all ages, and from any public, private or homeschool are invited to bring your backpacks to worship! Pastor Doug will offer a special prayer for students and will bless the backpacks that are carried with you all year long! Each child who brings a backpack will receive a special backpack tag from their Trinity family. During these worship services we'll also dedicate all Trinity faculty and staff as well as anyone serving in local schools. Join us, and invite a friend or neighbor - invitation cards are available in the Narthex!

Portals of Prayer
Please pick up a free copy of the Portals of Prayer daily devotional on your way out after worship. There are copies available at the front and west doors.

Fall Foundations of Faith Class
You're Invited to Trinity's Foundations Class! The next session will meet on Wednesdays, August 22 through October 10, from 6:30-8:00pm. This class is for YOU!  For all those interested in learning more about the Christian Faith and the Lutheran Church, for those considering church membership at Trinity Downtown, for all new full-time staff at Trinity, and/or for current members who would enjoy a class about the foundations of faith, please mark your calendars!  
Meet some new people in the Trinity family, spend some time in great discussions, explore your faith, and enjoy some light refreshments! These classes are always a lot of fun! Trinity's Senior Pastor, Doug Kallesen, will lead the class and discussion. You'll enjoy discussion on:
  • The Six Chief Parts (Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confession, and the Sacrament of the Altar. )
  • How to read and understand your Bible
  • God's expectation found in 10 Commandments
  • Summary of the Christian Faith
  • Prayer - how to have conversations with God
  • The Heavenly Washing
  • Keys to open the doors of Forgiveness
  • The Heavenly Meal
  • How to share your Faith
Feel free to extend this invitation to anyone else you think might be interested - these are open to anyone! Questions or concerns? Contact us at 407-488-1919 x101 or
Please   Register Here to let us know you plan to attend .  THANK YOU!        

Recent Blogs

Adult Bible Study Series: The Way Back
Looking for some engaging discussion on the decline of Christianity in the world today? Want to explore the "way back" to a renewed commitment to sharing the gospel with the people around us in meaningful ways? Take part in come important discussion to explore the decline of Christianity in the world today, how it might be our own fault and how we work to bring Christ's message back to the people. Based on the book, THE WAY BACK, by Phil Cooke and Jonathan Bock. Led by Tim Norris, this adult Bible study group will meet in Fellowship Hall at 9:30am on Sunday mornings. Invite someone new by sharing the Facebook event  for this Bible Study on your own timeline.

Music Ministry Team News

Parish Choir and Trinity Handbell Choir Are Starting Up Again Soon!!
After a summer break, we are looking forward to singing and ringing again!  Our practices will start on Wednesday, August 29, at 6:30pm for Handbells and at 7:30pm for Parish Choir.  Both groups will meet in the balcony of the sanctuary. If you love to sing, please come and join us - we have some beautiful music just waiting to be sung. Contact Paul at if you have any questions about the choir.  If you have a yearning to play handbells, please contact Glenda at We always have room for more singers and ringers!

Grace Notes Choir for Students K-5th Begins September 5
We love hearing children express their love and faith through singing, and Julia Malenke, our children's choir director, is making that happen! Any and all children in K-5th grade are welcome to participate in Trinity's Children's Choir, Grace Notes. Mrs. Julia Malenke leads this choir which meets on Wednesdays during the school year (begins on September 5th) from 4:30-5:15 pm in the church music room (basement of the Sanctuary). To find out how your child can participate this coming school year, please contact Mrs. Malenke at

Children's Ministry Team News

Children's Sunday School Kick Off
Children ages 4 years through 5th grade are invited to meet for Sunday School Opening in the Kindergarten classroom of Heritage Hall (first room on the left in our two story school building) at 9:30am on August 19 for a lively opening and celebratory activities to mark the beginning of a new school year. Our lessons this year will be based on the theme of "Discipleship" where we will explore Bible stories to learn more about the character of God and what it means to follow Him. Be sure to bring your Summer Sunday School Passport books to earn a special trip to the treasure box. Sunday school will continue each week on Sunday from 9:30-10:30 meeting for opening each week in the Kindergarten room.

Youth Ministry Team News

Middle School - High School Bible Study group will meet weekly on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the youth room in the church basement on Sunday, August 19 . Topics for Bible study will vary throughout the year.

Confirmation Instruction for 7th and 8th graders will begin on Sunday, September 9 at 12:15pm with a parent/student gathering, information sharing and registration.

2019 National Youth Gathering
Every three years, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod hosts a not-to-be-missed, faith transforming four day experience for youth entering 9th Grade through 12th grade. These National Youth Gatherings are hosted in major metropolitan cities and next summer over 25,000 youth and their counselors will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota under the theme of "Real. Present.God". Groundbreaking worship services, inspirational speakers and music, creative workshops, awesome recreation, and varied opportunities to serve in the community are just a part of what our youth will experience next summer. Many church leaders can trace their faith development and desire to live a life of service back to a spark that was lit during a  youth gathering experience in their teens. Jenn Blackwood and Crystal Jones will be spearheading the planning, fundraising, and team building for this exciting trip. They have first hand experience at youth gatherings and can answer any questions that you may have. They will also be hosting the first informational Parent-Student Meeting which will be held in the first Loggia room on Sunday, August 26 , at 12:15 pm (after late service). (pizza lunch will be served). If you have even an inkling of a thought that your teen might want to participate, please plan to join us for this important meeting. Registration for the gathering will take place in mid September; fundraisers have already begun and will continue through the end of April. We look forward to sharing more information about this great opportunity for your child.

Outreach Ministry Teams News

Comfort Dog Ministry Update
Peace Comfort Dog  is getting settled into her new  routines here at Trinity! She has visited with CDC students, attended services at church, had fun at Game Night and is going out into the community as requests come in through her Facebook page.  Please visit her Facebook page or the  Trinity website  to request a visit from Peace. She will never go anywhere unless invited, and her weeks are beginning to fill up! You may see Peace on the soccer field, exercising and training on her commands. Her training is constant, whether her vest is on or off. We appreciate the support of this ministry and your prayers as we work to keep Peace balanced in work, play and rest.  If you are interested in being part of this ministry as a handler or visit team member, please contact Wendy or Eric Havens at  We are always looking for enthusiastic, dedicated people with a heart to serve!

Service and Outreach Opportunity - Rebecca's Garden of Hope
Trinity's volunteer Outreach Ministry Team serves to organize opportunities for the whole Trinity family to share the gospel and serve those in need in our community. The new school year is starting and the Trinity family has the opportunity to serve with Rebecca's Garden of Hope again this year, once a month on the fourth Wednesdays, to meet the tutoring needs of young children in our area. During each tutoring event, we also commit to provide a meal, and Trinity volunteers sit and eat with the kids and any family members who come with them, to build relationships and share some love!  Trinity's first date is on Wednesday, August 22 , at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Tutoring begins at 5:00 pm and dinner is served between 6:30-7:00 pm. 

There are several options for YOU to take part in this outreach and service event!

1. Provide some portion of the food needed for the meal: the menu theme for this month is Smorgasbord: Trinity members will be providing a favorite casserole dish, whether it is a vegetable or meat casserole, either is welcome. You can drop off your dish to the Magnolia building kitchen by 4pm on August 22 and someone will deliver to Our Savior or you can bring it with you and participate in serving and/or tutoring.
Needs for Aug 22 meal:
2 - Baked Beans
2 - Corn
3 - Chicken Dishes
3 - Vegetable Dishes
40 - Dinner Rolls
2. Tutoring: during each event volunteers sit with students and provide help with homework while getting to know them and building a relationship.
3. Meal Prep/Serving/Clean Up: once all the food has been delivered, these volunteers set-up, serve and then clean up after the meal. It moves along very quickly.  

You can serve in one capacity or all three!  It's a wonderful opportunity to set a regular date on your calendar to serve in your community once a month.  Trinity volunteers who have served previously will be with you to show you the ropes and introduce you to new friends. To let us know how you would like to participate, please contact Terry Boggs at .

Human Care Ministry Teams Opportunity

Human Care: Funeral Team
Three have signed up, looking for a few more!
Seeking those interested in being part of a team under the Human Care Ministry to minister to those connected to the Trinity family who have lost a loved one and are preparing for a funeral or memorial service.  Servant volunteers would support their Trinity family by decorating and setting-up/preparing food and drinks for funeral receptions, helping to pick up food if needed, sometimes may be asked to bake, perhaps helping set up photo displays, hosting and serving food and drinks at a reception, and clean up afterward.  This would be a team that has some schedule flexibility to respond with short notice to attend to a family's need as assigned by the pastoral office when a family contacts Trinity for funeral arrangements. If you're interested, please contact Chanda at , 407-488-1919 x101.

Looking for a Place to Serve Behind the Scenes?
The Altar Guild is a great place to serve behind the scenes to support worship needs. The Altar Guild is made up of multiple teams that serve together on a scheduled rotation throughout the year (one month of service each rotation). Each team has 4-6 members, and serves about twice a year. Setup for weekend worship services on an assigned month takes approximately one hour per weekend and is usually completed on either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning determined by each individual team. The individual team members are assigned to specific worship services based on individual preference and availability. (ie: if one person prefers/attends the 8am service over the 11am). The service requires only about 15 minutes of the individuals time to verify everything is properly setup. Then, after the 11:00 am service, (usually assigned to a person who regularly attends to that service) the cleanup is done which takes about 30 to 40 minutes.  Full support and training is provided until you are completely comfortable in your new role! If you'd like to learn more, please contact Connie Sobel at 407-341-8993.

FL-GA District Lay Leadership Summit
The first lay leadership summit of the Florida-Georgia District will be help on August 23-25 in the Orlando area! You will hear and learn from inspirational speakers and practitioners who will provide practical and useful training in specific areas of ministry. Under the theme, "It's Time,"  lay leaders have the opportunity to learn and grow as you serve Jesus in your local congregation. Learn more at

Please let us know!
Please let your Trinity family know of any scheduled surgery or hospital stay.  In addition to scheduled procedures, please give the church office a call to let us know about extended illness, unplanned hospital stays, or even the birth of a child.  You can call the office at any time and leave a message-no need to wait until business hours (407-488-1919 x101). During business hours, that information can then be forwarded to the appropriate caregivers. For an emergency that requires the care of a Pastor after hours or over the weekend call or text us at 407-490-7339 and leave a message. We'll get back to you ASAP. We want to be sure to know when you need us-whether to pray with you before a scheduled procedure, sit with you during a loved one's procedure, pray for you while you recover, visit you in the hospital/at home or to share praise and thanksgiving prayers for good news/results. Just let us know.  Thank you.

Strength & Flexibility
You're welcome to join us on the first and third Mondays of each month for a fitness class at 6:30pm (new start time) in Fellowship Hall. Email Beth @  to confirm you're coming. Class starts at 6:30 pm, please arrive by 6:20 pm. Thank you! Bring With You : an exercise mat (and block if you have), $5, Comfy clothes, smile and enthusiasm!

Free Senior Self Defense Class
Sponsored by the City of Orlando's National Night Out, this is a free self defense class offered at the Beardall Senior Center at 800 S. Delaney Ave in Orlando, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018..   Register online .  RSVP is required.  

Free Women's Self-Defense Training
Also sponsored by the City of Orlando's NNO, this class is open to females 18 or older. Under 18, must be accompanied by a parent. Northwest Neighborhood Center, 3955 W. D. Judge Drive, Orlando 32808, 6-8pm, Tuesday, August 15, 2018.   Register Online.  RSVP required.

Box Tops
Please remember to cut those box tops and bring them to church during the summer  months. We would love to get a jump start for the 2018/2019 school year!

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.
Important Dates

August 11-12 TLS Back to School Open Houses / Blessing Backpacks in Worship
August 13  Back to School for TLS and Orange County
August 19 Children's Sunday School and MS & HS Bible Study begin
August 22 Foundations of Faith series begins
August 22  Rebecca's Garden of Hope Dinner/Tutoring
August 26 Parent & Student Info Meeting for National Youth Gathering

September 3  Labor Day - all offices and programs closed
September 5 Grace Notes Choir practice begins
September 7  FCA Fridays begins during TLS Extended Care
September 9 Confirmation Parent/Student Meeting
September 22 Servant Saturday: Rebecca's Garden of Hope
September 23-24  Lay Leadership Summit
September 26-28  FL-GA Educators Conference

October Pastors Appreciation Month, Pumpkin Patch
October 2  National Night Out Block Party with our Lake Eola Heights Neighbors
October 26 OKTOBERFEST Community Event
October 31 Reformation Day

Attendance and Giving August 5

Bible Study
Adults 20

6pm 52
8am 27
930 111
11am 68
Total in Worship 258

Last week C & M   Actual Recd: 16,370 Budgeted: 16,850 Over/(Short): (479)
YTD C&M    Actual Recd: 76,727 Budgeted: 88,163 Over/(Short): (11,435)
Bridge To The Future Received: 140  YTD: 800
Faith Factor Received: 160 YTD: 960
Trinity Resurrection Received: 10 YTD: 410
Faithfully Forward Received: 30 YTD: 2,916

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