Your Weekly News & Updates
Sunday School Begins!
The Sunday School year begins this weekend here at Trinity Downtown with a Kick Off Celebration in the Kindergarten Room, K-8 two story building, this Sunday morning, August 19, 9:30-10:30 am. We have a wonderful staff of Sunday School teachers who are excited to share the love of Jesus with your children from age 4 up through High School (Bible Classes for parents are held at the same time each week...something for everyone). Children VPK4 - Grade 5 who attend this opening weekend will be treated to a trip to the Treasure Box; Middle School - High School students (meet at 9:30 a.m. in the church basement Youth Room) will have to settle for Krispy Kreme donuts! Questions? Contact Julia Malenke at
Harry P. Raymond, Jr. M.D.
Please join us for a service of worship and celebration in memory of Harry P. Raymond, Jr. M.D. at Trinity on Saturday, August 25, at 11am with a reception immediately following.

Childcare volunteer needed
Childcare for two children ages 3 and 6 years is needed so that their parents can attend the Foundations of Faith class together beginning this Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm. If you are able to assist for one evening, or several, please contact Chanda at 407-488-1919 x101 or

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

Christian Education News

Fall Foundations of Faith Class
You're Invited to Trinity's Foundations Class! Class will begin this Wednesday, 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!

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.

Fellowship Ministry News

Trinity Game Night
Trinity's Game Night in July was such a fun event for all who attended that another is planned for Friday, September 14th, from 6-8pm in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your own fast food dinner, packed dinner from home, or eat before you arrive; drinks and dessert will be provided. Once again we will all be treated to a short hands-on devotion, and several Minute-To-Win-It games for young and old alike. Bingo will be available with simple prizes. Games will be on hand, but you are welcome to bring your favorites from home as well.

Music Ministry 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

Youth Ministry News

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.

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!

  • 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.
Food needs for Aug 22 meal:
2 - Baked Beans
2 - Corn
3 - Chicken Dishes
3 - Vegetable Dishes
40 - Dinner Rolls
  • Tutoring: during each event volunteers sit with students and provide help with homework while getting to know them and building a relationship.
  • Final 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

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 at 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.

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 19 Children's Sunday School Begins, MS & HS Bible Study begins
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 14  Trinity Game Night
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
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