GAME NIGHT last Friday was fantastic!  Thanks to everyone who came out for a fun night together!  We started off with a hot dog picnic-style meal, a short devotion and playdough activity, and then game, games, and more games!  Shaving cream and cheeze balls were a big hit in the minute-to-win-it competitions, and NOT just with the kids!
   Can't wait to see you all next time!  

Your Weekly News & Updates
Food and Funds on the Fifth Sunday
This weekend we collect our fifth Sunday special offerings of food and funds.  Food donations will be given to Hubbard House of Orlando Health this months and designated gifts of funds will be given to the Pastor's Discretionary fund to assist with emergency needs. THANK YOU!  Our next fifth Sunday will be in September.

Special Voters Meeting July 29
The Campus Development Task Force will present to the Congregation the motion to consider petitioning LCEF for an improvement loan to fund the project work identified for Trinity.  The Voters' Meeting will be called to order at 12:15 pm, or the conclusion of the 11:00 am worship, whichever comes first. Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in this Special Voters' Assembly Meeting..  Blessings to all, Rocky Smothers -Campus Develop Task Force Chairman

Campus Work Day Saturday, August 4
Trinity's Back to School Campus Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 4 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am, with lunch provided afterward. We need all hands on deck to beautify the campus for the start of the school year, guests on campus for Open House and Backpack Blessings, and preparations for moving the pastoral offices back to the main campus!  We'll be moving the school library from its current location to make space available for the new school office in Heritage Hall. Your assistance hauling books and shelves as well as weeding, cleaning and beautifying our campus is very much appreciated!! THANK YOU!

Help for Hawaii - The Ripple Effect
Don't forget, we're collecting gift cards and school supplies for our long distance neighbors in Hawaii through the first weekend of August, then we're mailing everything to Christ Lutheran in Hilo, Hawaii. The whole Trinity family is participating, and Pastor Mark Zier of Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo Hawaii, will ensure that our donations go to the families who need them. You can read more in your weekly and in the recent blog post shared on the website and Facebook. Gift cards should be for businesses in Hawaii that the families can access: Safeway, Walmart, Target, Sears, Home Depot, Shell Gas, 76 Gas, Walgreens, Firestone, and Goodyear Tire.  Please drop off your gifts in the donation box in the Narthex. Once the collections are complete, we'll ship the gifts to Hawaii with funds received from a Thrivent Action Team grant. Thank you for being a part of the ripple effect of acts of kindness!!

Backpack Blessings
Join us 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 will receive a special tag for his or her backpack that day. 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!

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!                                           

Fall Sunday School Begins August 19
Group's "Digging Into Discipleship" brings a fresh approach to growing a lifelong relationship with God through the power of the Holy Spirit.. As children explore God's character throughout the Bible, God transforms them from the inside out. Kids discover what it means to reflect the heart of God in everyday life.  We're excited to embark on a discipleship-focused curriculum for kids in this year's Sunday School lessons! Classes begin during the 9:30 hour on Sundays beginning on August 19. Watch for registration information, coming soon!

Human Care Ministry Team
Seeking those interested in being part of a Care Team 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.

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!  

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

Through Aug 5 Help for Hawaii
July 29 Special Voters Meeting
August 10 Campus Closed for Back to School Prep
August 11-12 TLS Back to School Open Houses / Blessing Backpacks in Worship
August 13  Back to School
August 19 Sunday School Begins
August 22 Foundations of Faith series begins
September 5  Grace Notes Choir Begins
Attendance and Giving July22


Bible Study
Adults 16

6pm 46
8am 49
930 88
11am 48
Total in Worship 231


Last week C & M  Actual Recd: 11,543 Budgeted: 14,750 Over/(Short): (3,207)
YTD C&M   Actual Recd: 46,332 Budgeted: 56,460 Over/(Short): (10,128)
Bridge To The Future Received: 30  YTD: 280
Faith Factor Received: 320 YTD: 640
Trinity Resurrection Received: 0 YTD: 400
Faithfully Forward Received: 1,566 YTD: 2,456
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