Your Weekly News & Updates
 
Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
There are endless opportunities are available for Trinity families to pray, give and serve to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please see Trinity's website for links to several that may interest your family -- from collecting pet supplies to making homemade cards, sending gift cards and much needed new underwear, plus financial donations (which Thrivent will match dollar for dollar if you give through their link - also on Trinity's site).  


Confirmation Instruction
6th and 7th Confirmation instruction will begin on Sunday, September 10th.  If you were unable to attend the parent/student meeting, please contact Tim Norris ( norris.timothy@gmail.com ) or Jenn Blackwood ( mom23girls@cfl.rr.com ) for more information.  Confirmation details can be found on the Youth Ministry webpage as well.

MS and HS families:  6th-12th Bible Studies & Youth Groups
Are you interested in Sunday Bible Study and Youth Group opportunities for your MS and HS student(s)? Please contact the church office if you have kids from 6 th through 12 th grade. Thank you.

"Comfort Backpacks" for Children in Need
We'll be collecting supplies to create "Comfort Backpacks" for children who need a little extra love and care while they are in transition from their home, to DCF, foster care or medical care in an initiative made in partnership with the Orlando Police Department, the Department of Children and Families and the Howard Phillips Center.  Our goals is to provide 250 backpacks.  During Trinity's Oktoberfest/Reformation Event on Friday, October 27th we'll be assembling these backpacks with the supplies we're gathering now.  As you are able, please contribute the following items (collection in the church Narthex): Small blankets, small stuffed animals, toothpaste, toothbrush, small toys for a boy and/or girl, playing cards, crayons, coloring books (Christian content preferred).  Cash gifts are welcome also, and we can do the shopping for you.  If you have questions or concerns contact Terry Boggs at mammierocks@yahoo.com or call 407-488-1919 x101. 

Ensuring our Guests in Worship Feel Welcome
Greeters and Ushers are spiritual ambassadors for the Church and serve as representatives of Jesus in a worship service. For both members and guests it's an important part of coming into worship each week.  Even more so for guests, it shares the warmth and personality of the congregation overall and let's people know that they matter and that we welcome them into Worship at Trinity.  Greeters meet people at the door with a smile and a brief word, and ushers serve to hand out worship materials, answer questions, give directions.  Both are such important roles to the ministry of Trinity.  If you are gifted in hospitality and would enjoy serving in this way, please contact Omar Dittmer for greeting ( odittmer892@gmail.com ) or Joyce Phillips for ushering ( phillil@embarqmail.com )  Thank you.

Music Ministry News
As summer comes to an end, we are looking forward to hearing special music again from our choral and bell choirs.  If you have a love of music and wish to be a part of this ministry, please keep reading for details and contact information!

Parish Choir
Our weekly rehearsals will start right after Labor Day on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30pm in the church basement.  Everyone who loves to sing is welcome - we have four different parts (bass, tenor, alto, soprano), so your voice is sure to fit in somewhere! We especially would love to see those who joined us in June for our "Make a More Joyful Noise" Sunday.  (And yes, we intend to have one of those Sundays again - we'll let you know when!) For further information, please contact Paul Soost at sooster67@yahoo.com.

First Floor Once In A While Choir (FFOIAWC)
We started this choir last year (2016) for those who could not make a weekly commitment and/or could not manage the stairs to the balcony, not knowing if this was something that would take hold and continue.  The response has been great - in addition to singing praises to God, our singers from the early, middle, and late services have had a chance to reunite, as well as make new friends.  Our first practice will be in late September - stay tuned for the exact date!  We will sing about once a month and alternate between the early and late services.  For more details, please contact Glenda Frazier at whitemice@bellsouth.net.

Hand Bell Choir
Ring-a-Lings, we will have our first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30pm in the balcony. Some special music has already been chosen, including, of course, a great challenge piece!  Anyone, male or female, teenager or adult, who would like to join us, please contact Glenda Frazier at whitemice@bellsouth.net.  We would love to add to our bell choir and have some alternates.  If you've never played or you need to brush up on your skills, that's no problem; we can schedule a few extra practices to bring you up to speed.

Brass Ensemble
If you're one of the people who have said, "I miss hearing the brass at our special services," please step up and turn the longing into reality!  We have members who are willing to play; we just need someone to coordinate practice times and select music.  Please contact Chanda at TLC@trinitydowntown.com if you can take on this challenge to further enhance our services.

Financial Peace begins next Saturday, September 9th
Learn Dave Ramsey's seven easy-to-follow Baby Steps to get out of debt and make a plan for your money! Also includes 16 weeks of online lesson-viewing access and 90 days of EveryDollar Plus, our premium budgeting tool!  Join us for this 9-week series starting September 9th, meeting on Saturdays at 4:30pm, and wrapping up in time for Saturday worship. Register and purchase class materials online. https://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1042926 Class led by Peg Green. This class will be using the FPU Flex format (watching videos at home, then coming to class for community and discussion) *Ask about Childcare when you register.  


Foundations of Faith Bible Study / Membership Class: Begins September 11th
Meeting on Mondays from 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for this 8-week series on the Foundations of our Faith.  "Living with Jesus, God gives us value, undeserving grace, expectations, and strength in our new relationships with one another.  You have questions about life?   Jesus answers them."  Everyone is invited to Explore God's Word with Pastor Schaefer.


LiveUCF Gala
"Saturday Night Live: An Annual Gala Supporting LiveUCF" is going to be held on Saturday, September 23rd at 6pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.  LiveUCF is a church on the campus of the University of Central Florida that is supported by local congregations. Tickets are $40 and will include a plated meal, open bar, a silent auction and guest speaker: Tom Eggebrecht, author of Fully and Creatively Alive and pastor at Ascension Lutheran in Casselberry (tomeggebrecht.com).  Join us for an evening of creativity in support of LiveUCF.  Tickets can be purchased at http://www.liveucf.org/gala/ or you can contact Laura Blank - laura@liveucf.com. Table sponsorships are also available. Please contact Meridith Swanson for more information - cmswanson07@gmail.com.


Trinity Missionary Update
From the Wasmund family in East Asia: Dear friends and family, Just as we know you pray for us, please know that we also remember you in our prayers, particularly now with such a natural disaster as is being confronted by so many. With gratitude, we receive your emails, notes, and other correspondences, whether out of concern, for birthday or anniversary wishes, or just for pleasant greetings. Thank you.   Click here for more from their August update.

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 Pray@TrinityDowntown.com .  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.

Invest with LCEF and Save Trinity money!  
Trinity just received a check for $61K thanks to YOU !  Your investment accounts with LCEF earn a Shared blessings rebate for Trinity.   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 LCEF.org .  For more information, please contact Bruce Hahn at 407-701-3234 or email bruce@mm-c.com .

Important Dates

September 3 God's Grace Bible Study begins
September 4  Campus closed for Labor Day
September 9   Financial Peace Classes begins
September 11   Foundation Classes begin
September 24   Friendship Sunday - Bring a Friend to Worship, Stay for Lunch
September 28-30 FL/GA President's Equip Conference
October 27
Save the Date: Oktoberfest/Reformation Community Event

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