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Notes from Pastor Zehnder

Holy Week Journey

Maundy Thursday is past.
The First Communion for several of our young people was a moving event to witness. We pray that the power and mercy of the Sacrament of Holy Communion will keep our young brothers and sisters safe in the Lord's presence always. We are praying that the parents of these will be blessed as they do their part to keep these young people close to the Lord Jesus and His Church.

Good Friday: The Altar is bare. The Son of God is dead. We are moved by the worship and by the 7pm Tenebrae Service with its profound darkness. Reverent silence will prevail. "Oh sorrow dread, our God is dead..."  Deaconess Elizabeth Borth and Elder Chris Gerou will be reading the Passion History of Jesus according to Matthew. Two young men, Daniel Behrman and Luke Walters will reverently care for the Tenebrae candles. They have trained for this special service.


Easter Eve Devotion:
At 6 pm we will gather quietly outside, at the front of the Sanctuary. The doors will be open but we will not go in. We will see the Christ Light burning brightly, and we will receive that Light. We will pray, sing, hear God's beautiful Word, and then in confidence and with joy in Christ's Resurrection eagerly await Tomorrow when we will go up and into the Temple of the Lord, decorated and adorned for the Resurrection King of Kings!

Sunrise Services and Easter Festival Services: 6:30, 8:00, 9:30, 11:00. It's fitting to have four opportunities for worship on the Day of Days! Word and Sacrament and Celebration will lift us up to the Heavens! Our dear friend, Pastor Larry Schaefer, will be the Preacher for the Sunrise Service!

Because of scheduling conflicts we must move the Foundations Class forward, beginning on Sunday, May 28.  The sessions will take place on Sundays at 9:30 AM.  Pastor Stephen Schroeder, good friend of Trinity and frequent guest here will offer a four week "Foundations" series for members and friends of Trinity who desire a deeper knowledge of what Lutherans believe and confess. These sessions are idea for those desiring to enter into formal membership in the Trinity Family. Foundations will also offer an excellent way to "reconnect" with earlier instruction in the Faith which many received as a young teenager heading for Confirmation!   Pastor Schroeder is an outstanding teacher and will be a good friend! Watch for additional information. The Nursery is available Sunday school is also available for!

Jackie and I will miss you, Trinity! We are grateful for our time with you these past months. God keep us close together in our Lord Jesus Christ!  We love you. Sayonara...
Pastor Z and Jackie.

Elders Ministry Team

Name Tags
The initial order for nametags will be made next week.  If you desire to make a donation for the cost of the tags, and have not done so yet, please consider doing so this week or the next.  Donations should be placed in the generic offering envelops found in the pews, and identified as "Name Tag Donation."  As always, please introduce yourself to those around you on campus and in worship! You may recognize the face but cannot attach a name! Let's change this! God bless us in this endeavor!

Stewardship Ministry Team

Annual Stewardship Drive
We're at that time of year when the budget planning for the upcoming year is in full swing and we begin the process of collecting pledges during our annual Stewardship Drive in order to create the most accurate budget possible.  As a member of Trinity Downtown, you are a partner in ministry with Trinity, and your gifts of time, talent and treasure are essential to having the resources necessary to support the mission of the church. Your annual financial pledge communicates to Trinity's leadership what your financial commitment will be in the next 12 months to support Trinity's "Current & Missions" which represents our general operating budget.  That information allows leadership to complete the budget planning process with all resources accounted for.  Please prayerfully consider what your pledge amount will be for this coming year.  In the coming weeks, you will receive a letter in the mail with a pledge form and return envelope included. Please tear off the pledge from and return it in the postage paid envelope as soon as you can.  Thank you!

All The News

Friday - Free Viewing of The Jesus Film
We all know Easter is so much more than eggs and candy!  Here's an opportunity to share the whole story.  There will be a free viewing of The Jesus Film (family version) at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola on Good Friday, April 14th at 7:30pm. Sponsored by individuals in a local small group Bible Study, the "Orlando Friends of the Jesus Film." To learn more about and/or contribute to The Jesus Film project visit

Easter Sunday it's PANCAKE TYM
Trinity's Youth Ministry is ready to flip some pancakes on Easter morning!  We will serve pancakes (complete with a toppings bar), fruit, juice, and coffee from 7:00-10:30 AM in Fellowship Hall. Proceeds will benefit TYM program costs for the year. Come out and enjoy some Trinity fellowship on Easter morning and support your TYM as well!  

Like and Share Holy Week Posts Online
As you see Trinity posts on social media sharing Holy Week worship schedules and scripture passages from the Bible, don't just scroll on by: LIKE & SHARE. You extend the reach of the Gospel by clicking on those posts -- causing them to reach a larger audience.  What greater gift can you give a friend online by sharing the Word of God, an opportunity for discussion, or even an open invitation to worship at Trinity.  LIKE & SHARE Trinity ministry posts, and consider inviting someone to church this coming week.

Bible Study Schedule
No Bible study classes or Sunday school will meet on Easter Sunday

Member Photos
We are now in the process of completing arrangements for having Trinity's Church Directory printed.  Anyone who did not have their photos taken by Re:MEMBER and would still like to be included in the directory can submit a digital photo to the church office.  The photo, preferably a head and shoulders shot, will be submitted with our layout package for inclusion in the directory. There is a ten dollar charge for each photo submitted, which includes receiving a copy of the directory when it comes out.  Deadline for submitting photos is Tuesday April 18th.   Any questions please contact Tom Finger.  Email:, phone: (407) 765-9483.

OWLS Fellowship, April 28
On Friday, April 28 at 11:30, come join us for lunch at Chuy's Tex-Mex Restaurant at 170  S. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park. Please e-mail or call (407-897-1418) to confirm attendance. Last month we had 19 for lunch! Hope you can make it too. Have a Blessed Easter---Bob and Audrey

April Has 5 Sundays
Every month with five Sundays means Food and Funds on the Fifth!  We follow the example of the early Christian Church and share our gifts and abundance with anyone who has a need.  On April 29 and 30, the Lake Eola Publix grocery cart will receive canned and boxed food for "The Samaritans".  This is a small group of Christian men and women who see Jesus in the faces of hundreds of men and women living in Orlando without permanent shelter.  Trinity is connected to this charitable group through Maleny Perez, a teacher in our VPK classroom. Please donate Macaroni & Cheese, vegetables that can be used for soup or stew, pasta and sauce, and Winn-Dixie or Publix gift cards to bless hundreds of our neighbors without walls.  Any Funds on the Fifth cash funds donated through the offering plate are added to the Discretionary Fund and offered to anyone in our church, school, or neighborhood in need of financial assistance.  Contact Deaconess Liz with questions: 407-488-1919 X 127 or .

SIGN UP NOW!  Golf Tournament May 13
The sweet aroma of freshly clipped grass is in the air!  That can only mean one thing...the Pastor Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Trinity Lutheran School Athletics must be just around the corner!  It will be held Saturday, May 13 th at beautiful Celebration Golf Club.  The 4-Person Scramble will begin with a Shotgun Start at 8am.  Cost per player is $95 which includes Greens Fee and Cart, Range Balls, Continental Breakfast, Lunch and fabulous prizes!  Go to the website at to register your foursome.  Contact Planning Team Member Mark Brink if you have any questions at or 321-217-8112.  

Comfort Dog Ministry
The Comfort Dog Ministry is now in fundraising mode.  Our dog is in training  and we need to get busy raising funds. Our immediate goal is $15,000 to cover the costs of the dog, dog supplies, Top Dog training, handler trainings, and next year's budget. We have created a ministry page at where you can learn more and donate any amount.  You may also use the collection plate to donate, marking your donation "Comfort Dog".  Very soon, we will be creating a Facebook GoFundMe page open for you, your family, friends and community connections to help us raise our goal.  This will be an on-going campaign, as this is not a line item in Trinity's budget, but funded solely by donations from supporters.  Trinity family, this will be YOUR ministry comfort dog, and we look forward to the endless possibilities that lie ahead for this ministry!

Men's Bible Study - New series begins April 13
Come bring a friend/associate. A new study series begins next Thursday, April 13, in our early morning study with a great breakfast at "City Diner" (across the street from the Courthouse) We meet from 6:30-7:30am!  That's very early, but just think, you'll MISS all the morning traffic! The Holy Spirit will be there to guide us in the study of the book of Judges (an especially pertinent study in our time of political unrest). For questions, contact Steve Kerestes .

Adult Bible Study, Sundays 9:30am - New Study Series Begins April 23
In a six-part series, the Sunday 9:30am Bible Study class will examine the Lutheran Confessions compiled in the Book of Concord.  This class meets from 9:30-10:30am on Sundays. The discussion-oriented class will examine:
  • The history of the Lutheran Confessions
  • The heresies confronting the Church and confounding Scripture
  • The heritage and 500 th Anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses
  • How to express what you know why you believe this in the context of the Lutheran Confessions
Recommended reading/purchase: Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions (A Reader's Edition of the Book of Concord).  Paul T. McCain, Editor, 2012.  St. Louis, Concordia Publishing House.

Exciting News!
Last weekend over 350 walkers from 45 churches (and Trinity Downtown was one of those churches) gathered to celebrate and endorse the Choice for Life.  Julia Malenke and Betty Traugott walked to share awareness of the pressure society places on men and women when sinful choices result cause painful decisions.  Choices Clinic for Women is there to help choose life.  This was the largest group of walkers in 30 years as is the record breaking, first time to break triple digits amount of $112,000!  Your funds are still welcome.  You may put your donation in the offering basket or your envelope, but mark the donation "Choices".  

Contact Information
If you have had a change to your contact information, such as, name change, change in phone number, email address, or street address, please get a large blue card form an usher during worship, complete the new information, and return the card to an usher.  Thank you!

Partner Ministries

Baby Boutique Sale Benefits Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries
Gently Used infant, toddler and maternity items - from clothes, strollers, pack-n-plays, toys, saucers, bottles, blankets and more.  All proceeds benefit Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries Maternity Home.  May 6, 8a-2p, at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 2525 S. Oak Avenue, Sanford, FL 32772.  

IDignity Shindig Casino Night
Join IDignity for a chance to win prizes, mingle with incredible people and enjoy classic casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and slot machines. April 29, 2017 at DoveCote, 390 N Orange Ave #110, Orlando, FL 32801. Doors open at 7 p.m. Gaming from 7:30 to 10pm
Cocktail attire, please. Tickets are $50 and include appetizers, two drink vouchers, and 1,000 in casino chips. Complimentary self parking is available in the garage attached to the Bank of America building and can be validated by Dovecote.  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, interested in donating merchandise or gift cards for the event, or would just like more information, please contact Anne Taylor at 321-445-1900 or email

Important Dates

April 14 Good Friday worship 12:10 and 7:00pm (offices and school programs closed)
April 14   The Jesus Film, Lake Eola, 7:30pm
April 15 Saturday evening Easter Eve Devotion 6:00pm
April 16 Easter Sunday (sunrise 6:30 plus regular services) and Pancake Breakfast
April 17 Easter Monday - Offices & school programs Closed
May 1-5   Trinity's Staff Appreciation Week
May 5  PTL Sponsored Spring May Day Festival
May 13 Pastor Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament
July 17-21  Save the Date: VBS

Attendance and Giving,  April 8-9, 2017

Children's Sunday School   28
Youth   2
Confirmation 13
Adult Bible Study   23

6pm   60
8am   40
9:30am   90
11am   115
Total in Worship   305

Last week C & M  Actual Recd: 19,005 Budgeted: 35,499  Over/(Short): (16,494)
YTD C&M   Actual Recd: 684,002 Budgeted: 699,002 Over/(Short): (15,542)
Bridge To The Future     Received: 385     YTD: 48,855
Faith Factor     Received: 1,500      YTD: 19,295
Holiday/Loose Plate     Received: 1,351      YTD: 27,844
Trinity Resurrection     Received: 1,430       YTD: 60,429
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