Your Weekly News & Updates
August 5, Campus Work Day
August is the month we go back to school. Our CDC children move to new classes, and we welcome new families. We are also preparing for the new pastor God will send us. We need helpers to spruce up the whole campus... weeding, trimming, planting, cleaning. Our work day is set for Saturday, August 5th from 8:30 to 12pm. Lunch will be served afterward. Please sign up in the Narthex or contact Darlene Sabin at Let's have a great turn out. Many hands make light work!

Re-Forming Living Stones-President's Equip Conference
Be part of an energizing three-day event, September 28-30, with Florida-Georgia pastors, educators, DCEs, music ministers and lay members, participating in:
  • 60 workshops for church professionals & lay volunteers, with topics ranging from youth ministry, fundraising, strategic planning and social media to fabulous family nights, insights for church treasurers, greeter and usher ministries and more
  • Fellowship including an opening night dessert reception, Friday evening banquet and regional gatherings
  • Uplifting closing worship service

Registration through August 11th is $100 per person
Registration August 12th to 31st is $150 per person
Registration September 1st and after is $200 per person

Senior Pastor Call Committee Update
Greetings Trinity! Currently, the call committee has completed interviews with 3 of the 5 Pastoral Candidates. We have two more to complete, which should happen this month. God has provided us a great list of potential Pastors and the committee is spending a great deal of time doing our best to bring forward a wonderful recommendation to the congregation. The committee asks that you continue to keep Trinity in your prayers as we try to discern God's will for us. More information and a recommendation coming soon, so stay tuned!    Pastor Candidate Bios:

Rev. Dr. Wayne Braun
Age - 58 Married with 4 adult children. Wife is a Lutheran school teacher and has directed a pre-school. Currently, lives in Germany pastoring a church there and working with the Board of International Missions. He has been there the past 4 years. Prior to moving to Germany, he was a pastor at 4 other churches here in the US. Average attendance is 100+ a Sunday.

Rev. Andrew Ratcliffe
Age - 37. Married with one two-year-old little girl. Wife has a degree in Music Education and is an organist.Currently, Pastor Ratcliffe is the associate pastor at St. John Lutheran in Seward, NE for the past 6 years. Very active in the youth and family ministry at St. John. He has been the sole pastor at his first church, St. Paul in Sac City, IA.  Average attendance is 1000+ a Sunday

Rev. Mark Dahn
Age - 42. Married with 3 children. Youngest is starting middle school and oldest in starting high school. Currently, Pastor Dahn is the associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tyler, TX. He is specifically the Family Ministry and Outreach pastor. He has been at Trinity for 8 eight years. Pastor Dahn was also an associate pastor at his first church St. John Lutheran in Battle Creek, NE. Average attendance is 300+ a Sunday

Rev. Jason Taylor
Age - 48. Married with 4 children ranging from elementary to high school. Wife is a Lutheran School Teacher and a DCE. Currently, Pastor Taylor is the sole pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in New Palestine, IN. He has been the pastor there for the past 8 years. Prior to Zion Lutheran, Pastor Taylor was the associate pastor at Holy Savior in Lincoln, NE. Average Attendance is 350 on a Sunday.

Rev. Douglas Croucher
Age - 54. Married with 3 adult children. Pastor Croucher is the Sr. Pastor at Concordia Lutheran in Fort Wayne, IN. He has been at Concordia since 2004, where he has served as both Sr. and Associate Pastor. Pastor Croucher started out as a Lutheran School Teacher and DCE before going on to become a Pastor. He has worked at several other churches as a teacher or DCE. Average Attendance is 900+ on a Sunday.  

Food & Funds on the Fifth
Once again it is a Food on the Fifth month. Trinity asks members and friends to donate canned and boxed food to share with our community neighbors. This month the recipient is the Christian Service Center. Funds are also collected through the offering plate by designating "Church Discretionary Fund" on the memo line or envelope face. These monies are designated to help people within our congregation and in our community who are in difficult or desperate financial stress.

OWLS Fellowship
Older Wiser Lutherans are invited to gather for a meal and fellowship on Friday, July 28th at 11:30.  We'll meet at Sonny's Barbeque at 7055 S. Semoran Blvd., in Orlando.  Call or email to confirm with the Gordons at 407-897-1418 or

Comfort Dog Ministry

Building the Team  
The next team meeting is set for August 16 at 6:30pm in the first floor Magnolia conference room.  On the Comfort Dog Webpage you'll find a list of opportunities to serve on this ministry team.  Contact us at to let us know.  The next team meeting will be in August!  Let's get to know one another, find out where and how everyone can serve, and learn more about what is involved in community visits with the dog and taking care of the dog.  

You can help by sharing the public fundraising campaign for the Comfort Dog Ministry Please share with your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, EVERYONE!  And then tell them to share it with everyone they know.  We need to get the word out into the community so we can all work together to reach our goal!

Family Photos
For those who had photos taken by our membership Directory company, and haven't yet picked them up, they are ready and available for pick up in the Narthex this weekend.

Senior Safety Summit - Crime Prevention Techniques for Seniors
The Orlando Police Department has offered to host this 1.5 hour seminar for Trinity members (date choices are in early September on a Tu, Wed or Ths, at 11am or 1:30pm).  If there is enough interest and a few volunteers to host and provide refreshments, we will schedule in the fall.   TWO people have responded that they are interested -- are YOU? Please email or call 407-488-1919 x101 to let us know if you're interested in participating and/or as a volunteer to host.

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.

Invest with LCEF and Save Trinity money!  
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 .  For more information, please contact Bruce Hahn at 407-701-3234 or email .

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.

Employment Opportunities

Choices Women's Clinic- Development Manager
CHOICES is looking for a dynamic part-time DEVELOPMENT MANAGER to co-share the position with our current manager join our ministry staff team!  

* Experience in Fundraising & E
vent Management
* Strong Organizational & People Skills
* Part Time Position (15 Hours Per Week)
* LOVE to Make a LIFE Saving Difference

The Development Manager is a co-share position responsible for oversight and coordination of the primary fund-raising and promotional events and donor/partner marketing on social media. The Manager will also assist the Executive Director with various development tasks as needed and time permits to advance events and increase ministry partners/donors and direct coordination with the Administrative Assistant to assist with various administrative tasks. Contact Choices for full position description. Send resume or inquiry to: &  

Redeeming Life Maternity Home: Part-time Residential House Mother
Redeeming Life Maternity Home provides critical housing and support services to single expectant women who, due to the circumstances in their lives, have nowhere to go and little or no family support. Our home provides a positive and safe living environment for all who reside here.  This part-time support position requires two overnight shifts per week. Additional shifts may be needed to cover scheduled vacations. The main responsibilities are to managing the household operation, provide daily reports to the administrative office and provide some meal preparation while the Residential Manager is off duty. The ideal candidate will be a mature Christian woman with a nurturing spirit and a strong desire to minister to God's people. She will have the ability to maintain personal boundaries and be able to work closely with a variety of personalities.Please contact Sheryl DeWitt, RLOM Executive Director, for more information or to schedule an interview at 407-625-9880.

Important Dates

August 5   Campus Work Day 8:30-12:00pm, lunch provided (sign up in advance please)
August 6   Voters Meeting 12:30pm Sanctuary
August 11  Trinity Staff Workday, school offices & programs closed
August 12   CDC Open House and Meet the Teacher 4:00-6:00pm
August 12 & 13  Blessing of BackPacks & Teacher Dedications in all worship services
August 13  K-8 Open House 12:30-2:30pm
August 14  First day of school for Trinity's School Ministry: CDC through K-8
September 4  Campus closed for Labor Day
September 28-30 FL/GA President's Equip Conference
In the Word?
Do you have a daily devotion routine?  What are you reading?  Are you in a regular Bible study?  Is there a study topic you'd like to see offerred? A particular day or time?
 Share your answers here  (2 mintues)   THANKS!

School Ministry Photos
Lots of Activity in the CDC this past week!  
Playing in a tent, parades, first try at circle time, self portraits and more!
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