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Oktoberfest is almost here!  Let's celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!  How's your Martin Luther Trivia?

Parking and Traffic This Weekend
The annual Calle Orange Festival is this Sunday, which means 10 blocks of Magnolia Ave will be closed off and access to Livingston Street and Amelia St. will be blocked if you're coming in from West of Trinity. You will have to approach Trinity's campus from East to West on Livingston to access the parking lot entrance at the Livingston Parking lot - from there you can access all of our internal parking lots. Street parking will likely be sparse, so please plan to allow for extra time to find parking.

We Love our Pastors!
It's Pastor Appreciation Month -- when we show our love and appreciation for our Trinity pastors; Pastor Kallesen, Pastor Glander and Pastor Schaefer.  Keep in mind we have two ministers in our congregation as well: Rev. Jean Claude Picard and Rev. Steve Schroeder. And we have some amazing pastors in our recent history as well: Pastor Zehnder and Pastor Martin! Our District Pres, Rev. Walton, and even our Circuit Pastor, Rev. Green.  Show your love for pastors you're connected to and let them know how much we all appreciate their commitment to God's call on their lives.  

It takes a team!  
Pastor Doug has been here for three weeks now and he's been meeting members, leaders, and guests... sitting in on meetings and getting to know the Trinity family and all about the many ministries of Trinity. He's been able to see first hand that Trinity has some FANTASTIC ongoing ministry initiatives, and that there is an AMAZING TEAM that makes it all happen - this AMAZING Trinity Family -  serving wholeheartedly with their gifts and passions in all areas -- visible and unseen, big and small, upfront and behind the scenes -- all necessary, all important.  God calls us all to serve and witness, and what a privilege it is to have such a dynamic and active church family with which to carry out God's plan for our community!  Here's a recent shot of just one piece of this AMAZING TRINITY TEAM-- Pastor Kallesen with the Elders as they wrapped up a recent meeting!  THANKS for all you do!

Sanctuary Renovations Are Complete!
Welcome back to worship in the Sanctuary!! We're also back to a regular worship and Bible study schedule - Saturday @ 6pm, Sunday @ 8am, 9:30am and 11am. Bible study groups at 9:30.  

Welcome to the Trinity Family
Welcome to the newest member of the Music Ministry Team, Tim Conyers, who will be serving as our 9:30 Worship Leader, and our 8am and 11am Organist. Be sure to extend a warm welcome to Tim and his family as they get to know the Trinity Family!

OWLS Fellowship
OWLS are "Older, Wiser, Lutherans"  If that's you, then you're invited!  Join the group on Friday, OCTOBER 20, for lunch at Hollerbach's Willow Tree cafĂ© at 205 E. 1st Street, Sanford. Hope to see you there. Please call Bob & Audrey Gordon, 407-897-1418, or email to confirm please. (NOTE: We've changed date from 4th Friday to 3rd Friday, due to our upcoming Oktoberfest/Reformation Event.  Let's all plan to be at Oktoberfest/500th Anniversary of the Reformation as well on Friday, October 27 from 5:30-8:30pm)

Oktoberfest/Reformation Festival  IT'S STILL ALL ABOUT JESUS
We have just one week to go before Trinity Downtown's Oktoberfest and 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Celebration.  We're excited to let you know that there are a lot of fun activities planned for the evening of Friday 10/27 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

THIS IS A MISSION FOCUSED COMMUNITY EVENT where we have the opportunity to introduce our community to the Trinity family and our many ministries.  ALL HANDS ON DECK!  

We are in need of volunteers who are willing to give about two hours of their time to help set up (starting at 4pm), staff a Trinity Ministry or Reformation Activity table, help youth volunteers and visitors with games, stuff backpacks for our servant event, work concessions, bring baked goods, and more!

This is a FREE community event, and ALL ARE WELCOME - so please INVITE friends, family and coworkers by sharing the FACEBOOK event on Trinity's page. Food trucks (Chi-Phi and German Grill), beer tasting, live music, beer tasting, kids activities and so much more. Visit for more info.

  • SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:  Sponsorships keep our expenses low so we're able to host a free admission event!  Thank you for your support! Sponsor a specific activity and we'll display your family or company name/logo on a sign next to the station.
Beer  $500 or Direct Beer Donation (2 sponsors needed)
German Wine  $250 or direct Wine donation
Pretzel Booth $150
Cotton Candy Machine $150
Popcorn Machine $175   Sponsored by COVENANT HOUSE
Snow Cone $150
Logo'd Shopping Bag Sponsor $250
Tee Shirt Sponsor $250
Diet of WORMS $100   Sponsored by PKG PRO, LLC
    A detailed list of volunteer options are listed on our  SIGNUp site .  Volunteer slots are scheduled for portions of the event so you can volunteer AND still have time to enjoy the event with your family!  With your support we will create a fantastic family event where we can welcome our Downtown Orlando neighbors onto the Trinity campus to connect with the Trinity Family! Thank you
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT: "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. This is 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 which will be assembled during Trinity's Oktoberfest/Reformation Event on Friday, October 27th.  Supplies are being collected in advance. We need all the following items donated by Oct 27 (collection in the church Narthex and school offices):
    • Small blankets,
    • small stuffed animals,
    • Toothpaste & toothbrush,
    • small toys for a boy and/or girl,
    • playing cards,
    • Crayons & coloring books (Christian content preferred).

Amazon Shoppers :   If you'd like to just click and purchase, we have a wish list set up on  Amazon here  that has many of the items listed for you, ready to "add to cart" and purchase!   These need to be purchased ASAP to get here in time for the event on the 27th.  Thank you.

Cash gifts are welcome also , and we can do the shopping for you.  If you have questions or concerns contact or call Terry Boggs at 407-797-7345.
  • OKTOBERFEST BAKE SALE - Are you a baker?  
    Please donate baked goods for the Outreach Team's Fall Bake Sale. They can be dropped off at the Magnolia office on Trinity's campus between 7:30am and 4pm on Friday, October 27. Please wrap in individual purchase bundles, and note what your baked item is called and any special details (please include allergen details that aren't indicated in the name of the item - nuts, dairy, etc). Please do not put prices on your items. Your participation is most appreciated!
Hand Etched Glass Mugs
The house of Lloyd is creating a special 26.5 oz. clear glass mug just for Trinity's event. You can Pre-Order your hand etched glass 26.5 oz mug for $15.00 per mug until October 23, 2017 at 2:00pm. After the pre-order time frame and on the day of the Oktoberfest event at Trinity, the cost will be $20.00 per mug. You can process your payment for pre-orders at: PayPal.Me/houseoflloydorlando.  Please make sure you put the name of the person who will pick up the order at the event in the transaction notes section.  The mug will have a Trinity Downtown logo and the text "CELEBRATING THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION"

Make a Difference in a Child's Life through Rebecca's Garden
Tutoring and serving a meal to a room full of children is a rewarding experience. The kids love the 1:1 attention and really appreciate good food!! Organized by Trinity's Ministry Team, this serving opportunity is open to the entire Trinity family.  The next meal is in October and is a chili cookoff, followed by a Thanksgiving style luncheon in November. Check out upcoming dates and  sign up here .  You can sign up to tutor, serve or cook and drop off food for pick up - or any combination of those things! You'll love it!  

2017 Pumpkin Patch, Open Through October 31
The annual Pumpkin Patch is OPEN.  Volunteers are needed to help make this another successful event!  The money earned supports our Trinity Lutheran School families. To volunteer, please sign up through .  We still need volunteers this Saturday the 14th at 9am for unloading the pumpkins , Monday - Friday spots are available between 3:15-6:15pm, and Saturday & Sunday spots are available between 11am - 7pm.

LWML Rally
All Trinity ladies are cordially invited to the Greater Orlando Zone LWML Fall Rally on Saturday, November 4, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1123 Louisiana Ave., St. Cloud, FL, 34769. Registration from 8:00am-9:00am.  Start time at 9:00am. Registration fee $7. Please RSVP by October 28 th , 2017 to Tina Kading ( or 321-624-5391 (after 4pm).   Gifts of the Heart Donations will be for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD.  Please see for ideas.  We will have shoeboxes available at the Rally for packing if needed, and we will be packing shoeboxes at the event.

We need YOU:  Supporting New Trinity members - Connection Points
We'd like YOU to consider being a Trinity Connection Point for a new member who is now going through the Foundations class. A Connection Point is a member who is well connected in multiple areas of Trinity ministry, who will serve as a resource and "point of connection" for a new member just completing the Foundations class. You check in regularly with your assigned new member, pray for them, maybe worship with them from time to time, answer any questions they may have, maybe meet them for coffee once a month for a few months -- getting to know them and then sharing information on upcoming events and opportunities where they might be able to GET CONNECTED at Trinity. If you'd like to serve in this way, please contact Chanda at or 407-488-1919 x101.

Law Enforcement or Military?
The Comfort Dog Ministry team is looking for an active or retired member of the military, AND an active or retired member of Orlando's police or sheriff's department to round out our team. If you are interested, please contact Eric or Wendy Havens at

Prayer Partners for our Confirmands
Jr. and Sr. Confirmation classes have begun for our youth. We meet two or three Sundays a month for lunch, class time and fellowship time. Deana Norris and Jenn Blackwood are co-teaching Jr class and Tim Norris is teaching the Sr class. There are 17 youth in these two combined classes. Praise God!  We would love to show our kids that their Trinity family loves them and is invested in them by connecting them with a Prayer Partner. A Confirmation Prayer Partner is someone who is an active member at Trinity and will pray daily for a student. You would send a note of prayer and encouragement from time to time and just get to know him/her. We will join together for lunch once or twice this year and of course look forward to First Communion and Confirmation. Please contact Jenn Blackwood at

Lunch Host
We also are looking for someone who would like to host lunch for the group in Fellowship Hall.   Please contact Jenn Blackwood at if you would like to be involved.

Fifth Sunday Collection
The month of October has 5 Sundays so we will be collecting food and funds this month.  Dry/canned food collections will take place in school offices throughout the month and in church on October 29th. Financial donations to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund to help those in need can be made during worship services or dropped off at the office (please write Pastor's discretionary Fund on the memo line of your check or on your offering envelope please). The collection will be donated to the Prince of Peace Food Pantry and will benefit our local community.  Start making those BOGO purchases!

Free Concerts at Broadway Methodist Church
"Word on Broadway"  is a series of free concerts open to the public. Following each performance, a free will offering will be taken and all proceeds will be donated to a local charitable organization. All performances are on Sunday afternoon at Broadway UMC, corner of Broadway and Amelia, beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting approximately one hour.   Next: Sunday, November 12th at 4:00pm "Gleaning Florida's Fields - Feeding Florida's Hungry" Rollins College Choirs & Soloists Sing of Feed for the Society of St. Andrew.

Local Gideon Report
Last week local Gideons distributed over 300 scriptures to students at Winter Park Ninth Grade Center and Glenridge Middle School.  Our next prison distribution is on November 18 th .  Keep us and those we meet in your prayers! Thank you!

PTL Volunteer Opportunities
Whether you are a staff member, parent, or church member, PTL has plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in our ministry.  PTL events like our annual Fall Pumpkin Patch and Touch-A-Truck connect our school, church, and surrounding community.  These events not only raise funds to support our school, but they draw big crowds from the surrounding community to our church!  We need your help to make them happen!  If you have any questions regarding PTL volunteer opportunities or simply need information for an upcoming event, you may e-mail the PTL at

Brass Group at Trinity!
Time to dust off those musical instruments tucked away in the closet that you haven't played for a while or just tune up if you've been playing all along. We are re-organizing and expanding a brass group to play at Trinity for special services. It will not take a huge commitment of your time and you do not have to be a expert. You just need the desire to share your gift of music. We are also looking for anyone able to play kettledrums. (Timpani) Please contact Matthew Schroeder or Eva Newshutz for more information. 321-303-7824 or

Basketball Coaches Needed
Trinity K-8 is still looking for individuals that are willing to coach basketball for: 1-2 grade, 3-4 grade, 5-6 boys, 5-6 girls, and 7-8 boys.  If you think you might be interested and would like more details please email

Important Dates (Pssst:  Christmas is coming!)

October 25   Rebecca's Garden Tutoring and Dinner
October 27 Oktoberfest/Reformation Community Event 5:30-8:30pm
October 29  Food on the Fifth Collection in Worship
October 31   WEAR RED: 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
November 16  Kindergarten Round-Up -- Learn all about Kindergarten at TLS
November 19 
Congregation Thanksgiving Meal after 11am worship 
       New Member Sunday
November 22 Thanksgiving Eve Worship 7pm
November 23  Thanksgiving Day Worship 10am
November 26 First Sunday in Advent
November 29
Wednesday Advent Worship @ 12:10 -12:50 and 7:00pm
December 1  Orlando Holiday Tree Lighting 
                       TLS students sing about CHRISTmas
                 TLC members hand out programs, and 
                 the whole Trinity Family participates in sharing CHRISTmas                           holiday traditions with the Downtown Orlando community
December 6   Wednesday Advent Worship @ 12:10 -12:50 and 7:00pm
December 13  Wednesday Advent Worship @ 12:10 -12:50 and 7:00pm
December 20  Wednesday Advent Worship @ 12:10 -12:50 
December 20  Service of the Longest Night 7pm
December  24  Sunday Worship 10am, 
       Christmas Eve Children's Program 3pm, 
       Candlelight Communion Worship 5pm, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm
December 25  Christmas Day Worship at 10am
December 31 Regular Sat/Sunday Worship Schedule AND 
New Year's Eve Worship at 7pm

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