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Welcome to the Family!
Please be sure to extend a warm welcome to Pastor Doug and Desiree Kallesen this weekend. We are blessed to have completed our Senior Pastor call process and to now have a Senior Pastor to serve with together in ministry at Trinity. God showed up in a BIG WAY at the Installation Service!  To read more about the Installation and enjoy photos, please click here.

Sanctuary Renovations - Worship Schedule Change
During the month of October we're going to be giving the Sanctuary some much needed love and care!  Under the guidance of our General Manager, Eric Havens, along with a huge support team, we'll be making roof repairs, painting the entire interior, and replacing all the carpet. You can vew photos here. Due to these renovations, we'll be worshiping in the gym on October 8th and 15th, having services at 6pm on Saturday and on Sunday at 8am and 11am.  

A Special Invitation to You
For just two weeks, Oct 8 & 15, between the 8am and 11am services we'll have an ALL-CONGREGATION fellowship time from 9:05-9:45 and one big Trinity family Bible Study group led by Pastor Doug from 9:50-10:50. We hope to have as close to 100% participation as possible in this fellowship and Bible study time with our new Pastor on those Sundays. Please plan to be there!  (If you can bring homemade baked goods for Fellowship time on the 15th, contact Chanda at . Thanks!)  Let's Celebrate! 

Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Please begin praying for open hearts and minds as to how the Trinity family can prepare to care for the needs of families we anticipate will be coming into Central Florida from the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Local government is anticipating up to 100,000 people who have lost their homes, jobs, safety and security, local network of friends and family (and so much more)... as well as their local faith communities.  The FL-GA District,  local district & circuit pastors, local school districts, and local ministry partners are working together to develop plans for how we can all work best together to meet the needs.  So stayed turned for updates.  For now, please be intentional in your prayers so that we will be ready to be answer, "Here I Am!" when the Lord calls for us to respond.

FL-GA District Disaster Relief - South Central FL, SW FL and the Keys
In South Central FL, the devastation is great.  Many are rural farming communities still without power, communication, and water.  Many homes are mobile homes. There is much flooding that hasn't receded yet. The FL-GA District is trying to show mercy and help to these communities.  Volunteers will be needed for some time across South Central, FL, Southwest Florida, and north of Key West.  There are 2 congregations set up to receive volunteer work crews, especially tree work, and ground clean up.  Muck out crews will follow.  
Southwest Florida and the Keys also had major devastation and flooding that has not receded yet, and are in desperate need of dollars, gift cards, supplies, and volunteers.  Volunteer teams are also needed to put items (shovels, flood buckets, respirators, etc.) together and get them to the Marathon and Key West, but housing is at a premium. Most church buildings fared pretty well, but need resources to help them be places of mercy in their communities.  
If you wish to be on a volunteer crew, willing to work, and willing to be trained, the need is great. Contact the Florida-Georgia District Office,  John Elliott, Business Manager, FL-GA District, LCMS,  407-258-5054,

Oktoberfest is Back and Better than Ever! Fall Festival Fun at Trinity!  
Join Trinity Downtown in celebrating Oktoberfest and the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on Friday, October 27th 5:30pm-8:30pm. This FREE community event will feature:  a Pumpkin Patch, with games, activities, pumpkin sales and photo ops; a Community Service Donation Packing Party to create Comfort Backpacks for children who have been removed from their home; and a Boisterous Bavarian Village with live music, reformation games/drama/trivia, market vendors, food truck & concessions, bake sale, a beer tasting, and SO MUCH MORE!  Visit for more info. We're going to need the whole Trinity Family on board to make it all happen - volunteer sign ups are ongoing - please review the list and sign up for what looks like fun!  We want to welcome our community onto the Trinity Campus for a festive evening of family fun!  

Oktoberfest Bake Sale - Proceeds to be given to Rebecca's Garden of Hope
We would like to ask that all Trinity families to 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 - all proceeds will be donated to partner ministry Rebecca's Garden of Hope.

"Comfort Backpacks" Thank you! Keep those Donations Coming In
We're continuing to collect supplies to create  250 "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 or main offices):
  • Small blankets,
  • small stuffed animals,
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush,
  • small toys for a boy and/or girl,
  • playing cards, crayons,
  • coloring books (Christian content preferred - the dollar store has some!).  
Cash gifts are welcome also, and we can do the shopping for you. If you have questions or concerns contact Terry Boggs at or call 407-488-1919 x101.

K-8 Reformation Walk
Who me?  Dress up like Friar Tetzel or Katy Luther?  Yes, you!  To celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Mrs. Tesch and Dr. Brockberg are organizing a Reformation Walk, a re-enactment of 10 events in the life of Martin Luther and the Reformation.  Actors and actresses are needed for this Living History Museum.  Contact Mrs. Tesch or Dr. Brockberg
to volunteer and join in on the fun at this upcoming special Friday morning school event!

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.

Rebecca's Garden - Tutoring Youth and Providing a Meal
The Pasta dinner was a great success!  Thanks to all those who participated.  Read more in the recent blog post . 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 October dinner is a CHILI COOKOFF!  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!  

Are you active or retired 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.

We also are looking for someone who would like to host lunch for the group in Fellowship Hall.   Please contact Jenn Blackwood if you would like to be involved in confirmation prayer partner or hosting lunch.

OWLS Fellowship
Let's celebrate!  Friday, OCTOBER 20, Lunch at Hollerbach's Willow Tree cafĂ© at 205 E. 1st Street, Sanford. Hope to see you there. -Bob and Audrey
Please call(407-897-1418) or email to confirm please. NOTE: We've changed date from 4th Friday to 3rd Friday, due to Trinity's 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

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.  The next performance will be on Sunday, October 15, and is entitled "For Babies Who Need People." Carla Delvillagio will be singing Barbara Streisand's Greatest Hits. The Free-will offering will benefit "Mother's Milk Bank of Florida."

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

Trinity's Downtown Orlando Pumpkin Patch (Oct 14-31)
Our pumpkins will be arriving next Saturday the 14 th for Trinity Lutheran School's "Third Annual Downtown Orlando Pumpkin Patch" .  We will need help from all of our Trinity Parents, Staff, Members and Students to make this fundraiser successful!  Please sign up today!      Click the link to see the Pumpkin Patch volunteer opportunities - .

Coming Up in March:  Touch a Truck, March 3, 2018          
We'll be hosting our annual Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday, March 3, 2018.   We need your support by volunteering for this amazing event - proceeds benefit Trinity Lutheran School.  To make this year's Touch-a-Truck another success, we need to start planning now!  If you are interested in joining TAT's committee meeting, please contact      

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!

Ministry Partner Fundraising
Three of Trinity's Ministry Partners are having their annual fundraising events in October:  LiveUCF 's annual gala "Saturday Night Live" is scheduled for October 7th at Prince of Peace. Choices Womens Clinic is having their annual event "Legacy of Life" on Thursday, October 12th.  And Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries ' annual gala supporting the Maternity Home is Saturday, October 14th.  These three are all partner ministries of Trinity and we'd love to see an entire table of people from Trinity there to support their annual fundraising.  If you have questions, please contact the office.

Missionary Updates
Recent updates are included below. Please continue to pray for our missionary families (listed on our prayer list each week).
  • The Clausing family October update is now available.   Click Here to read
  • The Wasmund family update is also available here .
  • Trump Family update can be read here

Important Dates

October 7  Live UCF Gala
October 7/8     6pm, 8am and 11am worship in the Gym
All-Congregation Fellowship 9:05-9:45am
Trinity Family Bible Study with Pastor Doug 9:50-10:50am
October 12   Choices Gala
October 14/15    LWML Weekend!
  6pm, 8am and 11am worship in the Gym
  All-Congregation Fellowship 9:05-9:45am
  Trinity Family Bible Study with Pastor Doug 9:50-10:50am
October 14   RLOM Gala
October 22 Worship in the Sanctuary, all four services with fresh paint and new carpet!
October 25  Rebeccas Garden Tutoring and Dinner
October 27 Oktoberfest/Reformation Community Event 5:30-8:30pm
October 29  Food on theFifth Collection in Worship

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