Trinity Weekly

April 21, 2023

Street Closure Notice

Please be aware that the following roadways will be closed on Saturday, April 22 for the Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival:

  • Orange Avenue from Concord Street to Livingston Street (8am-11pm)
  • Orange Avenue from Concord Street to Central Boulevard (8am-3pm)
  • Amelia Street from Garland Avenue to Magnolia Avenue (8am-3pm)
  • Livingston Street from Garland Avenue to Magnolia Avenue (8am-3pm)
  • Jefferson Street from Garland Avenue to Magnolia Avenue (8am-3pm)
  • Washington Street from Garland Avenue to Magnolia Avenue (8am-3pm)
  • Central Boulevard from Garland Avenue to Magnolia Avenue (8am-3pm)
  • E Woodridge from Rosalind Avenue to Broadway Avenue (8am-3pm)

Please be cautious when traveling downtown and make expect delays and alternate routes.

Easter Lilies

Easter lilies can be picked up after this weekend's services. Any lilies not picked up will be given away to teachers in the CDC. 

Your donations make it possible for the Sanctuary to be decorated so beautifully during Easter. Thank you!

Liles are given by:

  • Kathy Aber in memory of Wren Aber and Jean Koivu
  • Ken and Terry Boggs in memory of Hazel Boggs, Joe Boggs, Marie Ersch, and Ray
  • Maggie Bowles in memory of Gary and Anthony Bowles
  • Elisa Bracho
  • Omar and Gladys Dittmer
  • Audrey Gordon
  • Mary Jo Hoard
  • Katherine Hutchinson
  • Claudia Kallesen in memory of Luzmila Bolona Ramírez, Frank Bolona, Carlos Anibal Ramírez, Carlos Manero Enríquez, and Carlos Manero Rosenberg
  • Julie Lasater
  • Sheila Mathews in thanks for faith, family, and friends
  • Bev Middleton in memory of all parents
  • Joyce Phillips in memory of Lorenzo “Lo” Phillips
  • Patricia Rawlings and Janet Drake in thanks for reliable faith and peace
  • The Schroeder children in memory of Richard and Celia Schroeder
  • Linda Short in memory of Robert Short and Archie Scaton
  • Chuck Shultz in memory of Valerie
  • John and Dede Smith
  • Connie Sobol
  • Roger Toelke in memory of Bill and Lois Toelke
  • Cal and Lynn Wacker in memory of Linda Stroker and Mimi Goldman
  • Tom White in memory of Rosann White
  • David and Gail Wilkosz in memory of Frank Wilkosz
  • Darlene Youngbar in memory of Frank Youngbar, Debbie Youngbar, Iris Houston, Maggy Ennis, and Jordon Hendrickson

Stewardship Drive

"What can I offer unto the Lord for all He has done for me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord for saving me. I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all His people." Psalm 116

Trinity is now conducting our annual stewardship campaign. Within the next week, you should receive the stewardship letter and pledge card sent to your home with instructions on how to pledge for the next year. Extra copies of the letter and pledge can be found at the exits to the church or by clicking on the link below:

Stewardship Letter

May God bless you as you "honor God from your wealth." Proverbs 3:9

Family Fun Night - TONIGHT

Trinity’s next Friday Fun Night will be held TONIGHT, Friday, April 21, 2023 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All ages from young to old are welcome to join in some fun and games, whether board games or card games. The main event for the night is bingo with prizes that include nostalgia candy, “a blast from the past,” and gift cards from various locations.

The Fellowship and Outreach Team will be providing dinner. It’s time to have food, fun, and fellowship!!! The menu choice for this month is a Ragin' Cajun - New Orleans style Cuisine! Even though it sounds spicy, we promise to leave out the hot spices and hot sauce! The Team will be serving several different Cajun recipes for dinner. Attendees you can join in and bring your favorite Cajun Cuisine or an Cajun dessert of your choice. Mardi Gras here we come!! A free-will offering will be taken to help cover operating expenses.

This month will also include a 50/50 raffle drawing. If you have the winning ticket, you will win half the pot. So bring your $1 bills and play your heart out! Raffle drawings change each month, but the purpose remains the same: to raise money to purchase coverings for the courtyard.

Please contact the office with any questions or Terry Boggs at

April OWLS Meeting

The next OWLS meeting will be held on Friday, April 28, at 12:30pm at Hollerbach's German Restaurant in Sanford. This will be a wonderful time of food and fellowship and we hope to see you there! The train is an option for transportation up to the restaurant if you would prefer not to drive.

Please confirm your attendance and means of transportation to Audrey Gordon at 407-897-1418.

Activate Your Brain!!

We are back! We have another Senior Wellness Event: Activ8 Your Brain Part 2 is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th in the Fellowship Hall from 11:00am-2:30pm. This workshop is presented by K2 Medical Research and Wel-Med and sponsored by the Fellowship/Outreach Ministry Team. Local vendors and free brunch is included. Both prior attendees and new attendees are welcomed.

The registration sheet can be found in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please see Terry Boggs or email her at  

Upcoming Blood Drive

Trinity is happy to partner once again with OneBlood to host a blood drive on April 30 from 9am-2pm in front of the church! This is an amazing opportunity to donate blood and help others.

The process to give blood is simple and only takes about 30-45 minutes. This drive is not limited to just Trinity members, staff, or CDC families, but is open for anyone who would like to come and donate.

Please use this link to sign up to donate.

Have questions? Contact the church office.

Food and Funds on the Fifth Sunday

As always, on any fifth Sunday of a month, we will be collecting food donations for a local food pantry (dry and canned goods only, not expired) and funds for the Pastor's discretionary fund assisting those dealing with immediate financial emergencies. Bring in those dollars and BOGOs on April 30! Thank you.

Vacation Bible School

Trinity is thrilled to host Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer for ages 3 through rising 6th graders. VBS will be held June 26-30 from 9am-12pm.

Please go to to register your child.

Questions? Contact the church office.

Sponsor a Child's Bible

Do you know the purpose statement of Trinity's Child Development Center? We are very, very grateful for what Trinity Downtown is able to provide to local children and families through the CDC. The purpose statement is:

Trinity Lutheran School's Child Development Center

nurtures the development of the whole child 

from a core foundation of faith, 

preparing them spiritually, academically, socially, and emotionally

in partnership with their family

for future academic success and to lead purpose-filled lives for Christ.

We are thrilled to have earned a score of 98.31 out of 100 possible points from our National Lutheran School Accreditation Self Study. An 80% overall score is required for recommendation to the National Lutheran School Accreditation in Good Standing.

In keeping with our purpose, each year Trinity Downtown gives a brand new children's Bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible, to every child who graduates from our four VPK classes. As these children leave our Lutheran child care center and begin Kindergarten at a new school, we send with them, and their families, the best gift we can give - a foundation of faith, nurturing, and the Word of God -- with a note inside that will remind them for years to come of their Trinity Family!

Each Bible is $10 or a case of 20 for $200. Please consider sponsoring one or more Bibles for these children. Checks can be sent to the office or dropped in the offering plate with VPK BIBLES written in the memo line.

Beyond Grief Share Bible Study

Beginning May 2, Connie Sobol will be hosting a Bible study called "Beyond Grief Share." This study will be held in Loggia 2 at the same time as Grief Share and is open to anyone currently part of Grief Share or anyone who would like to join. The first topic they will study will be regarding the book of Job.

Questions? Contact the church office.

Altar Flower Sponsorships

Would you like to monetarily sponsor one or both of the planned weekly altar flower arrangements? Please fill out this form to share your sponsorship information.

Each arrangement is $25 and you may sponsor one or both arrangements. Please contact the church office with questions.

Bible Study Schedule

Sundays at 10:15am: Sunday School

The Great Sending

One session led by Greg Yawman

One session led by Pastor Doug

Mondays at 7pm Online

The Great Sending

Led by James and Laura Marano

Meeting ID: 884 1046 7886

Passcode: 291379

Tuesdays at 9am in Loggia 3 Women of the Word

Tuesdays at 1pm

Beyond Grief Share

Beginning with the Book of Job

Led by Connie Sobol

Begins May 2

Wednesdays at 7pm Online Prayer Meeting

Led by Pastor Doug

Meeting ID: 875 5454 8217

Passcode: 715083

Thursdays at 6:30pm

Women's Bible Study

Led by Julie Lasater

Saturdays at 4:30pm in Loggia 3

Led by Bob Trapp

Right Now Media
We are so excited to introduce this amazing platform to all of you! As a gift from Trinity Downtown to you, this spiritual development resource, RightNow Media, is now available to you wherever you are! What looks like a Netflix showcase of movies is actually a HUGE library of Bible study videos, Christian author resources, Children and Teen Resources, and so much more. With a downloadable app, RightNow Media is a safe option for the entire family and will help grow your faith. Trinity is dedicated to your spiritual growth and has partnered with RightNow Media to provide this service free of charge to you.

To sign up and create an account, click on the link below:

Or text TRINITYDOWNTOWN to the number 49775 to receive a text with the "Invite Link" to sign up for a free account.


The serving schedule for April has been updated:

Sunday School for Children and Students

Adult Sunday School, Children's Sunday School, MS/HS Sunday School

  • Adult Sunday School: the The Great Sending with Pastor Doug study meets in Loggia 2, and The Great Sending with Greg Yawman meets in in Loggia 3.
  • Children's Sunday School for children 4 years through 5th grade will utilize Answers Bible Curriculum published by Answers in Genesis. To learn more about this curriculum, visit the Answers in Genesis website.
  • Serving this year:
  • PreK-4 and Kindergarten with Mrs. JoAnne Gusewelle and Miss Kristin Gusewelle
  • 1st-2nd grades with Mrs. Desiree Kallesen
  • 3rd through 5th grades with Mrs. Gail Wilkosz.
  • All classes meet on the first floor of Heritage Hall.
  • MS and HS Youth Bible Study are invited to join Pastor Doug's Sunday School class entitled "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist." Reach out to the church office with any questions.
  • Confirmation has begun! You can find more details on the registration link below:
  • Confirmation Registration
We are livestreaming Sunday 9am worship every weekend, Saturday 6pm and Sunday 11:15am will be taped and posted after worship. All services are archived on Trinity's website and YouTube page for future viewing. If you need any help finding any services or subscribing to our YouTube channel, please contact the church office at
Christian Yoga
Christian Yoga continues online via Zoom on Mondays @ 6:30pm. Now more than ever - the relaxation of yoga is a tremendous benefit. Email Beth for more information at

Monthly Trinity Calendars

A limited number of copies of the monthly Trinity calendar can be accessed in the narthex or viewed below. Contact the church office with any questions.

We also have a school year calendar for the church and CDC that can be viewed here:

2022-2023 Church and CDC Calendar

Submit your prayer requests by emailing them to

All prayers are kept on the list for a period of three weeks, so please resubmit long term prayer needs regularly.

Those Fighting Cancer 

JoAnn, Corrie H., Donald, Jim C., Diane R., Sigmond, Gary L., Preston, David V., JoAnn and Allan, Lisa and Victor, Michael S., Jenny M., Jerry K., Barbara R., Jackie R., Mary, Doug H., Paul W., Rebecca M., Rita S., Alice, Brian, Jerry D., Corey, Cayden, Jeff M., Eva and Justin, Alex, Emma R., Annie B., Matt S., Joanna P., Matt B., Eva S., Bud K., Barbara B., Mike T., Johnny N., Carolyn R., Mike R., Chip D., Jesiah M., Doug, Brian

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, Karen E., Ramiro, Ruth M., Lorrain H., Margaret, baby Charlotte, Mike T., Caleb H., Debbie, Grandmother, Jenny's dad, Jim S., Roger

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Eleanor D., Cindy B.

Other Needs

  • For the process, person, and provision of an associate pastor
  • For those who serve in the military
  • For Luis R.
  • For everyone affected by the recent tornadoes
  • For Grayson B.
  • For all those affected by the school shooting in Nashville
  • For pastors, educators, and teachers
  • For a family in Tennessee fighting a spiritual battle
  • For Lisa S. as she travels
  • For Debbi
  • For Angelisa O.
  • For Andrew M.

Peace and Comfort

  • For the family and friends of Bert
  • For the family and friends of Pastor Paul Hoyer
  • Family and friends of Penn Marshall
  • Family and friends of Cpl. Robert Guilfoyle
  • Family and friends of Sherry Williams
  • Family and friends of Rob Mamula
  • Family and friends of Marilyn Blackwood
  • Family and friends of Jim Bohlman
  • Family and friends of Lee Roby
  • For Lee and Devon at the loss of their father
  • For the family and friends of Karen
  • For the family and friends of Sam Audeykiwics
  • For the family and friends of John
  • For the family and friends of Jan Fry
  • Family and friends of John Collins
  • For Tom M. at his father's passing
  • For the Schmitz family
  • For Wendy at the loss of her father
  • For the Nagy family at the loss of Bernard
  • For the family and friends of Ann Bufkin
  • For Linda at the loss of her husband
  • For the family and friends of Jean Koivu
  • For the family and friends of Sgt. Penny Warner
  • For the Opheim family
  • For the family and friends of Deputy Mike Milmerstadt
  • For the Mimms family at the loss of their son
  • For the Brittingham family

Confidential Prayers

For those prayers that have been shared in confidence, you know the details, Lord. We lift them up to you.

Our Trinity Missionaries

  • Wasmund Family in East Asia
  • Trump Family in Kenya
  • Clausing Family in Tanzania
  • Lehman Family in Puerto Rico


  • Blessings on all those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries!
  • Thanks and praise for those whose health has improved.
  • Thanks and praise for those who have returned safely from travels.
  • Thank you for those who have graciously donated to the ministries of Trinity!
  • Thanks and praise for the guidance and discernment of God!
  • Thanks and praise for the provision of jobs!
  • Thanks and praise for the end of Matt's radiation!
  • Thanks and praise for the success of Anna's medical procedures!
  • Thanks and praise for all the volunteers and members at Trinity!

For Our Communities - For Our Nation - For Our World

We pray for our nation, for our nation's leaders, for its people, and for our future together as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all! We pray that we may all be a reflection of Christ's love, sharing grace and mercy, living in peace with one another. Reach out, listen, connect, and have those hard conversations. Love is first. Love wins.

Additional Prayers

  • For world, state, and local leaders in decisions
  • For all those caring for aging and/or ill family members in need
  • Prayers for our CDC staff & families, Trinity membership, and all Trinity staff & leaders
  • For all those struggling with mental health issues
  • For all those troubled by depression and broken relationships
  • For all those unable to attend church
  • For all those serving in our military
  • For the current war in Ukraine
  • For those who have lost homes due to storms and for those who are homeless

Prayerful Thoughts from Rusty Stephens

Heavenly Father,

We pray to You in the name of your Son our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Despite this sinful world, You provide the vast majority of us with wonderful, joyous, and fun times in our lives. One example: Friends are getting together and going out for dinner. They are very grateful for their dining experience. They thank the host for a great table. They thank the waiter who was excellent in job performance. The meal was so delicious that they asked the waiter to thank the chef. One of them volunteered to pay for the whole dining bill, so the rest of them thanked that friend. As the evening came to a close, they thought that everyone had been thanked. EVERYONE ? What about you Jesus? There was no mealtime prayer.

Jesus, when our lives enter difficult times we turn to you, which is exactly what you want us to do. However you are also with us in those wonderful, happy, and fun times as well. Satan also gives people what seems to be fun times only to be pulled more and more away from you, Lord, and into his trap of misery. You, Lord, grant happy times because you love us.

Jesus, for your faithful followers, you are with employees who receive a large raise or promotion, while at the same time with other employees whose hours were cut or laid off, leaving them to worry about how they will be able to take care of their families and pay bills. You are with the students that received a well earned scholarship by outstanding grades or ones blessed with a body and determination to excel in a sport. You, Jesus, will also be encouraging the others who worked so hard but fell short. You are with a husband and wife celebrating the healthy birth of their beautiful baby while at the same time comforting another couple whose joy turned into tears when their precious baby was stillborn.

Lord, you are not just a part time God for certain occasions. You, are our 24 hour, 7 day a week, Heavenly Father, who is with us all of our lives, in good and difficult times. Lord, please forgive us when we forget to show our appreciation towards you. Is it too much for us to say, THANK YOU, JESUS ?

Lord In Your Mercy

Hear Our Prayer


Community News

The St. Luke's Concert Series

To view ONLINE concerts, visit St Luke's website for links. Links to watch live.

Attendance & Giving

April 8 Sat. in person: 31

April 8 online: 34

April 9 Sun. 6:30am: 52

April 9 Sun. 9am: 130

April 9 Sun. 11:00am: 170

April 2 online: 15

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