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Drive Through & At Home Communion
This Sunday Trinity will host “drive-through communion.” The drive through option is open on Sunday, 7/12, from 9:30-10:30am. Please enter at the Livingston Street driveway and drive through and around to the entrance of the CDC and exit out to Ruth Lane. Along that path you'll be greeted by at least one Elder, Pastor, and finally by Peace Comfort Dog. For those who would prefer to commune at home, THIS VIDEO provides instructions for you.
Reopening Plans
Trinity's Leadership has scheduled a reopening date for public worship in the Sanctuary for the fifth weekend of August!

  • Trinity will offer in-person worship services in the Sanctuary on Saturday, August 29, at 6pm and Sunday, August 30, at 10am. 
  • Memorial Services can now be scheduled (other than August 21 through August 23 due to tenting for termites). As we learn of plans for our five most recently sainted Trinity members we will let you know – Richard Boese, Lo Phillips, Mike Hoffman, Ceilia Schroeder and Nora Van Deest. 
      
Please join us in a commitment to prayer asking that God will bless us once again with a safe and smooth reopening to in-person worship in the Sanctuary and time for family and friends to gather safely for memorial services as well!

Sunday Bible Study Schedule Change
This Sunday's, August 9, (regularly 9:30am) Bible study will meet this week from 8:30am to 9:30am with David Wilkosz leading.
Campus Care: Termite Tenting
Scheduled and confirmed for August 21-23. Campus will be CLOSED throughout that time (with the exception of CDC and necessary staff during daytime hours on the Friday, August 21). For all others, campus will be closed FRIDAY through SUNDAY due to termite tenting.

Connect - Learn - Grow
 
Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study
(THIS WEEK - GROUP meets at 8:30am)
This 9:30am study group has been meeting Virtually via Zoom to study the weekly readings. To participate and confirm start time, please contact Gregg Yawman for Zoom meeting invitation at gyawman@instetag.com.
 
Prayer Bible Study Groups
Pastor Doug continues to lead two prayer groups on Wednesdays, 11am and 7pm. For a weekly check-in, a lesson on prayer, and time to pray for one another, contact Pastor Doug for the Zoom meeting invitation at doug.kallesen@trinitydowntown.com.
 
Beginning Soon:

Joining Jesus on His Mission - How to Be An Everyday Missionary
Discussion will be lead by Pastor Doug Kallesen
TUESDAYS at 10am, Begins August 18
  • (7-weeks, order your own book, discussions based on readings) Joining Jesus on His Mission will alter the way you see your life as a follower of Jesus and take you beyond living your life for Jesus to living life with Jesus. Simple, powerful and applicable insights show you how to be on mission and recognize where Jesus is already at work in your neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. You will feel both relief and hope. You may even hear yourself say, "I can do this " as you start responding to the everyday opportunities Jesus is placing in your path.

One Nation under God: Healing Racial Divides in America
Discussion will be lead by Trinity member Alina Davis
BEGINS THE WEEK OF AUGUST 23 (those who sign up can choose best meeting time for the majority, so please contact Alina ASAP at alinad@bellsouth.net
  • (for ADULTS, reading materials provided, discussions based on readings, 6-weeks) We are a nation divided. This division stems from a lack of communication, empathy, and understanding. Author Rev. B. Keith Haney, an African American LCMS pastor, encourages everyone to seek answers to racial tensions in the only place where truth and peace can be found—God’s Word. Healing must begin with Jesus. In this six-session study, you’ll openly communicate and begin the healing process. Let’s be a nation united—united under God. “The study is dangerous and risky. It will demand open and honest conversation. . . . The study will likely make a predominately white-Missouri synod feel discomfort as we talk about prejudice, discrimination, hatred, diversity, and divisions. So be it.”—Rev. Bart Day, Executive Director of National Mission for the LCMS.

More New Virtual Bible Study, Book Clubs & Discussion Groups

Multiple other study group/book club/discussion group options are listed on our website, and suggestions are always welcome. Go to church.trinitydowntown.com/word. Groups are open to Trinity families, parents, staff, friends, neighbors… so you’re strongly encouraged to invite a friend to participate with you. Sign up now - contact your Trinity Ministry and Communications Coordinator, Chanda Gillenwater, at Chanda.Gillenwater@TrinityDowntown.com or 407-490-7339 (text or call).
Volunteer Service Opportunities

  • Sunday School Teachers are needed for the Fall. If you love children and want to teach them about Jesus and the Bible this just may be your opportunity to serve your Lord at Trinity. If you are interested please contact Pastor Doug at 407.234.5296 or pastordoug@trinitydowntown.com We seek to find enough volunteers to staff two teams. 
  • THANK YOU to new teaching couple Madison & Cory who have just signed up to serve with Sunday School! We need several more, please contact us ASAP!

  • Choir and Bell Choir – “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises!” Ps. 47:6 Trinity’s got Talent and we are in search of a few more singers and ringers. If you are interested contact Paul Soost at sooster67@yahoo.com or Glenda Frazier at whitemice@bellsouth.net.  
Confirmation 2020-2021
Plans are being made now for the coming year of Confirmation instruction. Pastor Doug and Elder Tim Norris will lead. Jr Confirmation starts in 7th grade and Sr Confirmation for 8th graders. Please watch your email for information or contact the church office at TLC@TrinityDowntown.com.

Youth Memorization Challenge (with PRIZES)
To keep your brains sharp and your eyes in the Bible, we have a memorization challenge for our Youth. Ten verses to memorize before we return to our regular Sunday School/Youth Group schedule in the Fall. Our top two “memorizers” will receive a gift card prize, and runners-up will be treated to “first choice of donuts” on our first week back! Anyone who goes above and beyond, let us know! Your ten verses are: 1 Timothy 4:12, Ephesians 4:29, Galatians 6:9, Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 1:8, Philippians 4:13, 1 Corinthians 16:13, Psalm 119:105, Matthew 11:28, Ephesians 6:1. 

Youth Independent Bible Study over the Summer
Any youth/parents interested in completing a youth video Bible Study from Right Now Media over the summer, please contact Chanda for login info, and if you’re seeking someone else to do it with you, reach out to your Youth contacts, or contact the office and we’ll help you find someone to jump in with you. chanda.gillenwater@trinitydowntown.com

Lutheran Youth Fellowship Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/LutheranYouthFellowship/
OUTREACH - Missional Living 24/7
How can be all be living missional lives 24/7? What can we do on our own, or from home? Here are a few suggestions. We can support Local First Responders and Essential Workers who are working under high risk conditions, including support for Trinity’s essential CDC workers & church workers, we can bless people in our own local circles of essential workers, we can reach out to those who are lonely and isolated in our community, and we can personally invite people to get connected into a Christ-centered community alongside us.…  

  • Pen Pals - Community Outreach to Nursing Home Residents. Note: this is an expansion to a current 24/7 missional living initiative that Trinity members are now involved in with our own Trinity shut-ins. Pastor Milan Weerts serves as our Visitation Pastor and visits/communes Trinity shut-ins once a month, and our 24/7 Outreach Missionaries send cards to them on special occasions, periodically including CDC children or Sunday School children to participate. If you would like to participate in this outreach effort, let us know.
  • Plus, we’re now compiling a list of local nursing homes in our area who have residents who have been prevented from having visitors for months and months and would like to have a local pen pal with whom to correspond. If you would like to become a regular pen pal to a local nursing home resident writing regular letters sharing friendship and the love of Christ, sign up now.
  • Prayer Support for Our Trinity Staff
  • Member-written cards of thanks, connection and encouragement
  • Dedicated daily prayers for each CDC staff, as well as all support and Pastoral staff members, person by name, for their health and overall wellness.
  • Supporting YOUR local essential workers This refers to essential workers close to where YOU live and work - finding ways to bless those individuals with the love of Christ and small acts of kindness as you go about your day to day life right now. This would include store workers where you shop, mail carriers who come to your home, salon workers where you get your haircut, etc. Plan in advance to bring with you a card with an inspirational scripture verse, a word of thanks and encouragement, and a promise to pray for that individual by name as long as this pandemic goes on. 
  • Invite Someone to one of Trinity’s New Study Groups There’s no better way to get someone to church or Bible study than to invite them to do it WITH you. Ask a friend, relative, coworker, neighbor… and join a discussion group WITH them. That’s outreach. We’re planting a seed that has the potential to grow and grow and grow.
  • Other Ideas? Do you have other ideas for our Trinity family to engage in outreach projects from home? Let us know!

If you’re interested in any of these options or want to suggest others, please email chanda.gillenwater@trinitydowntown.com. ALSO, for those already involved in these or something similar, please write in to share your success stories with us so we can use them to bless and inspire others to jump into this 24/7 Missional Living adventure!

Suggested Online Personal/Spiritual Development Resources
Campus Care Coming Soon
We'll share a list of property projects that need volunteer support to be accomplished, including photos and some details. If you're handy with tools or skilled in a specific trade, please be sure to read through the list and let us know how you can be a part of this campus care effort. For detailed information now, you may contact Ted Lange at lange5fla@hotmail.com.

Music Ministry News
Anthony Lamourt has joined the Music Ministry of Trinity as a part time Minister of Music. Anthony will serve as Trinity’s traditional service organist, as well as bells and choir director, among other things. Likely you’ll first meet Anthony when we get back to in-person worship in the Sanctuary on Sunday, August 30. Please plan to bring with you a welcome card and perhaps a small gift of welcome (gift card perhaps) since we won’t be permitted to host a fellowship gathering at this time. THANK YOU!
Sermon Reflection Questions
Pastor Doug has provided some reflection questions for those interested in digging deeper into this weekend's Sermon lesson from when Jesus Walked on Water from Matthew 14:22-33. These will be posted on our Facebook page as well if you'd like to share insights and responses there for further discussion.
1.Prayer: Jesus often went off by himself to pray to his Father, even for hours at a time. What about you?
  • Do you have a chosen spot to pray in that is peaceful?
  • Do you have a regular time set aside for prayer?
  • Is prayer only sporadic and for when trouble comes?
  • Could you spend more than a second or two to say a meal time prayer?
  • How important is prayer to your spiritual life?
  • Does prayer bring refreshing and renewal to you?
2.An ALL-IN kind of faith
  • What is God teaching you about walking by faith right now?
  • Are you holding on tight from the inside of the boat or do you trust God enough to step out?
  • Have you known a time when you've felt yourself sinking "in the water" and experienced Jesus reaching out to lift you up in some way?
  • What steps of faith have you taken before knowing what God has in store for you?
  • What keeps you from taking steps of faith? Fear? Doubt? Self-Reliance?

President's Equip Conference - One Body, Many Parts
The District is moving the President’s Equip Conference to a virtual format—a new venture for the Florida-Georgia District! It was changed because of the threat of a resurgence of the pandemic, keeping in mind the health and safety of people, along with financial concerns for our congregations and school.
All congregations and schools are encouraged to participate virtually -all you need is a computer or mobile device and an internet connection to attend from home. It's described as "a unique “ministry equipping conference” never done before — bringing together the many parts of one church body. This first-ever virtual conference will include pastors, teachers, vicars, deaconesses, DCEs, lay ministers, youth group leaders, members of the LWML, church councils, boards of elders, school board members and all active and retired men and women interested in ramping up their ministries and ministry skills!"
The conference is still scheduled for September 24-26 and will feature a great variety of speakers, including: David Kinnaman, President of Barna Group; Donna Snow, CPH Author and Speaker; The Skit Guys! As plans are developed and finalized, they will be updated on the district website.

LWML
LWML Fall Zone Convention will be hosted virtually this year, due to the cancellation of Lake Buena Vista booking originally planned. If you are interested in becoming a voting delegate and can spend two days (September 24-26) of online attendance, you have a short deadline. Let me hear from you via e-mail as soon as possible as your information must be sent to our Zone President before June 25, 2020. As one of two delegates you will be asked to vote on several proposed grants ranging from $5,000 to $150,000. A full packet of information will be sent to you once your information is received by the Zone President. If interested, contact Mary Lou Evanchyk as soon as possible via phone: 407-491-4452 or e-mail: mevanchy@att.net.
Important Dates

August 7 - All Offices Closed for Internal Staff Work Day
August 8 - Drive Through Communion 9:30am
August 10 - First Day of new school year in Trinity’s Child Development Center
August 18 - Joining Jesus on His Mission study begins
August 21-23 - FULL CAMPUS CLOSURE for termite treatment (open to CDC families until closing)
August 29-30 - Reopening for Worship in the Sanctuary (Sat 6pm, Sun 10am)
September 7 - Campus Closed for Labor Day
September 28- *TENTATIVE* IMMERSE Kingdoms study begins
Submit your prayer requests by emailing them to TLC@TrinityDowntown.com.
Your prayer request will be added to Trinity’s weekly emails for the congregation. All prayers are kept on the list for a period of three weeks, so please resubmit long term prayer needs regularly. Confidential prayer requests can be sent to Pastor Doug at doug.kallesen@trinitydowntown.com.
 
Those Fighting Cancer 
Gary B, Gail W, Richard C, Cheryl S, Sandy A, Carol D, Mehlia G, Randy H, Travis L, Chuck M, Christine M, John S, Victoria, Rick B
 
Health Concerns 
Bud P, Ann T, Keri P, Gordon H, Jim B, Cory C, Herman G, David G, Hazel H, Carolyn M, Yvonne S, Hudson W, Bruce , Fran , Barbara B, Len G, Andrea G, Robert S, Jim C.
 
Peace and Comfort for the families and friends of those lost
  • For the family and friends of Trinity member Nora Van Deest.
  • For the family and friends of Trinity member Celia Schroeder.
  • For the family and friends of Trinity member Mike Hofmann.

Surgery and Recovery 
Dixie P, Bob D, Avery B, Gail W
 
Confidential Prayers
For those prayers that have been shared in confidence, you know the details, Lord, we lift them up to you
 
Serving Our Country
2nd Lt. John Kauffman, Alexis Peterson, Chad Elders, Cpls. Ricardo Wright, Cpt., Amanda Killinger, Cpt. Paul Roeder, James Henry Bond , Luke Rawlings, Quinn Koller, Ralph Ramos III, William
 
Additional Prayers
  • Prayers for our CDC staff & families, Trinity membership and all Trinity staff & leaders
  • Prayers for wisdom and planning and preparation regarding reopening for AUGUST 29-30
  • Prayers for all families working through decisions for their children in the new school year
  • Prayers for peace and unity over the civil unrest and racial division in our city and nation.
  • Prayers for all of the front line workers in our community and nation; our doctors, nurses, EMT, fire fighters, special needs caregivers, essential workers and police.
  • We pray that a vaccine for Covid-19 will be developed soon and we will be able to prevent further illness.
  • Prayers for those who have lost their job or who have been furloughed. And we give thanks for those who have found new employment or have been able to return to their jobs.
  • Prayers of thanks for God’s daily provisions. 
 
Our Missionaries
Wasmund Family in East Asia, Trump Family in Kenya, Clausing Family in Tanzania, Lehman Family in Spain (recent NEWSLETTER installment here), Young Family in Kenya
 
For Our Community - For Our Nation - For Our World
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.