Trinity Weekly
December 23 2021 Edition

Poinsettia Sponsors - Thank you!!
Your donations make it possible for the Sanctuary to be decorated so beautifully during Christmas. Thank you!

Given by: Dede Gray Smith and Kathy Gray Bridges in memory of Bob and Mary Gray

Given by: Richard and Sheila Matthews in memory of Shirley Leiffer and in thanks for Richard Matthews' successful heart transplant

Given by: Calvin and Lyn Wacker in memory of Linda Stroker, in memory of Mimi Goldman, and in thanks for Hudson Wacker

Given by: Ken and Terry Boggs in memory of Hazel and Joe Boggs and in memory of Marie and Raymond Ersch

Given by: Bob and Jenn Blackwood in memory of Bonnie Hahn

Given by: Mary Jo Hoard in memory of Joseph, Marilouise, Gurner, and Linda Stuart

Given by: Pierre Lubold

Given by: Bill and Chris Easterday
Trinity Downtown Holiday Schedule
The CDC and all offices at Trinity will be closed from December 24, 2021 through January 2, 2022. If you need assistance or have any questions, feel free to reach out to the front office with an email or leave a voicemail. Your request will be responded to as soon as possible come the New Year. Because the campus is officially closed, please be extra sure that the alarm is turned off before trying to access any of the buildings on Trinity's campus.

Everyone at Trinity wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Christmas Day Tradition
It is a Trinity tradition to bring a bell to the Christmas Day service to celebrate the birth of our Lord. If you are planning to attend the service on Christmas Day, don't forget to bring a bell or something that makes noise to celebrate with the rest of the church family!

Christmas Services Online Schedule
For anyone who is traveling for Christmas but would like to join in the holiday services at Trinity or for those who are unable to come to services in person, the live-streaming schedule for all Christmas and New Year's services are below:

Christmas Eve: 5pm service will be live-streamed, 9pm service will be recorded and uploaded after the service
Christmas Day: the service will be recorded and uploaded after the service
December 26: the service will be live-streamed
New Year's Eve: the service will be recorded and uploaded after the service
January 2: 9am livestream, 11:15am recorded and uploaded after the service
Trinity Adopt-A-Classroom Ministry
Trinity Downtown is home to a dynamic and Christ centered Child Development Center (CDC) whose staff ministers to hundreds of children and families 51 weeks each year. The past 20 months have been challenging, but they have persevered and continued to provide high quality childcare and early education. Due to COVID protocols over the past months, it has been difficult for Trinity church members to physically come alongside our CDC staff to support their vital work. But we want to change that!

You are invited to become part of Trinity’s Adopt-A-Classroom ministry where individuals, families, or groups can commit to recognizing and praying for the staff of one of our CDC’s 18 classrooms and administrative groups. Your commitment would be for 6 months beginning January 2022. Please sign up only if you are able to participate for the full 6 months.

Below are some suggestions (but not limitations) of ways in which staff may be recognized:
  •  Regularly pray for the teachers and staff you’ve adopted. You can also check in with them each month for specific prayer needs.
  • Bring cards, notes, or gifts into the school to deliver in person if at all possible. This will go a long ways toward developing more personal relationships between our church and our school.
  • The CDC is open M-F from 7:30 am-5:30 pm. Check in is at the front desk; masks are required.
  • This ministry is to recognize and show appreciation for our school staff only. You are not required to bring treats for the students.
  • Recognitions could also include:
  • Writing encouraging notes with your favorite uplifting Scripture verses
  • Dropping off a candy bar or other small treat for each person in your adopted room
  • Deliver donuts and juice/coffee one morning
  • Deliver a box of tea or cocoa with insulated cups/lids (during December this could include candy cane “stirrers” and marshmallows)
  • Bringing in a small fun gift (doesn’t need to be expensive)
  • Deliver a single rose or other flower for each person
  • Please commit to making at least one delivery each month beginning this month. 
  • When you reply to the e-mail address below, please indicate what size staff team you would prefer (the CDC has teams consisting of 2 to 7 staff members).
  • When you are assigned a class or staff team, you will be given a contact e-mail to communicate with a lead person who can let you know of any allergies or the best times to drop by with a delivery.

Thank you for prayerfully considering being part of this ministry. We would like to have all 18 classrooms and staff groups adopted by January 2022. There are still classrooms to be sponsored. It means so much for teachers to receive recognition, encouragement, and appreciation for doing the challenging and holy work of helping shape young hearts and minds day after day.

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
Colossians 3:14 ESV

Please contact: to sign up to adopt a classroom or with any questions.
New Foundations Class
Trinity will be offering a Foundations Class beginning January 15. If you or someone you know is interested in joining Trinity or wants information about the Lutheran faith, this is the class for you! An introduction to Christian teaching and the Lutheran faith, the purpose of this class is to provide the information needed to understand what Lutherans believe and decide whether Trinity is the church for you. Joining Trinity after completing this class is not required, but our hope is that you will find this to be a wonderful community where you can be involved and grow spiritually.

Meetings will occur January 15-March 5 from 4:00pm-5:30pm in Loggia 2. If you are interested in the class or need more information, please RSVP by January 9, 2022.

For anyone who may want to participate but is not available when we are meeting or is not comfortable meeting in person, we are working on an online option that will give you the same information but can be completed on your own. However, we encourage you to attend in person if possible as you will have the opportunity to interact with the others in the class and become connected to people at the church who are learning alongside you. If you are interested in this online option, please contact the church office at
Updated Women of the Word Schedule
The Women of the Word (WOW) Bible study will be taking a break for the holiday season and will resume on January 4. In January, they will start studying "Joining Jesus on His Mission" by Greg Finke. Have questions? Contact the church office at
Updated Grief Share Schedule
The last Grief Share meeting before Christmas was December 7. Meetings will resume January 4 and will last through March 29. If you have questions about Grief Share, please contact Norma Smith at
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 January has been updated:
You can also view the schedule on the website at

For any specific questions regarding the schedule, please email or your volunteer coordinator.
Sunday School for Adults
Sunday School for Children and Students
Adult Sunday School, Children's Sunday School, MS/HS Sunday School

  • Adult Sunday School: the Lessons from the Lectionary study meets in Loggia 3, and Conversations of Grace meets in in Loggia 2
  • Children's Sunday School for children 4 years through 5th grade will utilize a curriculum published by Kingdom Quest.
  • Serving this year:
  • PreK-4 and Kindergarten with Mrs. JoAnne 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 will begin with a study of Paul, co-led by Faith Finger and her father Tom Finger, utilizing Right Now Media video study resources. Youth will meet in the church undercroft (basement) in the Youth Room. MS and HS Bible study will not be meeting on December 19, 26, or January 2, but will resume on January 9.
Open Positions at Trinity Downtown
We're seeking a part time Sunday childcare worker for our Nursery. Please share this job opening with anyone you feel might be a good fit!!
We're 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
Support Trinity Downtown while you shop!  
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Dec. 1 Advent services (12:10pm and 7pm)
Dec. 3 Lake Eola Tree Lighting
Dec. 8 Advent services (12:10pm and 7pm)
Dec. 15 Advent services (12:10pm and 7pm)
Dec. 18 The Longest Night service (6pm)
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve services (5pm, 7pm, and 9pm)
Dec. 25 Christmas Day service (10am)
Dec. 31 New Years Eve service (7pm)
Jan. 1 No service
Jan. 2 Regular Sunday services (9am and 11:15am)
Jan. 4 Bible studies and Grief Share resume
Jan. 15 Foundations Class (4:30pm)
Jan. 22 Foundations Class (4:30pm)
Jan. 23 Voters Meeting (12:30)
Jan. 29 Foundations Class (4:30pm)
Monthly Trinity Calendars
Beginning in 2022, the church office will be providing a monthly church calendar detailing weekly and specific church events. A limited number of copies can be accessed in the narthex beginning this week, or can be viewed and printed by clicking on the link below:

Questions? Contact the church office at
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 
Rachel C., Jan F., Kurt, Bruce S, Rick B., Andy S., Karl S., Sandy A., Mary B, Ray S., Mike R., Rev. Robert Besalski, Danny B., Doug H., Linda B., Hank S., Sara R., Nancy K., Penn M.

Health Concerns 
Hazel, Chuck, Pam B., Alfred, Jaming S., Chase, Gaby and Camila, Patty H., Pastor Doug, Myrtle R., Eric and Jennifer, Jeff F., Jose, Tony, Mary P., Randy, Pam, and Noah,

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized
Chris W., David S., Aaron D., Mike H., Sofia S., Matt B., Steve C., Lucine H., Erin H., Kelly S., Mary Lou E., Dianne A., Milan Weerts, Jennifer S., Jelepi

Other Needs
  • For all those affected directly or indirectly by the effects of Alzheimers - strength, grace and comfort for them and their families
  • Norma and Don
  • Natalie
  • Maria
  • Emily Y.
  • Anya
  • Emily C.

Peace and Comfort
  • For the family, friends, and coworkers of Rich
  • For the Gentry family at the sudden passing of James "Shea" Gentry
  • For the Monroe family at the loss of their mother, Joanne
  • For the friends and family of Dorothy Stephens
  • For the Smallwood family
  • For the family and friends of Winter
  • For the Lehman family
  • For the Bruno family
  • For the Fowler family
  • For the family and friends of Ingrid Weld
  • For Pam and her family
  • For the Middleton family
  • For the Gabriel 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 Spain

  • Thanks and praise for a successful surgery for Joyce Seager!
  • Thanks and praise for Robin and Wyle's recovery from COVID!
  • Blessings on everyone who is celebrating a birthday or anniversary!
  • Thanks and praise that Evan recovered from the flu!
  • Thanks and praise for the arrival of grandson Christopher!
  • Thank you for the work of Pastor Doug and our Trinity worship teams!
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 making safe decisions about COVID
  • 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
  • Prayers of thanks for God’s daily provisions. 
  • Prayers for the community in Michigan after the recent shooting
  • Prayers for those affected by the tornados in Kentucky
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

Sat. in person: 27
Sat. online: 31

Sun. 9am: 56
Sun. 11:15am: 74
Sun. online: 20

Current Covid-19 Safety Procedures

The latest update from JULY 30 can be reviewed here:
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