Trinity Weekly

February 17, 2023


Giving Envelopes

The vendor we use for the weekly giving envelopes had supply chain and staffing difficulties at the end of 2022, which has resulted in their not being able to send out the first quarter giving envelopes. Envelope delivery will resume as normal beginning the second quarter of the year.

In the meantime, please use a blank envelope (such as the ones found in the back of the pews) for your giving and put your name on the outside of the envelope. If you would like to add your mailbox number as well, that would be appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding this, please reach out to the church office.

Membership List Updates

The church office is in the process of updating our membership records. We are reaching out to anyone who has not attended or contributed within the past two years regarding their membership status. Once we are able to update those records, we will also be updating the phone tree and Weekly lists. If you are a regular attender or contributor and are on one or both of these contact lists, your name will remain there.

If you are not a regular attender or contributor and would like to remain on the phone tree or Weekly email list, please fill out this form to ensure that your information remains on the contact lists.

Questions? Please contact the church office at 407-488-1919 or [email protected]

CDC Accreditation Update

The last few months have been a busy one the Trinity campus as we worked hard to complete the National Lutheran School Accreditation Self Study. On January 18-20, we welcomed the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation Team to our campus. Accreditation is a voluntary process that holds centers like Trinity accountable. It is designed to improve quality and offer the families assurance that their child’s center is offering the highest level of care. The process looks at all aspects of the center, including:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Relationships – Church and families
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Health
  • Community Relationships
  • Physical Environment
  • Staff Competencies 

A special thanks to all of our families and teachers who participated in answering questions and providing support for our school. The team of 6 validators were on our campus visiting classrooms, going through records, and interviewing teachers, families, and administrators. They left no stone unturned!

I (Patty) am honored to announce that the Trinity Child Development Center earned a 98.31 out of 100 possible pointsAn 80% overall score is required for recommendation to the National Lutheran School Accreditation in Good Standing, not only receiving accreditation with NLSA, but also achieving Gold Seal Approval with the State of Florida. The additional recognition of Gold Seal Approval designation with many potential additional benefits including increased School Readiness and VPK funding.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this possible! We are incredibly grateful and look forward to continuing this good work in the coming years.

Trinity Supports IDignity

As one of the founding churches of IDignity, we have chosen February as our month to sponsor this ministry.

IDignity assists individuals in obtaining identification documents to restore hope and dignity. An investment of $400 provides one individual client with all of their essential identification documents to become self sufficient.

IDignity would like to recognize our amazing dedication and support over the years. They will mention Trinity in their monthly newsletter and have a poster for us displayed at the top of the stairs in the Magnolia building next to their offices. Please support this ministry with your prayers and feel free to stop by to see the poster!


Trinity's quilting group has just completed a very busy year. They completed 66 quilts that were counted, boxed, weighed, sealed, labeled, and placed on Brent Howard's truck February 1 and transported to the local ingathering on Wednesday the 8th. Shepherd of the Hills Church in Clermont hosted the local event. Mary Fran Howard donated the boxes, scale, and hand truck and her son, Brent, and grandson, Blake did the heavy lifting. A big thanks for all their help! The quilts were sent to refugees in Poland, Ukraine, and Georgia.

Trinity's LWML is starting a new year and would welcome anyone who can thread a large needle and pull it through 3 layers of cloth to join them. Please contact Mary Lou at 407-491-4452 ahead of time so she can adequately prepare.

LWML Quilters are still collecting old sheets, pillow cases, and sewing craps at least 11" square or larger. Additionally, LWML still places empty "Mite" boxes in the Narthex to pick-up and fill. Once filled, they can be dropped in the large box in the easy entryway.

Outreach Opportunity

Beginning January 22 through February 20, the Outreach Team will be collecting gently used jackets and blankets, new socks and t-shirts for the homeless and the needy. There will be a container in the Narthex beginning January 20 to place these items. Donations for both adults and children are welcomed. All items will be donated to the Sharing Center in Longwood. Matt Borchelt is a member of Trinity and the Director of Retail Operations. Please consider supporting the Outreach Ministry Team with this important cause. Please contact Terry Boggs at [email protected] with questions.

Family Fun Night - TONIGHT

Trinity’s next Friday Fun Night will be held TONIGHT, Friday, February 17, 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 Hoop Dee Doo BBQ. The Team will be serving several different BBQ Dinners. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite BBQ dish or a dessert of your choice. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover operating expenses as well as for Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.

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.

Questions? Contact the church office.

Calling All Seniors: ACT-ivate Your Brain!!!

On February 18 from 11:00am-3:00pm in the Fellowship Hall, the Outreach Team will be partnering with Well-Med to host a Luncheon/Workshop for Seniors, (ages 50 and above) on the important topic, Dementia. This Luncheon/Workshop is free and is not a sales pitch, simply an opportunity to gain some information. Registration sign up can be found in the narthex. Please contact Terry Boggs at [email protected] with questions. 

February OWLS Meeting

The next OWLS meeting will be held on Friday, February 24, at 12:30pm at High Tide Harry's (4645 South Semoran Blvd). This will be a wonderful time of food and fellowship and we hope to see you there!

Please confirm your attendance and direct any questions to Audrey Gordon at 407-897-1418.

Young Adults Fellowship

Trinity is thrilled to host a new fellowship group for young adults beginning in February!

The next gathering will be held on Saturday, March 4, from 4pm-6pm in Trinity's fellowship hall. Come and enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with other young adults from Trinity.

Please RSVP to Ethan Kallesen at 407-538-8485.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Trinity Downtown!

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Trinity Youth Ministry (TYM) is a new and exciting opportunity for 6th through 8th grade students in our local community to come together in a fun environment to build relationships with one another and with Jesus. Volunteers and participants will enjoy dinner together, followed by worship, games, and an open gym in the beautiful facilities provided by our Lord at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Orlando. FCA TYM will meet in Trinity’s fellowship hall and gymnasium, from 6pm-8pm one Sunday per month.


For additional information, please see the flyer below:

FCA TYM Informational Flyer

If you would like to sign your child up for this event, please use the registration link below:

FCA TYM Registration

For more information on how to be involved, how to volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact the church office.

Trinity's Annual Women's Dinner

On March 10 from 6pm-9pmin the Fellowship Hall, the Outreach Team will be hosting Trinity’s Annual Women’s Dinner. Our guest speaker this year is Norma Smith, the facilitator of Grief Share. Tickets are on sale for $30 and can be purchased in the narthex before or after church services. Please contact Terry Boggs at [email protected] with questions.

Adult Sunday School Class

Pastor Doug is leading a study for middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults entitled "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" based on the book by Frank Tureck and Norman Geisler by the same title. 

If you want to follow along in the book or the study guide, we recommend purchasing your book ASAP. 

Study Notes

Adult Sunday School Class

Greg Yawman is leading a Sunday School class covering the book "The Great Sending."

Bible Study Schedule
call 407-488-1919 for additional details

Mondays at 7pm Online

The Great Sending

Led by James and Laura Marano

Resumes February 20

Meeting ID: 884 1046 7886

Passcode: 291379

Tuesdays at 9am in Loggia 3 Women of the Word

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 February has been updated:

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 I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist study meets in Loggia 2, and The Great Sending 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 [email protected].
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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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

Those Fighting Cancer 

Sandy A., Mike R., Rev. Robert Besalski, Danny B., Linda B., Hank S., Penn M., Jay Z., Trevor S., Bob K., David K., Kim, Paul, JoAnn, Corrie H., Donald, Carolyn, 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.

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, Karen E., Nick, Hank and Adonis, Doris G., Sarah, Leatha R., Bernard N., Bill T., Roxanne, Caroline, Georgia L, S. Smithers, Marty, Jim B., Pastor Weerts, Curtis and Anna K., Lt. Joann Hardee

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Gary R., Jay H., Melvin D., Mike T., Tina, Karen P., Trent C., Marcy S.

Other Needs

  • For the process, person, and provision of an associate pastor
  • For those who serve in the military
  • For the Gent family
  • For a family suffering spiritual conflict
  • Jackson A.
  • A.J.
  • Derek
  • Dr. Daniels and the hospital project

Peace and Comfort

  • For the family and friends of Charles
  • For the family and friends of Genie Shelton
  • For Aunt Patty at the loss of her son
  • For the family and friends of Dougie Hartwell
  • For the family and friends of John Dankwardt
  • For the Jupiter Family
  • For the family and friends of Ruby Westbury
  • For Liz Roberts at the loss of her mother
  • For Sarah Joy and Jason at the loss of baby David
  • For the family and friends of Ruby Brooks
  • For the family and friends of Nina Melecki
  • For the family and friends of Robert Kasper
  • For the family and friends of Chris Sord
  • For Sheryl W. and family at the death of her grandson
  • 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 Bohlmany
  • 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

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!

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 though your son our Savior Jesus Christ.

Through so much of the Old Testament in the Bible, you were angered by the people that did not follow you; their lives were filled with sin that they committed without sorrow or concern. Many worshiped false gods and ignored You, the only true God and Creator of all. In numerous instances, You destroyed the uncaring sinners; however at the same time You showed mercy to the ones that loved, worshiped, and were pleasing to you, Lord. Though they still committed sins, by having their belief in You, they were saved. At the same time, they knew and believed that a Savior was coming, as promised by you, God.

In the New Testament, your promise was kept, Lord. You sent your one and only son, Jesus Christ. He would live life perfectly without any sins and ultimately be the perfect sacrifice by giving up His life on the cross. Then on the third day, rise from death and ascend into heaven. We now know the Old Testament promise occurred through you, Jesus.

Since your sacrifice, Jesus, we can easily see that the world certainly has not improved. People go on physically and emotionally hurting others, lying, stealing, spreading rumors, retaliating, being selfish, and the list goes on. Included are many who don’t accept you, Jesus, as Lord and Savior. However it’s not only the nonbelievers that do these things, it’s also us. Sometimes we even let excesses in life become obsessions, that can become false gods, causing our focus to be taken away from you, Jesus. Please forgive us when we are tempted and drawn away from You.

One question: Are we really worth saving and why? We are so thankful, God, that you do think that we are worth saving; so much so that You sent your one and only son Jesus to provide for us the only way to be saved. No matter what we have done, when we are truly sorry for all of the wrongs that we have done and ask you, Jesus, to forgive us, we then receive that complete cleansing forgiveness from God our Heavenly Father. By remaining faithful to you, Jesus, we are blessed with the gift of Heaven for all of eternity.

That still leaves the why part of the question, God. Why would You do all of this for us? The answer can be summed up in one word, Love. The book of John chapter 3 verse 16 starts out, “For God so loved the world.” God, you have such an enormous capacity for love to all who believe in You and the saving grace of Your son, Jesus Christ. For Your amazing love given to us, we offer our most sincere thanks to you, God. A love that goes beyond any and all love that we could ever find in this world. A love that goes beyond our ability to comprehend. A love that for the faithful, no one, not even the devil can take away. A love that sent your one and only son Jesus Christ as our savior. A love that by sending your son Jesus, to be sacrificed for our disgustingly sinful lives, shows just how incredibly much that You want all of us to be with You forever. A love that if it were missing, no one would ever be able to enter the gates of that beautiful and wonderful eternal home, called Heaven.

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

February 11 Sat. in person: 60

February 11 online: N/A

February 12 Sun 9am: 67

February 12 Sun. 11:15am: 58

February 12 online: 5

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