Trinity Weekly

January 06, 2023

Poinsettia Pick Up

It is time to pick up your poinsettias! If you sponsored one or more poinsettias for the Christmas season, don't forget to pick them up this weekend! Any poinsettias left after this weekend will be donated to the CDC teachers.

Poinsettia Sponsors - Thank you!!

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

Given by: John and Susan Strandquest in memory of Carolyn S. Strandquest, Theodore and Carrie Strandquest, and Albert and Joan Spillman

Given by: Calvin and Lynn Wacker in memory of Mimi Goldman, Linda Stroker, and Ethel Wacker

Given by: Iris Houston in memory of Debbie Youngbar

Given by: Darlene Youngbar in memory of Frank Youngbar

Given by: Jordon Henrickson in memory of Maggy Ennis

Given by: Carol Logan in memory of Ron Logan and Jim Schmidt

Given by: Jenn and Shane Schmita in memory of our loved ones missed this season

Given by: the Schroeder family in memory of Richard and Celia Schroeder

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

Given by: Kathy Aber in memory of Wren Aber and Peggy Trapp

Given by: Mary Jo Hoard in memory of husband, parents, grandparents, and sister

Given by: Omar and Gladys Dittmer

Given by: Joyce Phillips in memory of Lo Phillips

Given by: Gregory and Dale Nichols in memory of our parents

Given by: Rev. Kallesen

Given by: Myrt Rhoads to the glory of God in memory of loved ones

Given by: Deloris Smith

Given by: Maggie Bowles in memory of Gary and Anthony Bowles

Given by: Charles Shultz in memory of Valerie

Given by: Linda Smith

Given by: Eva Martin

Given by: Connie Sobol

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.

Family Fun Night

Trinity’s next Friday Fun Night will be held on Friday, January 20, 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. Happy New Year 2023! We are back and it’s time time to have food, fun, and fellowship again!!! Both the Team and Attendees are asked to bring their favorite dish to share. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover operating expenses as well as for Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.

This month we are trying something new. We are having a 50/50 raffle drawing. So bring your $1 bills and play your heart out! Raffle drawings will 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. You may also contact Terry Boggs at [email protected]

Outreach Opportunity

Beginning January 20, the Outreach Team will be collecting gently used jackets, new blankets, and socks for the homeless. There will be a container in the Narthex beginning January 20 to place these items. Donations for both adults and children are welcomed. Please consider supporting the Outreach Ministry Team with this important cause. Please contact Terry Boggs at [email protected] with questions. 

Young Adults Fellowship

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

The first event will be held on Saturday, February 4, from 4pm-6pm in Trinity's fellowship hall. Come and enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with other young adults from Trinity. Childcare will be provided.

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

Upcoming Blood Drive

Trinity is happy to partner with OneBlood to host a blood drive on February 1 from 8am-5pm in Trinity's courtyard! 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. Simply drop by the Big Red Bus in Trinity's courtyard anytime between 8am-5pm.

Have questions? Contact the church office.

CDC Inaugural Golf Tournament

The CDC Parent Teacher League (PTL) has organized a Golf Tournament for February 2023. This event is a new fundraising opportunity to raise money for the resurfacing of the toddler play area as well as establishing a fund to support families, teachers, & staff that are experiencing a hardship. The Scramble Golf Tournament will take place at Dubsdread on Friday, February 3, 2023 


Register a foursome, or consider one of the various sponsorship opportunities at the following link:


There are several larger sponsorships available; these are a great way to promote your business or company you work for, while supporting our CDC.  


We are also seeking big-ticket items for the raffle (think event tickets, hotel stays, golf clubs, etc) - if you or someone you know would like to donate a raffle prize, please contact Sarah Selman at [email protected] 

CDC Artwork

As you walk through the hallways of Trinity’s Child Development Center, you’ll experience the visual treat of beautiful and creative children’s artwork displayed on classroom doors and hallway walls. Enjoy these clever and colorful student creations which celebrate the joy of the Christian season. Better yet, plan a visit over your lunch hour sometime and you may even be able to meet the young artists!

Pastor Paul Hoyer Memorial Service

A memorial service will be held for Pastor Paul Hoyer at Holy Cross Lake Mary (780 N. Sun Drive Lake Mary, FL) on Friday, January 13 at 5pm. A reception will follow in the Holy Cross Community Center and Courtyard.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for Donation to One of the Endownments established for the church and school.

The service will also be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

If you have additional questions or need other information, please visit Holy Cross's information page about the service or contact their office at 407-333-0797 or [email protected].

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

Beginning January 22, Greg Yawman will be leading a Sunday School class covering the book "The Great Sending." Additional details to come, so stay tuned!

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

Mondays at 7pm Online

Immerse Messiah

Led by James and Laura Marano

Final Week January 23

Meeting ID: 898 7130 0477

Passcode: 968927

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 January have 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 Major Festivals 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].
Support Trinity Downtown while you shop!  
Start your Amazon shopping from Amazon smile, and you’ll a small percentage of your shopping totals will be donated to Trinity ministries! THANK YOU!

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., Nancy K., 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., Eva S., Rebecca M., Rita S., Alice, Brian, Jerry D., Corey, Cayden, Jeff M., Eva and Justin, Alex, Emma R.

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, John L., Karen E., Lee R., Karen F., Bub and Debbie, Brandon B., Jan, Jim, Bud K., Linda S., Sherry W., Jane L.

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Jim R., Sally U., Lucia, Steve E.

Other Needs

  • Continued prayers for the families affected by Hurricane Ian and Nicole.
  • Carolyn and Sydney who are due to have children soon
  • For the process, person, and provision of an associate pastor

Peace and Comfort

  • For the family and friends of Clifford Sweatt
  • For the family and friends of Joyce Saeger
  • For the family and friends of Tom Grether
  • For the family and friends of Gary Bowles
  • For the family and friends of Anita Porter
  • 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
  • For the family and friends of Jan Fry

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 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
  • 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

Prayer Thoughts from Rusty Stephens

Heavenly Father, we pray to you in the name of your Son our Savior, Jesus Christ.

For most Christians, Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. We are celebrating the birth of You, Jesus our Savior, in worship and many other activities, one being the receiving of Christmas gifts. This is wonderful, but how long do those gifts stay with us? Even the most treasured gift kept throughout our lifetime will not go with us after You, Lord, bring our life to an end.

But there is one gift that will be with us throughout our life on earth, and continue with us into and throughout eternity. That gift started on the very first Christmas when a baby was born in a stable. That baby grew up in a humble family and went on in life to perfectly obey all of God's laws and never commit a sin, living this way being an impossibility for anyone else.

That person later went on to teach about God, perform miracles, heal the sick and injured, and bring several people back to life. He was telling us how much God loves us.

This person certainly talked the talk but He did not stop there. He walked the walk also and what a walk it was. In this walk, He showed the depth of God's love for us. At the end of His earthly life, His walk took Him into unbearable pain and suffering including severe abuse and being nailed to a cross where He gave up His life. He was totally innocent! This person is You, Jesus.

We could not live a perfect, sinless life. Only You could Jesus and You were that perfect sacrifice for us. When we believe, trust, and have faith in You, Jesus, and are truly sorry for all that we did wrong and for all we should have done but failed, and say "Jesus, please forgive me," You take our confession to God the Father, all is forgiven and made right in His sight. Jesus defeated sin on the cross, defeated the devil, and defeated death itself by rising on the third day rose. His ascension into heaven opened the way for all who believe in Him and confess their sins.

Also, Jesus, You don't just leave us hanging with our difficulties and problems in this life, but offer support and help when we turn those over to you and say, "Jesus, I need your help; I can't do this on my own." The problems usually don't go away instantly, but if we let Him guide us and resist the detours of temptation, then, in His time He will show us the way which may include people that can help us.

Lord, we don't deserve any of this yet out of Your amazing love for us, You save our lives. Jesus, we thank You so much for that gift You gave us on that first Christmas around 2000 years ago. The only gift that never gets old or disappears, but stays with us forever.

Lord in Your mercy,

Hear Our prayer.


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