In-Person Worship and Meetings Suspended
Continued: all in-person worship, gatherings, social groups and meetings for all groups affiliated with and/or sponsored by Trinity Downtown are suspended until further notice. The safety and well being of our entire Trinity family is of the utmost importance. We will continue with online worship and study groups to provide for the spiritual care of our Trinity community. Meetings, study groups, teams, social groups and the like are not permitted to meet in-person on campus and are encouraged to utilize online meeting resources such as Zoom, or phone conferencing. The only exception will be for Trinity's Child Development Center ministry which will continue to operate under strict safety protocols as an essential provider of childcare in our downtown Orlando community. Trinity Leadership will continue to closely monitor the situation and will determine at what point it is safe to resume in-person worship and on-campus meetings. Updates will be shared via the Trinity Weekly, website, and Facebook page.
This Sunday - Drive Through Communion / Online Instruction for Communion
This Sunday Trinity will host “drive-through communion” and will email a video with instruction for at-home communion. The drive through option is open on Sunday, 7/12, from 10-11am. 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.
Connect - Learn - Grow
Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer and Connection Groups
Pastor Doug continues to lead two prayer groups on Wednesdays, 11am and 7pm. For a weekly check-in and time to pray for one another, contact Pastor Doug for the Zoom meeting invitation at email@example.com.
New Virtual Bible Study, Book Clubs, Video Studies & Discussion Groups
Start dates will be set soon for the new book clubs, Bible studies and discussion/support groups. Groups are open to Trinity families, parents, staff, friends, neighbors… so you’re strongly encouraged to invite a friend to participate with you. Let us know which you’d like to be involved in! More groups can be added based on topics meaningful to you (whether it’s parenting, racial division, marriage, and we can schedule groups on lunch hours or in the evening after your kids are in bed and families fed... whatever works best for those interested.
Please let us know what you need.
Reach out to your Trinity Ministry and Communications Coordinator, Chanda Gillenwater, at
or 407-490-7339 (text or call)
- Surrendered - Letting Go & Living Like Jesus, by Barb Roose (Women's STUDY, Teaching led by author via video, daily study assignments in Study book, 6 weeks long.) Are you disappointed by unchanging circumstances? Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “Let go and let God,” which suggests that surrender is God’s path for peace for your life. It may be true, but it’s easier said than done, isn’t it? In this six-week Bible study, you’ll learn how to let go by exploring Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. As you look to his example, you’ll discover six principles that will equip you to let God lead you to victory as you deal with the problems and pain you are facing. Along the way, you’ll compare Jesus’ responses to those of the Israelites, who also faced a long wilderness season centuries earlier. This study will equip you to give up control, reach for God, let go of fear, and experience the blessings of the surrendered life. It’s possible to let go and live like Jesus and the result is experiencing God’s power and peace as never before.Resources Available: Leader Guide, Study Workbook, Six-Session Teaching videos online.
- Joining Jesus on His Mission - How to Be An Everyday Missionary by Greg Finke. (Adults, discussion based on reading book) 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.
- Discipleship - The Road Less Taken by Pastor Greg Laurie (Adults, 4 sessions, author led teaching via video, no book) Pastor Greg Laurie shares what it means to be a real disciple of Christ, and encourages us to learn and grow into spiritual maturity. As believers in Jesus, it is our commission and purpose to be disciples who obey and imitate Him. Opportunity is everywhere, but time is limited. We must seize the moment while we can.
- But Now I See - Finding God's Plan for your Life by Julie Hale Maschhoff, published by CPH (ADULTS, Discussion based on reading book) We hear people say this in good times and in bad—but does God really have a plan for us? How can we see that plan? God promises He has a plan for our life: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). But it’s not always easy to see what that plan is. After working through the eight chapters in But Now I See, you will have a clearer idea what God has in store for your life and how you can serve Him.
- Go Fish by Andy Stanley (Adults, 6 sessions, video sessions led by the author, book needed) Fishing stories. We've all heard them. "It was this big." "You should have seen the one that got away." People love to tell stories of their fishing adventures. When it comes to faith, however, most people clam up. Why is it we can't talk about what God has done in our lives as naturally as we can spin fishing tales? In this six-part study, Andy Stanley explores the motivation behind sharing your faith and how it can become a natural part of your life.
- One Nation under God: Healing Racial Divides in America (ADULTS, CPH published study, discussions based on readings, 6-weeks, reading materials needed) 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
- Anxious for Nothing - Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado, (Men & Women/separate or coed, Author led teaching on video, five session study guide required) Do you feel weighed down with worry? Does the uncertainty and chaos of life keep you up at night? Are irrational fears your constant companion? Could you use some calm? In this five-session video Bible study, bestselling author Max Lucado explores God''s treatment plan for anxiety found in the most underlined verse in the Bible, Philippians 4:6-7: Be anxious for nothing, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. As you follow the Biblical prescription - celebrating God''s goodness, asking for his help, leaving your concerns with him, and meditating on good things - you will experience God''s peace. This is a peace that "transcends all understanding" and will help you reframe the way you look at your fears.With the heart of a pastor and his poetic storytelling and homespun humor, Max will help you:*Let God help you win the war on worry and receive the lasting peace of Christ.*Recognize the difference between present anxiety and persistent anxiety. *Find true freedom and experience more joy, clarity, physical renewal, and contentment by the power of the Holy Spirit. *Train yourself to rejoice in all circumstances. *Discover the secret of remaining calm when you feel you have more than you can handle. *Know how to encourage a friend and help them navigate anxiety and fear with real help from God''s Word.
- Revolutionary Parenting -How to Raise Spiritual Champions by George Barna (Parents, author lead via video, book needed, 8 sessions) As parents our deepest desire is to raise children who succeed in life. This is also our greatest challenge. How can we foster traits such as honesty, compassion, and dedication in young minds? How can we raise children who will love and serve God as adults? How can we develop future spiritual champions? The Revolutionary Parenting series will help you create a plan for your family to do just that. Drawn from a landmark study of Christian twentysomethings and the parents who raised them, these resources are designed to help you build a solid foundation of faith in your child. Revolutionary Parenting is an eight-week journey designed to help you create a parenting plan for your unique children. So whether you're the parent of a newborn, a teenager, or any age in between, join the revolution and share a lasting legacy of faith with your children.
Groups can start with as few as TWO participants and grow from there! Open to church, CDC, guests, friends, neighbors and strangers. All are welcome to connect, learn and grow! Contact Chanda at
to indicate your interest in a particular group so we can start a list and connect people with similar interests. Don't see one that you're looking for? Let us know and we'll find something in your area of interest. If you're new to virtual meetings, don't worry, it's not complicated, and we can walk you through the process. You'll be a pro in no time.
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.
OUTREACH - Pajama & Cheetos Outreach
In a message to our staff last week, Pastor Doug encouraged staff to jump into our upcoming study groups and said something about how easy it is since we’ll be meeting on ZOOM… that you could go to Bible study in your pajamas snacking on Cheetos. I (Chanda) can’t get that out of my head, so now that’s how I’m envisioning everyone working and serving from home…. In PJs and with a bag of chips. So…. on that note… What can
do from home in your pajamas and snacking on Cheetos?
Here are a few first steps. We can support Local First Responders and Essential Workers who are working under high risk conditions, including support for Trinity’s essential CDC 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.…
1) Supporting our own CDC workers (shhhhh - don’t tell them)
- Member written cards of thanks and encouragement
- Dedicated daily prayers for each CDC staff person by name, for their health and overall wellness. We have about 90 CDC employees, could we get 90 members to adopt a staff member to pray for them daily? If you’re interested in either of these options, contact Chanda this week at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we know how many can participate, we’ll divide up names and we’ll share how to get cards to them while we’re all socially distanced.
2) 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 grocery 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. Want to participate? This is one you do from home, on your own, but let us know if you plan to participate and share the response you get from your local essential workers. We’ll write up the results and share the stories to inspire others! Email Chanda at
3) Pen Pals - Community Outreach to Nursing Home Residents
We’re 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. We will also add our own list of Trinity shut-ins to this opportunity. 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, please contact Chanda at
ASAP so we can start making assignments. This is a great way to do some personal outreach from the comfort of your own home! Many thanks to Tina Hamilton for compiling a list of local nursing homes this project!
4) 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 come
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.
5) Other Ideas?
Do you have other ideas for our Trinity family to engage in outreach projects from home? Contact Chanda and share your ideas!
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 email@example.com We seek to find enough volunteers to staff two teams.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Glenda Frazier at email@example.com.
Sermon Reflection Questions
Pastor Doug has provided some reflection questions for those interested in digging deeper into this weekend's Sermon lesson. These will be posted on our Facebook page as well if you'd like to share insights and responses there for further discussion.
- Who has sowed seeds into your life and how?
- Do you feel like your faith life is shallow? What are the hard paths/rocky soil of your life that may be blocking God’s Word from taking root?
- Is it difficult for you to weather tough times in life? What are the rocks in your life that need to be dug up and removed so that your faith life is stronger during tough times?
- What “weeds, thorns and thistles” in your life crowd out God Word?
- How do you cultivate “good soil” in your life so that God’s work in your can really “take root?” A life filled with spiritual disciplines like worship, prayer, Bible reading, Bible study, sharing our faith, serving others in the name of the Lord.
- Where and how are you now sowing seeds into the lives of others?
Peace Comfort Dog Outreach Ministry
Peace and her team are reaching out as the hands and feet of Christ to the Orange County Sheriff Office Substation for East Orange County next week. Even with the current Covid restrictions in place, they’ve found a way to minister to some of our cherished first responders who need a little Jesus-love through furry paws. They’ll also provide a meal and some space for fellowship for these community heroes. THANKS to Peace and team for continuing to find ways to reach out to share God's mercy and love through Peace.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Those Fighting Cancer
Gail W, Richard C, Cheryl S, Nora V, Sandy A, Carol D, Mehlia G, Randy H, Travis L, Chuck M, Christine M, John S, Victoria, Rick B
Gary B, 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 family and friends of Trinity member Mike Hofmann. A memorial will be scheduled at a later date once family members have had time to travel home. Please lift up Mike’s wife Kim, his children.
- For the family and friends of former Trinity member and teacher, Jeff Wegner
- For the family and friends of Ruth Brown who has received her crown of glory
- For the Kallesen family after Pastor Kallesen's uncle was called to glory
Surgery and Recovery
Rich P, Bob S, Janice D, Austin, Gracie, Maggie E
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
- Prayers for our CDC staff & families, Trinity membership and all Trinity staff & leaders
- Prayers for wisdom and discernment regarding reopening decisions
- 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.
Wasmund Family in East Asia, Trump Family in Kenya, Clausing Family in Tanzania, Lehman Family in Spain, 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.