Trinity Weekly

July 21, 2023

Campus Workday - Thank You!

THANK YOU to the awesome team of volunteers that came out and worked under the hot July summer sun to spruce up a couple of key areas of the campus. You’re all simply the BEST!

The focus of the work day became the front of the CDC Building and the front of the Sanctuary along with spraying of the weeds in a number of areas within and outside of the perimeter fence with some painting of railing on the Ruth Lane side of the Sanctuary. Much was accomplished! Thank you, awesome team! We still have a little more to do so if anyone wants to continue this work, please reach out to the church office so it can be scheduled/coordinated.

Our awesome team members include:

  • Colby & Willow (22 months old) Veta (no labor laws were broken)
  • Gail & David Wilkosz
  • Darlene & Ed Sabin
  • Sheila & Richard Mathews
  • Tom White
  • Mark Femminineo
  • Ted Lange
  • Pierre Lubold
  • and Richard Poole who provided water.
  • If we missed your name, please notify us ASAP and we will make sure your name is added to the list!

Here are a couple of pictures for you; to whet your appetite for the next time we have a campus work day – coming in the Fall of 2023! 😊

July OWLS Meeting

The next OWLS meeting will be held on Friday, July 28, at 12:30pm at Grills' Lakeside Seafood Deck and Tike Bar (4301 North Orange Blossom Trail). This will be a wonderful time of food and fellowship and we hope to see you there!

Please RSVP to Audrey Gordon at 407-897-1418 or

Peace Shares


Great News! We're going to extend Peace Shares for one additional weekend!

That means you can continue to bring dog and cat food, treats and toys, along with old towels and blankets, for Peace and team to deliver to All Creatures Pet Grooming for their rehousing project. All Creatures donates Peace’s monthly grooming so we are excited to support their mission. 

Please bring food, treats and toys to church with you. There's a plastic bin in the narthex to collect donations. If you prefer to make a cash or check donation, checks can be made payable to Trinity Lutheran with Peace Shares in the memo field. Cash can be placed in an envelope with Peace Shares marked on the envelope. Please be certain to include your name on the envelope! These can be placed in the collection plate during offering, or can be handed to a Team Peace member. Thank you again for your support!

Where's Peace?

Peace is traveling July 21-30 for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Conference in Northbrook, IL. Please pray for safe travels! We look forward to seeing you again August 5 and 6. 

Food and Funds on the Fifth Sunday

As always, on any fifth Sunday of a month, we will be collecting food donations for a local food pantry (dry and canned goods only, not expired) and funds for the Pastor's discretionary fund assisting those dealing with immediate financial emergencies. Bring in those dollars and BOGOs on July 30! Thank you.

Christmas in July - Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child

Join the Trinity Downtown Fellowship and Ministry Team in celebrating Christmas in July. We are collecting donations and items for Samaritan's Purse Operation Child Shoeboxes until August 18 when Family Fun Night: Retro Game Night returns.

Most needed items include: washcloths, bars of soap, unisex you S-XL t-shirts, packs of color pencils, crayons, and small plush toys. Monetary donations to cover the cost of shipping the shoeboxes are also accepted.

Please drop off items in the drop box located in the narthex beginning July 16 and at Family Fun Night on August 18.

To learn more about this ministry, visit or email Lynn Hogan at Please direct any questions you may have to Terry Boggs at

Confirmation 2023-2024

The next year of Confirmation classes are just around the corner! If you are in 7th or 8th grade, we welcome you to join this class and learn more about the Lutheran faith as you move closer to Jesus.

Confirmation classes will begin August 27 and will follow the schedule below:

August 27 - Parent and Confirmand Orientation

September 10

September 24

October 1

October 22

November 5

November 12

December 3

December 17

January 7 - First Communion Training Begins

January 21

January 28

February 4

February 18

March 3

March 10

April 7

April 21

May 5

May 19 - Confirmation Sunday

If you are planning or interested in joining (even if you attended Confirmation last year), please fill out the form below:

Confirmation Registration

Please contact the church office with any questions.

Altar Flower Sponsorships

Would you like to monetarily sponsor one or both of the planned weekly altar flower arrangements? Please fill out this form to share your sponsorship information.

Each arrangement is $25 and you may sponsor one or both arrangements. Please contact the church office with questions.

Bible Study Schedule

Sundays at 10:15am: Sunday School

The Great Sending

One session led by Gregg Yawman

One session led by Pastor Doug

Mondays at 7pm Online

The Great Sending

Led by James and Laura Marano

Meeting ID: 884 1046 7886

Passcode: 291379

Tuesdays at 9am in Loggia 3 Women of the Word

Resumes in September

Tuesdays at 1pm

Beyond Grief Share

Beginning with the Book of Job

Led by Connie Sobol

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 July has been updated:

Sunday School for Children and Students

Adult Sunday School, Children's Sunday School, MS/HS Sunday School

  • Adult Sunday School: the The Great Sending with Pastor Doug study meets in Loggia 2, and The Great Sending with Gregg Yawman 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 "The Great Sending." Reach out to the church office with any questions.
  • Confirmation will resume August 27, 2023. To register for confirmation, please use this link.


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

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

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:

2023-2024 Church and CDC Calendar

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 

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., Barbara B., Mike T., Johnny N., Carolyn R., Mike R., Chip D., Doug, Brian, Terry B., Susan, Noah, Scott's mother, Paul B., Mickey, Melissa, Jack, Jon C., Vickie and Terry, Bill B., Melissa, Alice

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, Karen E., Jake B., Frank S., Vickie, Lucine H., Wendy M., Bob and Carol, Alyce, Jake, Karen, Tricia

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Hudson H., Kristine Z, Karen

Other Needs

  • For the process, person, and provision of an associate pastor
  • City of Orlando
  • Daniel and Hannah
  • Ryan and Jennifer
  • Melissa and Spenser
  • Peace Comfort Dog Ministry
  • The homeless out in the heat
  • Marcy
  • Craig and Shireen

Peace and Comfort

  • For the Mimms family at the loss of their son
  • For the Brittingham family
  • For the Person family
  • For the family and friends of Andy Riddle
  • For the family and friends of Paula Bowman
  • For Anna and Curtis after their loss
  • For the family and friends of Eleanor DeFreze
  • For the family and friends of Howard Soost
  • For the family and friends of Ruth McKinney
  • For the family and friends of Eden
  • For the Gamble family at the loss of their son
  • For the family and friends of Carol Dunn
  • For the family and friends of Joel Wright
  • For the family and friends of Cpl. Norman Booth
  • For the family and friends of Hank Dressel
  • For the McCleese family at the loss of their son
  • For Randy and sons at the death of their wife/mother
  • For the family and friends of Janice Strobach
  • For the family and friends of Sandy Allen
  • For the family and friends of Tom Heeney

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 the staff and leaders at Trinity!

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,

For the prayer within, we pray in the name of your son our Savior, Jesus Christ.

A couple of close friends loved the outdoors and planned a day of hiking in a large wilderness area that they had never been to before. It was Tuesday and this was a great time, or so they thought, because during weekdays almost no one would be seen there or park at that site. The couple happily thought “they would have the woods all to themselves.” With enough food and water for several hours of hiking, they believed that they were in good shape.

As the couple started walking, the trail appeared to be well marked. They had it timed as when to start back since it was not a loop trail. Well into the wilderness area, several paths seemed to branch off into different directions from the main trail. Trail markings were becoming unclear as a major storm from a week earlier had damaged some of the markings. The couple ended up on the wrong path with other paths taking off from that one. They realized that they were not on the marked trail and tried to backtrack; however with debris such as tree limbs, heavy leaves, and pine straw covering the soil, no footprints could be found. Instead of heading out, they were walking deeper into the wilderness. As time dwindled away, they realized that they needed help. Reaching into their pack and checking their pockets, the phone that they were looking for was left in their vehicle. Fear set in as they were wondering what to do and which way to go? Also their food and water was running low. No family or friends knew where they were since they had failed to inform them. Also survival skills and equipment were nonexistent. How long would this go on? The couple was totally lost. They needed a rescue!

Jesus, we all have another wilderness that we go through day after day. In this wilderness if we are not careful, we will find ourselves getting into it deeper and deeper until we are lost and cannot find our way out. This wilderness is sin. We turn to “earthly cures and advice,” and for a while we might feel better, but that sinful wilderness still surrounds us keeping us trapped. Many who have no faith in you, Jesus, will just go on through their lives believing; “that’s the way life goes and there’s nothing they can do about it.” Without that needed faith at the end of their lives, they are forever lost in the consequences of paying for their sins.

Jesus, we need a rescue to find our way out of this sinful wilderness. We who believe and have trust in you, Jesus, know who rescues us, how it was done, and how to make contact. The rescuer of course is you, Jesus. How you did it was willfully out of your amazing love for all of us, suffering and dying on the cross in payment for our sins so that we owe nothing. Then rising from death and the grave and ascending into Heaven. How to contact you, Jesus, is through prayer. There in sorrow we confess all of our sins to you, Jesus, ask sincerely to please forgive us, and continue to believe and follow you, Jesus. From our Heavenly Father comes total forgiveness. All of that suffocating sinful wilderness is gone and forgotten. Through continued faith in you, Jesus, when our life on earth ends, you will take us home to that paradise called Heaven.

Jesus, you are the only one who can rescue us from the wilderness of sin and save our lives eternally. You are the only one on earth who lived a perfect life obeying all of God’s laws. No one else has; making you, Jesus, the only one to free us from the bondage of sin. We worship, praise, glorify, and give the greatest thanks to you, Jesus. Awesome God? Absolutely! One thing that is for certain; we who accept you, Jesus, as our Savior, would not want to be with the ones at the time of judgement, receiving for all of their sins a payment due bill. The method of payment is HORRIBLE and the length of time is FOREVER.

Lord In Your Mercy

Hear Our Prayer


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Attendance & Giving

July 15 Sat. in person: 31

July 15 online: 11

July 16 Sun. 9am: 57

July 16 Sun. 11:15am: 66

July 16 online: 4

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