Upcoming Special Service Dates & Times
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Reminder: Public Worship Safety Guidelines
Join us this weekend on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 10am. Safety procedures are outlined below and are required. Online services will continue to be posted online for those who choose to continue with online services.
Sanctuary Capacity with Social Distancing
Please note that we are able to accommodate fewer than our usual maximum capacity in the Sanctuary while following social distancing guidelines. With many still worshiping online from home, we do not believe we will reach that capacity right away and plan to move to two services on Sunday before that happens. However, if that increase in attendance happens more quickly than expected, we may find ourselves in a situation where we have to turn someone away once the Sanctuary is full. Please be aware of this possibility and know that we are doing our best to anticipate attendance and seating needs.
Required Notice of Exposure or Illness
If you (staff, member, guest, etc) have had direct exposure to someone with Covid-19, or test positive for Covid-19, and have been on Trinity's Campus for worship, volunteering or other reasons, please immediately notify a member of Trinity's Administrative Team (Pastor Doug Kallesen, Chanda Gillenwater, Liz Roberts or Patty Moser - or email TLC@TrinityDowntown.com). Your name will be kept in confidence, while Trinity makes its best effort to determine which others you may have had contact with to inform them of the need for testing and/or quarantine.
Safety Procedures - MUST READ
- If you are feeling ill, have a fever or any of the symptoms related to Covid-19, please stay home and join us for ONLINE worship.
- The wearing of masks is required for all in attendance except for children under the age of two. Proper use is required - mask should fully cover your nose and mouth for the entire service, even while singing.
- The Pastor is permitted to remove his mask to give the sermon in order to communicate effectively - for this reason the front two pews of church will remain empty to allow for additional distancing between the pastor and guests.
- All hymnals, Bibles, pencils, attendance and prayer cards have been removed from the pews. There will be no printed bulletin. This removes all items which would have multiple contacts.
- The carpets will have been steam cleaned and sanitized. All surfaces inside the Sanctuary will be sanitized, including the pews and pew cushions. These areas will be re-sanitized after the Saturday night service in preparation for Sunday morning.
- Please enter the Sanctuary from the front (south) doors or the west side door (ramp).
- There will be hand sanitizer available at both the front door and west side door - please use before you enter and as you leave.
- You will be welcomed into the Sanctuary by an usher or greeter who will escort you to your seat. They will also be able to answer any questions that you might have.
- The pews and aisles will be marked to facilitate safe social distancing.
- No hugs or handshakes are permitted.
- We will be administering in-pew communion rather than having the congregation proceed to the altar to receive the bread and wine. Each communicant will be given a sanitized plastic bag containing the bread and wine (gluten-free wafers will be available to those who need them) at their seat. Pastor will provide instructions detailing the exact procedure to be followed at each service.
- At the conclusion of the service everyone will be asked to remain seated until it is their row’s turn to leave the sanctuary.
- Collection plates will be placed at the front doors and west side door from the church to receive the tithes and offerings of those attending the service.
- There will be receptacles for the used communion kits at each exit as well.
- Worship will be posted online as it has been, so if you are feeling ill or wish to worship from home for any reason, you may certainly do so!
* Childcare/nursery will not be available until further notice. Children are always welcome in worship services!
* Children's Sunday School and Youth Bible Study decisions are being made now. Updates coming soon.
Advent Begins November 29
Lutheran Hour Ministries offers a free daily advent devotional that we highly recommend - via website, print or subscription to a daily email. Click here to sign up.
Voters Meeting Dec 13
Mark your calendars please! There will be a regularly scheduled Voter's Meeting Sunday December 13 at 1pm. At this point the meeting is scheduled to be conducted on ZOOM. That may change if the local COVID-19 conditions improve. Additional details will be provided at a later date.
Elected Leadership Position Nominations
We are now soliciting nominations from the Congregation for candidates willing to serve as Leadership Council At Large Members and members of the Elders Ministry Team. Anyone who is interested or who knows of someone who might be interested is asked to contact Congregation President Tom Finger at email@example.com or Senior Elder Mike Kunze at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trinity Shares Christmas
"Trinity Shares Christmas" is our annual Christmas outreach in partnership with Prison Fellowship Ministries, providing Christmas toys and food for children who have an incarcerated parent. An Angel Tree is now up in the Narthex (entryway of the Sanctuary). Tags with gift requests can be chosen from the Angel Tree or Online.
Choose a tag, purchase what is on that tag, and return it to Trinity unwrapped by November 30. (return to the box in the Narthex during worship or to the front office during the week - please attach the tag or a note to the gift so we know which family it was purchased for). If you are unable to shop but want to donate funds, please contact Alina directly to arrange for that. Volunteers will then deliver these Christmas blessings to local families.
We are so grateful for your participation to reach out to these wonderful kids on behalf of their incarcerated parent. Thank you! If you have questions, please contact Alina Davis at email@example.com
Our 1st Awareness Event: SUPPORT for Adoption & Foster Families
Did you know there are 1789 kids in foster care in Central Florida, and that siblings going into care often get separated?? There’s a lot we don’t know about adoption and foster care, including how we can support families who have adopted or foster children at home. Our Adoption and Foster Care Family Support Group, facilitated by Kelley Lane, can share with us opportunities for Trinity families to support current Adoptive and Foster families in our community. Together, we can learn more about how to be part of a Community Care Team at our FIRST AWARENESS event for Adoption and Foster Care Support, on Sunday, Dec 8 at 11:30 in the Loggia 3 meeting room. Masks and Distancing are required. Please RSVP to Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LWML FL-GA president has put out a call to all women in the Greater Orlando Zone willing to serve as Zone Treasurer, or VP of Mission Grants or VP of Spiritual Growth. At present, any candidate will need to be computer literate and able to use zoom for virtual meetings. If you would like to be nominated for any of these positions in the Greater Orlando Zone, please call Mary Lou Evanchyk at 407-491-4452 or email@example.com. Also, our Zone Pastoral Counselor position needs to be filled as well.
New Mite Boxes - PENNIES amount to HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS $$
Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1–4), the Mite Box is intended for regular contributions of "mites" — offerings above and beyond the support given to congregations and the LCMS. Mite Box contributions amount to millions of dollars that fund district and national mission grants and implement the LWML program. The new Mite boxes are now available in the church narthex. Put one in your car, on your kitchen counter or dresser, wherever you might collect spare change! Our LWML Zone collected $125, 093.55 from MITES in the past two years! 15 District Mission Grants were ministry granted based on those mite gifts! YOUR PENNIES MATTER!!
The next LERT training is on December 12 from 9am to 3pm at Hope Lutheran Church Orlando, F. For more information or to register contact Lori Bachmann at (214) 842-0776 or email L_bachmann@bellsouth.net
Campus Care-THANK YOU!!
THANK YOU to all of our campus care volunteers for coming out last Saturday to take care of our church property! God has blessed us with an amazing campus from which to strengthen and equip disciples and we're so very grateful for all those who contribute their time, talents, and TOOLS, to manage its care! A big thank you to Ted Lange for setting up the work day and to all of you energetic volunteers who pitched in to get so much done! Most of the chain link fence is moved out. The surrounding area is cleared out and cleaned up. The front parking lot garden by the sign is looking great. The bases of the crepe myrtles along the loggia are weeded and mulched. The rose garden is rid of weeds. The pampas grass out front is cut back. The area east of the sanctuary has a good start at being trimmed back and cleared out, and many other areas were weeded and bushes trimmed. Well done!!
Big thanks to Ted Lange, David & Gail Wilkosz, Ken Boggs, Omar Dittmer, Peg Tabor, Mel Barger, Ed & Darlene Sabin! We caught a picture of Darlene, but everyone else missed the camera!
Children & Youth Ministry News
Children's Sunday School and MS/HS Youth Bible Study
These Sunday classes are not yet meeting in-person.
Trinity Family Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers Serving In Worship
TRINITY NEEDS YOUR HELP! If you are attending Sunday morning in-person worship services, please consider lending a hand as an usher. Ushers are an important part of the worship experience. If you, or you and your spouse. or even the whole family, can help by serving as usher(s) please contact Mike Kunze at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ted Lange at email@example.com. Thank you!
Team Peace Needs You!
Peace Comfort Dog Ministry Team is looking for additional handlers and ministry team members. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are a bridge for compassionate ministry, opening doors for conversation about faith and creating opportunities to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ. Peace and team visit local community organizations, churches, schools, nursing homes and first responder locations. We may also be dispatched in times of disaster and crisis to bring comfort to all those affected. If you are interested in being part of the team, please contact Top Dog (Team Leader) Paul Soost at 407.590.9333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Care Needs
There is a long list of property projects that need volunteer support to be accomplished, including photos and details. If you're handy with tools or skilled in a specific trade, please contact Ted Lange at email@example.com for details on projects and to share how you might be able to help!
Update from the Young Family
Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is an organization that empowers and equips God’s people to reach out to their communities with the love of Jesus. The training focuses on interactive lessons that encourage the participants to get involved. The goal is for the members of the community to solve the problems they have identified using their own resources. The types of lessons vary from health and disease prevention, agriculture, financial and overall wellness. As a newly certified trainer, Krista will be able to work with church leaders to identify people in the community who have a passion for God and their neighbors. These people can be trained to be CHE volunteers. A CHE trainer can go into homes of their neighbors to share the love of Jesus, and information about health and wellness. Through this type of visitation and discipleship, churches can reach out to their neighbors and transform communities with the love of Jesus. We are excited to see where God might use this opportunity to serve His people.
Sharing Trinity Family Events
Send in your photos of Trinity Family events - pictures of your study groups, special birthdays, rehearsals, etc. With so much isolation right now, let's do more to share photos and stories to keep in touch. We'll share them in the Weekly. Send to Chanda at TLC@TrinityDowntown.com.
CONNECT - LEARN - GROW
Small groups connect you to others where you can learn, connect, and grow in ways which will strengthen and equip you to share the gospel and serve in your local community and beyond! That’s straight from Trinity’s mission statement and our commitment to bring people one step closer to Jesus.
Trinity’s mission: to share the gospel through ministries which strengthen and equip people for Christian witness and services in downtown, metropolitan Orlando and the world.
Safety Protocols for All In-Person Small Groups on Trinity's Campus
- All participants must wear masks covering face and mouth for the duration of the meeting
- Social distancing must be maintained
- No refreshments allowed at this time (because consuming a beverage or eating requires a person to remove their mask)
- At the conclusion of each meeting the room must be sanitized to be safe for the next group
* As things improve, this policy will be revised and updated. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Currently Running Groups
New Series begins Jan 5
Grief Share - Grief Recovery Support Group
This Series ends Dec 1. New Series begins Jan 5.
Discussion leader is Norma Smith, contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tuesdays at 1pm, Loggia 3 Classroom, in-person, workbook needed
GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. Each is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin. You will be able to continue with GriefShare through the next 13-week cycle and view any of the videos you have not seen.
Immerse Bible Reading Experience, Book 1: Messiah
Book needed, daily readings, eight week plan, starts Nov 21
Saturdays at 4:00 with Pastor Doug, via ZOOM. If you're interested, contact Chanda at TLC@TrinityDowntown.com.
Immerse: Messiah is the first of six volumes in Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience. Messiah takes the reader on a unique journey through every book of the New Testament. Each section of Messiah begins with one of the Gospels, and together they combine to provide a life-changing reading experience centered on Jesus.
Online/At Your Own Pace
Rev. Milan Weerts is presenting a study on "The End Times." Many people are having questions about the end of the world due to the Pandemic because of Covid–19. We'll study this topic through daily lessons, six days a week, for an estimated two or three weeks at the most. You can follow along via Pastor Weerts' Facebook page, or study at your own pace accessing the lessons on Trinity's Bible Study webpage. Following the End Times study, Pastor Weerts will begin a study of The Gospel of John. Pastor Weerts uses the ESV translation but you can use your own favorite translation for study as well. If you have specific End Times questions, send them to Pastor Weerts at StrongInChrist@CFL.RR.COM
Prayer Bible Study Group
Pastor Doug leads an evening prayer group on Wednesdays at 7pm. For a weekly check-in, a lesson on prayer, and time to pray for one another, contact Pastor Doug for the Zoom meeting invitation at email@example.com.
Immerse Bible Reading Experience, Book 3: Kingdoms
- Book needed, daily readings, eight week plan
- Sunday Mornings 8:45am adult group will meeting in-person at Trinity. Contact Gregg Yawman at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm
Tuesday Morning Women’s Group with Connie Sobol & Darlene Sabin - Begins Oct 6, Loggia 2 Classroom, 9am. Email email@example.com.
- Tuesday Evening Women's Group with Julie Lasater in her home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tuesday Evening Adult Group in Gregg Yawman's home. Contact Gregg at email@example.com
- Saturdays 4:30pm group will meet in person, in the Loggia 3 Classroom right next to the Sanctuary. Lead by Bob Trapp, Jr. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Immerse: Kingdoms is the third of six volumes in Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience. Kingdoms presents a new and unique journey through the story of Israel from the time of its conquest of Canaan (Joshua) through its struggle to settle the land (Judges, Ruth) and the establishment of Israel’s kingdom, which ends in a forced exile (Samuel–Kings). The nation of Israel, commissioned to be God’s light to the nations, falls to division and then foreign conquest for rejecting God’s rule. Read more HERE about IMMERSE.
Tuesday Morning Women’s Group, Bless These Lips
- Book needed, weekly reading assignment, jump in anytime
Tuesdays at 9am, beings Oct 6, location TBA, in-person. Contact Terry at email@example.com to sign up.
Bless These Lips: Words are powerful. They can build up or tear down. They can affirm and teach or criticize and condemn. By God’s grace, a mouth makeover can improve our relationships and affect our attitude toward life. Our words can enrich our connection to God as we spend more time in prayer and praise. Most important, God desires that we use the gift of speech to give Him praise, encourage others, and verbalize our faith in Christ as Lord and Savior. Bless These Lips: 40 Days of Spiritual Renewal examines things we say that get in the way of our relationships with God and with others. Each chapter draws on lip product analogies and uses humor, anecdotes, and observations to introduce Scripture passages that address common behaviors and attitudes. And each day’s reading includes Bible study questions and suggestions for personal reflection.
The St. Luke's Concert Series
The UCF Symphony Orchestra will perform Saturday, November 21, at 7pm, ONLINE ONLY,
Under the direction of Dr. Chung Park. Featuring music by Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. To view ONLINE concerts, visit St Luke's website for links. Links to watch live!
Covid Testing Info
Nov 25 Thanksgiving Eve Worship 7pm
Nov 26 - Thanksgiving Day - Worship at 10am
Nov 26-27 Trinity CDC and All offices closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 29 First Sunday of Advent, Food & Funds on the Fifth Collection
Dec 2 Advent Devotion 12:10 or 7pm
Dec 8 Adoption and Foster Care Support Group Awareness Event 11:30am
Dec 9 Advent Devotion 12:10 or 7pm
Dec 13 Voters Meeting 1pm
Dec 16 Advent Devotion 12:10 or 7pm
Dec 24 Campus Offices and CDC Closed Dec 24 through Jan 3
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Worship 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Dec 25 Christmas Day Worship 10am
Dec 31 New Year's Eve Worship 7pm
Jan 5 New Grief Share Series begins
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and Praise to God as we celebrate...
Those Fighting Cancer
Bruce S, Gary B, Gail W, Richard C, Sandy A, Carol D, Mehlia G, Randy H, Travis L, Chuck M, Christine M, John S, Victoria, Rick B
Dan G, Dixie S, Mat M, Ingrid, Pat M, Bud P, Ann T, Keri P, Gordon H, Jim B, Cory C, Herman G, David G, Hazel H, Carolyn M, Hudson W, Bruce , Fran , Barbara B, Len G, Andrea G, Robert S, Jim C.
Peace and Comfort
- For the Brubaker family, following the loss of Jean Byrd, Dina's mother.
- For the family and friends of Yvonne Scott, Julie Lasater's mother, who is now surely singing in the heavenly choir with friends and family gone before her!
- For the family and friends of Cheryl Savage, Darlene Sabin's cousin.
- For the family and friends of Maggy Ennis.
Surgery and Recovery/Hospitalized
Sheila M, Fern, K, Susan P, Clara M, Dixie P, Bob D, Avery B
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
- 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 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 all those who have Covid-19 to be restored to full health
- 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. Let's reach out, listen, connect, and have those hard conversations. Love is first. Love wins.