Trinity Weekly

November 4, 2022

Thank You from Pastor Doug


Thank you for the very generous and well suited selection of gifts with which you blessed Desiree and me for Pastor Appreciation month. It is truly a pleasure serving at Trinity - we love each and ever one of you! May God Almighty bless our efforts as we go to make disciples throughout Orlando and Central Florida.

Pastor Doug and Desiree

Facilities Reminder

If you are on campus during the day Monday-Friday, please use the public restrooms by the church office instead of the restrooms by the Fellowship Hall. If you have questions regarding this, please reach out to the church office.

Street Closures

Please be aware that the following streets will be closed all weekend for the Fall Fiesta in the Park:

  • Robinson Street from Summerlin Avenue to Rosalind Avenue
  • Eola Drive from Robinson Street to Washing Street
  • Osceola cul-de-sac north of Central Boulevard

Church Work Day

Our next church work day is scheduled for THIS SATURDAY, November 5. This workday will include outside clean up of Trinity, continued clean up of the grounds after Hurricane Ian, and clean up of spaces to return them to normal functioning. We encourage you to set this day aside and come help make our church beautiful. There is work for everyone, no matter your skill set.

Some tasks for the day include:

  • Weeding and cleaning up outdoor areas
  • Cleaning out the Loggia classrooms
  • Cleaning the undercroft
  • Cleaning the Loggia classrooms
  • Various other tasks

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 6-8 p.m. 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.

Special Session of GriefShare

If you have suffered the loss of a spouse, parent, child, or close friend, the holidays are especially difficult to handle the first year, the second year, or even longer. To anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one and is walking through this journey of grief, the weekly Tuesday afternoon GriefShare group would like to extend an invitation to their annual event entitled "Surviving the Holidays." This special session includes viewing a video entitled "Surviving the Holidays" and is an opportunity for Pastor Kallesen to be present and discuss grieving. Coffee, tea, water, and some snacks will be provided.

This special session will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church on Tuesday, November 15, from 1pm-3pm.

If you have additional questions or are planning to attend, please RSVP by November 8 by contacting the church office (407-488-1919 or

November OWLS Meeting

The next OWLS meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 16, at 12:30pm at The Italian House. This will be a wonderful time of food and fellowship and we hope to see you there!

Please confirm your attendance no later than Monday, November 14, by contacting Audrey Gordon at 407-897-1418. If you have questions, please reach out to Audrey. 

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon will be held on Sunday, November 20th at 11:30am. Please note that we will only have one 10am service due to this event.

The luncheon will be sponsored by Darlene's group and the Fellowship/Outreach Ministry Team. Rich Poole will be providing the meat and side dishes. The congregation is asked to provide desserts:

A-G: Pies

H-O: Cakes/Cupcakes

P-Z: Cookies

Please join us for food, fun and fellowship. After lunch, we will have a taste of Family Fun Night with the main attraction of Bingo. Card games and other board games will be available as well. We will be raffling off a gift basket: "A Very Merry Disney Christmas!" So bring your dollars to play!

A free will offering will be provided to offset the operating costs and help with the Pastor's Discretionary Fund. Please direct any questions to the church office.

New Member Sunday

We are thrilled to welcome those who have recently joined our Trinity family!

If you have recently joined Trinity and would like to be included in this welcome and you have not heard from the church office, please contact or by calling 407-488-1919.

The welcome will be coordinated with our Thanksgiving luncheon, so please plan to stay after the service for food and fellowship!

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 with tags will be up in the narthex beginning this weekend. Simply take a tag, purchase what is on the tag, and return the gift to Trinity unwrapped by December 4th. Gifts should be returned to

the box in the Narthex during worship or to the front office during the week. Please make sure to attach the tag or a note to the gift so we know to which family to give the gift.

An online option also exists for choosing tags so those worshiping from home can easily participate. Please use the following link to choose a tag online:

Each gift should be no more than $25. If you are unable to shop but want to donate funds, please contact Alina directly to arrange that. Volunteers will then collect and 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 parents. 

If you would like to volunteer to call families, sort, or deliver gifts, we need your help! Please reach out to Alina Davis at or 407-247-9703 to volunteer or ask questions. 

Operation Christmas Child

It's that time of year again! Trinity Downtown and the families of the CDC are invited to pack a shoebox for the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child ministry. Operation Christmas Child delivers the good news of Jesus Christ to children in need around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes. Each box packed full of quality toys, school supplies, and personal care items becomes a tangible expression of God's immense love for the child.

You can pack a shoebox of your own or pick up a free shoebox from the narthex or CDC front desk while supplies last. Make sure to take a brochure which includes suggestions on what to pack as well as a shipping label. Most importantly, please pray for the Operation Christmas Child ministry and the child who will receive the shoebox you lovingly pack.

Please return packed and labeled shoeboxes to the collection boxes at the CDC or Trinity Church narthex no later than Sunday, November 13. Packed shoeboxes may also be dropped off between November 14-21 at the Church on the Drive at 1914 Edgewater Drive in Orlando.

Visit the link below for additional information or to find additional shoebox drop-off locations:

Please direct any questions to the OCC project leader, Lynn Hogan at


"Impacks" (ie: backpacks making an impact) is a project putting together backpacks with a few personal items for children who are living in transition between foster homes or homeless shelter living. It ensures that each child has something of his/her very own to hold what little belongings he/she may have to carry from location to location. On any night there can be over 100 children sleeping at the Coalition for Homeless alone. It changes nightly. We have been told several times that our backpacks and gifts would be the only items these children would receive for Christmas.

This project is created and organized by Ashely Marshall of our CDC family. The CDC family of Trinity has been participating in IMPACKS for a several years now, and we are jumping on board to support this very real need in our community, to send a little extra love to children in need. Our church family goal this year is to provide and fill 30 backpacks for Elementary age children. The backpacks will be delivered in December so these children will have something for Christmas. The deadline to bring completed backpacks to the Narthex is November 27, 2022, but feel free to start bringing them in any time after November 5, 2022.

For these backpacks, please bring Elementary Age appropriate themed backpacks with a pack each of appropriate size socks and underwear, a toothbrush and toothpaste, an appropriate book, and one toy for an elementary school age child.

Please contact the church office with questions by emailing or by calling 407-488-1919.

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

Rocky Smothers is leading a study on the Major Festivals. Contact the church office with any questions.

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

Mondays at 7pm Online

Immerse Messiah

Led by James and Laura Marano

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

Study resumes in November

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 November 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 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" beginning September 18. 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
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
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Monthly Trinity Calendars

A limited number of copies of the monthly Trinity calendar can be accessed in the narthex beginning this week or viewed below. Contact the church office with any questions.

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 

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., Kimberly P., Mary, Doug H., Paul W., Jamie J., Eva S., Rebecca M.

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, John L., Karen E., Baby David, Bill, Leighton and mother Brianna, Tony F.

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Robert M., Bill S., Skip, Michelle, Leon D.

Other Needs

  • Everyone in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian
  • LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs who are traveling to provide comfort to those affected by Hurricane Ian
  • Noah
  • Sara
  • Parker and Laura
  • Aggie and family

Peace and Comfort

  • For the Howard family
  • For the McQuown familiy
  • For the Heideman family
  • For the Fabry family
  • For Donna at the passing of her father
  • For the family and friends of John Huckeba
  • For the family and friends of Ron Logan
  • For Diane at the loss of her mother
  • For the family and friends of James Hallenbech
  • For the family and friends of Jim Falvo
  • For the Talno and Wunderlich families
  • For the O'Donnell family
  • For the Sharma family
  • For the family and friends of Tim Schupann
  • For the family and friends of Fran Lee
  • For Adriunns at the loss of her friend
  • For the family and friends of Rower
  • For the family and friends of Ann Christianson
  • 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

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!
  • Thank you for a successful Elderfest!

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
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

October 29 Sat. in person: 27

October 29 online: N/A

October 30 Sun. 9am: 47

October 30 Sun. 11:15am: 59

October 30 online: 36

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