Trinity Weekly
October 15, 2021 Edition

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.
A Message from Chanda Gillenwater
Trinity Family, I wanted to let you all konw that on Thursday, October 7, I met with Congregation President, Tom Finger, and Pastor Doug and tendered my resignation giving two weeks’ notice with Trinity. My last day in the office will be this coming Thursday, October, 21. 

I have accepted a phenomenal job offer with a Clinical Research company working toward new treatments for illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease serving as their Psychometric Rater – essentially that means I’ll be doing the neurological-psychological testing for patients who are applying for and participating in the clinical trials. This takes me full circle, putting my M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology back to use, as I was before I began serving with Trinity nearly 16 years ago.
It has been an amazing journey to serve in ministry with Trinity. I’ve met and served with some absolutely amazing pastors, the very best Deaconess ever, beautifully talented musicians, dedicated staff and lay leaders, and I have made such wonderful connections and friendships within our staff and Trinity family. What a blessing! God’s purpose and planning was woven into each and every step, and I am grateful for the experience.
With our new Admin Assistant in place, God has provided once again, that Trinity’s church office management needs will be met. Katherine is doing exceptionally well in her new role and is soon able to add 8 additional hours per week bringing her to a full time 4-day a week role – which is a blessing to her. She has been a delightful addition to the team and will be able to manage the church office needs very well. Those things she’s not able to cover, in areas of Ministry Development/Coordination & Communications will be addressed by Leadership or will simply fall to the wayside until Trinity is blessed with a new church ministry team staff member or Called church worker.  
I pray God will continue to bless Trinity's ministries and each of you! I pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire and direct the steps of all Trinity’s people, as you become equipped and strengthened by Trinity’s ministries, to move steadily forward with great integrity, intent and purpose, reaching others with the gospel and bringing people one step closer to Jesus.
In The Love of Christ, Chanda Gillenwater
Worship Bulletins
Back by request, weekly bulletins are now available in the narthex with service information as well as the weekly prayer list. Please feel free to take one home and pray for the concerns on the back cover. We are experimenting with exactly how many to print each week, so please be patient with us as we figure this out over the coming weeks!
Campus Work Day
Many hands make light(er) work! Join your Trinity Family in a "good stewards service project" caring for our campus on Saturday, October 23 from 8am to 12pm - or any span of time in between. We'll do some plant trimming, weeding, window cleaning, and landscaping bed refreshments. If you have favorite tools from home you can bring to use - fantastic. We will provide trash bags and things like shovels and rakes. Questions? Contact Ted at  
Make A MORE Joyful Noise! Reformation 2021
Please join the Parish Choir and help us Make A More Joyful Noise! on Reformation Sunday, October 31 during the 10:00am service. All are welcomed! Every voice can make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Even YOU! We will rehearse the music on Wednesday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the balcony. If you can’t make Wednesday’s rehearsal, you can come Sunday morning at 9:30a.m. to rehearse prior to the service. All rehearsals will be in the balcony.

Reformation was, first and foremost, all about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was then, and it still is now. The task of reformation never ends – for every person, in every generation, needs to hear the good news of their Savior from sin and eternal death. There’s no better way to share this message then through song.

Come Make A More Joyful Noise! with us! Questions? Please email or talk to Paul Soost ( 
OWLS Luncheon Fellowship
If you consider yourself an "older and wiser" Lutheran, this event is for you! Join us for a luncheon on Friday, October 29 at Linda S's house. This is an amazing opportunity to eat good food, fellowship with others, and share your wisdom. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, October 27. Please contact Audrey at to sign up or for more information.
Reformation Sunday Plans! WEAR RED
On Sunday, October 31, we will have one Sunday worship service at 10am to Celebrate the 504th anniversary of the Reformation. (6pm worship will meet as scheduled). Following worship together, our Trinity Elders will host an Elder BBQ making time for fellowship among our membership, CDC families, and guests of Trinity. Meet and greet the Elders and learn more about how they serve Church - you'll find them wearing name tags so you can pick them out of the crowd! If you have a favorite dessert recipe, please bring a dessert to share!
Cake Bake-Off at the Elder BBQ
Prepare you best cake recipe and enter to win a prize at the Elder BBQ Cake Bake-Off. Entry fee is $3 and will go to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund. Sign up in the Narthex this weekend or email Terry at Winners of the bake-off will receive major Trinity bragging rights, as well as a ribbon and a prize. Guests judges will rate cakes, and then leftovers will go to BBQ guests to share/taste. Deadline to enter is October 24. Entry fee due on Oct 31 when cake is dropped of before 10am in Fellowship Hall. GOOD LUCK! (Who knows! You might get extra credit for a Reformation theme cake!)
Operation Christmas Child
Trinity is Participating in Operation Christmas Child! The amazing journey of a shoebox begins with you… Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, with a mission to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. These shoe boxes filled with simple gifts and are shipped to children around the world affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.
Trinity Downtown is collecting donations of shoe box items now through Sunday October 31st for our shoebox packing party, which will be held during the Elder BBQ. We also have free shoe boxes that you can take home to pack. Trinity Downtown will accept packed shoeboxes until Nov. 6th, or you can drop shoeboxes off at an official drop-off location during National Collections Week (Nov. 15-22). Information about drop-off locations and suggested gift items are available online at Operation Christmas Child | Shoebox Outreach of Samaritan’s Purse ( Contact Trinity church member Lynn Hogan, OCC Project Leader at if you have any questions or are interested in volunteering for the packing party.  
"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 the creation of 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're 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 first 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 will be 11/30/2021, but feel free to start bringing them in any time after October 21, 2021.

OUR Church Family BACKPACK GOAL: 30 (or more) Elementary Age appropriate size/theme Backpacks with a pack each of appropriate size socks and underwear, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and one toy for an elem school age child. If you'd like to participate, please email - you can donate one backpack with all the items included, or if you would like to donate money, Chanda will do the shopping for you (est. $30 for a backpack and items). Each backpack also calls for one book per backpack, and someone has already offered to purchase an age appropiate Children's Lutheran prayer book and Bible for each backpack donated by our church family! So don't worry about the book. Thank you!
Food and Funds on the Fifth Sunday
As always, on any fifth Sunday of a month, we'll 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 Reformation weekend! Thank you.
Downtown Orlando Pumpkin Patch
It's back! The Child Development Center's PTL is moving forward their biggest annual fundraiser, our Pumpkin Patch! The PTL will set up those fantastic photo-op areas and we'll have lots of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes, and prices. This is agreat opportunity for fundraising for our CDC, as well as for welcoming local guests onto our campus to see our Church and CDC and meet some of our Trinity family in a very casual environment.

CHANGES have been made to the seving schedule due to gaps in coverage and moving people around to fill in. Please check with your scheduling coordinator, Weekly, or website for updates.

You can view the schedule on the website as at
Thank you! from Liz Roberts
Thank you all so very much for your outpouring of love and support; and of course, of prayers for my recovery from my recent car accident. You guys are rock stars of generosity. And you've certainly rocked my world with your generosity! I appreciate every telephone call, email, text message, get well card, birthday card, birthday cake, tea, devotional, etc. I am doing so much better and am seeing continued improvement every day. You're the BEST! Thank you.
With much love and blessings to all, Liz Roberts
Sunday School for Adults 10:15-11:00am
Sunday School / Classes for Children and Students 10:15-11:00am
Adult Sunday School, Childrens Sunday School, MS/HS Sunday School

  • Adult Sunday School the IMMERSE study meets in Loggia 3, and Sermon Study meets in in Loggia 2
  • Children's Sunday School for children 4 years through 5th grade will utilize a curriculum published by Kingdom Quest. Serving this year: PreK-4 and Kindergarten with Mrs. JoAnne Gueswelle: 1st-2nd grades with Mrs. Desiree Kallesen, and 3rd through 5th grades with Mrs. Gail Wilkosz. All classes meet on the first floor of Heritage Hall - look for the signs and arrows along the loggia hallway!
  • MS and HS Youth Bible Study will begin with a study of Paul, co-lead by Faith Finger and her father Tom Finger, utlizing Right Now Media video study resources. Youth will meet in the church undercroft (basement) in the Youth Room.
Open Positions at Trinity Downtown
We're seeking a part time Sunday childcare worker for our Nursery. Please share this job opening with anyone you feel might be a good fit!!
At the We Care 5k you’ll never move alone while helping your community thrive! Lutheran Counseling Services is hosting an all ages 5k run and walk on October 30th. The We Care 5K will benefit their Older Adult Ministry which serves vulnerable older adults who struggle with loneliness and other life transitions. Your registration will help provide these community members needed counseling services and are 100% supported by donor contributions. Register by September 15th to get the early bird special of only $25 and help get older adults “moving” too.
We're 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 Chanda 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
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!

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.  

Adult Study & Support Groups

  • Weekly Men's Thursday morning IHOP Breakfast and Devotions Group (ongoing)
  • Immerse Bible Reading Experience, Book 3: Prophets (Monday evenings with Pastor Doug)
  • Grief Share - Grief Recovery Support Group NEW SERIES BEGINS AUG 31
  • Prayer Bible Study Group (Wednesday evenings, ongoing)
  • Sunday Sermon Study - with Pastor Doug
  • Adult Bible Study - IMMERSE Bible Reading Experience - POETS
  • Additional POETS Study groups: Tuesday morning women's group, Thursday evening women's group, Saturday evening adult group
  • Tuesday Morning Women’s Group - "Anxious for Nothing"
  • Online/At Your Own Pace - multiple options
For details and updates click here: Bible Studies

Children (4 years though 5th grade)

SUNDAY SCHOOL children and youth 4 years through 5th grade
For details and updates click here: Childrens Ministry

Youth (6th grade through 12th grade)

Sunday School/Bible Study for MS & HS Youth, 10:15am Youth Room
Confirmation Instruction for 7th and 8th graders (see Youth page for schedule)
For details and updates click here: Youth Ministry
October 5-30 Pumpkin Patch Sales - CDC Fundraiser M-F 3-6pm, S & S 9a-5p
October 8 - Nov 6 Christmas Child Shoe box Collections
Oct 21-Nov 30 IMPACKS Collections
Oct 31 Food and Funds on the Fifth Sunday
October 31 One Sunday Reformation Worship service at 10am
Elder BBQ
Cake Bake-Off (deadline to sign up is Oct 24)
Nov 24 Thanksgiving Eve Worship 7pm
Nov 25 Thanksgiving Day Worship 10am
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 
Rachel Cottle, Jan Fry, Kurt, Bruce S, Jamie J, Rick B, Andy S, Karl S, Sandy Allen, Mary B, Ray S, Mike Riley

Health Concerns 
Rocky Smothers, Kevin Cavanaugh, Paul, Briana, Ernest Lea, Len Gabriel, JoAnn Chavez, Sergei and Sara, Nicolo, Ronnie Schmitz, Marcy Nichols, Norma, Juan, Sharon Tavares, Noah, Pam, Deloris, Kyle, Dorothy Stephens, Hazel, Sammy

Other Needs
  • For the Road family
  • For the Gabriel family
  • Dr. Gideon Daniel
  • Jon, Dan and Liz - safe traveling to Italy
  • For the Chasie family
  • Marina- prayers for her husband to find a job here so he can move from NY to Orlando and reunite with family
  • For all those affected directly or indirectly by the effects of Alzheimers - strength, grace and comfort for them and their families
  • For Lina Blackwood - blessings on her transition to collage and all that goes with that!
  • Jeremie, Keith, Mindy, H, Karen E, Margaret
  • Carl Bailey
  • Nathan and Maria - prayers for guidance in parenting newborn child

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized
Brenda Gusewelle, Len Gabriel, Krista, Shane Russe, Charles Hayes, Matt Beier, Brenda, David Huebner and family

Peace and Comfort
  • For Lory and family after the loss of her husband to Covid and for the speedy recovery from Covid for the rest of the family.
  • For Tamra Gillenwater and family, after the loss of her mother to Covid and prayers for her father, who has Covid, to be restored to health.
  • For the family and friends of Miriam Huebner
  • For the family and friends of Bill Kent
  • For the Phillips family
  • For the family of Joe Boggs upon the year aniversary of his death
  • For the family of Jason Vic
  • For the Griffy family
  • For the family, friends, and coworkers of Rich
  • For the Gentry family at the passing of James

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 Spain

  • For another Easterday grandbaby!
  • For all the animals saved from the fired at PAGO
  • Praise for successful survery for Matt Beier!
  • Many thanks to God for Claudia's safe and successful surgery!
  • Praise and thanks to our Lord that little Bruce has completed his chemo treatment, and his test results were promising! He will continue to have chemo treatments every three months and, prayerfully, will reach remission. 
  • Praise and thanks to God for taking care of Chuck Knudson through his surgery and recovery!!
  • Thanksing God for making a heart available for Phil and for his successful ongoing recovery !
  • For the birth and health of Greyson Anthony!
  • That Bill and Debbie McFadden are both out of danger, BACK TO WORK, and continuing to recover well.
  • For Rocky Smothers continued recovery
  • That Jyra Baca awakened from a coma
  • Blessings on the marriage of Ben and Stephanie
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
  • Prayers of thanks for God’s daily provisions. 
Community News
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