Trinity Weekly

October 21, 2022

Weekend Updates

Pastor Doug has contracted COVID and will be quarantining this weekend. Please keep him in your prayers. Because he is sick, no phone tree will be sent out this week. 

Please extend a special welcome to Pastor Milan Weerts who will be filling in for Pastor Doug this weekend.

ElderFest BBQ

Please join the Trinity Downtown Elders who are hosting the ElderFest BBQ on Friday, October 28, from 5:30–8:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall and the Courtyard. 

The menu includes bratwurst, beef hotdogs, chicken sliders, and sides. Beverages will include water, iced tea, beer, and wine. Guests are asked to bring a dessert. There will be activities and games for the children along with BINGO for all to enjoy. 

This event is FREE of charge. We will have a Free-Will Offering plate out to accept donations to offset expenses and go toward Pastor’s discretionary fund. However, the Fellowship/Outreach Ministry Team has recruited a musician to play guitar in the courtyard over dinner and is in need of $150 for his services. If you are interesting in donating towards this, please make the check out to Trinity Lutheran Church and write "ElderFest" in the memo line.

No RSVP’s needed and all are welcomed to attend. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Terry Boggs at

David Ludwig Concert

We are thrilled to have our very own David Ludwig perform as a special guest for this event! Please join us at 7:30pm on October 28 in the sanctuary for a fun evening of music and behind the scenes tour of the pipe organ.

David Ludwig Jr. is a graduate of Valparaiso University and The Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He served for many wonderful years as Minister of Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and currently serves as Worship and Arts Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Winter Park and as Saturday evening worship leader at Trinity Downtown. David regularly takes part in local musical performances and celebrations, sharing his talent with the community. He loves to make music with all, especially with his wife, Janet, and his two sons, Ben and Chris.

Come out for a lovely evening to hear David Ludwig play beautiful music. Just maybe we will hear a piece of Phantom of the Opera.

Family Fun Night

Trinity’s next Friday Fun Night will be held TONIGHT, Friday, October 21st, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All ages from young to old are welcome to join in some fun and games, whether board games or card games. The main event for the night is bingo with prizes that include nostalgia candy, “a blast from the past,” and gift cards from various locations.

The Fellowship and Outreach Team will be providing dinner. It’s football season… time to have food, fun, and fellowship!!! Both the Team and Attendees are asked to bring Tailgating Snacks of your choice. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover operating expenses as well as for Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.

This month will also include a themed basket on display for a raffle drawing by the name of “Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice.” So bring your $1 bills and play your heart out! Baskets change each month, but the purpose remains the same: to raise money to purchase coverings for the courtyard.

Please contact the office with any questions. 

LWML Weekend

This weekend, October 22 and 23, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) will celebrate 80 years of service. The women of the LWML invite the entire congregation to celebrate together as the Body of Christ under the theme, “For Us and With Us.” This special worship service was authored by Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson, Vice President of Administration, Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan.    

Joinus and learn how the Lord has worked through the LWML to bring the lost and the erring into fellowship with Him through mission and ministry. LWML will display 50 of their completed quilts and the LWML banner. A small keepsake gift will also be available for everyone at the doors.

Make A More Joyful Noise! is back!

Please join the Parish Choir and help us Make A More Joyful Noise! on Reformation Sunday, October 30, during the traditional 11:15 am service. All are welcome! Every voice can make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Even YOU! 

Come to the balcony on Sunday morning at 10:45 am to rehearse prior to the service.

Come Make A More Joyful Noise! with us!

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” (Psalm 100)

October OWLS Meeting

The next OWLS meeting will be held on Thursday, October 27, around 12pm at Linda Short's 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, October 24 by contacting Audrey Gordon at 407-897-1418. If you have questions, please reach out to Audrey. 

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 a fantastic 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. A pumpkin purchase is NOT required for someone to stop by to take photos among the pumpkins and décor - we have a handful of families who come every year just for photos, and they love it!

The Pumpkin Patch is open from October 6-31 with weekday hours of 3:30pm-6pm and weekend hours from 10am-4pm. If you would like to volunteer to help, please use the following link to sign up:

Pumpkin Patch Volunteer Sign-Up 

Don't forget to buy a pumpkin to support Trinity's CDC!

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 October 30! Thank you.

Church Work Day

Our next church work day is scheduled for the morning of 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.

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

Peace visits St Michael Lutheran School in Fort Myers

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Peace, Jemimah (St. Paul – Boca Raton), and Moriah (St. Luke – Oviedo) traveled to Fort Myers on Monday to be present with the students, teachers, and families at St. Michael Lutheran Church and School as they prepared to go back to school. More than 40 families from their congregation lost their homes. Several of the teachers’ homes were flooded or have cars that are no longer drivable.

We were able to provide comfort, love and a gentle and kind distraction from all the stress and loss they are facing. We are grateful to serve and be called, and ask our Trinity family to continue to include these families and so many others in their prayers. 

More trips to Fort Myers are expected.

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 as well as a Bible and an opportunity to minister to a family. Our Angel Tree will be placed in the Narthex (entryway of the Sanctuary) in early November where you can select a child for whom to purchase a gift. You will also be able to select a gift online. 

While purchasing gifts for the children is a critical component of the program, we need volunteers! We are looking for individuals to contact the caregivers to verify addresses as well as volunteers to deliver the gifts to the families during the week of December 18th. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please reach out to Alina Davis at or 407-247-9703.

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 schedules for October and November have 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 can be viewed and printed by clicking on the link below:

October Calendar

Questions? Contact the church office at

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., Mary B., JoAnn and Allan, Lisa and Victor, Michael S., Jenny M., Jerry K., Barbara R., Jackie R., Kimberly P., Mary, Doug H.

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, John L., Karen E., Ruby H., Melissa, Ruby W., Baby David, Bill, Leighton and mother Brianna, Tony F., Pastor Doug

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Bob G., Jean-Paul, Anna's grandmother, Jessica L., Mike K., Gary R., Robert M., Bill S.

Other Needs

  • Tara and James
  • Students, teachers, and families in Uvalde Texas
  • Everyone in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian
  • Lee Lee and unborn baby
  • Aggie and family
  • Noah

Peace and Comfort

  • For the family and friends of Ronnie Schmitz
  • For the family and friends of Len Gabriel
  • For the family and friends of David Lyons
  • For the family and friends of Early Lukkes
  • For the family and friends of Sgt. Greg Taylor
  • For the family and friends of Georgia Holley
  • For the family and friends of Mary Long
  • For the family and friends of Glen Schumacher
  • For the McQuown family
  • For the Howard family
  • For the Heideman family
  • For the family and friends of John Huckeba
  • For Donna at the passing of her father
  • For the Fabry family
  • For the O'Donnell family
  • For the family and friends of Sgt. Nagy
  • For the Hallenbech family
  • For Diane at the loss of her mother
  • For the family and friends of Ron Logan
  • For the Sharma family
  • For the Schupan family
  • For the family of Rower
  • For Adriunns at the loss of her friend
  • For the family and friends of Fran Lee
  • For the family and friends of Tom Grether
  • For the family and friends of Joyce Saeger
  • For the family and friends of Clifford Sweatt
  • For the family and friends of Ann Christianson

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.

 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 15 Sat. in person: 35

October 15 online: 19

October 16 Sun. 9am: 47

October 16 Sun. 11:15am: 51

October 16 online: 23

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