We're Celebrating the Anniversary of Reformation Day this Weekend (Wear Red!)
The anniversary of Reformation Day is a great opportunity to revisit history and see how events unfolded more than 500 years ago. It's also a great opportunity to tell others about YOUR home church in a different way - by sharing some of the history.
Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum
(The Word of the Lord Endures Forever) is the motto of the Lutheran Reformation, a confident expression of the enduring power and authority of God’s Word.
Reformation Day - It Was All About Jesus, and Still Is (article from LCMS)
Sola Scriptura. Sola Gratia. Sola Fide. Solus Christus.
Latin. Ironic, isn’t it? A movement that resulted in the liturgy and the Bible in our language (not Latin) is remembered by Latin phrases. By Scripture alone, by grace alone, by faith alone. Through Christ alone. Alone. Without your help. Without human tradition. Without anyone’s assistance. God acts alone through Jesus. Scripture. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Grace. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Faith. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Through Christ alone. God gives us all these gifts because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. All good gifts come from God and benefit all those who believe. Through Christ alone.
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 notify a member of Trinity's Administrative Team immediately (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.
Traffic Affecting Trinity Services Next Weekend
Due to construction of a 600 ton Hydro Crane across the street, there will not be able to access Trinity's campus from E. Livingston Street - you will need to enter on Magnolia Ave.
Friday, October 30 beginning at 5:00 p.m. through the night
Saturday, October 31 – All Day
Sunday, Nov 1 – Possibly through the Sunday Service Hours
Help and Hope for those Grieving - Surviving the Holidays, by GriefShare
Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?
Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn:
- How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
- What to do about traditions and other coming changes
- Helpful tips for surviving social events
- How to discover hope for your future
Trinity is offering this essential two-hour seminar on Tuesday, November 10 from 1-3pm. This is a stand-alone session just for the holidays. Please RSVP to Norma at email@example.com.
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.
Operation Christmas Child
Every year since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children in need around the world for a program called Operation Christmas Child. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Children who receive a shoebox are also invited to attend the Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson program that teaches children how to follow Christ and share his love with others.
As a Christmas outreach initiative, we are asking you to prayerfully consider packing an Operation Christmas Child shoebox this year and bringing it back to Trinity Downtown by Sunday, November 8 (or to an Operation Christmas Child Official Collection Center during National Collection Week by the second week of November).
Note: Later this year we will also be having our annual "Trinity Shares Christmas" outreach through the Angel Tree to reach out to children who have one or both parents currently incarcerated.
Last Week to Order - Fundraiser for the CDC - Cards for a Cause!
Since we've had to make adjustments due to Covid, some of our regular CDC fundraisers were cancelled, and so the PTL has found a creative new way to raise funds. CARDS FOR A CAUSE! For $30 you receive an attractive organizer box that holds all of your cards, bringing the card cost to less than $1 each. You can choose from multiple options: All Occasion Box 1, All Occasion Box 2, Thanks & Blanks Box, The Kids Birthday Box, and The Holiday Card Collection. To order, contact Colby Howard in the CDC office at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will take your order OR you can find an order form in the church office! THANK YOU!!
Middle School Youth Gathering 2020
- Registration for this free event is now open.
- A pre-gathering Bible Study is ready.
- A Gathering Elements Guide can be downloaded.
- Last day to register is November 4, 2020.
Mark your calendars! The MSYG this year will be virtual on November 7, 6-9pm! It's also FREE! We encourage groups to gather safely at their churches to attend this event. There will be live, interactive elements, along with recorded segments. The theme of GRIPPED is based on Romans 8:38-39.
- Speakers: Jake, Maile & Leilani Youmans
- Band: Bread of Stone - including a live 30 min meet & greet with the band!
- Emcee: Wes Wright
Confirmation Classes - 7th and 8th Grade Students
Confirmation Classes are offered at Trinity for students in 7th grade (Jr Confirmation, first year) and 8th grade (Sr. Confirmation, second year). This is a two-year curriculum with an emphasis on Scripture and Luther's Small Catechism. These classes, attended by both the student and a parent/guardian, are intended to continue, more intentionally, the exploration of their faith, faith and daily life, and faith life in the church as they approach adulthood. Classes began Sunday, October 4. If you missed the beginning and need to jump in,please contact Tim Norris for details ASAP at Norris.Timothy@gmail.com.
Last Year's Classes did not get to wrap things up due to suspension of in-person services. In order to complete last year's activities the following dates are reserved:
Nov 8 - last year’s First Communion will be held at the Sunday service.
Nov 15 - last year’s Sr. Confirmands will be Confirmed.
Children's Sunday School and MS/HS Youth Bible Study
These Sunday classes are not yet meeting in-person. Updates coming soon.
Member Nominations for Deaconess/DCE
Members of Trinity are encouraged to nominate candidates for the Deaconess/DCE Call Committee to consider. Please email the name of the candidate with as much contact and supporting information you have to Congregation President Tom Finger at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. or Senior Elder Mike Kunze at email@example.com.
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
Sunday School Teachers are needed!
If you love children and want to teach them about Jesus and the Bible this just may be your opportunity to serve your Lord at Trinity. We use GROUP Sunday School curriculum - materials and teaching helps are all provided, with lots of support. If you are interested please contact Pastor Doug at 407.234.5296 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details on projects and to share how you might be able to help!
Choir and Bell Choir
“Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises!” Ps. 47:6 Trinity’s got Talent and we are in search of a few more singers and ringers. If you are interested contact Paul Soost at email@example.com or Anthony Lamourt Anthony.firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAFFIC IMPACT NEWS
Street Work On E. Livingston - Plan to Avoid
A brick street rehabilitation project in the Lake Eola Heights neighborhood began on September 8. The project will occur on E. Livingston Street between Mills Avenue and Highland Avenue. During the project, OUC will use this opportunity to replace previously identified water mains. We expect to complete this project in its entirety in five months. More info in these two attachments: Livingston Street Rehab Livingston Street Memo
CONNECT - LEARN - GROW
Why do we encourage everyone to get involved in a LEARNING GROUP of some kind? These small groups learning experiences provide multiple options 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
Grief Share - Grief Recovery Support Group
Discussion leader is Norma Smith, contact at email@example.com
- 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.
Prayer Bible Study Groups
Pastor Doug continues to lead two prayer groups on Wednesdays, 11am and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Nation under God: Healing Racial Divides in America
- Discussion lead by Trinity member Alina Davis email@example.com
- MONDAYS at 7pm via Zoom
We are a nation divided. This division stems from a lack of communication, empathy, and understanding. Author Rev. B. Keith Haney, an African American LCMS pastor, encourages everyone to seek answers to racial tensions in the only place where truth and peace can be found—God’s Word. Healing must begin with Jesus. In this six-session study, you’ll openly communicate and begin the healing process. Let’s be a nation united—united under God.
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 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.
Coming Up Next Month
Immerse Bible Reading Experience, Book 1: Messiah
- Book needed, daily readings, eight week plan, starts Nov 7
- Saturdays at 4:00 with Pastor Doug, in-person/online TBA. 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.
Nov Operation Christmas Child Begins
Nov 8 Last Year's Jr. Confirmands will receive First Communion
Nov 15 Last Year's Sr. Confirmands will be Confirmed
Nov 26 - Thanksgiving Day (Worship TNX Eve at 7pm, TNX Day at 10am)
Nov 26-27 Trinity Campus Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 29 First Sunday of Advent, Food & Funds on the Fifth Collection
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...
- the baptism of Boone Harrison
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 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. Maggy's memorial service will be held at Trinity this Saturday, October 17 at 2pm, followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall catered by the Citrus Club where Maggy worked. Maggy is the sister of Darcy Ennis, and mother of Darlene Youngbar's grandson Jordan.
- For the family and friends of the Boggs family following the passing of Ken's father.
- For the family and friends of Trinity member Pat McCall.
Surgery and Recovery/Hospitalized
Fern, K, MaryLou E, Susan P, Clara M, Dixie P, Bob D, Avery B
Peace Comfort Dog Ministry Prayers
- Prayers for those considering joining the team and serving in this outreach ministry.
- Prayers for the upcoming visits with church members.
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.