Trinity Weekly
October 8, 2021 Edition

Peace Shares - Thank You from Peace and Team
Wow! Peace and Team would like to thank you for your extreme generosity for our Peace Shares campaign, collecting donations for All Creatures Pet Grooming. All Creatures generously donates Peace's monthly grooming, so when we learned they were taking in dogs and cats that needed to be rehomed, we asked how we could help. They shared they could use dog and cat food, treats and toys. We asked for your help, and you responded in a big way. Thanks to your generosity, we delivered 25-30 bags/boxes of dog/cat food and treats, plus toys, blankets and towels. In addition, we are giving them a check for $730 for additional food and supplies - all thanks to YOUR generosity. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is about compassion and mercy, sharing God's love in our community. Thank you all for being a part of Peace's ministry. We love you! 
Photo: Peace delivering dog and cat food, treats and toys to Robert and groomer Monica at All Creatures Pet Grooming
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 in backpacks 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 a pre-teen. If you'd like to participate, please email Chanda at - 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. Each backpack also calls for one book per backpack, and a Trinity staff member 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.
Name Tags
If you don't have a name tag yet, please sign up for one in the Narthex or side door. NOTE: these are magnetic and should not be worn by people who have pace makers.
PUMPKIN Delivery
THANKS to all who helped with the pumpkin delivery!!

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

  • SPREAD THE WORD this event is posted on Trinity's Facebook page - you can help spread the word and increase sales by SHARING that event on your own page, letting your own list of FACEBOOK friends know about it. THANK YOU!

Last week.... Checking in with our Trinity Family!!
Please take a few minutes to share some very, very important feedback.
Thank you.

How do you like the new Sunday Worship and Study schedule?
Please share your feedback in this very short survey?

Are you having trouble finding a Bible study or Book Study that's right for you? If you ARE having trouble finding the right group, please share some input to let us know what you want & need.

We have a significant shortage in volunteers.
Many factors are at play - and we can all certainly understand how easily things can get off track - especially given the ever-changing schedules, closures, and Covid issues recently. However, as we turn the corner and things are getting back to a new normal, we do not have the number of volunteers necessary to adequately staff our worship services. The volunteers who serve in worship ensure that each worship service runs smoothly: they welcome guests, hand out flyers, direct proper traffic flow, answer questions, collect the offering, support the Pastor, distribute communion, assist with baptisms, respond during emergencies, and so much more behind the scenes. When we have too few volunteers, we OVERwork the volunteers on the schedule, placing them in multiple roles, across multiple services, and over consecutive weekends. This prevents members of our Trinity family from having dedicated time to worship without a volunteer responsibility and that's not something we can allow to become standard procedure. Please take a moment to respond to this final survey this week, and let us know where you can serve in worship with your Trinity family in order to support worship running smoothly, ensure that no one has to work multiple roles repeatedly, and so that everyone has time to worship fully and freely. THANK YOU so very much!!
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
Trinity's LWML News
LWML (Lutheran Women's Missionary League) was established in 1942 by Lutheran Women who worked in the home and wanted to contribute to the war (WWII) effort by cutting and sewing bandages for wounded soldiers. Trinity has had an LWML since 1945 and it has definitely changed in 76 years. We still collect mites in the little mite boxes which are still available for loose change. Those mites still go directly to the LWML Headquarters where they are housed until the bi-annual District Meeting. Each local chapter can send two delegates to vote on upwards of 50 Grants submitted from LWML churhes. Trinity was blessed to receive a $10,000 grant in 2018 in an effort to keep our day school (which has since closed).

The past 18 months have been very hard on our small group which has dwindled to less than half. But, we're still active in making hand tied quilts! October, specifically the first week, has been celebrated as LWML week in the Luthreran Church. In the past we have been able to display the quilts we have made which are shipped to Lutheran World Relief headquarters in Maryland each February. In 2021 we shipped 42 quilts and we are hoping to ship 50 in 2022.

We have been able to continue our quilting with generous donations of material, thread and sheets. Currently we only need sheets, used and colored or white. 
If you would like to join us, we'd love to have you - (no experience necessary!) just give Mary Lou a call at 407-491-4452.

From FL-GA District President Greg Walton about the LWML: "October is also when many churches will celebrate the ministry of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League or LWML. These are ladies dedicated to missions both domestically and internationally. Through their mite box offerings they fund many mission endeavors. In fact, the LWML funded a partnership between Mission Nation Publishing and the Florida-Georgia District which is a pilot project to produce resources that will help churches reach new ethnic groups. Mission Nation will publish books, manuals, PowerPoint presentations, design conferences and create other resources to help churches in the FLGA District seeking to reach ethnic populations in their community. Recently, at their Fall Retreat the ladies raised close to $2000 from offerings and mite boxes for the Florida-Georgia District Disaster Relief fund. These ladies have fire in their hearts and definitely spending time in the Word." (Yes, our LWML ladies sure do!)
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
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

Health Concerns 
Rocky Smothers, Kevin Cavanaugh, Paul, Briana, Ernest Lea, Len Gabriel, JoAnn Chavez, Sergei and Sara

Other Needs
  • Sammy
  • Mary Scroggins
  • For the Raad 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
  • Dardie Yawman, traveling mercies

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

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 freinds of Bill Kent

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
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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