Trinity Weekly

September 15, 2023

September Family Fun Night - TONIGHT!!

Trinity’s next Friday Fun Night will be held on Friday, September 15 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 “A Chili Cook-off” for dinner. Let’s see who wins the Second Annual Cook-off Trophy!! Will the Master Chef from last year win again or will there be an upset? Attendees are asked to bring a dessert or side dishes for the chili. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover operating expenses and to help purchase coverings for the courtyard.

We will also be honoring our Second Annual, “A Good Samaritan Award” from the congregation at this Family Fun Night. This is a difficult decision to make since there are so many wonderful Good Samaritans at our church. Come be a part of this special celebration on September 15.

Please contact Terry Boggs at with any questions. 

Young Adults Fellowship - THIS WEEKEND!

The next gathering of Trinity's Young Adult Fellowship will be held on Saturday, September 16, from 4pm-6pm. Come and enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with other young adults from Trinity.

Please RSVP to Ethan Kallesen at 407-538-8485.

First Floor Once in a While Choir

For those of you who love to sing but cannot climb the steps to the balcony and/or drive at night, you are invited to sing with the First Floor Once in a While Choir on Sunday, September 17, at the 11:15 am service. We will rehearse prior to the service at 10:45 am in the front of the Sanctuary. We will sing after the Old Testament lesson, so you can sit with your family after we sing. All voices and ages are welcome!

Update from LWML

LWML will hold the 2023 FL-GA DISTRICT RETREAT from September 22-24 in Orlando where the district vote will be taken for the next group of grants chosen. $2,211,976 has been paid in grants for 2021-2023.

This year's Retreat has chosen ST. GERARD MATERNITY HOME in St Augustine, FL to receive "Gifts from the Heart."

The following are needed donations:

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Cream and pacifiers
  • Soft blankets.
  • Toiletry items for new moms
  • Travel size shampoo for new moms
  • Deodorant for new moms
  • Combs for new moms

There will be a large box in the church narthex by September 6 to collect these items from any church members. LWML volunteers will transport these gifts to the retreat by September 22, 2023. 

Missionary Luncheon

Reverend Jay & Julie Doss will again be visiting Trinity on Sunday, October 1. Trinity will be hosting a luncheon for them sponsored and supported by the Elders and the Fellowship and Outreach Ministry Team. The congregation is invited to join for a time of ministry and celebration with this couple.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. We ask that the congregation help with the following:

A-H bring a side dish

I-P bring Pies or Cakes

Q-Z bring Brownies or Cookies

There will be a free-will offering to cover operating expenses and missionary donations. Please see Rocky Smothers or Terry Boggs if you have questions. 

Trinity's Adopt-A-Class Ministry

The 2023-2024 school year is well underway here at Trinity's Child Development Center with the classrooms filled with precious children and their dedicated teachers. Two years ago, we began an Adopt-A-Class Ministry in an effort to let our teachers know how much we appreciate them and to forge new relationships between our church and our school. Congregation members adopt/sponsor the teachers in one classroom (between 3-7 teachers) and bring them a small gift and note of encouragement/Bible verse each month from October-May. The gifts can be candy, cookies, fruit, gift cards, pens, sticky note pads,etc....things that would be fun for a teacher to receive. It truly is a joy to deliver these gifts and see the delight on the faces of those who are nurturing little ones' faith in Jesus.

We are in need of 9 new sponsors this year in order to have each of our 21 classrooms and staff groups covered. Would you please consider adopting a class? Once you sign up, you'll be sent information about your class and lots of helpful gift ideas. Please email or call Julia Malenke at or 334-703-0352 with any questions, for more information, or to adopt-a-class. Thank you!

Redeeming Life's Shake, Rattle & Stroll Walk for Life

Trinity is thrilled to partner with Redeeming Life to host the first ever Shake, Rattle & Stroll Walk for Life.

This fundraiser will be held at Lake Eola Park on Saturday, January 27 from 8am-11am.

The goals of this fundraiser are to:

  1. Raise awareness about the sanctity of life and the importance of a healthy God centered family. 
  2. Provide critical support to Redeeming Life Maternity Home.   


Since the event is free, we are asking that each congregation help us offset the event costs in one of two ways: 


  1. Provide a gift of $250.00 (checks payable to Trinity Lutheran Church earmarked for Shake, Rattle & Stroll
  2. Write a Thrivent Action Team grant for $250.00. 

Additional information to come regarding volunteer opportunities, but if you are interested in serving with this event, please contact the church office.

Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries is a Christ-centered maternity home and program offering love, hope, and a future to single pregnant women in crisis located in Sanford, Florida.  The ministry is expanding to the Chicagoland area this fall, the first of many expansion projects.  The long-term vision for Redeeming Life is to have a uniquely LCMS Lutheran maternity home in every geographical district in the country.  We are excited to partner with Redeeming Life, as together we serve desperate young mothers and their children but most importantly, to share the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with them.  Please take a few minutes to learn more about Redeeming Life at   

Altar Flower Sponsorships

Would you like to monetarily sponsor one or both of the planned weekly altar flower arrangements? Please fill out this form to share your sponsorship information.

Each arrangement is $25 and you may sponsor one or both arrangements. Please contact the church office with questions.

Bible Study Schedule

Sundays at 10:15am: Sunday School

The Great Sending

One session led by Gregg Yawman

One session led by Pastor Doug

Mondays at 6:30pm

Women's Bible Study

Led by Julie Lasater

Study TBD

Resumes in September

Mondays at 7pm Online

The Great Sending

Led by James and Laura Marano

Meeting ID: 884 1046 7886

Passcode: 291379

Tuesdays at 9am in Loggia 3 Women of the Word

Tuesdays at 1pm

Searching the Scriptures

On the Book of Daniel

Led by Connie Sobol

Resumes September 19

Wednesdays at 7pm Online Prayer Meeting

Led by Pastor Doug

Meeting ID: 875 5454 8217

Passcode: 715083

Saturdays at 4:30pm in Loggia 3

Led by Bob Trapp

Children and Student Ministry

Student Ministry Schedule

  • 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.
  • To register your child for Sunday school, please use this link
  • MS and HS Youth Bible Study will be held in the church basement beginning Sunday, September 10. Led by Renee Ponik and Tim Gusewelle, students will engage in conversations regarding topics relating to the confirmation lessons for further depth of understanding.
  • Confirmation occurs approximately every other week through May 2024. For more information, please contact the church office.

New FCA TYM Bible Study

We are thrilled to offer an online Bible study for the FCA TYM students! This study will be held on Sundays from 5:30pm-6:15pm beginning September 10 and will work through Immerse Messiah. The Zoom information is below:

Meeting ID: 819 8421 3960

Passcode: 065594

If you have questions or need a book, please reach out to Catherine Simmons at

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 September has been updated:


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

Monthly Trinity Calendars

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

We also have a school year calendar for the church and CDC that can be viewed here:

2023-2024 Church and CDC Calendar

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 

Jackie R., Mary, Doug H., Paul W., Rebecca M., Rita S., Alice, Brian, Jerry D., ayden, Jeff M., Eva and Justin, Alex, Emma R., Annie B., Matt S., Joanna P., Matt B., Eva S., Barbara B., Mike T., Johnny N., Carolyn R., Mike R., Chip D., Doug, Brian, Terry B., Susan, Noah, Scott's mother, Paul B., Mickey, Melissa, Jack, Vickie and Terry, Bill B., Melissa, Alice, Gertrude, Dr. Ramon, Ellen B., Beverly B., Kim P., Corey C.

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, Karen E., Lucine H., Samantha, Deirdre, Leidy M., Wendy M., Melody and her mother, Bob B., Michelle, Blanca, Jake B. and Krista, Sadie, Dale D.

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Chris L., Jordon H., Diane H., Martha Y., John L., Marcy, Renee P., Maria C.

Other Needs

  • For the process, person, and provision of an associate pastor
  • For aging parents
  • For young people
  • For the Logan family
  • For Cindee
  • For Captain John K. and his wife
  • For Stephen
  • For all survivors of 9/11
  • For those suffering broken relationships
  • For Boris

Peace and Comfort

  • For the family and friends of Joel Wright
  • For the family and friends of Cpl. Norman Booth
  • For the family and friends of Hank Dressel
  • For the McCleese family at the loss of their son
  • For Randy and sons at the death of their wife/mother
  • For the family and friends of Janice Strobach
  • For the family and friends of Tom Heeney
  • For the family and friends of Jon Christensen
  • For Amanda and Shane at the loss of Amanda's father
  • For the family and friends of Sandy Allen
  • For the family and friends of Robert Porak
  • For the family and friends of Craig Baker
  • For the family and friends of Myra Seaton
  • For the family and friends of Corkey Hornsby
  • For the family and friends of Shirley
  • For the family and friends of Jeannene Adams
  • For the family and friends of Kerry Carlton
  • Family of Ramond Ruiz
  • Family of Lt. Jim Murray

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 the staff and leaders at Trinity!

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 decisions
  • 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 those who have lost homes due to storms and for those who are homeless

Prayerful Thoughts from Rusty Stephens

Heavenly Father,

For the prayer within, we pray in the name of your son our Savior, Jesus Christ.

We are all familiar with going to destinations whether it’s a long trip or a short one just around town. The trips to these destinations usually end with our return to home. Eventually all of us on earth will leave never returning to this home and end up in one of two final destinations and new permanent homes. We don’t get there the same way as in our earthly travels. The choice is not ours in going, but the choice is ours in which one we will end up in.

One destination is guaranteed to people who reject that they need saving from their sins and that there is a savior in you, Jesus, also continuing to follow the direction of the world with total disregard for what you, Jesus, want them to do, and/or believing that there’s another way to be saved other than by you, Jesus. Some may be having such a great life here on earth and never have any thought or concern about what happens when their “great life” here ends. Others may think that death is the same as before they were born with just more nothingness. Then there are the ones who think they will return to earth at a future time as another person or something else. Sadly though are the people that have never heard of you, Jesus, and what you did to save us; which is why you want us to go out and when the proper time comes to tell them of this great news. If done before the end of their live, any of these people can and will be saved, but it all has to be sincere. By faith, believing in Jesus Christ as your savior, confessing all of your sins in life, asking Jesus to forgive those sins, then by you, Jesus, pleading forgiveness to our Heavenly Father, those sins are forgiven and forgotten. For the rest of your life if you remain faithful to Jesus, you are saved. Just remember though the clock is ticking and time will run out, maybe sooner than you think.

The other destination is for all who do believe in you, Jesus, and all the ways mentioned above. This destination is a guaranteed paradise of beauty, love, joy, happiness and totally free from any negatives such as pain, suffering, sickness, hardships and hatefulness. Jesus, through your amazing unconditional love for all of us that you take to Heaven, we are blessed with an eternal life so wonderful that it is to difficult for comprehension in this life. Jesus, without your sacrifice on the cross forgiving all of our sins, we would have only one destination and this one would not be it. Thank you so much, Jesus, for not allowing that to happen.

Jesus, it is so hard for us to think that anyone would want to throw away a guaranteed perfect paradise that you made so easy to obtain. For whatever reason they have, they will pay such an enormous price for all of the sins that they have committed in their lives. Unlike you, Jesus, paying the terrible price with your life on the cross for all of our sins, freeing us totally of our costs. For the people who don’t believe in you, Jesus, they will pay for each and every sin in their whole lives by going to a destination that is filled with horrible things never to be found in Heaven. This will all be administered through the hatred of the devil himself. Jesus, we all know the name of this destination and that also in it, there is no turning back or escaping it and the length of time in payment there never ends.

Lord In Your Mercy

Hear Our Prayer


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Attendance & Giving

September 9 Sat. in person: 35

September 9 online: 8

September 10 Sun. 9am: 63

September 10 Sun. 11:15am: 59

September 10 online: 1

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