Trinity Weekly

September 2, 2022 Edition

For Your Safety

We are excited for some repairs to the plexi-glass over the stained glass windows in the sanctuary that will be occurring soon. The plexi-glass will be replaced and everything around the windows will be recalked.

In preparation for these repairs, scaffolding has been set up on the west side of the sanctuary. Please be advised of this and pay special attention to the following:

  1. The external door to the undercroft MAY NOT be accessed while the scaffolding is in place. Please do not enter and/or exit the undercroft via the external door.
  2. If you are entering the premises from the north parking lot behind the sanctuary, please watch your head as you walk under and around the scaffolding.
  3. Parents, please make sure your children stay away from the scaffolding. Under no circumstances is anyone to be climbing on or playing near it.

If you have questions, please contact the church office.

Please see the pictures below for a progress report:

Choir and Handbell Rehearsals Resume

If you would like to be part of Trinity's music ministry, handbells and choir are great ways to begin serving!

Trinity's choir meets on Wednesdays at 7:30pm and sing during the Sunday 11:15am service. Rehearsals have resumed and their first anthem will be on Sunday, September 11.

Handbells meet on Wednesdays at 6:30pm and serve during the Sunday 11:15am service. Rehearsals will resume rehearsals on September 7.

If you would like to be part of this ministry or have any questions, please reach out to Tom Naus at

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 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.

Family Fun Night

Trinity's next Family Fun Night will be held on Friday, September 16, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All ages from young to old are welcome to join in on 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 First Annual Cook-Off Trophy! Attendees are asked to bring a dessert. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover operating expenses as well as for the Pastor's Discretionary Fund.

This month will also include a themed basket on display for a raffle drawing by the name "A.S.A.P.: Always Say A Prayer." 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 gazebos for the courtyard.

Please contact the church office with any questions.

New Foundations Class
Trinity will be offering a Foundations Class beginning September 10. If you or someone you know is interested in joining Trinity or wants information about the Lutheran faith, this is the class for you! An introduction to Christian teaching and the Lutheran faith, the purpose of this class is to provide the information needed to understand what Lutherans believe and decide whether Trinity is the church for you. Joining Trinity after completing this class is not required, but our hope is that you will find this to be a wonderful community where you can be involved and grow spiritually.

Meetings will occur September 10-November 5 from 4:00pm-5:30pm in Loggia 2. If you are interested in the class or need more information, please RSVP by September 5, 2022 by emailing the church office.

For anyone who may want to participate but is not available when we are meeting or is not comfortable meeting in person, we are working on an online option that will give you the same information but can be completed on your own. However, we encourage you to attend in person if possible as you will have the opportunity to interact with the others in the class and become connected to people at the church who are learning alongside you. If you are interested in this online option, please contact the church office at

Peace Serving in Uvalde, TX

Peace Comfort Dog has been called to serve in Uvalde, TX. In total, 26 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their teams from 11 states will deploy to Uvalde to be present with children and staff as they return to school.


During May and June of 2022, thirteen LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers deployed to Uvalde, Texas, for two weeks to be a calming and comforting presence to the families and community after the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary, taking the precious lives of 19 students and two teachers.

However, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry’s mission of serving and caring for Uvalde does not end there. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers have been invited to return to Uvalde by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.

The K-9s and their teams will be present at each of the District’s nine schools for three weeks each morning, from September 6 to September 23, to be a calming and comforting presence for the students as they return to school. They will also be available to the staff and parents to walk with them during their healing process.


Peace Comfort Dog will be part of Wave 3, September 18-24. Team handlers Dave and Judy Green, along with Top Dog Paul Soost will travel with Peace.


How can you help? First, pray! Please pray for the parents, children, and teachers of Uvalde as school begins and the community continues to grieve the loss of nineteen students and two teachers taken tragically from them. Please pray that the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will help bring a calming and comforting

distraction. Please pray for the teams traveling.


If you would like to make a donation to LCC to help with the deployment to Uvalde, you can also contribute to the following funds:

*Please note that these funds help support all 26 teams traveling.


Team Peace appreciates your continued prayers and support! Thanks so much!

LWML Sunday

Each of us has faced challenges and circumstances greater than our own strength, but in Christ, Who is for us and with us, we are already more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Sunday will encourage all hearers of the Word to remember that Christ’s victory is already ours through baptism. Because of that, we can confidently live each day trusting in Christ.

Our congregation will have the opportunity to gather together in worship under the theme “For Us and With Us,” based on Romans 8:31-39, in celebration of LWML on October 1 and 2, 2022. We will display some of our completed quilts on front and back pews and also our banner with our Mission Statement completed by Norma Smith for Trinity's 100th Anniversary in 2018.

New Adult Sunday School Class

Beginning on September 18, Pastor Doug will be 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. A synopsis of the content is below.

We live in a world that is caustic to Christianity, one that causes doubts, creates confusion, defies the existence of God, and denies His right to rule. So what is true? This book will cover topics such as the following but will be presented in a discussion format:

  • How do you define atheist? Christianity?
  • What is truth? Is there absolute truth
  • Are miracles possible? 
  • Why do miracles occur?
  • What is the greatest miracle?
  • Does science agree with the Bible?
  • Was there really a BIG BANG?
  • Where did God come from? 
  • How and why did we get here?
  • Is the Bible true?
  • If God is good why does evil exist?
  • Why do we believe in Christ’s resurrection?

If you want to follow along in the book or the study guide, we recommend purchasing your book ASAP. 

New Adult Sunday School Class

Beginning on September 18, Rocky Smothers will be leading a study on the Major Festivals. Additional details to come. 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
Study will resume Sept. 6

Wednesdays at 7pm Online Prayer Meeting
Led by Pastor Doug

Meeting ID: 852 9687 7993
Passcode: 645211

Thursdays at 6:30pm
Women's Bible Study
Led by Julie Lasater
Study will resume end of September

Saturdays at 4:30pm in Loggia 3
Immerse Messiah
Led by Bob Trapp
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 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 A Closer Look at the Sermon study meets in Loggia 2, and A Review of the Augsburg Confession 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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September 7 LWML Quilters (9:30am)

September 10 Foundations Class Begins (4pm)

September 11 Confirmation (12:30pm)

   FCA TYM (6pm)

September 16 Family Fun Night (6:30pm)

September 17 Foundations Class (4pm)

September 18  New Adult Sunday School Classes Begin (10:15am)

September 21 LWML Quilters (9:30am)

September 24 Foundations Class (4pm)

September 25 Confirmation (12:30pm)

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:

September 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., Doug H., Linda B., Hank S., Nancy K., Penn M., Trevor S., Jay Z., Bob K., David K., Kim, Paul, Corrie H., JoAnn, Melissa, Donald, Carolyn, Diane R., Jim C., Sigmond, Gary L., Kimberly, Preston, David V., Jo-Ann, Allan, Mary B., Lisa and Victor, Jerry K., Barbara R., Jenny M., Michael S.

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, John L., Lindsay F., Jack and Sylvia H., Wendy, Chris K., Robin, Susan F., Sherry W.

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Jo T., Matt B., Bill, Lois R., Ann G., Hank D., Laurie F., Karen S., Leatha R.

Other Needs

  • For the children that are returning to school
  • Jonathan Y. and friends
  • Sara M.
  • Clifford D.
  • Josh A.
  • Hannah and Troy
  • Andrea G.
  • Gladys and Omar

Peace and Comfort

  • For the family and friends of RoLHansen
  • For the family and friends of Gretche Arias Kunze
  • 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 friendds of Sgt. Nagy
  • For the Hallenbech family
  • For Diane at the loss of her mother
  • For the family and friends of Ron Logan

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

August 27 Sat. in person: 37

August 27 online: 10

August 28 Sun. 9am: 63

August 28 Sun. 11:15am: 55

August 28 online: 35

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