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January - Trinity's IDignity Month
The non-profit organization, IDignity, was formed in 2008 by five downtown churches to address the challenges that homeless and vulnerable people face in obtaining their identity documents. Trinity is one of those five churches, and we happily support this mission in two ways, by volunteering at the IDignity monthly events and by covering the cost of lunch for the 100+ volunteers serving at the January event. If you would like to join our "regular" volunteers (Gladys and Omar Dittmer, Glenda Frazier, Diann Grover, Robert Trapp) on Thursday, January 17, please sign up before January 10 at https://idignity.org/volunteer/.  (Volunteering at IDignity is so popular that all positions are filled well before the event, and registration is closed at that point.) This is an experience that is unlike any other volunteering - amazing, rewarding, and well worth your time!

Please consider helping with the cost of the volunteers' lunch; donations earmarked for IDignity will be accepted throughout the month of January. IDignity volunteers put in a good day's work that can be somewhat intense, and the lunch break is always appreciated.

It is estimated that it takes four volunteer hours and $250 to obtain a client's identity documents - and the returns on that investment are huge. We have seen clients who have jobs lined up and just need an ID to start working; clients who desperately need medical care and prescriptions but cannot see a doctor without an ID; clients who actually have Social Security payments deposited in a bank account, but they cannot access it without an ID - talk to any of the people above, and they can tell you many, many more stories. Thank you for your support of this lives-changing event!

Food and Funds on the Fifth
This is the last weekend to collect canned goods for donation to a local food pantry as well as funds to replenish Trinity's Pastoral Discretionary Fund to help individuals experiencing a temporary financial crisis. THANK YOU!

Foundations of Faith Series with Pastor Doug
For all those interested in learning more about the Christian Faith and the Lutheran Church, for those conside ring church membership at Trinity Downtown, for all new full-time staff at Trinity, and for current members who would enjoy a class about the foundations of faith, please mark your calendars! This class is for YOU! The next session begins Wednesday, January 9, 2018 and will continue for eight weeks, concluding on February 27. Meet some new people in the Trinity family, spend some time in great discussions, enjoy some refreshments! These classes are always a lot of fun! Trinity's Senior Pastor, Doug Kallesen, will lead the class and discussion. (Location TBA) You will cover topics such as:
  • The Six Chief Parts (Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confession, and the Sacrament of the Altar. )
  • How to read and understand your Bible
  • God's expectation found in 10 Commandments
  • Summary of the Christian Faith
  • Prayer - how to have conversations with God
  • The Heavenly Washing
  • Keys to open the doors of Forgiveness
  • The Heavenly Meal
  • How to share your Faith
Feel free to extend this invitation to anyone else you think might be interested in participating - these are open to anyone!   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  Questions or concerns? Contact us at 407-488-1919 x101 or TLC@TrinityDowntown.com .


Serving with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and HOPE Team
Last year a group of Trinity volunteers spent a Saturday morning serving with team members from the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and members of the H.O.P.E. team, reaching out to Orlando's homeless, and learning all about how Orlando service providers are caring for the needs of our homeless neighbors. It was a great experience for all those in attendance, and we learned a lot about the homeless cycle in Orlando.  We'll be serving again on Saturday, January 19 from 9-11am (optional lunch together afterward). 

Volunteers from throughout our Trinity family are invited to participate in a fantastic opportunity to reach out to our homeless neighbors AND to learn from some of our local ministry partners who serve to meet the needs of Orlando's homeless day in and day out! We'll be serving with, and receiving training from, staff from the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and the H.O.P.E. Team! THIS is an opportunity you don't want to miss!!

Our volunteers are engaged specifically as an extension of the Downtown Orlando H.O.P.E. Team (Homeless Outreach Partnership Effort), which is a group of full-time outreach staff who actively engage and serve our neighbors experiencing homelessness. You may have seen them in red shirts talking to people out in our area. The H.O.P.E. Team builds relationships with individuals and families so that they can direct those individuals to appropriate service providers. The goal of this long-term initiative is to make homelessness r are, brief, and one-time.

Volunteers will meet at the CFC office on Orange Ave, hear a brief orientation from staff at the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and the H.O.P.E. Team, break into teams and head out into the neighborhood.  We'll be directly engaging with folks downtown experiencing homelessness. Refreshments are provided for volunteers, and afterward we'll gather together briefly to share thoughts and insights. (Optional lunch together afterward)  All volunteers should be adults, please. Register Now! Questions?  Contact Chanda at TLC@TrinityDowntown.com or 407-488-1919 x101

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The more our posts and events are shared and liked, especially by others outside our immediate Trinity community, the more likely someone new will hear about our church and school, see an invitation to worship, like and follow our Facebook page, check out our website... which brings them one step closer to Jesus and allows us to grow our ministry all to the glory of God. The more interaction we get on posts, the more Facebook recognizes our posts as something that should be shared more often and with more people. This really helps us to extend our reach beyond our own Trinity Family.  If you have questions, contact Chanda at TLC@TrinityDowntown.com or 407-488-1919 x101. Thank you.
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