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Educational Sale
THIS Saturday, July 13 , we will be having an Educational Sale in Heritage Hall (former K-8 Building). The Sale will be from 10am to 2pm. As you can imagine, after 66 years, there is an abundance of educational material, classroom books, classroom sets of readers, desks, tables, chairs, assorted furniture, book shelves, file cabinets, and much much more. Please plan to stop by for some school shopping to help us wrap things up. (Please share the Facebook Event post) 


Operation Barnabas Care Package Campaign
Thank you to everyone for your generous donations and support this past weekend. It is greatly appreciated and will go a long way in continuing our mission. We raised a little over $300 in donations. A collection station will be in the Narthex for two more weekends to continue collecting donations for the Care Package Campaign - please drop off your donations there. Below is a list of preferred items for our service members.

Items most appreciated by service members:
Protein and granola bars, individually wrapped hard candies (tootsie pops, suckers, etc.), Rice Krispies treats, small cans of Pringles, small cracker packs (peanut butter, cheese, etc), Small packages of nuts of any kind, chewing gum (especially breath enhancers when you can't always brush after a meal), and personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, bar soap, etc.).

Operation Barnabas meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in the undercroft conference room (church basement). All who are interested are welcome and invited to attend. Gary Danielson, the National Commander of Operation Barnabas has been in touch and is very excited and supportive of our efforts down here and sends his prayers.If you have any questions or concerns, please contact OperationBarnabas@TrinityDowntown.com.


Updating Trinity's Veterans Plaque
Operation Barnabas will be updating Trinity's veterans plaque for active duty, retired and deceased veterans. If you have names you would like included on the board, email OperationBarnabas@TrinityDowntown.com. We will include a panel for first responders in the congregation as well.
 
It's Time for Campus Clean Up
Being good stewards of the good gifts God gives us is part of our daily life as Christians. An example of this stewardship is all the folks who share their time and talent to keep Trinity's campus tidy and attractive. We have folks who sneak in here or there to weed flower beds, or regulars who water all the potted plants, people who pick up trash or trim trees, and more.  THANK YOU, ALL. Your contributions make a meaningful impact on campus care. And then a couple of times a year, including every Fall just before school starts, we pull together a group of good stewards to for a morning of weeding, trimming, and cleaning to get a lot done at once (Many hands make light work!). So please join us on Saturday, August 3, from 8:30-11:30am (8:30am because it's cooler then). Thanks in advance for your participation!  (HS students who come out to work can earn community service hours too.)
 
Transportation to Church
We have a request from a local neighbor asking if there is someone from Trinity who could drive her to and from the 11am service on Sundays so that she can participate in a worship service.  Her apartment is 1.3 miles from Trinity, or an 8 minute drive. If you are able to serve in this way please contact Chanda at 407-488-1919 x101 or TLC@TrinityDowntown.com.

Ring-A-Lings Needed!
You might not have realized it, but the Handbell Choir is one of the most enjoyable volunteer groups at Trinity! Because of varying work and travel schedules, we would like to add a few more people to this friendly, music-loving group so that we can ring at services more often. Would you like to be a Ring-A-Ling? Free handbell lessons will be offered throughout July and August - contact Glenda at whitemice@bellsouth.net to schedule some ringing time or to ask questions about this program.


Missionary Visit July 27-28
Rev. Shauen Trump with be visiting us the weekend of July 27-28 during all services and he hopes to drop in on the 9:30 Bible study as well. Rev. Shauen and Krista Trump serve with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. 
 
As the LCMS area director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Shauen works with other LCMS personnel serving in these regions of Africa and builds relationships with the leaders of partner churches. He also implements strategies,projects, programs and grants for roughly half the African continent, from Ethiopia to South Africa. Some of the largest and smallest Lutheran churches in the world are in this area, along with literally thousands of languages and cultures. Krista works part time as the Africa region project coordinator, an unofficial logistics coordinator for various events, a hostess and an enduring and gracious wife and mother. 
 
Shauen was born in northern California and grew up in the Seattle area. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Seattle Pacific University and received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Shauen enjoys spending time with his wife, playing monster truck show with his children and buying books that he never has time to read. Krista spent her early childhood in Liberia where her family served with Lutheran Bible Translators. She holds a bachelor's degree in Christian outreach from Concordia University, St. Paul, St. Paul, Minn., and a bachelor's degree in nursing from St. Louis University. Krista previously served through the LCMS in Slovakia from 2003 to 2005. She enjoys baking, buying new kitchen toys, spending time on the coast of Kenya and buying books that she never has time to read. Shauen and Krista have four wonderful boys - Josiah, Elijah, Isaiah and Jeremiah - who join them on the mission field. 
 
Pray for the Trumps as they serve throughout this substantial area of Africa. Pray they are used to encourage and build up the church in this part of the world. Ask that they be strengthened and given wisdom and discernment to navigate the relationships they have formed and the cultures in which they live and serve.

BIRTHDAYS: Shauen - April 10, Krista - Jan. 29, Josiah - Dec. 19, Elijah - Dec. 22,
Isaiah - Nov. 15, Jeremiah - May 25
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: June 9 
HOME DISTRICT: Northwest
SUPPORTING DISTRICTS: Southeastern, Nebraska and South Wisconsin

To learn more about the Trumps' ministry:
July-August Cash Flow Issues
First, we would like to thank everyone who participated in our recently completed Stewardship Drive. The response was great!
 
There is one issue, however, that still needs to be addressed and that is having enough cash on hand to pay our bills in July and August.  While our annual budget accounts for the expenses we expect to incur in the upcoming fiscal year it does not and can not ensure that our receipt of funds will be realized at the same time as our bills fall due. This year we will be experiencing a cash-flow crunch during the months of July and August due to employee benefit plan payments coming due the first week of July and the month of August being a three pay-period month.
 
If anyone has the ability to pre-pay a portion of their regular annual contribution to Trinity it would greatly help us get through these next two months. This is not a request for anyone to increase their annual giving, but rather to contribute donations that you plan on giving later in the year in the next week or two to help us match our receipt of revenues with the dates our bills fall due. Ideally these pre-payments would be made prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year, that begins July 1 st .  However, any extra payments that you can make during the months of July and August will be a great help.
 
Thank you for your consideration and for being part of the Trinity Family's ongoing efforts to minister to our flock and spread His word throughout the Downtown Orlando area.
 
Brief Summary of June 30 Voters Meeting
On Sunday, June 30, 2019, a regularly scheduled Congregational Voters Assembly was held.  The main orders of business were to grant the peaceful release of called church workers who were leaving Trinity,  to elect members to both the Elders Ministry Team and the Leadership Council, and to vote on the FY 19-20 budget.
 
Julia Malenke, called Church Worker, Crystal Jones, called Teacher and Brooke McKinnon called Teacher, were all granted a peaceful release from their calls by a unanimous vote of the Congregation.
 
By unanimous vote Tom Finger was elected Congregation President, Mike Kunze was elected Senior Elder, and John Levinson and Bill Ruffier were elected to the Leadership Council as Members at Large.  The position of Vice President of the Congregation was not filled due to a lack of volunteers. To maintain the current number of voting members on Leadership Council the Congregation voted to suspend specific by-laws to make the Senior Elder a voting member of the Council.  The Congregation also voted to suspend specific by-laws to allow David Wilkosz to serve a third consecutive term as Financial Officer to allow him to serve through the completion of the audit process.
 
By a vote of 41 for and 11 opposed the proposed $4,545,266.00 FY 19-20 budget was approved. (Minutes are available upon request from the church office)
 
Trinity Lutheran School Yearbooks
We have some TLS Yearbooks that are available to parents of former students or alumni of TLS, on a first come, first served basis. Let us know what year(s) you are looking for and we can let you know what's available. Anything left after parents and alumni collect what they want will be available for pick up by congregation members in a few weeks. Contact Chanda at  TLC@TrinityDowntown.com or 407-488-1919 x101.
 
Please let us know!
Please let your Trinity family know of any scheduled surgery or hospital stay.  In addition to scheduled procedures, please give the church office a call to let us know about extended illness, unplanned hospital stays, or even the birth of a child.  You can call the office at any time and leave a message-no need to wait until business hours (407-488-1919 x101). During business hours, that information can then be forwarded to the appropriate caregivers.  For an emergency that requires the care of a Pastor after hours or over the weekend call or text us at 407-490-7339 and leave a message. We'll get back to you ASAP. We want to be sure to know when you need us-whether to pray with you before a scheduled procedure, sit with you during a loved one's procedure, pray for you while you recover, visit you in the hospital/at home or to share praise and thanksgiving prayers for good news/results. Just let us know.  Thank you.
 
Urgent Prayer Requests
If you have an urgent prayer request that can't wait until you fill out a yellow prayer card during worship, please submit it via email to Pray@TrinityDowntown.com .  While submitting a yellow card during worship is still the preferred way to share prayer requests, sometimes a prayer need can't wait until Sunday.  Your prayer request (first name and basic details of the prayer requested) will be shared with a team of committed weekday prayer warriors and will also be added to Trinity's regular printed prayer list for the congregation.  All prayers are kept on the printed list for a period of three weeks, so please resubmit long term prayer needs regularly so that they stay on the printed list. Thank you.

 Important Dates

July 11-15 LCMS National Youth Gathering
July 13 Education Sale
July 27-28 Missionary Rev. Shauen Trump Visits
August 9 Teacher Work Day - CDC Closed
August 10 CDC Open House , FOOD TRUCK, 6pm Blessing of the Backpacks  & CDC Teachers Dedication
August 11 Blessing of the Backpacks, all Teachers recognized
August 17-18 Rally Day - Sunday School and MS/HS groups begin
Sept 15 Trinity's 100th Anniversary Combined Worship & Brunch
Sept 28-29   Food & Funds on the Fifth Sunday 

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