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New Member Welcome this Sunday, March 3
New members will be welcomed in the 11am service.  Join us for a short reception in the loggia after the service, and before the voters meeting- plan for about 20 minutes - introduce yourself, say hello and grab a snack.

Janis Dempsey
Janis is originally from New Jersey and was invited to Trinity her friend Marcy. She is retired and loves reading and camping. She's a big fan of the NY Yankees and the Tampa Bay Bucs. She has two adult children, David and Tom. Big events in Janis life right now? Her 70th birthday, and her Granddaughter's 21st birthday.

Katherine Hutchison
Katherine is originally from Chicago, Illinois.  She is retired, has one adult child, and is looking forward to getting plugged in at Trinity.

Devyn Moran
Devyn is an Orlando native.  He works as a manager at Universal and his hobbies include video games and camping. Devyn was baptized at Trinity in 2000 and is also connected to Trinity through his grandparents, Ken and Terry Boggs. Big events for Devyn - he just bought his first car!  Congratulations!

Jessica and Samuel Nelson
Sam is originally from Anthon, Indiana, and Jessica from Los Angeles, California! They've been married about two and a half years now, and are expecting their first baby on May 5! Congratulations!  They live close by in the 32806 area and root for the KC Chiefs football and the Iowa Hawkeyes. In addition to sports fun, they enjoy being with their dogs, and Sam also enjoys video gaming. Jessica is a Nuclear Medicine Tech at ORMS and Sam is a Heavy Equipment Operator at Gencor.

Lauren Robinson
Lauren calls Attleboro, Massachusetts home.  She's a big sports fan-with favorite teams including the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, Revolution and Orlando City Soccer.  She's works as a kennel manager at a local Pet Care facility and lives int the Hunters Creek area (32837).
Not  pictured:  Katherine Hutchison

Special Voters Meeting This Sunday, March 3
Join us for a special voters assembly meeting on Sunday, March 3 following the 11am worship service.  Meeting will begin at 12:30 in the Sanctuary to discuss our finances and our school ministry.

A Series on Stewardship - 3 of 4 - by Senior Elder, Tom Finger
This week's article concerns making a pledge to cover your planned donations to Trinity.  Unlike the idea of stewardship or the practice of tithing, you won't find the concept of pledging funds to the church anywhere in the Bible.  Instead, it is a means by which parishioners can enter into a formal agreement with their Lord to share a portion of the wealth He has given them to manage on a weekly, monthly or annual basis.

The main source of funds that Trinity's Church Ministry uses to spread the word of Jesus in downtown Orlando is the tithes and offerings of the parishioners who fill the pews every weekend. Despite what people might think, Trinity does not receive any monies from the District or Synod. So, without your generous contributions Trinity could not continue to exist.
This spring Trinity will conduct its annual Stewardship Drive. You will hear from Trinity leadership and members of the congregation about the importance of giving so Trinity can continue to accomplish great things in Downtown Orlando. You will also be asked to fill out a pledge card agreeing to donate a specific amount of money over the upcoming church fiscal year. It is important to know that this is not a legally binding document. It is also important to know that the amount of your pledge is confidential. While the finance office will need to use the pledge data to prepare Trinity's annual budget no one else will have access to your personal information.
If your financial situation changes and you need to change your pledge you can easily do so by calling the church office and letting them know you need to speak to someone in finance. Taking this step will allow Trinity to make budget adjustments, if necessary, in a timely manner.
You might ask: I put money in the plate every week, why do I need to pledge? The short answer is so the Church can prepare its annual budget with confidence, having an accurate estimate of how much money they will have to do God's work. Think of how hard it is to plan your home budget when you don't know how much money will be coming in each month. It is the same for the Church. Less than one-third of Trinity members who regularly attend weekly services have completed a pledge card for the current church fiscal year. As a result Trinity Leadership had to make an "educated guess," last June, about how much money would be available to do God's work. Is this the best way to develop an annual budget? Obviously not.
I encourage each of you to strongly consider completing a pledge card during Trinity's Stewardship Drive this spring. It costs you nothing and lets Trinity know how much money will be available to do God's work in the upcoming year.    See you in church!

Food and Funds on the Fifth Sunday
March has five Sundays! Trinity sets aside the fifth Sunday for a collection of canned  goods to donate to a local food pantry and for cash donations to replenish the Pastoral Discretionary Fund which serves to help those dealing with an immediate financial crisis. Your support to both of these ongoing needs is greatly appreciated.  So, watch for those BOGO sales at the grocery store and check your cabinets for those unexpired items you thought you might need, but never used. And we'll take that collection during weekend worship on March 30/31. Thank you.
VBS Crew Leaders Needed June 17-21
Trinity will be hosting a week long Vacation Bible School in June with the theme of "ROAR: Life is wild. God is good." A very significant role in this ministry is played by adults and older teens who serve as Crew Leaders. Each Crew Leader is assigned 5 or 6 children of various ages to escort from the morning Opening to four different activity stations, and then back again to the sanctuary for Closing.
There is no preparation required for this role; you arrive each morning at 8:45 a.m. in time to greet your crew of children in an assigned pew, grab a crew bag that contains all the information that you will need for the day, and then accompany your crew of children to each activity. Crew Leaders' responsibilities for each day end when the children are dismissed to their parents, usually completed by 12:15.
Crew Leaders are truly the hands and feet of Jesus in building relationships with these children and helping them to see the love of Christ in action. Please contact jmalenke@trinitydowntown.com for more information. Thank you!

Trinity Lutheran School's PTL Needs YOU
1. Spread the Word
Please LIKE AND SHARE the event from Trinity Downtown's Facebook Page!  Tell friends, family, coworkers and even people you met on your daily errands!  There is a TAT website and a TAT facebook page as well.
Share as much as you can to increase our attendance and create visibility for  this event and Trinity Ministries as a whole! Posters and Info Cards are available in the front office, info cards are also in the narthex, if you'd like something to pass around.

2. Looking for 41 more volunteers!
Touch-A-Truck is next Saturday and we still need many volunteers!  Various spots are available, most just 2 hour slots so you will have time to volunteer AND enjoy the event!
Immediate needs:
  • 7:30-8:45m  Welcome Trucks and Direct them to proper parking,
  • 8:45-11:15M Ticket sales for Hot Wheels car racing or for Sports Games
  • 11:00am-1pm Ticket sales for Game Truck or for Sports Games
  • 11:30am-1pm Vehicle Driver Checks: bring them water, etc.
Volunteer link:   http://signup.com/go/WCSGMyf
Truck Driver Meal Donations:  

Touch-A-Truck is Trinity Lutheran School's largest fundraiser that benefits the CDC and K-8 students, so the success of this event has a direct impact on our school and students. Thank you in advance for your help!

3. Sponsorships are still available and much appreciated!
Sponsors/Donations for the following fun TAT events are still available.  You may sponsor the entire amount or just a portion. Sponsor/family/business names will be posted on the event webpage.
Circus/Dog Show -- $350.00
Game Truck - Art of Gaming -- $500.00
You can also donate as an individual, business or several families can sponsor together. If you would like to help with any of the above sponsorships, please email PTL@trinitydowntown.com or bring your donation to the front office.
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

March 3 New Member Welcome 12-12:20pm
March 3 Special Voters Meeting 12:30pm
March 4-6 - Veteran's of the Cross Retreat
March 6 - Ash Wednesday 12:10 and 7pm 
     Soup and Bread Supper in Fellowship Hall 5:30-6:45pm
March 9 - Touch a Truck Community Event & Fundraiser for TLS
March 13-April 10  
     Weekly Wednesday Lenten Devotions 12:10 and 7pm
     Soup and Bread Supper in Fellowship Hall 5:30-6:45pm
April 18 Maundy Thursday Worship 12:10- and 7pm
              Confirmand First Communion at 7pm
April 19 Good Friday 12:10 and 7pm Worship
April 20 Easter Eve 6pm worship
April 21 Easter Morning 6:30/8/9:30/11am Worship
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