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Special Voters Meeting Update
As you learned from the email earlier this week, the K-8 School and its associated Extended Care programs will be closing at the end of this school year (May 31, 2019). The congregation voted last Sunday in favor of closure after 66 years of ministry to elementary and middle school children. We thank our K-8  teachers, support staff, and Dr. Bev Middleton who have done a superb job! This decision was in no way a reflection upon them or their dedication! Make sure to keep our students, their parents, and our K-8 staff in your prayers. Pray also for the clarity of vision for Trinity as we take our next steps into the second century, bringing people one step closer to Jesus.  
As to the end of year shortfall: The decision to close K-8 will impact our July 2019 - June 2020 budget, but does not address the end of the year shortfall. We'd like to thank all those in this Trinity family who have responded generously in their giving, and to our COC administrators for finding ways to cut expenses. We still have much work to do to reach our goal, but leaders are working diligently to find all possible expense reductions and increases in revenue. 

God bless each of us as we walk together in unity and in the bond of peace.  
Middle School Car Wash Fundraiser
Have your car washed next Thursday, 3/28, and support the K-8 Middle School students with their end of year field trip to the Circle F Dude Ranch. 3pm-6pm, enter at the Livingston Street parking lot.

Thrivent Members - Choice Dollars - Deadline March 31
One Trinity member recently reported she was able to designate $1000 for Trinity!  Please check with your Thrivent rep to see if you have Choice Dollars to designate!
Eligible members can recommend where Thrivent distributes a portion of its charitable funding by directing Choice DollarsĀ®. Members become eligible for Thrivent Choice based on insurance premiums, contract values and Thrivent volunteer leadership. Trinity is a participating charitable organization to which you can direct Choice Dollars.   These gifts, above and beyond, are a great blessing to Trinity.  Please consider.  For more information contact your Thrivent rep or go to:

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.
Shortfall Pledges
Pledge cards are available in the Narthex for all those who have chosen to give over and above current giving to assist with the shortfall expected in the coming months.  Having your pledge recorded allows Trinity leaders to better plan for what needs to happen in the months ahead. We thank you for your generous financial support - it is greatly appreciated.

Fellowship with Your Trinity Family before Lenten Worship
Lenten Services and Lenten Soup and Bread Suppers
Lenten devotions on "People of Prayer: Esther, Elijah, and Jesus" will continue at 12:10 and 7:00 pm every Wednesday until Holy Week. Soup and Bread Suppers will be hosted each of those Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 pm in Fellowship Hall. This coming Wednesday Rich Poole will make Pasta Fagioli. Would you like to volunteer to serve the meal and clean up after? Please let us know at 407-488-1919 x101 or TLC@TrinityDowntown.com. We hope YOU will join us next Wednesday evening for fellowship with your Trinity family before midweek worship.
LWML Greater Orlando Spring Rally - April 6, 2019
Campus Work Day
Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 13 , from 8:30 to 11:30 am to get things spruced up for Easter.  We will concentrate on yard work and a few cleaning projects around campus.  Coffee, water and donuts will be available. Feel free to bring your own snacks too. Thank you.
IDignity Lenten Can Project
Collection cans for IDignity are in the Narthex. Each family is encouraged to take one home, and throughout Lent you can use it to collect funds in support of IDignity. On Palm Sunday , cans will be collected and the proceeds will be given to IDignity, a non profit that helps to restore dignity and hope by providing identification to those in need. Once a person has restored their identity with IDignity's assistance, doors open to numerous opportunities that were not available to them without identification.    
Youth Gathering Update
Trinity's 7 youth and 3 adults continue fundraising efforts for attending the National Youth Gathering (NYG) that is now only 4 months away.  Our group has begun Bible study and fellowship time. Please keep the group in your prayers as they get to know one another and bond as a group. The group will fly out on July 10 and the Gathering activities begin on July 11. The group will return on July 15. THANK YOU for your generosity already!  We have been able to cover airfare and a few other expenses already. This is a huge blessing! Our hotel costs should be made known soon and that will be another large expense to help these kids get covered.
We have a few more fundraising opportunities.  
  • GIVE and GIVE BACK :  Check out the display board in the Narthex with a little bit about each participant and an envelope with the opportunity to give a donation to help cover hotel and food expenses.  Here is where the YOUTH GIVE BACK! Through the month of March we will collect donations. When we reach $250 the NYG participants will host coffee hour!  YUM! When we reach $500 the NYG participants will work with Trinity administration and give time to help with some duties on campus.  When we reach $1,000 the NYG participants will host a FREE car wash one Sunday in May!
  • Car Parking for Downtown Events: Youth will park cars on campus during the Spring Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7.
  • Easter Breakfast : Plan on coming to our PANCAKE BREAKFAST on Easter Sunday, April 21!  We will serve hot pancakes along with topping bar, fruit, juice, and coffee from 7:00-10:30.  Come support our youth and have a great breakfast treat to start your day. We will also have chocolate pretzel pails for sale ($15 and $22 each)!
  • Event Car Parking One final push for funds will be to park cars again on THURSDAY, July 4 for Lake Eola event.
The NYG participants will also host a coffee hour in thanks for your support this summer where they will share stories and photos of their experience. If you have any questions, please see Jennifer Blackwood (team fundraising coordinator) or email at jenn.blackwood@outlook.com

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 (preferred) 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

Through April 10 Weekly Wednesday Lenten Devotions 12:10 and 7pm;  Soup and Bread Supper in Fellowship Hall 5:30-6:45
March 28 Car Wash at Trinity from 3pm to 6pm
April 13 Campus Work Day
April 18 Maundy Thursday Worship 12:10- and 7pm
      Confirmand First Communion at 7pm
April 19 Good Friday 12:10 and 7pm Worship
April 19 Good Friday -- offices and school programs closed
April 20 Easter Eve 6pm worship
April 21 Easter Morning 6:30/8/9:30/11am Worship
April 21 Easter Pancake Breakfast by the Youth
April 22 Easter Monday -- offices and school programs closed

Attendance and Giving

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