Your Weekly News & Updates
Installing Our Senior Pastor

Great News for Trinity!

Praise God from whom all blessing flow! Our prayers for a new Sr. Pastor have been answered. 

The Rev. Doug Kallesen prayerfully considered and accepted the divine call to serve as our Senior Pastor. 

We should be very excited to see what God has in-store for Trinity Downtown in the coming weeks, months and years. 

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 1 at 4pm for this special occasion!  Plans are coming together now for a beautiful  installation service with a meal immediately following. Invitations will be mailed out and printed copies will also be made available for you to share with friends, family, and Trinity connections.

Let's celebrate together!

Hurricane Irma - Follow Up
Before the storm, Trinity put into place a Disaster Response follow up system (SERVE/NEED/KNOW) to allow for our Trinity family and surrounding neighbors to share needs and opportunities to serve. Please know that this system is still being made available to our church family, our staff, our school families and neighbors.  Please check in through this page to let us know if we can serve to meet a need in any way, or if you are safe, dry and secure and may be able to serve another person's need.  You can find the link to this Response System on our website .

Foundations of Faith Bible Study Begins September 18th
Meeting on Mondays from 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for this 8-week series on the Foundations of our Faith.  "Living with Jesus, God gives us value, undeserving grace, expectations, and strength in our new relationships with one another.  You have questions about life?   Jesus answers them."  Everyone is invited to Explore God's Word with Pastor Schaefer.

OWLS Fellowship
Let's get together on Friday, September 29 at 11:30am.  Lunch will be at Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen located at 6650 S. Semoran Blvd. (across from Cracker Barrel) in Orlando. check out the menu - yum! PLEASE call Audrey or Bob Gordon 407-897-1418 or e-mail to confirm in advance. Looking forward to seeing you!

"Comfort Backpacks" for Children in Need
We'll be collecting supplies to create "Comfort Backpacks" for children who need a little extra love and care while they are in transition from their home, to DCF, foster care or medical care in an initiative made in partnership with the Orlando Police Department, the Department of Children and Families and the Howard Phillips Center.  Our goals is to provide 250 backpacks.  During Trinity's Oktoberfest/Reformation Event on Friday, October 27th we'll be assembling these backpacks with the supplies we're gathering now.  As you are able, please contribute the following items (collection in the church Narthex): Small blankets, small stuffed animals, toothpaste, toothbrush, small toys for a boy and/or girl, playing cards, crayons, coloring books (Christian content preferred - the dollar store has some!).  Cash gifts are welcome also, and we can do the shopping for you.  If you have questions or concerns contact Terry Boggs at or call 407-488-1919 x101.

SPECIAL REQUEST:  We have an opportunity to add a "My First Prayer" booklet into each comfort backpack.  They cost $1.25 each and we have one donor who has contributed half of the cost (about $160) and are looking for donors to cover the second $160.  Please contact the church office if you're able to help in this way 407-488-1919 x101.  Thank you.

Confirmation Instruction
Confirmation classes will now begin on SEPTEMBER 24 th from 12:30-2:30.  Students are encouraged to worship at 11:00 and stay for lunch provided.  Parents are asked to go to Trinity's website and register.  This will help teachers be even more ready when we begin on SEPTEMBER 24 th .  We will begin with ACOLYTE INSTRUCTION and some getting to know one another activities before we dive into our studies.  If there are any new 5 th grade students who would like to acolyte train please come this day!  We look forward to seeing our Jr. and Sr. Confirmation classes. IF you have questions, please contact Tim Norris ( ) or Jenn Blackwood ( ) for more information.

MS and HS families:  6th-12th Bible Studies & Youth Groups
If you are you interested in Sunday Youth Bible Study and Youth Group opportunities for your MS and HS student(s), please contact the church office if you have kids from 6 th through 12 th grade. Thank you.

Ensuring our Guests in Worship Feel Welcome
Greeters and Ushers are spiritual ambassadors for the Church and serve as representatives of Jesus in a worship service. For both members and guests it's an important part of coming into worship each week.  Even more so for guests, it shares the warmth and personality of the congregation overall and let's people know that they matter and that we welcome them into Worship at Trinity.  Greeters meet people at the door with a smile and a brief word, and ushers serve to hand out worship materials, answer questions, give directions.  Both are such important roles to the ministry of Trinity.  If you are gifted in hospitality and would enjoy serving in this way, please contact Omar Dittmer for greeting ( ) or Joyce Phillips for ushering ( )  Thank you.

Music Ministry News
As summer comes to an end, we are looking forward to hearing special music again from our choral and bell choirs.  If you have a love of music and wish to be a part of this ministry, please keep reading for details and contact information!
Parish Choir
Our weekly rehearsals will start right after Labor Day on Wednesday, September 20 at 7:30pm in the church basement.  Everyone who loves to sing is welcome - we have four different parts (bass, tenor, alto, soprano), so your voice is sure to fit in somewhere! We especially would love to see those who joined us in June for our "Make a More Joyful Noise" Sunday.  (And yes, we intend to have one of those Sundays again - we'll let you know when!) For further information, please contact Paul Soost at
First Floor Once In A While Choir (FFOIAWC)
We started this choir last year (2016) for those who could not make a weekly commitment and/or could not manage the stairs to the balcony, not knowing if this was something that would take hold and continue.  The response has been great - in addition to singing praises to God, our singers from the early, middle, and late services have had a chance to reunite, as well as make new friends.  Our first practice will be in late September - stay tuned for the exact date!  We will sing about once a month and alternate between the early and late services.  For more details, please contact Glenda Frazier at
Hand Bell Choir
Ring-a-Lings, we will have our first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30pm in the balcony. Some special music has already been chosen, including, of course, a great challenge piece!  Anyone, male or female, teenager or adult, who would like to join us, please contact Glenda Frazier at  We would love to add to our bell choir and have some alternates.  If you've never played or you need to brush up on your skills, that's no problem; we can schedule a few extra practices to bring you up to speed.
Brass Ensemble
If you're one of the people who have said, "I miss hearing the brass at our special services," please step up and turn the longing into reality!  We have members who are willing to play; we just need someone to coordinate practice times and select music.  Please contact Chanda Gillenwater at if you can take on this challenge to further enhance our services.

"Saturday Night Live: An Annual Gala Supporting LiveUCF" has changed the event date.  It will likely be Saturday, October 7th.  Please check  back for updates.  

Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries annual gala supporting the Maternity Home will be Saturday evening, October 14th. Redeeming life is a partner ministry of Trinity and we'd love to see an entire table of people from Trinity there to support their annual fundraising. If you have questions, please contact the office.

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 .  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

September 16 Financial Peace Classes begins 4:30
September 18 Foundation Classes begin
September 24 NOTE: Friendship Sunday  has been postponed
October 1 4pm Pastor Doug Kallesen's Installation Service & Meal
October 27 Save the Date: Oktoberfest/Reformation Community Event
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