Trinity Weekly

August 11, 2023

Christmas in July - Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child

Join the Trinity Downtown Fellowship and Ministry Team in celebrating Christmas in July. We are collecting donations and items for Samaritan's Purse Operation Child Shoeboxes until August 18 when Family Fun Night: Retro Game Night returns.

Most needed items include: washcloths, bars of soap, unisex you S-XL t-shirts, packs of color pencils, crayons, and small plush toys. Monetary donations to cover the cost of shipping the shoeboxes are also accepted.

Please drop off items in the drop box located in the narthex beginning July 16 and at Family Fun Night on August 18.

To learn more about this ministry, visit or email Lynn Hogan at Please direct any questions you may have to Terry Boggs at

Family Fun Night Returns!!!

Please join us on August 18th at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall with a massive celebration to start off the new school year titled, “New Beginnings: Retro Game Night!” Join us for lots of Fun, Food, & Fellowship!!! We are asking you each to personally invite a family member, a friend, or someone from our congregation.

The Ministry Team will be serving spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread. And of course, we must not forget about the dessert. That’s where you come in!

Do you remember games like: Scrabble, Connect 4, Spades, Mouse Trap, Monopoly, Trouble, and many more? For our regulars, Bingo will also be available! Each winner will still win a prize. This time a special prize is included with the retro candy. For Black Out Bingo winners, a gift card from various stores will be included!

Questions? Contact Terry Boggs at

Confirmation 2023-2024

The next year of Confirmation classes are just around the corner! If you are in 7th or 8th grade, we welcome you to join this class and learn more about the Lutheran faith as you move closer to Jesus.

Confirmation classes will begin August 27 and will follow the schedule below:

August 27 - Parent and Confirmand Orientation

September 10

September 24

October 1

October 22

November 5

November 12

December 3

December 17

January 7 - First Communion Training Begins

January 21

January 28

February 4

February 18

March 3

March 10

April 7

April 21

May 5

May 19 - Confirmation Sunday

If you are planning or interested in joining (even if you attended Confirmation last year), please fill out the form below:

Confirmation Registration

Please contact the church office with any questions.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Trinity Downtown!

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Trinity Youth Ministry (TYM) is an exciting opportunity for 6th through 8th grade students in our local community to come together in a fun environment to build relationships with one another and with Jesus. Volunteers and participants will enjoy dinner together, followed by worship, games, and an open gym in the beautiful facilities provided by our Lord at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Orlando. FCA TYM will meet in Trinity’s fellowship hall and gymnasium, from 6pm-8pm one Sunday per month.


For additional information, please see the flyer below:

FCA TYM Informational Flyer

If you would like to sign your child up for this event, please use the registration link below:

FCA TYM Registration

For more information on how to be involved, how to volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact the church office.

Altar Flower Sponsorships

Would you like to monetarily sponsor one or both of the planned weekly altar flower arrangements? Please fill out this form to share your sponsorship information.

Each arrangement is $25 and you may sponsor one or both arrangements. Please contact the church office with questions.

Bible Study Schedule

Sundays at 10:15am: Sunday School

The Great Sending

One session led by Gregg Yawman

One session led by Pastor Doug

Mondays at 7pm Online

The Great Sending

Led by James and Laura Marano

Meeting ID: 884 1046 7886

Passcode: 291379

Tuesdays at 9am in Loggia 3 Women of the Word

Resumes in September

Tuesdays at 1pm

Searching the Scriptures

On the Book of Daniel

Led by Connie Sobol

Resumes September 19

Wednesdays at 7pm Online Prayer Meeting

Led by Pastor Doug

Meeting ID: 875 5454 8217

Passcode: 715083

Thursdays at 6:30pm

Women's Bible Study

Led by Julie Lasater

Saturdays at 4:30pm in Loggia 3

Led by Bob Trapp

Right Now Media
We are so excited to introduce this amazing platform to all of you! As a gift from Trinity Downtown to you, this spiritual development resource, RightNow Media, is now available to you wherever you are! What looks like a Netflix showcase of movies is actually a HUGE library of Bible study videos, Christian author resources, Children and Teen Resources, and so much more. With a downloadable app, RightNow Media is a safe option for the entire family and will help grow your faith. Trinity is dedicated to your spiritual growth and has partnered with RightNow Media to provide this service free of charge to you.

To sign up and create an account, click on the link below:

Or text TRINITYDOWNTOWN to the number 49775 to receive a text with the "Invite Link" to sign up for a free account.


The serving schedule for August has been updated:

Sunday School for Children and Students

Adult Sunday School, Children's Sunday School, MS/HS Sunday School

  • Adult Sunday School: the The Great Sending with Pastor Doug study meets in Loggia 2, and The Great Sending with Gregg Yawman meets in in Loggia 3.
  • Children's Sunday School for children 4 years through 5th grade will utilize Answers Bible Curriculum published by Answers in Genesis. To learn more about this curriculum, visit the Answers in Genesis website.
  • Serving this year:
  • PreK-4 and Kindergarten with Mrs. JoAnne Gusewelle and Miss Kristin Gusewelle
  • 1st-2nd grades with Mrs. Desiree Kallesen
  • 3rd through 5th grades with Mrs. Gail Wilkosz.
  • All classes meet on the first floor of Heritage Hall.
  • To register your child for Sunday school, please use this link
  • MS and HS Youth Bible Study are invited to join Pastor Doug's Sunday School class entitled "The Great Sending." Reach out to the church office with any questions.
  • Confirmation will resume August 27, 2023. To register for confirmation, please use this link.


We are livestreaming Sunday 9am worship every weekend, Saturday 6pm and Sunday 11:15am will be taped and posted after worship. All services are archived on Trinity's website and YouTube page for future viewing. If you need any help finding any services or subscribing to our YouTube channel, please contact the church office at

Christian Yoga
Christian Yoga continues online via Zoom on Mondays @ 6:30pm. Now more than ever - the relaxation of yoga is a tremendous benefit. Email Beth for more information at

Monthly Trinity Calendars

A limited number of copies of the monthly Trinity calendar can be accessed in the narthex or viewed below. Contact the church office with any questions.

We also have a school year calendar for the church and CDC that can be viewed here:

2023-2024 Church and CDC Calendar

Submit your prayer requests by emailing them to

All prayers are kept on the list for a period of three weeks, so please resubmit long term prayer needs regularly.

Those Fighting Cancer 

Lisa and Victor, Michael S., Jenny M., Jerry K., Barbara R., Jackie R., Mary, Doug H., Paul W., Rebecca M., Rita S., Alice, Brian, Jerry D., Corey, Cayden, Jeff M., Eva and Justin, Alex, Emma R., Annie B., Matt S., Joanna P., Matt B., Eva S., Barbara B., Mike T., Johnny N., Carolyn R., Mike R., Chip D., Doug, Brian, Terry B., Susan, Noah, Scott's mother, Paul B., Mickey, Melissa, Jack, Vickie and Terry, Bill B., Melissa, Alice, Gertrude, Dr. Ramon

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, Karen E., Sadie H., Les, Captain Jim W., Lt. Joann H., Nadene K., Marcy, Patrick W., David S., Jake, Kaitlyn and Josh, Martha P.

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Jason, Magaret H., Allen K., Betsy H., Owens family, Doug, Gary R., Jordan H.

Other Needs

  • For the process, person, and provision of an associate pastor
  • James
  • Melissa
  • Vanessa and Katie
  • Charlie E.
  • Caregivers of family members
  • Homebound members of Trinity
  • Michelle C.
  • For the two police officers who were shot and their families
  • Olivia
  • For all students and school faculty and staff beginning the new school year
  • Pastor Doug and Desiree as they travel
  • For all our veterans

Peace and Comfort

  • For the family and friends of Paula Bowman
  • For Anna and Curtis after their loss
  • For the family and friends of Eleanor DeFreze
  • For the family and friends of Howard Soost
  • For the family and friends of Ruth McKinney
  • For the family and friends of Eden
  • For the Gamble family at the loss of their son
  • For the family and friends of Carol Dunn
  • For the family and friends of Joel Wright
  • For the family and friends of Cpl. Norman Booth
  • For the family and friends of Hank Dressel
  • For the McCleese family at the loss of their son
  • For Randy and sons at the death of their wife/mother
  • For the family and friends of Janice Strobach
  • For the family and friends of Tom Heeney
  • For the family and friends of Jon Christensen
  • For Amanda and Shane at the loss of Amanda's father
  • For the family and friends of Sandy Allen
  • For the family and friends of Robert Porak
  • For the family and friends of Craig Baker

Confidential Prayers

For those prayers that have been shared in confidence, you know the details, Lord. We lift them up to you.

Our Trinity Missionaries

  • Wasmund Family in East Asia
  • Trump Family in Kenya
  • Clausing Family in Tanzania
  • Lehman Family in Puerto Rico


  • Blessings on all those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries!
  • Thanks and praise for those whose health has improved.
  • Thanks and praise for the staff and leaders at Trinity!

For Our Communities - For Our Nation - For Our World

We pray for our nation, for our nation's leaders, for its people, and for our future together as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all! We pray that we may all be a reflection of Christ's love, sharing grace and mercy, living in peace with one another. Reach out, listen, connect, and have those hard conversations. Love is first. Love wins.

Additional Prayers

  • For world, state, and local leaders in decisions
  • For all those caring for aging and/or ill family members in need
  • Prayers for our CDC staff & families, Trinity membership, and all Trinity staff & leaders
  • For all those struggling with mental health issues
  • For all those troubled by depression and broken relationships
  • For all those unable to attend church
  • For all those serving in our military
  • For those who have lost homes due to storms and for those who are homeless

Prayerful Thoughts from Rusty Stephens

Heavenly Father,

For the prayer within, we pray in the name of your son our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately in life we sometimes have losses such as loss of income or a job or a service we depend on, the list goes on. The work to overcome these can be difficult; however our feelings toward these losses does not generally cause an overwhelming and crushing feeling inside. One that does though, is the loss of someone that you so very dearly love more than virtually anything else in the world. It could be a parent, spouse, child, grandparent, brother or sister, close aunt or uncle, cousin, friend or anyone else that you treasure so deeply in your life. Even the loss of a pet, especially for a lonely person, can cause this devastating feeling.

For some this loss seems easier to overcome than for others. Possibly they appear pretty normal on the outside, but on the inside they may have a deep hurt that won’t easily go away. Others are in such an overwhelming grief that they just can’t function as usual and may even breakdown and cry without warning to anyone, even themselves. This for many is the worst thing in life that they will ever go through. What is the way out of this? Who can we turn to in this situation?

There is one who is ready and waiting for us to seek him out. There is one who knows fully what we are going through. There is one who had to watch his son be mocked, spit on, brutally beaten, whipped, have spikes driven through his hands and feet, then hoisted up on a cross, having to endure a slow, torturous, painful death. This one is our Heavenly Father, seeing his only son Jesus Christ, go through all of this for everyone on earth, to create a way of forgiveness for the sins they committed, including the ones that tortured Jesus then and also including all of us. Yes, God, you showed your amazing unconditional love for us by the sacrifice of your son Jesus, the only person on earth without sin, the only one who could save us eternally. Then you, Jesus, rose from the grave on the third day and eventually ascended into Heaven, showing that all of your forgiven followers at the end of their lives will be blessed as you lead them to Heaven.

Some may have a false notion that you, Jesus, don’t really care or know what it’s like to lose a dear loved one. The shortest verse in the Bible tells us so much about your compassion, Jesus. In the book of John, chapter 11, Lazarus who had died, was one that Jesus loved along with his loved ones. When Jesus saw the loved one’s weeping, his heart went out to them. In verse 35, “Jesus wept.” You, Jesus, could see the hurt in the loved ones of Lazarus as they cried in sadness for their loss. So along with the others, you, Jesus, also cried.

Turning to you, Jesus, does not mean that we instantly return to a normal happy life. This kind of grief is a long journey. When we look to you, Jesus, read your word in the Bible, pray and put our faith in you, over time positive occurrences start to happen. We learn that you, God, are in total control. By this we were very blessed with the time that we had with our loved one and that in no way could have prevented their death. You, God, had long ago predetermined when one is to be born and when one is to die. You, Lord, may provide family and/or friends for us that care and want to help in this difficult time. You make it possible for people with a compassion for helping others to start groups such as “Grief Share”, which shows videos on how to address the problems of grief and how to move forward in your life through it. In this group generally everyone there has lost someone close, including the directors. This reality gives them knowledge of what the ones grieving are going through and they are there to help, show support, comfort and pray for them.

Jesus, you are there for us always. With your payment for our sins on the cross; when we confess to you, ask you for forgiveness, and receive from God a cleansing of all of our sins, we are eternally saved. Jesus, you have such a deep love for us, a love that we cannot comprehend. We will always miss our loved ones, but you, Jesus, will show us the way past this intense grief and the future plans you have for us. Then when the time comes that God has chosen for each one of us to to depart this life, you, Jesus, will lead us into that beautiful paradise called Heaven and rejoin us with all of our believing loved ones. Thank you so very much, Jesus, for your incredible love, caring, saving grace, and guiding us in this life and the promise of that glorious next life with you. This will be a perfect place where we will never ever lose a loved one again. Jesus, with this promise we do not say, “goodbye” to our departed loved one, but instead we say, “UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN IN ETERNITY!”

Lord In Your Mercy

Hear Our Prayer



For anyone going through the grief of losing someone special in your life, even if it has been a long while, please consider coming to Grief Share at Trinity Downtown. It is at no cost to you and will start again on Tuesday, August 29 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm and will run every Tuesday through November.

For more information contact the church office at 407-488-1919 or May our Lord Jesus Christ bless and keep you always! 

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Attendance & Giving

August 5 Sat. in person: 42

August 5 online: 17

August 6 Sun. 9am: 50

August 6 Sun. 11:15am: 46

August 6 online: 6

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