Trinity Weekly

March 31, 2023

Street Closures Palm Sunday Weekend Near Trinity

Please be advised that the following roads will be closed from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 due to the Spring Fiesta at Lake Eola:

  • Robinson Street from Summerlin Avenue to Rosalind Avenue
  • Eola Drive from Robinson Street to Washington Street
  • Osceola cul-de-sac north of Central Boulevard

Parking in front of the church may be taken by the attendees of this event. Parking for church services will be available on the soccer field.

Church Office Schedule

Please note that the church offices and Childcare Development Center will be closed on Good Friday, Friday, April 7 and Easter Monday, April 10. Any requests or questions will be answered as quickly as possible beginning April 11.

Trinity Campus Workday To Do List

Front of Sanctuary

  • Edge turf grass
  • Remove weeds from jasmine beds
  • Trim and shape sheffelera

East Side Sanctuary

  • Rake leaves and debris on all levels
  • Trim hedges as needed
  • Pull weeds from jasmine bed
  • Clean leaves from gutters on north door porch
  • Clean debris from recessed window wells
  • Apply bleah and pressure wash low white wall

West Side Sanctuary

  • Apply bleach and pressure wash low white wall
  • Vacuum carpets on ramps
  • Rose garden clean up
  • Clean debris from recessed window wells

Loggia Courtyard

  • Clean windows and bulletin boards
  • Clean up mulch area around each crepe myrtle tree

Livingston Parking Lot

  • Weed various beds
  • Trim hedge near Heritage Hall
  • Fill in potholes

Fellowship Hall Courtyard

  • Weed
  • Trim and shape hedges

CDC Parking Lot/Playground Area/Mr. Bill's Building

  • Trim hedges
  • One piece of hardy-board is loose and needs to be reattached

Behind Fellowship Hall/Kitchen

  • Rake up debris/leaves


  • Power washing

Easter Jamboree

Trinity's Fellowship and Outreach team is excited to host our second Easter Jamboree on April 1st from 12:30pm-3:30pm. It is a fun event for families to learn about Jesus during Holy Week leading up to His resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Fellowship/Outreach Ministry Team are requesting help for supplies to help make this event a success, specifically the funds to rent a bounce house for one of the activities. We need about $350 for this activity. Please make sure to direct any monetary donations towards the Fellowship and Outreach team.

Volunteers for this event are also needed! Please use the sign-up sheet in the narthex to help out. Questions? Contact Terry Boggs at

Bring Your Palm Branches on Palm Sunday!

Palm Sunday is THIS WEEKEND, so don't forget to bring palm branches to church to celebrate the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus' triumphal entry!

Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Trinity Downtown!

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Trinity Youth Ministry (TYM) is a new and 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.

Young Adults Fellowship

Trinity is thrilled to host a new fellowship group for young adults!

The next gathering will be held on Saturday, April 15, from 4pm-6pm in Trinity's parish hall. We will be getting in touch with our artistic side by doing a craft and playing some games. Come and enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with other young adults from Trinity.

Please RSVP to Ethan Kallesen at 407-538-8485.

New Foundations Class

Trinity will be offering a Foundations Class beginning April 15. If you or someone you know is interested in joining Trinity or wants information about the Lutheran faith, this is the class for you! An introduction to Christian teaching and the Lutheran faith, the purpose of this class is to provide the information needed to understand what Lutherans believe and decide whether Trinity is the church for you. Joining Trinity after completing this class is not required, but our hope is that you will find this to be a wonderful community where you can be involved and grow spiritually.

Meetings will occur Saturdays, April 15-May 27 from 4:00pm-5:30pm in Loggia 2 with a new member welcome on May 28. If you are interested in the class or need more information, please RSVP by April 10, 2023 by emailing the church office.

Family Fun Night

Trinity’s next Friday Fun Night will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All ages from young to old are welcome to join in some fun and games, whether board games or card games. The main event for the night is bingo with prizes that include nostalgia candy, “a blast from the past,” and gift cards from various locations.

The Fellowship and Outreach Team will be providing dinner.  It’s time to have food, fun, and fellowship!!! The menu choice for this month is a Ragin Cajun New Orleans style Cuisine! Even though it sounds spicy, we promise to leave out the hot spices and hot sauce! The Team will be serving several different Cajun recipes for dinner. Attendees you can join in and bring your favorite Cajun Cuisine or an Cajun dessert of your choice. Mardi Gras here we come!! A free-will offering will be taken to help cover operating expenses.

This month will also include a 50/50 raffle drawing. If you have the winning ticket, you will win half the pot.  So bring your $1 bills and play your heart out! Raffle drawings change each month, but the purpose remains the same: to raise money to purchase coverings for the courtyard.

Please contact the office with any questions or Terry Boggs at

Activate Your Brain!!

We are back! We have another Senior Wellness Event: Activ8 Your Brain Part 2 is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th in the Fellowship Hall from 11:00am-2:30pm. This workshop is presented by K2 Medical Research and Wel-Med and sponsored by the Fellowship/Outreach Ministry Team. Local vendors and free brunch is included. Both prior attendees and new attendees are welcomed.

Register in the Narthex beginning April 2nd. If you have any questions, please see Terry Boggs or email her at  

Upcoming Blood Drive

Trinity is happy to partner once again with OneBlood to host a blood drive on April 30 from 9am-2pm in front of the church! This is an amazing opportunity to donate blood and help others.

The process to give blood is simple and only takes about 30-45 minutes. This drive is not limited to just Trinity members, staff, or CDC families, but is open for anyone who would like to come and donate.

Have questions? Contact the church office.

Food and Funds on the Fifth Sunday

As always, on any fifth Sunday of a month, we will be collecting food donations for a local food pantry (dry and canned goods only, not expired) and funds for the Pastor's discretionary fund assisting those dealing with immediate financial emergencies. Bring in those dollars and BOGOs on April 30! Thank you.

Vacation Bible School

Trinity is thrilled to host Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer for ages 3 through rising 6th graders. VBS will be held June 26-30 from 9am-12pm.

Please go to to register your child.

Questions? Contact the church office.

Zip Lines

We are excited to be relaunching our Zip Line ministry! Zip lines are an opportunity for families to connect with others who live in their zip code for encouragement, fellowship, and assistance. We want everyone to have a community of people around them for support and encouragement, and this ministry is one way we can help foster that.

Are you interested in being a zip line coordinator? Please contact Darlene Sabin at to express interest or for additional information.

Sponsor a Child's Bible

Do you know the purpose statement of Trinity's Child Development Center? We are very, very grateful for what Trinity Downtown is able to provide to local children and families through the CDC. The purpose statement is:

Trinity Lutheran School's Child Development Center

nurtures the development of the whole child 

from a core foundation of faith, 

preparing them spiritually, academically, socially, and emotionally

in partnership with their family

for future academic success and to lead purpose-filled lives for Christ.

We are thrilled to have earned a score of 98.31 out of 100 possible points from our National Lutheran School Accreditation Self Study. An 80% overall score is required for recommendation to the National Lutheran School Accreditation in Good Standing.

In keeping with our purpose, each year Trinity Downtown gives a brand new children's Bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible, to every child who graduates from our four VPK classes. As these children leave our Lutheran child care center and begin Kindergarten at a new school, we send with them, and their families, the best gift we can give - a foundation of faith, nurturing, and the Word of God -- with a note inside that will remind them for years to come of their Trinity Family!

Each Bible is $10 or a case of 20 for $200. Please consider sponsoring one or more Bibles for these children. Checks can be sent to the office or dropped in the offering plate with VPK BIBLES written in the memo line.

Beyond Grief Share Bible Study

Beginning May 2, Connie Sobol will be hosting a Bible study called "Beyond Grief Share." This study will be held in Loggia 2 at the same time as Grief Share and is open to anyone currently part of Grief Share or anyone who would like to join. The first topic they will study will be regarding the book of Job.

Questions? 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
call 407-488-1919 for additional details

Sundays at 11:15am: Sunday School

The Great Sending

One session led by Greg Yawman

One session led by Pastor Doug - BEGINS APRIL 16

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

Tuesdays at 1pm

Beyond Grief Share

Beginning with the Book of Job

Led by Connie Sobol

Begins May 2

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 April has been updated:

Sunday School for Adults
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 Greg 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.
  • MS and HS Youth Bible Study are invited to join Pastor Doug's Sunday School class entitled "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist." Reach out to the church office with any questions.
  • Confirmation has begun! You can find more details on the registration link below:
  • Confirmation Registration
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:

2022-2023 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 

JoAnn, Corrie H., Donald, Jim C., Diane R., Sigmond, Gary L., Preston, David V., JoAnn and Allan, 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., Bud K., Barbara B., Mike T., Johnny N., Carolyn R., Mike R., Chip D., Jesiah M., Doug

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, Karen E., Jack M., Melanie I., Charlie R., Darcy E., Peggy C., Mike, Mike H., Mike T., Ronnie C., Ramiro, Ruth M., Lorrain H., Margaret

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Margaret F., Chris K., Mark, Anna K., Eleanor D., Cindy B.

Other Needs

  • For the process, person, and provision of an associate pastor
  • For those who serve in the military
  • For Sam
  • For Tara and James
  • For Mariele
  • For Luis R.
  • For Anna O'Brien and her 8th grade class
  • For the tornado victims in Mississippi
  • For Grayson B.
  • For all those affected by the school shooting in Nashville

Peace and Comfort

  • For the family and friends of Bert
  • For the family and friends of Pastor Paul Hoyer
  • Family and friends of Penn Marshall
  • Family and friends of Cpl. Robert Guilfoyle
  • Family and friends of Sherry Williams
  • Family and friends of Rob Mamula
  • Family and friends of Marilyn Blackwood
  • Family and friends of Jim Bohlman
  • Family and friends of Lee Roby
  • For Lee and Devon at the loss of their father
  • For the family and friends of Karen
  • For the family and friends of Sam Audeykiwics
  • For the family and friends of John
  • For the family and friends of Jan Fry
  • Family and friends of John Collins
  • For Tom M. at his father's passing
  • For the Schmitz family
  • For Wendy at the loss of her father
  • For the Nagy family at the loss of Bernard
  • For the family and friends of Ann Bufkin
  • For Linda at the loss of her husband
  • For the family and friends of Jean Koivu
  • For the family and friends of Sgt. Penny Warner
  • For the Opheim family
  • For the family and friends of Deputy Mike Milmerstadt

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 those who have returned safely from travels.
  • Thank you for those who have graciously donated to the ministries of Trinity!
  • Thanks and praise for the guidance and discernment of God!
  • Thanks and praise for the provision of jobs!
  • Thanks and praise for the end of Matt's radiation!

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 the current war in Ukraine
  • For those who have lost homes due to storms and for those who are homeless

Prayerful Thoughts from Rusty Stephens

Heavenly Father,

We pray to You in the name of your son our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Holy week is a week of emotional ups and downs. For those of us who love our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we give the greatest thanks to you, Jesus, for what you have done for us. We will always remember what you went through in this week.

The week started out with celebration and joy that first Palm Sunday on that road into Jerusalem, filled with people’s cloaks and palm branches as you, Jesus, rode in on a donkey colt. Many were shouting, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

As the week went on, celebrations faded. Some of what took place, chief priest and scribes plotting to arrest and kill you, Jesus. Two of your disciples, one betraying you and the other denying you. Through the betrayal you, Jesus, were arrested and questioned by the chief priest and the whole council. Instead of learning from you, Jesus, and seeing that you are the promised Savior from God, in their arrogant blindness they just wanted you out of the way.

Jesus, in the middle of all of this, your love showed through as you and the disciples partook in the eating of bread and drinking of wine as your body and blood given and shed for the forgiveness of all of our sins. Jesus, we thank you for our opportunities to receive this sacred blessing.

After you, Jesus, had been turned over to Pilate, he could not find any wrong done by you. Multiple times before the crowd of people that he allowed to judge, between a totally innocent person, Jesus, and a convicted murderer, Barabbas. First, the crowd chose for the release of Barabbas and the crucifixion of Jesus. Two other times Pilate asked, "Why?" The crowd kept getting louder each time shouting, “Crucify him.” When we take a good look at ourselves and all of the sins that we have committed, knowing that it took the death of Jesus for our sins to be forgiven in order to be saved, we also in effect are guilty of shouting, “Crucify him.”

Then for you, Jesus, a crown of thorns on your head, the mocking towards you, the spitting on you, the savage beating and whipping you received, after which you were forced to carry your heavy cross as far as you could. Nails the size of large spikes were driven through your hands and feet in attachment to that cross, being placed in the middle of two others paying their deserved punishment; the mocking and torment continued. Jesus, you cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Taking on yourself all of the sins of the world, your Father in Heaven had to be separated from you, Jesus, because of those sins, which you committed, not even one. How crushing it must have felt, Jesus, to be carrying all of this alone.

Yet throughout all of this your love for all continued. From the cross you said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” When one of the criminals beside you, Jesus, admitted his guilt and knowing that you were innocent said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom,” you told him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Jesus, seeing your mother Mary watching all of this, you made sure that she would be cared for the rest of her life.

With the sacrifice for our sins about to be completed you, Jesus, said, “It is finished,” and in a loud voice said “Father into your hands I commit my spirit!” Then you breathed your last. Your body, Jesus, was placed in a tomb. Scripture lets us know that you, Jesus, saw the devil, informing him that you had defeated him, which gave the devil the message that he cannot have anyone who follows you, Jesus.

On the third day the first Easter came. What was thought of at first as the stolen body of you, Jesus, turned out to be your defeat of death by your resurrection and eventual ascension into Heaven, reuniting with your Father, God, our Heavenly Father. This opened the way to Heaven for all who believe and trust in you, Jesus; then having true sorrow for their sins, and a sincere confession to you, Jesus, you let our Heavenly Father know and just like on the cross, “Father forgive them”. God then wipes away all of our sins totally cleansing and purifying us. We give thanks to you, Jesus, for taking those sins away from us. When that day arrives for our time in this life to end, Jesus, with that amazing love for us you will lead us to our eternal home. In the permanent presence of our Triune God, we will reside in a paradise free from all of the pain, suffering, and sins of this world and be filled with beauty and peace and joy and happiness and yes, complete and total love forever.

Lord In Your Mercy

Hear Our Prayer


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The St. Luke's Concert Series

To view ONLINE concerts, visit St Luke's website for links. Links to watch live.

Attendance & Giving

March 25 Sat. in person: 44

March 25 online: N/A

March 26 Sun 9am: 76

March 26 Sun. 11:15am: 54

March 26 online: 13

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