Trinity Weekly

May 5, 2023

Stewardship Drive

"What can I offer unto the Lord for all He has done for me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord for saving me. I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all His people." Psalm 116

Trinity is now conducting our annual stewardship campaign. You should have received the stewardship letter and pledge card sent to your home with instructions on how to pledge for the next year. Extra copies of the letter and pledge can be found at the exits to the church or by clicking on the link below:

Stewardship Letter

May God bless you as you "honor God from your wealth." Proverbs 3:9

Young Adults Fellowship - THIS WEEKEND

The next gathering of Trinity's Young Adult Fellowship will be held on THIS Saturday, May 6, from 4pm-6pm. Come and enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with other young adults from Trinity.

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

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.

Family Fun Night

Trinity’s next Friday Fun Night will be held on Friday, May 19, 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. Now any game winner will receive a prize! 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 May Indoor Picnic. The Team will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, and side fixings. Attendees you can join in and bring your favorite side dish and a dessert! A picnic is a state of mind & can be made anywhere!  A free-will offering will be taken to help cover operating expenses and to raise money to purchase coverings for the courtyard!

Questions? Contact Terry Boggs at

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 visit to register your child.

Questions? Contact the church office.

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.

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 Greg 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

Tuesdays at 1pm

Beyond Grief Share

Beginning with the Book of Job

Led by Connie Sobol

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 May 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 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 

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., Doug, Brian, Jesiah M.

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, Karen E., Stormy, Marie, Anna K., Gail K., Roger, Stephen H., Pat, Eleanor D., Dr. Ed, Susa F., Lisa H., Terry, Anna's teacher's mom, Cheryl, Janisse

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Frank S., Helene D., Karen S., Judy

Other Needs

  • For the process, person, and provision of an associate pastor
  • For all students who are finishing up the school year
  • For David
  • For Pastor Craig
  • For Myrt R.

Peace and Comfort

  • Family and friends of John Collins
  • For Tom M. at his father's passing
  • For the Schmitz family
  • 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
  • For the Mimms family at the loss of their son
  • For the Brittingham family
  • For the Person family
  • For the family and friends of Andy Riddle
  • 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

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!
  • Thanks for Vanessa's acceptance into PT school!
  • Thanks from Chuck that he can visit Sam!

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,

For the prayer within, we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

When we were very young many of us became familiar with children’s books and fairy tales. Many of which started out wonderfully, but then a threat or problem arose. Eventually the bad situation was resolved and the wonderful times returned. A large number of the stories would end with, “and they all lived happily ever after.” The “happily ever after” was only until the next book or that same book was read again bringing back difficult times.

Isn’t life that way? We are moving along in life with things going well and then something happens bringing about difficulties. There’s many that can happen but may include money shortages, loss of hours or even the whole job, sickness in the family or friends, losing a dear loved one or friend, or perhaps a combination of problems. Jesus, as these difficulties close in on us, we really need your help so much.

God, you originally created a place on earth that was meant to be wonderful and “happily ever after.” But temptation entered in from the devil; then though Adam and Eve’s eating the forbidden fruit from that single “off limits tree” in the garden, the “happily ever after” disappears and difficulties emerge. Ever since then the wonderful times have not been consistent; however you, Lord, have not abandoned your followers and are there for us in all times and situations. God, we thank you so much for not leaving or forsaking us, but instead loving and staying with us.

Heavenly Father, it seems as we go through life that the “happily ever after” times will never come. You told us in scripture that it would not come in this life because of our sins and the sins of the world. Lord, can we ever get to that point?

God, you told us absolutely yes and showed us how. Because of your amazing love you blessed us so richly by sending your one and only son, Jesus Christ, who would live a life without sin, thus becoming the one and only sacrifice that would remove all of the sins from believers in Him. You, Jesus, in your incredible love for all of us, gave up your perfect life in a very torturous and painful death on the cross. Then you defeated the devil and death by rising from the grave and opening the only way to Heaven when you ascended to join your Father in Heaven.

Heavenly Father, for all of us who accept and believe in Jesus as our Savior, then being truly sorry for all of our sins and confessing those to Jesus, along with asking Him for us to be forgiven, guaranteed, we will receive total forgiveness which clears away every sin that we have ever committed in our lives. When our lives on earth come to an end, you Jesus, will take us to our heavenly home. There we will be in the presence of our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, along with all believers including our faithful loved ones. As you promised, Lord, this will be a grand place totally free from the devil and any and all sins, with magnificent beauty filled with all of the love, joy, happiness, and wonderfulness that we could ever receive.

Thank you very much, Jesus, for what you went through and did for us, so that we could be blessed with all of this. Now finally we can say, “and we will all live happily ever after,” FOREVER!

Lord In Your Mercy

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