Trinity Weekly

October 7, 2022

Weekend Updates

There are several updates for the services this weekend. Please read carefully and reach out to the church office with any questions.

Pastor Doug on Vacation

Pastor Doug is away on vacation beginning today (Friday, October 7) and will return for next weekend’s services. While he is away, please refrain from contacting him and instead direct any questions or concerns you may have to the church office or other Trinity staff or volunteers who could help answer your question. Don’t know who to contact? Ask Katherine and she will be able to help you.

Welcome Pastor Mike and Dorothy!

Pastor Mike Damery will be filling in for Pastor Doug in the pulpit this weekend and will take over Pastor Doug’s Sunday School class. Please give Pastor Mike and his wife, Dorothy, a huge Trinity welcome!

Sunday School Classrooms

Due to the church basement flooding during hurricane Ian and the resulting clean up still going on, Sunday School cannot be held in the Loggia classrooms.

Rocky Smothers’ class on the Major Festivals will be held in the partitioned section of the Fellowship Hall.

Pastor Mike will be taking over Pastor Doug’s class, which will meet in Heritage Hall room #107 (as you enter Heritage Hall from the hallway leading to the Fellowship Hall, it is the second classroom on your left).

Questions? Contact the church office.

How Are You After Hurricane Ian?

How did you make out after Hurricane Ian? Do you need any assistance? Do you need someone to talk to? We would love to hear from you!! Please feel free to share your experience with this storm or anything else with us by emailing

Downtown Orlando Pumpkin Patch

It's back! The Child Development Center's PTL is moving forward their biggest annual fundraiser, our Pumpkin Patch! The PTL will set up those fantastic photo-op areas and we'll have lots of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes, and prices. This is a fantastic opportunity for fundraising for our CDC, as well as for welcoming local guests onto our campus to see our Church and CDC and meet some of our Trinity family in a very casual environment. A pumpkin purchase is NOT required for someone to stop by to take photos among the pumpkins and décor - we have a handful of families who come every year just for photos, and they love it!

The Pumpkin Patch is open from October 6-31 with weekday hours of 3:30pm-6pm and weekend hours from 10am-4pm. If you would like to volunteer to help, please use the following link to sign up:

Pumpkin Patch Volunteer Sign-Up 

Don't forget to buy a pumpkin to support Trinity's CDC!

Make A More Joyful Noise! is back!

Please join the Parish Choir and help us Make A More Joyful Noise! on Reformation Sunday, October 30, during the traditional 11:15 am service. All are welcome! Every voice can make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Even YOU! 

Come to the balcony on Sunday morning at 10:45 am to rehearse prior to the service.

Come Make A More Joyful Noise! with us!

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” (Psalm 100)

LWML Weekend

Due to hurricane Ian, LWML weekend has been rescheduled for October 22 and 23.

October 22 and 23 has been designated as Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Sunday. The women of the LWML invite the entire congregation to celebrate together as the Body of Christ under the theme, “For Us and With Us.” This special worship service was authored by Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson, Vice President of Administration, Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan.    

Join us and learn how the Lord has worked through the LWML to bring the lost and the erring into fellowship with Him through mission and ministry. LWML is planning a display of several completed quilts and our LWML Banner. There will also be a small keepsake gift for the first 100 people. 

ElderFest BBQ

Please join the Trinity Downtown Elders who are hosting the ElderFest BBQ on Friday, October 28, from 5:30–8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall and the Courtyard. 

The menu includes bratwurst, beef hotdogs, chicken sliders, and sides. Beverages will include water, iced tea, beer, and wine. Guests are asked to bring a dessert. There will be activities and games for the children along with BINGO for all to enjoy. 

A special, guest performance by our very own David Ludwig will also be occurring this night. Join us at 7:30pm in the sanctuary for this fun event!

This event is FREE of charge. We will have a Free-Will Offering plate out to accept donations to offset expenses and go toward Pastor’s discretionary fund. No RSVP’s needed and all are welcomed to attend. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Terry Boggs at

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 October 30! Thank you.

Peace Serving in Uvalde, TX Update

Peace and team are back and had a great trip to Uvalde, Texas, where we provided comfort and love to students, teachers and school staffs as they returned to school.


We look forward to sharing our Uvalde debrief very soon.


Thank you for your prayers, love and support during our deployment. We appreciate you!

Family Fun Night

Trinity’s next Friday Fun Night will be held on Friday, October 21st, 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 football season… time to have food, fun, and fellowship!!! Both the Team and Attendees are asked to bring Tailgating Snacks of your choice. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover operating expenses as well as for Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.

This month will also include a themed basket on display for a raffle drawing by the name of “Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice.” So bring your $1 bills and play your heart out! Baskets 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. 

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 6-8 p.m. 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.

New Foundations Class

Trinity is offering a weekly Foundations Class. 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 September 10-November 5 from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall If you are interested in the class or need more information, please contact the church office.

For anyone who may want to participate but is not available when we are meeting or is not comfortable meeting in person, we are working on an online option that will give you the same information but can be completed on your own. However, we encourage you to attend in person if possible as you will have the opportunity to interact with the others in the class and become connected to people at the church who are learning alongside you. If you are interested in this online option, please contact the church office at

New Adult Sunday School Class

Pastor Doug is leading a study for middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults entitled "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" based on the book by Frank Tureck and Norman Geisler by the same title. 

If you want to follow along in the book or the study guide, we recommend purchasing your book ASAP. 

Study Notes

New Adult Sunday School Class

Rocky Smothers is leading a study on the Major Festivals. Contact the church office with any questions.

Bible Study Schedule
call 407-488-1919 for additional details

Mondays at 7pm Online

Immerse Messiah

Led by James and Laura Marano

Meeting ID: 898 7130 0477

Passcode: 968927

Tuesdays at 9am in Loggia 3 Women of the Word

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

Study resumes on October 6

Saturdays at 4:30pm in Loggia 3

Led by Bob Trapp

Study resumes in November

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 October 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 I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist study meets in Loggia 2, and Major Festivals 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" beginning September 18. 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
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October 1 Foundations (4pm)

October 2 Confirmation (12:30pm)

   FCA TYM (6pm)

October 15 Foundations (4pm)

October 21 Family Fun Night (6:30pm)

October 22 and 23 LWML Weekend 

October 22 Foundations (4pm)

October 23 Confirmation (12:30pm)

October 28 OWLS (12:30pm)


October 29 Foundations (4pm)

Monthly Trinity Calendars

A limited number of copies of the monthly Trinity calendar can be accessed in the narthex beginning this week, or can be viewed and printed by clicking on the link below:

October Calendar

Questions? Contact the church office at

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 

Sandy A., Mike R., Rev. Robert Besalski, Danny B., Doug H., Linda B., Hank S., Nancy K., Penn M., Trevor S., Jay Z., Bob K., David K., Kim, Paul, Corrie H., JoAnn, Melissa, Donald, Carolyn, Diane R., Jim C., Sigmond, Gary L., Preston, David V., Jo-Ann, Allan, Mary B., Lisa and Victor, Jerry K., Barbara R., Jenny M., Michael S., Mary, Kimberly P., Jackie R.

Health Concerns 

Hazel, Chuck, John L., Karen E., Shelby, Cricket W., Kate C., Matt B., Ruby H.

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Leatha R., James S. Clifford, Nick's girlfriend, Gary B., Anna's grandmother, Jean-Paul, Bob G.

Other Needs

  • The Collins family
  • Timothy G.
  • All in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian
  • Lee Lee and her unborn baby
  • Students, teachers, and families in Uvalde Texas
  • Tara and James

Peace and Comfort

  • For the family and friends of Ronnie Schmitz
  • For the family and friends of Len Gabriel
  • For the family and friends of David Lyons
  • For the family and friends of Early Lukkes
  • For the family and friends of Sgt. Greg Taylor
  • For the family and friends of Georgia Holley
  • For the family and friends of Mary Long
  • For the family and friends of Glen Schumacher
  • For the McQuown family
  • For the Howard family
  • For the Heideman family
  • For the family and friends of John Huckeba
  • For Donna at the passing of her father
  • For the Fabry family
  • For the O'Donnell family
  • For the family and friends of Sgt. Nagy
  • For the Hallenbech family
  • For Diane at the loss of her mother
  • For the family and friends of Ron Logan
  • For the Sharma family
  • For the Schupan family
  • For the family of Rower
  • For Adriunns at the loss of her friend
  • For the family and friends of Fran Lee
  • For the family and friends of Tom Grether
  • For the family and friends of Joyce Saeger
  • For the family and friends of Clifford Sweatt
  • For the family and friends of Ann Christianson

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.

 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 making safe decisions about COVID
  • 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
Community News

The St. Luke's Concert Series

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

Gracias Christmas Cantata

If you would like to begin to get in the Christmas spirit, this cantata is for you! The concert is on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 7pm. Additional details can be found at the following link:

Attendance & Giving

October 1 Sat. in person: 29

October 1 online: 22

October 2 Sun. 9am: 54

October 2 Sun. 11:15am: 48

October 2 online: 17

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