Trinity Weekly

September 01, 2023


All the thermostats are preset and should not be adjusted; they will adjust themselves. Trinity’s utility bills are reflecting the fact that the thermostats are being adjusted to unnecessary low temperatures for extended periods of time. PLEASE DO NOT ADJUST THEM.

If the temperature in a room is uncomfortable and needs to be adjusted, you MUST speak with either the class leader for any spaces outside the Sanctuary or to an usher for the Sanctuary space.

Thank you for your attention to this very important (and costly) matter.

Foundations Class

Trinity will be offering a Foundations Class beginning September 9. 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, September 9-November 18 from 4:00pm-5:30pm with a new member welcome on November 19. If you are interested in the class or need more information, please RSVP by using this form.

September Family Fun Night

Trinity’s next Friday Fun Night will be held on Friday, September 15 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 “A Chili Cook-off” for dinner. Let’s see who wins the Second Annual Cook-off Trophy!! Will the Master Chef from last year win again or will there be an upset? Attendees are asked to bring a dessert or side dishes for the chili. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover operating expenses and to help purchase coverings for the courtyard.

We will also be honoring our Second Annual, “A Good Samaritan Award” from the congregation at this Family Fun Night. This is a difficult decision to make since there are so many wonderful Good Samaritans at our church. Come be a part of this special celebration on September 15.

Please contact Terry Boggs at with any questions.  

Young Adults Fellowship

The next gathering of Trinity's Young Adult Fellowship will be held on Saturday, September 16, 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.

Choirs Begin a New Season

Our choirs are about to begin a new season. Parish Choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, August 30, at 7:30pm. Hand bells will start rehearsing on Wednesday, September 13, at 6:30 pm. Both choirs meet in the balcony. If you love to sing or would like to learn to play handbells, you are most welcome to join us. For more information, contact Tom Naus at

First Floor Once in a While Choir

For those of you who love to sing but cannot climb the steps to the balcony and/or drive at night, you are invited to sing with the First Floor Once in a While Choir on Sunday, September 17, at the 11:15 am service. We will rehearse prior to the service at 10:45 am in the front of the Sanctuary. We will sing after the Old Testament lesson, so you can sit with your family after we sing. All voices and ages are welcome!

New Middle and High School Sunday School

A new middle and high school Sunday school class will be held in the church basement beginning Sunday, September 10. Led by Renee Ponik and Tim Gusewelle, students will engage in conversations regarding topics relating to the confirmation lessons for further depth of understanding. Please reach out to the church office with any questions or for additional information.

New FCA TYM Bible Study

We are thrilled to offer an online Bible study for the FCA TYM students! This study will be held on Sundays from 5:30pm-6:15pm beginning September 10 and will work through Immerse Messiah. The Zoom information is below:

Meeting ID: 819 8421 3960

Passcode: 065594

If you have questions or need a book, please reach out to Catherine Simmons at

Update from LWML

LWML will hold the 2023 FL-GA DISTRICT RETREAT from September 22-24 in Orlando where the district vote will be taken for the next group of grants chosen. $2,211,976 has been paid in grants for 2021-2023.

This year's Retreat has chosen ST. GERARD MATERNITY HOME in St Augustine, FL to receive "Gifts from the Heart."

The following are needed donations:

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Cream and pacifiers
  • Soft blankets.
  • Toiletry items for new moms
  • Travel size shampoo for new moms
  • Deodorant for new moms
  • Combs for new moms

There will be a large box in the church narthex by September 6 to collect these items from any church members. LWML volunteers will transport these gifts to the retreat by September 22, 2023. 

Trinity's Adopt-A-Class Ministry

The 2023-2024 school year is well underway here at Trinity's Child Development Center with the classrooms filled with precious children and their dedicated teachers. Two years ago, we began an Adopt-A-Class Ministry in an effort to let our teachers know how much we appreciate them and to forge new relationships between our church and our school. Congregation members adopt/sponsor the teachers in one classroom (between 3-7 teachers) and bring them a small gift and note of encouragement/Bible verse each month from October-May. The gifts can be candy, cookies, fruit, gift cards, pens, sticky note pads,etc....things that would be fun for a teacher to receive. It truly is a joy to deliver these gifts and see the delight on the faces of those who are nurturing little ones' faith in Jesus.

We are in need of 9 new sponsors this year in order to have each of our 21 classrooms and staff groups covered. Would you please consider adopting a class? Once you sign up, you'll be sent information about your class and lots of helpful gift ideas. Please email or call Julia Malenke at or 334-703-0352 with any questions, for more information, or to adopt-a-class. Thank you!

Redeeming Life's Shake, Rattle & Stroll Walk for Life

Trinity is thrilled to partner with Redeeming Life to host the first ever Shake, Rattle & Stroll Walk for Life.

This fundraiser will be held at Lake Eola Park on Saturday, January 27 from 8am-11am.

The goals of this fundraiser are to:

  1. Raise awareness about the sanctity of life and the importance of a healthy God centered family. 
  2. Provide critical support to Redeeming Life Maternity Home.   


Since the event is free, we are asking that each congregation help us offset the event costs in one of two ways: 


  1. Provide a gift of $250.00 (checks payable to Trinity Lutheran Church earmarked for Shake, Rattle & Stroll
  2. Write a Thrivent Action Team grant for $250.00. 

Additional information to come regarding volunteer opportunities, but if you are interested in serving with this event, please contact the church office.

Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries is a Christ-centered maternity home and program offering love, hope, and a future to single pregnant women in crisis located in Sanford, Florida.  The ministry is expanding to the Chicagoland area this fall, the first of many expansion projects.  The long-term vision for Redeeming Life is to have a uniquely LCMS Lutheran maternity home in every geographical district in the country.  We are excited to partner with Redeeming Life, as together we serve desperate young mothers and their children but most importantly, to share the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with them.  Please take a few minutes to learn more about Redeeming Life at   

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 6:30pm

Women's Bible Study

Led by Julie Lasater

Study TBD

Resumes in September

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

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 September 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 will be held in the church basement beginning Sunday, September 10. Led by Renee Ponik and Tim Gusewelle, students will engage in conversations regarding topics relating to the confirmation lessons for further depth of understanding.
  • Confirmation occurs approximately every other week through May 2024. To register or to see all the meeting dates, 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 

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., Stephanie, Jerry, Fern, Jerri, DJ, Deborah, Shane, Amanda, Lucine H., Samantha, Deirdre

Surgery and Recovery/Recently Hospitalized

Charles W., Julie D., Chris L., Jordon H., Diane H., Martha Y.

Other Needs

  • For the process, person, and provision of an associate pastor
  • For all couples
  • For all those affected by the fires in Hawaii
  • For LCCP
  • For all students
  • For the Logan family
  • For Cindee
  • For Captain John K. and his wife

Peace and Comfort

  • 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
  • For the family and friends of Myra Seaton
  • For the family and friends of Corkey Hornsby
  • For the family and friends of Shirley
  • For the family and friends of Jeannene Adams

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.

We know that when you, Heavenly Father, created the earth it was a perfect place totally without sin or any evil. Then Adam and Eve could not resist the temptation to eat from that one forbidden tree in the garden that you, God, did not want them to eat from. Everything changed from perfect to being sinful and corrupted by evil, compliments of the devil. Since then life would be much harder with all of the atrocities that come with it.

God, so much in this world is not good and is very different from the beautiful and perfect place of Heaven. This is an eternal place promised to anyone who believes in God’s only son Jesus Christ, then to you, Jesus, confesses all of their sins, ask for forgiveness, then through God The Father’s forgiveness be cleansed and made pure in his sight. In this life though, you Lord, give us glimpses and hints into the eternal excellence of what we have coming.

In the outdoors, a gorgeous sunrise or sunset with the sky in a beautiful array of colors. The bright spectrum of colors across the sky from a rainbow. A crisp autumn day with clear deep blue skies and in many locations the bright colors of leaves changing. Looking out at the shimmering blue water of a lake, down along a stream or river, or at the coast seeing waves crash onto shore. In mountains and rolling country, woodlands and grasslands deep in green. Plants in full bloom with flowers brightening up the landscape. Geological and rock formations also beautifying some areas of land. Did you ever think of this as being small glimpses of Heavens beauty?

In cities, towns, and neighborhoods, people working together for a good cause. When someone is having difficulty, a caring person whether known or not offering to help out. When an emergency occurs a Good Samaritan coming to the rescue. Small things like holding a door for someone struggling to get through, a genuinely friendly greeting, an encouraging and uplifting comment to someone having a difficult day, and a departure with a pleasant and caring message. Perhaps these are just small hints of the eternal love everyone has for each other in Heaven.

With our faith in you, Lord, we see your glorious works and experience your powerful love for us. People with little or no faith allowing the Holy Spirit to enter into them, thus becoming solid believers in you, Jesus. Anyone of any age who receives the magnificent cleansing of Holy Baptism, setting up a solid foundation in Christ. When youth and adults with enthusiasm search to find out more about you, Jesus, by researching the Bible and other truthful and useful means. At church in the fellowship of others you, Lord, provide a sanctuary for at least a little while to worship you, away from the sinful problems of the outside world. In church we hear your word, Lord, in the scripture readings and though an informative, uplifting, inspiring sermon which helps to bring the teachings of our Lord into today’s world. Also the music and singing of hymns and songs glorifying you, Jesus; along with the assurance that our sins are forgiven and we are cleansed totally through confession and absolution, and also by the body and blood of Jesus received through the bread and wine at Holy Communion. And not to leave out the Prayers where we ask you, Jesus, for aid to ones in need of help, healing, comfort or guidance, and issues that your direction is needed on, also to give you thanks for everything you do. Just a small amount of time worshiping our amazing God until our eternal worship in Heaven.

We thank you, Lord, for giving us these glimpses and hints into the beauty of Heaven. These help all of us to focus on you, Jesus, and continue our confidence in faith that the perfect place of Heaven is guaranteed to all of us who continue to follow you,Jesus. Jesus, you have told us that Heaven is a place free from the devil and all sin, pain, sickness, sadness, hate, bitterness, anger, violence, selfishness, untrustworthiness and any other negative happenings of this world. Instead we will have eternal happiness, peace, joy, beauty, wonderfulness and most of all the greatest love that we have ever known. Thank you, Jesus, for granting us this greatest gift to come and we look forward to seeing you there face to face.

Lord, we can just imagine that the devil will not even be remembered in the glory of Heaven. It’s wonderful to think if somehow the name of Satan came up in Heaven, that everyone there would be responding; “I don’t know any Satan; Satan who?

Lord In Your Mercy

Hear Our Prayer


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August 26 Sat. in person: 39

August 26 online: N/A

August 27 Sun. 9am: 57

August 27 Sun. 11:15am: 46

August 27 online: 4

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