• Special measures for Annual Meeting
  • Food Pantry turns corner into new year of service
  • Sunday music draws on Bach
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
First Sunday after
10:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word


  • Prelude: Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam (“Christ, our Lord, to Jordan Came”) (J.S. Bach)
  • Offertory: “Baptized in Water” to the tune of “Morning has Broken” (text: Michael Saward)
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn, Shall We Gather at the River; In dir ist Freude (“In Thee is Gladness”) (J.S. Bach)

Webstream link:

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
7 p.m. – Evening Prayer

Livestream Link:

Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Susan Hires leads lessons and activities. Join us on our Facebook page: 

Upcoming Event: Morning Prayer
Date: Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Webstream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music.

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: A community of women of various ages and backgrounds share thoughts, stories, highlights, fun and laughter. For more information reach out to

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: The Friendship Circle welcomes those who are widowed, divorced or single, or who are seeking friendship from parishioners. If you would like to join us, please contact Susan Ralston at sralston@sunflower.com for an invitation. All are welcome.

Upcoming Event: Evening Prayer
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join Vashti and David for Evening Prayer each week.
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From the Rector's Desk...

It’s Thursday, the day after the attack on the Capitol, and I am asking myself, “Do I need to say that trespassing, vandalism, intimidation, violence, and the attempted subversion of our legal election process is morally wrong? Or do we already know that?”

But in these moments, it is not necessarily about personal spiritual direction from one’s priest to a parishioner. It is about institutions, communities of faith, collective entities publicly decrying behavior as *not* being our values. I think the most disgusting thing I saw (and there was a lot) was people tromping through the edification of our national stability and commitment to fair, just, and free governance and threatening those within waving a flag with the fish symbol and the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

It is not wrong to protest. It is actually a human right given to us by God. It is not wrong to be distressed about the consequences of an election that does not reflect your understanding of what is the best of human nature. It is not morally wrong to be passionate, or even prophetic. It can even be moral and ethical to violate the law in order to do what is right.

But in the moment in which Peter, one of the foremost of the disciples, saw a terrible injustice about to occur in the arrest (and likely future killing) of Jesus, lashed out with a sword and struck the ear of one of those who came to arrest him, Jesus healed the man and said, “no more of this!” in the Gospel of Luke (22:50-51) and “put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword” in the Gospel of Matthew (26:52). These figures Wednesday looked far more like the Crusaders who sacked Byzantium and the Holy Land than the peaceful but powerful followers who drew the fish with their feet in the dirt to identify one another in times of crisis.

Put simply: that was not my Christ, not my Christian faith, and not my Church. You may disagree, and that is your right and Trinity will continue to be your home, but I ask you to think about what the entire community of faith should be doing together in moments like these.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Mary Donovan Ordination

The Rev. Jennifer Allen and the Rev. Mary Donovan will be ordained to the priesthood in a scaled-back, small service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, in Grace Cathedral, Topeka. Only those invited by each ordinand can attend, but the service will be livestreamed on the diocese’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/c/episcopaldioceseofkansas.

Allen is serving as the bishop’s curate for mission, working with Bethany House and Garden.

Donovan is assisting with ministry at Canterbury House of Lawrence and Canterbury House in Manhattan.

Anyone wanting to send greetings to the ordinands by card, note or letter may send them in care of the diocesan office, 835 SW Polk St., Topeka, KS 66612.
Prayer Chain

To add a person's name to the prayer list or to become a prayer chain member, please contact the parish office... Prayers... or call 785-843-6166; or Carol Hatton, Prayer Chain coordinator at (caroldonhatton@gmail.com).

The Prayer Chain prays daily for those who are ill, suffering or troubled; who have died; or who wish to offer praise and thanksgivings. Prayer Chain members find that their own private prayer life with God also deepens during this daily practice.

Pray for those who need healing: D.J., Sigrid, Eleanor, Nancy, Gretchen, Jack, Nancy, Ann, Jackie, Megan, Alyce, Janice, Darla, Julie, Barbara
Pray for those with special circumstance: Heather, Dani

Pray for the departed: Robert Hohn, Donnie Griswold
During this holiday season, we would like to know about hospitalizations, illnesses or special needs. Please call Father Rob, Deacon Deborah Burns, the church office, or call a Vestry member so that we can help.
Attend the Annual Meeting and Vote

Plans are shaping up for conducting the parish Annual Meeting online at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. Meeting online means we'll need some unusual procedures for voting.

The meeting will be held on Zoom, a platform that allows us to interact in real time. The parish will announce the link to the meeting and publicize it several ways, so keep an eye out for it.

Nominations from the floor – a common occurrence at most Annual Meetings – will be especially difficult.

If you wish to run for Vestry, serve as a delegate to the upcoming Diocesan Convention, or become a member of the Endowment Board, please submit your name to Fr. Rob (rb@trinitylawrence.org) or Senior Warden Steve King (steveking8049@aol.com) as soon as possible.

The same goes if you're nominating someone else.

Then there's the matter of voting remotely.

Parishioners with an email address on file will receive a link to the ballot for the Annual Meeting the morning of Jan. 24, and they will have until 2 p.m. to go online and fill out the ballot. 

The vote tallies will be announced via robocall later that afternoon.

You do not need to have the Zoom app on your phone or computer. You can access the meeting through your web browser by clicking on the link once published. The link will also be available on the church website, trinitylawrence.org

The Annual Report will also be available electronically. The link to the report will be on the church website (http://trinitylawrence.org).
You can call the church office to request a paper copy of the report to be mailed to you, or you may pick one up at the church office. 

The Annual Meeting is an important time for us to celebrate what God has been doing in our church family. In addition to electing new members of the Vestry, delegates to the Diocesan Convention, and members of the Endowment Board, we will see the Ministry Plan for the coming year.

As the pandemic has forced us to be apart for most of the past year, it is more important than ever for us to meet virtually for the Annual Meeting. Please plan to attend.
Pump 'n' Pray

Gentlemen, looking for a New Year Resolution? How about joining up with Trinity’s Pump 'n' Pray exercise group? We meet three times a week for prayer and exercise – a great way to get in shape and stay healthy in body and spirit.

We meet at 6 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Steve Segebrecht’s office at the northwest entry, 6th and Maine. For more information call Steve or David at 785-691-7261.
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry 

Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry (T.I.F.P.) was open eight days in December 2020 and served 197 households. The food pantry was open 100 days and served 2,679 households during 2020.

The total expenses in December 2020 for food purchased locally and through Harvesters was $789.08 and the total retail equivalent value of all food provided this month was $4,137. Harvesters has received special CV-19 funding and offered significant cost reduction for some foods and other foods at no charge during 2020, which has reduced the food pantry’s expenses. Each grocery bag of food we provide to our patrons has a retail value of $21.

Our patrons receive one bag of pre-bagged food along with a bag of cold food. T.I.F.P. provides food to any person requesting food with no requirements. About 50% of our patrons walk or ride their bikes to the food pantry and the remainder drive cars.

T.I.F.P. will continue indefinitely to give all food to our patrons outside the Matthews Center by Trinity Church, and the volunteers use face masks and equipment sanitizing practices.

T.I.F.P. volunteers are grateful to members of all partner churches for the continuing and generous support throughout the challenging year of 2020 with money, service, and prayer for this ministry of giving food to people in need. Our patrons have been grateful to receive the many special donations of socks, scarves, and mittens during this beginning of the cold weather season.

—The Volunteers of
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry

Save the Dates

Mary Donovan Ordination
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, 10:30 a.m.,
Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603

Trinity Annual Meeting
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, 1 p.m.
Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

Feb. 1, March 1

Meetings are open to all and are being held on Zoom at this time. The minutes of each meeting are posted to the church bulletin board and Trinity Vestry Minutes. Your Vestry can be contacted at vestry@trinitylawrence.org

Minutes through November have been added to our website. Financials through October are also added.
Reminder that articles for our newsletter should be sent to corner@trinitylawrence.org by noon Wednesday each week.

Our newsletters are available on our website and Facebook page.
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Jan. 8, 2021
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry
10:30 a.m., Mary Donovan ordination – Grace Cathedral and YouTube

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Webstream

Monday, Jan. 11, 2021
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women – Zoom

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Jan. 15, 2021
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Webstream
Trinity Vestry 2020
Rob Baldwin, Rector 785-424-4312
Steve King ‘21, Senior Warden 913-645-3135
Richard Lungstrum, Junior Warden ‘21 jrwarden@trinitylawrence.org
Jennifer Attocknie ‘20 785-760-2938
Elizabeth Miller ‘20 785-766-8175
Dave Severance ‘20, 785-691-7261
Betsi Anderson ‘21 785-843-9083
Leslie Foust ‘20 785-979-1829
Camille Olcese ‘21 620-704-4180
John Broholm ‘22 785-766-7002
Donna Griffin, Clerk, ‘22 785-865-6039
Linda McCoy ‘22 785-550-6743
Bill Perkins ‘22 785-331-4401
Cristian Sauciuc, Treasurer

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