• Annual Meeting preparations continue
  • Budget review meeting added to schedule
  • Fr. Rob: Heroes of our own stories, and others'
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Second Sunday after
the Epiphany
10:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word


  • Prelude: Two settings of Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern) (“O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright”) (John Ferguson and Paul Manz)
  • Offertory: “The Summons” (“Will you come and follow me?”) (Trad. Scottish/John Bell) (to the tune of “Morning has Broken”) Tony Silvestri, solo
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn 7, Christ, whose glory fills the skies (Charles Wesley, Ratisbon); Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern) (“O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright”) (Dietrich Buxtehude)

Webstream link:

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
7 p.m. – Evening Prayer

Livestream Link:

Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Jan. 17, 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. 17, 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. 19, 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. 20, 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. 20, 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...

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, “We will not walk in it.” (Jeremiah 6:16, NIV)

I believe that most of us want to be the hero of our own story. We want to be admired, appreciated, and remembered after we are gone. And the American heroic identity has been shaped by an image of rugged individualism and moral character, from Natty Bumppo to the Lone Ranger to Batman. Each of those figures reflects a “normal” American man who, as a result of (oft tragic) circumstance, adopts the mantle of heroism. More mundanely, we desire the ability to live comfortably, work meaningfully, and provide for those we love.

And when we feel like we cannot be the hero of our story, we look desperately to be the hero of someone else’s. That drive has inspired countless political movements, social activist groups, and the occasional lynch mob.

I think this might be the part where I say something like, “I don’t pretend to know the solution of all of society’s ills,” but if I am being honest, my faith makes that claim. The discipleship of Christ appeals to our desire to embrace an identity that transcends tribalism and embraces what is good. We are called to be children of God – that is an identity through which we can find meaning, purpose, contentment, and that sense of self-worth that we hunger for in the guise of masked crusaders.

In DC Comics the superheroes would often gather in a place called “The Hall of Justice.” I propose that we envision all our churches as Halls of Justice where people gather not to be crypto-fascists or manic extremists but people of good character, hope, compassion, and faith. 

Ironically enough, you could even wear a mask when you do.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
The 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. next Monday, Jan. 18, sponsored by the Ecumenical Ministries of Lawrence and the Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club. A live webcast will run from 8 to 9 a.m. on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/JlDuaWwOdtM. The agenda includes a keynote address by Dr. Anthony Lewis, USD 497 superintendent of schools, solos by Vanessa Harris, and presentation of the Pastors Dulin, Barbee, and Winn Jayhawk Rotary Scholarship to a local minority high school student. 

To attend in person at Maceli's, please contact Bernie Kish, 785-764-1874. Maceli's practices strict health and safety guidelines with limited seating. 

—Sandra Wiechert
Mary Donovan Ordination

The Rev. Mary Donovan was ordained to the priesthood in a scaled-back, small service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, in Grace Cathedral, Topeka.

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

Anyone wanting to send greetings to Mother Mary by card, note or letter may send them in care of the diocesan office, 835 SW Polk St., Topeka, KS 66612 or to Trinity's office at 1027 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
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.
News from Nepal

Hi everyone! Thank you for the prayers. I am back in the village and things are going fine here.

Today is a Nepali holiday where we eat a particular kind of boiled root that tastes similar to a potato but stickier and with less flavor. No one seems to know quite why we eat that on this day but everyone does. And it is an official holiday.

Please keep the women’s group in your prayers. This coming Tuesday we will start sewing again. We will be finishing the sanitary pads that we were making when lockdown started. We will be doing some of our work outside since we have lost access to the sewing center, and that is a challenge since it is winter here, but we will persevere and get it done. Prayers that I can get the new sewing center built quickly so that we can transition back into working inside a building. Thank you so much to everyone who donated toward that. We are only about $1,000 away from our goal.

Love, Karin
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Save the Dates

Meeting to Review 2021 Budget
Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

Trinity Annual Meeting
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, 1 p.m.
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, Colin, Kim, Jean, Jason, Heather

Pray for those needing strength and guidance: 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 Budget Review and Annual Meetings

Plans for the parish Annual Meeting now include a session to allow parishioners to review the budget, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, online. Details for accessing the meeting are forthcoming by email.

The Annual Meeting itself will take place online at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. Meeting online means we'll need some unusual procedures for voting.

The meeting will allow interaction 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 budget review meeting is a key to understanding how the parish handles its resources – particularly important during the pandemic and related pressure on everyone's finances. 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 review 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 budget review and the Annual Meeting. Please plan to attend.
Treasurer's Report

The Vestry reviewed the November 2020 financial reports for Trinity at its monthly meeting on Jan. 4. The financial highlights for the first 11 months of 2020 are below. A full set of monthly financial reports can be found on Trinity's website under "Resources/Finances."
Total CYTD Income:
Budgeted: $391,691.63
Actual: $350,988.58
Difference: -$40,703.05
Total CYTD Expenses:
Budgeted: $391,694.61
Actual: $378,651.46
Difference: +$13,043.15
Trinity’s revenues are currently under budget, but like other small businesses, Trinity was granted a PPP Loan of $41,400. Our plan is to keep it as a reserve and only use it if necessary – otherwise, keep it in the account and have it forgiven, per the PPP guidelines. Everyone’s pledges this year are extremely important and helpful to Trinity’s cash flow. Thank you for your financial support of Trinity Episcopal Church and our ministries.

Cristian Sauciuc
Trinity treasurer
earth from space
TEST Tidbits: One Way for Our Nation to Begin the Healing Process

The Public Affairs Office of the Episcopal Church has released a new program designed to help communities, churches or groups reach out to each other and begin the process of reconciliation of the differences that have been dividing the country for some years. 

Of course, no one program can do everything needed to heal our nation’s deep divide, but it is a way in which members of our faith community can begin and even lead a process for reconciliation.

We must be able to breach this divide in order to get on with the vast problems that are at our door – pandemic, poverty, racism, global warming to name a few. The program developed by the Episcopal Church is called “From Many One – Conversations Across Differences.'' It is slated to start Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and end with Easter. It is a guided series of four simple questions that will form the structure for discussing sensitive topics and leading to a greater understanding of what divides us and ways we can move forward together as one. 

The questions are designed to lead to basic human needs for acceptance and understanding. They ask participants what they love, what they feel they have lost, where does it hurt, and what they dream for the future. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls this a spiritual practice of “Love in action,” and a way to begin to re-knit the fabric of our democracy and of the human family together in a way that embraces diversity and points to the common good for all. For more information about this program of spiritual conversations and fellowship please go to www.episcipalchruch.org/from-many-one. You may also go to the person in charge of the program, the Rev. Canon Dr. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism and creation care. Her email address is sspellers@episcopalchurch.org.

Please continue in prayer for our nation at this difficult and dangerous time.

EARTH Steward Action: Please pray for our nation and for the safety of all during a peaceful passing of the leadership of our country.
Source: The Episcopal Church, Office of Public Affairs
Deacon Cross

The Deacons’ Discretionary Fund has helped people in Lawrence with prescriptions, rent and utility bills. There have been many requests for assistance this month.

You can donate by sending checks with the notation "Deacons' Discretionary Fund" to our church office or by clicking this link which will take you to our online donation page.

Your Sister in Christ,
Deacon Deborah S. Burns.
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
Ministry Opportunities

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 16
9 a.m., Organ Practice
9:30 a.m., Lay Eucharist Ministers - Zoom
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Jan. 17
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Webstream

Monday, Jan. 18
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, Jan. 19
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women – Zoom

Wednesday, Jan. 20
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, Jan. 21
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream
7 p.m., Meeting to discuss 2021 Budget – online

Friday, Jan. 22
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Jan. 23
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Jan. 24
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Webstream
1 p.m., Annual Meeting – Zoom
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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