• Rides to be provided for voters
  • Pledge drive to begin
  • Fr. Rob: What we've lost is not really gone
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10:30 a.m.
 Spiritual Eucharist 

The Liturgy of the Word

  • Pre-service: Praeludium II in G Major (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Musical Offering: “Lift Thine Eyes” from Elijah    (Mendelssohn) Susan Hires, Lucy Hires, and Maggie Hires-Singh, trio
  • Post-service: Congregational hymn 636, How firm a foundation; “How Firm a Foundation”  (Michael Burkhardt); Sonata II: Allegro maestoso e vivace   (Mendelssohn)

Livestream link:

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
7 p.m. – Evening Prayer

Livestream Link:

Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, Oct. 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Our guest will be Kendra J. Pittman, one of the paraeducators working with our distance learning pod, a member of the Lawrence Special Education Advisory Committee for USD 497, and the subject of a recent Lawrence Journal World article on the crisis facing parents of special education students during the pandemic. Postponed from last week.
Join your fellow Trinitarians at https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrinityLawrenceKS/

Upcoming Event: Blessing of the Animals
Date: Oct. 3
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Church Yard
Description: View the full article for more details.

Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Oct. 4
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Susan Hires leads lessons and activities. Join us on on our Facebook page. 

Upcoming Event: Spiritual Eucharist
Date: Sunday, Oct. 4
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music. Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrinityLawrenceKS/

Upcoming Event: Coffee Hour
Date: Sunday, Oct. 4
Description:  Coffee Hour will start right after our post-service music selections. Join your fellow Trinitarians via Zoom for a virtual Blessing of the Animals. View the full article for more details.

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Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group Meeting
Date: Oct. 4
Time: .
Location: This week we will not have our Sunday night meeting.

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Description: A community of women of various ages and backgrounds share thoughts, stories, highlights, fun and laughter. For more information reach out to Patti Anderson (patti6of7@gmail.com) or Mary Perkins (mlperk59@gmail.com).

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7
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, Oct. 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join us for Evening Prayer each week.

Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, Oct. 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians for exploration of faith issues at https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrinityLawrenceKS/
Reminder, if you do not see the "This Week at Trinity" at the bottom of the newsletter, there should be an expand button to click to view our complete newsletter.
From the Rector's Desk...

While I never thought I would reference late 1980's big hair metal band Cinderella in a Church newsletter article, I cannot help but think that a possible theme song for 2020 is their 1988 power ballad "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)." So many things that were so commonplace, so totally quotidian in our lives, were suddenly and roughly yanked away from us. Hugging people. Eating in restaurants and going to movies. Our children attending schools.

Even the Church has not been exempt from this as I realize that it has been six months since I partook of the bread and wine of the Eucharist.

But in this period of time we have grown to appreciate not only what we have lost, but what we have been able to retain through creativity, community, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. We have remained a parish family. Our interconnectedness of prayer and worship has taken on new dimensions. Our outreach ministries reacted with celerity to reconfigure themselves to make sure that the most vulnerable among us continued to be served. We found new ways to be the body of Christ in the world. And we continued to find ways to share God's love with each other.

In the past, we have celebrated the many gifts that we have been given with a large social event, often in the context of a shared meal. This year that practice would be profoundly irresponsible. Instead, we will celebrate our many gifts by joyfully coming together in a live broadcast event, The Fall Festival of Faith and Fun. Enjoy the musical talents of your fellow Trinitarians and hear inspiring stories about what this parish means to your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Join us on our Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Rob+
Look for Pledge Cards
in the Mail

Trinity's 2020 pledge drive is about to begin. Pledge cards will be mailed out this weekend.

In this unusual – to say the least – year, the annual pledge drive will go on at something of a distance, and primarily by mail and online. However, the parish will proceed with fall activities – see items below on the Blessing of the Animals and Fall Festival. Where we can do them safely in person, as with the Blessing, we will. Otherwise, as with the Festival, the fellowship will remain online.

Please join in, whenever and wherever you can. And please remember that Trinity needs your support.
St. Francis Blessing of the Animals: In-Person and Via Zoom

We will host one of our first in-person parish events since the pandemic began with an outdoor Blessing of the Animals from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. We are asking people to please wear masks and engage in social distancing.

Bishop Cathleen Bascom will be our special guest to help bless our furry, feathered and scaly friends that day. Dog treats from Three Dog Bakery and snacks for humans will be provided. This event will be rescheduled in case of inclement weather.

For those unable to attend in person, we will have a special “Zoom Coffee Hour” beginning at 11:30 a.m after the service on Oct. 4. Get online and show off your pets to the rest of the congregation, and enjoy some fellowship with other pet-loving Trinitarians.
Gather for
Faith and Fun

In past years at this time, Trinity members have gathered to celebrate God’s goodness and to look forward to the coming year of worship and ministry. This year our celebration will take place with a livestream event on Facebook at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17: The Fall Festival of Faith and Fun.

We will hear from Father Rob and parishioners about what Trinity means to them. A special treat will include a variety of performances by our talented parishioners. 

Perhaps you would like to share an offering of your talent: music, dramatic reading, juggling and magic tricks. The performance doesn’t have to be serious or sacred. Think of it as a family gathering where we can enjoy each other’s gifts, whether great or small.

Each performance will be recorded. If you’d like help with that part, just ask.

If you're willing to do something but don't know what it will be yet, that's OK. Contact Camille Olcese, 620/704-4180 or colcese1@gmail.com. She’ll be thrilled to add you to the program!
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., Kathie, Sigrid, Eleanor, Kim, Vashti, Stephanie, Kimberly, Sharon, baby Ollie

Pray for those with special circumstance: Corbin, the Rowland Family. 

Pray for those in the hospital: Bill

Pray for the departed: Gale Sayers
We would like to know about hospitalizations, illnesses or special needs you are experiencing. Please call Father Rob, Deacon Deborah Burns, the Church office or a Vestry member so that we can help.
Rides Provided
for Voters

Do you need transportation on Election Day or on Advance Voting Days? Or assistance in delivering your ballot to an official drop-box? Anchor Women can help.
  • Advance voting in person begins Wednesday, Oct. 14 and ends at noon on Monday, Nov. 2.
  • Election Day (in person) is Tuesday, Nov. 3.
  • Beginning Oct. 14, church members will, free of charge, transport parishioners to the polls, to vote either in person or to deposit their ballot in a drop-box.
  • Oct. 14-30: weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Nov. 2: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Nov. 3: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Drivers will transport one voter at a time (or two, if both are from the same household).
  • Voter will occupy back seat of vehicle.
  • Both driver and voter will wear masks.
  • Two locations for advance in-person voting:
  • Douglas County Courthouse at 11th & Massachusetts
  • South Iowa Satellite Office at 2329 Iowa (behind Texas Roadhouse)
  • Drop-off ballot boxes will be located at:
  • Douglas County Courthouse
  • South Iowa Satellite Office
  • Treasurer's Satellite Office, 2000 W. 31st, Suite B
  • Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper
  • Golf Course Superintendent's Headquarters, 1421 Research Park Drive

Drivers will not provide voting advice; they will simply ensure that you are able to cast your vote safely and securely.
If you would like to take advantage of this service, please contact Cheryl at cheryl.825@hotmail.com or call 785-840-6253. Cheryl will match you with a driver, and the driver will contact you to arrange a convenient day and time.

Link http://trinitylawrence.org/?p=3378
earth from space
TEST Tidbits: Living Within God's Boundaries in His Created World

The Season of Creation will end Oct. 4 when most churches will celebrate St. Francis and his devotion to caring for all of creation. This also brings a close to the Season of Creation Devotionals we have been highlighting these past few weeks in Tidbit articles. This Sunday’s focus is on the boundaries God has set for us to follow if we are serious about renewing, repairing, and restoring the health of our created world. 

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America began her devotional recounting the creation story and how God’s creation was a perfectly balanced paradise. This perfectly balanced paradise promised to continue for as long as humankind obeyed God’s boundaries. 

Humankind rebelled and continues to rebel in ways that disrupt this balance. Today, this disregard for healthy boundaries in our relationship with creation is on a potentially disastrous course. 

The gift of creation is ours to steward following God’s boundaries or to chip away at these boundaries, betting that just a little transgression will not matter in the long run. 

Bishop Eaton likens this attitude toward boundaries to the Coronavirus that is causing so much havoc in our world right now. This virus needs a host to survive and will remain even if it causes the death of its host. 

Follow this link for the full TEST article, which explores the positive actions we can take as individuals and as a society to renew, repair and restore these God-given boundaries. 

Please plan to attend our St, Francis Day Blessing of the Animals this Saturday on the lawn in front of the church from 1-2:30 p.m., the first in-person meeting of our parish family since the beginning of the pandemic. Bishop Cathleen Bascom will be our special guest. Please wear your mask and continue to apply distancing guidelines. The zoom meeting following the Sunday service (11:30) will feature your favorite pet.

EARTH STEWARD ACTION: Please consider what Gid may be telling you about healthy boundaries in your relationship with creation. Attend Saturday and Sunday, giving God thanks for His gift of Creation and asking for strength to be a part of renewing, repairing and restoring God’s boundaries as Earth Stewards.

For more about that, and for helpful websites, visit the full TEST article. 

Visit the Trinity website for past articles of interest
News from Nepal

Hi everyone! Things in Nepal are much the same. Lockdown has loosened a bit, restrictions are still in place but confusing, cases are soaring, and we are all doing the best we can to navigate the system.

I am still trying to stay distanced as much as possible, as I hope to try to return to the village at the end of October and want to make sure I am healthy when I go, to protect the other villagers. It has been frustrating to have to stay home for the past six months, but lately God has been providing ways to serve others without leaving the house, and I am grateful for that.

I filled a request for the donation of 100 sanitary pad kits (made by my women's group) to go to women and girls with disabilities who were affected by flooding and landslide, and another 110 kits to go toward relief for 87 families living in tents after a recent landslide near my village. The local church and the women's group partnered to do the teaching about the pads/hygiene and distribute them. I am so proud of the women and how they stepped up to do this. I guess that is what empowerment is all about!

I am hoping to make a day-trip to the scholarship village this coming Friday to distribute scholarship funds, so please be praying for safety on the road as well as related to COVID. Thanks all!


(Photo caption – The women's group distributing sanitary pad kits to women displaced by the recent landslides)
Trinity Church Directory

An updated Trinity Church Directory is being put together for distribution. We will send out the PDF directories on Oct. 7.
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.
Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7

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 August have been added to our website.
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, Oct. 1
7 p.m., Adult Forum – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Oct. 2
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Oct. 3
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry
1 to 2:30 p.m., Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, Oct. 4
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Spiritual Eucharist and Music Concert – Livestream
11:15 a.m., Virtual Blessing of the Animals - Zoom

Monday, Oct 5
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, Oct. 6
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women

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

Thursday, Oct. 8
7 p.m., Adult Forum – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Oct. 9
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Oct. 10
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Oct. 11
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
6 p.m., Trinity Youth Group - Zoom
Trinity Vestry 2020
Rob Baldwin, Rector 785-424-4312
Steve King ‘21, Senior Warden 913-645-3135
Richard Lungstrum, Junior Warden ‘20 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 ‘21 785-979-1829
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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