• Services go online-only (yes, again)
  • Pledge drive only part of the way there
  • Fr. Rob: Self-awareness and your prayer life
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Sunday, November 15, 2020
Twenty-fourth Sunday
after Pentecost
Discretionary Sunday
10:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word


  • Pre-service: St. Anne: Aria on a Ground (Rebecca Groom te Velde)
  • Musical Offering: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (J. S. Bach) Trinity Choir, directed by Doug Lawrence
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn 551 Rise up, ye saints of God!; Fantasia (Georg Philipp Telemann); Toccata in E Minor (Johann Pachelbel)

Livestream link:

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
7 p.m. – Evening Prayer

Livestream Link:

Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Nov. 15
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, Nov. 15
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music.

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17
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

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18
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: November 18
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...

This week I was chatting by phone with a parishioner here, a person who lives alone and tended to be a bit of a solitary person. It was a bit of a pastoral call, just to see how she was doing, and after a bit of conversation she said, “but how are YOU doing, Father Rob, because I would think that for an extrovert this whole thing must be much harder on you than it is on me.”

Which was both a kind and insightful thing to ask, because for those of us who are more inclined to draw personal energy from human interaction, especially face-to-face, it has been a challenging time. Moreover, as we are likely entering into a period of increased isolation, not only from the distancing protocols but also from the weather, the holidays (and lack of traditional travel and family gatherings, not to mention worship), the potential for experiencing emotional and spiritual loneliness is great.

Aside from the more practical, granular ways to address that, I think an under-appreciated coping mechanism that is foundational to good emotional and spiritual health is self-awareness. You can be depressed without intellectually grasping the fact that you are depressed. You can be ornery and out of sorts with others without realizing you are so. And you can miss the fact that you are, in various degrees of success, attempting to address those issues without even knowing you are doing it. But having that sense of self-awareness is such a gift to navigating this upcoming season.

So let’s talk about your prayer life. We engage in what’s called “intercessory prayer” as part of our repertoire of prayer topics. These are prayers where we, quite simply, ask God for something. For wise leadership in our nation, for the poor and deprived, for the sick and the recently deceased, and for those with “special intentions.” Let’s consider adding to those intercessions a prayer for self-awareness, to have God reveal to you, well, you. Our relationship with God is one where we grow to a greater understanding of God, but also a greater understanding of our relationship with God, which in turn is about understanding ourselves.

A good option, if you are looking for a place to start, is the prayer “For Quiet Confidence” in the BCP (p. 832)

O God of Peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: By the might your spirit lift us, we pray to you, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Sunday Service Back to Livestream-only 

Bishop Cathleen Bascom has suspended in-person indoor worship in the Diocese of Kansas until Dec. 13, the Third Sunday of Advent. She made the announcement in a Zoom conference on Wednesday.

Trinity had decided on Monday to stop conducting in-person worship services because of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Douglas County and the state. Father Rob made the decision after consulting with medical professionals and asking the advice of the Vestry in a Zoom meeting. All members of the Vestry supported returning to online-only worship as a safety precaution for parishioners. 

The 10:30 service this Sunday will be livestreamed on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TrinityLawrenceKS/ and the Trinity home page http://trinitylawrence.org/. It will include a music program, as always. 

Wednesday night 7 p.m. Evening Prayer will continue its livestream on Facebook. Other in-church meetings and activities are also on hold or being conducted remotely. 

Anyone can access the parish’s Facebook page, even without a Facebook account. Simply follow the link. 

Father Rob would like to talk with anyone who has questions or concerns. 
LINK Update

Normally November 17 would be the day Trinity provides and serves lunch to the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, but due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the kitchen remains closed. Some volunteers will be handing out bag lunches on our usual day. Since we cannot prepare and serve meals, LINK would appreciate monetary donations to help with the cost of the lunches. There is a donation button on http://www.linklawrence.org/ or if you wish to contribute by mail, please send a check made out to LINK, and mail it to:

First Christian Church,
Attn: LINK
1000 Kentucky St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Please note Trinity Episcopal Church on the memo line. Your gift is another way to reach out to those in need during this time. Thank you!

Catherine Robins & Orean Kent
LINK Co-Chairs
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, Susan, Emily, Brandon, Alyce, Stephanie

Pray for those with special circumstance: Mary Jane, Amy, Mary

Pray for those in the hospital: Georgette

Pray for the departed: Kathie Faine, Dick Hamler, Charles Getto
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.
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.
earth from space
TEST Tidbits: The Destructive and Dangerous 2020 Hurricane Season

This hurricane season has been officially called the most active on record with 29 named storms. Even as this article is being written, Florida is bracing for more terrible winds and rains. Here are the statistics: 29 named depressions, 12 hurricanes, total damage (so far) more than 32.7 billion (U.S. dollars), at least 349 deaths, and thousands displaced and put in more danger of diseases (especially the COVID-19 virus). 

What is causing this increase? What role does global warming play in this increase? Hurricanes have been a part of the seasonal weather patterns forever and tend to fluctuate because of the influences of an El Nino or La Nina jet stream patterns over the tropical Pacific Ocean. So, one cannot say that global warming causes hurricanes. However, the oceans are warming because of human caused emissions and these warmer waters are sending more moisture into the air and are affecting the strength (severity) of storms and the amounts of rainfall that accompanies these storms. 

Remember the Rs:
  • Reduce, repurpose, reuse, repair, recycle & reenergize

For more about what humans appear to do that adds to or takes away from warming the globe, visit this week's complete TEST article here.

Earth Steward Action: Make a refrigerator sign of the “R’s” mentioned above and let the sign influence your actions during this holiday season.

Sources:  https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/11/us/2020-atlantic-hurricane-season-fast-facts/index.html (names of the storms and useful information)

Visit the Trinity website for past articles of interest
Have you been receiving Rob’s voice messages by phone? If not and you would like to receive calls relating to current happenings at our Church, please email directory@trinitylawrence.org .
Please Pledge Online or Return Pledge Cards

We are only part-way toward hearing from all families that made pledges last year. The Vestry is contacting families that have not yet returned their 2021 pledge cards.

Pledges are a critical part of planning for next year's mission.
You can make your 2021 pledge online – or stick with mailing it. Either way, please get your pledge in.

The online pledge link is:

You can also return your 2021 pledge card in the addressed envelope provided. If you haven't received it in the mail, please contact the church office.
  • call the church at 785-843-6166,
  • send email to finance@trinitylawrence.org
  • or drop a line by USPS to 1011 Vermont Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

The annual pledge drive is vital for Trinity's continued success in serving the community and its parishioners. We are livestreaming Sunday services, and our community outreach continues with the Lawrence schools learning pod, Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry and other services. Your pledge helps Trinity continue its mission.

Join in, whenever and wherever you can. And please remember that Trinity needs your support.
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry

Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry (T.I.F.P.) was open nine days in October and served 262 households. So far in 2020, the food pantry has been open 84 days and has served 2,380 households.

The total expense in October for food purchased locally and through Harvesters was $1,460.70 and the total retail equivalent value of all food provided this month was $5,502. Each grocery bag of food 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. continues to give all food to our patrons outside the Matthews Center by Trinity Church, and volunteers use face masks and equipment sanitizing practices.

Volunteers with Mobile Food Distribution (through Harvesters) served households in 125 cars on Saturday, Oct. 24, at First Baptist Church. T.I.F.P. volunteers and friends served along with other volunteers from Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, First Baptist Church, Salvation Army, and the Boy Scouts.

The food pantry continues to be grateful to members of all partner churches for the continuing and generous support with money, service and prayer to our ministry of giving food to people in need.
Our Distance Learning Pod Needs Your Support

You may have read in the paper that the USD 497 hybrid plan started Nov. 9. This means that we still need your help to keep the pod running. It is fun and enjoyable work helping the kids during their art time or supervising recess – a way that we can help others in need and provide a helping hand to our future leaders.

If you can help on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings for about four hours, please contact Linda McCoy via email (tomlinmccoy@gmail.com) or phone 785-550-6743.
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Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

Dec. 7, Jan. 4

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 October have been added to our website. Financials through September are also added.
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, Nov. 12
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Nov. 13
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Nov. 14
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Nov. 15
Discretionary Sunday
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Livestream

Monday, Nov. 16
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, Nov. 17
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women

Wednesday, Nov. 18
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, Nov. 19
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Nov. 20
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Nov. 21
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Nov. 22
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Livestream
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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