• LIRIM steps up support for immigrant communities
  • Ways to share the holiday season with other Trinitarians
  • Fr. Rob: Keep your eye on the larger point, not just the sparrow
Advent 1
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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Sunday, November 29, 2020
First Sunday of Advent
10:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word


  • Pre-service: "Of the Father's Love Begotten" (arr. Sam Billen) Sam Billen, solo
  • Musical Offering: "The Waiting Sky" (Oliver Tarney) Trinity Choir, directed by Doug Lawrence; "My Soul Waits for the Lord" (Michael Bauer) Bev Benso, Margie Lawrence, Emma Silvestri, Cheryl Wagner, singers, and Noah Luke, violin
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn 640 Watchman, tell us of the night (John Bowring, Aberystwyth)

Livestream link:

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
7 p.m. – Evening Prayer

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Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Nov. 29
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. 29
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music.

Upcoming Event: Advent Starter Kit Pick Up
Date: Sunday, Nov. 29
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Church Parking Lot
Description: Grab calendars, activities and publications. See full article.

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1
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: Library Book Pickup
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Parish Hall
Description: During Advent, books from our library can be ordered online through our website and be available for pickup Wednesday afternoon. Please see the full article for more details.

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2
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, Dec 2.
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...

Last Sunday morning, Vimeo suffered a system-wide failure across the country at 10:30 a.m., precluding us from being able to broadcast. That included my three answers to questions submitted by parishioners! So what to do? Well, I thought I’d answer one each week in The Corner. Here’s the first:

Good evening Father Rob,

I asked my grandmother, Nancy Hanson, this question a while back but she thought you might be able to give a good answer at your upcoming brown bag sermon this Sunday.

At one of the readings during the Wednesday night prayers read by Vashti, a question came up for me: In Luke 12:6-7, it says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.” This part is actually highlighted in the Green Bible!

I was confused about this part because it seems like we’re told to take comfort in being worth more than animals, which seems counter to me. Wouldn’t all living entities have equal value? I don’t like the idea of being valued more than another life, animal or human. Do you have any insight about these verses?

Thank you!

So I think this is a case where a rhetorical device employed by Jesus to make a point gets extrapolated out in some interesting directions when you start really getting into the granularity of it. The point of this passage is not a treatise on the relative quantities of love God feels one species versus another, but rather to employ a bit of a logic. To wit: If God is mindfully aware of simple creatures with short lifespans, such as sparrows, then why do people think that God is ignoring them? This message is intended to be a balm against those who feel the despair of feeling spiritually alone in the universe, and a word of warning against those who might be tempted to think that God isn’t watching when they choose to sin. 

To take that much longer passage of care and comfort and lift out a single sentence as emblematic of a larger theology of humanity’s role in creation would be to contort that message far beyond what was originally intended.

Thanks for the question, and more to come!

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Share Your Holiday Season with Us!

Throughout Advent and Christmas, we are hoping to share among ourselves the many ways in which we are observing this most unusual of holiday seasons. As such, we are hoping you will share with us what you are doing personally that we can then put onto our Trinity Facebook page and newsletter.

What kinds of things are we looking for?  
  • stories
  • holiday greetings
  • recipes
  • music
  • arts and crafts ideas
  • pictures of your holiday decorations
  • or anything else you might think would be fun and interesting!

Send your videos, pictures, et al. to corner@trinitylawrence.org and thank you for your generosity, kindness and community spirit!
Help LIRIM's Ministry to Immigrants

The local immigrant community has felt the pinch from the COVID pandemic, just as it has made all our lives more challenging. Many have lost already low-paying jobs and suffered from the restrictive immigration policies of the current administration. Some have lost family members to deportation – usually the main wage earner in the family.

As the holidays approach, we have another chance to reach out and help. Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM), a ministry of Trinity, is assisting with Centro Hispano's Christmas support program. Adopting a family to allow the children to have a joyful Christmas amid such a difficult year is something we'd like to help with.

A family can be "adopted" for a gift card of $100 from Walmart or Target. Since this is a bigger ask than LIRIM has made in the past, we are hoping that members of Trinity can come together to combine our efforts. If you can help with a $25 or $50 donation, we will combine everything to support several families.
You may contribute with a gift card, or just submit a check. You can make it out to Centro Hispano. Send your contributions to:
    Chuck Olcese
    1600 St. Andrews Dr.
    Lawrence, KS 66047 

If you'd like a receipt for your contribution, please let us know.
LIRIM would like to thank Trinity for your tremendous support of the immigrant community in Lawrence. May your holidays be full of peace and joy.
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, Emily, Alyce, Karen, Max, Danny, Lisa, Arianna, Andrea, Evelyn Rose, Lisa, Jon, Cooper, Drew, Helen, Amanda, Anna, Victoria, Emily, Brandon, health care workers at Mayo clinic, Dani, Glenna, Kristin, Brenda, James, Knox
Pray for those with special circumstance: Mary Jane, Amy, Mary, nurses at LMH, Darren, Nathan, the Troop family, Catherine, the Labrador family, the Getto family, Rick, Tanya, Jose
Pray for those in the hospital: Georgette, Holly, Barbara.
Pray for the departed: Dick Hamler, Charles Getto, Dick Robins, Jeana Luttrull, Gill Mann, Alice Weltmer. 
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.
Advent Starter Kits Available Sunday

Stop by the Trinity parking lot from 1-2 p.m. Sunday to pick up your Advent starter kit! The following items will be available:

  • Advent calendars
  • Advent intergenerational activity and coloring books
  • Advent wreath kits
  • Forward Day by Day for November 2020-January 2021

Please wear masks, engage in social distancing and keep everyone safe. Supplies are limited. If you would like to have a digital copy of the activity/
coloring book emailed to you, please contact Susan Hires at sh@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.
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TEST Tidbits: Thanksgiving Thoughts and Wishes
In the midst of the pain, loss, disappointments and contentions that weary us; our yearning to resume our in-person connections; and our seeking strength and support for our families’ needs to be met, sometimes it’s hard to remember all that we still have for which to be thankful. One of those things is an example set by our Lord Jesus: the choice to turn to nature to commune with God. 

In the abundance of God’s creation, we see beauty, marvels, and wisdom that awaken our awe and wonder and uplift our spirits with hope, healing, and promise. Mask up (for best safety) and take a walk through your neighborhood if you are able and observe how the birds still fly, the dew is still there in the morning, and the seasons still carry on in their appointed time. And/or, view a creation-appreciation video on your computer, such as those at the site listed below. 

In the air we breathe, in the molecules that circulate and recycle throughout all nature, we are all connected – with one another and with all God’s creation. God has a purpose in that. In God, all things shall be well. Nature assures us so.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! With love, from your friends in Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST). 
P.S. Please consider joining us as a member or friend of TEST. Contact Nancy at TEST@trinitylawrence.org.
Caring for the environment – it’s a Christian thing to do!
Visit the Trinity website for past articles of interest
Plum Pudding Sale

The Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST) is selling plum pudding again this Advent season. The puddings are $18 (large, serves eight to 12) and $9 (small, serves four to six), and hard sauce is $1.50 per container.
Please place orders with Vashti Winterburg (785-633-7396).
Advent Library Activities

My daughter-in-law had a tradition of reading one of her Christmas books to her children each night during Advent. If you would like to start such a tradition, Trinity's library has a good selection of books for the season. Take a few and start a new tradition with your family. In addition, we have a number of other books to check out to help you observe the season of Advent.

The books are still there and the catalog is online at the Trinity web-page under Resources, or you can use this link to access.

Bill Perkins has offered to respond to requests by checking out books and having them ready in the Parish Hall to be picked (with appropriate social distancing) Wednesday afternoons from 2-3 p.m. E-mail your requests to Bill at corner@trinitylawrence.org.

If you have questions or need help with the catalog, call Margaret at 842-1091

— Margaret Bearse, Trinity librarian
Christmas Flowers

Because we're having no in-person worship through the Advent season, we will not be taking contributions toward the poinsettias traditionally decorating the Church.

We will still be decorating the Church for Advent and Christmas, but instead ask you to consider making a contribution using the Donation button to the Deacons' Discretionary Fund to assist those in need during this difficult season.

Save the Dates

Advent Starter Kits
Sunday, Nov. 29, noon to 1 p.m.

Saint Nicholas Treats
Sunday, Dec. 6, noon to 1 p.m

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

Wednesday, Nov. 25
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, Nov. 26

Friday, Nov. 27
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Nov. 28
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Nov. 29
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Livestream
1 p.m., Advent Starter Kit Pick Up – Back Parking Lot

Monday, Nov. 30
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

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

Wednesday, Dec. 2
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, Dec. 3
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Dec. 4
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Dec. 5
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Dec. 6
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Spiritual Communion – Livestream
1 p.m., St, Nicholas Treats Pick Up - Back Parking Lot
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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