• Bless your Creche via Zoom
  • Lessons and Carols online Christmas Eve
  • Congratulate Deacon Deborah
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
First Sunday after Christmas
10:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word


  • Prelude: "Hark the Glad Sound" (arr. Billen) Sam Billen, solo
  • In the Bleak Midwinter” (Holst/Darke, arr. Whitney Dobyns) Yuka Naito, harp; Sam Billen, guitar and vocal
  • "I Wonder as I Wander" (John Jacob Niles) Camille Olcese, solo
  • Post-service: "Go, tell it on the mountain" (Aaron David Miller); Congregational Hymn 100 Joy to the world! (Isaac Watts, Antioch)

Webstream link:

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
7 p.m. – Evening Prayer

Livestream Link:

Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Blessing of the Creche
Date: Thursday, Dec. 24
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: Celebrate the arrival of the baby Jesus in your own nativity scene with this special evening service. See full article for details.

Upcoming Event: Christmas Lessons and Carols
Date: Thursday, Dec. 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Webstream
Description: The story of God's plan for the salvation of the world, with holiday music by Trinity parishioners. See full item for details.

Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Dec. 27
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, Dec. 27
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Webstream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music.

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 29
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, Dec. 30
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. 30
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join Vashti and David for Evening Prayer each week.
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.
Blessing of the Creche

Celebrate the arrival of the baby Jesus in your own nativity scene with this special evening service. The Blessing of the Creche is a liturgy from the Book of Occasional Services that gathers us together as a community to joyfully remember the Christ child. So gather your nativity scene in your home, and sign on to the Zoom link:

Join Fr. Rob live from Trinity Church's own Nativity scene for this first-time service.
Lessons and Carols
Lessons and Carols

Hear the story of God's plan for the salvation of the world and hear holiday music from our amazing congregation in this Christmas Eve webcast at 7 p.m. Featuring organ music, choral anthems, and individual solos from our talented members.
earth from space
TEST Tidbits: Checklist for a Greener Home

It's time for the usual New Year's Resolutions. Of course, there are the ones we make for our health or for our spiritual growth, ­­ both important for going into a brand ­new year full of potential. How about a checklist to see how we can reduce our carbon footprint and do our part to curb global warming?

Most of us are doing some of these things already. It is more about being intentional and consistent than just beginning. Here is a
sample checklist to begin the New Year with a smaller carbon footprint.

1. Are you using CFL or LED bulbs throughout the house?

2. Are you trying to reduce, reuse, repair, and recycle every product?

3. Do you consider packaging and end-use cycles of products you buy?

4. Do you have and use a programmable thermostat? Two degrees make a difference.

5. Do you reach for a sweater or wear less instead of moving the

6. Do you carpool, use public transportation, bike or walk for some errands?

7. Is your insulation adequate? What about caulking and weather stripping?

8. Do you turn off lights when not needed and do the same for electronic devices?

9. When you need to replace appliances, do you buy energy-efficient models?

10. How about the management of food waste in your family? Do you

11. Do you try to conserve water: shorter showers, efficient use of
washers, etc.?

12. Do you keep tires inflated and engines tuned up, and do you refrain from idling your car?

13. Do you plan to eat more locally produced food and less red meat?

14. Do you plan on doing an energy audit of your home and/or add solar power?

15. Would you consider planting more trees and adding plants that
attract pollinators?

16. Do you get outside and enjoy the natural world?

17. Do you pray for an end to unnecessary pollution of our planet?

18. Will you become informed about environmental issues?

"Caring for the environment ­­ it's a Christian thing to do!"

Today's TEST Tidbits is an encore from 2015.
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, Lucie, Nancy, Jack, Gretchen, Kim, Arianna, Steve, Kimberly, Charles, David, Alyce, Nick, Mary

Pray for those with special circumstance: Darrenn, Nathan, Lisa, the Hernandez family, the Mendoza family

Pray for those in the hospital: Alyce

Pray for the departed: James Agnew, Heather Ferrell, Justice Tyler Lockett, Donna Osness, Zane Zahner, Kent Beisner, Al Biggs
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.
Deacon Cross
Anniversary of Ordination for Deborah Burns

Please join us in congratulating Deacon Deborah Burns on the 19th anniversary of her ordination to the diaconate.

Deacon Deborah has served at Trinity since August 2018. She directs the Lay Eucharistic Ministers and gives pastoral care, among her other duties and activities. We thank Deacon Deborah for her faithful service, and congratulate her on her anniversary as a deacon.
Christmas Cheer

Here's the wreath I made for my front door.

Joyeux Noël ...Feliz Navidad...Buon Natale...God Jul...Frohe Weihnacht...Eid Milad Saeid...Merry Christmas...Meli Kalikimaka!

    Ellen Vagner
Miqra and
Mini-Miqra Registration
Now Open

We anticipate Miqra will need to be online this year because of the ongoing pandemic. We’ve scheduled multiple sessions over the traditional Miqra weekend, Jan. 15-18, and invite all youth in grades 6-12 and young adults age 18-24ish to join us.

The registration fee is $20 and includes a Miqra stocking cap and Miqra-in-a-box with activities and handouts. Please register by Jan. 1 to ensure timely arrival of your Miqra box. More information and registration available here: https://tinyurl.com/EDoKUltraCampSessions

Questions? Contact Karen Schlabach, kschlabach@episcopal-ks.org.
Food Pantry Serves through the Holidays

Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry (T.I.F.P.) continues to be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays during this holiday season.

And, along with our patrons receiving pre-bagged groceries this November and December … our patrons were gratefully and happily able to choose dozens of colorful socks, hats, and gloves purchased commercially, and attractive and bright arrays of hand-made-crocheted and hand-knitted hats, scarves, mittens, pot-holders, dish-cloths and household items from generous parishioners of Trinity Church and St. Margaret’s Church. These many and wonderful items have been given to our patrons who may not receive many gifts as these.

As we continue to serve our patrons wearing our face masks and offering food outside of the food pantry – into Christmas and the New Year – the volunteers are sincerely full of gratitude this challenging year as we thank are many faithful donors at Trinity and our partner churches for an outpouring of financial support for this ministry of food. Our many patrons walk from their homes, ride their bicycles, push shopping carts, ride the bus or drive cars to receive some help with their food. Thank you,

—The Volunteers of
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry
News From Nepal

Hi everyone! I am writing this from Kathmandu, where I have been for the last week and a half, but am heading back to the village on Dec. 23. Please pray for smooth travel and a good stay. I will likely be there until the first week in March, when I need to return to participate in our yearly org meeting. This one will be online, but I do not have enough connectivity in the village to do online programs. 

Please keep the women's group sewing center building project in your thoughts and prayers. This year, the women's group was forced to vacate the building it were using as a sewing center, and there isn't another building in the village that we can use. I have secured a building site, the land has been donated, the contractor has been secured, and the project has been approved. Now I just need to raise the rest of the funds needed before we can begin construction on the new building.

This is an important project, as the program provides income for eight women and their families, as well as much-needed sanitary pad kits for village girls (we give them for free) to help them attend school daily. We have a plan to make and distribute 700 pad kits this spring.

Unfortunately, until the new building is finished, the entire program is on hold. Please consider a gift of any amount to help continue this work. You can learn more about the project and make a donation here. All gifts are fully tax deductible. 

Thank you so much, and Merry Christmas!


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, January 24, 2021, 1 p.m.
Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 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, Dec. 24
5 p.m., Blessing of the Creche – Zoom
7 p.m., Christmas Lessons and Carols – Webstream

Friday, Dec. 25
No services

Saturday, Dec. 26
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Dec. 27
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Webstream

Monday, Dec. 28
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, Dec. 29
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women – Zoom

Wednesday, Dec. 30
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, Dec. 31
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Jan. 1
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Jan. 3
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Jan. 4
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Holy Communion – 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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