• Pick up packets of ash Sunday afternoon for Ash Wednesday
  • Adult Forum returns with Lenten series
  • Fr. Rob: Apologies, brevity and wisdom
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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, February 14, 2021
Last Sunday after
the Epiphany
10:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word


  • Prelude: Pavanne (Robert Elmore)
  • Offertory: "Out of the Orient Crystal Skies” (Richard Zgodava) Trinity Choir, directed by Doug Lawrence
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn #7: Christ, whose glory fills the skies (Charles Wesley, Ratisbon); Grand Chœur (Théodore Salomé)

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Noon - Imposition of Ashes 

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7 p.m. – Imposition of Ashes 

Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Feb. 14
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Susan Hires leads lessons and activities. Join us for the livestream at this link

Upcoming Event: Morning Prayer
Date: Sunday, Feb. 14
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Webstream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music at this link

Upcoming Event: Ash Packets
Date: Sunday, Feb. 14
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Trinity parking lot and by home delivery
Description: See full item

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 16
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 by email to

Upcoming Event: Imposition of Ashes
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 17
Time: Noon and 7 p.m.
Location: Noon - Zoom
Meeting ID: 832 6690 7196
Passcode: Ashes
7 p.m. - Webstream
Description: The imposition of ashes (crosses on foreheads) marks the beginning of the Lenten season. See full article.

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 17
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 at friendshipcircle@trinitylawrence.org for an invitation. All are welcome.
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From the Rector's Desk...

A long time ago when I was in college, I had a very uncomfortable conversation. A person I was very close to needed to apologize about something and decided that the opportune time to do that was while we were on a long drive.

So there I am, having a conversation I really don’t want to be having, trapped in a moving vehicle with no way to get out. Was it intentional? Maybe – I’ll never know. But it was not ideal, not for me at least. My anxiety level about the topic of conversation was amplified by the feeling of being unable to move that I really was unable to fully appreciate or respect what the person was saying to me.

All of which is to say that timing, location, and what specifically you say all matter when it comes to apologizing to people. Sometimes the person from whom you are seeking forgiveness may need to get away, may need space to process, or may just be unwilling or unable to participate.  When I meet with parishioners in my own office, I make a point of not blocking the door – if someone needs to leave, they will not feel like I am stopping them.

In addition, when it comes to doing the actual apologizing, brevity is not only the soul of wit, but also the soul of wisdom as well. Say what needs to be said, and then step back. Specifically:

a)   What the person means to you
b)   What you have done, with no equivocation or excuses
c)    What you are going to do different in the future
d)   Leave the decision about what happens in their hands

I was thinking about the apology of the prodigal son in the fifteenth chapter of Luke. There is no long-drawn out speech on the part of the son. He just says, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.” Although to be honest, he doesn’t even get that far, because his father interrupts him after he says “your son” and embraces him.

Like so many aspects of this process, the where, when, and how require forethought and empathy. Think about what the other person might experience, might need to do, and act lovingly, even sacrificially, about it.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Ash Cross
Packets for Ash Wednesday Services

This year’s Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 17 will be held using a socially distanced and safe model. On the Sunday prior, Feb. 14, will we be in the parking lot from 1 to 2 p.m. handing out small packets of ash.

Packets can also be picked up the following Monday through Wednesday during Church office hours (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). If you cannot make it down, we can deliver to your home if you call the Church office at 785-843-6166.

There will be two services on Ash Wednesday:
a live Zoom-based service at noon:
Meeting ID: 832 6690 7196
Passcode: Ashes
● and a webstream (click here) at 7 p.m.

If you wish to participate we are encouraging you to either impose the ashes upon yourself or ask someone you can be in close contact with (e.g., a family member) to impose them for you.
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Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

March 1, April 5, May 3

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 December are also added.

Save the Dates

Adult Forum during Lent
Starts Monday Feb. 22, 7 to 8 p.m.
"Sacred Ground'
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, Kim, Melinda, Gracia, Lisa, Cal, Steven, Pam, Kimberly, Jennifer, Bill, Alan, Jeni, Melinda, Pamela, Robert, Bill, Phillip

Pray for those needing strength and guidance: Phil, the Van Schmus family, Brian, Melinda, Jennifer, Janice & family, the Domer family, Elaine, Kent, Steven, Jeanne, Phil, Peggy, the Blome family, Judy

Pray for those in the hospital: Michelle

Pray for the departed: Brian Van Schmus, John McCoyne, Paul Kinkaid, Bill James, Shirley Domer, Donna DeuPree, Lola Beth Ellis
We would like to know about hospitalizations, illnesses or special needs you are experiencing. Please call Fr. Rob, Deacon Deborah Burns, the Church office or a Vestry member so that we can help.
Forum Begins Lenten Series

Jennifer Attocknie and Deacon Rob Schwaller will lead a Lenten Adult Forum on Monday nights Feb. 22 to March 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom.

We will work through the Episcopal Church's anti-racism and racial justice curriculum "Sacred Ground - Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith." Zoom details will be in next week's newsletter.
earth from space
TEST Tidbits –
A Prayer for Disturbing Times

The following litany, written by Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team chairperson Nancy Hanson in 2016, is so appropriate at this time of unease. Sometimes, in our distress, we forget that our mighty God is there for us and with us always. We only need to reach out in prayer. Below is Nancy’s heartfelt litany:

Litany for
Disturbing Times
                 Radically, loving, omnipresent God:
                 Through the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior Jesus,
                 You have taught us to trust in the triumph of your love over all evil,
                 Even over death.
                 Make your presence known to us, we pray,
                 In our times of disappointment, doubt, and grief;
                 our times of failure, frustration, and fear.
                 Comfort, fortify and guide us, Lord, we pray
                 By your Spirit, lead us,
                 To patience, wisdom, and hope.
                 Instill in us kindness, forbearance, and humility,
                 That we may hear your voice, perceive your truth,
                 And walk in your way.
                 Comfort, fortify and guide us, Lord, we pray

                 Deliver us from the evils of ignorance and prejudice;
                 of greed, narcissism, self-righteousness, meanness of spirit,
                 And all un-charitableness.
                 Comfort, fortify and guide us, Lord, we pray
                 Give us strength to stand with courage for justice, fairness truth,
                 Mercy and righteousness
                 That your love may prevail in all our ways and in all things and
                  All your people, creatures, and creation may rejoice in
                 The unity and everlasting presence of your Kingdom.
                 Trusting in your goodness, we pray to You, most gracious God------
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Earth Steward Action: Please pray for our nation as we go about the job of bringing God’s Kingdom to a hurting world.
T.I.F.P. Ministry
in January  

Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry (T.I.F.P.) was open nine days in January and served 171 households. T.I.F.P. was open 100 days in 2020 and served 2,679 households and approximately 7,000 household members.

T.I.F.P. expenses for purchasing food from Harvesters and locally were $621.21. The total retail value of food distributed in January was $3,591. Harvesters has reduced food costs and has temporarily waived its charges for nonperishable foods in January and for the next four months as a way to ease the financial challenges of food pantries during the pandemic which is a benefit to T.I.F.P.

T.I.F.P. continues to serve people who come for food with pre-bagged groceries outside the Matthews Center. The number of people served any day can range from 13 to 40. The variation is related to the city’s initiative to shelter people overnight in motels at Sixth and Iowa. We have observed that there are people who come for food whom we do not recognize and have not regularly served. The extreme level of need is sometimes painfully visible.

Our volunteers and donors are generous and have become creative about finding ways to meet our patrons’ needs, including hand-crocheted hats, gloves, socks, food items such as frozen orange juice, hot drink mixes, and pet food. T.I.F.P. has devised custom materials for packaging one-half dozen eggs.

We continue our deep appreciation for the generous donations of money by parishioners at Trinity Church and the partner churches, which continue to be used to fill our shelves for people who come to the food pantry on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
News From Nepal

Hello everyone! Things are moving here in the village this week, and I would really appreciate your prayers. First, the foundation for the new women's sewing center has been finished, and construction on the new prefab building is set to start this week. Please keep praying for a smooth process, within budget, and that it is finished before I need to return to Kathmandu on Feb. 19. It is not absolutely essential that it be finished by then, but definitely preferable to have me here to supervise the entire process.

The women's group sanitary pad kit production is due to resume mid-March, in hopes that we can do the in-school program and distribution (and my research) in April and May.

Please also continue to pray for my outreach with my Nepali family. Lately, there have been increased questions and conversations about my faith and Christianity in general, and I was even able to show the "Jesus Film" to the entire family on the night of the oldest son's 26th birthday – complete with big-screen format (using my projector on the wall of my room) and popcorn. He is a non-believer and in general hostile to the gospel. He has forbidden any of the believers in the family from going to church or fellowship, or practicing their faith ... but I have sensed a softening of his spirit lately and know that God is at work.

Thank you and God bless!
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Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, Feb. 11
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Feb. 12
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Feb. 13
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Feb. 14
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Webstream
1 p.m., Distribution of Ash Packets - Church parking lot

Monday, Feb. 15
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, Feb. 16
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women – Zoom

Wednesday, Feb. 17
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
Noon, Imposition of Ashes – Zoom
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Imposition of Ashes  Livestream

Thursday, Feb. 18
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Feb. 19
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Feb. 20
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Feb. 21
9:30 a.m. Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Webstream
Trinity Vestry 2021
Rob Baldwin, Rector 785-424-4312
Steve King '21, Senior Warden 913-645-3135
Donna Griffin, Junior Warden & Clerk, '22 785-865-6039
Betsi Anderson '21 785-843-9083
Phil McKnight '21 785-842-4872
Camille Olcese '21 620-704-4180
John Broholm '22 785-766-7002
Linda McCoy '22 785-550-6743
Bill Perkins ‘22 785-331-4401
April Dwyer '23 620-326-1848
Andrew Hoyt '23 785-312-4841
Susan Ralston '23 785 331-9703
Cheryl Wagner '23 785-840-6253
Cristian Sauciuc, Treasurer

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