• Adult Forum covers race and faith
  • Enjoy Coffee Hour after Sunday service
  • Fr. Rob: Hiking down, then back up
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Sunday, February 28, 2021
Second Sunday in Lent
10:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word


  • Prelude: "Jesu, meine Freude" (F. W. Zachau)
  • "The Summons” (“Will you come and follow me?”) (Trad. Scottish/John Bell) Tony Silvestri, soloist
  • "Ave Verum" (W. A. Mozart) Trinity Choir, directed by Doug Lawrence
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn #675, Take up your cross (Charles William Everest, Bourbon); "Leoni" (Pamela Decker)

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent
7 p.m. – Evening Prayer

Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Feb. 28
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Susan Hires leads lessons and activities. Join us for the livestream.

Upcoming Event: Morning Prayer
Date: Sunday, Feb. 28
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Webstream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music.

Upcoming Event: Coffee Hour
Date: Sunday, Feb. 28
Time: after the 10:30 service
Location: Zoom
Description: Coffee Hour returns on Zoom – details in the full article.

Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Monday, March 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: Join us this Lenten season for a six-week study of healing based on "Sacred Ground."
Details in the full article.

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, March 2
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 email

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, March 3
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.

Upcoming Event: Evening Prayer
Date: Wednesday, March 3
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...

While on my Lenten retreat, I took the opportunity to hike the Hideout Hollow Trail, which has (the brochure told me) the largest falls west of the Alleghenies and east of the Rockies. The brochure also said that the trail was 1.6 miles to the falls and largely downward in elevation, and then 1.6 miles back the same way you went. The brochure also said that the incline was such that the trail was also not for “young children and the elderly.”

In hindsight, I might have been one of the elderly they were talking about.

To set the scene, it had snowed in northern Arkansas much as it had throughout Kansas, but now with the temperatures in the 50s, much of that snow was melting, and running down the convenient incline of the trail like its own stream. As I walked down I was thankful for my large, waterproof boots but also mindful that, as a person hiking alone, I could possibly stumble and fall down the mountain, where I would then become the subject of some future docudrama where I end up sawing my own arm off or being eaten by a bear. In what was a truly mixed blessing, I was both comforted and disturbed by the number of young couples bounding down the trail who could, in a pinch, call 911 to come assist the elderly man crawling down the trail at a snail’s pace.

It is also worth mentioning that, at the onset of this hike, I was seeing snow everywhere and thus had worn several layers to keep me warm, but could not help but notice how lightly dressed everyone else seemed to be.

As the downward descent went on for over an hour, I became acutely aware that for every step I took on this trail, I would have to walk that step back. Often I considered just going back to my orange Jeep at the fount of the trailhead, but pride and stubbornness drove me on.

I would love to say that the view of the falls was worth it, but out of a commitment to be honest with my parish, I cannot. It was impressive, despite the fact that the tiny trickle of water had almost completely frozen over, even in that temperature. But I saw the falls, took the inevitable picture, and then began the long, arduous process of clambering back up the mountain the way I came, the sweatshirt and coat I wore on the trip now feeling like the weight of a small child in my arms. While I had been anxious of being eaten by a bear on the way down, I was convinced that the more likely scenario was that I would have a cardiac episode on the way up and become the subject of a local news report entitled something like “Totally unprepared and out of shape priest is airlifted by helicopter out of canyon” with two college students, both wearing tank tops, quoted as saying, “I have no idea why this elderly man thought this was a good idea.”

You may not be able to imagine the joy I felt when I returned to the parking lot of the trailhead. All I wanted to do was to sit, breathe, and call my daughter Maura, who I knew had experienced a very difficult day.

Even as I was slowly, ever so slowly climbing back up the mountain, I did ask myself, “Is this a sermon illustration, or a story to tell in the newsletter?” And truthfully, it is.

In Lent, we often set upon ourselves the idea that this season is about undergoing some massive undertaking with the goal of achieving some monumental opus. But really, it is about getting back. Back to the person we know we are.  Back to the person we are meant to be. Back to what really matters. Back to the parking lot, the familiar Jeep, and making a call to the people who need us. It is about being able to go home, spiritually speaking, to the place that feels like who we are.

Make no mistake though, I bought a shirt from the local park store to commemorate my hike, just to remind me that I had gotten to the falls, but more importantly, I had made it back.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Join us for Lent Lectio

Each Saturday of Lent, youth will meet briefly on Zoom for a devotion with scripture. This is a quiet time to reconnect with God and your faith, specially requested by the Diocesan Youth Commission. All youth in grades 6-12 are invited. 

  • Sat., Mar. 6, 10-10:30 a.m., Knowing the Good
  • Sat., Mar. 13, 10-10:30 a.m., Consider the Lilies
  • Sat., Mar. 20, 10-10:30 a.m., Becoming Someone New
  • Sat., Mar. 27, 10-10:30 a.m., Shifting our Gaze

A link to the Zoom meeting is included in students’ Lent-in-a-box, or contact Karen Schlabach at kschlabach@episcopal-ks.org or 913-708-5927 and she’ll promptly send you the packet and information.
Diocese Youth Game Night & Compline

On the first Sunday of the month, there will be a youth game night for all youth in the diocese in grades 6-12. Join us!

  • Sunday, March 7, 7-8:30 p.m.

To join on Zoom, use meeting ID: 857 4195 0793 and the passcode is the current season of the church year. Don't know? That's OK, e-mail kschlabach@episcopal-ks.org and she'll send you the info. Or text her at 913-708-5927
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.
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, Steven, Pam, Kimberly, Jeanne, Steve, Rex, Donna, Kay, Glenna, Janet, Lindsey, Jack, Steve, Emily, Rick, Andrea, Lisa, Jerrell, Holly, Pat, Melinda, Heather, Rick

Pray for those needing strength and guidance: Matthew, Celeste, Bryan, Mike, Melissa

Pray for those in the hospital: Glenna, Janet, Holly

Pray for the departed: Sarah Sweeny, Wayne Blakely, Phyllis Chesbro, Deacon Jessie Milan, Deacon George Martin, Virginia Parsons, 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 from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday nights Feb. 22 to March 29 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."

This week we will be discussing family histories and the roots of whiteness. No previous participation necessary. Newcomers are welcome. There are some short readings that go along with each week. Please email Deacon Rob Schwaller (schwallr@gmail.com) to receive  the readings in advance.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 830 8536 1340
Passcode: Sacred
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Coffee Hour Back on Zoom

There have been requests to have a Coffee Hours after our Sunday Service, so we will have our first of 2021 after the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday. The meeting will be over Zoom, and it's planned for the last Sunday of each month until we are able to meet in person. Join your fellow Trinitarians to say hello and share new happenings.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 898 8968 4408
Passcode: Coffee
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Trinity Church Directory

An updated Trinity Episcopal Church Directory is being put together for distribution. If you would like to make any changes to your current listing, please email 

We will send out the PDF directories March 17.
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TEST Tidbits:
Jesus Prayer Applied to Current Events

The Rev. Evan Ash is a member of a Diocesan Creation Care Task Force group working with the spiritual aspect of creation care.

The Rev. Ash has written a moving prayer, printed below with his permission. If you pass it on, please give him credit.

Jesus Prayer
by the Rev. Evan Ash
Jesus - mentor, mediator, friend, brother, savior –
be in my life:

that I may know sanity in this world,
to live beyond the limited view of that world that comes from only me;

to move beyond impatience and worry,
to have a heart that cares and loves, and looks beyond myself, to see what is possible;

to have a spirit that is open to see the wonder around me and not just the needs and frustrations I perceive for myself alone;

to be free to join into the Spirit of your Father and let it strengthen and guide me beyond my limits in the moments when the Spirit’s wisdom reaches far beyond my own;

to see God in everyone and everything and rejoice in His revelation of Himself which stretches far beyond the limits of my soul’s reach;

to know the joy of your Father’s peace in my spirit.

Jesus hear my prayer,
Jesus - mentor, mediator, friend, brother, savior – be in my life.


For more about the task force's other activities, read the full TEST article.
You have the challenge as Earth Stewards to begin to think about these four events or milestones and to find connections within the heartfelt prayer offered by Rev. Ash. It is a big challenge (usually the Earth Steward Action is to do one or two things per week.) 

The Bottom Line

The Vestry will review the January financial reports on Monday, March 1. Pledge income for the first month of 2021 is $17,263.75 over budget, keeping our net balance (Revenues minus Operational Expenses) +$10,054.34.

Monthly Revenue:

Budgeted: $26,912.76
Actual: $44,498.27
Difference: $17,585.51
Monthly Expenses:

Budgeted: $33,458.02
Actual: $34,443.93
Difference: $985.91
A full set of monthly financial reports can be found on Trinity's website under "Resources/Finances."

We thank you for your gracious contributions and helping Trinity successfully start 2021.
News From Nepal

Hello everyone! Thank you for the prayers for the women's sewing center building project. I am currently not in the village – I am back in Kathmandu for a couple of weeks but was excited to get a video of the progress today. The exterior walls and roof are up and the workers are running the electrical wires as we speak. They estimate that the building will be done within the week. Prayers that this is accurate! In a little over two weeks,

I will return to the village with all the supplies needed to make the remaining 350 sanitary pad kits that we need for our upcoming in-school training and distribution, which is scheduled for end of April and beginning of May. We need to start sewing as soon as possible to make this happen, so timing is very important. Please keep not only the timing but the entire program in your thoughts and prayers.

If you would like to donate toward the production of the remaining 350 pad kits, please visit https://donorsee.com/project/8308

Thanks so much in advance and blessings on your week!

— Karin 
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Save the Dates

Adult Forum during Lent
Starts Monday March 1, 7-8 p.m.
"Sacred Ground'

Diocese Youth Game Night & Compline
Sunday, March 7, 7-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 16
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, Feb. 25
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Feb. 26
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Feb. 27
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Feb. 28
9:30 a.m. Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Webstream
11:15 a.m., Coffee Hour – Zoom

Monday, March 1
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
7 p.m., Adult Forum – Zoom

Tuesday, March 2
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women – Zoom

Wednesday, March 3
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer  Livestream

Thursday, March 4
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, March 5
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, March 6
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, March 7
9:30 a.m. Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Holy Communion– Webstream
1 p.m., Extended Table Eucharist - Church parking lot
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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