• Lend a hand to Lawrence learners
  • PPP loan received
  • Upcoming in-person events planned (yes!)

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Sunday, September 20, 2020
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word

  • Pre-service: "Morning Song" (Wilbur Held)
  • Musical Offering: "We Sing to Him" (Henry Purcell) Bev Benso, soloist
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn 583, O holy city, seen of John (Walter Russell Bowie, Morning Song); “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” (Raymond Henry); Trumpet Tune in D Major (Henry Purcell)

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View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
7 p.m. – Evening Prayer

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Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, Sept. 17
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Usually Livestream
Description: No meeting tonight. Returning on the 24th.

Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Sept. 20
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Susan Hires leads lessons and activities. Join us on on our Facebook page. 

Upcoming Event: Morning Prayer
Date: Sunday, Sept. 20
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music. Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrinityLawrenceKS/

Upcoming Event: Coffee Hour
Date: Sunday, Sept. 20
Description:  Coffee Hour will start right after our post-service music selection. Join your fellow Trinitarians via Zoom for a virtual gathering each Sunday.

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Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group Meeting
Date: Sunday, Sept, 20
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: We were planning to have our meetings in the Parish Hall, but with the rise in COVID cases we will meet over Zoom. Details in the full article below.

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 22
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 Patti Anderson (patti6of7@gmail.com) or Mary Perkins (mlperk59@gmail.com).

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23
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, Sept. 23
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join us for Evening Prayer each week.

Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, Sept. 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians for a discussion on current topics. https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrinityLawrenceKS/
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From the Rector's Desk...

Elsewhere in The Corner you will see an article about an initiative that the Vestry and I undertook to try to provide support to families of young children in the Lawrence area. This ministry has proven to be challenging, but at the same time surprisingly rewarding. 

I was, I will admit, a bit surprised by my own emotional response to seeing this ministry happen. It is not like I haven’t been responding and doing things during this time but many of those activities – trying to create an online presence at Trinity, figuring out how to parent my children while they engage in distance learning, etc. – all seem like modifications of my existing responsibilities and ministries. I was already doing those things; now I have to do them differently, and perhaps for some time.

The learning pod is something new. The Vestry and I looked at our community, saw a need, and chose to respond. But it wasn’t until that happened that I realized how desperately I needed, on a profoundly spiritual level, to do something in the face of a crisis that seems so out of my control. 
As a Christian I cannot help but wonder if that groundswell of energy and sense of accomplishment is out of my responding to God’s call to serve during this time.

In spite of this, I am a realist. The pod needs to be better organized and needs more support from the greater Lawrence community for it to continue. There is no sense of what is going to happen after the six weeks have passed and USD 497 has made a decision to return or not to return to in-person schooling. Even if we have to conclude this ministry, it was self-revelatory to me about what this has meant. 

That has me wondering about all of you, and your hearts and spirits, and what, if any, frustrations or yearnings you may feel to do something during this time in our nation’s history. I want to hear from you, pray with you, and help you discern your call to ministry during this time. 

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Our Distance Learning Pod Needs Your Support

Trinity is currently hosting a distance learning “pod” for elementary age children of working parents who need their children to be in a safe, supportive environment while they work. 

Right now USD 497 is having children stay home and participate in online classes throughout the school day for the first six weeks of the school year. Volunteers are currently assisting the pod’s para-teaching staff through enrichment activities like crafts, games, and music, as well as picking up lunches from Hillcrest Elementary and dropping them off at the church. 

If you are interested in volunteering for a couple of hours each week to engage in these enrichment activities, or would like to take on the larger role of being a consistent supervising presence for the pod throughout the week, please contact Fr. Rob or Linda McCoy via email (tomlinmccoy@gmail.com) or phone 785-550-6743. Linda is attempting to coordinate all parishioner volunteers and would love to hear from you.
Fr. Rob Takes a Look Back With Youth Group

Our students in middle and high school will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 via Zoom.

Father Rob will be with us to discuss memories of his youth group meetings and how they influenced him to be a better Christian. Join Clarke, Weston and your other friends Sunday evening.

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St. Francis Blessing of the Animals: In-Person and Via Zoom

We will host one of our first in-person parish events since the pandemic began with an outdoor Blessing of the Animals from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. We are asking people to please wear masks and engage in social distancing.

Bishop Cathleen Bascom will be our special guest to help bless our furry, feathered and scaly friends that day. Dog treats from Three Dog Bakery and snacks for humans will be provided. This event will be rescheduled in case of inclement weather.

For those unable to attend in person, we will have a special “Zoom Coffee Hour” beginning at 11:30 a.m after the service on Oct. 4. Get online and show off your pets to the rest of the congregation, and enjoy some fellowship with other pet-loving Trinitarians.
Family Promise
Family Promise Auction

Hello all! I wanted to let you know about Family Promise's first ever Virtual Auction Party at 7 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 20. Information is below. I hope you will join us. We plan on having some fun, with excellent featured videos about the work you each participate in at FPL. None of this would happen if it weren't for you all, and we are grateful.  

Critical to know that you need to log into two sites – and it's best to register before Sunday:

1. Zoom:  HERE

2. The bidding platform HERE – Register on One Cause – where you will find our silent auction items that are live now, and you can get a preview of the live auction items which Brian Hanni and I will be auctioning off on Sunday night. Best to preload your credit card on the site, if you intend to bid live, as each item will only be live for about five minutes!

I hope you will be able to join us. This is such a strange and odd year, and we need to celebrate all the good work that is still going on in our network.
God bless you all,
"See you" Sunday!
With gratitude,
Dana Ortiz
Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7

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 August have been added to our website.
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., Kathie, Sigrid, Eleanor, Kim, Vashti, Chris, baby Alex, Fr. Joe, Jim, Peggy, Alfred, Anne, Liz, residents and staff of all the nursing homes, Becky, Bill, all diagnosed with CoVid 19, Ruth, Jacob, Blake, Linda, Tyler, Angelika, Sharon, Baby Ollie

Pray for those with special circumstance: the Attocknie family, Darren, Nathan, Laura, Katie, the Bieker family, Lillian, Martha, the Miller family, the Anderson family, Jose, Tave, Allie, Galen, Corbin., the Rowland family

Pray for those in the hospital: Bill Miller.

Pray for the departed: Mary Vannicola, Lee Anderson, Chadwick Boseman, Curtis Burns, William “Bill” Dann, John Rowland, Blur Wahweotten, Johnny Edwards, David Bohannan, Patricia Schreiber
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.
Senior Warden: Loan Approved and Received

Fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, 

I hope this finds you well and looking forward to brighter days, which are of course in our future. I am sure that, like me, you can’t wait to walk through those red doors again.  

Today I am pleased to speak with you about some positives. As we’ve communicated before, in July the Vestry voted to pursue a Payroll Protection Program forgivable loan and made an application. Our focus is to protect the financial security of our Church. I’m pleased to announce we have received a $41,400 loan. The funds have been transferred into an account separate from our general account, and the Vestry will treat the money as an emergency fund only. 

And to add to the good news, in our September meeting we began to plan some safe activities going into the fall. We’ve scheduled an in-person and virtual Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 3. We’re exploring holding a limited outdoor in-person worship service Oct. 4 and planning a livestream social event on Oct. 17 featuring our own in-house talent, skits, dramatic readings, live commentary from the Church and more – a virtual gathering allowing us to see each other. 

Our reopening has been a front-and-center discussion point at every one our Vestry meetings, our last in-person meeting being in March. Since then we’ve been meeting over Zoom the first Monday of each month and, I have to say, the level of communication in the Vestry is at the highest level in my experience. Since March the Vestry has conducted six regular meetings and seven special sessions all by Zoom. As we’ve monitored the pandemic, we’ve been focused on making the right decisions and communicating options constantly. Conclusions have been agonizing at times. Closing the Church was prudent but a hard pill to swallow. The Vestry has dissected a dozen different scenarios, all having unique challenges, as we struggle to find the best solution.

We are beginning the annual budget discussions and creation. So far in 2020 we’re holding our own, as expenses have been lower than normal, but we have also experienced some erosion in our funding as live events, fundraisers, etc., are not happening in 2020. So I thank you for your continued financial support. We will return to normal one day soon and I look forward to seeing each and every one of you again.

Grace and peace to you, 
Steve King, Senior Warden
earth from space
TEST Tidbits: Week Three of the Season of Creation Focuses on Responsibility

We are now into the third week of devotionals for this 2020 Season of Creation. Please go to https://episcopalchurch.org/season-creation-and-st-francis-day-resources to click onto these devotionals.

If we have met the challenge and view creation as relational (an ecology that includes all life including human life), we now view our relationship as one of being a “neighbor.” God asks us to love our neighbor as ourselves and this love extends to the created world. A loving relationship includes taking up responsibilities for, and dedicated to the promotion of the health, safety, equality and dignity for all creation. 

To find out what else God has asked us to do, and to read about three contemporary issues that cry out for our collective and individual sense of responsibility, visit this link for the full TEST article.

EARTH STEWARD ACTION: Please click onto the devotional site. Pick one example and read the website. Does this heighten your sense of responsibility?

Visit the Trinity website for full and past articles
Updating Trinity Church Directory

An updated Trinity 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 the last week of September.

Please use the directory to reach out to other members during this time, especially those members in retirement centers that are currently in lockdown.

Day by Day

Forward Day by Day may not be in the track racks, but the Daily Prayers can be reached online at https://prayer.forwardmovement.org/ 

If you would like a paper copy, please contact the Church office and we will get it to you.

Let it be part of your daily life whenever you take time to pray and meditate. Contemplate the passage of scripture. Then see the connection to the other passages referred to. Read the meditation and perhaps make your own. Pray for the people of the diocese for the day. Imagine how those Anglicans are praying. Does Moving Forward help complete your day?

You can also sign up to receive a Daily Prayer at forwarddaybyday.ccsend.com.
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Meet the Youth Group Mentors

A quick intro of Clarke Mortensen and Weston Curnow, who will assist with Trinity's Youth Group this school year:

Clarke, the new program assistant at Canterbury House, recently graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in English. Clarke served as an intern at St. Thomas the Apostle in Overland Park in the summer of 2019 and as a youth ministry intern during the summer of 2020. She is excited to find new opportunities for serving God in Kansas.

Weston Curnow was born and raised in Olathe. He attended Olathe West High School, graduating in the spring of 2020, and now attends the University of Kansas, where he is pursuing a double major in English and Philosophy. When Weston is not studying or at the Canterbury House, you might find him riding his bike, reading, or browsing the shelves of bookstores.

Dismantling Racism

With all that has happened over the summer, it is past time to begin talking about anti-racism as a youth community. Engaging this work inspires hope and helps us get a clearer view of God’s Kingdom. The classes include videos, a journal, discussion, and activities. While it is a serious topic, it is also interesting and fun to explore as a group!

For youth in grades 8-12, meets every-other Thursday, 7-8:30 pm from September 24 to December 3. Sign-up online to get the link for meetings.

Training will be led by Karen Schlabach and Michael Funston. Please register online in advance to receive the link for the training and to be e-mailed materials in advance. We do ask that participants commit to attending all six sessions. Students will receive an electronic journal they can use during sessions and between sessions. 

Questions? Contact Karen Schlabach at 913-708-5927 or kschlabach@episcopal-ks.org OR Michael Funston at 785-231-8785 or mfunston@episcopal-ks.org. 
News from Nepal

Hi everyone! Please continue to pray for lockdown here in Nepal. While it may be keeping some people safe from coronavirus, it is also devastating in terms of loss of jobs, income and access to services. Suicide rates, maternal deaths, and other causes of death are skyrocketing as a result, while COVID-19 deaths remain fairly low.

This is a hard season for the Nepalis and they really need prayers. Prayers also for a village adjacent to mine, which suffered another landslide two days ago during heavy rains. Many homes and many lives were lost. This area has been hammered with tragedy over the past couple of years and it doesn't seem to be letting up.

Lastly, I was awakened at 5 this morning by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake. Not fun – but it was certainly more frightening in my village, which was the epicenter. Everyone is fine, but each time the earth moves violently like this, the likelihood of further landslides increases dramatically. I have heard that the ground above my house and my Nepali family's house looks as if it is in danger of sliding. Please pray for protection!

God bless you and keep you safe – Karín

(Photo caption- Happier times, when we were allowed out to freely explore this beautiful country)
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, Sept. 17
7 p.m., Adult Forum – Cancelled for tonight
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Sept. 18
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Sept. 19
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Sept. 20
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
11:15 a.m., Coffee Hour Starts following the service - Zoom
6 p.m., Trinity Youth Group Meeting - Zoom

Monday, Sept. 21
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, Sept. 22
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women

Wednesday, Sept. 23
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, Sept. 24
7 p.m., Adult Forum – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Sept. 25
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

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

Sunday, Sept. 27
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
11:15 a.m., Coffee Hour Starts after the service - Zoom
6 p.m., Trinity Youth Group Meeting - Zoom
Trinity Vestry 2020
Rob Baldwin, Rector 785-424-4312
Steve King ‘21, Senior Warden 913-645-3135
Richard Lungstrum, Junior Warden ‘20 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 ‘21 785-979-1829
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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