• Gather to bless the animals, online and in person
  • Contribute your talent to this fall's Faith and Fun
  • Fr. Rob: Reclaiming Trinity's history as foster home
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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, September 27, 2020
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
10:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word

  • Pre-service: Festive Prelude on “Cwm Rhondda” (David Dahl)
  • Musical Offering: “The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee” (Jean Berger) Trinity Choir, directed by Doug Lawrence
  • Post-service: S 278, Glory to God; Hymn 488, Be thou my vision; Hymn 690, Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

Livestream link:

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

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

Livestream Link:

Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, Sept. 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Tonight's guest will be Jennifer Attocknie. She will share with us the story of her own faith life, from her childhood in very small parishes to her ministry as a member of Vestry today.
Join your fellow Trinitarians at https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrinityLawrenceKS/

Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Sept. 27
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. 27
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. 27
Description:  Coffee Hour will start right after our post-service music selections. Join your fellow Trinitarians via Zoom for a virtual gathering each Sunday.

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Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group Meeting
Date: Oct. 3
Time: 12:45 p.m.
Location: This week we not have our Sunday nite meeting but will meet Saturday to assist with the blessing of the animals. See Youth Group article for details.

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29
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. 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, Sept. 30
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join us for Evening Prayer each week.

Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, Oct. 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Our guest will be Kendra J. Pittman, one of the paraeducators working with our distance learning pod, a member of the Lawrence Special Education Advisory Committee for USD 497, and the subject of a recent Lawrence Journal World article on the crisis facing parents of special education students during the pandemic.
Join your fellow Trinitarians at https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrinityLawrenceKS/
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From the Rector's Desk...

As I wandered the rooms and halls of Trinity this past week, skirting children as they drew on our sidewalks with chalk, practiced violins, or listened to teachers on tablets, I considered what a different place the church felt like these days as a result of our agreeing to host a distance learning pod. I remarked on this to a member of the congregation who said that actually it doesn’t feel all that unusual or new to her because she remembered back when Trinity Church operated its own foster home as a parish ministry.

I realized then that many of you do not know this part of Trinity’s history, and while it was difficult to nail down some exact details, I can share with you that the driving force behind the Trinity Foster Home was Anna “Petey” Cerf, a local legend and community activist who also was part of the formation of the Kansas Advocates for Better Care (which works with nursing home care reform) and Audio Reader. For years the home provided loving care for children in the community who were in a transitional place legally speaking, under the supervision of Dr. Richard “Rocco” Spano and his wife Penny.

Eventually, out of growing concerns regarding licensing requirements, Trinity Church sold the facility to a private entity that eventually became Trinity In-Home Care, which exists to this day. The proceeds of the sale of the facility became the corpus of Trinity’s endowment, which is restricted to the original vision of Petey’s ministry insofar as it can be used to support outreach, particularly to children, in the community.

I’m sure many of you can provide even more details about the foster home, and I’d welcome you sharing what you know. But I’m also appreciative of the fact that, in some small tangential way, for a brief period of time, we are reclaiming a ministry to children in the community from a time remembered fondly by many in the church.

As always, my thanks to the many, many volunteers who are helping make the distance learning pod a success. I’ve talked to parents who are being spared the difficult decision of leaving their jobs or supervising their children’s education, and can say without exaggeration that we are keeping families in homes and out of dire circumstances. Thank you and God bless.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Rob+
Gather for
Faith and Fun

In past years at this time, Trinity members have gathered to celebrate God’s goodness and to look forward to the coming year of worship and ministry. This year our celebration will take place with a livestream event on Facebook at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17: The Fall Festival of Faith and Fun.

We will hear from Father Rob and parishioners about what Trinity means to them. A special treat will include a variety of performances by our talented parishioners. 

Perhaps you would like to share an offering of your talent: music, dramatic reading, juggling and magic tricks. The performance doesn’t have to be serious or sacred. Think of it as a family gathering where we can enjoy each other’s gifts, whether great or small.

Each performance will be recorded. If you’d like help with that part, just ask.

If you're willing to do something but don't know what it will be yet, that's OK. Contact Camille Olcese, 620/704-4180 or colcese1@gmail.com. She’ll be thrilled to add you to the program!
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.
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 Father Rob, Deacon Deborah Burns, the Church office or a Vestry member so that we can help.

Trinity Youth Group will be meeting this week Saturday October 3 at the church. We will be assisting Father Rob and Bishop Bascom with the blessing of the animals. We will meet at 12:45 p.m. and should be finished around 2:30 p.m.
Trinity Youth Group Meeting

Trinity middle and high school youth will be meeting this week Saturday October 3 our church.

We will be assisting Father Rob and Bishop Bascom with the blessing of the animals. Youth will meet at 12:45 p.m. and should be finished around 2:30 p.m. All are also welcome to bring their pets for the blessings and your friends are always welcomed to join.
earth from space
TEST Tidbits—Considering Positive Actions to Care for Creation

The Season of Creation Devotionals have challenged us to view the creation in terms of a relationships we might have with a neighbor. In this relationship we were reminded that, as in any relationship, we must learn to love the other as ourselves. Further, when we see the other being harmed, we are urged to respond with a sense of responsibility for the other’s overall health and safety. Taking positive action toward ending the harm and restoring sustainability is the next logical step. 

Of course, the task is a bit harder when the relationship is with the whole ecology of creation (all living and interacting parts including humans). 

Each person has great power in doing their part. For more about that, and for helpful websites, visit the full TEST article

EARTH STEWARD ACTION:  During this time of pandemic, have a plan for voting and encourage all you know to do their civic duty and vote. If you have not done so, please sign the Creation Care Pledge and begin interacting with “our Island Home carbon tracker.”

Visit the Trinity website for past articles of interest

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. 
Last Call
 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 tract 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 one 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.
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.
Our Distance Learning Pod Needs Your Support

Trinity is hosting a distance learning pod for elementary age children, as many of us are now aware. It serves working parents who need their children to be in a safe, supportive environment while they work, as USD 497 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. 

We would like to thank those who have volunteered time, crafts projects, and so many breakfast snacks that we have enough to last for the next few weeks.

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, who is coordinating parish volunteers, via email (tomlinmccoy@gmail.com) or phone 785-550-6743.
News from Nepal

Hi everyone! Thank you for your prayers during this crazy time. Full lockdown has lifted (with restrictions, and still no travel allowed in or out of the country), but it was for economic reasons, and not because the situation has become more stable. Please continue to pray for the health and safety of Nepal.

Speaking of safety, I was awakened in Kathmandu a week or so ago by another 6.0 earthquake that rocked my village area (the epicenter was beneath the village). While no one was injured in the quake, it has further compromised the ground and caused landslides, with more possible. Heavy rains are still falling, making the situation very unstable.

I have been praying for ways to be able to do something – anything – and have recently been asked to provide 110 sanitary pad kits (sewn by our village women's group) to help the girls and women of 84 families currently living in tents after being displaced by the landslides.

I was also able to pay for the medical bills of an 11-year-old girl who lost her entire immediate family in the landslides. She is the sole survivor of the household, but does have an adult sister in Kathmandu she will be staying with. I was able to provide some support to the family for her care, as well. It seems like so little, but I am grateful to be able to make even a small difference.

Please just continue to pray that God brings opportunities to share His love and grace with those around me, even in the "waiting."

God bless you and keep you safe – Karín Feltman

(Photo caption – Anushu, 11, who lost her family in the landslides)
Ministry Opportunities

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 following the service - Zoom

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

Tuesday, Sept. 29
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women

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

Thursday, Oct. 1
7 p.m., Adult Forum – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Oct. 2
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Oct. 3
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry
1 to 2:30 p.m., Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, Oct. 4
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
11:15 a.m., Virtual Blessing of the Animals - 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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