• Vacation Bible School online through summer
  • Adult Forum: Tony Silvestri discusses his new choral composition
  • Fr. Rob: The gift of the discernment of spirits
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; 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, July 26, 2020
Eight Sunday after Pentecos t
10:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer

 The Liturgy of the Word

Guest organist: Ron Krebs

  • Pre-service: "Cantalina"   (Joseph Rheinberger)
  • "Be Thou My Vision'" Sam Billen, soloist
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn 690, Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah; Be Thou With Me ( J. S. Bach); Prelude and Fugue in F Major    (J. S. Bach)

Livestream link:

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
7 p.m. - Evening Prayer

Livestream Link:

Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, July 23
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description:  Join your fellow Trinitarians for a discussion with writer, composer, artist, and Trinity Church member Tony Silvestri. See full Adult Forum article for more information.

Upcoming Event:  Children's Sunday School
Date:  Sunday, July 26
Time:  9:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description:  This week Heather Shore will explain the Parables of The Hidden Treasure and Pearl of Great Value. Join us on on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrinityLawrenceKS/

Upcoming Event: Morning Prayer
Date:  Sunday, July 26
Time:  10:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description:  Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music.

Upcoming Event: TEST Meeting
Date:  Monday, July 27
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Location: 1501 Pennsylvania
Description:  With Austin’s graciousness, we are trying an in-person (outside and social distancing) July TEST meeting. Please bring your own chair, mask, and water container. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Hanson at ninxks@sunflower.com

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, July 28
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 Patti Anderson ( patti6of7@gmail.com ) or Mary Perkins ( mlperk59@gmail.com).

Upcoming Event: Children's Story Time with Susan
Date: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 10 a.m.
Location:  Livestream
Description:  Susan Hires reads picture books and great children's literature, and explores crafts and beekeeping.

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, July 29
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, July 29
Time: 7 p.m.
Location:  Livestream
Description: Join us for Evening Prayer each week.

Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, July 30
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians for exploration of faith issues.
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.
From the Rector's Desk...

This week's topic for spiritual gifts has literally to do with spirits, namely the gift of the discernment of spirits.

The origins of this gift as described in scripture are connected to notions of both divine and holy spiritual entities and evil ones that could influence (or afflict) people, but more contemporary uses of the term focus instead on trying to comprehend the will of God, especially when the answer is not immediately evident.

The gift of the discernment of spirits is often seen in the members of the Commission on Ministry, the diocesan body who is tasked with determining if a person is called to be a priest or a deacon. Nominating committees for bishop positions also similarly exercise this gift.
But this gift should also be present in the parish to serve the many people who are trying to determine what gifts they possess and what ministries to which they are called. The body of Christ can only grow when there are people who can help say, "you woul be great at this," or "have you considered doing this."

As with so many gifts, ego and prejudice can compromise the discerner, and so the position calls not only for a strong sense of understanding other people, but also ones self as well.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+

Adult Forum

Writer, composer, artist, and Trinity Church member Tony Silvestri will be joining Fr. Rob on our livestreamed adult forum to talk about his new choral composition "The Sacred Veil," inspired by the death of his wife, Julie. A recording of "The Sacred Veil" is about to be released by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. He will also be talking about his other works, including a recent collaboration on an illustrated book "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine."

Catch our online Adult Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, on Trinity's Facebook page .
VBS Online Through Summer

VBS for all ages will remain available as a google classroom throughout the summer. 

Access the classroom via  google.com  and type in your account info. Click on "find a classroom" and type in one of the codes. Remember: your child can mix and match activities to suit them. You can access any classroom, regardless of age. Adults can feel free to join the 16+ group as well! You only need to log on to a classroom once, then it will always be available through your google account. The codes are:

Ages 4-10 Class Code: 7dbwrzi
Ages 11-15 Class Code: rcwgrtt
Ages 16 and Up Class Code: jtpnvnz

Once in a classroom, click on "classwork" to see all the topics. Then, start with Week 1 and make your way through! Most importantly, have fun ! If you want an intro for each classroom, click on "stream" and there is a short video introducing the VBS.

If you do not have access to a home computer, device, or internet, please contact the Trinity church office at 783-843-6166. We can print out activities, crafts, stories, etc. and mail them to you. 

If you have any questions, please email Rachel Schwaller at  VBS@trinitylawrence.org
Reminder that articles for our newsletter should be sent to corner@trinitylawrence.org by noon Wednesday each week. Please limit submissions to 150 words.

Our newsletters are available on our website and Facebook page.

St. Margaret's and Trinity sponsor a week every other month for Family Promise. Next week would have normally been our rotation to host families from Family Promise. While these families are sheltering in place for the foreseeable future, there is still the need and opportunity for us to serve them. In particular, we can help them with groceries. Instead of shopping for them, though, Family Promise is seeking to empower these families to do their own grocery shopping each week. 

Family Promise is therefore asking that we make a donation to that end. The need is modest--Family Promise is asking just $300 per hosting rotation. And so, if serving with Family Promise has been part of your own ministry in our community, we are asking that you please consider mailing or placing a donation on Sunday made out to St. Margaret's , 5700 W 6th st, Lawrence, KS, 66049 with 'Family Promise Trinity' in the memo line. St. Margaret's will purchase the gift cards next week, and whatever excess funds received will go towards our next rotation.  

That is not the only way to serve. Click  here  to see ways to sign up and help contribute to Family Promise.

(Information gleaned from a St. Margaret's email)
Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

August 3, September 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 June 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 ( 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: Eleanor, D.J., Dave, Dottie, Monica, Addison, Kim, Kirk, Michelle, Angela, Anne, Brandon Woods employees and residents, Jeff, Sigrid, Gary, Tim

Pray for those with special circumstance: Jennifer, Rylee, John, Mandy, Nicole, Lillian, Darren, Lira family, Tim, Mildred, Alicia, Laurie, Janet, Steven, the Dickinson family, Chris and family, Kyle, Nathan

Pray for those in the hospital: Michael, Sharon, John

Pray for the departed: Bruce Trowbridge, Ennio Morricone, Karen Lira, Verla LaRue, Nancy Ann Thorne, Judy Gaus, Ruben Martinez Sr.
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.
Trinity Episcopal Earth Stewards Logo for t shirt

TEST Meeting

With thanks to Austin Turney's graciousness, an in-person July Trinity Episcopal Earth Stewards meeting, with appropriate social distancing, of course, and with masks handy.
Monday, July 27, 10 a.m, 1501 Pennsylvania. Bring your own chair, mask, and water container.

If it’s raining or otherwise inappropriate weather for an outdoor meeting, we will meet, instead, via Zoom, that evening at 7:00 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Hanson at ninxks@sunflower.com
Anchor Women

Anchor Women going strong as we average 6-7 women per week. We have plenty of room for more so please join us. We visit either by ZOOM or Social Distancing on someone deck. Lots of laughter and support at each meeting. You won’t be disappointed so give us a shout for information on our next meeting.  For more information reach out to Patti Anderson ( patti6of7@gmail.com ) or Mary Perkins ( mlperk59@gmail.com).
New Youth Online Groups

There are new weekly youth group meetings. For more details on the online group meetings, please check out our Diocesan Youth link at
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LINK Needs Donations, Hands Out Bag Lunches

The Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen remains closed d ue to the COVID-19 restrictions . Some volunteers will be handing out bag lunches on our usual day. Since we cannot prepare and serve meals, LINK would appreciate monetary donations to help with the cost of the lunches.

If you wish to contribute, please send a check made out to LINK,
and mail it to:
First Christian Church
Attn: LINK
1000 Kentucky St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Please note Trinity Episcopal Church on the memo line. Your gift is another way to reach out to those in need during this time. Thank you!

Catherine Robins and Orean Kent
LINK Co-Chairs
Food Pantry 
Grateful for Donations 

Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry continues to be grateful to the parishioners of Trinity Episcopal Church for your most faithful, generous and increased giving to our ministry of giving food to people in need. Additional giving in the past few months has been received from the John Emerson Memorial to TIFP and other memorials, members of TIFP partner churches, former members of Trinity Episcopal Church, TIFP volunteers, other churches in Lawrence, the youth group at Immanuel Lutheran Church, and individuals and businesses in Lawrence and other cities. We are most grateful for the abundant support to continue providing food now, and in the days ahead, to people in need.

Our patrons receive one bag of pre-bagged food along with a bag of cold food. TIFP provides food to any person requesting food with no eligibility requirements. TIFP tracks only the number of people coming for food assistance each day the food pantry is open.

Since March, TIFP continues to distribute food at a distance of about 30 feet outside from the Matthews Center near the parking lot. Anyone waiting in line for food observes physical distancing. Our volunteers wear face masks and plastic gloves and practice physical distancing inside the food pantry and outside serving our patrons.
earth from space

Saturday, July 18, 2020, the Creation Care Task for our diocese met via zoom. The Task Force had not met since a retreat was cancelled this spring due to the pandemic. Several of your TEST members are serving on this Task Force. We have divided ourselves into four interest groups: green team, legislature, properties and liturgy. The over all reason for the CC Task Force is to put into action our pledge (as individuals, as parish communities, as a diocese) to lovingly and intentionally care for God’s gift of creation in ways that are sustainable and equitable.  

The green team mini-group has a goal of encouraging and empowering green teams or a green point person in each parish that will become a conduit of information from the other mini-group’s work, help their parish conserve energy, adopt earth stewardship habits (both in managing the church plant and in individual habits). We will encourage the use of the website www.sustainislandhome.org to help individuals make and keep creation care goals. We will also encourage minster groups to become involved in such things as hosting educational workshops and helping parishes, through economies of scale, work to replace inefficient heating, air conditioning and lighting, etc.

The legislature mini group will be following the KS legislature actions especially in the areas of clean air, water and sustainable land use. They will also be on alert for environmental situations that might have an impact on less well-off communities and communities of color. 
The properties mini-group will be locating, developing and educating about various garden corners, postage stamp prairies, over-looks, globes, and other out-door places to gather for small prayer groups, private meditation and places for people to enjoy being in God’s environment for reflection and refreshment.

The liturgy group is gathering prayers, devotions, meditations, liturgies and other resources from many places, including from the Celtic traditions and Native American traditions that support creation care. They will also be including essays and poetry—most anything that will deepen our spiritual roots in caring for creation.

These four groups will meet separately to refine and prepare specific goals and meet as a whole Creation Care Task Force in September to refine a presentation to the Diocesan Convention in October.

Earth Steward Action:  Please pray for the work of the Creation Care Task Force. If you might be called to join one of the mini groups, please, call 785-842-1643 and leave a message. If you just have an idea, a resource or comment, please call the same number. 

SOURCES: Notes from attending the zoom meeting of the Creation Care Task Force meeting.

LIRIM Meets Fundraising Goal, Calls for Action to Support DACA  

Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry met its goal of $3,500 in virtual taco sales and is headed for a new goal of $4,000. The campaign supports scholarships for DACA students, and those who want to contribute can still do so online or by mail. 
  • Go to www.trinitylawrence.org and click on the "make a donation" button at the bottom of the page and choose the DACA line to contribute.   
  • Send in a donation to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1027 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Make sure to put DACA in the memo line. 

The Supreme Court has blocked efforts to shut down the DACA program, but Chuck Olcese, LIRIM steering committee member, wrote in a statement that SCOTUS blocked only the manner in which the administration tried to end the program.  

“It is not a final fix of permanence for the program and the Trump administration has already signaled that they will restructure another attempt to end the program and deport all those who came to the U.S. as children and know the U.S. as their home,” Olcese wrote. 

The LIRIM steering committee recommends that supporters: 
  • Write a letter to DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf urging quick processing of the new DACA applications. 
  • Write to your senators and congressional representative to demand that they finish work on clean immigration reform legislation for Dreamers. 

Olcese said the court did not order the Trump administration to move on the backlog of applications for DACA with any urgency. For more detail about that, follow this link to Chuck Olcese's full statement.
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, July 23
7 p.m., Adult Forum – Livestream

Friday, July 24
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, July 25
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, July 26
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream

Monday, July 27
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
10 a.m., TEST Meeting

Tuesday, July 28
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women

Wednesday, July 29
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, July 30
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
7 p.m., Adult Forum – Livestream

Friday, July 31
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, August 1
9 a.m., Organ Practice
9:30 a.m., LEM meeting
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, August 2
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Spiritual Communion and Music Concert – Livestream
Noon, Coffee Hour - 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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