The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of December 22, 2019
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 22, 2019

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  
Chalice: Donna Griffin,
Nancy Pauw
Lector: Austin Turney
Intercessor: Eleanor Symons
Usher: Don Roehl

10:30 a.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist
Children's Christmas Pageant
Chalice: Janine Cox
Leslie Foust
Verger: Glenna Kleinkauf
Acolytes: Geme Ajekwu
Ushers: Garth Burns, Chuck Olcese, David & Gail Griffin

Christmas Eve Services
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

5:00 p.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist  
Lectors: Kimberly Patterson, Barb Cook
Intercessor: Sandra Wiechert
Chalice: Donna Olson, Mary Donovan, Nancy Pauw
Verger: David Severance
Usher: Bruce Roberts, Harlanne Roberts, Bob Sanner,
Jennifer Sanner
Acolytes: Caroline Schmidt,
Claire Schmidt

10:30 p.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Katie Becker
Chalice: Will Chaney, Kim Mandle, Andrew Hoyt
Verger: Glenna Kleinkauf
Acolytes: Abigail Baldwin, Ari Myers-Arenth, Geme Ajekwu
Ushers: Lindy Eakin, Karen Keim, Terry Mandle,
Liz Miller

Christmas Day Service
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

10:30 a.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist
Lector: Mary Donovan 
Chalice: Donna Griffin
Intercessor: Marian Wilbur
Usher: Ray Wilbur

Altar Guild:
Carl Edwards, Margaret Bearse, Lynn Segebrecht, Carol Hatton, Melissa Padgett

Flower Guild:
Mary Stauffer, Pat Kehde, Pam Paden, Ann Elizabeth Bishop, Connie Price, Terry Mandle

Hymns Sunday Dec. 22

Entrance Hymn: (497) How bright appears (Wie schön leuchtet)
Offertory Hymn: (380 v. 3) Praise God, from whom all blessings flow (Old 100th)

Communion Hymn: (54) Savior of the nations, come (Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland) 

Closing Hymn:  (56) O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel )

  Altar Flowers

This Sunday's Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God
 The Liturgy of the Word

View the complete lectionary reading at
Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group
Date: Sunday, Dec. 22
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Parish Hall
Description: Please join us for our fourth Advent meeting. We will have a light dinner, decorate our Advent wreath and light our fourth candle, along with decorating Christmas cookies. Youth in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend. Please spread the word.

Upcoming Event: Early Christmas Eve Service
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 24
Time: 5 p.m.
Location:  Nave
Description: Please join us for our family orientated service where we will have a Very Reverend artist illustrating the Christmas story real time on paper as the story is told.

Upcoming Event: Christmas Eve Service and Carols
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 24
Time: 10:30 p.m.
Location:  Nave
Description: Please join us for our musical Christmas eve service. Carols will start at 10:30 p.m. and our Service will begin at 11 p.m. Join us for this uplifting evening of Christmas music and Holy Eucharist.

Upcoming Event: Christmas Day Service
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 25
Time: 10:30 p.m.
Location:  Nave
Description: Please join us for our Christmas Day service celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior.
From the Rector's desk...

Trinity said goodbye to a member of our community last week. 

Every Thursday several volunteers from Community Living Opportunities (CLO) arrive at the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry to pick up a list of requested items to be purchased at a local store to fill out the shelves. These volunteers are developmentally disabled, and are accompanied by a supervisor who, in addition to driving them to Aldi’s, also takes them to McDonald’s for a quick snack along the way. 

Last week I was dismayed to learn that Charles Alexander, one of the volunteers, died unexpectedly in his sleep. Charles was an older gentleman, kind and friendly, who found great satisfaction in being a helpful member of our community, frequently asked me about one of my dogs (whom he met one week at the office), and would share with me various bits of news about his own life.

His obituary specifically mentioned the pride he felt working here at the pantry, and he will be missed.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Adult Forum

The Adult Forum is the study of the Book of Hebrews 7, the High Priest of Jesus this week. Join us as we explore the Letter to the Hebrews from the New Testament chapter by chapter.  This Sunday is an introduction to the book, including its author and intended audience. The Adult Forum meets in the Jackson Kemper Room Sunday mornings at 9:30.
Canterbury Services

Both the Thursday evening Tea and Compline and the Sunday evening service will not meet during the KU semester break. Good luck on finals to our KU students.
Long newsletter this week due to the holiday events. 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.
Lessons and Carols
Lessons and Carols

The Free State Minster is organizing an Advent Choir to perform Lessons and Carols at Trinity Church on the 21st and Grace, Ottawa on the 22nd. Both events will start at 6 p.m. This choir will be made up of members of the various churches and Episcopal institutions in the area and will have a couple of practice times coming up in the next few weeks.

If you are interested, please contact Hurst Coffman at
burning candle
During this holiday season, we would like to know about hospitalizations, illnesses or special needs. Please call Father Rob, Deacon Deborah Burns, the church office, or call a Vestry member so that we can help.
Vestry Meetings

The next scheduled Vestry meetings are:

January 27
February 24
March 23

Meetings are open to all. The minutes of each meeting are posted to the church bulletin board and Trinity Vestry Minutes. Your Vestry can be contacted at

Minutes through October have been added to our website.

MIQRA (meek-rah) is a weekend retreat that focuses on the Bible and allows teens to discover what’s in it, why we should care and how to read it.

What’s with the name?
“MIQRA” is a Hebrew word, which means “reading,” and refers to the ancient Jewish practice of gathering at the local synagogue to hear a public reading of scripture. Thus it was also sometimes used to mean “Bible.”

Why do we have this event?
The Bible is obviously important to the Christian faith, but many Christians may not know what’s in it, may find it difficult to read or may not know how it is relevant to their life. This event offers teens a chance to come together, make friends, ask questions and learn about God’s love letter to the world.

When: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, 1 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka
Who: Grades 6-12
TEST Tidbits: Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message 

This year’s Christmas message from our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry is especially moving and is so relevant to the times in which we live. You may see, hear and read what he has to say at or by going to . While at the YouTube site, you may also listen to a very moving sermon he preached in the Washington Cathedral.

The presiding bishop reminds us that Jesus, His teachings, messages, spirit and example point us to a way of life where we care for one another, care for God’s earth and are in a loving relationship with each other and with our God. This love is pure light that shines into the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it. This is truly “Good News” in our troubled and dark times. This way of love – way of light – beckons us to follow it as our way of life.

Please spend a few minutes listening to the presiding bishop’s Christmas Message. Of special interest to earth stewards is the Episcopal News Service report on the work of Episcopal delegates to COP 25.  Https:// . These delegates are truly examples of bringing God’s light to the issues facing the leaders of the world.
Reminder that articles for our newsletter should be sent to by noon Wednesday each week.

Our newsletters are available on our website and Facebook page.
Back Snack

Winter weather came early this year and this means more Back Snack students are likely going out each morning with freezing heads and hands. Each year the Back Snack program tries to raise enough funds to add a hat and pair of gloves to each Back Snack during the Christmas season. Can we count on you to help fund this important mission? 

You might consider donating an amount in honor of each child in your family – nieces, nephews, children or grands. Or what about donating in honor of your favorite teacher? The opportunities are endless.

Donating to Back Snack is easy. Write a check and include “Back Snack” on the memo line. You can contact Tod Sutton at or Greg Hazen at for more information.  They coordinate the program and shop for the gloves and hats. 

To donate online, go to . Click the blue “Make a Donation” button at the side of the page. You can choose from general fund, food pantry or the Back Snack Fund. If it is your first time donating online, you will be asked a few questions on the next page to make sure your information is secure. The online donation is a great way to support the work at Trinity. 

Let’s all work together to give each Lawrence child a fighting chance to be free from cold and hunger during these winter days.   
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 (

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 are ill: 
DJ, Eleanor, Charlotte, Pat, Allen, Heather, Karen, Rita, Baby Carter

Pray for those with special intentions: 
The Van Schmus family, Madeline, Julie, Jane, Tim, Naomi, Dane, Natalie, Kate, Peggy, Linda, Patti, Matthew, Emily, Alix, Brend, Annika, Brendan, Sharon, John

Pray for those in the hospital: Chelsea, Rocco

Pray for the departed: Robert Mark Ash, Martha Haut, Carmella Ott
Advent Library Activities

My daughter-in-law had a tradition of reading one of her Christmas books to her children each night during Advent. If you would like to start such a tradition, Trinity's library has a good selection of books for the season. Take a few and try it out. In addition, we have a number of other books to check out and free pamphlets to help you observe the season of Advent.

Margaret Bearse
Parish Librarian
Middle and Senior High
Youth Group

Please join us at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, in the Parish Hall for our fourth Advent meeting. We will have a light dinner, decorate our Advent wreath and light our fourth candle, along with decorating Christmas cookies.

Youth in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend. Please spread the word.
2019 Giving

Please be aware that financial
contributions to Trinity Episcopal
Church must be received in our
office or postmarked by Dec.
31 in order to be counted toward
your 2019 giving. Thanks for your
financial support of Trinity and its
Children's Christmas Pageant

The pageant is coming soon, but it's not too late to be involved! Open for all children kindergarten age and up, the Pageant this year will be on Sunday mornin, Dec. 22, during the 10:30 service. We have one rehearsal next Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The Saturday rehearsal will include one run-through with set and costume, one with set only, and a Christmas lunch in between. We would love to have your child be a part of this tradition at Trinity.

Looking ahead, we are in a great need of Sunday school teachers. If you have an interest in working with our kids in any capacity, please let me know. The plan is to create teams of two or three to assist on a once a month rotation in our new group class model.

Everything you need will be there – all you need is a desire to help the children develop their relationship with God. Contact me at  for more information.

Thank you for your prayers and support of Christian Education at Trinity.

Susan Hires
Helping those in need...

Great news thanks to our brothers and sisters at First United Methodist Church, Pastor Tom Brady, Vice Mayor Brad Finkeldei, Loring Henderson, Steve Ozark and many other good people in Lawrence, the FUMC downtown location will have a place open at nights below freezing where people can shelter. The Lawrence Community Shelter is providing mats. Volunteers will be needed for overnight shifts. The shelter will open on nights below freezing from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. with lights out at 10:30 p.m.

If you'd like to volunteer, please contact:

So grateful. Thank you.
Rev Tom and FUMC 
Dana Ortiz
Lawrence Family Promise
K2K Community Team Meeting

Greetings to all,

There will be an initial meeting on Saturday, Dec. 28, for individuals who plan to go or would like to learn more about the Kansas 2 Kenya “K2K” Community Team mission to Kenya scheduled for June 4-17, 2020. The meeting will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kansas 66213, from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to begin trip orientation, answer questions and convey details about the June 4-17 K2K mission trip to Kenya. Logistics of the trip, including travel, lodging, clothing and finances, will be discussed. A discussion of anticipated projects will give attendees a good understanding of the activities being planned for the team.

Please come join in the meeting and catch the bug to experience a life-changing journey. Who knows … you might end up making the trip to Kenya on June 4, 2020!

And please, if you know of anyone who might want to learn about K2K mission work please pass along this notice and encourage them to attend. Attached are photos from prior year trips.

Joe Bob & Nyakio Lake
Team Leaders – K2K Community Team
Alternative Christmas Market

What is an Alternative Christmas Market? It is an easy way you can support a worthwhile organization and honor a loved one at the same time.

Please, stop by our table in the Parish Hall between services or after the 10:30 service. We will be open from Dec. 1 through the 22nd. The process is easy – choose an organization, make a donation, pick out a Christmas card and pick up an insert signifying you are donating to honor your loved one. 

This year we are featuring Heifer International (provides animals and care instruction to developing countries) or Episcopal Relief and Development Programs for educating women to read and write or to gain job skills. Both organizations help others in sustainable ways.
Plum Pudding Sale

The Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST) is selling plum pudding this Advent season. There are a few remaining. The puddings are $18 (large, serves eight to 12) and $9 (small, serves four to six), and hard sauce is $1.50 per container. Pick up in the parish hall or contact Vashti Winterburg (785-633-7396). 
With Thanksgiving and Loving Memory

Colette Bangert with thanksgiving
Martha Berger, Johanna & Sam Branson, & Rosemary Jones in loving memory of Vernon &
Jessie Branson
Ann Elizabeth Bishop & Glenna Kleinkauf with thanksgiving for our new great grandson, Rowan
Garth & Deborah Burns in loving memory of Raymond & Ruth Stansbrough, Ralph & Renee Burns, Phyllis Moore, Kurt Stansbrough, Mark Burns, and Roger Burns
Dan & Sara Borisov with thanksgiving for their many blessings
Barry & Rosemary Chapin in loving memory of Dorothy Marie Konovalski Kennedy
Janet Cinelli & Eric Ryan with thanksgiving for parents, John & Juanita Ryan and Al & Sharon Cinelli
Brenda Clary & Nancy Kelley in loving memory of parents, Kenny & Betty Russell and Ray & Belva Clary
James & Barbara Cook with thanksgiving for the love of God
H. Proctor Crow, Jr . in loving memory of Susan E. Crow
April Dwyer in loving memory of Carol & George Francis and
Ester Paxton
Lindy Eakin & Elizabeth Miller in loving memory of Bob Eakin and Richard C. Miller
Doug & Cheryl Flessing in loving memory of our parents, Archie & Arlene Morris and Don & Jane Flessing
Don & Carol Hatton in loving memory of Lee Talbott, Charlotte & Bill Jones, Helen & Lloyd Hatton, and Hugh Jones
Ned & Pat Kehde with thanksgiving for family and friends
Richard & Karen Lind in loving memory of Dick & Ruth Lind, Rita Lind, and Lois Kitt
Kim & Terry Mandle in loving memory of Beverly Kold, E. Dean Kraisinger, Harold Kolb, Lititia Mandle Ralstin, Robert Ralstin, and William Mandle
Mary Mozingo in loving memory of Sam Mozingo, Carol Sloan, and Harriet & Eldon Sloan
Sara Maypole with thanksgiving for the gift of love.
Gerry Miller in loving memory of Dr. Don Miller and our parents
Kimberly Patterson in loving memory of parents and grandparents
Susan Ralston with thanksgiving for Meghan, Nick, Olivia, and Phoebe Adams; Natalie, Makenna, and Chris Santos; Mary Lou Santos and family;
and in loving memory of James Ralston
Heather Shore, Liliana & Brend Eichman in loving memory of
Lillian Alexander
Austin H. and Austin C. Turney in loving memory of Ruth A. Turney
Ellen Vagner in loving memory of Katherine A. Vagner
Don Warders in loving memory of John & Nelle Warders and David & Janice von Riesen
Sandra Wiechert with thanksgiving for my wonderful Family and in loving memory of Allen & Megan
Bob & Carolyn Williamson with thanksgiving for our wonderful family and in loving memory of Kathryn & Bill Bell, Flora & Casrel Nelson, Edna & R.J. Williamson, and Elizabeth & Robert Williamson
Community Christmas Dinner

We need 150 pies of all types to feed more than 1,200 guests at our annual 
Community Christmas Dinner 2019. Pies can be delivered to the First United Methodist Church, 10th and Vermont, any time after 6 a.m. on Christmas day, or call Deb Engstrom at 785-727-3790 to arrange for them to be picked up. 
Volunteer Corner

Looking for something to do to help your Church? We have a few positions currently open. Please contact Cathy if you are able to spare a few hours at

Sunday School Assistants - Assist Susan once a month with our children during Sunday School class time.

Baptismal Coordinator – This position assists with our baptisms, which occur about four times a year. Duties are to verify with the church office that the service is on the calendar, contact the Sunday hospitality coordinator of the date, contact Deacon Deborah for creating the baptismal certificate, and make sure Father Rob records the event in our Church Baptismal book.

Funeral Reception Coordinator – Bonnie Briscoe coordinates the funeral service and this position helps coordinate the volunteers who provide a small reception following funerals. Many people frequently bring in cookies, etc., as an act of compassion and hospitality, but we need someone to coordinate those efforts.

Vestry Clerk –   This position takes notes for our Vestry meetings and Annual Parish meeting. Please contact Steven King at to fill this important position with our Vestry.
Save the Dates

Christmas Pageant
Sunday, Dec. 22, during our 10:30 service

John Bullock Ordination
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, 10:30 a.m.,
Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, 1 p.m. to Monday, January 20, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka, KS
Grades 6-12

Annual Meeting
Sunday January 26, 2020 Noon

News From Nepal...

I will be in the village until after Christmas. Please be praying for the different programs here, and for my outreach to the woman in the distant village who has recently become a believer through her miraculous healing. I am going tonight to spend the night in her village at her home and will return again on Christmas Day in a vehicle to take her to the village Christmas program. Thank you to all who donated towards that, as I have enough to cover a truck rental. Also be praying for travel there and back, as the roads have become really slippery with rain and the buses have not been able to make it lately. I am praying that I make it tonight. Merry Christmas!

Trinity Vestry 2019

Rob Baldwin, Rector 785-424-4312
Steve King ‘21, Senior Warden 913-680-4796
Dave Severance ‘20, Junior Warden 785-691-7261
Jennifer Attocknie ‘20 785-760-2938
Betsi Anderson ‘21 785-843-9083
Brenda Clary ‘19 785-691-7879
Leslie Foust ‘21 785-979-1829
Sandy Jacquot ‘19 785-887-8004
Richard Lungstrum ‘20 785-760-5447
Kim Mandle ‘19 785-766-2358
Elizabeth Miller, Treasurer ‘20 785-766-8175
Camille Olcese ‘21 620-704-4180
Heather Shore ‘19 303-520-8775
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, December 19
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

Friday, December 20
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
6 p.m., Taize Service at St. John the Evangelist

Saturday, December 21
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry
6 p.m., Christmas Lessons and Caroling
7 p.m., Board Games and Beer

Sunday, December 22
Fourth Sunday of Advent
8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m., Adult Forum
10:30 a.m., Christmas Pageant - Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 a.m., Coffee Hour
6-7:30 p.m., Youth Group meeting in Parish Hall

Monday, December 23
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, December 24
Office Closed
5 p. m., Early Christmas Eve Service
10:30 p. m., Christmas Eve Service and Carols

Wednesday, December 25
Office Closed
10:30 a.m., Christmas Day Service

Thursday, December 26
Office Closed
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

Friday, December 27
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, December 28
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry
7 p.m., Walker and Conway Wedding

Sunday, December 29
8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m., Adult Forum
10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 a.m., Coffee Hour
6-7:30 p.m., Youth Group Trip
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