The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of January 12, 2020
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
First Sunday after
the Epiphany
Sunday, January 12, 2020

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  
Lector: Diana Dyal
Chalice: Nancy Pauw,
Andrew Hoyt
Intercessor: Carol Hatton
Usher: Claudette Johns

10:30 a.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Karen Keim,
Joanne Feist
Chalice: Will Chaney,
Kim Mandle
Kimberly Patterson
Verger: Glenna Kleinkauf
Acolytes: Ari Myers-Arenth,
Caroline Schmidt,
Claire Schmidt
Ushers: Harlanne Roberts,
Bruce Roberts, Bob Sanner,
Jennifer Sanner


ENTRANCE HYMN (76) On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry (Winchester New) 

SEQUENCE HYMN (297) Descend, O Spirit, purging flame (Erhalt uns, Herr)

OFFERTORY HYMN (380 v3) Praise God from whom all blessings ( Old 100th)

COMMUNION HYMN (121) Christ, when for us you were baptized (Caithness) 

CLOSING HYMN (448) O love, how deep, how broad (Deus tuorum militum)

Altar Guild:
Melinda McKnight, Gail Van Loenen, Barbara Haverty, Karen Keim, Jennifer Sanner, Debbie Pitts

Flower Guild:
Mary Stauffer

  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: Holy
Date: Thursday, Jan. 9
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Parish Hall
Description: There will be a presentation at Trinity at 5:30 p.m. Learn a recipe for an "Old-fashion Shrimp Boil" presented by Chef Stephen! What a great dish to start off 2020. Fresh shrimp will be complemented by corn on the cob and red potatoes.

Upcoming Event: Ordination of John Bullock
Date: Saturday, Jan. 11
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location:  Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka
Description: John Bullock 
will be ordained priest. More information in the full article.

Upcoming Event: Epiphany Dinner & Dance
Date: Saturday, Jan. 11
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Parish Hall
Description: Dinner and dancing. Details below in article.

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Sunday, Jan. 12
Time: noon
Location: 3005 West 26th
Description:The Friendship Circle will meet this Sunday, Jan. 12, at noon at Susan Ralston's home. Come join us for lasagna and conversation! Please bring a food item to share. Please contact Susan at 843-3920 or if you'd like to attend.
The Friendship Circle welcomes those who are widowed, divorced, single, and those who would like to seek friendship from Trinity parishioners.  

Upcoming Event: Youth Group
Date: Sunday, Jan. 12
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Parish Hall
Description: First meeting of the new year. We will have a light meal, talk about Epiphany, and plan our winter project and where to go on outings.
From the Rector's desk...

Nestled among the various Christmas-related holidays is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. In the Episcopal Church this is observed on Dec. 28, but is actually a bit of a follow-up to the events depicted in the Epiphany of Our Lord, Jan. 6. In the second chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, King Herod, having been tipped off to Jesus’ birth by the magi but then realizing they would not be returning to identify his location, “sent and killed all of the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under” (Mt 2:16). In typical Matthew fashion, this event is associated with a passage from Jeremiah (31:15), cited directly in the Gospel. Jesus escapes death because Joseph is told to flee to Egypt in a dream, also fulfilling a passage from Hosea: “Out of Egypt have I called my son” (Hosea 11:1).

This horrific act of mass murder casts a dark shadow over the events of Jesus’ birth, but is not out of place in the total context of Jesus’ life, a life that will end in a violent, grisly manner in his crucifixion.  Fear, jealousy, violence, abuse of power and death is the world into which Jesus was born because it is into those aspects of human existence that Jesus saves us. This is not a coincidence, but ultimately part of God’s greater plan, as revealed in Scripture. The massacre of children and the journey to (and ultimately, out of) Egypt are reminiscent of the Exodus, the delivery out of slavery of God’s chosen people. But now, we find all of humanity delivered from the pain and suffering of the worst the world has to offer by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Adult Forum

The Adult Forum is the study of the Book of Hebrews. Join us as we explore the Letter to the Hebrews from the New Testament chapter by chapter.  This Sunday is a review of Hebrews 11. 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.
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 a Vestry member so that we can help.
Women’s Quest-ioning Group

Our women’s Quest-ioning group invites all members of the parish to join us in a 10-week video series, Journey of the Universe: Conversations. Inspired by his work with Thomas Berry, Brian Thomas Swimme takes us on a journey of the evolution of the universe. Mary Evelyn Tucker converses with notable scholars about the development of the universe, the emergence of the earth and our place in the ongoing process.

We will meet in the Jackson Kemper Room (beneath the Parish Hall) from 1:30 to 3 on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from Jan. 9 through May 28. Please use the entrance off the parking lot that leads to the kitchen. An informal group discussion will follow each video. 

This film will present a new relationship with the earth and its inhabitants. Since this series is open to everyone, it is important for our committee to have some sense of how many people might be attending. Please call one of the members below to let us know that you are interested in attending the program.

Deborah Burns 331-9673; Louie Galloway 312-1669; Pat Miller 841-8294; Prudy Sieg 424-7667; Tudy Youngberg 218-2283
Vestry Meetings

The next scheduled Vestry meetings are:

January Vestry Retreat
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.
Epiphany Dinner & Dance

Join us Saturday, Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m. 'til the cows come home.

Our Epiphany party will feature the usual menu of Tangerian couscous, baklava, and king cake (vegetarian and gluten-free alternative provided). Music starts at 7 p.m., so bring your dancing shoes. Please bring friends, relatives and strangers off the street! 
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry  

Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry (TIFP) was open seven days in December 2019 (closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve days) and served 212 families (521 people).  The food pantry was open 101 days and served 3,072 families (7,567 people) during this past year – 2019.
Beginning January 2020, the food pantry is offering food assistance to people who have a need for food on a consistent (weekly) basis because they're homeless or having other changing needs. Patrons now can choose to receive a grocery bag of food plus other cold foods on a monthly basis or to receive six food items of all foods offered in the pantry on a weekly basis.
The food pantry was grateful to receive a generous donation of food from the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center in December 2019.
Thank you to all for donations of money, food and daily living items in December and throughout 2019 to help us meet our mission to provide food for people who are in need in Lawrence and Douglas County.
Annual Meeting

Please join us at noon on Sunday, Jan. 26 for our yearly meeting to discuss our shared ministry. We will elect new Vestry members, convention delegates, and endowment board members, and hear reports from the past year. The 2020 Mission Plan will also be presented. Lunch is provided by Vashti!
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: 
Charlotte, Eleanor, DJ, Karen, Rita, Baby Carter, George, Billy, Steve, Doug, Jimmie, Dianne, Peter, Mike, Amy, Becka, Terry, Crystal

Pray for those with special intentions: 
Davis, Dane and Natalie, Karen, Paton, Bernadine, Stephanie, Mary,
the Van Schmus family   

Pray for those in the hospital: David, Rocco

Pray for the departed: Eric Lee Brown, Dwayne Herndon, Esther Tucker
Ordination of John Bullock

John Bullock will be ordained priest in a service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave. in Topeka.

Bullock is a graduate of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry and currently serves as the curate at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Olathe.

A reception will follow the service.
TEST Tidbits: Are You Seeing Fewer Birds These Days?

It is not just your imagination if you answered that question with an affirmative nod and a wistful remark about hearing less birdsong these days.

 A large study carried out by the Bird Conservancy, Cornell University’s Ornithology Department, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Annual Bird Breeding Survey and the Annual Christmas Bird Count found that North America lost about 3 billion birds, representing over 100 species in the last 50 years. This, according to the lead researcher, Ken Rosenberg, is a signal of a looming “biodiversity crisis.” He and others involved in the survey call this moment a warning like “canaries in a coal mine.” A 2014 survey in Europe, according to Richard Gregory, principal researcher for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, showed a loss of 421 million birds over the last 30 years. In the North American survey, there were 29% fewer birds in the U.S. since 1970. The hardest hit area is the grassland area – that is our home! (To see a good map of how different areas are affected go to

Such a loss is not just a loss of these birds and their song that brightens our days. A loss in one area affects many other areas. Birds can be both prey and predator. They are seed dispensers, pest controllers, pollinators and one of the key components keeping our ecological system healthy and balanced. Recent UN reports on the near extinction of more than a million plant and animals and reports of the loss of insect populations are interconnected with the loss of bird populations.

Why are bird numbers dropping so much? A number of factors are making such an impact on the heath of our birds. Some of the causes (not in order of the risk) are increases in use of pesticides, increase of mono-cropped land, habitat loss, light pollution –especially during migration seasons, food loss (see insects and plants above), roaming cats, loss of waterways, and climate disruption. The good news is that ducks and water foul are experiencing less loss of numbers. This is partially due to federal regulation led by hunters and EPA rules to assist some species. There are no such protections for the warblers or sparrows.

EARTH STEWARD ACTION: Begin planning for that flower garden and native plantings to attract birds. Set up a bird feeder. Go to for hints on bird feed and other topics.
Women's Education Program

TOPIC:  The Power of Educating Women
WHEN:  Monday, Jan. 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Village Church, 6641 Mission, Prairie Village, Kansas
SPEAKER:  Rev Chad Cooper, Director of The Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition
Margaritas for Margarita

Start the New Year off right by having dinner and supporting the Hispanic immigrant community in Lawrence. Join Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry for our next "Margaritas for Margarita" event at Merchants Pub and Plate restaurant, 746 Mass St., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 9 p.m. A percentage of your purchase will be directly donated to LIRIM partner Centro Hispano, a social service agency serving the Hispanic immigrant community of Lawrence.  
Family Promise Opportunity

Trinity church is partnering with St. Margaret’s to provide food and “shelter” for families in Family Promise. The next rotation is Jan. 26 to Feb. 15. There are several ways you can help. The first is to donate the following items which can be brought to Trinity by Sunday, Jan. 26:

2 gallons orange juice
1 pound sliced turkey
1 pound sliced ham
224 slices of cheese
48 bags of chips
4 boxes breakfast bars
20 pound bag of ice
Large container of lemonade
1 can ground coffee (2-3 pounds)

The second is to volunteer to make and serve dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.
I have committed to provide both items and the meal so I would appreciate any help you can provide.

Thank you
Katie Becker
Forward Day by Day has arrived and is in the tract racks. It covers the period from Feb. 1 through Easter. If you have not tried Forward, I urge you to do so. It provides a brief pause for reflection and prayer. You may use it to begin or to restart your day.

Large print copies will be available on the library counter as soon as they arrive.
Coffee Hour
Thanks to all the families that provided fine foods for the Coffee Hours. Sign up sheets for January and February are posted. If you would like to provide snacks and work the coffee pots, there are many openings to choose from.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Margaret's Episcopal Church will serve with the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK) at the First Christian Church, 1000 Kentucky.
Please sign up in the Parish Hall to provide casseroles to serve 10-12 people, 2% milk, and fruit (bananas or large canned fruit). Signup sheets will be available on Sunday, Jan. 19.
We always need additional assistants: people to join us in the kitchen (down the stairs on 10th Street, just off the alley between Vermont and Kentucky) at noon on that Tuesday.
Casseroles should be hot or not frozen, in an aluminum foil pan, and delivered at noon. If you can't make that arrangement, we are happy to have food left in the kitchen at Trinity on Sunday, and we will take it to LINK on Tuesday. Orean Kent shops for LINK on Monday; if you would prefer to have her pick up your donation, you can get cash or a check to her before then.
Orean Kent (at  or 842-8021) and Catherine Hale Robins are co-chairs for LINK; you may contact Orean to let her know what you are bringing or if you have questions.
Do you Tweet? Trinity has a Twitter account: @trinity_kansas. By following us and especially by re-tweeting us, you can help spread the word about our services and events. 
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry 

Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry hours starting Jan. 1 will be Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon and Tuesdays 1 to 3 p.m.
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.

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.

Office Volunteer - Open time Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Duties are to answer the phones and take messages for the Deacons or Rob.
Save the Dates

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

Lay Eucharist Ministers
Saturday, Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m.
Parish Hall

Tuesday, Jan. 21, noon
First Christian Church

Annual Meeting
Sunday, Jan. 26, noon

Family Promise
Sunday, Jan. 26, to Sunday, Feb. 2
St. Margaret's

Super Bowl Chili and
Cinnamon Roll Sunday
Sunday, Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m.
Parish Hall

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.
Trinity Vestry 2019

Rob Baldwin, Rector 785-424-4312
Steve King ‘21, Senior Warden 913-645-3135
Dave Severance ‘20, 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, January 9
9:30 a.m., Brandon Woods Eucharist
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures
1:30 p.m., Women's Quest-ioning
5:15 p.m., Holy Stir-It

Friday, January 10
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, January 11
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry
10:30 a.m., Ordination of John Bullock
5:30 p.m., Epiphany Dinner and Dance

Sunday, January 12
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
Noon, Friendship Circle Dinner
6-7:30 p.m., Youth Group in Parish Hall

Monday, January 13
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
Noon, Women's Lunch Group

Tuesday, January 14
10:30 a.m., Staff Meeting
1 p.m., Food Pantry
4 p.m., LIRIM - Margaritas for Margarita

Wednesday, January 15
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
6 p.m., Evening Dinner
6:30 p.m., Evening Prayer

Thursday, January 16
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures

Friday, January 17
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, January 18
9 a.m., Organ Practice
9:30 a.m., Lay Eucharist Ministers
10 a.m., Food Pantry
7 p.m., Board Games and Beer

Sunday, January 19
Discretionary Sunday
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 in Parish Hall
1011 Vermont St. Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Office hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday
Facebook @TrinityLawrenceKS
Twitter @trinity_kansas