The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of July 28th 2019
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.
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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, July 28th, 2019

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  

Chalice Bearers: Gail Griffin, Andrew Hoyt
Lector: Matt Eichman
Intercessor: Mary Donovan
Usher: Don Roehl

10:30 a.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist
Chalice Bearers: Glenna Kleinkauf, Kim Mandle
Lectors: Katie Becker, Margie Lawrence
Intercessor: Janine Cox
Verger: Brian Haupt
Acolytes: Lauren and Ellie Seybold, Abby Baldwin
Ushers:  Linda McCoy, Katie Bieker, Katie Becker, 
DuWayne Kramer

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


Entrance Hymn: 1 Father, we praise thee
(Christe sanctorum)

Sequence Hymn: 674 Forgive our sins as we forgive (Detroit)

Offertory Hymn: 380 (v. 3)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow (Old 100th)

Communion Hymn: 343 Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless (St. Agnes)

Closing Hymn: 539 O Zion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling (Tidings)

  Altar Flowers

Altar flowers for this Sunday are for the glory of God and in memory of
Johann Sebastian Bach, composer of choral and organ music,
who died on July 28, 1750
 The Liturgy of the Word

See the complete lectionary reading at www.lectionarypage.n et .
Upcoming Event: Solemn Evensong
Date:  July 28
Time:  5:30 p.m.
Location: Grace Episcopal Church, 315 W 5th St., Ottawa, KS 66067
Description: A solemn Evensong is an Evening Prayer service in which various portions of the liturgy are chanted, rather than read, using plainsong music.

Upcoming Event: Family Play Time
Date:  Wednesdays
Time:  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity Nursery
Description: All families are welcome, ages 0-3 years old. Older siblings also welcome. Stop by any time to play and visit! Light refreshments provided. Hope to see you there!
From the Rector's desk..

In this Sunday’s passage from Genesis, we are treated to the negotiation between God and Abraham over the fate of the people of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is important, from the point of context, to note that this is not in retaliation for the well-known offenses of the men of those cities attempting to sexually assault the two angelic visitors in Lot’s home, for that event occurs after this particular passage. Rather, there is extensive references to a multitude of sins committed by the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, including the oppression of their people.

Negotiating with God may seem like a strange thing for a figure considered so faithful in the Biblical text, and it is easy to get sucked into a theological question about God’s judgment and the affliction of natural disasters upon innocent lives. But I agree with the sentiments of Dr. Nahum Sarna in his book "Genesis," that this interchange is intended to reveal not a theological truth about how God judges communities, but rather about how communities themselves exhibit justice. 

It’s a “bad news/good news” situation. The bad news is that it is possible that the sinfulness of a community has the potential to overwhelm the influence of a small number of righteous people. The good news is that the “critical mass” of righteous people is surprisingly small (in the case of the cities in Genesis, only 10).

So we are left in our day and age is a cautiously hopeful lesson: to not lapse into apathy and despair when it comes to what seems to be the overwhelming aspects of sinfulness in our communities, but rather to preserve in hope and faithfulness that even small numbers of people can, with God’s blessing, create tremendous outcomes.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Adult Form

This Sunday's Adult Forum concludes our exploration of the First Letter to Timothy in the New Testament, the culmination of a lot of lively discussion on a complex epistle. There will be no Adult Forum on August 4, but we will pick up on August 11 with the study and discussion of the Second Letter to Timothy. All are welcome to join us as we delve deeply into some of the lesser-known texts of the New Testament in the months to come.

The Adult Forum meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM in the downstairs Jackson Kemper Room.
Fr. Rob Announcements

I am pleased to announce that Susan Hires will become the new Christian Education staff person for this parish. Previously Susan has worked with our children's music program, but now will also be helping us grow our vibrant spiritual formation program for our children and youth. Please join me in supporting her in her new ministry here, and we all look forward to hearing out new programs in the upcoming school year.

We are also bidding a fond farewell to Deb Beckley, Trinity's Youth Director, who is leaving Lawrence to teach Physics and Bible as an oversea missionary. We wish her all the best and God's blessings in this new chapter of her life. We will be having a goodbye party for her on August 11 after the 10:30 a.m. service. That event will serve a dual purpose of also celebrating the first anniversary of Fr. Rob and Mandy Baldwin. All are invited.
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Campus peer minster applications now are available

If you are a college student who is passionate about deepening your own faith and taking a leadership role in cultivating the faith of students on campus, we invite you to consider becoming a peer minister in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.
Peer ministers serve about 10 hours in a typical week (15 hours in a typical week if living in a Canterbury House – Lawrence and Manhattan). Freshmen/first-year students are not eligible to apply. Those not living in one of the two Canterbury Houses are eligible for a $600 per semester scholarship.
A novice peer minister serves about 3-5 hours in a typical week. This program is designed for freshmen/first-year students, those who want to “try-out” being a peer minister or those who need fewer responsibilities but still want to participate. Students are eligible for a $400 per semester scholarship. Apply online at
Questions may be directed to Karen Schlabach, Youth Missioner & Interim Campus Missioner, at 

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, or who have died or 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: 
Laura, Gwenyth, Velta Rose, Mike, Richard, Ann, Larrie, Glenna, Oliva, DJ, Bob, Joanne, Amy, Dianna, Aaron

Prayer for those with special intentions:  
Aron, Ingrid, Jennifer, Matt, Jacob, Debbie, Cyndi, Ellen, Karen, the Johnson, Harrison, McFadden, and Van Schmus families

Prayer for those in the hospital:
Richard, Dick, Monica, Griffin, Edith, Neil, Gail, Kathy, Trudy, Judy, JJ

Pray for the departed: Duane Fellow, Cathy McFadden, Jayion Harris-Jordan, Jack Miller
Summer Sunday School teachers needed!

We need volunteers for summer Sunday teachers. You’ll get a complete lesson plan with activities, games, and lessons to work with, and the great feeling that comes from shaping the faith lives of our youngest members while having fun at the same time! The sign-up sheet is located in the atrium of the church, or you can contact Fr. Rob at
Solemn Evensong

On Sunday evening, July 28, at 5:30 p.m., the newly christened Kaw Valley Minster will be holding a solemn Evensong at Grace Episcopal Church in Ottawa, Kansas. The Kaw Valley Minster is a fellowship of parishes and other Episcopal institutions in this area that seek to find ways to minister to the community together, and include Trinity Church, Grace Church, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Edwardsville, the Lawrence Canterbury House, and Bishop Seabury Academy.

A solemn Evensong is an Evening Prayer service in which various portions of the liturgy are chanted, rather than read, using plainsong music. It is a style of worship that Trinity has not seen in a long time, and I hope that you will join us not only to experience the breadth of the liturgical culture the Episcopal Church has to offer, but also to support the Kaw Valley Minster as well.

The Minster will be hosting joint programs on a regular basis, which we will be promoting here in the Corner. We will also be sharing news our other partners on what they are doing, especially things that our members can enjoy, for example sporting events at Seabury or programs for young adults at Canterbury House.

The Minster model, which is being implemented across the diocese, is intended to celebrate our interdependence as the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Kansas. We are more than just one parish, but part of a broader network of people of faith and disciples of Christ.

Twenty seven years ago, for the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, David Suzuki and others involved in the Suzuki Foundation wrote a set of commonly held truths, beliefs and resolutions to describe humans' interdependence and interconnectedness with the natural world. These connections call us to be stewards of all creation – for our survival and for the benefit of future generations.

Listed here are commonly held truths about this relationship:  
We are the earth through the plants and animal that nourish us. We are the rains and the ocean that flow through our veins. We are the breath of the forests of the land and the plants of the sea. We are human animals, related to all other life as descendants of the firstborn cell. We share with these kin a common history written in our genes. We share a common present, filled with uncertainty. And we share a common future, as yet untold. We humans are but one of 30 million species weaving together the thin layer of life enveloping the world. Linked in that web, we are interconnected — using, cleansing, sharing, and replenishing the fundamental elements of life. Our home — Planet Earth, is finite: All life shares in its resources and the energy from the sun, and therefore has limits to growth. For the first time, we have touched those limits. When we compromise the air, the water, the soil, and the variety of life, we steal from the endless future to serve the fleeting moment.

Go to the website and listen to the video and enjoy the artwork. Discuss with others what has happened since this was written in 1992. Next week, the Tidbits article will conclude the Declaration of Interdependence.

(click on Declaration to hear it recited)

Visit the Trinity website for full and past articles 
The Bottom Line

The Vestry reviewed the June 2019 financial reports for Trinity at its monthly meeting on July 22. The financial highlights for the first half of 2019 are below. A full set of monthly financial reports can be found on Trinity's website under "Resources/Finances".

Total CYTD Income:
Budgeted: $220,599.96
Actual: $301,63.08
Difference: $+81,053.12
*Actual CYTD Income includes $28,525.00 from the "Above & Beyond" Fundraising; recognition of $19,908.45 of 2019 Prepaid Pledge Income; and an unexpected (and very welcome!) stock gift of approximately $20,000. 

Total CYTD Expenses:
Budgeted: $215,370.54
Actual: $190,895.55
Difference: $+24,474.99
*Actual CYTD Expenses are below budget primarily due to Total Salaries & Benefits running below budget as a result of open staff positions during the first few months of 2019. (All of the previously open staff positions have now been filled.) 

At this halfway point in the budget year, Trinity's income is running 36% ahead of budget, while expenses are about 11% below budget. Trinity's financial resources are currently sufficient to support regular operations as budgeted in 2019, including regular Diocesan apportionment payments. Thank you for your ongoing generosity in your financial support of Trinity's ministries!

Liz Miller
        (A bipartisan bill in Congress backed by citizen’s climate Lobby)
WHERE: Village Church, 6641 Mission, Prairie village, Kansas
WHEN: Monday Aug. 5, 2019 – 7 to 8:30 PM
SPEAKER: Tony Schmidt

WHERE: Baker Wetlands Discovery Center
WHEN: Aug. 26, 2019, 7 p.m.
SPEAKER: Richard Mabion, Founder of “Building a Sustainable Earth Community”
Coffee Hour

Like to thank all the families that provided fine foods for the Coffee Hours. Sign up sheets for August and September are posted. If you would like to provide snacks and work the coffee pots, there are openings to choose from.
Vestry Meetings

Vestry meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month. The next scheduled meetings are:

August 26,
September 23

All meetings are open to the congregation start at 6:30 p.m. The minutes of each meeting are posted to the Church bulletin board and Trinity Vestry Minutes...

Minutes through May have been added to our website.
Ministry Opportunities

Friday, July 26
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, July 27
10:00 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, July 28
8:00 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
5:30 p.m., Evensong at Grace Episcopal in Ottawa KS

Monday, July 29
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, July 30
10:30 a.m., Staff Meeting
2:00 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, July 31
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
3:00 p.m., Family Play Time
6:00 p.m., Evening Dinner
6:45 p.m., Evening Prayers

Thursday, August 1
10:00 a.m., Trinity Treasures

Friday, August 2
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, August 3
10:00 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, August 4
8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m., No Adult Forum this week
10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 a.m., Coffee Hour
12:00 p.m.,   Alphabet Soup Parent's Group
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