The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of June 9th 2019
O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Day of Pentecost
Sunday, June 9th, 2019

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  

Chalice Bearers: Donna Griffin, Gail Griffin
Lector: Marian Wilbur
Intercessor: Mary Donovan
Usher:  Don Roehl

10:30 a.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist
Chalice Bearers: Carl Edwards, Janine Cox
Lectors: Rachel Schwaller, Terry Mandle
Intercessor: Austin Turney
Verger: Glenna Kleinkauf
Acolytes:  Dylan and Max Eldridge; Ari Myers-Arendt
Kite Flyers: Jonah Brandley; David Severance
Ushers:  Linda McCoy, Katie Bieker, Katie Becker, DuWayne Kramer

Altar Guild:
Katie Becker, Charlotte Mueller, Nora Clark, Cheryl Flessing, Nancy Haggart, Shirley Reese, Dru Sampson, Emalea Miller


Entrance Hymn: 225 Hail thee, festival day! (Salve feste dies)

Sequence Hymn: 516 Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)

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

Communion Hymn: 508 Breathe on me, Breath of God (Nova Vita)

Closing Hymn: 505 O Spirit of Life, O Spirit of God (O heiliger Geist)

  Altar Flowers

Altar flowers for this Sunday are to the glory of God.

The Liturgy of the Word

See the complete lectionary reading at www.lectionarypage.n et .
upcoming Event: Alphabet Soup Parents Group  Meeting
Date:  Sunday, June 9th
Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Jackson Kemper Room
Description: We will be having a potluck lunch after the 10:30 AM service this Sunday. Parents and caregivers for children with behavioral, emotional, physical, or intellectual challenges are invited to attend. The lunch will take place in the downstairs Jackson Kemper Room.

Upcoming Event: Youth Group Meeting
Date: Sunday June 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity
Description: We will get together for a hilarious night of watching the worst movie ever made. We will have snacks and there will be prizes for the funniest riffs on the movie.

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 anytime to play and visit! Light refreshments provided. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Event: Christian Classics
Date: Wednesday, June 12th
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Trinity library
Description: We are at present
reading Anthony
Trollope's Framley Parsonage.
Anyone who wishes to read good
literature and have some
sociability is welcome

Upcoming Event: Holy Stir-It
Date: Thursday, June 13
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: 1900 Barker Bakery and Cafe 1900 Barker Ave,
Lawrence, KS 66046
Description: Great food and fellowship. Join us this Thursday and the second Thursday of each month. Deacon Steve will have a signup sheet after the 10:30 a.m. service for those wishing to attend.

From the Rector’s Desk

Sunday is Pentecost, often considered the birthday of the Church because the Holy Spirit fell upon the Apostles and other followers, granting them the wisdom and power to continue Christ’s work in the world.

Birthdays are often times a day to celebrate our existence, but a birthday for the Church is also a chance to give thanks for the gift that the Church is in our own lives. It is for us a second home (perhaps even a first), a family, a school, a recovery ward, and a temple. It is also a place to connect with God that is set aside from other concerns. Needs, spanning from the spiritual to the emotional to the physical, are met here.

Birthdays are also a time to think about the year to come, and I have been spending a lot of time thinking about Trinity’s future. So much of our conversation as a community has been focused on addressing some form of crisis: the lightning strike, the organ renovation, the elimination of the debt, and our financial concerns. Now so much of that is past us and we have this wide open space of potential, it is a good time to pause, reflect and pray, and ask ourselves three questions:

What is God calling us to do?

Whom is God calling to do it?

And when is God wanting this to be done?

I hope you will join me in praying with earnestness and faith on these three topics.

I would be unforgivably remiss if I did not also acknowledge the fact that this Sunday is the Rev. Susan Terry’s last Sunday as our Assistant Rector. Most of you know Susan through her ministries at Trinity, not just her work with children and youth but also her pastoral and liturgical presence, her talented preaching, and her spiritual grace. For me, I know her best as a friend and confidant, the kind of person who will lovingly tell you to your face that you are wrong for the sole purpose of making you a better person (if you don’t know what kind of gift that is, you should find a person like that). She has been a constant source of wisdom and strength to me. I’m telling you this not because I hope she will read this and realize it, because she already knows, but just because as a Church, as a community based on group discipleship, we celebrate our saints—people whose lives reflect the presence of the Holy Spirit gifted to us at Pentecost. And Susan has been a living saint amongst us, and we have been blessed by her presence..

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Adult Form

The Adult Forum celebrates Pentecost

This Sunday is one of the high feast days of the Church: Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples and the de facto birthday of the Church. The Adult Forum will be exploring the story of Pentecost in depth and our connection to this event. The Adult Forum will meet this Sunday at 9:30 AM in the downstairs Jackson Kemper Room.

The Adult Forum meets at 9:30 AM on Sundays in the lower Jackson Kemper Room.
Mother Susan Celebration

SAVE THE DATE! On Sunday, June 9, after the 10:30 a.m. service, we will celebrate Mother Susan Terry's ministry at Trinity. Lunch will be provided. Please join us as we recognize her many contributions to the Trinity family. If you'd like to help, please contact Susan Ralston (843-3920) or Terry Mandle (766-0673).
Last Chance to Order Tamales 

This Sunday, June 9, will be the last day to get your order in for tamales to support scholarships for undocumented students. These are students who have come to the US as young children with their parents. Many of them have not known a home other than the US and Lawrence. They are unable to get any federal or state financial aid, but the State of Kansas will allow them to enroll in state colleges and universities at the residential rate. Our small scholarship may be the only help they will get.  

You can order Pork, Chicken or Vegetarian tamales by the dozen ($24) or half dozen ($12). See Chuck Olcese after the 10:30 service or Jo Morasco after the 8:00 service Please pay at the time of order -- we'll accept cash or checks made out to Trinity. You can pick up your tamales on Saturday, June 15 between 11 am and 2 pm in the Parish Hall. Questions? Write to Chuck Olcese at  

Still time to signup

We'll be making tamales on Thursday June 13, Friday June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at Trinity Episcopal Church (10th and Vermont). Below is a link which you can use to sign up for 1 or more 2-hour shifts.

This is really a lot of fun and a great community building activity. Come and bring your friends. 

Please click on the button below to view the online sign up sheet.

Summer Art Auction

Summer, summer, summertime; Time to kick back and unwind

Like the song says, summer is the time to relax. So grab a friend and come to the Trinity Summer Art Auction, Saturday June 29, 1:00 to 5:00 PM. There will be yard games for the kids, live music, and punch and cookies for everyone. In the parish hall the silent auction will feature art by our own Trinity members as well as other artists from the community. You'll find small drawings, big paintings, wall quilts, jewelry, something for everyone. What a way to spend a Saturday afternoon in the summer!
Trinity Shopper

Please take a moment to thank Bonnie Briscoe for being the first to serve as our Sunday School's "personal shopper." She has begun finding materials to be used for our summer children's program to make our teacher's job easier, grow the faith of our youngest members, and love our neighborhood! 
Women's Quest-ioning Groups

Both of our groups are now meeting during the second and fourth weeks of each month to read and share our thoughts about spiritually oriented books. Our discussions continue to be lively as we join together in friendship and fellowship. We welcome new members to both groups:

    Wednesday 9:30-11:00 am -  The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

    Thursday 1:30-3:00 am -  Convictions by Marcus Borg

  For details about our mission and purpose, please contact Tudy Youngberg at 785-218-2283 or at
Three upcoming musical events at Grace Cathedral

We still have a few spots available for singers who want to join us for our Community July 4th Chorus. I am especially looking for more tenors and low basses to round out the choir’s sound, but all singers are welcome as long as we have space. Preregistrations are already numbering about 80 singers, but we can accommodate at least 100. I’ve attached an information sheet about rehearsals and also a registration sheet which you can complete, scan and email back to me or bring it tomorrow evening (Thursday, June 6) for our first rehearsal.

BEER CHOIR “Rehearsal” is coming up quick on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Norsemen Brewing Co. in North Topeka. This is just a fun, fun event that I do a few times a year. We sing, drink beer (or soda or wine), sing some more, eat some great BBQ, and sing some more. It’s not about how well you sing. It’s about getting people who enjoy singing and having a beer together for a fun event. ALL are welcome whether you think you have a good voice or not….and feel free to invite friends. It’s always a big crowd but the Norsemen’s a big room. Check us out on Facebook: Beer Choir Topeka

Looking ahead, the Cathedral will sponsor a lunchtime concert as a part of the Sunflower Music Festival again this year on Wednesday, June 26, at 12:10 p.m. We’ll once again host the Blanche Bryden Collegiate groups. This year there will be two separate duos performing selected movements from sonatas by Brahms and Beethoven. Sack lunches will be available for a $5 donation or bring your own lunch. The concert will last about 35/40 minutes so you’ll have time to get back to work.

Please contact Steve Burk for further details 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, troubled, 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: 
Sharon, Allen, Bonnie, Charlotte, Mark, Betsy, Brett, Doug, Linda, Vicki, Judy, Neil, Diamond, Amy, Mark, Olivia, Sharon, Karen, Shawn, Dick, Eric, Jana, Kim

Prayer for those with special intentions:  
Mike, DJ, Grady, Michelle, Rob, the Teefey, Paden, Carey, and Van Schmus families

Prayer for those in the hospital:
Richard, Dick, Monica, Billie, Griffin, Edith, Neil

Pray for the departed: Steve Magee

It’s Summer…That means it’s time for VBS!! The children will again be visiting The Garden with their friends Colby Caterpillar, Barry Bullfrog and others.

VBS Date and Time: June 17-20th 6:00 pm-7:30 pm in the Trinity Parish Hall.

Children can pre-register (requested, not required) by writing to Rachel Schwaller at or calling 814-331-3923

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rachel Schwaller by email or phone or sign up in the atrium.
Ordination of John Bullock

John Bullock was ordained to the diaconate in a service on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave. in Topeka.

We will be having a celebration for John after the 10:30 a.m. service on June 23rd.
Vestry Meetings

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

June 24th
July 22nd

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

February and March minutes have been added to our website.
Summer Sunday School teachers needed

In the next few weeks I am looking for individuals to sign up to volunteer to be a Sunday School teacher for one or more Sundays in the summer. With Mother Susan leaving us and the position slated to not be filled until August, we need members of the parish to find it in their hearts to volunteer to help care for our youngest members.

To make this easier for everyone, I am putting together packets with the class structure, handouts, arts and crafts supplies, etc. for each week. We are using the curriculum "All-in-one Sunday School," which is especially designed for having one group ages 4-12 in one place. To sign up, just contact me or write your name on the sign-up sheet in the atrium by the church and pick-up your packet for that day.

Thank you for considering this, and I appreciate all you do for Trinity Church.

The recent report from the National Climate Assessment was full of warnings of future climate change driven effects on our nation. It was blunt as to the possible damage that might be caused by rising sea levels, more frequent and violent storms, species extinction and other threats. The report gave national leaders an incentive to plan for the future in light of continued conditions causing climate change. Thus, a climate review panel might be a good thing—right? Unfortunately, the person chosen to head the panel is not a climate scientist, but a retired physicist named, William Happer. Dr. Happer has long held that excess carbon in the atmosphere is good for the health of the earth....

If you would like to read the full article, please click on the following link.


Write to your representative about the importance of not politicizing science—especially climate change science that is both warning about climate change effects, but helping us plan infrastructure and other mitigation strategies.
Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Lawrence is excited report that they have secured the foreclosed property at 179 N. Comfort Ct, North Lawrence, that will be the BOF renovation project for Georgia Foster this fall. The home is in pretty sad shape and is very smelly and filthy. Habitat is having a clean out volunteer day on Saturday, June 15 from 9-3. We will be hauling out trash, garbage, removing carpet and generally cleaning up the place so they can begin to put together a renovation plan. 

This will be a dirty and smelly job but if you can help out even for an hour our two please let me know. Garth Burns,, phone 843-9198, or text 816-213-9419.

Since this is not yet an active construction site, volunteers can be 13 or older. We will have gloves and masks available. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring water. There are no facilities on site. And if you are allergic to cats, this might not be the volunteer job for you.

The start date for the renovation project is Sept. Habitat waiting on a couple of grants to get to budget goal for the project. Thanks for any help you can supply.

Habitat BOF (Building on Faith) is Habitat's biennial program where churches in Lawrence raise all the money to build, or renovate, a house for a Habitat Family. Vacant property in Lawrence neighborhoods is harder to find. Last year Habitat Lawrence started doing renovation projects in addition to new construction. .
Our Newest Trinity Staff

Jonah Brandley is a senior at the University of Kansas studying to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies, hoping to one day become a spiritual director. After college, he hopes to volunteer with Episcopal Service Corps and start discernment with the Society of St John the Evangelist in Cambridge, MA. His favorite hobbies are reading (his favorite author happens to be the well-known Episcopalian John Steinbeck), home maintenance, and having a beer with close friends.

You can reach Jonah at or through the parish office.
Annual Trinity Sunday Picnic

On the liturgical calendar, the First Sunday After Pentecost is also known as Trinity Sunday -- our patronal day! This year, Trinity Sunday falls on June 16th. Please join us on the 16th for a picnic after the 10:30 a.m. service.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, and the ubiquitous lemonade will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert. David Severance and Vashti Winterburg would appreciate volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up.

Bring friends. Bring family. Bring strangers off the street!
We will be having a potluck lunch after the 10:30 AM service this Sunday. Parents and caregivers for children with behavioral, emotional, physical, or intellectual challenges are invited to attend. The lunch will take place in the downstairs Jackson Kemper Room.
Happening #94

Happening is a Christian Experience by youth for youth. It’s a weekend retreat, focusing on Jesus and what he taught. There are games, music, great food, and a chance to talk with peers about things that really matter.

When: Happening #94 will be June 28-30, 2019
Where: Good Shepherd, Wichita
Who: Youth in grades 9-12 (including rising 9th graders)
Fee: $55 ($70 after June 14)
Priority deadline: Friday, June 14, 2019
Registration form: click here

All staff (youth and adults) need to complete the registration form above if they wish to serve on Happening staff. If you have questions about staff positions, contact the youth rector for Happening #94, Christian Parker.

Questions? Contact Diocesan Youth Missioner, Karen Schlabach ,
News from Nepal

These last couple of weeks have been very challenging! You don’t appreciate having the use of two hands until you lose the use of one of them. Since having my wrist surgery in Thailand at the beginning of May, I have been learning how to do things with my left hand that I normally wouldn’t even attempt. Some things have been successful, some not so much. Ha ha. But it is all a learning experience, and a good lesson in patience. This weekend I will get to take off The splint during the day even though I will still need it at night. Please pray for quick and total healing.

Also pray for my Nepali family. The Nepali mom just fell and broke her leg and her son is having to carry her around the house and the village. Walking in a leg cast is impossible there. It makes me grateful that I am only missing the use of one of my hands. They have had to deal with so much the last six months with the death of her husband, and now she will not be able to work her new job due to her broken leg. They need all the prayers they can get! Lastly, please keep my visa in your prayers.

This week and next I am going through the process to get my next visa into my passport. I’m hoping that happens before I come back to the US for a bit on June 14. 

Thank you for your prayers.

Volunteers are needed at the Drop In and Respite (DARE) Center located at 944 Kentucky. DARE is a project of the Coalition for Homeless Concerns, Inc.

Next training session is Tuesday June 25th from 7-9 PM at 944 Kentucky.

The DARE Center offers a place of refuge to those experiencing homelessness. Showers, laundry washer and dryer, restrooms, telephone and a place to sit, give the participants a minimum of comfort and resources.
Volunteer shifts are Monday – Friday 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
Reminder that articles for our newsletter should be sent to by Wednesday noon each week. The newsletters are also available on our website and Facebook page.
Ministry Opportunities

Friday, June 7th
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, June 8th
9:00 a.m., Rainbow Dog Club Meeting
10:00 a.m., Organ Practice
10:00 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, June 9th
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., Mother Susan Celebration
12:00 p.m., Alphabet Soup Parents Group Meeting

Monday, June 10th
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, June 11th
10:30 a.m, Staff Meeting
2:00 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, June 12th
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
9:30 a.m., Women's Quest-ioning
3:00 p.m., Family Play Time
6:00 p.m., Evening Dinner
6:45 p.m., Evening Prayers
7:30 p.m., Christian Classics

Thursday, June 13th
Building Tamales
9:30 a.m., Brandon Woods Eucharist
10:00 a.m., Trinity Treasures
1:30 p.m., Women's Quest-ioning
5:30 p.m., Holy Stir-It

Friday, June 14th
Building Tamales
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, June 15th
Building Tamales
10:00 a.m., Organ Practice
10:00 a.m., Food Pantry
7:00 p.m., Board Games and Beer

Sunday, June 16th
Discretionary Sunday
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., Trinity Cookout

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