The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of October 13, 2019
Stained Glass
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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your faith and connect with the community.
18th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, October 13, 2019

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  

Chalice: Donna Griffin, Gail Griffin
Lector: Todd Sutton
Intercessor: Dyal Diana
Usher: Doug Flessing

10:30 a.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist

Chalice: Kim Mandle, Glenna Kleinkauf
Lectors: Jonah Brandley,
Margie Lawrence
Intercessor: Sandra Wiechert
Verger: Brian Haupt
Acolytes: Abigail Baldwin, Ellie Seybold, Lauren Seybold
Ushers: Lindy Eakin, Karen Keim, Alison Myers-Arenth, Liz Miller

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

Flower Guild:
Ann Elizabeth Bishop


Entrance Hymn: 522 Glorious things of thee are spoken (Austria)

Sequence Hymn: 411 O bless the Lord, my soul! (St. Thomas)

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

Communion Hymn: 313 Let thy Blood in mercy poured (Jesus, meine Zuversicht)

Closing: 538 God of mercy, God of grace
(Lucerna Laudoniae)

  Altar Flowers

Altar flowers this Sunday are given to the glory of God.
 The Liturgy of the Word

See the complete lectionary reading at
Brunch and the Budget

What are Trinity's strengths? What should be our strengths? Join a discussion with members of the Vestry and the parish at 9:15 on Oct. 13 in the parish hall. We'll enjoy a light brunch and then discuss priorities for the church in the coming year and what this means for our stewardship. This discussion will guide the Vestry's decisions about how to allocate resources in the coming year. Then on Sunday, Oct. 20, at our final Brunch and Budget meeting, the Vestry will share three preliminary budgets for discussion. Join us for one or both of these gatherings. 
Upcoming Event: Holy Stir-It
Date: Thursday, Oct. 10
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Trinity Parish Hall
Description: Holy Stir-It celebrates Oktoberfest. Come enjoy traditional brats, fellowship, and the festivities. 

Upcoming Event: Church Garage Sale
Date: Saturday, Oct. 12
Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Trinity Parish Hall
Description: Come and bring a friend to make the sale a success. Proceeds benefit the church's general fund.

Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group
Date: Sunday, Oct. 13
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Canterbury House, 1116 Louisiana St.
Description: Youth in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend. New meeting place and new format. Please spread the word.

Upcoming Event: Sunday Evening Holy Eucharist
Date: Sunday, Oct. 13
Time: 6 p.m
Location: Canterbury House,
1116 Louisiana St.
Description: This intimate service offers a time for reflection and prayer using some of the latest Eucharistic rites from Enriching Our Worship.

Upcoming Event: Christian Classics
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 16
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Trinity Library
Description: We will begin reading "A River Runs Through It," by Norman Maclean. Anyone who wishes to read good literature and have some sociability is welcome.

Upcoming Event: Board Games and Beer
Date: Saturday, Oct. 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Trinity Church
Description: Join in the fun with a gathering of fellow board game enthusiasts. Always an open spot and lots of conversation.

From the Rector's desk...

Very soon I will be attending a high school reunion – not my own, but that of my wife, Mandy, in her hometown of New Braunfels, Texas. I’m excited about going, not just because it is a mini-vacation and I get to see firsthand some of my wife’s history, but also because I am going to be going to a strange place full of complete strangers, having been invited to do so by a friend.

In short, what (from an emotional standpoint) likely every visitor to Trinity experiences. While the goal of a reunion is not to welcome in new members in hopes that they find a loving home to which they shall return, it is good to be reminded what that sense of fear, alienation and confusion is like. For me, Trinity is home; I know the names of most of the members, where the bathrooms are, and the little quirks that are unique to this church. I could probably walk from the parking lot to the sanctuary blindfolded. That level of familiarity makes us oblivious to the ways in which we fail to accommodate the stranger, to welcome in people who don’t know anyone, and make plain the subtleties of our life together.

I’ll look forward to sharing my insights when I return, and appreciate the reminder that we always need to remember what it was like the first time we came to this place we call home.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Adult Forum

The Adult Forum will not be held for the next two weeks so that all may attend our Budget Brunches.
Farewell Reception
for Organist Mark Stotler Oct. 13

Join us after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 13, as we say goodbye to our beloved organist, Mark Stotler. Mark will become the assistant organist at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri. We will host a reception in his honor following the service.
B asement Update

Things are cruising right along. With help from so many people (Mike Bari, Holly Hulbert, April Dwyer, Camille Olcese, the Seybold family and Brenda Clary), the space is nearly painted, trash is mostly out, and the new flooring has been ordered.

If you'd like to be involved with the finishing touches, there are benches and small chairs to be sanded and painted – a lovely outdoor activity for upcoming pleasant Fall days. We're creating a space where people want to be.

A Sunday School project for the entire congregation – we need everybody!

Last week I started distributing construction paper around the church for my Holding Each Other Up art installation. What I'd like is for each member to trace their hands and cut them out (or kids and I can cut). These hands will be used to decorate the new downstairs Children's Chapel. The thought behind it is two-fold: first, that the children will see a reminder to use their hands for good, and to raise them to God, and secondly, so they can see that the adults in the church family are behind them, supporting them with prayers and physically and emotionally. Our children need to know every day that they are valued and held in love, and hopefully this visual reminder will help them to really feel it.
Find me if you need paper. I have a lot.

If you are so inclined to join us in this remodeling adventure, please send me an email at  .!

Susan Hires, Christian education director
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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: 
Brian, Verna, Oliva, Margaret, Aly, John, DJ, Matt, Diana, Beverly, Mike, Beth, Jay, Caroline, Marion, Mary, Beth, Janie

Pray for those with special intentions: 
Carol, Ashley, Ian, David, Barbara, Diane, Jane, Andrew, Nelson, Glenna, Dane, Natalie, the Van Schmus family, Brenda, Brian, Heather, Matthew, Allison, Emily, Melissa, Brent, Caroline, Sue, Bobbie, Jean

Pray for those in the hospital:
Richard, Dick, Griffin, Edith, Neil, Gail, Kathy,Ben, Mary, Stacie, Verna, JoAnne

Pray for the departed: Doreen Brady, Tom Stidham, Leonard Steinle, Juan Ramos
Oktoberfest at Trinity

Guten tag !!!

Holy Stir-It celebrates Oktoberfest from 5:15 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Trinity Parish Hall.  Come enjoy traditional brats, fellowship, and the festivities. 

Bring a beverage of your choice and $5 if you haven't already paid.

See you there.
Trinity Garage and Bake Sale
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12

This Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Trinity Parish Hall, come and join the hunt for fantastic finds such as antiques, books, jewelry, home décor, sports memorabilia, power tools, small furniture, toys, and even fresh baked goods for your shopping pleasure. You'll find lots of chairs, vintage linens, crazy quilt blocks, original artwork, ceramics, international crafts, metal patio table and chairs, and surprises that you don't want to miss. All proceeds benefit the church.

One of our tables will offer baked goods. If you would like to contribute to the bake sale table, please contact Leslie Foust at 843-6984.
Contact Susan Ralston (843-3920) ( for more information. 
TEST Tidbits: Have You Been Missing Your Favorite Bird?

A lot of us have been taking birds for granted. Sure, we love to hear the sounds they make as we awake or go off about our day, but are we hearing and seeing them less often? The answer is yes. Bird population has been in decline over the past 50 years.

A study led by Ken Rosenberg of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and conservation and team members from the Smithsonian Biology Institute, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Canadian Wildlife Service and others, has found that we have lost nearly 3 billion birds from North America over these five decades. Broken down according to habitat type, the grassland habitat (our area) has lost over 720 million (from a variety of bird families) since 1970 – a 40% loss. Other habitats have had losses from 20% to 30%. There are two areas of gain, however: The wetland habitat gained 20 million, and raptors, especially bald eagles, have increased. It is no coincidence that conservation action has concentrated on these areas in the recent past. Since birds are like the “canary in the coal mine” in studying the health of our ecological systems, we should seriously take notice. It isn’t just because of birdsong. Birds are great pollinators and eat a lot of insects and, of course, are part of this glorious world God has created.

What can we do to help the situation? Disappearing habitat is one of the reasons for decline. We can support conservation efforts, and provide backyard habitats for birds. Go to for hints on native plants, bird nesting boxes, bird feeders and birdbaths. We can eliminate pesticide use in our yard and properly dispose of any chemicals we do use. We can put up decoys on large windows to keep the birds from hitting them. We can turn off night lighting for spring migration time. We can keep our sweet (but deadly) cats indoors. We can inform ourselves on the birds of our area and join others in advocating for parks, wetlands, wild areas and pocket prairies. We do not want to lose any more of our fine feathered friends. It isn’t an extinction crisis yet, but certainly a biodiversity crisis, and the ongoing climate crisis is making it worse.

EARTH STEWARD ACTION:  Make your backyard an inviting place for birds this winter. Plan for spring plantings that will attract and feed birds and other pollinators.

Visit the Trinity website for full and past TEST articles 
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry  

Special request for donations in October: dish liquid, paper towels and toilet paper.

Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry (TIFP) was open eight days in September 2019 and served 257 families (including 164 children, 410 adults, 38 senior adults — with 32 new households enrolled for food assistance). The food pantry has been open 68 days and has served 5,501 people in 2,248 families so far in 2019.

During September, TIFP ordered 2,567 lbs. of food from Harvesters and also received 550 lbs. of free produce (including bread). The total expense in August for food purchased locally and through Harvesters was $2,558.48 and the total retail equivalent value of all food provided (food that was donated and purchased for the 257 families) was $5,898.15.  

Thank you to all for donations of money, food and daily living items to help us meet our mission to provide food for people who are in need in Lawrence and Douglas County.
Vestry Meetings

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

October 28
November 25
December 23

All meetings are open to the congregation and start at 7 p.m. The minutes of each meeting are posted to the Church bulletin board and Trinity Vestry Minutes.

Minutes through August have been added to our website.
Forward Day by Day  for August, September and October is in the track racks. Let it be part of your daily life whenever you take time to pray and meditate. Contemplate the passage of scripture. Then see the connection to the other passages referred to. Read the meditation and perhaps make your own. Pray for the people of the diocese for the day. Imagine how those Anglicans are praying.
Is There a Public Health Crisis
in Meat Production?

There will be a short film and panel discussion on this topic on at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds (Flory Hall). Mary Fund, executive director of the Kansas Rural Center, will moderate. The program will begin with a showing of a short film called “Right to Harm.” Don Stull, professor emeritus of anthropology at KU, Cecilia Pruitt, activist and registered nurse, and Craig Volland, chair of the Sierra Club’s agriculture committee, are members of the panel. The program is sponsored by the Lawrence Ecology Team United in Sustainability, Sierra Club, Kansas Water Advocacy Team, Sustainability Action Network and others.
Save the Date

St. Margaret's New Rector

Fr. Marco Serrano's installation will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. Bishop Cathleen Bascom will officiate, and all are welcome to attend. 

Ploughman's Lunch, Bake Sale, and Trinity Treasures Sale

Thursday, Nov. 14 ... more information soon.

December Holy Stir-It

Sunday, Dec. 15, 3-6 p.m., at Bill and Janet Muggy's festively Christmas decorated home. Five dollars a couple.
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, October 10
9:30 a.m., Brandon Woods Service
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures
1:30 p.m., Women's Quest-ioning
5:15 p.m., Holy Stir-It Oktoberfest
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

Friday, October 11
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, October 12
8 a.m., Trinity Garage Sale
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, October 13
8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m., Budget Brunch
10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 a.m., Reception for Mark Stotler
Noon, Friendship Circle Dinner
Noon, Alphabet Soup parents group
6-7:30 p.m., Youth Group meeting at Canterbury House
6 p.m., Holy Eucharist at Canterbury House

Monday, October 14
Office Closed
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, October 15
10:30 a.m, Staff meeting
2 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, October 16
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
6 p.m., Evening Dinner
6:45 p.m., Evening Prayer
7:30 p.m., Christian Classics

Thursday, October 17
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

Friday, October 18
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, October 19
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry
7:00 p.m., Board Games and Beer

Sunday, October 20
8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m., Budget Brunch
10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 a.m., Coffee Hour
6-7:30 p.m., Youth Group meeting at Canterbury House
6 p.m., Holy Eucharist at Canterbury House
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