The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of April 12, 2020
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Good Friday
Friday, April 10, 2020
7:00 p.m.

 The Liturgy of the Word

Livestream link:

Bulletin link:

Saturday April 11, 2020
Easter Vigil
7:30 p.m.

 The Liturgy of the Word

Livestream link:

Bulletin link:

Sunday, April 12, 2020
Easter Sunday
10:30 a.m.

 The Liturgy of the Word

Livestream link:

Bulletin link:

Wednesday in
Easter Week
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

7 p.m. - Evening Prayer

Livestream Link:

Bulletin link:

View the complete lectionary readings at
From the Rector's Desk...

As we approach Easter, I would like to share two related thoughts:

Prayer is worship.

Every breath can be a prayer.

This week we worship together by gathering online together to pray at the same time. There were some wrinkles in our initial, rushed roll-out of online services that have thankfully been resolved so that participants can view the livestreaming worship without a Facebook account. But in addition we are hosting recordings of the video that can be found on our website to be viewed at your leisure and inspire you to prayer, reflection, and worship.

But this year’s Holy Week challenges us to engage in a personal level of spirituality. We lack the “crowd boost” of our celebration of Easter, so we turn to prayer to find that rush of spiritual renewal. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t be calling each other, posting pictures of Easter hats, and publically witnessing to our faith. This year, though, we have been presented the opportunity to find an Easter observation that is sometimes whispered rather than shouted, reflective rather than exhilarating, meditative rather than observational. It is not the Holy Week that we are accustomed to, but it has its own treasures and lessons.

My prayer is that we all receive from God our own celebration of the Resurrection: a collaboration of communal worship and support and personal prayer and revelation.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
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Children’s Story Time 
to Get Underway  
A bit of storytelling magic for your kids – a new Story Time – starts up next week as a livestream.  Children’s Education Director Susan Hires will lead the programs, beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14. She plans to present Story Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  
Along with stories, Susan will throw in crafts, music, gardening and some beekeeping once the weather warms up. She says each session will run about 15 minutes.  
She’ll present the livestreams on Facebook, but they could move to Zoom, opening up opportunities for some good interaction with the kids. 
Tune in on the Trinity Facebook page  at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning for Story Time. 
Easter Flowers

This Easter, though we will not be able to gather for worship and enjoy the array of Easter lilies around the altar, you can still donate in memory of a loved one to a Trinity ministry that serves people in need. 

Trinity ministries needing your support:

  • BackSnack
  • Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry
  • Deacon’s Discretionary Fund
  • Rector's Discretionary Fund

You can participate two ways:
— Mail the church a check, with a note indicating who is being honored with your donation, and where you want your offering to go.  
— Go to , click the Donate button, and follow directions to select the ministry you want. Then email a note to indicating who is being honored. 

Donors and honorees will be included in the online service bulletin that will accompany the Easter Sunday livestream and Sunday, April 19, if received after April 10.

The absence of Easter flowers in this extraordinary time is painful, but it should remind us of the needs of many people in our community. Please give them your support and prayers. 

Thank you and God bless you this Easter.
Adult Forum

Fr. Rob is going to try to do a video-conference Bible study program, picking up on the Adult Forum's study of the Book of Job. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Rob at
burning candle
We would like to know about hospitalizations, illnesses or special needs you are experiencing. Please call Fr. Rob, Deacon Deborah Burns, the Church office or a Vestry member so that we can help.
Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle has set up weekly Zoom meetings on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. If you would like to join us, please contact Susan Ralston at  for an invitation. If you don’t know how to use Zoom, please contact her for help. All are welcome!!
Trinity Youth Group

The diocese has started an online youth group that meets weekly and is led by our diocesan formation team.

At 4:30 p.m. each Sunday, we will use Zoom to meet online and join the weekly Diocese Youth Group's online meeting.

To join Zoom meeting: 

Meeting ID: 560 802 994
Dial by your location:

       +1 253 215 8782 US
       +1 301 715 8592 US

Meeting ID: 560 802 994
Vestry Meetings

The next scheduled Vestry meetings are:

May 4, June 1

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

Minutes through March have been added to our website and bulletin board in the Parish Hall.
Easter Vigil

The Diocese of Kansas will do a special video service of the Easter Vigil at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11.

Below is the link to the Diocese's website and a link to the Easter Vigil bulletin.

Trinity's Automated Group Voice Messages

Have you been receiving Rob’s voice messages by phone? If you haven't and you'd like to receive calls relating to current happenings at our Church, please email .
No Name Women's Group

Stating "No stinkin' virus is keeping us down," our women's group met over Zoom this month for a great time sharing fellowship and thoughts.

If you would like to join our next meeting, please contact Patti Anderson 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; 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: 
Eleanor, DJ, Rita, Karen, Olivia, Glenna, Megan, Chris, Tiffany,
Peter, Dianne, Russ, Jay, Wayne, Christina, Kim, Verla, Tate, John, Bob, Annelise, Ollie

Pray for those with special intentions: 
Dane and Natalie, Nicolette, Erin, Carson, Cassie, Michael,Sabrina, Josh, Nicole, David, Barb, Hunter, Logan, Ellen, Gerry, Madeline and Frances, the Schwaller family, Norma, Gary, Susie, Elise, Beth and family, Kelly, Kevin

Pray for those in the hospital: Arienne, Mary Jane, Lea, Jon, Bob, Anne, Tudy

Pray for the departed:  Mark Holmberg, Lorene Mosser, John Drees,
Help Us Make Face Masks!

Because of the need to conserve Personal Protective Equipment, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has recommended that personnel wear homemade masks when not needing isolation PPE. We can help them preserve N95 masks by donating homemade fabric masks. You can find instructions on the internet: .

If you have a sewing machine and would like to make some masks for LMH, start right away! Masks can have ties or elastic to go over the ears. You can deliver your masks at the northwest corner of LMH near the dock door in a designated receptacle between 8 a.m and 3:30 p.m. You can call 785/505-5000 for more information about drop-off.

If you would like more information or a printed pattern, call Camille Olcese (620/704-4180) and she will bring you a pattern. She can also supply fabric. This is a way we can support our healthcare professionals and love our neighbors.
TIFP Serving Twice a Week

Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry is giving food to our patrons every Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning following safe distancing and handling strategies in response to the COVID-19 virus.
TIFP was open seven days (closed two days) in March 2020 and served 198 families. From 16 to 37 people each day have come for food on these March openings . Currently, most people who come for food walk, some people ride bicycles, and a small number come in their cars.
Through March this year, the food pantry has been open 24 days and has served 1,633 households and distributed 685 bags of food.
Patrons have expressed their considerable appreciation for the food they are receiving during this time.
The new strategies have included volunteers in the food pantry pre-bagging one-bag of non-perishable foods and one bag of cold food (frozen meat, bread, and selected produce) for each patron/guest. Bags of food are placed on a table on a sidewalk about 80 feet away from the Matthews Center. Volunteers do not have close contact with any patron. Patrons have generally followed the 6-foot distance while waiting on a pre-marked sidewalk.
We are grateful for the ongoing provision of food from Harvesters. All food given from the food pantry is ordered and delivered from Harvesters. Fresh bread and selected produce is picked up weekly at Harvesters-Topeka by TIFP volunteers. Personal dignity products are ordered and picked up monthly by volunteers at Giving The Basics, Kansas City, Kansas. TIFP has suspended for now donations of food and recycled paper/plastic bags. There is safe handling and sanitizing of tables used and safe and sanitizing protection for volunteers.
Volunteers from Trinity, the community and other churches helped serve families in 172 cars who came to the Mobile Food Distribution at the First Baptist Church on Saturday, March 28.
Thank you to all for your ongoing suppor t.
BackSnack Coordinator
Works with Kennedy School

As BackSnack works to supplement the diets of Lawrence students, you might like to know some of the volunteers from the school system who help in the BackSnack program.

Stacie Jackson coordinates the BackSnack Program for Kennedy School. Stacie is a full-time employee for Communities in Schools (CIS) and is charged with providing needed resources to students and schools. Stacie has served seven years at Kennedy and works closely with Greg Hazen and Tod Sutton to get needed food and fruit to Kennedy students.

Stacie says she especially appreciates the “extra” fruit that is sometimes available, and students often stop by her room asking, “Do you have fruit today?” She is especially thankful for the well-run program from Trinity Episcopal Church and speaks highly of the volunteers at Trinity who are always “accommodating and flexible by making it easy for the schools to participate in the program.”

She wanted to especially thank all the volunteers who bag the snacks and fruit making it easy to distribute.

BackSnack will continue to work with Harvesters and the school district to find ways to feed hungry kids in Lawrence and will keep you posted.
LIRIM Activities on Hold

With the current "Shelter in Place" order in Douglas County, Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry is unable to continue many regular programs to support Centro Hispano and its work with the local Hispanic immigrant community. LIRIM's weekly household donations and the frequent "Margaritas for Margarita" projects cannot function in this environment. However, one creative idea could work:  

Next time you are shopping for groceries please include a gift card from the store – any amount from any store. You can simply mail the card to:
Lydia Diebolt
637 Tennessee St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Lydia is the director of Centro and will get cards delivered to the families most in need. Most immigrant families are supported by manual labor positions that have been discontinued.  

If you are not getting out shopping these days, you could write a check to Centro Hispano and send it to the above address. This could be an easy way to continue your support for some of the most vulnerable among us, and to continue to be active with LIRIM. 
Volunteer Corner

Even though our in-person services are suspended, are you looking for something to do to help your Church once public services start up? Several positions are currently open.

Please contact our office if you are able to spare a few hours at

Facebook Caretaker - Looking for a person to take care of our Facebook Page: changing profile and cover page as the seasons change, creating and adding event pictures to albums, loading videos, and posting special notices of our happenings.

Trinity Youth Group Mentor - Will Chaney will be leaving the Canterbury House and heading back to school. We wish him well and a big thank you for the fine commitment to our middle school and high school kids. If you would like to work with our Youth Group next year, please contact Fr. Rob at

TEST Tidbits:
Recommended Books

Did you know that our own Bishop, Cathleen Bascom, has a new book just published in March? Her book is called “Of Green Things Woven” and is the story of Brigid and her relationships and struggle with finding the right path to take. Brigid is dean of a cathedral that is faltering in ministries, membership and funding. However, a promising opportunity appears that will solve many problems – but, is it the right choice? The story touches on the gray areas of decision making and relationships, and manages to weave in a lot of botanical information.

Tim Bascom, Bishop Bascom’s husband, also has a new book out. His book is full of stories of boys and fathers connecting and bonding while enjoying outdoor adventures. Mr. Bascom’s book is called, “Climbing Lessons.”

The creator of the monthly “Creation Care Newsletter,” Kent D. Shifferd, has a new book that will be published later this spring. The title is “The Planetary Emergency: Environmental Collapse and the Promise of Eco-civilization.” Please watch for news of its publication.

During this pandemic we may often feel down and discouraged, but we also know that God is never far from us. The poem below, written by John Philip Newell and published in the April Creation Care Newsletter, says it best.

 Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face,

    In the light of the moon and pattern of stars,
     In mighty seas and creatures of the deep.

Whichever way we turn O God, there is your face,

       In the light of eyes we love.
       In the salt of tears we have tasted,
       In weathered countenances east and west,
       In soft skin glow of the child everywhere.

Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face.
      There is your face among us.

All past TEST articles are available on our website at
Forward Day by Day

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.

Click on Forward Day by Day for daily prayers to help us through this time.
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Save the Dates

Episcopal Summer
Mega Camp  
Sunday, May 31, 2:30 p.m. to
Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.
Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, Kansas
Trinity Vestry 2020
Rob Baldwin, Rector 785-424-4312
Steve King ‘21, Senior Warden 913-645-3135
Richard Lungstrum, Junior Warden ‘20
Jennifer Attocknie ‘20 785-760-2938
Elizabeth Miller, Treasurer ‘20 785-766-8175
Dave Severance ‘20, 785-691-7261
Betsi Anderson ‘21 785-843-9083
Leslie Foust ‘21 785-979-1829
Camille Olcese ‘21 620-704-4180
John Broholm ‘22 785-766-7002
Donna Griffin, ‘22 785-865-6039
Linda McCoy ‘22 785-550-6743
Bill Perkins ‘22 785-331-4401

Ministry Opportunities

Friday, April 10
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
7 p.m., Good Friday Service - Livestream

Saturday, April 11
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry
7:30 p.m., Easter Vigil - Diocesan Livestream

Sunday, April 12
Easter Sunday
9:30 a.m., Kids Sunday School - Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Livestream
Noon, Music Concert – Livestream
4:30 p.m., Youth Group – Zoom

Monday, April 13
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, April 14
10 a.m. - Kids Story time - Livestream
1 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, April 15
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, April 16
10 a.m. - Kids Story time - Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

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

Saturday, April 18
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, April 19
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Livestream
Noon, Music Concert – Livestream
4:30 p.m., Youth Group – Zoom
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