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  • Fr. Rob: Joseph's story ... what the readings skip over

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son 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.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
10:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word

  • Pre-service: "Berceuse" (Louis Vierne)
  • Musical Offering: "This We Pray" (Jay Althouse), Susan Hires, soloist
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn 544, Jesus shall reign (Isaac Watts, Duke Street); Chant Pastorale and Marche Triomphale (Théodore Dubois)

Livestream link:

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
7 p.m. - Evening Prayer

Livestream Link:

Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, Aug. 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Sorry, there will not be an Adult Forum on the 13th.

Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Aug. 16
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Susan Hires leads lessons and activities. Join us on on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrinityLawrenceKS/

Upcoming Event: Morning Prayer
Date: Sunday, Aug. 16
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music.

Upcoming Event: Coffee Hour
Date: Sunday, August 16
Time: Following our Music
Location: Zoom
Description: Beginning on August 16, Coffee Hour will start right after our ending music selection. Join your fellow Trinitarians via Zoom for a virtual gathering at noon each Sunday.
Participants can hang out together, chat, or create a "breakout room" to converse with friends.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 5740 5215
Passcode: 596584

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Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 18
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: A community of women of various ages and backgrounds share thoughts, stories, highlights, fun and laughter. For more information reach out to Patti Anderson (patti6of7@gmail.com) or Mary Perkins (mlperk59@gmail.com).

Upcoming Event: Children's Story Time with Susan
Date: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Susan Hires reads picture books and great children's literature, and explores crafts and beekeeping.

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 19
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: The Friendship Circle welcomes those who are widowed, divorced or single, or who are seeking friendship from parishioners. If you would like to join us, please contact Susan Ralston at sralston@sunflower.com for an invitation. All are welcome.

Upcoming Event: Evening Prayer
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join us for Evening Prayer each week.

Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, Aug. 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians for exploration of faith issues.
Reminder, if you do not see the "This Week at Trinity" at the bottom of the newsletter, there should be an expand button to click to view our complete newsletter.
From the Rector's Desk...

We are about to have a huge narrative jump on Sunday when it comes to the Old Testament readings. Last week Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. This upcoming Sunday Joseph, now serving in the court of Pharaoh, is reunited with his brothers. The week after that, we leave Genesis behind entirely and move into the book of Exodus.

So the lectionary, which spent weeks detailing the marriages of Abraham descendants, gives you only the very beginning and the very end of the story of Joseph.
What's missing? Joseph being owned by Potiphar. Joseph rejecting Potiphar's wife and then being imprisoned unjustly. Joseph interpreting the dreams of two prisoners. Joseph being given the chance to interpret the dreams of the Pharaoh regarding an approaching famine, and given a position of great authority. Finally, Joseph's family, his brothers in particular, coming to Egypt to seek refuge from the famine. Joseph is reunited with his family, and praises God for being behind the entire story in order to preserve the family of Jacob, who will become the forefathers of the 12 tribes of Israel.

It is a well-encapsulated story with a happy ending and themes that are familiar to the reader, like sibling rivalry. But at its heart it is also a story about the providence of God – the steady governing hand of God that is constantly moving the story of God's people towards life and salvation. That providence can exist even in some grim contexts: envy, human trafficking, deceit, and famine. I didn't even get into the small interlude of Judah's mistreatment of his daughter-in-law Tamar, resulting in her having to secretly prostitute herself to her father-in-law in order to preserve her economic security, and that relationship is the *direct* bloodline of Jesus.

These times are ones in which we need to hear every story of hope that we can, and I hope that the story of Joseph, even though we miss most of it on Sunday, can be one that we appreciate today.

Fr. Rob+
VBS is Open

VBS for all ages will remain available as a google classroom throughout the summer. 

Access the classroom via google.com and type in your account info. Click on "find a classroom" and type in one of the codes. Remember: your child can mix and match activities to suit them. You can access any classroom, regardless of age. Adults can feel free to join the 16+ group as well! You only need to log on to a classroom once, then it will always be available through your google account. The codes are:

Ages 4-10 Class Code: 7dbwrzi
Ages 11-15 Class Code: rcwgrtt
Ages 16 and Up Class Code: jtpnvnz

Once in a classroom, click on "classwork" to see all the topics. Then, start with Week 1 and make your way through! Most importantly, have fun! If you want an intro for each classroom, click on "stream" and there is a short video introducing the VBS.

If you do not have access to a home computer, device, or internet, please contact the Trinity church office at 783-843-6166. We can print out activities, crafts, stories, etc. and mail them to you. 

If you have any questions, please email Rachel Schwaller at VBS@trinitylawrence.org
Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2

Meetings are open to all and are being 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 vestry@trinitylawrence.org

Minutes through June have been added to our website.
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 (caroldonhatton@gmail.com).

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 need healing: D.J., Eleanor, Melissa, Robert, Sigrid.

Pray for those with special circumstance: Anne, Fritz, Rob and family, Abbie, Joseph, Jennifer, Rylee, John. 

Pray for those in the hospital: Dashle.

Pray for the departed: Jacque Alstatt, Cheryl Estes, Sharon Cinelli, Terry Fewel, John Wilkinson, Robert Pringle Sr., Nathan Penny
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.
Staying Connected Campaign

Trinity is purchasing audio visual equipment to produce livestreams of the Sunday morning service. The new equipment is an unbudgeted expense, which will require fundraising. We have created the Staying Connected Campaign to fund this unbudgeted expense.

The Vestry decided to continue livestreams after Trinity's Sunday morning congregation is able to meet in person once again. It is painful not to have in-person services at our church or the monthly service at Brandon Woods. We also understand that for some of our vulnerable members, it will be longer before they are able to attend in person.

If you are able to support this campaign, please click here or mail a check to our office at 1027 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044 with Staying Connected Campaign in the memo line.
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry July Report

The food pantry continues to be grateful to the parishioners for your abundant support to our ministry of giving food to people in need by gifts of money, service, and prayer.

 Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry (TIFP) was open seven days in July (closed Saturday, July 4) and served 148 households. So far this year, the food pantry has been open 57 days and has served 1,550 households. Volunteers with the Mobile Food Distribution (Harvesters) on a hot day on Saturday, July 25, at First Baptist Church served 130-plus  households.

TIFP spent $761.21 in July for food purchased locally, and $761.12 through Harvesters. The total retail equivalent value of all food provided was $3,108.00. Each grocery bag of food has a retail value of $21.00. TIFP remains unable to accept donations of food at this time.

TIFP provides food to any person requesting food with no eligibility requirements.

TIFP continues to distribute food outside of the Matthews Center near the parking lot, maintaining physical distancing between clients. Our volunteers wear facemasks and plastic gloves and practice physical distancing inside the food pantry and outside serving our patrons.

TIFP volunteers include friends of the pantry, along with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, First Baptist Church, Salvation Army and the Boy Scouts.
earth from space
TEST Tidbits: Less Than 90 Days and Counting 

Believe it or not, it is less than 90 days away from the election. Thus, the usual “action” challenge for readers will be first for this Tidbits article.

EARTH STEWARD ACTION: Become an informed citizen and prayerfully consider the candidate's promises and policies in the light of your pledge to “steward” the earth before casting your important vote. Below are three websites per candidate and one non-partisan American think tank report. 

(Special note – If voting by mail, read and follow directions and mail or drop off your ballot early).
Our democracy works well when voters are well informed, hold elected leaders accountable and work for the common good.

Visit the Trinity website for full and past articles
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 office@trinitylawrence.org.

Production Assistant Would you like to help create our virtual Sunday service? We are looking for a backup person to relieve Mandy in creating our livestream. She has been putting it together without a break since the pandemic shut down regular worship. Mandy will teach you how to collect, create and produce the virtual Sunday morning service. Contact the office for more information.
Family Promise

Family Promise needs your help.  Currently the organization is working with over 70 families here in Lawrence. The need is intense, and fundraising is critical to keep our doors open and case management available for those who greatly need it.
Please help us clicking on this link
to donate and then go to the Facebook or Twitter icon to share on the various platforms.

Thank you again for all you do to support families throughout the year. Your support will have a tremendous impact and help families here in Lawrence during these difficult days. Thank you for being part of the solution.

Hope you have a wonderful day,

Kristin Montgomery
Director of Development
News From Nepal

Hello everyone! Things in Nepal are ever-changing, but not seeming to make much progress in terms of the COVID-19 situation. We have basically gone back to lockdown here, with skyrocketing case-identification, and a rapidly deteriorating medical system.

It is hard to balance caution on the medical side with the realities of multiple other types of hardships happening across the country as a result of the restrictions and lockdown. Please keep praying for wisdom for the government and those making decisions.

Thank you for the prayers for my village and those affected by floods and landslides. I received a donation from St. Margaret's as well as from individual donors and was able to provide relief to two families that lost their houses and all their belongings (and multiple family members) in the flood, as well as also provide relief in the form of food and clothing to 12 other families who were suffering from both the effects of landslides, as well as the lockdown. They were so grateful for the generous help- Thank you!

One last thing – please pray for the women's group. We have been asked to vacate the current sanitary pad production/tailoring center and I will need to raise funds for and construct another building before we can proceed with our programs. This is very close to my heart, as this job provides income to support these eight women and their families. I want to get this going as soon as possible. Pray for God's provision!

Bless you, Karin


(photo caption: Relief program for families affected by flooding/landslides)
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, Aug. 13
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream

Friday, Aug. 14
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Aug. 15
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Aug. 16
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
with Coffee Hour following - Zoom

Monday, Aug. 17
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, Aug. 18
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women

Wednesday, Aug. 19
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, Aug. 20
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
7 p.m., Adult Forum – Livestream

Friday, Aug. 21
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Aug. 22
9 a.m., Organ Practice
9:30 a.m., LEM meeting
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Aug. 23
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
with Coffee Hour following - Zoom
Trinity Vestry 2020
Rob Baldwin, Rector 785-424-4312
Steve King ‘21, Senior Warden 913-645-3135
Richard Lungstrum, Junior Warden ‘20 jrwarden@trinitylawrence.org
Jennifer Attocknie ‘20 785-760-2938
Elizabeth Miller ‘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, Clerk, ‘22 785-865-6039
Linda McCoy ‘22 785-550-6743
Bill Perkins ‘22 785-331-4401
Cristian Sauciuc, Treasurer

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