The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of October 6, 2019
Lamb of God
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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17th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, October 6, 2019

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  

Chalice: Gail Griffin, Nancy Pauw
Lector: Matt Eichmann  
Intercessor: Eleanor Symons
Usher: Derek Pauw

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

Chalice: Janine Cox, Carl Edwards
Lectors: Dean Bevan , Anne Patterson
Intercessor: Carol Hatton
Verger: Andrew Hoyt
Acolytes: Ari Myers-Arenth,
Caroline Schmidt, Claire Schmidt
Ushers: Bruce Roberts,
Harlanne Roberts, Bob Sanner,
Jennifer Sanner

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

Flower Guild:
Pam Paden


Entrance Hymn: 671 Amazing grace! how sweet the sound (New Britain)

Sequence Hymn: 660 O Master, let me walk with thee (Maryton)

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

Communion Hymn: 339 Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness (Schmücke dich)

Closing: 551 Rise up, ye saints of God! (Festal Song)

  Altar Flowers

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

See the complete lectionary reading at
Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group
Date: Sunday, Oct. 6
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. 6
Time: 6:00 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: Blessing of the Animals
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Location: Trinity
Description: Fur, feather and scales are all welcome at Trinity as we celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.

Upcoming Event: Holy Stir-It
Date: Thursday, October 10
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Trinity Parrish Hall
Description: Holy Stir-It celebrates Oktoberfest. Come enjoy traditional brats, fellowship, and the festivities. 

Upcoming Event: Church Garage Sale
Date: Saturday, October 12
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity Parrish Hall
Description: Come and bring a friend to make the sale a success. Proceeds benefit the church's general fund.
From the Rector's desk..

I’ll freely admit my memory isn’t as great as it used to be, but I was taken aback when I logged into Facebook and saw that several years ago I was posting an enraged rant about a particular airline company. You see, I have no idea what happened. I’m sure if I went back and researched it I would discover that I had been delayed, or had a flight cancelled, or somehow was otherwise inconvenienced. But honestly I have no recollection of what occurred. What’s more, I hold no ill will towards this company at this point, and may have even flown with them since this incident. To put it simply, whatever had happened had been wiped clean away.

I often try to see God in my day-to-day life, looking for little places where God taps me spiritual shoulder just to check in and remind me about how much I am loved, and glancing at this forgotten incident I was reminded that the nature of God’s forgiveness is absolute and complete, and not affected by a flawed and faulty memory (as is the case for me), but because of how much God loves me. Even the best of us tends to hold onto small fragments of hurt and suspicion when we are offended by another person’s actions, painful little scars that remind us of what has happened. But with God, there is no small remnant of offense, some mitigation of how God feels about us. God’s forgiveness of our sins goes beyond our own capacity to love to something so much greater, to the point where it is like it never happened.

So as I reflected on a years-old echo of some angry tirade, I am reminded of how vast and profound the grace that God has for me must be, and am thankful.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Adult Forum

The Adult Forum will not be held for the next three weeks so that all may attend our Budget Brunches.
We have a longer than normal newsletter this week. If you do not view the 'This Week at Trinity' at the bottom of the newsletter, there should be an expand button to click to view the complete newsletter.
Blessing of the Animals
3-5 p.m., Oct. 5

Fur, feather, and scales are all welcome at Trinity as we celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. You can bring your beloved pets to our churchyard for a special blessing. Dog treats are being provided by Three Dog Bakery. This is a fun event to invite friends and neighbors to see your church!

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 be hosting a reception in his honor following the service.
Brunch and the Budget

Creation of the church Mission Plan for 2020 is underway, and your input is needed. You are invited to join Father Rob and Vestry members for brunch and a discussion of priorities for the church in the coming year. We will gather at 9:15 on Oct. 6, 13 and 20 in the parish hall for a light brunch and discussion of our vision for Trinity, and what that means for our stewardship. This discussion will guide the Vestry's decisions about how to allocate resources in the coming year. Join us for one or all of the discussions. 
Quest-ioning Groups

Both of our groups are now meeting in the Trinity Library 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 a.m.
–  The Screwtape Letters  by C.S. Lewis

Thursday 1:30-3 p.m.
–  Convictions  by Marcus Borg

For details about our mission and purpose, please contact Tudy Youngberg at 785-218-2283 or at
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.

RSVP by signing up after services next Sunday.

See you there.
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.
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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

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

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

Pray for the departed: David Stinson
TEST Tidbits: New Diocesan Task Force on Creation Care

To say that Bishop Cathleen Bascom is interested in the role of prairie lands in our environment is an understatement. She loves them and sees prairie restoration as a big part of addressing rising emission levels.

In fact a new research study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and led by The Nature Conservancy with 21 institutional partners, published in Science Advances , shares her enthusiasm. It estimates that improved maintenance of grasslands, wetlands and forests would allow for more carbon to be absorbed – as much as one-fifth of all U.S. greenhouse gases. Increasing and maintaining these spaces is an effective and cost-efficient way of mitigating climate change and also increases soil health, improves water quality and welcomes more biodiversity.

Thus, the first meeting of the diocesan Task Force on Creation Care on Sept. 28 had three main goals: renewing our deep spiritual connection between faith and stewardship of creation, dreaming and praying about creating or renewing parcels of land around the diocese (different sizes from “postage stamp” and “pocket” to larger parcels) into “prayer spaces” of prairie grassland or forest glen, and also learning how to use the new Episcopal carbon tracking system. Most of the convocations sent representatives. Nancy Hanson, Garth Burns and Ellyn Owen attended the meeting from Trinity. The second meeting will be held on Saturday afternoon of the diocesan convention.

One of the highlights of the day was “praying the green” of Grace Cathedral. We gathered outside in a line and began praying silently as we walked the green space concentrating on its use now and in the future. We ended the meeting with Holy Communion using the liturgy from the new 2018 Book of Occasional Services. The emphasis of this liturgy is care for the entire web of life. It was an inspirational day and a great beginning for the new Task Force on Creation Care.

EARTH STEWARD ACTION:  Please, get outside this week and into nature in some way – walk in a park, hike a trail at Clinton or visit the Baker Wetlands. Use this time to pray as you walk. Allow this time to renew and refresh you and encourage you to protect & advocate for all green spaces.

SOURCES:  The printed Holy Communion Prayers from the 2018 Book of Occasional Prayers used at the Sept. 28 Creation Care Meeting
New Study Reveals Natural Landscapes Can Fight Climate Change, Nov. 2018 by Bekah 
McBride (handout at Creation Care Meeting).

Visit the Trinity website for full and past TEST articles 
Save the Date: Trinity Garage Sale
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12

Please help with the Trinity fundraiser by sponsoring a table for the garage sale. Setup begins Thursday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 11. Bring your items, arrange on a table, price items (we'll help with this), and pick up remaining items after the sale is over. We could use help monitoring the tables during the sale. We'll provide the cashier. All proceeds go to Trinity Church. What an easy way to declutter. Items that sell well: small furniture, sports equipment, power tools and accessories, entertainment items (books, movies, video games), sports memorabilia, dishes and glassware, Christmas decorations, and baby equipment (no clothes, however).

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. 
Our next host week at St. Margaret's Episcopal church will be Oct. 27-Nov 3. If you are able to volunteer during the host week, please use the link below to sign up.

If you need training, the next training session at the Family Promise Day House is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 7. You can sign up by going to the Family Promise of Lawrence Facebook page and clicking on events, or by calling the main number, 785-764-9506. 

Jamie McNally
Support Bishop Seabury Academy
Purchase Your Grocery Cards through BSAP
Each month Bishop Seabury Academy Parents provides the opportunity for parents, staff and friends to purchase gift cards to local grocers HyVee, Checkers, the Community Mercantile, Natural Grocers, and Sprouts. 

The grocery card program is the primary  funding source for BSAP. The cards are sold at face value and BSAP receives a discount on their purchase.
BSAP receive 6% of the card value from HyVee, Checkers and the Merc, and 5% from Natural Grocers and Sprouts. 

BSAP needs to have your order by the 15th of every month in order for it to be included in the following month's orders. For example, order by 10/15, and your cards will be available on 11/1 with Betsy at the school office.

See the link below for detailed info.
Vestry Meetings

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

October 28
November 25

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.

The beautiful altar flowers on Sundays and the special floral decorations you see during the seasons of the church year are provided by your gifts. Altar flowers are a way to share your joys, thankfulness and memories – all of God’s gifts in your life – with your parish family while adding to the beauty of our liturgy.  

You may wish to provide altar flowers to celebrate a special date or event: a birthday, a wedding or other anniversary, baptism or confirmation, an ordination or a graduation, just to mention a few. Memorials are also welcome, as are thank offerings for the blessings in your life.

How do you give your gift of flowers? The altar flower calendar can be found on the bulletin board in the parish hall, and beneath it are request forms to complete when you have signed up for the date(s) you choose. The form allows you to request a particular type of flowers and/or color if you wish, and to specify the wording to be used in The Corner. The Flower Guild can generally accommodate multiple flower requests on any given date.  

Please place your completed form and your donation ($35 minimum please, but a larger donation is always appreciated) in the Sunday offering, or bring or mail it to the parish office so that it is received at least a week before the date you have chosen. A member of the Flower Guild will call you for clarification if needed, and you are also most welcome to call Flower Guild chairperson Mary Stauffer at 785-843-6778 with any questions you may have. 

Thank You! for your gifts of flowers to add to the beauty of Trinity’s altar and our worship together!
BackSnack Program
B ackSnack at Trinity Begins a New Year

The 2019-2020 BackSnack Program launched its first day of the new school year on September 25 when volunteers gathered in the parish hall to set up for delivery to Lawrence elementary schools. Deliveries are made on Wednesday and Thursday of most weeks depending on school schedules and volunteer availability.

The Trinity BackSnack Program started in 2010 with four 4 schools and served about 100 students. This year starts with 12 schools and about 500 kids and could expand as additional needs are identified.

We know that better-fed kids do better in school, are more attentive, have fewer absences, are healthier and generate fewer disciplinary problems. The Trinity BackSnack program is proud to be a partner with the Lawrence Schools again this year.
If you are interested in volunteering or contributing financially to this program, contact Greg Hazen ( or Tod Sutton ( ).
BackSnack Fact: BackSnack serves Lawrence school kids for 31 weeks this year. By working closely with local suppliers, Trinity BackSnack manages to include 1 piece of fruit each week plus an extra gift of gloves and hats in the Christmas season for only $15 per student for the year. This sets our annual budget of $7,500 supported through your generous donations.

To donate online: go to , click on the donate button at the bottom of the page. After you make your donation to the general fund, consider a donation to other special ministries such as BackSnack on a recurring or one-time donation. Regular donations can also be made by check payable to our church with “BackSnack” on the memo line.
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, October 3
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

Friday, October 4
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, October 5
9 a.m., Organ practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry
3 p.m., Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 6
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

Monday, October 7
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
Noon, Women's Lunch Group

Tuesday, October 8
10:30 a.m, Staff meeting
2 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, October 9
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
9:30 a.m., Women's Quest-ioning
6 p.m., Evening Dinner
6:45 p.m., Evening Prayer

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., Adult Forum
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
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