The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of April 5, 2020
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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WORSHIP TIME
Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 5, 2020

10:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer

READINGS

The Liturgy of the Palms



 The Liturgy of the Word


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Bulletin link:

WORSHIP TIME
Wednesday in Holy Week
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

7 p.m. - Evening Prayer

READINGS
 The Liturgy of the Word


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Bulletin link:

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


When it comes to thinking about Church in the time of COVID-19, I am finding myself having to drill down pretty deep into the theology of our liturgy. Church is, at a core essential level, a community. Not being able to gather together for worship, especially in the holiest week of the year, is something that makes me wistful and sad. To cope with this, I’ve contemplated and prayed about what we are doing when we gather for worship on these feast days, and how that might translate into this extraordinary time.

Palm Sunday

The day in which Jesus’ followers celebrated his entry into Jerusalem by proclaiming him king with festive shouts of “Hosanna!”

Sunday School with Anne
9:30 a.m. Sunday April 5

For the children of Trinity Church, please tune in to our Facebook page at 9:30 a.m. for a livestream video hosted by our own Anne Patterson for a special Trinity Kids Palm Sunday. Just the thing to help all our members find a way to celebrate this festival day!

Worship Service time on Facebook: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5

How you can celebrate at home : Go outside and wave your own “palm”: a branch, bit of greenery, etc. Mount the greenery on your door for all to see! Take a photo and send it to Fr. Rob at  rb@trinitylawrence.org  or share it to our Palm Sunday picture post on Facebook. We will have a dramatic reading of the Passion narrative on video to share with you as well following the service.

Maundy Thursday

The observation of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, including the washing of their feet in the Gospel of John.

Service time on Facebook:
7 p.m. Thursday, April 9

How you can celebrate at home : If you live with someone, take a moment to show your appreciation of how they have been serving you at this time. Share a meal, even wash their feet. Alternatively (especially if you are living alone) seek to serve someone else on this day: Check in with a neighbor or someone else whom you might be able to serve in some way, even if it just a phone call.

Good Friday

The observation of the crucifixion and death of Jesus

Service time on Facebook:
7 p.m. Friday, April 10

How you can celebrate at home : First, we will be doing a virtual Stations of the Cross on our Facebook page featuring a photo of the bas relief sculptures of the Stations throughout the day. Second, take a moment to venerate the cross. Most of us have one or more crosses in our home. Take a moment to just pause, reflect, and pray in the presence of that cross.

Easter Vigil

The Diocese of Kansas is producing a special video of this liturgy of this service, featuring clergy and lay leaders from across the diocese each contributing part of the service from their own locales. The video link will be emailed out to the entire congregation to watch and enjoy.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
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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. 

Ministries needing your support:
 
  • BackSnack program
  • Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK)
  • 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 trinitylawrence.org , click the Donate button, and follow directions to select the ministry you want. Then email a note to office@trinitylawrence.org indicating who is being honored. 

Donors and honorees will be included in the online service bulletin that will accompany the Easter Sunday livestream. 

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.
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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  rb@trinitylawrence.org
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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.
Trinity Youth Group

You may be wondering what it’s like to be a youth in this time of disruption and confusion. Well, it’s disrupting and confusing.

The diocese has started a new online youth group that meets weekly and is led by our diocesan formation team. It is attended by youth from many different churches and includes times for laughter, games (and prizes), and time to reflect with peers about theses strange times. I have found it to be something to look forward to and I believe our youth will really be well served by attending.

At 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 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:

April 6, 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 vestry@trinitylawrence.org

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

The Diocese of Kansas will do a special video service of the Easter Vigil. If you are getting the diocesan newsletter, The Harvest, you will get a copy of the service leaflet. If you are not getting a copy of The Harvest, please contact Melodie Woerman at  mwoerman@episcopal-ks.org
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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 directory@trinitylawrence.org .
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 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,
TIFP Request

The coordinating committee of Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry wonders if there are any Trinitarians out there who would not normally be available to work a shift at the food pantry (Tuesday 12:45-3:00, Saturday, 9:45-noon), but who might be able to fit it in during this stay-at-home time. 

The pantry relies greatly on retirees in normal times. But, as we know, that age group is at the greatest risk from COVID-19. It might be a great time for some of our younger members to try out a job that is meaningful and important and fun, even under adversity. 

Some of our older volunteers have already withdrawn for the time being and there are others who probably should. Many precautions have been put in place for volunteer safety. 

If you would like to help with this ministry, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ray Wilbur, 785-842-3312,  dochawk60@aol.com . Thank you!
BackSnack Working with Harvesters on New Procedures

BackSnack volunteers on March 19 adapted the program to meet the changing needs of Lawrence students by handing out packs of BackSnack treats to those who could stop by the parking lot of Trinity Episcopal.

Approximately 200 food packs were delivered to 55 students from about 23 families.  This was well short of the normal 400 students we usually serve. We were very pleased with the effort our volunteer team put forth. At this time, however, we realized that this service delivery method did not work as well as projected.

We will be continuing 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

Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry is unable to continue with many of its regular programs to support Centro Hispano and their work with the local Hispanic immigrant community, under the current shelter-in-place order in Douglas County. Our weekly household donations and the frequent "Margaritas for Margarita" projects cannot function in this environment. However, we have one creative idea that can work:

Next time you are shopping for groceries, please include a gift card from the store you are at – 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 take care of getting them 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 mail it to the same 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

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 rb@trinitylawrence.org.

TEST Tidbits: Air Pollution
Outside and Inside

The past month has seen a dramatic drop in the amount of pollution in the air around the world. The skies are cleaner than they have been in a very long time. The very bad news is that this cleaner air is due to the shuttered businesses and factories and the stay at home orders to help stop the coronavirus pandemic. 

This situation does give the world a snapshot of what our air could be like if we used more renewable energy sources and followed sustainable practices. We will eventually get back to “normal.” But as we do, it will be a good time to not allow anti-pollution rules and regulations to be discarded in the rush to boost the economy. 

In fighting this virus, we know that folks with asthma, heart conditions, strokes and just being older are at higher risk. These are the same folks who are prone to worsening symptoms in air-polluted areas. California and 12 other states, as well as environmentalists, are working to block the present administration from lowering the standards for better fuel efficiency of new vehicles. Retaining the Obama-era fuel efficiency standards is one way of continuing the fight against air pollution.

Now, with all of us living and working at home, it is time to make sure our indoor air is as clean as it can be. We will be healthier and more prepared to fight the virus, if we should be exposed. The weather is getting warmer and it is a good time to open windows and let fresh air inside. An air filter might be wise for those with allergies as is using the air-conditioner. Before using the air-conditioner, have it serviced and, if it has one, change its filter. Most of us can save energy by keeping the air-conditioner off until necessary (saves money too). 

Houseplants add to your décor as they clean the indoor air. The Mother Nature Network website has a list of good indoor plants to purchase. If you like to use candles – just say no to most scented candles. They give off chemicals that are not good for you. Use an essential oil diffuser or LED candles instead. Ignore the TV adds and do not use smelly air sprays or dryer sheets – the later contain endocrine disrupters as well as toxic chemicals.

If you have pets, groom them outside and vacuum floors and furniture frequently. Wash their bedding frequently. Attack mold and mildew with a shot of undiluted vinegar. Pest proof your home – they leave nasty particles that find their way into the indoor air. 

Make sure you house has a carbon monoxide detector and has been tested for radon. Use as many non-toxic cleaners as possible when cleaning your home. If you have a smoker in the house, please, ask them to take their smoke outdoors. The same goes for vape smoke too. It may be hard to quit smoking in t his time of stress , but that would be an obvious goal for the future. Secondhand smoke is quite dangerous—especially for younger lungs. 

Cooking odors, especially from frying, can put pollutants into the air inside the home. Be sure and use proper ventilation when cooking.

This last hint might be harder to follow – but consider removing your shoes when you come in the house. The bottoms of your shoes bring in dirt, pollen, bacteria and pesticides. Your home will be cleaner if you shed outdoor shoes for indoor shoes.
 
EARTH STEWARD ACTION:  Next time you are out for necessary items, consider purchasing a few indoor plants. Please, keep our nation’s first responders, nurses, doctors and necessary workers in your daily prayers.


All past TEST articles are available on our website at http://trinitylawrence.org/trinity-environmental-stewardship-team/
Upside of the lockdown – No vehicles and no factory operation means no pollution. The mountains can be seen in all their glory. Praise God!

News from Nepal

Hi everyone. I hope you are staying home and staying safe. We are still on total lockdown here in Nepal, and the date has (so far) been extended until at least April 8. They have not really started any meaningful testing yet but have had five confirmed cases and five suspected deaths (pending results) so we know it is out there.

The situation here is tricky, as we have no real information as to the extent of the infection, but lockdown is quickly putting many families in danger of complete poverty or even of starving to death. Most workers work for a daily wage and many have already run out of money due to zero work. Prices of things that are available have also gone up – so for some perspective, my Nepali mom works 10 hours a day, seven days a week in a factory for a little less than $2/day. A kilogram of oranges (2.2 lbs.) costs about $2.50. She has to work more than 10 hours to buy 2 lbs. of oranges! So people like that were already struggling to survive even with jobs. With no income, they have nothing to feed their families.

This is true all over the developing world, so please keep them in your prayers! Pray for the government to make decisions that protect the public, but also for them to provide for people who are in desperate need as a result of the current situation.

No worries about me, right now – I am fine, safe, and out of harm's way in my Kathmandu apartment with enough supplies to last much longer than needed. 

Thank you!
Karin Feltman
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Episcopal Summer
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Ministry Opportunities
THIS WEEK AT TRINITY

Friday, April 2
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, April 4
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, April 5
Palm Sunday
9:30 a.m., Trinity Kids with Anne – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Livestream
Noon, Music Concert – Livestream
4:30 p.m., Youth Group – Zoom

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

Tuesday, April 7
1 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, April 8
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, April 9
7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Service – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

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

Saturday, April 11
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

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