The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of August 11, 2019
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; 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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your faith and connect with the community.
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, August 11, 2019

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  

Chalice Bearers: Gail Griffin , Donna Griffin
Lector: Marian Wilbur
Intercessor: Ray Wilbur
Usher: Judy Allen

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

Chalice Bearers: Janine Cox, Donna Olson
Lectors: Barbara Cook, Terry Mandle
Intercessor: Carol Hatton
Verger: David Severance
Acolytes: Caroline Schmidt, Claire Schmidt, Ari Myers-Arenth
Ushers:   John Broholm, 
Alison Myers-Arenth, Craig Myers-Arenth, John Bullock

Altar Guild:
Carl Edwards, Margaret Bearse, Lynn Segebrecht, Carol Hatton, Katherine McGillivray, Melissa Padgett


Entrance Hymn: 48 O day of radiant gladness (Es flog ein kleins Waldvögelein)

Sequence Hymn: 68 Rejoice! rejoice, believers (Llangloffan)

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

Communion Hymn: 316 This is the hour of banquet and of song (Canticum refectionis)

Closing Hymn: 636 How firm a foundation (Foundation)

  Altar Flowers

Altar flowers for this Sunday are for the glory of God and Given by Mary Mozingo in loving memory of her son, Sam
 The Liturgy of the Word

See the complete lectionary reading at
Upcoming Event: Alphabet Soup parents group  meeting
Date:  Sunday, August 11
Time:  Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Jackson Kemper Room
Description: We will have a potluck lunch after the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday. Parents and caregivers for children with behavioral, emotional, physical or intellectual challenges are invited to attend. The lunch will take place in the downstairs Jackson Kemper Room.

Upcoming Event : Friendship Circle
Date: Sunday, August 11
Time: Noon
Location: Parish Hall
Description: We’ll visit a restaurant and enjoy some conversations. The Friendship Circle welcomes those who are widowed, divorced, single or just seeking friendship from parishioners. Come join us! For further information contact Susan Ralston,
843-3920, or
From the Rector's desk..

I am on vacation this week (I wrote this article in advance, in case you are curious) and during this time I’m not off on some off-roading adventure or visiting family, but instead am tackling the huge task of destroying the deck in my backyard and replacing it with a patio.

That rickety old deck has had a lot of traffic on it the last nine years: meals grilled on the barbecue and eaten around the table, late-night conversations around the fire pit, dogs lounging in the sun (or under it if it got too hot). But the last few months the wood finally began to get to be too rotten, boards loosened and broke, and Mandy and I realized it was time for it to go.

As I have been engaged in the destruction (and eventual restoration) of a vestibular space in my home, I have been thinking about what makes spaces like this special in our church. As we gather to worship, there are two spaces in particular that seem to fill a particular function: the traditional narthex (located in the back of the church near the baptismal font) and the atrium, which is by the side entrance. The narthex is more traditional and formal: a place to briefly welcome and be welcomed, and for some a place to piously “wash away” the dust of the world that we might be unintentionally carrying with us as we enter God’s house. I generally don’t consider it a place to gather long, or engage in lengthy (or worse, loud) conversation, because of its close proximity to those who are already collecting themselves to pray. It also provides a bit of a liminal space for those of us with young children who need to, for their benefit, step away enough to tend to their needs but also continue to participate in the service.

The atrium, on the other hand, is distinctly the crossroads of the church. With multiple egresses you can head for a restroom, the sacristy to adorn vestments, the library, the stairs or elevators to get to other levels, and the colonnade to get to the nursery and beyond. It is a place to tarry longer, to engage more, and to take a quick peek at racks of tracts or bulletin board announcements to learn more about the church. I have thought from time to time it is a place that deserves more attention, more thought, about how we use it as the primary gathering place for members and visitors as they attend or depart worship on Sunday.

I’m writing this reflection in hopes that you too will pause and consider this place and the many ways in which we use and benefit from it. Hopefully someday soon I’ll finish my own vestibular space and begin to enjoy it as much as I do the welcoming spaces in our parish.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Adult Form

The Adult Forum explores 2 Timothy beginning August 11.

If Paul’s second letter to Timothy described a faithful congregation, Paul’s second letter to a timid but talented student describes what it means to be a faithful minister. The Adult Forum will read and discuss this letter, and how it applies to all Christians hoping to overcome their own insecurities and embrace a life of discipleship.

The Adult Forum meets at 9:30 a.m. in the downstairs Jackson Kemper Room.
Fr. Rob Announcements

We are also bidding a fond farewell to Deb Beckley, Trinity's Youth Director, who is leaving Lawrence to teach physics and Bible as an overseas missionary. We wish her all the best and God's blessings in this new chapter of her life. We will be having a goodbye party for her on August 11 after the 10:30 a.m. service. That event will serve a dual purpose of also celebrating the first anniversary of Fr. Rob and Mandy Baldwin. All are invited.

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: 
Laura, Gwenyth, Velta Rose, Mike, Richard, Ann, Larrie, Glenna, Oliva, DJ, Bob, Joanne, Amy, Dianna, Aaron, David, Erin, Amy, Kandra, Sherry, Bennett

Prayer for those with special intentions:  
Aron, Ingrid, Jennifer, Matt, Jacob, Debbie, Cyndi, Ellen, Karen, Ian, the Patterson and Leitch families

Prayer for those in the hospital:
Richard, Dick, Griffin, Edith, Neil, Gail, Kathy, Trudy, Judy, JJ, Ben

Pray for the departed: Max Falkenstein, Victor, Suzanne, Judge Terry Bullock
BackSnack Program
prepares for another year  

The school summer break is almost over and elementary students across Lawrence are already thinking about what to expect in the next grade. Will my friends be in the same class? Will I like my teacher? Can I get a new pair of tennis shoes for the start of school? Our Lawrence students should not have to worry about meals over the weekend.
The BackSnack program at Trinity provides packages filled with nutritious, child-friendly food for hungry schoolchildren to take home over the weekend. The program is sponsored by the Harvesters food bank and touches more than 100,000 children in Harvesters' service area. These children may receive free and reduced-price school meals during the week, but many of those are at risk of hunger on weekends.

In Lawrence, the BackSnack program is a partnership between Harvesters, Lawrence Public Schools and the volunteers at Trinity Episcopal Church. The BackSnack program is currently in 12 elementary schools in Lawrence. Harvesters provides the basic food packages. Trinity volunteers facilitate receiving the BackSnack food from Harvesters, supplement the Harvesters offerings with fresh fruit and distribute the packs to the schools.

If you would like to volunteer to help BackSnack or donate to this valuable program, contact Trinity members Greg Hazen ( or Tod Sutton (  
July, of course, is in the midst of summer and is usually warm and uncomfortable—so why are the climate scientists saying that this July of 2019 is different? In fact some of these scientists are now replacing the term climate change with climate emergency! 

Opinions can differ, but clearly this July has been shown as the hottest month ever—since records have been kept. The World Meteorological Organization and the European Union’s Copernicus Program stated that this July’s recorded temperatures surpassed 2016 figures and were about 1.2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial levels and fast approaching the 1.5 degree Celsius rise that the Paris Accord set as the limit of change. July heat waves hit Paris (108.6 degrees Fahrenheit), Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands (104-105 degrees Fahrenheit).

There are drought and drinking water emergencies in India, wildfires in the Arctic (releasing 100 megatons of carbon dioxide), loss of the ice sheet in Greenland (197 billion tons of lost ice—the average summer sees only 60 million tons of lost ice.), and extreme heat waves in the U.S. (Anchorage, Alaska—hottest July ever).

All of this heat is occurring in a non-El Nino year, which is another danger signal, because an El Nino year is usually warmer. Clearly, we must stop this trend. It is affecting human health and worldwide food security issues, causing economic upset (think losses from extreme floods, fires, tornadoes, etc.), and, of course, damaging the web of life that supports and sustains the planet.

Visit the Trinity website for full and past articles 

Please vote and advocate sustainable policies and leaders at all levels. We can also plant shade trees, purchase energy star appliances, change to a cool roof that reflects heat, “beef up” insulation in our homes, use ceiling fans and wear light clothing.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers

If a member of your household would like to receive the Eucharist and because of illness or age cannot come to church, our Lay Eucharistic Team will bring the Sacrament to you.

The Episcopal Church defines a Lay Eucharistic Minister, or LEM, as a layperson who assists the priest in administering the sacraments of Holy Communion, the consecrated bread and wine. LEMs may also take the sacraments to those who are ill, or otherwise unable to attend services. At Trinity, our Eucharistic Visitors act under the direction of Deacon Deborah Burns. If you need this service, please notify Deacon Deborah Burns at  
Vestry Meetings

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

August 26
September 23
October 28

All meetings are open to the congregation and start at 6:30 p.m. The minutes of each meeting are posted to the Church bulletin board and Trinity Vestry Minutes...

Minutes through May have been added to our website.
Reminder that articles for our newsletter should be sent to by noon Wednesday each week. The newsletters are also available on our website and Facebook page.
Forward Day by Day  for August, September and October is ready 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.
Ministry Opportunities

Friday, August 9
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, August 10
9:00 a.m., Organ practice
10:00 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, August 11
Blessing of the backpacks
8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m., Adult Forum
10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 a.m., Beckley and Baldwin celebrations
Noon, Friendship Circle dinner

Monday, August 12
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, August 13
10:30 a.m, Staff meeting
2:00 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, August 14
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
6:00 p.m., Evening Dinner
6:45 p.m., Evening Prayer

Thursday, August 15
10:00 a.m., Trinity Treasures

Friday, August 916
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, August 17
9:00 a.m, Organ practice
10:00 a.m., Food Pantry
7:00 p.m., Board Games and Beer

Sunday, August 18
Discretionary Sunday
8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m., Adult Forum
10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 a.m., Coffee Hour
Noon,   Alphabet Soup parents group
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