The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of February 23, 2020
O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Last Sunday
after Epiphany
Sunday, February 23, 2020

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  
Lector: Marian Wilbur
Chalice: Donna Olson, Nancy Pauw
Intercessor: Carol Hatton
Usher: Claudette Johns

10:30 a.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Joanne Feist,
Jennifer Attocknie
Chalice: Jonah Brandley,
Kim Mandle
Intercessor: Mary Donovan
Verger: Donna Griffin
Acolytes: Ari Myers-Arenth,
Caroline Schmidt,
Claire Schmidt
Ushers: Harlanne Roberts,
Bruce Roberts, Bob Sanner,
Jennifer Sanner

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Noon. - Imposition of Ashes  
Lector: Marian Wilbur, Dean Bevan
Chalice: Gail Griffin
Usher: Ray Wilbur, Greg Hazen

7 p.m. - Imposition of Ashes
Lector: Katie Becker,
Sandra Wiechert
Chalice: Donna Griffin
Usher: Chuck Olcese

Thursday after Ash Wednesday
Thursday, February 27
Noon - Lenten Healing Service
Lector: William Perkins
Chalice: Kim Mandle


PRELUDE Allegretto (C.V. Stanford)

ENTRANCE HYMN (137) O wondrous type! O vision fair (Wareham)

SEQUENCE HYMN (123) Alleluia, song of gladness (Tibi, Christe, splendor Patris)  

ANTHEM Grace (Mark Hayes) 
Erin Zipper, piano 

OFFERTORY HYMN (380 v3) Praise God from whom all blessings ( Old 100th)

COMMUNION HYMN (427) When morning gilds the skies (Laudes Domini) 

CLOSING HYMN (307) Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendor (Bryn Calfaria) 

POSTLUDE Allegro non troppo e pesante (C.V. Stanford) 

Altar Guild:
Katie Becker, Nora Clark, Cheryl Flessing, Dru Sampson, Bonnie Briscoe, Holly Hulburt, Gail Griffin

Flower Guild:
Mary Stauffer

  Altar Flowers

This Sunday's Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God
 The Liturgy of the Word

View the complete lectionary reading at
Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group
Date: Sunday, Feb. 23
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Parish Hall
Description: This Sunday we will talk about Lent, Mardi Gras and our Anglican tradition of Shrove Tuesday .
We are meeting in the Parish Hall this week. Please spread the word

Upcoming Event: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Location: Parish Hall
Description: Annual pancake supper to benefit our Youth Group summer camp costs. Details in the full article.

Upcoming Event: Imposition of Ashes
Date:  Wednesday, Feb. 26
Time:  Noon and 7 p.m.
Location: Trinity
Description:  The imposition of ashes (crosses on foreheads) will mark the beginning of the Lenten season. Before the evening service, a light vegetarian dinner will be served in the parish hall at 6 p.m.

Upcoming Event: Thursday Noon Service
Date:  Thursday, Feb. 27
Time:  Noon
Location: Matthews Chapel
Description: Eucharist service with the laying on of hands and anointing for healing. See details in full article.

Upcoming Event: Women's
Quest-ioning Group
Date: Thursday, Feb. 27
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Jackson  Kemper Room
Description:  Join our women's group for a 10-week video review of  Journey of the Universe: Conversations. 
Details in the full article.
From the Rector's desk...

“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.” (Matthew 5:29-30)

Strong words. Mary Donovan, in her sermon Sunday, called them “parental.” Another good word might be “hyperbolic.” 

Just as Jesus assuredly could see a situation in which divorce outside of adultery would not only be reasonable, but necessary (such as in the case of one partner being physically or emotionally abusive to another), I find it difficult to think that Jesus is actually endorsing the maiming on oneself as a prophylactic against sin.

Instead, what I think Jesus is trying very hard to convey to us is the importance of struggling against all kinds of sin, not just the “big stuff.” He references murder, for example, in verse 21 as an obvious example of a sin all of us know to avoid. But lying, insulting other people, or holding grudges – things we do with some regularity – have dire consequences, not just in the realm of spiritual judgement, but in our immediate lives. These actions can lead to incalculable harm to ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, and our relationship with God.

So hopefully no one is severing hands these days, but hopefully you are asking yourself how far you would go to avoid the things in your life that can lead you to sin, because it is too easy to just casually dismiss the small things that can lead to much bigger problems down the road.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
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Adult Forum

The Adult Forum is the study of the Book of Job. Join us as we explore Job chapter by chapter. This week we will review Job 15:5-6, 9-10, 20; 16:19-21; 19:5-6, 25-27; 21:7-9.

The Adult Forum meets at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings in the Library.
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We would like to know about hospitalizations, illnesses or special needs you are experiencing. Please call Father Rob, Deacon Deborah Burns, the Church office or a Vestry member so that we can help.
Middle and Senior High
Youth Group

This Sunday we will talk about Lent, Mardi Gras and our Anglican Tradition of Shrove Tuesday.  

Trinity Youth Group meets at 6 p.m. every Sunday evening during the school year in the Parish Hall with a monthly excursion off site. Youths in grades six to 12 are welcome to join Sunday evenings and to bring a guest. Please spread the word.
Vestry Retreat

Members of the Vestry request your prayers for our retreat Saturday, Feb. 22. Vestry members will be oriented to the responsibilities of Vestry and receive an introduction to Trinity finances. This time together is very important to the life and ministry of Trinity, and we would appreciate your prayers.
The first of seven Lenten Taize services will be held at 6 p.m., Feb. 28, at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave. Additional Lenten services, all starting at 6 p.m.:

  • Friday, March 6, at Westside Presbyterian
  • Friday, March 13, at First United Methodist, downtown campus
  • Sunday, March 22, at First Baptist
  • Friday, March 27 at Plymouth Congregational
  • Friday, April 3, at St. John the Evangelist, Stations of the Cross Taize service.

On Good Friday, Peace Mennonite will host a labyrinth walk at 6:30, following by a Taize Tenebrae service at 7:30. 

All are welcome to these ecumenical services of simple song, scripture, readings, candlelight, instruments and brief moments of silence.

To receive information about upcoming Taize services, email Judith Galas,
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, Amy, Ruth, Harold, Sharon, Glenna, Kevin, Dave, Megan, Greg, Melissa, Harold, Mike, Chris, Billie, Kim

Pray for those with special intentions: 
Dane and Natalie, Robbie, Dale, Nicolette, the Van Schmus family, the Hallberg family

Pray for those in the hospital: Christina, Arienne, Mary Jane

Pray for the departed:  Betty Bob Wagner, Dee Ann Harnden , Julie Neider , Esther Wolfe, Randy Gebhards, Carolyn Voran, Steven Hawkins, Glenn Deck, Ruth Norris
Coffee Hour

Thanks to all the families that provided fine foods for the Coffee Hours. Sign up sheets for March and April are posted. If you would like to provide snacks and work the coffee pots, there are many openings to choose from.
TEST Tidbits: Perspective View
of Earth

It has been 52 years since the Apollo 8 Mission looped around the moon and astronaut Bill Anders took his famous Earthrise” photo. That photo allowed people to see how special our “blue marble” was against the vastness of space.

Even 50 years later, our planet, it seems, is the only one supporting human life. What makes us so special? It appears we are in just the right spot in our Milky Way Galaxy. The star that is our sun is very stable and long lasting. We are not too close nor too far from our sun and our big moon makes our axial wobble more stable. We have seasons and we have liquid water. We have a carbon cycle that warms our surface and promotes life and an ozone layer that protects us from excess radiation.

The topography of the earth has allowed for different habitats and promoted great biodiversity. Our magnetic field protects us from cosmic rays and solar flares. We are far enough away from big planets to resist their magnetic pull, and our galactic path helps us avoid the huge black hole at the heart of our galaxy. Perhaps most importantly, our religious faith teaches us that at “God’s command all things came to be; the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses and this fragile earth our island home.” Our faith also teaches us that we are to steward this God-given gift of life.

Thus, we have seen the image of our earthly home standing out as unique in the vast universe, we have the scientific explanation of how life is supported by our earth’s “sweet spot” in our galaxy and we have the religious overview of God’s creative nature. 

What are we to do with such a wide perspective of earth? Fifty some years after the “Earthrise” photo, we are more aware of what a great excess of man-made carbon dioxide is doing to our climate systems and how certain emissions can poke holes in our ozone layer. 

Yet, there are those who have not yet looked at earth with such a wide perspective. Can you think of creative ways of promoting the Earth Steward’s perspective on the uniqueness of our planet?

EARTH STEWARD ACTION: Please pray for the life-sustaining health of our earthly home and for our leaders and policy makers. Pray they too will view the earth as our only viable home. (Please see the bulletin board in the Parish Hall.)

SOURCES:  March 2018 edition of The National Geographic Magazine (article entitled Beyond the Blue Marble by Nadia Drake; and the photo essay One Strange Rock” by Manuel Canales, Matt Chwastyk and Eve Conant); The Book of Common Prayer (selection from Eucharistic Prayer C.)

Also please remember all past TEST articles are available on our website at
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Join us from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in our Parish Hall. The menu will include pancakes, blueberry pancakes, apple sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee. Gluten-free pancakes will also be available. Proceeds will again go to sending kids to church camp this summer. Bring friends, family, and strangers off the street. Wear your bling! Wear your throws! Tiaras optional.
Thursday Noon Service

Lent is a time for spiritual reflection and reconciliation. It is also a time to pray for recovery and renewal in one’s life. Throughout the Lenten season, Trinity will be offering a noonday service on Thursdays for the laying on of hands and anointing for healing. This simple service will be held in the Matthews Chapel and will feature a brief Eucharist as well.
Ash Wednesday Dinner

A light vegetarian dinner will be served at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 prior to the 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday service. All are welcome to attend.
At the beginning of the observance of the holy season of Lent, we take a day to reflect upon the frailness and unpredictability of life. This is especially noteworthy as it informs us that we may not have “all the time in the world” to seek forgiveness from God and others, make changes, and rectify the errors of our ways. As a tangible reminder of this, we have ashes imposed upon our foreheads in the shape of the cross of Christ who saves us, with the words “remember that you are but dust, and to dust you shall return.” 

Whether you choose to keep the ashes on your forehead for the remainder of the day or wipe it off immediately is a matter of personal piety, but I hope you will consider joining us for Ash Wednesday services at noon and 7 p.m. Feb. 26.

A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m. prior to our evening service. All are welcome to attend.

Also if you know of someone who would like to receive ashes but cannot make the service, please let us know and we will try to have someone visit to do the imposition at their home.
Women's Quest-ioning

The  Journey of the Universe  group will meet in the Kemper Room at 1:30-3:00 this coming Thursday, February 27.  We will be viewing “The Passion of Animals” and “The Origin of the Human.”  An informal group discussion will follow.

This program is open everyone.  For more information about our group, contact one of the members listed below.  To learn about the video series, visit s .

Debbie Burns 331-9673; Louie Galloway 312-1669; Pat Miller 841-8294; Prudy Sieg 424‑7667; Tudy Youngberg 218-2283
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Save the Dates

Lenten Series
Wednesday Evenings
March 4 to April 1 7:15 p.m.
Matthews Chapel

Episcopal Summer Mega Camp  
Sunday, May 31, 2:30 p.m. to Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.
Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, Kansas
Vestry Meetings

The next scheduled Vestry meetings are:

February Vestry Retreat
March 23
April 20

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

Minutes through October have been added to our website.
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

Thursday, February 20
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures
1:30 p.m., Women's Quest-ioning
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

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

Saturday, February 22
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Vestry Retreat offsite

Sunday, February 23
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., Coffee Hour
6-7:30 p.m., Youth Group in Parish Hall

Monday, February 24
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, February 25
10:30 a.m., Staff meeting
1 p.m., Food Pantry
5-7:30 p.m., Shrove Tuesday Pancake Feed

Wednesday, February 26
Ash Wednesday
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
Noon, Imposition of Ashes
6 p.m., Light Evening Dinner
7 p.m., Imposition of Ashes

Thursday, February 27
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures
Noon, Thursday Lenten service in Matthews Chapel
1:30 p.m., Women's Quest-ioning
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

Friday, February 28
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
6 p.m., Lenten Taize service at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries

Saturday, February 29
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, March 1
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., Coffee Hour
6-7:30 p.m., Youth Group in Parish Hall
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