The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of March 8, 2020
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Second Sunday in Lent
Sunday, March 8, 2020

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  
Lector: Tod Sutton
Chalice:  Donna Griffin, Gail Griffin
Intercessor: Marian Wilbur
Usher: Diana Dyal

10:30 a.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Karen Keim, Dean Bevan
Chalice: Leslie Foust, Gail Griffin
Intercessor: Janine Cox
Verger: Donna Griffin
Acolytes: Lailah Lewis, Dylan Eldridge, Max Eldridge
Ushers: Katie Becker, Katie Bieker, DuWayne Kramer, Linda McCoy


PRELUDE O God, Thou Faithful God (Johannes) 

ENTRANCE HYMN (473) Lift high the cross (Crucifer) 

SEQUENCE HYMN (294) Baptized in water (sung to Bunessan “Morning has broken”)

ANTHEM Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Lends (Mack Wilberg); Jeff Cowger, piper

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

COMMUNION HYMN (313) Let thy Blood in mercy (Jesus, meine Zuversicht )  

CLOSING HYMN (636) How firm a foundation, ye saints (Foundation)

POSTLUDE Psalm 20 (Benedet) 

Thursday in the Second Week of Lent
Thursday, March 12
Noon - Lenten Healing Service

Lector: Bonnie Briscoe
Chalice: Deacon Burns

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

Flower Guild:
Mary Stauffer, Donna Griffin, Pat Kehde, Terry Mandle, Pam Paden, Connie Price

  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: Friendship Circle
Date: Sunday, March 8
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Bishop Kemper Room
Description: The Friendship Circle will meet after the 10:30 service. Chicken and wild rice soup will be provided. Please bring some food to share. The Friendship Circle welcomes those who are widowed, divorced, single, or who are seeking friendship from parishioners. All are welcome.
Susan Ralston, coordinator

Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group
Date: Sunday, March 8
Time:  No meeting.
Description: We are taking a spring break and there will be no meeting. Next meeting on March 15 in the Parish Hall.

Upcoming Event: Evening Dinner and Prayer Service
Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Parish Hall
Description: We will be serving a vegetarian meal during the Lenten season. This week we will be serving Gruyere Strata. Please join us for our meal and stay for Evening Prayers.

Upcoming Event: Lenten Series
Date:  Wednesday, March 11
Time:  7:15 p.m.
Location: Matthews Center Chapel
Description: A series of programs will be offered during Lent on Wednesday evenings. Please view the full article for details.

Upcoming Event: Thursday Noon Service
Date:  Thursday, March 12
Time:  Noon
Location: Matthews Center 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, Mar. 12
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.

Upcoming Event: Men's Holy-Stir It
Date:  Thursday, March 12
Time:  5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location:  The Big Mill, 9th and Mississippi streets
Description: There will be samplings and you can order drinks to enjoy. RSVP to or sign up after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday. All are welcome to join.
From the Rector's desk...

Last Sunday I described the nature of Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11) as broadly defined as the temptation to fail, the temptation of not having to live up to expectations. But it pays to look specifically at the nature of the temptations posed to Jesus, because they provide a pretty handy breakdown of the temptations that afflict our lives.

“If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” The first temptation is one of straight-up human need. It is the temptation of scarcity, the fear of not having enough for one’s own self. Jesus’ response is that God has provided for all of our needs already.

“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down…” The second temptation is that perhaps Jesus is not loved enough to be rescued from harm. It is the temptation of loneliness, abandonment, and the lack of self-worth. Jesus’ response is that he does not need proof of God’s love, but has confidence in it.

“All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” The third temptation is the one of easy pleasure, quick rewards, and pointless goals. Jesus’ response is that the life dedicated to God is the one of real value.

When we engage in the Lenten disciple of self-examination and conviction, it is good for us to understand what truly tempts us. Is it anxiety about our needs, love, or goals? And does Jesus’ own Scripture-quoting responses inspire us to seek God in our own answers to these temptations?

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 7-8.

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 Fr. Rob, Deacon Deborah Burns, the Church office or a Vestry member so that we can help.

On Tuesday, March 17, Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Margaret's Episcopal Church will serve with the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK) at the First Christian Church, 1000 Kentucky.

Please sign up in the Parish Hall to provide casseroles, milk, fruit (especially bananas), and bread. Signup sheets will be available on Sunday, March 15, at the table by the kitchen; or you may call or email Orean Kent before that date to sign up.

We need casseroles that will serve 10-12 (please deliver warm, not frozen), food of other types, and really importantly, people to join us in the kitchen (down the stairs on 10th Street, just off the alley between Vermont and Kentucky) at noon on that Tuesday.

We are happy to have food left in the kitchen at Trinity on Sunday and we will take it to LINK on Tuesday. Orean Kent shops for LINK on Monday.

Orean Kent ( or 842-8021) and Catherine Hale Robins are co-chairs for LINK; you may contact Orean to let her know what you are bringing or if you have questions.
Vestry Meetings

The next scheduled Vestry meetings are:

April 6
May 4
June 1

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 January have been added to our website and bulletin board in Parish Hall.
Kansas 2 Kenya

SAVE THE DATE - The annual Kansas 2 Kenya "K2K" Fundraiser will once again be held at St. Thomas this year on Saturday, April 18.  

The details with sign up information will be coming out soon. This is the one and only annual fundraising event that raises funds solely for K2K projects in Kenya. None of the money raised goes toward travel expenses or administrative costs of the mission.
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, Glenna, Megan, Greg, Melissa, Mike, Chris, Billie, Nate, Tiffany, Peter, Dianne, Russ, Jay, Wayne, Doug, Scott, Christina, Verla

Pray for those with special intentions: 
Dane and Natalie, Nicolette, Erin, Carson, Cassie, Michael, Sabrina, Josh, Matthew, Nicole, David, Barb, Hunter, Logan, Ellen, Gerry, Madeline and Frances, the Schwaller family, the Van Schmus family

Pray for those in the hospital: Arienne, Mary Jane, Lea, Jon   

Pray for the departed:  Toni Alice Joy Lewis, Kathy Bruner, Nancy Winn, Lois Satterlee, Trevor Messenger, Sheila Gebhards  
Time Change Spring
It is that Spring Forward Weekend which we all enjoy. Most all time devices will auto adjust but if still have those old old clocks, make sure you set them forward to make it to Church on time. One of the fondest memories you can have is getting the kids all ready for Sunday morning service and walking up to the front doors just as others start coming out...
Women's Dinner Group

First meeting of our Women's Dinner Group held on March 3, with good conversation and fellowship. Our next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on April 7. We're hoping to have you join us. More details in the newsletter later in the month.
TEST Tidbits: Time for
a Mini Break?

Most of us would agree that we need a break. We are worried over the spread of the corona virus, the election non-stop polling and rallies, the uncertainty in the world economy, continued environmental assaults and our own personal issues. 

Of course, we know that taking a break does not address issues, but health experts tell us that taking even a short time away from stress to reconnect with nature will sooth our anxiety and give us time for reflection and a sense of calm to address issues in a creative manner. 

Our Lenten discipline can deepen our spiritual life – but, sometimes, it takes a mini break to allow us the time to begin on the Lenten path. Your mini break could be as close as your own back door. It is OK to say yes to a mini break.

          When despair for the world grows in me
            and I wake in the night at the least sound
            In fear of what my life and my children’s lives might be,
            I go and lie down where the wood drake
            rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
            I come into the peace of wild things
           who do not tax their lives with forethought
           of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
           And I feel above me the day-blind stars
           waiting with their light. For a time
           I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
                        Wendell Berry 
EARTH STEWARD ACTION: Please plan a time away from the cares and issues of the day in which you reconnect with nature and her rhythms. If you have not chosen a Lenten discipline, this might give you space to consider one.

SOURCE: "Earth Prayers From Around the World," edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon—poem by Wendell Berry, page 102.

Also please remember all past TEST articles are available on our website at
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 noon service on Thursdays for the laying on of hands and anointing for healing. This simple service will be held in the Matthews Center Chapel and will feature a brief Eucharist as well.
Wednesday Evening
Lenten Programs

A series of programs will be offered during Lent at 7:15 on Wednesday evenings in the Matthews Center Chapel. A vegetarian meal will be served beforehand in our Parish Hall at 6 p.m.

  • March 11, The Rev. George Wiley: Reflections on Lent

  • March 18, Mary Donovan: Visio Divina

  • March 25, Mary Donovan: Lectio Divina

  • April 1, Mary Donovan: Benedictine prayer practices

  • April 8, Fr. Laird MacGregor: The Power of Personal Prayer

Join us in this opportunity to reflect on what Lent means to us and as we explore spiritual practices that may be new to us, but which are actually very old.
Lay Weeders

Do you like to be outside enjoying God's beautiful creation? Are you looking for a way to contribute to the mission of Trinity? Do you know the difference between a weed and a flower? Then you could be a Lay Weeder. 

Lay Weeders maintain the flower beds and planted areas around the church. We don't have to mow the lawn, but we weed, water, prune and rake to keep the church yard beautiful. Sometimes we work together and sometimes we work independently.

Our first spring cleanup day will be Saturday, March 28, weather permitting. We'll start around 9:00. 

If you'd like to join us or if you have questions, call Camille Olcese: 620/704-4180 or email:
Women's Quest-ioning Group

We will be viewing “The Origin of the Human.” An informal group discussion will follow.We will be viewing “The Origin of the Human.” An informal group discussion will follow.

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

Debbie Burns 331-9673; Louie Galloway 312-1669; Pat Miller 841-8294; Prudy Sieg 424‑7667; Tudy Youngberg 218-2283
Altar Flowers:
A Great Way to Celebrate
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, a 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 signup forms are in the Church office. 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.
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Save the Dates

DACA, The Supreme Court and Why You Should Care
March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium

Lay Weeders
Saturday March 28

K2K Fundraiser
Saturday, April 18 
St Thomas Episcopal Church 

Middle School Retreat
May 1-3, 2020
St. Thomas the Apostle,
Overland Park
Who: Grades 6-8

Episcopal Summer Mega Camp  
Sunday, May 31, 2:30 p.m. to
Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.
Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, Kansas
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, March 5
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures
Noon, Lenten service in Matthews Center Chapel
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

Friday, March 6
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
6 p.m., Lenten Taize service at Westside Presbyterian

Saturday, March 7
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry
2 p.m., Erin Flessing/Tim Otter Wedding

Sunday, March 8
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
12:15 p.m., Friendship Circle Dinner
2:00 p.m., Lawrence Gamers Guild
6-7:30 p.m., Youth Group Spring Break, no meeting

Monday, March 9
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, March 10
10:30 a.m., Staff meeting
1 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, March 11
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
6 p.m., Evening Dinner
6:45 p.m., Evening Prayer
7:15 p.m., Lenten Series in Matthews Center Chapel

Thursday, March 12
9:30 a.m., Brandon Woods Service
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures
Noon, Lenten service in Matthews Center Chapel
1:30 p.m., Women's Quest-ioning Group
5:30 p.m., Men's Holy Stir-It
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

Friday, March 13
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
6 p.m., Lenten Taize service at First United Methodist, downtown campus

Saturday, March 14
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, March 15
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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