The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of February 16, 2020
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; 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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Discretionary Sunday
Sixth Sunday
after Epiphany
Sunday, February 16, 2020

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  
Lector: Matt Eichman
Chalice: Donna Olson, Nancy Pauw
Intercessor: Carol Hatton
Usher: Derek Pauw

10:30 a.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Terry Mandle, Kimberly Patterson
Chalice: Carl Edwards, Glenna Kleinkauf
Intercessor: Sandra Wiechert
Verger: Glenna Kleinkauf
Acolytes: Geme Ajekwu, Dylan Eldridge, Max Eldridge
Ushers: Garth Burns, Jerry Hanson, Nancy Hanson, 
Chuck Olcese


PRELUDE Fugue in C Major (Dietrich Buxtehude)

ENTRANCE HYMN (525) The Church's one foundation (Aurelia) 

SEQUENCE HYMN (635) If thou but trust in God (Wer nur den lieben Gott) 

ANTHEM Only Jesus (Amy Tate Williams)

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

COMMUNION HYMN (474) When I survey the wondrous cross (Rockingham)

CLOSING HYMN (344) Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing (Sicilian Mariners) 

POSTLUDE If Thou but Trust in God to Guide Thee (J.S. Bach)

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

Flower Guild:
Donna Griffin

  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. 16
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Parish Hall
Description:  This week we will be talking about the word “alleluia” and what we have to be grateful for in our lives.
We will meet in the Parish Hall this week. See full article below for details.

Upcoming Event: Christian Classics
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 19
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Trinity Library
Description: Christian Classics will discuss "The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism," edited by Bernard McGinn. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Event: Women's
Quest-ioning Group
Date: Thursday, Feb. 20
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Jackson  Kemper Room
Description: Meeting scheduled for February 13 moved to February 20 due to the cold weather. 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...

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”

This passage from last Sunday’s Gospel seems to be at odds with other lessons of Jesus in which he appears to refute popular interpretations of the Scriptures, including observations of the Sabbath, cleanliness rites, etc. He goes on to praise the Pharisees, who are usually positioned as Jesus’ rivals and foils to his ministry. How then are we to make sense of this particular passage as it relates to the larger message of Jesus’ teachings?

I read a parable in connection to this particular passage. Imagine a concert violinist, the first chair of a prestigious orchestra, visiting a junior high school band class. The violin students there have been taught by their band director; they've practiced regularly but play at a level nowhere near approaching the skill of the professional. In talking to the students, could you imagine the violinist saying to the students, “Let’s just forget everything and stick to what you know now,” or would the violinist clarify, teach, and inspire the students to what they might accomplish in their own lives? Could the violinist share what a lifetime’s dedication to the craft could be?

To put it another way, the Scriptures do not exist to teach us how to love, but God’s love teaches us how to understand the Scriptures. And in that way, Jesus Christ, the ultimate expression of God’s love, becomes the perfected form of that understanding.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Women’s Quest-ioning Group

Join our women's group to view  Journey of the Universe:Conversations in the Kemper Room at 1:30-3 this Thursday, Feb, 20. 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
Long newsletter this week. If you do not see the "This Week at Trinity" at the bottom of the newsletter, there should be an expand button to click to view our complete newsletter.
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 4:6-7; 6:2-3,24; 8:4-8; 11:6b,13-15; 13:4,22-25.

The Adult Forum meets at 9:30 Sunday mornings in the Jackson Kemper Room.
burning candle
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

Will be talking about the word “alleluia” and what we have to be grateful for in our lives. 

Trinity Youth Group meets at 6 p.m. every Sunday evening during the school year in our Parish Hall with a monthly excursion off site. Youth 6 to 12 grade are welcome to join Sunday evenings and to bring a guest. Please spread the word.
Trinity Interfaith
Food Pantry  
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry (TIFP) was open eight days in January 2020 and served 240 families (including 139 children, 366 adults, 20 senior adults — with 22 new households enrolled). So far in 2020, the food pantry has been open eight days and has served 525 people in 240 families.

During January, TIFP ordered 2,184 lbs. of food from Harvesters and also received 388 lbs. of produce along with approximately 300 loaves of bread at no charge.

The total expense in January for food purchased locally and through Harvesters was $1,467.70, and the total retail equivalent value of all food provided (food that was donated and purchased for the 240 families) was $4,842.45.

Volunteers from Trinity, the community and other churches helped serve 230 people in 115 cars who came to the Mobile Food Distribution at the First Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The food pantry now provides patrons with an option to choose one bag of food plus other cold food monthly, or to choose six food items of all foods weekly to better meet the needs of some patrons to acquire food on a regular basis. The response of the patrons who request food each week has been positive, and the strategy for making this option available has been easily implemented.

We are grateful and thank all for the donations of money at the end of 2019 and the beginning of the new year by the partner churches, Trinity parishioners, and others in the community – helping fill our shelves to provide food for people who are in need in Lawrence and Douglas County.

If you wish, you may donate online at by choosing the DONATE button in the lower left hand corner of the page.
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, Karen, Rita, Baby Carter, Steve, Doug, Dianne, Peter, Mike, Amy, Becka, Terry, Crystal, Judith,Christy, Elise, Laird, Olivia, Amy, Ruth, Carol, Dean, Betsy, Kim, Keegan, Don, Tina, Royah-Marie, Harold, Sharon, John, Mark, Judy

Pray for those with special intentions: 
  Dane and Natalie, Karen, Paton, Bernadine, Stephanie, Mary, Polly, the Van Schmus family, Dick, Aaron, Cassandra, Matt, Jan, Karen, Josh, Jessica, Cathy, the Lester family, Addison, Fran, Bonnie, Jill, Hannah, Matt, Ian, Beth   

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

Pray for the departed:  Betty Thompson, Ed Garrison, Rocco Cinelli, Russ House  
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 openings to choose from.
TEST Tidbits: Back to the Basics – Time for a Checkup?

Every so often it is a good idea to do a self-check on how we are living up to our ideas and goals. Lent is coming and provides a time to reflect on our spiritual journey and to see how we are doing in our ongoing environmental stewardship goals. In fact, the Episcopal Creation Care Pledge gives you a chance to make specific plans to do your part in caring for or wonderful planet. Here are some reminders of easy things to make part of your goals (there are many more—these are just a few basics):

Learn to reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. Are we planning and prioritizing each purchase – need as opposed to want? Do we really try to reuse something before tossing? Magazines are full of fun ideas for finding a new purpose for an old item. Can we gift it, barter with it? Can it be repaired? Continue to recycle as much as possible. Don’t forget to recycle electronic items, too. Try to eliminate over-packaged goods. As much as possible, eliminate plastic products. One simple action is to buy a metal or hard plastic straw and take it with you when eating out. Be sure to tell your server no straws (once they are on the table, they will be tossed, used or not).

For the complete article, please visit

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

Join us from 5:00-7:30 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.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers

If a member of your household would like to receive the Eucharist and because of illness or age cannot come into 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 Ministers act under the direction of Deacon Deborah Burns. If you need this service, please notify Deacon Burns at:  
Deacon Cross
Deacons' Discretionary Fund

The Deacons’ Discretionary Fund has helped people in Lawrence with prescriptions, rent and utility bills. There have been many requests for assistance already this month.

Please be generous this Sunday, Feb. 16, when the loose plate and designated checks will be collected for the fund to enable Trinity to continue to support this important ministry.

You can also donate by sending checks with the notation "Deacons' Discretionary Fund" to our Church office.

Your Sister in Christ,
Deacon Deborah S. Burns.
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.
Mustard Seeds Weekend Retreat

When: Friday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. to Sunday, Feb. 23, noon. New or younger musicians who want to try us out may choose to attend for Saturday only, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or if you can’t attend the whole weekend, this is also an option)
Where: Good Shepherd, Wichita

Who: High School students who are interested in playing at youth events (junior high students may attend with Youth Missioner permission)

What: Leadership games, hang-out time, and most importantly, time to practice worship songs and maybe even record a few. The Mustard Seeds will provide the music for the 9 a.m. service and will play the offertory anthem at the 11 a.m. service.

Cost: $25 ($30 after Feb. 15); $15 for Saturday only
Registration form:  register online via UltraCamp

The full article explaining Mustard Seed weekend can be found on the Diocese website at
News from Nepal

Please be lifting up our TEAM annual conference this week in Thailand. We have people coming from all over South Asia and we are hoping that it is a good time of connecting, reflecting, and visioning for the future. There have been complications with travel (not mine, so far) due to the coronavirus, so please pray that everyone stays healthy and that flights aren't canceled. My projects and programs will continue into 2020, but with some changes in administration and management. All good changes, and I am excited to see what this new season brings!

As always, funding is one of the biggest challenges to doing this work, so if you haven't partnered with me yet but would like to, visit the St. Margaret's Episcopal Church website ( and click the green "Give Online" button on the home page. Choose "Nepal Mission" in the dropdown, and follow the instructions. You can give via credit card or direct withdrawal from your bank account, and you can set one-time or recurring gifts this way. How easy is that? :) I will let you know how the conference goes next week. Blessings!


(Photo caption- a trip to my local vegetable stand in Kathmandu)
Volunteer Corner

Looking for something to do to help your Church? We have a few positions currently open. Please contact Cathy if you are able to spare a few hours at

Vestry Clerk –   This position takes notes for our Vestry meetings and Annual Parish meeting. Please contact Steven King at to fill this important position with our Vestry.
Reminder that articles for our newsletter should be sent to by noon Wednesday each week.

Our newsletters are available on our website and Facebook page.
Save the Dates

Mustard Seeds Weekend Retreat
Friday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. to Sunday, Feb. 23, noon
Good Shepherd, Wichita

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Feed
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5- 7:30 p.m.
Parish Hall

Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, Feb. 26, noon and 7 p.m.

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 ‘20 785-760-5447
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 13
9:30 a.m., Brandon Woods Eucharist
10 a.m., Trinity Treasures
5:30 p.m., Holy Stir -It
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

Friday, February 14
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, February 15
9 a.m., Organ Practice
9:30 a.m., Lay Eucharistic Ministers meeting
10 a.m., Food Pantry
7:00 p.m., Board Games and Beer

Sunday, February 16
Discretionary Sunday
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 17
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, February 18
10:30 a.m., Staff meeting
1 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, February 19
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
6 p.m., Evening Dinner
6:30 p.m., Evening Prayer
7:30 p.m., Christians Classics

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

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
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