The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of March 22, 2020
G racious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sunday, March 22, 2020

10:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer

 The Liturgy of the Word

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The Annunciation
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

7 p.m. - Evening Prayer

 The Liturgy of the Word

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Bulletin link:

View the complete lectionary readings at
From the Rector's desk...

The year was 2003. The Anglican Communion was being roiled by the issues of homosexuality and the consecration of the first openly gay bishop. Churches and clergy were splitting away, congregations torn apart, everything was in turmoil. As a newly-ordained priest, I was attending one of my first diocesan conventions as a rector.

While I was there I ran into the dean of my seminary, an intelligent and thoughtful man named John Kevern. I asked him his thoughts about the controversy and he surprised me with his answer. He said that this period of time would not resolve the question of homosexuality and the Anglican Communion, but would force us to finally understand what it meant to be a community.

I was reflecting on this old memory this week as I wondered what the long-term implications of all of the COVID-19 stuff going on and its impact on the Church. Whatever happens, I feel like this will bring tremendous insight and inspiration to what it means to be a community. How are we a church with a strong liturgical and sacramental tradition when we are not gathering together to worship and share in the Eucharist? I feel like rather than end this having lost something, I feel we will come out of this stronger, with a great appreciation of who we are, and who we are to each other.

But that means embracing our true identity as brothers and sisters in Christ. It means finding ways to connect, both with each other and strangers. As I have said many times in the last week, call someone. Write a letter. Chat with a stranger (at a safe distance). Be creative, and enjoy one another’s creations. Parishioners are making fun videos to share with their friends, starting online book clubs, playing games remotely, even making music together. In all of these and so many other ways Christ is being made manifest in our lives, refining us as Christians. Helping us understand beyond our traditions who we really are.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
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Adult Forum

The Adult Forum is on hold at this time.
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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

TYG will be resuming our meetings Sunday March 22 at 4:30 p.m. We will be using ZOOM for our online meetings and we will be joining the weekly Diocese Youth Group 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


LINK Update: Trinity and St. Margaret’s Church provided food for LINK to serve on March 17. Some 100 persons were fed. Special thanks to those providing casseroles, fruit and cookies: Greg Hazen & Pat Henshall, Carol Hatton, Katie Becker, Joanne Feist, David & Orean Kent; and to David Severance and Vashti Winterburg for providing paper products and utensils.

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.
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 Pump N' Pray

Pump N' Pray will now be meeting at KU Student Union parking garage at 6 a.m. every M-W-F .... but ONLY if temperature is above 49 degrees F..
Due to the Covid-19 virus and the need to limit gatherings to less than 50 people, we are cancelling the Kansas 2 Kenya (K2K) Dinner and Fundraiser scheduled for April 18. The dinner is the only fundraiser that K2K puts on each year, so as you can imagine, this could affect our ability to continue our work in the Diocese of Nakuru, Kenya; but it will not be a problem with your help. Our work will continue, but we ask that you consider donating generously to K2K at this time. The amount of funds raised will determine to what degree we can fund our ongoing projects this year. You can donate by clicking on the link, , or by sending a check for K2K to the Diocesan office at

835 SW Polk St.
Topeka, KS 66612-1688

Thank you so much for your understanding and continued interest in supporting Kansas 2 Kenya.
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.
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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.

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

Your Sister in Christ,
Deacon Deborah S. Burns.
Middle School Retreat

The 2020 Diocese Middle School Retreat scheduled for May 1-3, 2020, has been canceled in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since public schools are closed during that time, we felt it was also appropriate to cancel this event. 
Trinity's Automated Group Voice Messages

Have you been receiving Rob’s voice messages by phone?  If not and would like to receive calls relating to current happenings at our Church, please email .
Save the Dates

Lay Weeders
Saturday, March 28

Episcopal Summer Mega Camp  
Sunday, May 31, 2:30 p.m. to
Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.
Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, Kansas
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, Chris, Tiffany,
Peter, Dianne, Russ, Jay, Wayne, Christina, Kim, Verla, Tate, John, Bob, Annelise, Ollie, Kim, Clarice

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, John  

Pray for the departed:  Mark Holmberg, Lorene Mosser, John Drees, Tony Fox, Charles Linn
Trinity Church Directories Emailed

An updated Trinity Church Directory was emailed out Thursday afternoon to email addresses on record.  If you are a member and did not receive the email and like to get a copy, please email .  We will be sending out the pdf directories every three months and have printed versions available once our office reopens.

Please use the directory to reach out to other members during this time.  Especially those members in retirement centers that are currently in lockdown.
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry
Open For Business - After a week for planning, TIFP will resume food distribution Saturday March 21 at 10 a.m. We will be pre-packaging food items for those in need and placing the bags on a table in front of the Matthews Center.

The Trinity Episcopal office building is currently closed to the public  and usually has no one present to open the door. Due to this situation, the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry asks that in lieu of any food item donations, you would continue to support our work with monetary contributions.

We have temporarily converted to a food pantry handing out pre-packaged bags of groceries and we would appreciate your prayers as we adjust to changing requirements and needs.

Thank you so much from for our partnership, and God bless you.

Send monetary contributions (bank check) that have noted in the check’s memo line: TIFP Food to

Trinity Episcopal Church
1027 Vermont Street
Lawrence, KS 66044

You can also donate online at our website using the donation button in the lower right side of the screen.
BackSnack Program Continues to Feed Lawrence Students

Trinity’s BackSnack Program has developed a new delivery system on Thursday, March 19. Volunteers will set up a pop-up tent in the parking area for drive-by delivery of their children’s food packs. Along with the food already in the package, apples or oranges will be provided to each student. The delivery is scheduled to run from 4:00 – 8:00 to serve working parents.  

BackSnack generally serves over 400 students per week and it is estimated that up to 300 cars could be coming by Trinity Episcopal at this time. The school district, through our BackSnack coordinators in the schools, are communicating the pick-up information to the parents.  
This is the first week for this new delivery system and it is expected that the volunteers will be learning and revising this new process as schools will continue to be closed for the rest of the year. Harvesters, Trinity’s partner in this program, reports they will continue to provide the food if Trinity can guarantee the distribution source and the need exists. This effort is being coordinated by Tod Sutton and Greg Hazen. 
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? We have a few positions currently open.

Please contact our office if you are able to spare a few hours at

Webmaster - We are in need of a person with web page experience to help update our Church web page. If you would like to help with this task, please contact Bill Perkins at or call 785-331-4401.

Ushers - You can help welcome people to our 10:30 service and play an important role in our worship by becoming an usher. It's an enjoyable way to contribute to the service and interact with fellow Trinitarians. 

We need to fill two ushering positions, and we sometimes need standby ushers. If you'd like to volunteer or you're interested in knowing more, please contact John Broholm at or 785-766-7002.

Chalice Bearers - The Chalice Guild is looking for a few people to join our team. Our team assists with the distribution of Communion during the worship service. Please contact Donna Griffin at 785-865-6039 or email of

These are, to say the least, stressful times. However, the circumstances can be viewed as an opportunity to draw closer together as families and communities. Mental health experts tell us that working on projects and goals and following a loose schedule can help us make it through tough and uncertain times. Here are some suggestions to get started on our stay-at-home-adventure.

For the kids or young at heart:  
Pick out a favorite animal and learn all you can about your animal. Ask apparent to help you find pictures on line or in magazines. Write stories about your animal. 

Try some “kitchen Science fun” by going to  

Want more science? Go to https://www.sciencefriday;com/educate   

Visit with your friends by text, phone or e-mail about what you are doing and write letters, send drawings and call your older family members who might be home alone.

For the adults:

Keep informed, follow directives and help your children understand the science of why we are all staying at home and away from others. As noted above a schedule and goal help with good mental health. Now is a teachable moment for family values
No more excuses—clean out that garage and/or storage shed. Recycle and go to hazardous waste  

Consider a family project like planning a garden or container garden or building a bird house/feeder or a bat house.  and  (there are many site for simple birdhouse and bat house plans.
Be sure and go outside for fresh air and sunshine. Consider this time for bible reading and prayer. Because we will be together so much, this can be small time apart.  

EARTH STEWARD ACTION: please stay safe!

Also please remember all past TEST articles are available on our website at
Thursday Noon Service and Wednesday Lenten Series

Both of these events are on hold at this time.
DACA, the Supreme Court and Why You Should Care 
*DACA panel cancelled *

The panel discussion regarding the Supreme Court case on DACA sponsored by LIRIM has been cancelled amid the Covid-19 outbreak and all public events at the Lawrence Public Library being cancelled. We are attempting to see if we can get the panel together privately to record a discussion and post it on the LIRIM facebook page. We'll have more on this when it happens. If you would like more information about LIRIM (Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry), a ministry of Trinity, please email .
News from Nepal

Hi everyone. Thank you for the prayers. Things are developing pretty quickly in Nepal in terms of closures and restrictions. They are not really doing testing here so we have no idea what the situation really is, but the government has finally started taking precautions and we seem to be headed toward a lock-down type status. Please pray as I decide whether or not to quarantine in the village or in Kathmandu. There are benefits and drawbacks to both. And it is likely that once I choose a place, I will not be able to travel to the other in the event that it turns out to be a bad decision. The village seems possibly safer in terms of less people and less contact, but there is also zero medical care and I won’t have the ability to buy any supplies or even food if tue quarantine drags out and I run low. I also don’t have running water, reliable electricity, or much of anything else- and monsoon is coming which is full of heat, slippery paths, and leeches. Kathmandu is a lot more convenient, but there’s also a lot more chance for transmission there I am afraid. And I would be cut off from my primary ministry area and women’s group, as well as my Nepali family. Please just pray that I make the decision that glorifies God the most. Also FYI, it probably is obvious but my home assignment has been canceled for the time being. I was really looking forward to seeing everyone in May, but that is not going to happen. I will let you know when I figure out an alternate date in the future. I am praying for you all too!

Thank you!
Karin Feltman
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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

Friday, March 20
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, March 21
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, March 22
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer - Livestream
4:30 p.m., Youth Group on Zoom

Monday, March 23
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, March 24
1 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, March 25
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
7 p.m., Evening Prayer - Livestream

Thursday, March 26
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House - Livestream

Friday, March 27
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, March 28
9 a.m., Organ Practice
9 a.m., Lay Weeders
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, March 29
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer - Livestream
4:30 p.m., Youth Group - Zoom
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