The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of May 10, 2020
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Fifth Sunday of Easter
10:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer

 The Liturgy of the Word

  • Pre-service: Aria pastorella (Johann Valentin Rathgeber) (Thomas Arne, flute solo)
  • Post-service: Congregational hymn "Be Thou My Vision"; Slane ("Be Thou My Vision") (Gerre Hancock); Fanfare (Nicolas Jacques Lemmens)

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View the complete lectionary readings at

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
7 p.m. - Evening Prayer

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Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group
Date: Sunday, May 10
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: We will use Zoom to meet online and join the weekly Diocese Youth Group's online meeting.
Meeting ID:  560 802 994

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, May 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: Our mission is to have a community of women of various ages and backgrounds to share thoughts, stories, highlights, fun and laughter. For more information reach out to Patti Anderson (  ) or Mary Perkins ( ).

Upcoming Event: Children's Story Time with Susan
Date: Monday and Thursday
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Change of schedule this week: the Tuesday session moves to Monday morning. Susan Hires reads picture books and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," with some beekeeping when weather permits.

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description:   If you would like to join us, please contact Susan Ralston at  for an invitation.  The Friendship Circle welcomes those who are widowed, divorced, single, or who are seeking friendship from parishioners. All are welcome.

Upcoming Event: Evening Prayer Service
Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join us for Evening Prayer each week.
From the Rector's Desk...

During this Easter season I’ve been exploring the history of Christianity with a focus on architecture, music, and liturgy as a way for us to enjoy and expand our own understanding of those elements of our own faith tradition that seem perhaps just a little further away right now.

This week my focus is the Frankish Domination of the Church (750-1073 CE). When Constantine created his capital of Constantinople, the political power of his unified empire shifted east, leaving the western regions vulnerable to internal corruption and outside invaders. In what is now modern day France and Spain, the kingdom of the Franks had been experiencing its own internal struggles until Charles Martel (d. 741) seized control, and his sons, Pepin III (d. 768) and Carloman (d. 771), and his grandson, Charlemagne (d. 814), established the Carolingian empire. Pope Stephen II in Rome signed an alliance with them to protect Rome from the Lombards and anointed them kings in 754.

The Carolingian monarchy wished to cement the relationship between the Roman church and their kingdom by establishing uniform worship in the Roman style, but what evolved was more of a hybrid between the earlier Roman style and the native Frankish Christianity that had existed before. The monarchy also wanted to evoke the power and grandeur of the early Constantine era by emulating the styles that existed in the fourth and fifth century. For example, the basilica style of churches, which had waned over the centuries in favor of more varied and multi-purpose buildings, was brought back.

But the newfound stability and optimism now present in Europe created a surge in the practice of pilgrimages across the region and into the Asia Minor, which saw purported relics being brought back to Europe for preservation and veneration. This in term cause the creation of reliquaries and private chapels which could also be used for private masses (another liturgical innovation occurring at the time). Now instead of just a main worship space with a single altar, churches because subdivided into additional smaller worship spaces, side altars, chapels, etc.

Barriers were also established to further isolate and control the flow of traffic in these spaces to keep the laity (especially women) away from certain areas, while allowing them to others. Examples of this are the Ambulatory, a passageway behind the apse that would allow pilgrims to visit the major relics of a church without moving through the main area.

In music, it is during this time that the familiar form of Gregorian chant was developed, a fusion of Roman and local Gallic chants. This was also the period in which music, with early notation for multiple parts, was also seen. These “neumes” existed more as a way for trained vocalists who had been taught the music to remember, rather than to be “sight read” as musical notation is used today.

Church began to see new kinds of books during this time: hymnals, lectionaries (passages of Scripture selected for each Sunday to be read), and liturgical guides possessing impressive illustrations and artistry. However these books only served to increase the distance between the clergy and the laity.

Sacred vessels became smaller and more ornate as the theology of the presence of Christ in the Eucharistic elements became sharper and more defined, even at the cost of comprehending Christ’s presence elsewhere in the world. Bread would be placed on tongues, not hands, and wine drunk through a small tube in the chalice, rather than sipped from the cup as a way to prevent accidents during the Eucharist. Eventually the cup was removed as part of the public consumption of the Eucharist altogether, and ornamentation began to replace community-oriented vessels.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
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Family Promise
Family Promise of Lawrence is still working hard to help families. Currently our organization is working with 53 families who are homeless or precariously housed.   In view of that need, something fun like a Home Run 5K doesn’t disappear and we need the race to raise funding for FPL's programming and expenses. You can sign up at 5K Signup   or donate through   GiveGab . Katie Becker is Trinity’s Family Promise contact if you have questions. Get your daily exercise in and help out needy families.

Teams must practice adequate social distancing and follow the guidelines set by the CDC and local and state governments to stay safe and healthy.
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: D.J., Bob, Annelise, Ollie, Susan, Karen, and Michael

Pray for those with special intentions: Eleanor, Phoebe, Nicole, Lindsey, Thomas, Katie, Doug, and John

Pray for those in the hospital: Anne, Karen, Louise

Pray for the departed: Joan Handley, Rev. Susan O’Shay
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry:
April, 2020

Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry (TIFP) was open eight days in April 2020 and served 225 households, serving from 16 to 45 people each day the pantry was open. So far in 2020, the food pantry has been open 32 days and has served 2,407 people in 966 households.

Food availability has changed during March and April. Staple foods from Harvesters are in demand by all food pantries and are not frequently available to order. We have suspended local shopping at ALDI due to purchase limits on many foods we need. We are grateful to receive fresh produce and bread from Harvesters on a weekly basis.

During the months of March and April, TIFP has provided one bag of pre-bagged food to any person coming for food with unlimited visits anytime. TIFP tracks only the number of people coming each day for food assistance when the food pantry is open.

About 60% of people served are walking; others are riding their bikes or driving cars to the food pantry. Our impression is that many patrons who now come to our food pantry live in the downtown neighborhood, with some who are homeless, live in sheltered housing, or have limited transportation to other food pantries in East Lawrence or North Lawrence.

The total expense In April TIFP purchased $923.93 of food locally and through Harvesters. The total retail value of all food provided (donated and purchased for the 225 families) was $4,410.10. Each grocery bag of food has a retail value of $19.60.

Volunteers from Trinity, the community and other churches helped serve approximately 180 households in approximately 125 cars that came to the Mobile Food Distribution at the First Baptist Church on Saturday, April 25.

We are grateful for the generous giving of money to support the food pantry over the past several weeks – thank you to the people and partner churches who are supporting the giving of food to each person who comes to stand in line with social distancing and receive food on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings during this time of the pandemic.
L.I.N.K. Update

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen is closed. Some volunteers will be handing out bag lunches on our usual day. Since we cannot prepare and serve meals, L.I.N.K. would appreciate monetary donations to help with the cost of the lunches. If you wish to contribute, please send a check made out to L.I.N.K., and mail it to:
First Christian Church,
Attn: LINK
1000 Kentucky St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Your gift is another way to reach out to those in need during this time. Thank you!

Catherine Robins & Orean Kent
L.I.N.K. Co-Chairs
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? Several positions are currently open.

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

Facebook Caretaker - Looking for a person to take care of our Facebook Page: changing profile and cover page as the seasons change, creating and adding event pictures to albums, loading videos, and posting special notices of our happenings.

Trinity Youth Group Mentor - Will Chaney will be leaving the Canterbury House and heading back to school. We wish him well and a big thank you for the fine commitment to our middle school and high school kids. If you would like to work with our Youth Group next year, please contact Fr. Rob at
TEST Tidbits: Supreme Court Decision Closes Loophole for Now

The Supreme Court of the United States has returned the case brought to it by the Hawaiian Wildlife Federation vs. the Hawaiian County of Maui to the lower courts with recommendations. Although the April 23 decision was not an outright win, it closed off a huge loophole that might have seriously damaged the effectiveness of the Clean Water Act. It also allows other lawsuits to go forward. Environmentalists hope that the lower courts will agree with the Wildlife Federation.

It all began back in 2012 when a Pacific coastal area off Hawaii was overrun with a huge algae bloom, and experienced marine wildlife and coral die off. The source of the pollution was eventually traced to a huge influx of groundwater entering the coastal area. Upon testing, the influx contained a high amount of pollution associated with sewage. To read this complete article, please click this link:

EARTH STEWARD ACTION: Please support an environmental organization of your choice. Often these organizations are the ones on the front lines fighting for protection of the earth for you and your family.

All past TEST articles are available on our website at
Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

June 1, July 6

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

Minutes through March have been added to our website.
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

Episcopal Summer
Senior High School Camp  
Sunday, July 12, 2:30 p.m. to
Saturday, July 18, 11 a.m.
Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, Kansas

Episcopal Summer
Middle and Elementary School Camp  
Sunday, August 2, 2:30 p.m. to
Saturday, August 8, 11 a.m.
Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, Kansas

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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 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, May 7
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, May 8
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, May 9
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, May 10
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
4:30 p.m., Youth Group – Zoom
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Monday, May 11
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream

Tuesday, May 12
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women - Zoom
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Wednesday, May 13
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, May 14
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, May 15
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, May 16
9 a.m., Organ Practice
9 a.m., Native Plant Sale
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, May 17
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
4:30 p.m., Youth Group – Zoom
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