The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of August 18, 2019
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Discretionary Sunday
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, August 18, 2019

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  

Chalice Bearers: Nancy Pauw, Mary Donovan
Lector: Margaret Bearse
Intercessor: Diana Dyal

10:30 a.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist

Chalice Bearers: Carl Edwards, Kim Mandle
Lectors: Kimberly Patterson, Dru Sampson
Intercessor: Austin Turney
Verger: Glenna Kleinkauf
Acolytes: Lauren Seybold, Ellie Seybold, Abby Baldwin
Ushers: Garth Burns, Jerry Hanson, Nancy Hanson,
Chuck Olcese

Altar Guild:
Carl Edwards, Margaret Bearse, Lynn Segebrecht, Carol Hatton, Katherine McGillivray, Melissa Padgett

Flower Guild:
Mary Stauffer, Ann Elizabeth Bishop, Pat Kehde, Terry Mandle, Pam Paden, Connie Price


Entrance Hymn: 490 I want to walk as a child of the light (Houston)

Sequence Hymn: 596 Judge eternal, throned in splendor (Komm, o komm, du Geist des Lebens)
Offertory Hymn: 380 (v. 3)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow (Old 100th)

Communion Hymn: 691 My faith looks up to thee (Olivet)

Closing: 637 How firm a foundation (Lyons)

  Altar Flowers

Altar flowers given by Allen and Sandra Wiechert in celebration of their 58th wedding anniversary and with thanksgiving for their family 
 The Liturgy of the Word

See the complete lectionary reading at
Upcoming Event: Alphabet Soup parents group  meeting
Date:  Sunday, August 18
Time:  Noon-1:00 p.m.
Location: Jackson Kemper Room
Description: We will have a potluck lunch after the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday. Parents and caregivers for children with behavioral, emotional, physical or intellectual challenges are invited to attend. The lunch will take place in the downstairs Jackson Kemper Room.

Upcoming Event: Christian Classics
Date: Wednesday, August 21
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Trinity library
Description: We are reading Graham Greene's  The Power and the Glory. Anyone who wishes to read good literature and have some sociability is welcome.
From the Rector's desk..

A few weekends ago my wife, Mandy, my daughter Maura, and I were staying in a cabin just outside of the town of Clarksville, Arkansas. We had rented a small cabin located in the woods next to some other similar vacation cabins and the odd home off the beaten path. On the first night, while Mandy and I were relaxing on the front porch, a small black cat came out of the darkness, approached us boldly, hopped up onto our laps, and began kneading us with her claws. The cat was affectionate, playful, and appeared healthy and well, and we left the cat on the porch to sleep only to find it gone in the morning.
The cat returned the next night, and all nights following, as soon as it was dark, always greeting us and always behaving like we were the guests and she the host.

As you might imagine, it crossed our mind that when the time came for us to leave, we might take the cat with us. She was charming and winsome and I had already named her Biscuits because she kneaded so much. But the last night we had a serious and realistic conversation: This cat likely belonged to someone, like a little girl somewhere who called the cat Buttons or whatever and would assume that the cat had been carried off by coyotes and cry. Plus, if we were honest, Biscuits (or whatever we called her) would not be the same in our home as she was here. What we had found here we needed to enjoy here, and then leave it.

A couple of weeks ago the Christian liturgical calendar observed the feast day of the Transfiguration, the day in which Peter, James, and John get a glimpse of the divinity of Jesus Christ. With Jesus they see two prominent figures from Jewish history—Moses the lawgiver and Elijah the greatest of the prophets. Peter's response was to immediately suggest that they build three booths, three places where he and the others could claim, store, and keep the holiness of the moment. But it is not to be, and the moment passes, although the memory has been passed down for generations.

People arriving, finding something they enjoy, and then stealing it for themselves could also be the CliffsNotes version of the history of our country, I have to say, so the tendency is not just reserved for myself and Saint Peter. But also in our own lives we can find ourselves wanting to take something that is intrinsically finite, momentary, or confined to a particular place and time and wish to recreate it elsewhere, even at the expense of others, rather than just see it for the gift that it is in the moment. Like a ringing bell, it loses something the moment that we try to grab it. Experiencing the holiness of God is so often the same: to be savored in the moment, free of the drive to try to preserve it for later, or steal it from another.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Adult Form

The Adult Forum is exploring
2 Timothy.

If Paul’s second letter to Timothy described a faithful congregation, Paul’s second letter to a timid but talented student describes what it means to be a faithful minister. The Adult Forum will read and discuss this letter, and how it applies to all Christians hoping to overcome their own insecurities and embrace a life of discipleship.

The Adult Forum meets at 9:30 a.m. in the downstairs Jackson Kemper Room.
Announcements from Rob

Susan Hires, our new Christian Education Director, is jumping in with both feet to create a renewed and exciting area for Sunday School. The basement is about to get a big face-lift and Susan and team could use your help. Here's how:

1) TEACHERS are needed! We'll be using the "One Classroom" style for the upcoming weeks, and everything you need will be provided. Susan will be there, so one volunteer co-teacher is needed weekly. No long commitments! 
2) An ORGANIZER (and team) is desperately needed. There are scads of craft materials, toys, games and manipulatives that need to be sorted, organized and stored so that they may be actually used. If organization is your passion, let Susan know!
3) MUSCLE! Many broken and outdated items need to be tossed, and the stained carpet needs to be pulled up.
4) PAINTERS! Self-explanatory, and fun with the right crowd. Are you part of a fun crowd? Do you want to be? 
5) PRAY-ERS! This is a lot to accomplish, and needs to be done pretty quickly so the actual work can be done, which is bringing into our children a deeper understanding and love of God. Susan hopes you will hold her and all her team members in your prayers as we seek to put new energy, a renewed space and new curricula in place. 
From your Senior Warden...

Children. Our most precious. Our most innocent. Our future. It always pleases me to be witness to a baptism in our Church. Even though they may never know I was in attendance, that I was a witness to one of the most important event in their lives, I will always know, as I’m sure is the same for you.

This Sunday, August 18, we will once again bear witness to that wonderful combination of faith with the baptism of Zelda Medlock, daughter of Dylan and Danielle Medlock. Full disclosure: They are close personal friends. I’ve watched them grow from struggling college students through their graduation, witnessed their marriage, and bemoaned their leaving to pursue professional positions in another state. Elated they moved back to Lawrence, it pleases me to no end they have chosen Trinity be their spiritual anchor and have their precious daughter Zelda baptized in our Church.

Please join me this Sunday at the 10:30 service to witness the baptism of Zelda Medlock and be sure to reach out to Dylan and Danielle to introduce yourself and share with them how welcome they are. I look forward to sharing this wondrous experience with you all. Let’s fill the pews!

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: 
Laura, Gwenyth, Velta Rose, Mike, Richard, Ann, Larrie, Glenna, Oliva, DJ, Bob, Joanne, Amy, Dianna, Aaron, David, Erin, Amy, Sherry, Margaret, Monica, Kim

Prayer for those with special intentions:  
Aron, Ingrid, Jennifer, Matt, Jacob, Debbie, Cyndi, Ellen, Karen, Ian, JJ, Dane, Natalie, Wendy, Fran, Renie, Lynn, the McGettigan family

Prayer for those in the hospital:
Richard, Dick, Griffin, Edith, Neil, Gail, Kathy, Trudy, Judy, Ben

Pray for the departed: Dean Radcliffe, Judge Terry Bullock
BackSnack Program
prepares for another year  

The school summer break is almost over and elementary students across Lawrence are already thinking about what to expect in the next grade. Will my friends be in the same class? Will I like my teacher? Can I get a new pair of tennis shoes for the start of school? Our Lawrence students should not have to worry about meals over the weekend.
The BackSnack program at Trinity provides packages filled with nutritious, child-friendly food for hungry schoolchildren to take home over the weekend. The program is sponsored by the Harvesters food bank and touches more than 100,000 children in Harvesters' service area. These children may receive free and reduced-price school meals during the week, but many of those are at risk of hunger on weekends.

In Lawrence, the BackSnack program is a partnership between Harvesters, Lawrence Public Schools and the volunteers at Trinity Episcopal Church. The BackSnack program is currently in 12 elementary schools in Lawrence. Harvesters provides the basic food packages. Trinity volunteers facilitate receiving the BackSnack food from Harvesters, supplement the Harvesters offerings with fresh fruit and distribute the packs to the schools.

If you would like to volunteer to help BackSnack or donate to this valuable program, contact Trinity members Greg Hazen ( or Tod Sutton (  
TEST TIDBITS—Is the Endangered Species Act “endangered”?

The answer depends upon interpretation. To the Trump Administration, the new set of rules to go into effect in 30 days will keep the “safeguarding” part of the act intact while closing regulatory loopholes that have burdened the American pubic. To environmental scientists and citizens alike, the new rules will greatly weaken the popular 1973 Act put into effect under President Nixon.

With 300 pages of administrative red tape and new interpretations of old wording, threatened species will be examined on a “case by case” basis. Habitat examination will no longer include provisions for migration of species because of climate change. More emphasis on economic costs of protection will limit the list of species protected and possibly open large areas to more mining, oil and gas drilling and economic development. This comes at a time when the United Nations Report on Biodiversity (put together by 155 authors from 50 countries analyzing 15000 scientific and governmental sources) warns that at least a million species in all categories are threatened with extinction. The report goes on to say that the problem is more than one or two favorite animals or birds going missing—it is a systemic problem that undermines the ecology of the planet. 

Sir Robert Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity, says that, if we ignore ongoing loss of species, “We are eroding the foundation of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life.” Interestingly, both the authors of the U.N. Report on Biodiversity and the Trump Administration are concerned with “economics"—one taking the short view ignoring the cumulative results of actions and inactions, and the other taking the long view that preserving as much of the biodiversity of the planet will protect earth’s ability to sustain human life, health and wellbeing.

Congressional oversight groups are sure to investigate the proposed rules changes and environmental groups are poised to sue and oppose rules that subvert the mission and protective nature of the Endangered Species Act.  

EARTH STEWARD ACTION: Contact your members of Congress to express your feelings on this matter.  

Visit the Trinity website for full and past articles 
Deacon Cross
Deacon's Discretionary Funds

Trinity has a long history of helping those in need. We write checks every week for utilities, rent assistance, gasoline and other necessities for those who call on or come to the Trinity office for assistance.

The funds for this account come from several places but mainly from the Discretionary Fund collected the third Sunday of the month, which is August 18. Please give generously so we can continue this ministry.

Your Sister in Christ,
Deacon Deborah S. Burns.
Women's Quest-ioning Groups

Our morning group will not meet during July and August. Our afternoon group's discussions continue to be lively as we join together in friendship and fellowship. We welcome new members to both groups:

Thursday, August 22, 1:30-3:00 p.m. - Convictions by Marcus Borg

For details about our mission and purpose, please contact Tudy Youngberg at 785-218-2283 or at
Dillons Community Rewards

Did you know that you can give to Trinity just by shopping at Dillons? Trinity participates in the Dillons Community Rewards program. Every time a customer with a Dillons Shopper's Card which is registered with the Community Rewards program makes a purchase, a percentage of the price goes to an account that benefits Trinity. So far this year Trinity has received $972.18 from this program. 

To register your Dillons Shopper's Card, go to and Click "View Details" under "I'm a Customer." Follow the instructions to register your card. You do this just one time, no need to renew the registration. What an easy way to help your church!
Vestry meetings

Vestry meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month. The next scheduled meetings are:

August 26 -
(August meeting is a Mini-Retreat and will be held off-site)
September 23
October 28

All meetings are open to the congregation and start at 7:00 p.m. The minutes of each meeting are posted to the Church bulletin board and Trinity Vestry Minutes.

Minutes through May have been added to our website.
Reminder that articles for our newsletter should be sent to by noon Wednesday each week. The newsletters are also available on our website and Facebook page.
Habitat for Humanity

Wall painters needed for Saturday, September 14. This year the Habitat for Humanity Building on Faith (BOF) will rehabilitate a house at 179 Comfort Lane in North Lawrence. Trinity will furnish the crew to do exterior and interior painting and interior finish work.

Normal work hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with lunch provided. Please sign up with Garth Burns, 843-9189, or .

Here's a link to the Lawrence Habitat for Humanity website for more information:
And on Facebook they're at:
Baker Wetland talk

Topic: Transportation pollution in KC area
Where: Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road, Lawrence 66046
When: August 26, 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Richard Mabion, founder of Building a Sustainable Earth Community
Margaritas for Margarita

Help make Lawrence a welcoming place for all by dining at J. Wilson’s Restaurant, 4821 W. Sixth Street, Lawrence, on  Monday, September 9,  from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. That evening, 20% of all margaritas and selected food items will go to Centro Hispano to assist local immigrant families.

This benefit is hosted by the Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM). For more info, contact
Ministry Opportunities

Friday, August 16
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, August 17
9:00 a.m, Organ practice
10:00 a.m., Food Pantry
7:00 p.m., Board Games and Beer

Sunday, August 18
Zelda Medlock Baptism
Discretionary Sunday
8:00 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
Noon,   Alphabet Soup parents group

Monday, August 19
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, August 20
10:30 a.m, Staff meeting
2:00 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, August 21
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4:00 p.m., Endowment Committee meeting
6:00 p.m., Evening Dinner
6:45 p.m., Evening Prayer
7:30 p.m., Christian Classics

Thursday, August 22
10:00 a.m., Trinity Treasures
1:30 p.m., Women's Quest-ioning

Friday, August 23
6:00 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, August 24
9:00 a.m, Organ practice
10:00 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, August 25
8:00 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
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