• Parish to host learning pod
  • Adult Forum: Dr. Don Hatton on vaccines
  • Fr. Rob: Forgiveness and heaven

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ 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.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word

  • Pre-service: "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" (Lobe den Herren)
  • Musical Offering: "In the Garden " (C. Austin Miles), Edith and Freedom Stanford, duo
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn 390, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Joachim Neander, Lobe den Herren); Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter auf Erden ("Are You Coming Now, Jesus, from Heaven Down to Earth?”) (J.S. Bach); Praeludium in C dur (Georg Boehm)

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View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
7 p.m. – Evening Prayer

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Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, Sept. 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians for a discussion with Dr. Don Hatton about vaccines and vaccinations, including the influenza vaccine and COVID-19.

Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Sept. 13
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Susan Hires leads lessons and activities. Join us on on our Facebook page. 

Upcoming Event: Morning Prayer
Date: Sunday, Sept. 13
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music. Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrinityLawrenceKS/

Upcoming Event: Coffee Hour
Date: Sunday, Sept. 13
Description:  Coffee Hour will start right after our ending music selection. Join your fellow Trinitarians via Zoom for a virtual gathering each Sunday.

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Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group Meeting
Date: Sunday, Sept, 13
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: We were planning to have our first meeting in the Parish Hall, but with the rise in COVID cases we will meet over Zoom. Details in the full article below.

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Description: A community of women of various ages and backgrounds share thoughts, stories, highlights, fun and laughter. For more information reach out to Patti Anderson (patti6of7@gmail.com) or Mary Perkins (mlperk59@gmail.com).

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: The Friendship Circle welcomes those who are widowed, divorced or single, or who are seeking friendship from parishioners. If you would like to join us, please contact Susan Ralston at sralston@sunflower.com for an invitation. All are welcome.

Upcoming Event: Evening Prayer
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join us for Evening Prayer each week.

Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Thursday, Sept. 17
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians for a discussion on current topics. https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrinityLawrenceKS/
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From the Rector's Desk...

"Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

Jesus' statement to his disciples has often been cited as the Scriptural foundation for the Church's, in particular the clergy's, authority to absolve people of their sins. But what if the statement means more than that? What if it is about not the Church's authority regarding spiritual disposition, but instead about the importance of proclaiming the Gospel and its relationship to forgiveness?

What if, as Jesus is telling a parable about how much we are forgiven by God, he is saying that if we are incapable or unwilling to model forgiveness to other people how much more difficult it will be to share God's forgiveness? How can we say, "God loves you," when we refuse to say the same to them? And if our failure to loosen the bonds of sins in our relationships affects people's ability to form a relationship with God, then what is bound on Earth is bound in heaven.

But when we can forgive, can express real love, that can facilitate so much more in other people's lives.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Learning Pod to Use Trinity Facilities

During this pandemic Lawrence Public Schools (USD 497) has implemented at-home distance learning for at least the first six weeks of the term. While keeping the community safe, this places a huge burden on working parents who must choose between supervising their young children or providing for their basic needs. 

A grassroots movement of local parents began to organize "pods" where children who attend the same schools would gather in small groups to be supervised by volunteer or stipendiary adults, many of whom have educational backgrounds.

Finding a location for these pods is another challenge, however, and Fr. Rob and the Vestry are pleased to announce that Trinity will be hosting one of these pods at this time. We are particularly happy that the pod, associated with Hillcrest Elementary, will be supervised by a former schoolteacher who is a parent of the children, and has intentionally ensured that lower-income families can participate.

To make sure that we provide the safest and most hospitable location, we are organizing volunteers to be "on call" during the day to respond to needs that may arise and additional volunteers to pick up school lunches at Hillcrest to bring to the children. These volunteer ministries will be low-personal contact and the pod will be exercising their own precautions.

Fr. Rob and many members of the Vestry have commented that this ministry opportunity feels like a vital, meaningful response during a time of great need, and we are thankful for the chance to do something for this community.

The pod will be present in the lower level of the parish hall Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Fr. Rob at rb@trinitylawrence.org to find out how you can help
Trinity Youth Group

We will have the first meeting for this school year of our middle and high school members, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 via Zoom over Livestream.

We are blessed to have Clarke and Weston assisting our youth group this year. So join to meet Clarke and Weston and say hi to your groupies. Clarke will be leading an interactive discovery of HIGH and low Churches.

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LINK Donations

Sept. 15 would be the date Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Margaret's Episcopal Church would serve with the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK) at the First Christian Church, 1000 Kentucky.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the kitchen remains closed. Some volunteers will be handing out bag lunches on our usual day. Since we cannot prepare and serve meals, LINK would appreciate monetary donations to help with the cost of the lunches. If you wish to contribute, please send a check made out to LINK, and mail it to:

First Christian Church,
Attn: LINK
1000 Kentucky St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Please note Trinity Episcopal Church on the memo line. Your gift is another way to reach out to those in need during this time. Thank you!

Catherine Robins & Orean Kent
LINK. Co-Chairs
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 at (caroldonhatton@gmail.com).

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 need healing: D.J., Kathie, Sigrid, Eleanor, Kim, Vashti, Chris, baby
Alex, Fr. Joe, Jim, Peggy, Alfred, Anne, Liz, residents and staff of all the nursing homes, Becky, Bill, all diagnosed with CoVid 19, Ruth, Jacob, Blake, Linda, Ashley.

Pray for those with special circumstance: the Attocknie family, Darren, Nathan, Laura,
Katie, the Bieker family, Lillian, Martha, the Miller family, the Anderson family, Jose, the Rowland family, Tave, Allie, Galen, Corbin.

Pray for those in the hospital: Bill.

Pray for the departed: Mary Vannicola, Lee Anderson, Chadwick Boseman, Curtis Burns, William (Bill) Dann, John Rowland
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.
Connecting with Staying Connected 
Thanks to generous donations, the Staying Connected drive has made significant progress in paying for the electronics needed to continue livestreaming Trinity’s worship services. Around two-thirds of the estimated $3,000 needed has come in, based only on a couple of notices in this newsletter. The Vestry thanks all the donors.  
You can contribute to meeting the campaign’s goal two ways: 

     ● Visit the Trinity home page http://trinitylawrence.org/, click the blue “Make a Donation” button, and select “Staying Connected Campaign,” or 
     Mail a check, with “Staying Connected” in the memo line, to Trinity at 1011 Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044.  
The livestreamed services are Trinity’s vital link for worship while we can’t safely gather together; they will continue after the sanctuary is reopened for the congregation. Thank you for your support of this important ministry. 
John Broholm 
Trinity Vestry 
TEST Meeting
TEST Meets

Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST) team completed its second meeting since the start of the virus Tuesday, Sept. 1. It was wonderful to meet on the church's front lawn – at a distance with masks – but together! The picture above is from our first meeting in Austin's back yard in July.

If you have questions for our group please contact Nancy Hanson at ninxks@sunflower.com
earth from space
TEST Tidbits: Second Week in the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation, Sept. 1-Oct. 4, is a time for all of us to focus on renewing, repairing and restoring our commitments to God, to one another and to all creation. To help us, the Episcopal Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church, The ELC in Canada, and the Anglican Church in Canada have created weekly devotionals. You may find these by going to www.episcopalchurch.org/season-creation-resources-devotional

Last week’s devotional challenged us to "awaken” to a new perspective of God’s creation – to open our hearts and minds to not only the awe of creation but also the relationship we have as “neighbor.”  

This week’s devotional asks several questions. If we think of creation in terms of relationship, how do we love creation as we love ourselves? How do we make amends for our transgression? Earth’s systems are forgiving, but for how long? What are the costs of ignoring our relational responsibilities? 

For a deeper look at how to bring the concepts of relationship into the real world, visit the complete TEST article here.
EARTH STEWARD ACTION: Read and reflect on this week’s devotional message. Pick one of the above examples of insults to creation and pray for it as you would for a neighbor. Does this move you to want to be a part of environmental actions?

Visit the Trinity website for full and past articles
Food Pantry Continues Serving Safely 

The food pantry is grateful to members of all partner churches for the continuing and generous support with money, service and prayer to our ministry of giving food to people in need. 
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry continues to use protective practices for volunteers and patrons as we provide pre-bagged food using social distancing outside the food pantry.

T.I.F.P. was open nine days in August and served 210 households. So far this year, the food pantry has been open 66 days and has served 1,860 households.

The total expense in August for food purchased locally and through Harvesters was $450.41, and the total retail equivalent value of all food provided was $4,410. Each grocery bag of food has a retail value of $21. T.I.F.P. remains unable to accept donations of food at this time.

Our patrons receive one bag of pre-bagged food along with a bag of cold food. T.I.F.P. provides food to any person requesting food with no requirements for requesting food.

Volunteers with Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry served an estimated 120 households on Saturday, Aug. 22, at First Baptist Church. T.I.F.P. volunteers and friends served along with volunteers from Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, First Baptist Church, Salvation Army and the Boy Scouts.
Updating Trinity Church Directory

An updated Trinity Church Directory is being put together for distribution. If you would like to make any changes to your current listing, please email 
We will send out the PDF directories the last week of September.

Please use the directory to reach out to other members during this time, especially those members in retirement centers that are currently in lockdown.

Day by Day

Forward Day by Day may not be in the track racks, but the Daily Prayers can be reached online at https://prayer.forwardmovement.org/ 

Let it be part of your daily life whenever you take time to pray and meditate. Contemplate the passage of scripture. Then see the connection to the other passages referred to. Read the meditation and perhaps make your own. Pray for the people of the diocese for the day. Imagine how those Anglicans are praying. Does Moving Forward help complete your day?

You can also sign up to receive a Daily Prayer at forwarddaybyday.ccsend.com.
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Deacon Cross
Donations needed for Deacons' Discretionary Fund

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

You can donate by sending checks with the notation "Deacons' Discretionary Fund" to our Church office. Or you can use the Make a Donation button on our website.

Your Sister in Christ,
Deacon Deborah S. Burns.
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Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7

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 vestry@trinitylawrence.org

Minutes through July have been added to our website.
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, Sept. 10
7 p.m., Adult Forum – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Sept. 11
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Sept. 12
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Sept. 13
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
11:15 a.m., Coffee Hour Starts following the service - Zoom
6 p.m., Trinity Youth Group Meeting - Zoom

Monday, Sept. 14
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
7 p.m., Vestry Meeting - Zoom

Tuesday, Sept. 15
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women

Wednesday, Sept. 16
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, Sept. 17
7 p.m., Adult Forum – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Sept. 18
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Sept. 19
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Sept. 20
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
11:15 a.m., Coffee Hour Starts after the service - Zoom
6 p.m., Trinity Youth Group Meeting - Zoom
Trinity Vestry 2020
Rob Baldwin, Rector 785-424-4312
Steve King ‘21, Senior Warden 913-645-3135
Richard Lungstrum, Junior Warden ‘20 jrwarden@trinitylawrence.org
Jennifer Attocknie ‘20 785-760-2938
Elizabeth Miller ‘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, Clerk, ‘22 785-865-6039
Linda McCoy ‘22 785-550-6743
Bill Perkins ‘22 785-331-4401
Cristian Sauciuc, Treasurer

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