News from Father Rob
My fellow Trinitarians,
Given the constant changing pace of our lives, I plan on sending out regular mini-newsletters each week, such as this one.
Our food pantry will be re-opening in a limited capacity on Saturday, March 21. Guests will be picking up pre-assembled bags of food outside the church office. In addition, BackSnack will also be working with local schools to continue finding ways to distribute food to families in our community.
You can join us online Sunday morning at our Trinity Facebook page (please note this is NOT the event page) for Morning Prayer. We will be sending out service leaflets to follow along, or use at your own convenience.
After the Morning Prayer ends, keep an eye on our FB page because we will be broadcasting a second livestream featuring a performance by our organist Dina Pannabecker Evans. She will be playing "Prelude on Brother James's Air" by Searle Wright, "Steal Away" by Raymond Haan, and "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" by Paul Manz.
Please continue to reach out to your fellow Trinitarians, especially those who may be facing more isolation than normal because of age or situation. Each of us is facing unique challenges: college-students are losing their tightly-knit communities, parents are scrambling to figure out how to care of their children, service-sector employees are seeing their places of employment temporarily close down, and the aging are being completely quarantined for visitors. Connections are such a critical way for us to express God’s love right now.
Everywhere I look, I hear people expressing emotional need: fear, loneliness, anxiety about the uncertain nature of the future. One of our most powerful responses is the spiritual discipline of thankfulness. When you connect with others, try to share some blessing in your life. Early this morning I was able to take a quiet bike ride with one of my children, and I had a moment of just savoring the holiness of that gift.
Please continue to be a part of Trinity both in your hard work and in your financial support. You can mail your pledge in, or use the main page of Trinity’s website – look for the blue “Make a Donation” button at the bottom right of the page. And thank you for everything you do.
Yours in Christ,
The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin
Note from Your Vestry
Are you feeling isolated? Missing worship services, Trinity Treasures, or Holy Stir-it? We can all work to maintain a sense of community and caring during this time when we're not able to meet together in person. You lead or participate in a group within the parish: Altar Guild, Wednesday night prayer, Friendship Circle, and other groups that help to carry out Trinity's mission. Why not call or email the people in your group just to check on them and let them know that you're thinking about them? Members of the Vestry are also calling, but during this time when we can feel isolated, the more calls the better!
As challenging as these days are, they also provide us with an opportunity to find ways to care for each other even when we can't shake hands or give a hug. As you make your calls and emails, please let Vestry members and Deacons know of any needs that you learn about so we can also reach out.
Old Service, New Format
Join us at Trinity Episcopal Church for a livestream of Evening Prayer at 7 p.m. Wednesday (tomorrow) via Facebook.
While Trinity has suspended regular services at the church because of the coronavirus, we can unite in worship over the internet. Livestreaming services are a way to strengthen the ties between us, as parishioners and other community members face serious challenges and difficulties.
Live via Facebook
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18
Trinity Episcopal Church
1011 Vermont St. Lawrence, Kansas 66044