TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2013 ANNUAL REPORT JANUARY 26, 2014
1011 Vermont Street Lawrence, Kansas 66044 (785) 843-6166 www.trinitylawrence.org
The Vision of Trinity Episcopal Church:
To be One in Christ To Love, Listen, and Learn
The Mission of Trinity Episcopal Church:
To love one another as Christ loves us through: Listening and Responding to the Holy Spirit; Welcoming and Nurturing all People; Learning and Teaching the Gospel; Caring for, and Sharing, Godâ€™s creation.
Table of Contents 2014 Annual Meeting Agenda
January, 2013 Annual Meeting Minutes
December 2013 Vestry Meeting Minutes
Leadership and Staff of Trinity Church
Episcopal Membership Definitions
2014 Elections for Trinity Episcopal Church: 2014 Nominating Committee Report 2014 Vestry Nominees Vestry Terms Senior and Junior Wardens Diocesan Convention/Convocation Delegates
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2013 Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages, Burial Offices
Organizational Diagram of Trinity Episcopal Church
Ministry Reports of Trinity Episcopal Church: Clergy and Vestry Rector Deacons Vestry Senior Warden Vestry Junior Warden
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Administration Parish Administrator Treasurer Endowment Board Diocesan Convention Delegates/Convocation Representatives
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Discipleship Adult Forum Christian Classics G.I.F.T. Program Early Christian Awareness and Nursery Forward Day-By-Day Children and Sunday School Library Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (T.E.S.T.) Womenâ€™s Quest-ioning Groups Vacation Bible School Youth Group
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Outreach Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry BackSnack Program Christmas Giving for Foster Children CROP Walk Habitat for Humanity Holy Stir-It Men’s Group Kansas 2 Kenya (K2K) L.I.N.K. (Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen) Ploughman’s Lunch and Bake Sale Trinity Treasures Group St. Petca’s Guild Vintage Sale
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Parish Life Brandon Woods Eucharist Communications Team Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Eucharistic Visitors and Pastoral Care Team Morning Prayer Prayer Chain Hospitality and Kitchen Committee Pump’n Pray Men’s Group Wednesday Evenings’ Service and Dinner
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Worship Acolytes Altar Guild Altar Flowers Committee Greeters and Membership Committee Lectors, Intercessors, and Chalice Bearers Trinity Adult Choir Trinity Consort Choir Trinity Choristers Children’s Choir Ushers
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Other Ministries of Trinity Episcopal Church (no reports)
TEC Balance Sheet As Of December 31, 2013
Treasurer’s Report as of December, 2013
2014 Proposed Mission Plan (Budget)
By-laws of Trinity Episcopal Church
By-laws of Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Endowment Fund
2014 Annual Meeting Agenda Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:00 p.m. A Nursery will be provided. A Lunch will take place in the Parish Hall, following the 10:30 Service.
Call to Order
The Reverend Rob Baldwin
Declaration of Quorum
Appointment of Clerk and Parliamentarian
Approval of Minutes of the January, 2013 Annual Meeting
Approval of Minutes of the December, 2013 Vestry Meeting
Nominating Committee Report
Acknowledgments and Other Business
Trinity Episcopal Church Minutes of Annual Meeting Sunday, January 29, 2013 Call to Order and Opening Prayer The meeting was called to order in the nave by Fr. Baldwin at 12:30 p.m. He led a prayer to open the meeting. Appointment of Clerk and Parliamentarian Fr. Baldwin asked for a motion to appoint Garth Burns as Parliamentarian. The motion was made and seconded, and passed by unanimous vote. Fr. Baldwin asked for a motion to appoint Maria Thompson as Clerk. The motion was made and seconded, and passed by unanimous vote. Minutes of the 2012 Annual Meeting Fr. Baldwin asked for comments regarding the Minutes of the 2012 Annual Meeting. As there were none, a motion was made to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded and passed by unanimous vote. Nominations and Elections The Nominating Committee was made up of three outgoing vestry members: Patricia Henshall, Debbie Pitts and Sandra Willey; as well as two at-large parishioners, Becky Buchnan and Donna Griffin. Lindy Eakin, who served out the final year of a former vestry memberâ€™s term, chose to stand for election, so did not serve on the Nominating Committee. The Senior Warden of the Vestry for the coming year was appointed by Fr. Rob Baldwin; and the Junior Warden of the Vestry for the coming year was elected by the Vestry. Fr. Rob appointed Lindy Eakin as Senior Warden; and the Vestry elected Steve King as Junior Warden. Nominees for open seats on the Vestry: John Bullock, Lindy Eakin, Andrew Hoyt, and Rodney Olson. Fr. Baldwin asked for nominations from the floor. There were none. A motion was made to close nominations to the Vestry. The motion was seconded and passed by unanimous vote. A motion was made to elect the full slate of candidates by acclamation. The motion was seconded, and passed by unanimous vote. Two candidates were nominated to fill two open positions on the Endowment Board: Ted Haggart and Tod Sutton. Fr. Baldwin asked for nominations from the floor. There were none. A motion was made to close nominations to the Endowment Board. The motion was seconded and passed by unanimous vote. A motion was made to elect Ted and Tod by acclamation. The motion was seconded and passed by unanimous vote.
2013 Annual Meeting (Con’t)
Rector’s Address 2013 Budget Fr. Baldwin discussed the 2013 budget, noting that it represents our plan for ministry in the coming year. He encouraged all parishioners to feel free to ask questions of himself, the treasurer or Finance Committee members any time. ● ●
This is a deficit budget, based only on income we know we will receive. There is a gap between pledges and expected expenditures. If there is a ministry that is under-funded, we will: ○ Try to seek new sources of revenue; ○ Determine whether or not it is still an effective ministry; ○ Ask those involved in the ministry to give more money to support it. We will be as thrifty as possible. Parishioners may be asked if it would be possible for them to give more than they have already pledged.
Staff Fr. Baldwin introduced the church staff, and expressed appreciation for their hard work over the past year. ● Assistant Rector: Mthr. Susan Terry ● Deacons: Dick Tracy, Rita Tracy and Steve Segebreecht ● Office staff: Marilyn Bean, Parish Administrator; Patty Johnson, Financial Secretary; and Chris Worley, Web Administrator ● Music staff: Doug Lawrence, 10:30 Music Director; Filippa Duke, 6:00 Music Director; Mark Stotler, Organist; Susan Ralston, Children’s Choir Director ● Youth Minister: Tyler Kerr ● Sunday School Superintendent: David Paden Vashti Winterburg recognized Ruth Turney for her work as Parish Librarian. Steve Segebrecht recognized Don Warders for the work he does every Sunday to clean up the grounds around the church before the 8:00 service. Review of 2012 Staff Changes ● Tyler Kerr was hired to be the new Youth Minister; ● Doug Lawrence became the new Music Director for the 10:30 service, and has been a great source of advice and support; ● Mthr. Terry became the Assistant Rector, bringing tremendous experience with youth and young adults, as well as being a great source of help for Fr. Baldwin. Organ The organ was struck by lightning. We were fortunate that the church building did not catch fire, and insurance will pay for the damages. The organ console will be replaced, and since a great amount of other maintenance is needed, we are going to take this opportunity to have all of it done while the organ is dismantled. We will need to raise at least $160,000 to have the job done right.
2013 Annual Meeting (Con’t)
Christian Formation At the 2012 Annual Meeting, Fr. Baldwin expressed the desire to strengthen our youth and women’s groups, both of which have begun to grow. However, we need to continue to find new ways to make disciples of disciples, bringing more people into the church. ● We need to figure out how to draw people from surrounding communities where there are no Episcopal churches. ● We should reach out to the colleges in Lawrence and the surrounding area, including KU, Haskell and Baker. ● Even though the shelter for the homeless has moved, there are still many people in our neighborhood who are in need, and we must continue ministering to them. ●
We need to be out in the community, talking about ourselves and our faith, and reaching out to the unchurched and de-churched. We must also be welcoming when they come to Trinity, being mindful that our actions will impact their experiences here.
Lent Fr. Baldwin invited parishioners to join him in fasting during Lent. He plans to be intentional about what he eats, keeping in mind the many people who have no food on a regular basis. Special Thanks Fr. Baldwin expressed special thanks to his wife, Valerie McCord, who supports him and whose opinion means more to him than anyone else’s. He could not do this job without her. Acknowledgements Deacon Steve Segebrecht thanked Fr. Baldwin for the great job he has done as our rector. His sense of humor, playfulness, and non-anxious presence have served this parish well. The meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m. Respectfully Submitted, Maria Thompson, Clerk
Trinity Episcopal Church Minutes of the Vestry Meeting Monday, December 16, 2013 Present: Rob Baldwin (Rector), Susan Terry (Assistant Rector), Lindy Eakin (Senior Warden), Steven King (Junior Warden), John Bullock, Dave Griffin, Brian Haupt, Andrew Hoyt, Pat Kehde, Terry Mandle, Donna McCain, Patrick Musick, Rodney Olson, Bill Benso (Treasurer), Maria Thompson (Clerk) Absent: Proctor Crow Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. Fr. Rob led the opening prayer. Declaration of Quorum A count was taken and a quorum declared. Bible Study: Matthew 7:24-29 was read and discussed. Approval of the Minutes of the November 2013 Meeting Terry noted some dates that were wrong. John made a motion to approve the Minutes of the November Vestry meeting, as amended by Terry. Steve seconded. The motion passed by unanimous vote. Pledge drive $368,821.08 had been pledged to date. Fr. Rob asked vestry members to help call parishioners who had pledged last year, but not yet this year. Andrew, John, Lindy, Dave and Pat volunteered. 2013 Budget Lindy reviewed the 2013 budget. We had overestimated income from non-pledged contributions. 2014 Budget Lindy presented two budget scenarios, both of which were more conservative in their income estimates than the budget for 2013 had been. He stressed that we need to build a budget which is based on actual expenditures and the spending priorities that are set by the Vestry. Executive Session The Vestry went into executive session to discuss staff salaries. Fr. Rob and Mtr. Susan excused themselves. Pat made a motion to approve a budget that is a mix of the two scenarios presented by Lindy, based mostly on Scenario A, and reducing the budget for the 10:30 service musicians to $5,000, and the 6:00 service musicians to $3,000. The total expenditure figure is $442,500. Andrew seconded. The motion passed with 9 in favor and 2 opposed. Rectorâ€™s Housing Allowance The rectorâ€™s housing allowance is designated for tax purposes and covers living expenses, including such things as mortgage, utilities and furniture. Fr. Rob expects these expenses to be $30,000 in 2014. Organ Bill reviewed the costs for the organ repairs, including those covered by the insurance payment. 5
Minutes of the Vestry Meeting Monday, December 16, 2013 (Con’t)
Steve made a motion for approval to take out a loan of $240,000 for five years, at a rate of 5% or better, with no pay-off penalty. Brian seconded. The motion passed with 10 in favor and 1 against. Patrick cast the ‘no’ vote. Junior Warden’s Report Work is progressing on the site for the organ. At our recent fire inspection, several lights failed, but all have been fixed. Lightning Suppression System Steve has looked into the permitting process for electrical work and should have drawings of all systems soon. Donna made a motion to contract with Hughes Consulting Engineering for installation of a lightning suppression system. Terry seconded. The motion passed by unanimous vote. Adjournment The meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Maria Thompson, Clerk
Trinity Episcopal Church, 2013 Leadership and Staff Rector
The Reverend Rob Baldwin
The Reverend Susan Terry
Steve Segebrecht, Dick Tracy, Rita Tracy
Trinity Consort Choir
Solemn High Mass
Trinity Adult Choir
Ray Wilbur, Barry Molineux, Sue Shackelford, Rachel Schwaller
Margaret Bearse, Liz Hare, Nancy Hause, Mark Holmberg, Susan Morris, Mary Mozingo, Shirley Reese, Barbara Roehl, Don Roehl, Ellen Tracy, Marian Wilbur
Lindy Eakin, Senior Warden; Steve King, Junior Warden; Maria Thompson, Clerk; Rob Baldwin, Ex Officio; John Bullock, Proctor Crow; Dave Griffin; Brian Haupt; Andrew Hoyt, Pat Kehde; Terry Mandle; Donna McCain; Patrick Musick, Rodney Olson.
Nancy Kelley, Patricia Johnson, Mari Russell, Carl Edwards.
Endowment Board Members Ted Haggart, Chair; Martin Dickinson; Liz Hare; Tod Sutton; Sandra Wiechert; Bill Benso, Ex Officio.
Episcopal Church Membership Definitions
Baptized Member: A person baptized in the Church by a Trinitarian formula, and enrolled on the books of this Parish.
Communicant: Any Baptized Member receiving communion at least three times in the previous year.
Confirmed Communicant: Any Communicant who has had the laying-on of hands from a Bishop of this Church.
Qualified Voter: Any Communicant in good standing, who is 16 years of age or older.
Communicant in Good Standing: A Communicant who is a member of this Church; who worships regularly; who takes part in this Parishâ€™s activities; and who has been a financial contributor of record for the past year.
2014 Elections for Trinity Episcopal Church Nominating Committee Report. The 2014 Nominating Committee was appointed by the Vestry for the purpose of putting forward candidates for consideration, to be elected at the 2014 Annual Meeting, to serve as: Members of the Vestry. Members of the Nominating Committee consist of the Outgoing Vestry Members, the Senior Warden, and Two (2) Trinity Communicants (eligible to vote in Parish elections). Senior Warden Lindy Eakin serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee, and Brian Haupt, Terry Mandle, Donna McCain, and Patrick Musick serve as Members of the Nominating Committee. According to Canon Law, Nominees for: Members of the Vestry must be Confirmed Communicants in Good Standing of this Parish, i.e., (1) each is a member of Trinity; (2) each worships regularly; (3) each takes part in Parish activities; and (4) each is a financial contributor of record. Nominations for: Members of the Vestry may be made from the floor at the time of the Annual Meeting, but the Nominee’s permission must be obtained in advance, and he/she must be approved by the Vestry.
2014 Vestry Nominees. The 2014 Nominating Committee presents the following Candidates to fill four (4) open Vestry Member positions: ►Adam Johnson Hello, I am Adam Johnson asking for your vote to sit on Trinity’s Vestry for this upcoming term. Three years ago I started attending our Sunday evening services at 6pm, and I just got confirmed last Easter. I enjoy Trinity’s message of “acceptance” by simply understanding where people are at in their life and inviting them into our community. I am 34 years old and a native Kansan. I was married 12 years ago at Grace Cathedral in Topeka, and we spent the last 6 years living in Lawrence. Most of my professional background is as an Army officer where I worked for the past 17 years. I just accepted a new position, which will keep my wife and me in the local area for quite some time. I also have a master’s degree in business; so I understand how organizations run. I enjoy meeting new people and working through important matters affecting people and families. Even though I am a new member, I look forward to being here a long time. Thank you for your consideration. ►Brenda Clary I grew up in Leavenworth, graduated from Saint Mary College (now the University of St. Mary) and taught at Immaculate High School in Leavenworth and Coffeyville Community College. I have lived in Lawrence since 1982. Like many Lawrence residents, I came for a degree from KU (MA in English) and 9
never left. After a variety of jobs from accounting to painting and landscaping to animal control officer to 911 dispatcher, my mid-life crisis took me to law school. Since then, I have worked solely in the public sector as a research attorney for the Kansas Court of Appeals, assistant attorney general, assistant district attorney, and twice as a staff attorney for Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, which is my current position. After decades with no church and no desire to be a part of one, I began attending services at Trinity--first Christmas and Easter, then the 6:00 Solemn High Mass--with my partner, Nancy Kelley. For the past five years or so, I have attended regularly, and I was confirmed in September 2013. I am thrilled to have been led to a church that fits so well spiritually, intellectually, and socially, and I welcome the opportunity to serve its missions and continued vitality. ►Glenna W. Kleinkauf Glenna W. Kleinkauf moved to northeast Kansas in June 2008 in order to be nearer to her children and her amazing grandchildren. She holds a BS degree in Political Science and has been a State of Kansas employee for 25 years, currently working as a program expert on the new Kansas Eligibility Enforcement System (KEES) computer project. In 2009, after visiting area Episcopal churches, she joined Trinity, attracted by the excellent liturgy, outstanding music program and the beauty of the church. Glenna states that she is willing to give her best efforts to serve this parish that has been so warm and welcoming to her family. She regularly attends both the 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. services and sings in the Consort Choir. Glenna is a lifetime Episcopalian with previous Vestry and diocesan Stewardship Committee experience; has served as an Alternate Lay Deputy to General Convention; graduated from EFM and KSM and has completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. She has attended four General Conventions as an exhibitor for TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship) and participated in fourteen national Stewardship Leader Conferences (including the “Living Wisely” course of study.) ►Jennifer Schmidt Jennifer Schmidt is the Director of the Public Policy and Legislative Clinics at the KU School of Law. She is also the host and co-producer of the annual broadcast of the Kansas governor’s State of the State Address carried statewide on public television, on Kansas Public Radio and nationally on C-SPAN. Jennifer holds a B.A. in political science with an emphasis in international affairs from Texas Christian University and a J.D. from KU, where she was managing editor of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. She has held several professional positions in federal and state government and has taught at colleges and universities for a decade. Jennifer serves on the 2014 Kansas City Truman Scholar Selection Panel and previously served on the state board of directors for the Kansas Children’s Service League, on the national scholarship selection committee for the American Association of University Women, and as a member of the monarch garden committee at Raintree Montessori. She is a graduate of Leadership Kansas and former two-term senior fellow at the Dole Institute of Politics. Jennifer lives with her husband, Derek, and their daughters, Caroline, 10, a member of Trinity’s Children’s Choir, Christmas pageant member and an acolyte – and Claire, 8, also a Trinity acolyte and Christmas pageant member. 10
►Marilyn Russell Graduated from University of Kansas with a BFA, a MA, a PhD, and a MLS from Emporia State University. I have taught at Johnson County Community College, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Birmingham University, UK, and the Institute of American Indian Arts and Haskell Indian Nations University. I have been a Fine Arts Librarian at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library and the University of Minnesota Duluth. I have served as the Library Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM and Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS. I am currently serving as an Adjunct Professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in the Humanities Department. I have three grown sons: Paul lives in Seattle, Washington and works for Amazon.com. David lives in Kansas City, Kansas and is a doctor of optometry. Mark lives in Fripp Island, SC and works for Boeing. I have five grandchildren. I have been a member of Trinity for seven years and grew up in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, KS. ►Terry Mandle I was born and raised in Kansas, although Kim and I have lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, and Kansas during our married life. Kim and I were married in 1986, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Great Bend. I have two children, Kristi Esfeld of Great Bend, and Scott DeHaan of Manhattan; and four grandchildren, ages 24, 20, 13 and 10. I have more than 25 years of experience in human resources, global mobility and real estate. Currently, I am the Global Mobility Manager, EMEA/APAC at Black & Veatch Corporation, headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. I have been actively involved in the Episcopal Church, serving as a lector, an usher, a Sunday School teacher, member of the stewardship committee, and recently completed a three term on the Vestry at Trinity. I have served as the vice-president and president of Grace Episcopal Church Women, in Hinsdale, Illinois; and have served as a lector and lector scheduling coordinator at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I am currently a member of the Ploughman's Lunch Committee here at Trinity. Other outreach activities include: Chairman, March of Dimes Teamwalk; Co-Chair, Project Real Meaning (benefiting the Children's Home, Headstart, and the Department of Social Services); Co-Chair, Nabisco United Way Campaign; Co-Chair, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Walk; and the Committee Chair, Red Ribbon Run (benefiting the Aids Care Service). In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, sewing, our dogs, cows and chickens, and spending time with my grandchildren. Being a member of the Vestry at Trinity has been a very rewarding experience and I would like an opportunity to continue to serve for another three years. My areas of interest at Trinity include Christian Education programs, the music programs, outreach activities and stewardship.
Vestry Terms All four elected Vestry Members will serve new, three-year terms, (2014 through 2016). Continuing Vestry Members in 2014 are: Proctor Crow, Lindy Eakin, Dave Griffin, Pat Kehde, Steve King, Rodney Olson, John Bullock, and Andrew Hoyt. Outgoing Vestry Members in 2013 were: Brian Haupt, Terry Mandle, Donna McCain, and Patrick Musick. Four Candidates, who receive the highest number of votes, will serve as the new 2014 Vestry Members, each for a full, three-year term (2014 through 2016).
Senior and Junior Wardens The Senior Warden shall be appointed by the Rector at the Annual Meeting, and the Junior Warden shall be elected at the Annual Meeting by Members of the Vestry. The Senior Warden is appointed from among the Members of the Vestry; and the Junior Warden is elected from among the Members of the Vestry.
Diocesan Convention/Convocation Delegates The following Parishioners served as Delegates to the Diocesan Convention in 2013: Patricia Johnson, Nancy Kelley, and Mari Russell, with Carl Edwards serving as an Alternate Delegate. The following Parishioners will serve as Delegates to the Diocesan Convention in 2014: Nancy Kelley, Mari Russell, and Carl Edwards.
2013 Trinity Episcopal Church Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages, and Burial Offices
Baptisms: George Emmet Dobson, January 6, 2013 Henry Lawrence Dobson, January 6, 2013 William Scott Dobson, January 6, 2013 Emma Marie Chapman, June 2, 2013 Elizabeth Marie Dickson, June 23, 2013 Emma Hanako Ann Brown, November 3, 2013 Darian Ann McNett, November 3, 2013 Elise Wopida Frank, November 17, 2013 Nicolae Cristian Sauciuc, December 1, 2013 Eisley Elizabeth Low, December 1, 2013 Alexa Kim Lewis, December 1, 2013
Confirmations: Brenda Jane Clary, September 15, 2013 Adam Lee Johnson, September 15, 2013 Heather Christine Eldridge, September 15, 2013
Marriages: Laura Elizabeth Frizell and Bradley John Eland, May 25, 2013 Lindsay Marie Kraisinger and John Paul Dorr Washburn, October 26 2013
Burial Offices Thomas Chester Skinner, March 18, 2013 Carolyn Darrach Norton Brushwood, April 16, 2013 Elizabeth Ammar, May 10, 2013 Leila â€œElaineâ€? Mulliken, July 11, 2013 Sandra Kay Verrill, October 4, 2013
Organizational Diagram Of Trinity Episcopal Church
MINISTRY REPORTS OF TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
CLERGY AND VESTRY
The Reverend Rob Baldwin
Last year I concluded my report for 2012 by saying that looking ahead to 2013 “I have begun to think less about figuring out what Trinity was, and more about what Trinity will be.” I believe that over the past year much of my time spent outside the normal responsibilities of my position was spent thinking about that future, and helping Trinity move towards it. Rather than focus on the routine dimensions of my ministry here, I would like to share that which was not routine at all. First, this year I served once more as interim chaplain at Bishop Seabury Academy following the departure of their chaplain, the Rev. Patrick Funston, to a position in Manhattan, Kansas. I appreciated the chance to strengthen the relationship between Trinity Church and Seabury, and am very pleased to see individuals from the school come here to share their gifts just as I am there sharing mine. I will be continuing to pitch in at Seabury until May 2014. Throughout the year there has been a broad-based emphasis on the spiritual discipline of stewardship, from fasting throughout Lent to this year’s Harvest Festival dinner. From the beginning the hope was to instill in each of us a strong sense of gratitude for the gifts that God has given to us, and to respond by supporting God’s work in the world as made manifest in the Church. That gift has definitely taken root in our hearts, as is evident not only by the strong financial support for the parish, but also the many new people who are involved in various ministries we perform here at Trinity. I continue to be involved in several Diocesan-level ministries. I am the chair of the Congregational Development Committee, which helps with strategic planning, congregational health and growth, and new ministry locations. This past year the committee hosted a great workshop on communication inside and outside the parish, and I hope to have those guest speakers work with Trinity specifically in 2014 to help us develop our communication goals. This year I was also invited to teach Anglican Identity at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, a multi-diocesan school for clergy and lay leaders in the area. I am also one of the founding members of an ecumenical initiative begun in Lawrence to address common issues of social justice in the community. I’m very excited by the chance to work side-by-side with not only my Christian brothers and sisters, but also members of the Muslim and Jewish community to identify how together we can help protect those most at risk in the Lawrence area. What remains from the goals set for 2013 for 2014? The organ will be installed sometime in the first quarter of 2014. Trinity’s role in campus ministry has grown, but I’m looking forward to seeing it develop even farther through the work of the new diocesan campus missioner, Stephanie Jenkins. Creating a ministry presence at Haskell University should not be overlooked. But above all, I look forward to a year where we can hopefully begin to set aside some of the anxieties and fears of the past, and instead think of ourselves as a church blessed with great gifts, a church where new ideas can be risked and new Christians reached. Trinity is a parish that can do so much, thanks to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and I continue to be thankful to see the fruits of that Spirit develop every day that I am here. 15
Rita Tracy, Dick Tracy, Steve Segebrecht
All Deacons are ordained and assigned to the Parish by the Bishop. We work under the supervision of the Rector, and cooperate with the Clergy and lay people of the Parish to assist them in their roles. We also report to the Archdeacon and the Bishop of the Diocese. We perform the liturgical roles of the Deacon in the Sunday morning services; in the monthly service at Brandon Woods; and at special services, such as funerals, Christmas, and Holy Week. We preach several times each year, and anoint anyone who desires it for healing. We visit the sick, shut-ins, those in the hospital, those in nursing homes, and those in their own homes, and we take Communion to them when needed. We train the Lectors, Intercessors, and Eucharistic Ministers (Chalice Bearers). We try to support others in their ministries, as well. We attend the weekly Staff Meetings, the Annual Deacons’ Retreat, the Diocesan Convention, and any special meetings of our Church Committees. We participate in continuing education each year, and we read Holy Scripture, and material related to the diaconate, the church, and theology. On the third Sunday of each month, a portion of the loose offering goes to the Deacons’ Discretionary Fund. We use this Fund to assist people in need. Currently, our priority is to prevent homelessness. The most common needs include assistance with utilities, rent, prescriptions, licenses, and transportation. Through the generosity of our congregation, we were able to help over 100 people in 2013. Whenever possible, we work with other agencies, such as The Salvation Army, Bert Nash, the Community Shelter, and EKAN. We often suggest that people use our Food Pantry to conserve their financial resources. We wish to thank all our friends at Trinity for their generosity and support, and especially Trinity Treasures for their contribution. Deacon Steve continued in 2013 to lead the men’s fellowship group, Holy Stir-It, along with Bruce Roberts, Brad Tate, and Charlie Becker. Deacon Steve also coaches the men’s exercise and prayer group, known as Pump‘n Pray. For the Diocese, he serves as Director for the mission program to Kenya, known as Kansas 2 Kenya, or K2K. He also leads medical teams to Kenya during the summers. We are happy to report that our congregation is currently raising up two new deacons, David Marker and Rob Schwaller. While they are in preparation for ordination, they will be participating in services and carrying out some other diaconal duties.
Vestry Senior Warden
This past year has been another active year in the life of Trinity Episcopal Church. Our children’s ministry has blossomed under the new leadership of Susan Terry, we had a very successful Harvest Dinner, successful fundraisers for the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry, and Trinity continues to bring new members into the congregation. We have been making progress on a year round stewardship program and pledges for this year have reached a new high, confirming the support of our many ministries. There is a ministry for each of you within Trinity and we hope you will find your ministry at Trinity and join in. If you need assistance in getting involved, please don’t hesitate to ask a Vestry member or talk to Father Rob or Susan Terry. This year the Vestry made a major decision to move forward with repairing the organ to enable us to continue providing a high quality music ministry for the next generations. Fundraising efforts have been modestly successful, raising approximately $150,000 of the $250,000 needed to fully repair the organ and provide lightning protection for the church. We will continue to seek additional gifts throughout 2014. The organ should be installed within the next month and we will be able to celebrate this milestone. This repair is beyond the replacement of the console, which is being replaced with insurance proceeds. We are insuring the future of the organ for the next fifty years at Trinity. As always, if you have concerns, ideas or any thoughts you would like to share with the Vestry, please feel free to contact me or any other vestry member. 16
Vestry Junior Warden
Blessed to be selected again in 2013 to be your Jr. Warden, I’m pleased to report the expenses for Property and Building Repairs & Maintenance came in under Budget for the second year in a row. And while not wanting to overtly monopolize the position, I would relish and cherish the opportunity to serve another year as Jr Warden in 2014, the last year of my Vestry appointment. In 2012 our Budget was $12,000.00, actual expenses were $5,800.00, better than 50% below Budget. We reduced the 2013 Budget to $8,000.00 and through November 2013 expenses were $5,200. Confidence is high we ended the year below plan. We are further confident of our implemented costs control systems and have budgeted $6,000.00 for Fiscal 2014. Current major projects carrying over to 2014 are the New Organ installation and the Lightning Protection System. The Organ is nearly complete and installation is expectant in Q1. Currently we have engaged an Engineer to create the Master Lightning Protection Plan and are expectant to let that work in January/February 2014. The ceiling above the south door of the Nave will be lowered several feet to accommodate the New Organ components. We are again experiencing some buckling of the wainscoting walls in the Nave in the areas that were not repaired two years ago. A vapor barrier will need be installed to keep moisture from wicking up the wall and the damaged wainscoting replaced. Other wish list projects for me in 2014 would the be the removal and replacement of our cracked and buckled sidewalks.
Other Activities for 2013: Sealed the tile floor in the Mathews Center. Destroyed old records, for example, old pledge cards, which were stored in the office basement. Painted entrance doors to Nave. Replaced ballasts and light bulbs in the parish hall. Replaced all of the lights in the nave. Repaired the door trim around the library entry. Repaired the hole from the lightning strike and did some other structural repairs. A new air conditioning has been installed in the choir loft. Blessing to Mrs. Ralston for her generosity in providing the funding for the repairs which were significant in expense. The floor of the parish hall was cleaned and polished for the Easter Service. The signs in the parking lot are being changed so they no longer have wording that implies the lot is only reserved on Sundays but all days. Removed the dead trees in our front yard. My thanks everyone for their assistance in helping me to maintain our beautiful buildings. I could not list these accomplishments without your help.
Every day at Trinity seems to bring new challenges, a new face, or an unusual occurrence! With the presence and assistance of 10 Office Volunteers and 2 Deacons (Shirley Reese, Ellen Tracy, Barb Roehl, Marian Wilbur, Mary Mozingo, Liz Hare, Susan Morris, Margaret Bearse, Nancy Hause, Mark Holmberg, Rita Tracy, and Dick Tracy), all of these unique circumstances are met with a friendly, sincere, and caring demeanor, ready and able to find a workable solution to a particular situation. They are not only dedicated to helping the office run smoothly, but each is the perfect resource for anyone walking through Trinityâ€™s doors. All of them, without question, put othersâ€™ concerns and needs ahead of their own, and stay focused to resolving each and every situation. I have been continually impressed, and appreciate, that Trinity Parishioners are very active and passionate about the ministries with which they work. They put endless hard work into all of their projects and events, and do not stop until they have reached their goals! I am especially grateful for the caring support of each member of the congregation, which I sense every day, as I work in the office on any number of projects. Absolutely, without your dedicated commitment and assistance, it would be impossible for me to get all my work done! I always welcome your input in the office, which can often result in changes to more efficient ways of getting our work done, as well as how to better serve the congregation at Trinity. It is a privilege, an honor, and a joy to work among all of you, every single day, at Trinity. May God continue to bless Trinity in 2014.
Trinity Episcopal Church concluded calendar year 2013 with all financial obligations current. The approved 2013 Budget was a deficit budget, and the financial performance was achieved by superior performance of the administrative staff (28% under budget), building maintenance and repair (33% under budget), and cautious use of financial reserves. Significant events in 2013 that affected the finances of the Church were the decision to replace the organ, the conduct of a pledge campaign to refinance the replacement, and the decision to pursue a commercial loan to finance this replacement project. In addition, a significant contribution dedicated to greatly reduce our existing debt to ECBF was received. As a result of these two events, it was concluded to be in the best interest of the Church to combine these two debts into one, and seek commercial financing. This has been accomplished, and the loan agreement executed. Since it is structured as a construction loan, the exact principal value is not yet determined; however, it will not exceed $240,000.00. The term of the loan is 5 years at 4% interest. The budget proposed for 2014 is a surplus budget. When realized, it will allow the Church to begin rebuilding the financial reserves used in 2013 and prior years.
The Trinity Endowment Fund gained $26,173.55 in value during 2013 (12.50%), from $231,744 to $260,706. A distribution of $4,200 was made from prior years' accumulated earnings to the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry as outreach. The Endowment Fund’s net cash position for 2013 was - $1,049, reflecting realized investment income received ($4,598.69) less the beneficiary distribution ($4,200) and the investment management fee ($1,448.03). It is expected that part of the earnings and value gained will be distributed in early 2014 with the remainder retained for growth of the Endowment. The Board continues to look for ways to encourage planned giving within the congregation. We welcomed Tod Sutton and Liz Hare to the Board this year, and we thank Sandra Weichert, Martin Dickinson, Ted Haggart, and Bill Benso for their service to the Board.
Diocesan Convention Delegates/Convocation Representatives
I continue to use the words of Austin Turney in describing the nature and mission of the Northeast Convocation when he writes, “The mission of the Northeast Convocation of the Diocese of Kansas is to promote member parishes to work together to fruitfully make disciples of Jesus Christ and to enable their ministries.” Nancy Kelley, Marilyn (Mari) Russell, and Patricia (Patty) Johnson continued to serve as delegates in 2013. Carl Edwards and Micah Seybold are the alternate delegates. The essential work of each of the delegates and alternate delegate is to attend and participate in four meetings of the Northeast Convocation -- a body of delegates, clergy and lay people -- from 12 churches in or around the Kansas City metropolitan area; and to attend the Annual Diocesan Convention. Much of the delegates’ work prior to the Convention takes place at the Convocation meetings. In 2013, the Convocation held meetings in February at St Paul’s, Leavenworth; in April at Grace, Ottawa; in June at St. Aidan’s, Olathe; and in September at Trinity, Lawrence. We at Trinity hosted approximately 70 delegates and clergy from the Diocese. The meeting in Lawrence is traditionally the last meeting before the convention and the Bishop speaks about the budget and the mission of the Church. Patty Johnson organized our hosting of the Convocation by providing snacks and coffee for those in attendance. Convocation meetings provide an opportunity to get acquainted with people from other Parishes, and also provide information about outreach programs from other Parishes. The Convocation also must approve any Parish’s request that money for physical improvements be exempt from the Diocesan Apportionment (income tax). Trinity asked for an exemption for the renovation of the organ so that funds we collect for the refurbishing of the organ will not be assessed as church income. That request was granted. Another point of note through the year was the call for Father Patrick Funston to become the rector at St. Paul’s, Manhattan, thereby leaving his position as Chaplin at Bishop Seabury Academy. Father Rob assumed that role for the school. The first Woman’s Summit was held at St. James, Wichita on April 19-20 and was well represented by Trinitarians. The Convention was held on October 25-26 in Topeka. Frontiers of Faith, was the theme of the 154rd Annual Convention. The Convention began with a Grand Celebration of The Holy Eucharist at Grace Cathedral. Bishop Dean Wolf presided over the convention. The Right Reverend Stacy F. Sauls, the chief operating officer of the Episcopal Church, was the guest speaker at this year’s convention. He addressed the convention twice, once on Friday, “Remembering the Sacrament of the Poor,” and on Saturday, “Celebrating the Sacrament of the Poor.” As an active member of the board of Episcopal Relief and Development, he spoke from 19
his experiences in finding Jesus in places other than the church. He challenged the congregations to go out and look for Jesus among the poor. Workshops offered on Friday afternoon consisted of “An answer to the Charitable- Industrial Complex,” “Cool Congregations: The Why and How of Lowering Your Church’s Carbon Footprint” presented by the Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team of Ellyn Owen, Nancy Hanson, and Garth Burns, and “Social Media and Your Parish.” We are encouraged by Melodie Woerman to like and share our church on Face Book as often as we can to fully use the advantages of social networking. At the convention this year we celebrated Bishop Dean Wolfe’s tenth year as the Bishop of the Kansas. Anyone may attend the convention. The addresses given by the guests and The Bishop are inspirational and call us to do the business of the Church. Trinity was well represented by delegates and clergy.
Rich and Joan Ring
Christian Classics is part of the Adult Education Program at Trinity Episcopal Church. The group meets every other Wednesday evening, at 7:30 p.m., in the Library, to read and discuss important texts on religion and spirituality. We have read works ranging from St. Augustine to C.S. Lewis. In 2013, we finished reading John Milton’s epic, Paradise Lost, a work we began in 2012. For our next endeavor, we read and discussed The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity, an account of the martyrdom of two saints from the early church in the third century. For the rest of the year we read Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, a dialogue between Ancius Boethius, a prominent official in the early sixth century in Italy, and the mythical person of Lady Philosophy. Christian Classics welcomes anyone interested in exploring the development of religious thought and practice, and in joining us for fellowship and spiritual growth. For more information, please contact Rich or Joan Ring, at 785-842-5544.
Early Christian Awareness (ECA)
Early Christian Awareness, or ECA, continues to be provided on a weekly basis year-round to our youngest Trinitarians by teachers Melanie and Micah Seybold and Lynn Segebrecht. We begin teaching nursery attendants as soon as they are able to participate, usually around 6 months, and continue till age 3 (but welcome back our recent alumni!) This program is inspirational to teach and observe, as over time toddlers heighten their participation and interactions with all of God's creatures, personified by our wonderful collection of stuffed animals! The children are presented with the animals to handle and love as songs are sung about God's love for them, for the children, for all of His creation. We welcome new teachers anytime! There is no prep involved as the songs, prayers, and word plays are scripted on cards provided in the nursery, and the singing does NOT have to be in tune or on pitch for the children to thoroughly enjoy it and respond! Please stop by any Sunday 20
around 10:35 or 10:45 to observe and see if this might be your next ministry at Trinity! We could use your help as little as once every month or two. The nursery is staffed currently by the gracious volunteering of the current KU Canterbury students and also Annelise Lawrence. Fr. Rob continues to search for another part-time nursery attendant. Many thanks for all the parents who continue to bless the nursery and the ECA teachers with the presence of your babies and toddlers! It is a ministry that all of us truly love and feel honored to be a part of.
Forward Day-by-Day provides a passage of scripture and a brief commentary for each day of the year as an aid to prayer or meditation. It is in the form of a pocket-sized pamphlet that is published quarterly, and is available in the tract racks found at the back of the nave and opposite the elevator. The tract racks also contain a sample of tracts concerning a variety of situations. These can either be helpful for one’s self, or provide ways of talking to another person about a particular situation.
Children and Sunday School
Rev. Susan Terry
I began last year’s report with accolades for our creative, gifted and loving Sunday School teachers. Sunday School remains the core of Trinity’s Children’s Ministry program and we continue to be blessed with dedicated teachers: Margaret Bearse, Sue Shackelford, Anne Patterson, Anna Busby, Dianna McAlexander, David Paden, Brad Eldridge, Kim Mandel, Tyler Kerr, Lynn Segebrecht, Melanie and Micah Seybold. Thank you! Winter-Spring 2013: Last winter, the Sunday School Support Squad and I continued our mission of supporting our teachers and spreading the good news of our Sunday School program to the parish, we created a bulletin board highlighting Sunday School activities; hosted 2 coffee hours in thanksgiving for our teachers; provided snacks for our children; helped Anne Patterson and Anna Busby bury and resurrect the Alleluia; assisted Tyler Kerr and the youth with the Easter Egg hunt, hosted a shower benefiting the children at the Willow Center in thanksgiving for Trinity’s infants and children; thanked our teachers for a great year with a gift and parish picnic. In the spring, the Support Squad and I met and the Squad agreed with my plan to expand our Children’s Ministry program. Our focus would remain on keeping Sunday School strong and supporting our teachers, but we would also include other Children’s Ministry events in addition to Sunday School. To this end we set a goal to involve more volunteers in our Children’s Ministry program. Fall-Winter 2013. In the fall, our program year got off to a very successful start. We registered 38 children for Sunday School and had 40 adult volunteer to help with a variety of Children’s Ministries throughout the year. As a result of this enthusiastic response, we celebrated the ministries of our teachers and had kick-off picnic; participated in the Blessing of the Animals; dressed up as saints to celebrate All Saints Day and helped with the always wonderful Christmas pageant. We also introduced some new events: Children’s Chapel held 4 times a year during the Sunday School time; the St. Anna and St. Simeon’s Guild formed to support our newly baptized infants 21
and children and their parents; Advent intergenerational events with Advent wreath making one Sunday morning and creating Chrismons decorations for our Jesse tree one Wednesday night. Nurturing our children and young adults is a vitally important ministry. We cannot underestimate the importance of our children’s place in the life of our faith community now and in the years to come. We thank God for our children, our adult volunteers and the support of the parish. Your continued prayers for this ministry will help us continue to grow in ways that we cannot even begin to imagine.
The Church Library has about 4,000 items serving the Parish’s Educational Ministry for Children and Adults. After the retirement of Ruth Turney as Librarian, a new team is working on development of the Library. Over 2,300 books have been catalogued, and about 150 new accessions added in the last year (the online catalogue of those books catalogued can be seen and searched on the Church’s website under the ‘Resources’ tab). We look forward to further growth and development in the coming year.
Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (T.E.S.T.)
Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST) does not aim to be “the environmental stewards” of Trinity Parish, but rather to provide information, examples, and opportunities supporting the conviction that God calls everyone to be good stewards of the earth. We love to demonstrate that caring for God’s creation is a joy—and often downright fun! During 2013, TEST kept a steady stream of “TEST Tidbits”—short, informative articles on all sorts of earth-care-related topics—appearing in Trinity’s weekly E-News. These are chiefly the result of research and writing by TEST Member Ellyn Owen, with occasional contributions by other TEST Members. On March 10, during Lent, we greatly appreciated the informative Adult Forum by KU climatescience Ph.D. student (and TEST “Friend”) Ferdouz Cochran, on “Climate Change, Faith, and the Food We Eat.” The Sunday Forum following, TEST Members showed short DVDs (the “Meatrix” series) and followed up with talks—all dealing with animal cruelty, pollution, and other injustices and hazards of factory farming. In April, TEST Members took a couple of nice walks outdoors: On April 11, several of us enjoyed a tour of the Baldwin Woods, led by Ken Lassman, local naturalist and author, who identified various trees and plants for us. (This walk was a gift of TEST Member Austin Turney, who had bid on it and won, at the Jewish Blintz Brunch.) Then, on April 20, 17 Trinitarians represented our Parish, marching in Lawrence’s Earth-Day Parade. After the Parade, TEST Members interacted with the public, sharing children’s craft projects, and information on the XL Pipeline, fracking, and other environmental issues, at a booth in South Park. TEST Members also presented an informative, humorous skit and a lengthy poem at the Oread Friends’ ReadOut/Speak Out/Sing Out/Act Out/Dance Out for Earth Care tent in the Park. As the study focus at three Wednesday evenings at Trinity, in August and September, Ellyn Owen shared her copy of the DVD “Earth From Space,” a PBS/Nova feature presentation of data collected by NASA satellites detecting how Planet Earth’s giant ecosphere functions to support 22
life. The facts presented revealed surprising interactions of the planet’s soil, air, and water and the sun’s energy, and were eye opening and mind expanding! In September, some TEST Members and Friends attended the Prairie Festival at The Land Institute, near Salina. This is a week end of opportunities for fun, camaraderie, networking, and education that expands one’s knowledge of environmental issues at home and throughout the world. TEST represents Trinity in activities with the Kansas chapter (of which Trinity Parish is a charter member) of Interfaith Power and Light, a nation-wide, interfaith project that responds to human-caused global warming. In May, we were privileged to see, hear, and visit with the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, Episcopal priest from California and co-founder of the national IPL, when she delivered the keynote address at Kansas IPL’s annual fund-raiser, at Ecumenical Campus Ministries, KU. We were pleased that Melodie Woerman, Communications Coordinator for the Diocese of Kansas, attended the event and followed up with an article on Canon Bingham’s talk, in the May/June Harvest. In August, TEST Members Vashti Winterburg and David Paden, and Trinity Junior Warden Steve King attended the Kansas IPL “Cool Congregations” (http://kansasipl.org/coolcongregations/) workshop, at Plymouth Congregational Church. At our September meeting, TEST voted to make the “Cool Congregations Corps” (CCC) at Trinity a project sponsored by TEST. To begin, Cool Congregations needs one or two Trinity households to commit to enacting the program in their homes, to prove its energy- and money-saving benefits. It is hoped that this program will soon get started at Trinity. (If you’re interested in being a trial household, please contact David Paden as soon as possible.) TEST also represents Trinity in activities with Lawrence Ecological Teams United in Sustainability (LET-US), a network of Lawrence-based faith groups organized to educate and advocate for environmental sustainability and eco-justice. During 2013, several TEST Members took part in LET-US events such as planning meetings; interaction with two Visiting Scholars/eco-theologians—Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, from Yale (in February); and Dr. Larry Rasmussen, of Union Theological Seminary (in April); a community-wide “Greening Our Congregations” workshop in October; and a group discussion of The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder, a book by Dr. William Brown, of Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, Georgia). Dr. Brown is to be in Lawrence as Visiting Scholar/Theologian in Residence, February 16–18, 2014 (http://ecmku.org/theologian-inresidence/). In October, TEST Members assisted Rabi Moti Rieber, Director of Kansas IPL, in presenting a (well attended) break-out session on faith-based care for creation, at the Kansas Episcopal Diocesan Convention in Topeka, and helped at the Kansas IPL information booth there. In late October, some of the TEST women enjoyed a Sunday afternoon walk in the woods at Hidden Valley, to appreciate the fall foliage and visit memorials to David Owen. As service projects at Trinity, TEST continues to recycle used eyeglasses, mobile telephones, CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs), and household batteries—all brought by Trinitarians and deposited in the small chest of drawers in the Parish Hall. TEST organizes a Team of Kitchen Recyclers, who weekly tend to the recyclables from the bin in Trinity’s kitchen. Out Recycle Team Members also recycle the service bulletins from all worship services at Trinity (several pounds each week!). Many thanks to Garth Burns, Anna Busby, Katie Becker, Brenda Clary, Janet Lukehart, Pat Miller, Susie Nightingale, Melanie 23
Seybold, and Craig Myers-Arenth who have performed these tasks as Recycle Team Members during the past year! TEST Members have consulted and worked with Junior Warden Steve King during the past year to continue to upgrade lighting and energy efficiency at Trinity. A major concern has been seeking proper insulation for the chamber holding the organ pipes in the bell tower. TEST Members also try to pitch in and help with after-coffee cleanup and dishwashing, especially the third Sunday morning each month, to keep down the use of throw-away cups, etc. Thanks to ALL who provide hospitality and make the extra effort to use and wash “real” plates, cups, and eating utensils (rather than use throw-aways); we are very pleased that this practice has really caught on at Trinity! TEST receives some income from free-will donations, but mainly from the generous gift, by TEST Member Vashti Winterburg, of proceeds from sale of her Christmas plum puddings. TEST Members help with the preparation and sale of these puddings (you may have heard of the “Dreaded Stem Plucking” and/or the “Goo Mixing”). At the end of each year, we vote and decide on donations from our funds, to a few local and/or national non-profits whose work upholds sound environmental practices. In December, at our holiday potluck dinner/meeting at Ellyn Owen’s, we favored five locally based organizations— Kansas Interfaith Power and Light, Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition (an interfaith educational/action network of NE Kansas/NW Missouri), Kaw River Keeper, The Land Institute (Salina), Operation Wildlife (wild animal rescue facility)—and Episcopal Relief and Development. TEST currently claims 14 Members and communicates via email with more than 20 additional interested “Friends” regarding news and action opportunities on environmental issues. Our regular monthly meetings are 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Parish Hall, the last Monday of most months. Thanks to all TEST Members—Garth Burns (Spiritual Coordinator), Brian Jones, Pat Miller, Patty Minx, Craig Myers-Arenth, Ellyn Owen (Secretary), David Paden, David Severance, Sue Shackelford (Treasurer), Austin Turney, Alice Weis, Vashti Winterburg, Chris Worley—for your faithful work! We welcome new Members and Friends! Contact Nancy (email@example.com) or Ellyn (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Caring for the environment—it’s a Christian thing to do!
Women’s Quest-ioning Groups
Tudy Youngberg Haller
Who am I? Where have I come from? And where am I going? What is prayer? Who is God for me? Where do I belong? How can I be of service? Would you like to explore these and other questions with other women in Trinity? Two separate Women’s Quest-ioning Groups have been meeting twice monthly since last Spring. We share our spiritual experiences, insights, joys, and concerns, while reading Here and Now, by Henry Nouwen. In a few months, each group will be choosing a new book for discussion. We invite you to join us on either: the first and third Wednesdays each month, at 9:30 a.m.; or the second and fourth Thursdays each month, at 1:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall or the Matthews Chapel. If you have any questions, please contact Tudy Youngberg Haller, at 785-218-2283 or email@example.com; or Susan Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org. “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” --John 10:10 24
Vacation Bible School
Numbers for VBS 2013:
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27 children preregistered. This is an increase from 2012, at which time only 18 children preregistered. Our highest count during the week was 35 children. Again, this is an increase from 2012. We had over 20 volunteers help with various tasks, including leading groups, making snacks, registering, teaching, singing, puppeteering, and helping with crafts.
Theme for the Year: The children returned to The Garden in 2013, joined by Colby the Caterpillar, Patricia Pony, and Barry the Frog. During 2013, dinosaur bones were found in the Garden. As the children found dinosaur bones and put together a large skeleton, they also learned the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer represents a “prayer skeleton”. We use this framework of prayer to talk to God. Each dinosaur bone represented one more aspect in the Lord’s Prayer (themes for each verse were broken up into P-R-A-Y -- “praise”, “recognize”, “ask”, and “you”). This year, magic tricks were added, which helped to elucidate the Bible stories. Children also made crafts, learned the Lord’s Prayer, sang songs, and played games in various different rooms around the church. Thank you so much to the Vestry for financially supporting Vacation Bible School in the budget in 2013. Thank you so much to all of the wonderful volunteers, to the congregation for supporting this endeavor, and most importantly, to the children who came and invited friends.
The youth program at Trinity is providing a wholesome, fun-learning experience for youth and adults involved. The average attendance for youth group is between 7 and 10 youth on Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m. Part of this great attendance comes from the convenience of the 6:00 service and the dinner following youth group and the service. During 2013, we held 2 lock-ins. For the first lock-in in May, we had 14 youth in attendance. The second lock-in was in December, and 24 youth attended. We plan to collaborate with St. Margaret’s for our next lock-in.
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry
Ray Wilbur, Barry Molineux, Sue Shackelford
The mission of Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry is to provide food assistance to people in Lawrence and Douglas County. Partner churches are: Trinity Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Saint John The Evangelist Catholic Church, and Saint Margaretâ€™s Episcopal Church.
A First United Methodist Church Volunteer
Food donations from St. Margaretâ€™s
TIFP SERVED 3,594 families (9,424 people) in 2013 Each month a family may receive about $23.00 worth of groceries, which might provide a total of about 12 individual meals. PATRONS who came to the food pantry in November and December participated in a survey which provided information that TIFP is serving a wide range of clients, but many of them seem to fall in the "130% above poverty"--a group which is not aided by government 26
programs and is only reached through charitable organizations. TIFP provides a resource for these people and all people who need food assistance for different reasons with no request for financial information. MORE THAN 40 VOLUNTEERS serve in the food pantry by unloading food from regular Harvesters deliveries, sorting and shelving food, and serving patrons at the food pantry each month on Tuesdays and Saturdays. An additional number of volunteers pick up free frozen meat at Salvation Army in Lawrence, pick up free personal care items in Kansas City, MO, and pick up free bread and fresh produce at Harvesters in Topeka.
Parishioners making food donations
Other volunteers are involved in coordinating the food pantry program including inventorying and ordering food, managing food costs, volunteer recruitment, assignment, and scheduling, volunteer communication, maintaining accuracy of our patron data base, fund raising through special events and grant writing, record keeping and coordination of financial information, and coordinating food donations and information-sharing with the partner churches.
DONATIONS, GIFTS, & GRANTS in 2013 TOTAL FOOD DONATIONS: 21,599 FOOD ITEMS: This amount of food is equivalent to serving 939 families. 25 percent of all food we provide to families has come from in-kind donations. SPECIAL ANNUAL FOOD DRIVES: Scouting for Food Drive in March and Bishop Seabury Academy in November. RETAIL VALUE OF ALL FOOD DONATED: $ 21,599.00: Food donations from individual donations, partner churches, and food drives TOTAL DONATIONS OF MONEY: $ 15,769.09: Donated by parishioners at Trinity Episcopal Church, the partner churches, friends, memorials, and special recognition gifts SPECIAL DONATIONS: $ 4,950.00: Trinity Episcopal Church Endowment Fund and Trinity Treasures Sale. 27
FUND RAISING EVENTS: $ 3,633.00 Event 1: Hang Out for Hunger (April): $ 170.00; Event 2: Rummage Sale (August) $ 2,300.00; Event 3: Gaming Night (November)…$ 300.00; Donations: $ 863.00 GRANTS: $ 6,200.00: Grant Award Douglas County Community Foundation (March):……..$ 4,200.00 Grant Award (Unsolicited): Douglas County Community Foundation (May):.......$ 2,000.00
EXPENSES in 2013
ACTUAL FOOD COSTS: $ 30,100.31: Food purchased at Harvesters and ALDI Grocers. TOTAL RETAIL VALUE FOR ALL FOOD GIVEN TO PATRONS: $ 81,475.98 (All food purchased and all donated given to our 3,594 families who came to TIFP this year.)
Packaging laundry detergent for TIFP
In 2013, we have been privileged to help those in need. We have seen God’s abundant provision of food and money, the abundant supply of time and talent from our volunteers and the continual expression of gratitude from those we help. The TIFP Coordinating Group:
Sue Shackelford, Ray Wilbur, Rachel Waller, Carol Armstrong, Louise Ecord, Josh Johnson, Barry Molineux.
Tod Sutton and Greg Hazen
BackSnack is an outreach ministry of Trinity with the mission to feed hungry kids in Lawrence. In 2013, we served as the community partner to eight Lawrence public schools (Broken Arrow, Hillcrest, Kennedy, New York, Pinckney, Quail Run, Schwegler and Woodlawn) providing 210 children in those schools with weekend meals for 33 weeks throughout the school year. Since the Spring of 2010, Trinity has served as the Community Partner for schools in the Lawrence School District which participate in Harvester's BackSnack Program. Harvester's is a regional community food network that began the BackSnack program as a pilot operation in 2004 serving 30 students at one school. Today, it serves 19,000 students across 26 counties in Missouri and Kansas. Harvester's is able to do this for about $250 per child per year. We are hopeful it will be able to grow further next fall. At the beginning of the school year, Harvesters supplies backpacks to select students identified by the schools as chronically hungry. Every two weeks, Harvesters delivers food to Trinity to go into those backpacks. Once a week, Trinity volunteers take the food packs to the school, clean and fill the backpacks with the food supplied by Harvesters so that those chronically hungry children can have something extra to eat through the weekend. Most of these children are on the free-or-reduced-rate lunch program at the schools. These food packages may be the best food available to them through the weekend; in some cases it may be the only food available. Trinity's role as Community Partner is to support the schools through the filling and cleaning of the backpacks and storing the food before delivery. In addition to the food supplied by Harvester's, Trinity supplements the foodstuffs with granola bars, raisins, oatmeal, and similar nutritious items as funding allows. Apples, oranges, and gloves were added to packs during the holiday season. This program has taken nothing from Trinity's annual budget through the years, but has had a meaningful impact on the community. We have solicited donations from inside and outside the Trinity family to fund the supplemental items we provided. We have not requested a line item in the outreach ministry budget for 2014. In calendar year 2013, contributions to the program were $1,771 and expenditures were $757. We begin this calendar year with a spendable balance of $1,576 which will allow us to spend about $0.37 per child per week for the remainder of this school year. We thank all the volunteers who have helped throughout the year with this program and the active support of the food pantry.
Trinity Episcopal Church hosted over 100 walkers for the 2013 Lawrence CROP Walk to Stop Hunger on Sunday, September 29. This year's walk was 5K starting at Trinity, going to 19th and Alabama and back to Trinity. Trinity had about 12-15 walkers, including a couple of families walking. Trinity walkers raised $1,374 toward the Lawrence CROP Walk total of $11,611. Twenty-five percent of the money raised will be distributed to LINK and Jubilee Cafe here in Lawrence. Thank you to Allison Myers-Arenth, Lisa Keys and Melanie Seybold for staffing the water stops along the route.
Habitat for Humanity
Trinity Episcopal is one of 12 covenant churches for Lawrence Habitat for Humanity. Every other year the covenant churches join to fund and build a Faith Build Habitat House. The 2013 Faith Build Habitat House was the 83rd Habitat for Humanity House built in Lawrence in the past 24 years. 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of Lawrence Habitat for Humanity. We had 2 Trinity Habitat work days at the Faith Build House, and were represented at the Nail Driving Ceremony, during which the first walls of the house were raised. On the 1st work day, we worked with other Habitat for Humanity Volunteers and Habitat Homeowners to finish installing the exterior siding, apply a primer coat of paint, and finish shingling the roof. By the end of the day, the house was closed in and ready for the electricians, plumbers, and HVAC installers, before cold weather arrived. On the 2nd work day, we cleaned up sheetrock mud from floors and window frames, painted the ceilings, applied a coat of primer to the interior walls, and help build the shed. We had to stop working at noon to let the paint dry, but everything had been painted. Dedication for this House is expected in early March.
Trinityâ€™s Habitat for Humanity Paint Crew
Holy Stir-It has been active the second Thursday of every month. Attendance is on the average of 20 individuals who participate in the menâ€™s fellowship. We have presentations at the Church, as well as various restaurants. We prepared and served a meal at Lawrence Open Shelter in the summertime, including slushy machine, donated by Anderson Rentals, to provide something cool and refreshing for the children of families at the Lawrence Open Shelter. At Thanksgiving time, we purchased 25 turkeys, twelve of which were cooked by our group, using turkey fryers. Turkeys were distributed through Just Food, who hosted one of our evening programs. Every December, we have an annual Christmas gathering for the men and their significant others at the Castle Tea Room. This holiday tradition has become a favorite, particularly because of the Trinity Choristers leading us in Christmas Carols. 30
Kansas To Kenya
The Diocesan Mission Program to Kenya is called “K2K”. Kansas 2 Kenya continues to attract supporters and volunteers from Trinity Church. In 2013, four members of Trinity Church traveled with one of three K2K Teams. Nearly 50 people from Kansas traveled to Kenya. Jacob Birch was very helpful with the Osborne Library, and with computer programming. Brian Segebrecht provided help to women developing small businesses. Trinity Youth Director, Tyler Kerr, participated with building projects, particularly for Agatha’s House -- a safe house for women who are victims of domestic violence. Tyler also was involved with setting up and instructing on the use of Biosand Filters. Many of the people in Trinity Church have provided financial help for those traveling to Kenya, as well as helping to fund the projects of K2K. Prayers for the Teams that will go in 2014 will be deeply appreciated.
L.I.N.K. (Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen)
WE JOYFULLY FEED PEOPLE LOTS AND LOTS OF CASSEROLES SALADS MILK LOVE. JOIN US! Catherine Robins 766-0883; email@example.com Third Tuesday of every odd month. How Anglican!
Ploughman’s Lunch and Bake Sale
The annual Ploughman’s Lunch was held on Friday, November 8, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Three kinds of soup, cheese, bread, and apple pie were served to many people in the community. I’d like to give special thanks to Terry Mandle and Shirley Reese for organizing the kitchen, and for food preparations; to Susie Nightingale for heading up the serving crew; to Harlanne Roberts and Orean Kent for decorating the tables and the Parish Hall; and to parish hall, Anne Patterson for supervising the Bake Sale. Many other Parishioners helped in the kitchen, acted as servers, helped set up and take down, and assisted with the Bake Sale. Because of increased ticket prices and better weather, this year’s profits were better than the past several years. A donation of $1500 was given to the Organ Fund and $500 was given to C.A.S.A.
Trinity Treasures Group
Gerry Miller and Charlotte Mueller
We celebrated our 17th year for the Trinity Treasures Sale. We held the Sale the same day as the Ploughman’s Lunch and Bake Sale. Profits realized from the Trinity Treasures Sale was just over $7,000. The week after the Sale we met to distribute profits to the following groups: CASA, Deacons’ Assistance Fund, Trinity Food Pantry, LINK, Visiting Nurses Association, Habitat for Humanity, Willow Creek Center for Women, Mother-to-Mother, Midnight Farms, Warm Hearts, Health Care Access and the Trinity Organ Fund. This year, the group designed and made a quilt, and it was marketed in a silent auction. Also, items for sale were wooden gifts made by a men’s group at Trinity. Twenty-three women worked all year designing and making handmade items. We extend a hearty thanks to everyone for their support.
Mary Mozingo and Bev Benso
Trinity Treasures held their 2 Vintage Sale on Friday evening, April 12th, Saturday, April 13th, and after Church on Sunday, April 14th, 2013. We were blessed with a very large and wonderfully eclectic selection of merchandise, donated for the most part by Trinitarians. After all was said and done, we presented a check to the Vestry for the Organ Fund for $5,000. We sold much of what was left at the Ploughman’s Lunch in November, and added another $400 to that amount. Vintage Sales have become much-anticipated events, both in the Parish and in the community. There will not be one in 2014, but maybe in 2015?
PARISH LIFE Brandon Woods Eucharist (see Deacons’ Report) Morning Prayer
The Reverend Rob Baldwin
Prayers are read in the Chapel, on Monday and Tuesday mornings, at 9:00 a.m. Readings may include Prayers of the People; readings from the Book of Common Prayer; readings about specific Saints; and readings which commemorate Holy Days. The Chapel is located in the Matthews Center, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Our Trinity Prayer Chain consists this year of 30 parishioners who pray daily for people in need of prayers. We exist to support those who need prayer: the suffering and troubled, the sick, the hospitalized, those offering thanksgivings, praise or special intentions, and the departed. We also pray supporting our Parish Clergy, Office Staff, Vestry Members, and Trinity Episcopal Church itself. The individuals who give us the names we pray for are the heart and soul of our Prayer Chain. This autumn, our Chain Get-Together was hosted by Colette Bangert. We socialized during our annual meeting, as we worked toward refining the Prayer Chain. This year we have again found ourselves blessed by our Chains functioning well; by new people being added to the Chains, even as some retired; by ever more weekly pew prayer card requests which have been prayed; and by ample support from Trinity itself. The Trinity Prayer Chain has three Chains: Ellyn Owen continues leading the Hope Chain;Diana Dyal leads the Peace Chain; and Maria Thompson is now leading the Faith Chain after the retirement of Margaret Bearse. The Prayer Chain is grateful for Margaret Bearse’s past leadership of the Faith Chain. We continue being thankful for the ongoing help to the Prayer Chain from Deacons Rita and Dick Tracy; Marilyn Bean; the Parish Office Staff; and our Rector Rob Baldwin, with this active enthusiasm and support of Trinity Episcopal Church’s prayer life. 32
Hospitality and Kitchen Committee
The kitchen seems to always be the hub of activity throughout the year. Sunday Morning Happenings are due to many folks who volunteer their time, money, and talent. The calendar always needs new names added to it. So, if you have a Sunday available -- please check the sign-up sheet in the kitchen. Two or three friends working together make a happy time. Cheryl Flessing and Barbara Roehl are the two angels who clean the kitchen each Monday morning. It’s always helpful to them to walk into a tidy place. Many other activities throughout the year call for the kitchen involvement. So, be prepared to volunteer when the need arises! Your help is needed and appreciated.
Pump’n Pray Men’s Group
Pump’n Pray has continued to meet on a regular basis every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 6:00 a.m. Every week on Fridays, a health tidbit of the week for men is provided. Our resident medievalist, Dr. Rich Ring, provides a brief commentary on a particular saint on saint days. Every morning session is preceded by prayers for the needs of Trinity Church and our families. During cold weather, we meet at Allen Field House, and during warmer weather, we meet in the Parking Garage, next to the Kansas Union.
WORSHIP Altar Guild
The Altar Guild prepares the Chancel and the Altar for the two Sunday Morning Services and the evening Solemn High Mass Service, as well as for the services during Lent, Holy Week and Christmas. The Guild is organized into three teams. Members of Team A are Melinda McKnight (Captain), Nancy Hause, Barbara Haverty, Karen Keim, Debbie Pitts, Jennifer Sanner, Sue Shackelford, and Gail VanLoenen. Members of Team B are Katie Becker (Captain),Carol Armstrong, Nora Clark, Cheryl Flessing, Nancy Haggart, Charlotte Mueller, Shirley Reese, Joan Ring, and Marty Smith. Members of Team D are Carl Edwards (Captain), Margaret Bearse, Carol Hatton, Brian Jones, Katherine McGillivray, Donna Olson, Melissa Padgett, and Lynn Segebrecht. The Team for the Solemn High Mass Service includes Glenna Kleinkauf, Katherine Fairchild, and Connie Price, with assistance from Carl Edwards and Brian Haupt. Marilyn Dowell assists the clergy with preparing for the monthly Thursday Eucharist at Brandon Woods. Thank you to all for your dedication and willingness to serve. New members are always welcome. Anyone interested in joining Trinity’s Altar Guild, please contact Fr. Rob, 843-6166.
Altar Flower Guild
The Altar Flower Guild has five members: Ann Elizabeth Bishop, Pat Kehde, Gerry Miller, Pam Paden and Mary Stauffer. We take turns arranging flowers for the Altar every Sunday, except for the season of Lent. We join together during Advent to arrange the Advent wreath and Altar greens, and at Christmas, we decorate the entire Church -- nave, doors, and parish hall with wreaths, ribbons, and poinsettias. Before Palm Sunday, we order palms for the Church, and the next week, Easter, we decorate the nave, and provide flowers for the children. In addition, some years we work with the children who have volunteered to make bouquets for the Altar for Mother’s Day. As an ongoing ministry, we clean the Altar, the Flower Sacristy, and the Nave 33
after every Sunday and every holiday. In addition, we arrange flowers for weddings and funerals during the year. We will gladly do flowers for special occasions, such as anniversaries and birthdays. We ask that the requests for these special occasions come to us with at least a week to spare, and that the folks requesting the flowers pay in advance. We buy the fresh flowers weekly from various sources: grocery stores, florists, and farmerâ€™s markets, and we use flowers from our own gardens or our friendsâ€™ gardens. We use vases or containers that are in the Flower Sacristy, and make sure that they are in good condition and clean. People who are requesting flowers for a memorial for a particular Sunday service sign up on the board, on the Altar Flower Calendar located in the Parish Hall, or in the office. Please put your name on the appropriate date; fill out a form; and take the form and money to the office. A minimum donation of $35 to pay for the flowers is greatly appreciated. We have plenty of room for flowers on the Altar, so if you wish to choose a Sunday, and someone else has already chosen that day, we can accommodate both requests, if both parties are agreeable. We are happy to celebrate the many gifts of the Lord with one of the greatest gifts of all: flowers. --Pat Kehde, Gerry Miller, Pam Paden, Ann Elizabeth Bishop, Mary Stauffer
Greeters and Membership Committee
The task of Greeters is simple . . . a cheerful greeting at the door on Sunday mornings is all that is required. Smiling faces are at each door. It is our mission to show hospitality to our faithful members, and to any newcomers. We particularly like to meet new folks and make them welcome at Trinity. We always encourage them to join us for the reception following the service. We also like to follow up on any names that are signed on a Welcome Card. All Trinitarians are a part of the Greeting Committee, whether you stand at the door, or sit next to a new person in the pews. Your participation is welcome and very important. Currently, our Greeters are: Brad and Susan Tate, David and Orean Kent, Charlie and Katie Becker, Susan Morris, Tudy Haller, Bruce and Harlanne Roberts, Jerry and Liz Hare, Andy and Debbie Pitts, Joanne Feist, Marty Smith, Sandra Wiechert, Linda McCoy, Mo Godman and Dick Eversole, Dave and Gail Griffin, Don and Barb Roehl, Fairley and Donna McCain, John and Shirley Reese, Bill and Katherine McGillivray, Ted and Nancy Haggart.
The Trinity Consort had an exciting year, and welcomed several new members to the Choir. Volunteers Elinor Tuhy, Matthew Broderick, Glenna Kleinnkauf, and Christie Dobson joined the Choir. The Choir presented two services of Lessons and Carols -- one celebrating the Epiphany of Christ (February, 2013); and the other celebrating the Advent of Christ (December, 2013); as well as singing for the weekly Mass. The Choir meets Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:00 p.m., to rehearse, and the Choir sings at the Solemn High Mass on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Filippa Duke (firstname.lastname@example.org) conducts the Choir, and Mark Stotler serves as accompanist. All are welcome and invited to attend!
Trinity Choristers Children’s Choir
Trinity Choristers completed another successful year of singing an anthem once a month at the 10:30 a.m. service. Currently, there are 10-12 Choristers participating on a regular basis. Choristers consist of youth from age eight through seventh grade. Pizza parties were held in May and December, along with caroling at the Castle Tea Room for the Holy Stir-It Christmas Party. Trinity Choristers also participated in the Christmas Pageant and were responsible for most of the solos. In addition to working on anthems and vocal skills during rehearsal, music theory is also included in most rehearsals. Rehearsals are not held during the summer months. New choristers are always welcome and may join at any time. A Chorister needs to be at least eight years old, be able to match a singing pitch, and should have good reading skills. Please contact Susan Ralston, Director, at email@example.com, if interested in joining the Choristers.
I want to thank all of you who have served in the Usher Ministry this past year, and for being willing to carry on in the New Year, along with the new members who have joined so far. The Ministry as described by Paul Getto, a long-time member of the Parish and Senior Usher for many years, was; “The Ushers are members of the Parish who provide an important service to our worship experience. They are there before you arrive, and stay after you have left! They welcome members of the Parish and Visitors, along with the Greeters, and will answer any questions or concerns, and are instant responders for any emergency. Each week when you arrive at Trinity you are presented with the bulletin and outline for each service. They are responsible for taking an accurate count of those worshipping, and following each service, the ushers make certain that the pews are cleared of papers, returning the books to the pews, accounting for the gifts of the offering, locking the doors, and making the church ready for the next event.” Your Parish needs your help! We always have room for new volunteers, and it reduces the time that each Usher has to serve. This is a job that can use members, regardless of the amount of time they have been with the Parish. You will be given instruction, and will work with experienced Ushers as needed. Singles or couples are welcome, and we can work with your schedules. At present we need four Ushers and two more substitutes to fill our seven teams, which would mean that you would only have to serve once every seven weeks. If you could do this for the members of the Parish, please contact Jerry Hanson, Senior Usher, at 842-6887, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Ministries of Trinity Episcopal Church (no reports):
Discipleship Adult Forum G.I.F.T. Program
Outreach Christmas Giving for Foster Children St. Petcaâ€™s Guild
Parish Life Communications Team Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Eucharistic Visitors and Pastoral Care Team Wednesday Eveningsâ€™ Service and Dinner
Worship Acolytes Lectors, Intercessors, and Chalice Bearers Trinity Adult Choir
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2014 BUDGET
By-laws of Trinity Episcopal Church Adopted January 23, 2011 Section 1: a.
Name, Location, and Authority
Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 1011 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044, with offices at 1027 Vermont Street. As a constituent part of the Diocese of Kansas and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, it accedes to, recognizes, and adopts the General Constitution and Canons of that Church, and the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of Kansas, and acknowledges the authority of the same. These By-laws shall be interpreted in their plain and literal sense, except that words of male gender shall also imply the female gender.
b. The General Constitution of the Episcopal Church and the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of Kansas shall be used to define terms within these By-laws. c.
In the event that procedures are not covered by Canons, such procedures shall then be governed by Roberts Rules of Order.
Section 2: a.
The Annual Parish Meeting and Other Parish Meetings
The Annual Parish meeting shall be held during the month of January. All adult Communicants, who are 16 years or older, and in good standing, as determined by the Rector, shall be entitled to vote. At the Annual Meeting, the Vestry shall provide an accounting of the Parish finances and property for the past year, and elections shall be held for Wardens, Vestry Members, and other offices as described below.
b. Notice of such Annual Parish Meeting, and of such elections, shall be given during public service upon the two Sundays before such an election, or by written announcement in a Parish newsletter or Sunday Notes publication. Other Parish Meetings may be called by the Rector and/or Vestry with proper advance notice. c.
Those members attending shall constitute a quorum for the business transactions of any Parish meeting. Voting shall be by ballot, and a plurality of the votes cast shall be necessary for election. Absentee ballots are not permitted.
d. The Rector of the Parish, if there be one, shall preside at all regular meetings of the Parish.
Section 3: The Vestry and Trustees of the Parish Corporation a.
Title and Responsibilities: The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry Members, collectively called the â€œVestryâ€?, are the Trustees, corporate and politic; and when there shall be a vacancy in the Rectorship, the same rights are vested in the Wardens and Vestry Members. The Vestry shall transact all temporal business of the Parish, and take charge
of all its property, subject to the provisions of the Constitutions and Canons of the National Episcopal Church and the Diocese. In accordance with the diocesan canons (Sec 5a of Canon IV. 5) the Wardens and Vestry members shall share with the Rector a concern and responsibility for the mission, ministry, and spiritual life of the Parish. b. Membership: The Vestry shall consist of the Rector and twelve (12) Vestry Members, which shall include the Senior Warden and the Junior Warden. c.
Vestry Meetings: A majority of the whole Vestry shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Elections and Officers; Vestry Meetings; Nominating Committee; Diocesan Convention Delegates/Convocation Representatives; Endowment Board
The Wardens and Members of the Vestry shall be elected annually at the Annual Parish Meeting. Only Confirmed Communicants in good standing of this Parish, who are eligible to vote at Parish Meetings, may be elected as Wardens, Members of the Vestry, Diocesan Convention Delegates/Convocation Representatives, or any other elected Parish Office. The candidate receiving a majority of the votes cast at the Meeting shall be elected.
b. Except to fill the unexpired term of another Member, Members of the Vestry shall be elected for three-year terms, with one-third (or as near to that portion as may be) of the Members of the Vestry being elected each year. A Member of the Vestry will be eligible for reelection if he or she has served continuously for fewer than six years, and will be elected for a term that does not result in continuous service of more than six years. Otherwise, a Member of the Vestry will not be eligible for reelection until the expiration of one year from the completion of his or her current term. c.
The Wardens shall be selected annually from among the Members of the Vestry. The Rector shall appoint the Senior Warden. The Vestry shall select the Junior Warden. Each shall hold office for not more than three successive, one-year terms. A Warden shall not be eligible to be elected again as a member of the Vestry until after the expiration of one year from the date he or she completes the most recent period of service, whether for one or more successive terms. In the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of either Warden, the Vestry shall have power to fill the vacancy.
d. The Vestry, at its first Meeting after the Annual Parish Meeting, shall elect a Clerk of the Vestry, and a Parish Treasurer, both of whom must be qualified electors in the Parish, but need not be Members of the Vestry. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate book of accounts, and shall submit to the Vestry a monthly statement of receipts, disbursements, cash, or equivalent on hand, in such form as the Vestry shall direct. In addition, the Treasurer shall prepare and submit to the Bishop and the Trustees for their approval all such reports and other financial information as may be required from time to time. The Clerk of the Vestry shall take Minutes of all Meetings of the Vestry, and shall cause such Minutes to be promptly circulated and maintained.
In the event that a Member of the Vestry shall fail, for a period of three consecutive months, to attend Vestry Meetings, the Vestry shall give written notice to such Member that failure to attend the next regular meeting, or to provide satisfactory reason for failure to attend, shall be evidence of his/her inability or lack of desire to serve. In such case, if the member does not attend the next Meeting, and does not provide reason satisfactory to a majority of the other Members of the Vestry, the Vestry shall declare the office vacant, and notify the Member of its action. Whether a reason is satisfactory will be determined at the sole discretion of the Vestry.
Vacancies occurring on the Vestry may be filled by the Vestry until the next Annual Parish Meeting, at which time an election shall be held for the unexpired term or terms. A Member of the Vestry, so appointed by the Vestry, shall be eligible for election to the Vestry.
The Vestry shall meet at least bi-monthly. It shall be the duty of every Member of the Vestry to attend regularly the Meetings of the Vestry.
h. Special meetings of the Vestry may be called by the Rector or upon the written request of three Members of the Vestry, including one Warden. Notice of such Meetings shall be in writing to the Members of the Vestry, not later than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the hour fixed for the Meeting, except that a Vestry Meeting may be held at any hour without notice, the Rector consenting, provided that every Member of the Vestry shall be present, either in person, or by telephone. i.
There shall be no Meeting of the Vestry, unless the Rector, if there is one, and a majority of the Vestry be present; provided, if the Rector is absent from the Diocese two calendar months, or if when duly notified of such Meeting, shall consent to the Meeting or decline or neglect to be present, the Vestry shall be competent to transact business, if there be a majority of the Vestry, including one Warden present.
The Nominating Committee shall consist of the outgoing Vestry Members, the Senior Warden, and two Communicants of the Parish, who are eligible to vote in Parish elections. The non-Vestry members shall be prayerfully appointed by the Vestry. The Senior Warden shall serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee. In consultation with the Rector, the Nominating Committee shall nominate at least the number of candidates required to fill the open terms on the Vestry; at least the number of candidates to fill the Office of Diocesan Convention Delegates and Alternate Convocation Representatives; and at least the number of candidates required to fill the vacant places on the Endowment Board. Nominations of persons qualified for election may also be made from the floor for any Office, except the Wardens, with the permission of the person being nominated.
k. Diocesan Convention Delegates/Convocation Representatives: Convention Delegates/ Convocation Representatives shall represent this Parish at the Annual Diocesan Convention, and at all the Meetings of the Convocation Board. They shall report to the Parish and Vestry on the Diocesan Convention and Convocation Board meetings within thirty (30) days of its adjournment.
Starting with the January, 1996 Annual Meeting, one Member shall be elected to the Endowment Board each year (see the By-laws of the Trinity Endowment Board).
Section 5: Policies and Procedures The Vestry, in consultation with the Staff, shall develop a Policy and Procedures Manual for the operation of Trinity Episcopal Parish.
Section 6: Amendments Amendments to these By-laws must be proposed in writing, and presented to the Vestry thirty (30) days prior to any Special or Annual Parish Meeting. Before presenting any Amendments to a Special or Annual Meeting, the Amendments must be approved by the Bishop, and the Diocesan Chancellor. If the Vestry reports favorably, the Amendment or Amendments may be adopted by a majority vote at the Meeting. But, if the Vestry votes unfavorably, the Amendment or Amendments, in order to be adopted, must receive a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present at the Special or Annual Parish Meeting. Voting must be by ballot.
By-laws of Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Endowment Fund Approved by the Vestry, September 20, 1999 Approved by the Annual Meeting, January 16, 2000 RESOLVED that the Annual Parish Meeting of Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Kansas, duly convened in the City of Lawrence, Kansas, on January 24, 1993, does hereby establish and create a new and separate fund to be known as the Trinity Episcopal Church Endowment Fund for the purpose of supporting the mission and ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church; and be it FURTHER RESOLVED that the Trinity Episcopal Church Endowment Fund be defined, organized, and administered in accordance with the Articles attached hereto, and made part of this Resolution. I.
DEFINITION There will be established an Endowment Fund for Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Kansas, in the Diocese of Kansas, the purpose, governance, and administration of which was defined by the Annual Parish Meeting of said Parish, duly convened at Lawrence, Kansas, on January 24, 1993, with revisions approved at the Annual Parish Meeting, held on January 16, 2000. The Trinity Episcopal Church Endowment Fund is created as a separate and distinct entity within said Parish, apart from the governance and all other existing Funds of the Parish. The purpose of the Endowment Fund is to support and expand the mission and ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church.
II. ORGANIZATION There shall be five (5) voting members of the Endowment Fund Board, none of whom shall be members of the Vestry during his or her term of membership. The Church Treasurer shall serve as a non-voting, ex officio member. Three (3) members of the Endowment Fund Board shall be elected for three-year terms by the Annual Parish Meeting. Members to fill unexpired terms shall be elected at the next Annual Parish Meeting. The Vestry shall appoint two (2) members to threeyear terms. Board members may not serve more than two (2) consecutive full terms, exclusive of portions of unexpired terms. A former member shall be eligible to be elected to appointed again after one year has elapsed following his or her previous service. The Endowment Fund Board shall meet not less than semi-annually. A majority of all voting members shall constitute a quorum, and the consent of a majority of the whole number of the Board shall be necessary to carry out any motion or resolution. The Board shall elect from its own membership a Chairperson and a Treasurer. The Treasurer of the Parish shall be eligible to be elected as Treasurer of the Board. The Board may adopt rules for its work, subject to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Kansas, and the statutes and regulations of the United States and the State of Kansas. For purposes of the Internal Revenue Code, the Endowment Board shall be part of Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Kansas. The Board may request other members of the congregation to serve in an advisory capacity, and at the expense of the Endowment Fund, may provide for such legal or other professional counsel as it deems necessary. The Board shall report is actions periodically to the Vestry, and shall render a full and complete accounting of its work to each Annual Parish Meeting.
The Board shall provide sufficient bond and liability insurance as may be necessary at the expense of the Endowment Fund. No Board member shall engage in any self-dealing, nor in any transactions involving the Endowment Fund in which he or she has any direct or material indirect financial interest. Every Board member shall at all times refrain from any conduct in which his or her personal interests may conflict with the interests of the Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund may receive contributions of cash, securities of every kind, real estate, life insurance, trust instruments, personal property, and other items of value. The Board shall not be required to accept contributions which contain restrictions, or which are designated for purposes inconsistent with the stated purposes of the Endowment Fund, or the religious, moral, and ethical standards of the Episcopal Church. All assets shall be held in the name of the Trinity Episcopal Church Endowment Fund. Power to hold, buy, sell, exchange, rent, lease, transfer, convert, invest, reinvest, and in all other respects to manage and control the assets of the Endowment Fund, including stocks, bonds, debentures, notes, mortgages, or other securities, is vested in the Endowment Fund Board, to be exercised in accordance with the religious, moral, and ethical standards of the Episcopal Church. The Board shall be responsible for the investment of endowment funds, with proper regard for maintaining a balance between income, growth, and security of principal. The primary investment objective shall be attainment of a maximum total rate of return, inclusive of current income and capital appreciation, consistent with prudent regard for security of principal. Expenditures of funds from the principal of the Endowment Fund may occur only in very unusual circumstances. The Board shall not have the power to expend any portion of the principal amount of the Endowment Fund, except upon its recommendation to, and approval by, two-thirds (2/3) of those voting at an Annual or Special Parish Meeting. There shall be an annual audit of the books and accounts of the Endowment Fund performed by a Certified Public Accountant; or other audit committee appointed by the Board, and consisting of persons who are not members of the Endowment Fund Board, nor members of the Vestry. The results of each audit shall be reported promptly to the Vestry and to the Annual Parish Meeting. In the event that Trinity Episcopal Church merges with another parish, in accordance with the provisions of Canon 21 of the Diocese of Kansas, entitled â€œOf the Dissolution and Merging of Incorporated Parishesâ€?, the Endowment Fund shall become the Endowment Fund of the newlymerged parish, and shall be administered in accordance with these Articles to fulfill the purposes herein defined. In the event that Trinity Episcopal Church shall be dissolved as a congregation of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Kansas, or otherwise terminate its relationship as a congregation of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, otherwise known as the Episcopal Church, all the assess of the Endowment Fund of whatever kind shall transfer and pass to The Trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, a Kansas Corporation, to be administered by them. III. DISTRIBUTION OF INCOME The expenditure of net income from the Endowment Fund shall be directed by the Trinity Outreach Committee. Proposals and applications for expending funds may be made to the Trinity Outreach Committee under guidelines established by the Trinity Outreach Committee. Endowment funds shall not be committed for more than one year. 53
Trinity Episcopal Church
Church: 1011 Vermont Street Lawrence, Kansas 66044 Office: 1027 Vermont Street Lawrence, Kansas 66044 Office Hours: M-F, 9:00 a.m. â€“ 3:00 p.m. Phone: Fax: Email: Website:
785-843-6166 785-843-6984 email@example.com www.trinitylawrence.org
The Reverend Rob Baldwin: firstname.lastname@example.org The Reverend Susan Terry: email@example.com Marilyn Bean: firstname.lastname@example.org Patricia Johnson: email@example.com Chris Worley: firstname.lastname@example.org Worship Services: 8:00 am, Sundays, Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10:30 am, Sundays, Holy Eucharist, Rite II 6:00 pm, Sundays, Solemn High Mass (during school year) 9:00 am, Mondays and Tuesdays, Morning Prayer, Chapel 6:00 pm, Wednesdays, Evening Service and Dinner 54