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Trinity Episcopal Church 2016 Report Annual Meeting January 29, 2017

1011 Vermont Street Lawrence, KS 66044 (785) 843-6166 www.trinitylawrence.org

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Vision of Trinity Episcopal Church: To be one in Christ; To love, listen, and learn.

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 God’s creation.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2017 Annual Meeting Agenda...................................................................................................

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January 2016 Annual Meeting Minutes....................................................................................

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Rector’s Address.......................................................................................................................

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Leadership and Staff of Trinity Church....................................................................................

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Episcopal Membership Definitions.........................................................................................

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2017 Elections for Trinity Episcopal Church: 2017 Nominating Committee...................................................................................................

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2017 Vestry..............................................................................................................................

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2017 Endowment Board...........................................................................................................

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Diocesan Convention/Convocation Delegates..........................................................................

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2016 Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages, Burial Offices......................................................

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Reports from Clergy and Vestry: Rector.................................................................................................................................... Assistant Rector..................................................................................................................... Deacons................................................................................................................................. Senior Warden....................................................................................................................... Junior Warden.......................................................................................................................

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Reports from Staff and Administration: Parish Treasurer..................................................................................................................... Parish Administrator........................................................................................................................... Office Administrator.............................................................................................................. Communications................................................................................................................... Youth Programs..................................................................................................................... Children’s Ministry/Outreach (see Assistant Rector’s Report).................................................. Trinity Choir.......................................................................................................................... Endowment Board................................................................................................................. Diocesan Convention Delegates/Convocation Representatives ................................................

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Reports from Discipleship Ministries: Adult Forum.......................................................................................................................... Brandon Woods................................................................................................................................... Christian Classics................................................................................................................... Forward Day-By-Day............................................................................................................... Library................................................................................................................................... Early Christian Awareness and Nursery................................................................................... Stewardship Committee......................................................................................................... Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST).................................................................... Trinity Family Ministry.......................................................................................................... Vacation Bible School............................................................................................................ Women’s Quest-ioning Groups..............................................................................................

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Reports from Outreach Ministries: African Team Ministries........................................................................................................ BackSnack Program.............................................................................................................. CROP Walk........................................................................................................................................ Episcopal Migration Ministries........................................................................................................ Lawrence Habitat for Humanity....................................................................................................... Holy Stir-It........................................................................................................................... Kansas to Kenya (K2K).......................................................................................................... Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK)...................................................... Ploughman’s Lunch and Bake Sale......................................................................................... Trinity Treasures................................................................................................................... Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry................................................................................................

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Reports on Parish Life: Hospitality and Kitchen Committee........................................................................................ Pump ‘n’ Pray........................................................................................................................ Prayer Chain......................................................................................................................... Wednesday Evening Service and Dinner.................................................................................

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Reports on Worship: Acolytes............................................................................................................................... Altar Guild........................................................................................................................... Cursillo Group..................................................................................................................... Flower Guild........................................................................................................................ Greeters and Membership Committee.................................................................................. Lectors, Intercessors, and Chalice Bearers............................................................................. Ushers.................................................................................................................................

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2016 End Of Year Financial Reports: Balance Sheet, December 31, 2016.......................................................................................... Consolidated Fund Activity Report, December 2016............................................................... Treasurer’s Report, December 2016........................................................................................ Treasurer’s Report, Operating Fund 2016........................................................................................

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2017 Mission Plan (budget)...................................................................................................

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Bylaws of Trinity Episcopal Church......................................................................................

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Bylaws of Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Endowment Fund............................................

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2017 Annual Meeting Agenda Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday, January 29, 2017 1:00 p.m. Please join us for lunch in the parish hall following the 10:30 a.m. service. (Nursery provided)

Call to Order

The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin

Opening Prayer

The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin

Appointment of Clerk and Parliamentarian

The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin

Approval of Minutes

The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin

Nominating Committee Report

Terry Mandle, Senior Warden

Elections Terry Mandle, Senior Warden Rector’s Address The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin Acknowledgments and Other Business

The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin

Adjournment

The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin

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Minutes of Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 31, 2016 TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH Annual Meeting Call to Order and Opening Prayer The meeting was called to order in the nave by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at 12:30 p.m. He led a prayer to open the meeting. Quorum/Attendance Although a quorum is no longer necessary, a motion was made to establish a quorum. The motion was seconded and passed by unanimous vote. Appointment of Clerk and Parliamentarian Fr. Baldwin asked for a motion to appoint Garth Burns as Parliamentarian and Maria Thompson as clerk. The motion was made by Glenna Kleinkauf. It was seconded, and passed by unanimous vote. Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting Fr. Baldwin asked for comments regarding the Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting. There were none. Glenna Kleinkauf made a motion to approve the minutes. Bill Benso seconded. The motion passed by unanimous vote. Nominations Vestry The Nominating Committee was made up of three outgoing vestry members: John Bullock, Lindy Eakin and Rodney Olson. Fr. Baldwin offered thanks to them for their service. Nominees for seats on the vestry: Katie Bieker, Glen Davis, Andrew Hoyt, Sandy Jacquot, Dusty McCoy, and Chuck Olcese. 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. Ballots were handed out, then taken to be counted by Deacon Steve Segebrecht and office staff. Following the rector’s address, the results were announced. The new Vestry members for 2016 will be Katie Bieker, Andrew Hoyt, Dusty McCoy and Chuck Olcese. Endowment Board Connie Price and Tod Sutton were nominated to fill two open positions on the Endowment Board. Fr. Baldwin asked for nominations from the floor. There were none. A motion was made to elect Connie and Tod to the Endowment Board by acclamation. The motion was seconded and passed by unanimous vote. Convention Delegates Carl Edwards, Nancy Kelly and Marilyn Russell were nominated to fill three open Delegate positions. Fr. Baldwin asked for nominations from the floor. There were none. A motion was made to elect Carl, Nancy and Marilyn to serve as Convention Delegates by acclamation. The motion was seconded and passed by unanimous vote.

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Rector’s Address The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin thanked the staff: • The Rev Susan Terry, assistant rector, has been very involved with children’s and family programming, and those programs are going well. • Deacons Dick and Rita Tracy have retired, but continue to minister to those who are ill or otherwise in need. • Deacon Steve Segebrecht continues to serve at the 6:30 p.m. service, and fills in at the earlier services as well. • Sheryl Poole maintains the day-to-day operations in the office and manages the volunteer staff there. • Sarah Johnson has cut back the number of hours she works, but continues to help with communications. • Jenn Holloway has been working on our financial records. • Doug Lawrence is our Music Director. • Caroline Abrahamson is the Director of Children’s Music. • Mark Stotler is our organist. • Tyler Kerr has been our Youth Director, but will be stepping down when he graduates in May. • Diane Leming is our Sexton. The Work of the Church Changes in the church bring challenges, but allow us to continue growing. There are two philosophies in Trinity’s culture, both of which are false: 1) Volunteers can do everything that needs to be done. 2) Staff will handle all of the ministry of the church. Trinity is of a size that requires both volunteers and staff to work in ministry. There is great energy here, and the things we do well are the ones in which volunteers and staff work together, such as music, outreach and children’s programs. There is a lot of work to do, and we need to continually grow the volunteer base. Every parishioner should be thinking about how to get involved. We have gotten better about welcoming new people, but we now need to encourage them to become engaged in the life of the parish. 2016 Mission Plan/Budget There are no major changes from the 2015 plan. • Financial resources have been increased in areas where they can do the most good, such as children’s ministry. • We had taken out a loan for the organ, electrical systems and a lightning suppression system, as well as the outstanding debt for the improvements to the parish hall and basement that had been done earlier. • To date, we owe $160,973.51. • We make monthly payments of $4,630.18 to pay back the loan. • With $47,367.48 in the bank, we anticipate running out of money to service the debt in October 2016. Work of the Vestry The Vestry has been working on four main projects over the past year: 1) Debt service 2) Ideas for welcoming newcomers 3) Basement renovation 4) Stewardship Figuring out how to deal with our financial situation will be one of the biggest jobs for the Vestry in 2016. Areas Where We Should be Growing 1) Campus ministry – we need to connect with KU, Haskell and Baker. 7


2) Refugees – Episcopal Migrant Ministries has approached Fr. Baldwin about Trinity parishioners helping to support their ministry and work as advocates for refugees in this state. 3) Maintenance of church property – This includes everything from the building and grounds to linens and acolyte robes. We need to keep Trinity warm and inviting, and should be on the lookout for problems that need to be solved before they worsen.

Thank You Fr. Baldwin is thankful to be here, receiving support, patience and forgiveness from this parish every day. He looks forward to continuing to work with the congregation in seeking to do the will of God in the world as we move forward. Jerry Hare addressed the congregation, saying that we are fortunate to have Fr. Baldwin as our rector. Adjournment The meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, Maria Thompson, Clerk

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2016 Leadership and Staff Trinity Episcopal Church Rector:

The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin

Assistant Rector:

The Rev. Susan Terry

Deacons:

Steve Segebrecht, Dick Tracy, Rita Tracy, Rob Schwaller

Parish Administrator:

Jennifer Holloway

Office Administrator:

Sheryl Poole

Communications:

Sarah Johnson

Treasurer: Bill Benso Solemn High Mass Coordinator: Sylvia Forbes Youth Program Coordinator:

Daniel Spicer

Trinity Choir:

Doug Lawrence

Sexton:

Diane Leming

Organist: Mark Stotler Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry:

Ray Wilbur, Barry Molineux, Sue Shackelford

Office Volunteers:

Margaret Bearse, Charles Granger, Jerry Hanson, Nancy Hanson, Liz Hare, Mark Holmberg, Mary Mozingo, Shirley Reese, Barbara Roehl, Don Roehl, Peggy Salyer, Marian Wilbur

Vestry Members: Terry Mandle (Sr. Warden), Andrew Hoyt (Jr. Warden), Jennifer Attocknie, Katie Bieker, Nora Clark, Brenda Clary, Steve King, Glenna Kleinkauf, Dusty McCoy, Charles Olcese, Marilyn Russell, David Severance Diocesan Delegates:

Nancy Kelley, Marilyn Russell, Carl Edwards

Endowment Board:

Ted Haggart, Chair; Don Hatton, Bill McGillivray, Tod Sutton, Don Hatton, Appointed-By-Vestry Member, Bill Benso (ex officio)

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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 parish’s activities, and who has been a financial contributor of record for the past year.

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2017 ELECTIONS FOR TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2017 VESTRY NOMINATING COMMITTEE The 2017 nominating committee was appointed by the vestry for the purpose of putting forward candidates for consideration, to be elected at the 2017 Annual Meeting, to serve as: members of the vestry, members of the Endowment Board, and diocesan convention/convocation delegates. 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 Terry Mandle serves as chair of the nominating committee; Brenda Clary, Glenna Kleinkauf, Mari Russell, and two Trinity communicants ( ________________ and _________________), serve as members of the nominating committee. According to Canon Law, nominees for members of the vestry and members of the Endowment Board 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 and members of the Endowment Board 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. 2017 Vestry Nominees The 2017 vestry nominating committee consists of Terry Mandle, Senior Warden; Brenda Clary; Glenna Kleinkauf; and Mari Russell. The committee presents the following candidates to fill the four (5) open vestry member positions: Candidate 1: Heather Eichman I am a shareholder with the law firm of Brown & Ruprecht, PC, where I focus my practice in construction and surety law and commercial/business litigation. I am a frequent lecturer and author on construction law, mechanic’s liens, and surety law. I earned a B.S. degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder; and a J.D. degree from Loyola University, Chicago School of Law. I have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the Area of Construction Law (2013-2017); and Best Lawyers in America, 19th Edition (2013) and 21st Edition (2014). In 2013, KC Magazine named me one of 30 Influential Women – Kansas City’s most outstanding female civic and business leaders. I have also been named one of the Best of the Bar by Kansas City Business Journal (2011) and was selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers - Top 50 Women Edition (2010-2017), Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2009-2017), and Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers - Construction Litigation, Corporate Counsel Edition (2009), Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition (2008). I am also a member of a number of legal-focused organizations, and am vice president of the Judge Hugh Means American Inns of Court (Lawrence, Kansas). I joined Trinity in 2005, after moving here with my husband, Matthew. We have two children, Brend (9) and Liliana (6), both of whom were baptized at Trinity. I converted from Baptist to Episcopalian in Denver, Colorado, following in my mother’s footsteps. Matt and I are actively involved in the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Lawrence and enjoy hiking and International travel with our family. Candidate 2: Kim Mandle I am a life-long Episcopalian and blessed to have been fortunate enough to serve in numerous capacities. An adequate Acolyte at St. Alban’s in Wichita, Kansas, I miraculously managed to avoid trouble and “I can’t believe you just did that” priestly glances. My career as a writer sent Terry and me to the Carolinas, where we settled in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and attended St. Paul’s. While there I was a Lector, Chalice Bearer, and volunteer provider at the 11


city’s homeless shelter, originally established by the church. We moved to the Chicago area and attended Grace Episcopal Church in Hinsdale, Illinois. I was a Lector, outreach committee member, and Sunday school teacher for High School students. I was later elected to the Vestry and served a three-year term. During that time I became the Vestry liaison for Outreach. Terry and I moved to Lawrence and have been members of Trinity for 10 years, where I have had the good fortune to be a Lector, Chalice Bearer and Sunday school teacher. My love for this church and its parishioners has been a wonderful journey and to serve on the Vestry would undoubtedly enhance my Christian growth and passage. I am a strong believer in the significance of outreach, financial responsibility, and Christian education. Nothing we do here at Trinity should ever be trivial to making certain we continue to be a loving place where “All are welcome.” Candidate 3: Allison Marker I was confirmed into the Episcopal Church at the age of 12 while attending Christ Church Royat, in the center of France. I was very active as a youth member of the small parish. I attended diocesan youth events, served on the search committee for the church’s first full-time rector, sponsored my own parents in their confirmation, and served as alternate delegate for the parish at the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. Upon my return to Kansas in 2012, I began attending Trinity. My professional background is in politics and nonprofits, but I recently joined a quarterly magazine and online media company covering business as a force for good. I look forward to opportunities to serve Trinity and the Lawrence community I call home. Candidate 4: Katherine McGillivray I grew up on a farm in Ulysses, Kansas, where I learned how to work hard. I went through nurses’ training and became a registered nurse. I have two children and four grandchildren. I became a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ulysses, at the age of 9. While at St. John’s, I served on their vestry and started a city-supported food pantry called Loaves and Fishes. Bill and I moved to Lawrence 13 years ago and became members of Trinity. We chose Trinity because it offered the traditional service we so dearly loved, beautiful music, and we felt very welcomed by the other members. I became the wedding coordinator and funeral coordinator shortly after my arrival. I no longer do weddings but continue to coordinate funerals. I also belong to the alter guild, and volunteer at LINK. I’ve also been a volunteer in the past at our food pantry. It was through a lot of prayer that I felt that this is my time to serve on your vestry. Candidate 5: Brenda Clary I grew up in Leavenworth and graduated from Saint Mary College with a B.A. in English and minors in secondary education and business. I then taught for three years, after which I moved to Lawrence in 1982 to finish a master’s degree. I’m still here and cannot imagine living anywhere else. Like a lot of people with Liberal Arts degrees in this town, I have an eclectic resume. I have worked in factories, been self-employed in a home-maintenance business, worked as a recreational sports official, and even planted seedlings on a Christmas tree farm. I have been an animal control officer and a 911 dispatcher, which exposed me to the criminal justice system and the courthouse. When I was nearing 40, I decided what I wanted to be when I grew up, went to law school, and was licensed to practice in 1998. Since then, I have been a research attorney for the Kansas Court of Appeals, an Assistant Attorney General in civil litigation, and an Assistant District Attorney in Douglas County. I twice worked as a staff attorney for the Kansas Insurance Commissioner for a total of more than eight years. I recently parted company with the Commissioner and am currently trying 12


to decide if I am semi-retired or between jobs. I began attending occasional services at Trinity with my partner, Nancy Kelley, in about 2002, attended regularly since 2009, and was confirmed in 2012. I am just finishing a term on the Vestry. The experience has been rewarding to say the least, and if elected, I would be honored to serve another term. The four candidates who receive the highest number of votes will serve as the new 2017 vestry members, each for a three-year term (2017-2019). Continuing vestry members in 2017 are: Andrew Hoyt, Jennifer Attocknie, Katie Bieker, Nora Clark, Steve King, Dusty McCoy, Charles Olcese, David Severance Vestry 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. 2017 Endowment Fund Board Nominees The Endowment Board has three (3) open positions in 2017. One (1) two-year-term position, and one (1) three-year-term position are to be filled by vestry appointment. The third position (3-year term) is to be filled by election at the Annual Meeting. The vestry has appointed the following candidates to fill the two (2) appointed positions on the Endowment Fund Board: Tod Sutton, vestry appointment to fill the two-year term (2017-2018) Mari Russell, vestry appointment to fill the three-year term (2017-2019) The 2017 Vestry Nominating Committee presents the following candidate to fill the one (1) elected position on the Endowment Fund Board: Don Hatton, candidate for elected three-year term (2017-2019) Endowment Fund Board Terms: 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, as nominated by the vestry, shall be elected for three-year, two-year, and one-year terms, respectively, at the Annual Meeting. The vestry shall appoint two (2) members to the three-year and two-year terms, respectively. Board members may not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms, exclusive of portions of unexpired terms. A former member shall be eligible to be elected or appointed again after one year has elapsed following his or her previous service. Endowment Fund Board Chairperson and Treasurer: The Board shall elect from its own membership a chairperson. The Treasurer of the Parish shall serve as Treasurer of the Endowment Fund Board. Current Endowment Fund Board Members are: Bill McGillivray, elected to serve 2015-2017 Connie Price, elected to serve 2016-2018 Mari Russell, appointed to serve 2017-2019 Tod Sutton, appointed to serve 2017-2018, appointed to complete one-year unfilled position in 2016, elected to serve 2013-2016 Don Hatton, candidate for election 2017-2019, appointed to serve 2014-2016 William Benso, Treasurer, non-voting, Ex Officio member

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Diocesan Convention/Convocation Delegates The following parishioners served as delegates to the diocesan convention in 2016: Carl Edwards, Nancy Kelley, and Mari Russell. The following parishioners have submitted their names for election as diocesan delegates in 2017: Candidate 1 (Carl Edwards) Candidate 2 (Donna Griffin) Candidate 3 (Andrew Hoyt) Candidate 4 (Nancy Kelley) Candidate 5 (Glenna Kleinkauf) Three (3) diocesan delegates will be elected at the Annual Meeting with the runner-up serving as an alternate delegate. The following have expressed an interest in becoming Diocesan Delegates. It is my understanding we will elect three delegates, with the fourth runner-up being the alternate delegate.

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BAPTISMS, CONFIRMATIONS, MARRIAGES, AND BURIAL OFFICES 2016 TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH Baptisms: Haley Elizabeth Deines, July 31, 2016 Cody Darnell Hoover, January 3, 2016 Amos Eugene Hopkins, May 15, 2016 Elise Rose Hopkins, May 15, 2016 Kinley Ann Lewis, May 29, 2016 Marissa Emily McCoy, January 24, 2016 Brooklyn Alexis McNett, May 29, 2016 Claire Blakeley Peterson, January 31, 2016 Presley Belle Peterson, January 31, 2016 Anica Cimone Sauciuc, May 29, 2016 Joseph Frederick Schwaller, March 26, 2016 Hunter James Segebrecht, April 3, 2016 Aurora Victoria Grace Wills, January 31, 2016 Galeno Jesse Marc Wills, January 31, 2016 Heather Noelle Yehle, June, 4, 2016 Confirmations and Reaffirmations: DuWayne Kramer, November 20, 2016 Danny Troop, November 20, 2016 Kayla Troop, November 20, 2016 Christian K. Frank, November 20, 2016 Burial Offices: Ellis A. “Don” Penny, M.D. (January 2, 1943 - February 16, 2016), March 4, 2016 Winnifred L (Hagberg) Getto (August 5, 1917 - May 15, 2016), May 18, 2016 M. Winston (Jones) Lata (May 6, 1930 - June 18, 2016), June 25, 2016 Margery “Marty” Waddell Smith (January 4, 1931 – August 27, 2016), August 31, 2016 Ruth Anderson Turney (November 25, 1928 – October 9, 2016), October 21, 2016

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2016 MINISTRY REPORTS OF TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH CLERGY AND VESTRY Rector: The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin As we close out 2016, let me offer my thanks to wonderful vestry and staff of Trinity Church for all that they did in the previous year. They are not alone: our choir, altar guild, acolytes, ushers and greeters, lay readers and intercessors, food pantry and BackSnack volunteers, Trinity Treasures and Ploughman’s Lunch crews, office volunteers, and countless others all continue to do a great job making Trinity Church a thriving body of Christ doing God’s work. And what a year it has been. Our Vacation Bible School focused on ministering to the refugee community in our area, a cause then picked up by a group of adults who are bringing together a new focus on refugee ministry here in Lawrence. Another new ministry is Save Our Kids, dedicated to promoting responsible gun ownership, mental health awareness, and the connections that too often occur when both areas fail. Trinity Church was the only parish in the diocese to formally observe Gun Violence Awareness Sunday with our clergy decked out in blaze-orange stoles. We were involved with lots of other outreach programs in the local community as well. We hosted several events to support the Willow Domestic Violence Center. Also, the volunteers in the BackSnack program have been recognized for their hard work the Lawrence Public Schools. We are, of course, foremost a worshiping community, one that celebrated eight baptisms in 2016. Eight! With four confirmations, that’s a lot of new members into this church. We’ve had a great year of offering up beautiful worship, week in and week out, with special events like the Baker Chancel Choir joining us for a special evensong service, the Blessing of the Animals, and a visit from St. Nicholas, just to name a few. That’s not including all the regular feast days as well. Looking forward, there are some definite tasks on which we need to focus. We need to re-envision our children’s music program. We need to develop pastoral care teams of the laity to help minister to parishioners in time of need. We always need to strengthen our programs for children and youth. This past year we experimented with moving Sunday school to 9:30 a.m., but with lackluster results, so it is back at 10:30 a.m. Each year we say goodbye to members of our most active and committed generation; we need to be equipping a new generation of leaders in the church, and welcoming in new members as well. In closing, let me say again what a privilege it is to serve as your rector. And I am thankful to God for all that the Holy Spirit has done, and will continue to do, at Trinity Episcopal Church. Yours in Christ, The Very Reverend Robert Baldwin Assistant Rector: The Rev. Susan Terry 2016 was an exciting year for Trinity’s Children’s Ministry. We “outgrew” our upstairs nursery and opened a nursery for our 3- and 4-year-olds downstairs. Because of increasing numbers, we divided our previous 3rd- through 5th-grade class into 3rd-4th grades and 5th-6th grades classes. This created needed space in the classrooms and provided our teachers opportunities to deal with more age-specific issues. After talking with teachers and parents in the spring of 2016, we moved the Sunday school time from the 10:30 a.m. service to 9:30 a.m. This provided more time for our classes and an opportunity for parents to participate in the Adult Forum. We also held weekly chapel services for children 5 years old through 5th graders during the beginning of the 10:30 a.m. services. In December 2016, we decided to move Sunday school back to the 10:30 a.m. service to accommodate more children. It was a worthwhile experiment, and I am grateful for all those who were willing to give it a try.

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2016 Winter-Spring

Angel Tree collection for refugees through Episcopal Migration Ministries in Wichita: This project was led by Chuck & Camille Olcese, and Trinity’s response was both thoughtful and very generous.

Hearts for Willow Domestic Violence Shelter: Trinity packed over 40 boxes for the women and children at Willow to be delivered to them on Valentine’s Day. Trinity’s generous donation brought joy to many women and children on what is often a very difficult day for them.

Burying the Alleluia: On the Sunday before Lent, children process down the aisle on their way to Sunday school carrying large brightly colored letters that spell out “Alleluia.” Father Rob goes with them, and they put the letters in a closet – a dark, tomb-like place – where they stay until Easter. On Easter Day, the letters are “resurrected” and carried in the Procession.

Trinity’s annual Easter egg hunt: It was a rainy day, but the children had a great time finding eggs hidden in the parish hall, library, and downstairs.

Baby shower for Willow: a celebration of Trinity’s new babies and in support of the infants and mothers at Willow Domestic Violence Shelter.

Celebration of Sunday school teachers: Teachers were recognized during the 10:30 a.m. service, followed by a reception at coffee hour.

2016 Fall

Blessing of the Backpacks: Backpacks for Trinity’s children and the collected backpacks and school supplies for the children at Willow were blessed for the new school year.

Sunday school registration

Sunday school teachers commissioned at the 10:30 a.m. service: The ministry of our teachers is vitally important and we are deeply grateful for the dedication, creativity, and love they share with our children each Sunday. Thank you to our teachers: Lynn Segebrecht, Melanie Seybold, Micah Seybold, Kathy Marker, Heather Eldridge, Jerry Hanson, Anneliese Lawrence, Anne Patterson, Abby Olcese, Donna Griffin, Barbara Cook, Katie Becker, David Paden, and Brad Eldridge. And thank you to our nursery Attendants: Bea Bonanno, Anneliese Lawrence, Raven Harper, and Sophia Blea.

Stewardship instruction for children during the fall Stewardship event

Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis and in thanksgiving for God’s creation

All Saints’ Day parade at the 10:30 a.m. service

Posada: Mary and Joseph traveled from “Nazareth to Bethlehem” and were welcomed and given shelter in homes of parishioners every night of Advent.

Advent intergenerational party: We made ornaments for the Jesse tree, decorated cookies, and made Advent wreaths, following a wonderful dinner provided by Vashti Winterburg.

Christmas pageant: Many thanks to Anne Patterson for creating the script and providing direction and inspiration during our rehearsals, to Caroline Abrahamson for her musical contributions, and to all our parent volunteers.

2016 was a wonderfully full year. Please contact me (st@trintylawrence.org) if you have any questions, new ideas, or would like to volunteer. There is a place for you and your children at Trinity! I thank God for our children, our adult volunteers, our parents, the vestry, and the support of this parish. Your continued prayers for this ministry will help us to grow in ways we can only begin to imagine.

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Deacons: Rita Tracy, Dick Tracy, Steve Segebrecht, Rob Schwaller All deacons are ordained by the bishop who assigns them to the parish, and we work under the supervision of the rector of the parish. We also cooperate with the other clergy and lay people of the parish to assist them in their roles. Deacons report to the archdeacon of the diocese and to the bishop. 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 also preach on occasion and anoint anyone who desires it for healing. We visit the sick, elderly, and shut-ins in retirement facilities, hospitals, and private homes to bring the ministry of the church to those unable to attend, in the form of prayer and Holy Communion. We attend the weekly staff meetings, the annual Deacon’s Retreat, the annual diocesan convention, and participate in continuing education opportunities each year. We read and study the Holy Scriptures and other materials related to the diaconate, the church, and theology. On the third Sunday of each month, a portion of the loose offering goes into the Deacons’ Discretionary Fund. We use this fund to assist people in need. For several years now, our priority has been to prevent homelessness. The most common needs include assistance with utilities, rent, prescriptions, licenses (IDs, etc.), and transportation. We frequently work with agencies such as the Salvation Army, Bert Nash, EKAN, and the Lawrence Community Shelter to assist people who apply to them, and our own Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry has proven to be a wonderful resource as well. We wish to thank all of our friends at Trinity for their generosity and support. The contribution of the Trinity Treasures group has been especially helpful. Health issues have caused Dick and Rita Tracy to restrict their activities in the past year. They continue to manage the Deacons’ Discretionary Fund, but they no longer serve at the altar except at Brandon Woods, where there are no steps to negotiate. Dick and Rita say that it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as deacons at Trinity for the past 26 years. They have felt the strong support of this congregation. May God bless you all. Senior Warden: Terry Mandle In 2016 the Vestry focused on their two main responsibilities: (1) building up the Body of Christ and (2) maintaining the material assets of the church. With continued emphasis on responsible budgeting practices, management of expenses and an increase in giving under “Contributions – Not Designated,” we were able to end the year with a small surplus in the budget. This was not an easy task, however, as several times during the year pledge income fell short of projections, and it was difficult to cover monthly church expenses. Parishioners were reminded to keep their pledges up to date to avoid this problem in the future. Vestry sub-committees continued their work in the areas of (1) updating the downstairs rooms; (2) yearround stewardship and fundraising; (3) newcomers; and (4) reduction of Trinity’s existing debt. The downstairs rooms were organized and painted, and upgrades were made to the classrooms. A classroom was also converted into a second nursery for the 3- to 4-year-olds due to outgrowing the nursery space on the first floor. An additional nursery attendant was added to care for our youngest parishioners. A tri-fold newcomer brochure was developed to highlight the many ministries at Trinity, and opportunities to volunteer and get involved. A new Parish Directory was distributed and received great support. Yearround stewardship was promoted through weekly stewardship messages in The Corner newsletter; the Harvest Festival, “An Evening at the Oread,” kicked off our annual pledge drive; and we had a special guest speaker, Elizabeth Honeycutt, during our pledge drive. Many discussions were held regarding eliminating Trinity’s current debt, estimated to be approximately $99,000 as of March 1, 2017. This debt encompasses the remaining balance of monies owed from renovations to the parish hall, installation of a lightning-suppression system, and refurbishment of the organ. Eliminating the debt is a high priority and must be addressed as soon as possible to allow Trinity to continue to grow and serve the needs of its members and the community. The Vestry also recognizes the need to plan for the future of the church, and to this end, voted to conduct a capital campaign to raise the monies needed to meet the various current and future needs of the church. 18


Preliminary research was done to determine areas of interest and projects of importance to the congregation. The Vestry also researched resources to assist with the capital campaign to better understand the process and commitment needed to conduct a successful capital campaign. Vestry members participated in a visioning retreat in November to share their thoughts and ideas for continuing growth and life of the church in our community. 2017 marks the 160th year of Trinity’s formation as a parish. May we build on this rich heritage and continue to be a vital and active community of loving Christians who share the good news of Christ Jesus in our community and the world. It has been an honor to serve as your Senior Warden. I want to thank Father Rob, Mother Susan, the staff and my fellow Vestry members for their dedication to Trinity. Thank you for your trust and support. Junior Warden: Andrew Hoyt In 2016 we accomplished many goals in terms of repair and maintenance of our church: • • • • • • • • • • •

Installed windows in the schoolroom doors Remodeled the bathroom near the kitchen, and added a new toilet We had our annual cleaning day New signs up in the parking lot Annual fire inspection and battery replacement in smoke detectors Addressed plumbing issue of running toilets (continues to be a problem) Exterminated flea infestation and maintained vermin control Digitalized architectural plans for the church and Matthews Center Steve King repaired the ceiling over the copy area in the parish office Audio system in the Sanctuary repaired Dying tree in the front yard removed

Goals for 2017: • • • • • •

Repair the kneelers Stained glass repair and maintenance proposal Trim trees on the front lawn Repair floor in the parish hall Paint the back door of the Mathews Center Replace old bulbs with LED bulbs per TEST (Edited)

Treasurer: Bill Benso When the 2017 budget was prepared and approved, it assumed a level of pledged giving that was not realized during the year. While 2016 was hoped to be a year with a budget surplus and an opportunity to rebuild our financial reserves, it was, in reality, a repeat year with a deficit budget. Cost efficiencies, alteration of the church’s administrative processes, and selective task deferrals enabled Trinity to end 2016 with all financial obligations having been met. We have settled into a new, comfortable and consistent way of doing Trinity’s financial administration business. I am confident that 2017 will have fewer administrative “speed-bumps” related to the conduct of our business. The patience shown by all of you as we strived to ensure your financial giving records are correct is greatly appreciated. The budget for 2017 is a deficit budget as Father Rob has so well explained and is based on pledged income “in-hand” and “other income” at a level basically consistent with 2016 actuals. The budget shortfall will be continually monitored to contain any effect on our daily operations. Fixed and necessary costs (about 96% of our budget) consume most of our budget, leaving very little discretionary spending for outreach programs or further cost/budget reductions. This fact has been consistently and effectively communicated in Father Rob’s messages. The 2017 budget includes a modest pay increase for eligible employees. All 2016 organ loan payment obligations were met. We received additional contributions dedicated to the 19


organ loan repayment, and at the current rate of expenditure, there is cash “in-hand” to service the organ loan through February 2017. A short term “fix” has been made available to the Church by the Endowment Committee through an unsecured loan; however, it will be an absolute, mandatory, priority task for 2017 to develop and implement a fundraising strategy to completely finish paying our organ loan obligations. Parish Adminstrator: Jenn Holloway The Parish Administrator’s role is to provide staff support for the management of the financial assets of the congregation and all tasks related thereof, including, but not limited to, tracking contributions, disbursement of funds to vendors and utilities, and managing payroll. Monthly financial reports are given to the Treasurer and Finance Committee for review before being presented to the Vestry. Often I am called upon to answer questions regarding personal giving, budget-line items, and contributions to the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry. If you have a question regarding a financial statement from Trinity Church or a particular ministry of the parish, please contact me (jh@trinitylawrence.org). Office Administrator: Sheryl Poole The past year has been a busy one, and I have enjoyed getting familiar with the ways Trinity operates. Now that I’ve been here for a year and a half, I find it much easier to navigate through the chaotic moments in the parish office and enjoy the serene moments. Every day is different, and each day comes with its own unique challenges and joyous moments. Helping to get the message delivered every Sunday makes me feel good. Without the assistance of the many volunteers who dutifully sit at the reception desk every day, I’d get a lot less accomplished. So I thank them for their kindness and excellent work! This year, I would like to get all the office volunteers (and myself) trained in best practices for handling the mentally ill visitors who walk through our doors almost every day. I look forward to watching the continued growth of this awesome parish. Communications: Sarah Johnson 2016 has seen some reorganization and developments on the parish website. If anyone has not yet taken advantage of the resources page (http://trinitylawrence.org/resources), please visit its archives of bulletins, newsletters, vestry minutes, sermon podcasts, and annual reports. Also in the past year, PDFs of the bulletins for each week’s Sunday services have become available online before the weekend for anyone who would like to view them in advance or would rather read them from a handheld device during the service instead of using a paper copy. Youth Programs: Daniel Spicer This year in Youth Ministry has been great. We have had around six to eight youth attending regularly, and there have also been a few regular guests to the sessions. Our program has ranged from outdoor worship, team-building, decision-making, skill improvement, critical thinking about how scripture affects our lives, to snowball fights and marshmallow roasting for s’mores. Going into 2017, I hope to have more involvement from the congregation in Youth Group, as well as to expand our reach to more youth in the community. Trinity Choir: Doug Lawrence The Trinity Choir is a combination of both ministry to its participants and to our congregation. We enjoy learning and “performing” great music of historical and liturgical value, and we also take great joy and (yes) fun in the art of choral singing and communicating God’s greatness to the wider community. We sing about 40 weeks out of the year and prize the idea that singers of various levels of skill can come together to make an offering. Recently we have been increasing that ministry to hundreds of people who do not attend Trinity. So far, our choir anthem videos have been seen by well over 2,500 people who access our 20


music via the Trinity Facebook page. Many other Episcopal churches also share our videos on their pages. We are dedicated to musical and spiritual growth and always encourage potential members to let us know of their interest. Call the church office if you would like to inquire further about this ministry opportunity. Trinity Endowment Board: Tod Sutton, Chair The Trinity Endowment Fund gained $15,469 in value during 2015 (5.8%), from $265,494 to $280,963. Distributions of accumulated earnings from 2015 have not yet been made. The Endowment Fund’s net cash position at the close of 2016 was $18,412, down $575 from the 2015 close. Investment management fees for the year to Central Bank of the Midwest were $1,598. It is expected that part of the earnings and value gained from both the retained 2015 earnings and 2016 earnings will be distributed in early 2017 with the remainder retained for growth of the Endowment. In accordance with the bylaws, up to 50% of the fund’s income is distributed. Higher distribution percentages can be made if approved by the Vestry. The funds are currently invested through Central Bank of the Midwest Trust Division in 16 mutual funds with an overall target asset allocation of 60% equities and 40% fixed-income strategies. As of 2016 year end, 60% is in equities funds, 33% is in fixed income funds, and 7% is in cash. The Board continues to look for ways to encourage planned giving within the congregation. The Board consists of five members of the parish in good standing who each serve three-year terms. Three are elected by the parish, and two are appointed by the Vestry. We welcomed Connie Price to the Board this year, and we thank Don Hatton, Tod Sutton, Bill McGillivray, and Bill Benso (Treasurer, ex-officio) for their continued service to the Board. Tod and Don are completing their current terms and are up for reelection or appointment to another term. Diocesan Convention Delegates/Convocation Representatives: Nancy Kelley Our parish is part of the diocese’s Northeast Convocation, which claims: “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 Carl Edwards served as delegates in 2016. The essential work of each of the delegates 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 2016, the convocation held meetings in February at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Overland Park; in April at St. Aiden’s Episcopal Church in Olathe; in June at Trinity Episcopal Church in Atchison; and in September at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church here in Lawrence. The meeting in Lawrence is traditionally the last meeting before the diocesan convention, with the Bishop speaking about the mission of the church. Convocation meetings provide an opportunity to get acquainted with people from nearby parishes, and to gather information about their outreach programs and activities. For example, at the February meeting at St. Thomas’ our own Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST) was represented by Nancy Hanson who gave a presentation on TEST’s ministry. Each parish is required to pay an appropriation to the diocese. Learning how it is assessed and how it is used in the diocese, and reporting that to the parish is the responsibility of the delegates. The convocation also must approve any parish’s request that money for capital improvements be exempt from the diocesan apportionment. Seldom are these requests challenged. The 157th Annual Convention was held October 27- 29 in Wichita in conjunction with the Diocese of Western Kansas. While business sessions were held separately, the two dioceses shared joint worship services and ate meals together. During our business session we approved the 2017 mission plan (budget) in the amount of $1,824,681, and also voted for members of the Council of Trustees and deputies and alternates to the 2018 General convention. 21


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DISCIPLESHIP Adult Forum: Rob Baldwin The Adult Forum provides educational opportunities for the development of Christian discipleship among the adult members of the Trinity Community. There were a wide variety of programs featured in the Adult Forum, including a series of guest speakers on the topic of caregiving for the elderly and male victims of domestic abuse. Recently, the Adult Forum has been using the curriculum from Church Publishing’s Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey (Abington, 2016). The Adult Forum meets in the Jackson Kemper Room on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Brandon Woods: Rob Baldwin Trinity offers a service of the Laying on of Hands for Healing and Holy Eucharist monthly at the Brandon Woods retirement community. These services take place at 9:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of every month in the activity room on the second floor of Brandon Woods. Christian Classics: Rich and Joan Ring Christian Classics is part of the Adult Education program at Trinity Episcopal Church. The group meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the parish library to read and discuss important texts on religion and spirituality. Over the years we have read works ranging from St. Augustine to Pope Francis. In 2016 the group read Galbert of Bruges’ account of the murder of Charles the Good; selections from the 12th-century German mystic Hildegard of Bingen; and the Venerable Bede’s Life of St. Cuthbert along with other saints’ lives from the age of Bede. In 2017 we will begin reading Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Arthurian romance Parzifal, one of the masterpieces of medieval literature. 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 (785-842-5544). Forward Day-By-Day: Austin Turney This pocket-sized booklet provides a passage of scripture and a brief commentary for each day of the year as an aid or stimulant to prayer or meditation. There is a different author each month from the Episcopal community, so the meditation is seasoned with a flavor from their lives. Forward Day by Day is published quarterly by Forward Movement, and is available in the tract racks found at the back of the Nave and on the wall opposite the elevator. An online supplement is also available (http://prayer.forwardmovement. org/forward_day_by_day.php). The edition for the period beginning February 1 will be in those racks by the time you read this. We order 40 booklets each quarter plus a half-dozen in large print that the deacons distribute. We ask for a donation of $1, but many are distributed free of charge. Sample it. You will be surprised how much can be packed into a single page. The tract racks also contain a sample of tracts concerning a variety of situations. These, too, are published by Forward Movement. They can be helpful either for one’s self or may provide ways of engaging with another person in a particular situation. Library: Margaret Bearse The library catalog has 3,034 titles as of December 31, 2016. Eighty-one new titles were added this year, and approximately the same number were withdrawn. These withdrawn books and other donations that we did not choose to keep are offered to the parish, asking only for a small donation, which is added to the Library Fund. Next year I promise to keep a record of these donations, so I can make a report. I was able to have 23


two new shelves made to add a little to our space, but as you can see, we are close to full. In 2016 the library changed display plans, making separate displays in the parish hall and the library and leaving them up for two to three weeks. This year I did several displays by word searches on the catalog (“hope,” “joy,” “love,” etc.) and some on the subject areas from the Dewey Decimal System. I am looking for someone to work with me on a long-term basis, to learn the systems for cataloging and shelving and adding to the online catalog. If you are interested, come by and see me in the library any Sunday or contact me (mbearse@sunflower.com; 785-842-1091). Early Christian Awareness : Lynn Segebrecht The teachers of Early Christian Awareness, our Christian Education program for babies and toddlers ages 6 months to 3 years, were pleased to welcome new teacher, Kathy Marker! She joins Melanie and Micah Seybold and Lynn Segebrecht, In addition, the nursery is ably staffed each Sunday by Bea Bonanno, who also enjoys filling in as a substitute ECA teacher if the need arises. She is often joined by volunteer Annelise Lawrence, and so our youngest Trinitarians are surrounded by able, caring, loving folks each Sunday morning! The ECA program was introduced at Trinity in the summer of 1989, and has been offered continuously since that time. The late Ken Johnson of Trinity lovingly built the beautiful kidney-shaped table in the nursery that enables us to teach the children while they are at arm’s length! The animals on the shelves have been compiled over that 25-year period as well, providing us with a vast collection of domestic and wild animals who help us teach the children about God’s love for them and for all His creatures through song and rhyme and rich conversation--and a lot of interesting animal sounds. (If you ever questioned your sanity because you thought you heard a monkey screaming during the readings, you heard correctly!) The program was created by a member of a Lutheran parish in Oklahoma, and while we utilize her scripted verses and poetry in song and spoken word, each teacher adds his/her own personality, accompanying conversation, and enrichment (including animal sounds!) to the delight of our babies and toddlers. The language acquisition we teachers observe over time with our regular attending children is amazing to observe! We welcome parents and anyone else who has an interest in the Early Christian Awareness program to come to the nursery and observe ECA class any Sunday morning beginning at 10:30 or shortly thereafter, and usually lasting about 20 minutes (or as attention spans of the day allow, a bit shorter or longer time period). It is a joy to watch the children laugh, learn, and show their developing love and appreciation for God’s world and beautiful creatures. Parents are always welcome to stay through the class with their children, and many have chosen to do so over the years. As the children become increasingly engaged in the program, they may choose to leave the child in the nursery and return to church, but their continued presence is always welcome. And many parents over time have chosen to join our team of teachers, which is truly a unique and wonderful experience! Stewardship Committee: Terry Mandle Stewardship means giving thanks to God for the many blessings he continuously bestows on us. It is defined as giving back to God and others of our time, talents, and treasures with thankful hearts. At Trinity there are many opportunities to demonstrate our gratitude by supporting and participating in the various ministries at work in our church, community, and the world. Many opportunities exist to give of our TIME. Just a few opportunities to volunteer include teaching Sunday school, participating in worship as an usher, lector, or chalice bearer, or becoming a member of a prayer group. Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry, LINK, and the BackSnack program are just a few examples of contributing gifts of time to our community through the ministries of Trinity. God gave us each special TALENTS with which we can support Trinity’s ministries. Arranging flowers for the altar, singing in the choirs, cooking for the Ploughman’s Lunch, and crafting beautiful handmade items for Trinity Treasures are just a few examples of giving back to do God’s work through our talents. Giving of our TREASURE, the first fruits of the financial blessings given to us by God to support Trinity and its ministries, is equally important. Each year our Harvest Festival kicks off the Pledge Drive for the coming 24


year. In 2016, “An Evening at the Oread” drew approximately 150 Trinitarians together for fellowship, music, a slide presentation, good food, and fun. Our own Janine Cox shared her story of the importance of Trinity in her life, and Father Rob’s remarks inspired us. A special supper and stewardship program were provided for our younger members at Trinity while adult Trinitarians kicked off the Pledge Drive at the Oread. Elizabeth Honeycutt, our guest speaker from Houston, visited Trinity the following week to share her personal stewardship journey. She described how gratefully returning to God the first fruits of her household’s income has enriched her life, her family, and their faith. Our committee will continue Trinity’s exploration of the stewardship of time, talents, and treasures in 2017. Plans are being made for: a workshop on planned giving (wills and estate planning) and a guest preacher during Lent; a Ministry Expo in late spring to showcase the many parish ministries and volunteer opportunities at Trinity; and “Trinity’s Got Talent,” a celebration of the many talents of our parishioners. Watch for more information on these upcoming events in the weekly newsletter. Many thanks to all Trinity’s stewards who generously contributed their time, talent, and treasure to make our 2016 Harvest Festival and Pledge Drive successful! Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST): Nancy Hanson Throughout 2016, Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST) continued to provide information, inspiration, and opportunities to promote responsible, Christ-centered stewardship of the earth ecosphere – the home we humans share with all God’s beloved earthly life forms. TEST happily welcomed two new members in 2016: Trinitarian Helen Pedigo, and Seminarian/“longdistance” member Margaret Brack. We now count 14 TEST members (who vote and participate in TEST meetings and regular activities) and more than 30 TEST friends (who receive our emails on current issues and events and support our activities in spirit and occasionally in person). Ellyn Owen continued writing 99.9% of the “TEST Tidbits” for Trinity’s weekly newsletter e-newsletter. You can read “Tidbits” articles and poetic expression, on current issues, theological reasoning, practical actions, etc., related to earth stewardship, in Trinity’s e-news, archived at trinitylawrence.org/newsletters. In 2016, TEST continued to recycle the eyeglasses, batteries, old cell phones, and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs deposited by parishioners in our recycling chest-of-drawers in the parish hall. And our faithful Kitchen Recycling Team members – Brenda Clary, Katie Becker, Garth Burns, Janet Lukehart, Pat Miller, Craig Myers-Arenth, Helen Pedigo, Melanie Seybold, and Nancy Hanson – carried out the weekly recycling from the appropriate bin in Trinity’s kitchen. Thank you, Recycling Team members all! In January, using proceeds from plum pudding sales in 2015, TEST made donations to Kansas Riverkeeper, Kansas Land Trust, Kansas Nature Conservancy, Earth Justice, Food and Water Watch, Episcopal Relief & Development, and the Land Institute ($50 each). On February 1, some TEST members heard Brigadier General Dr. Chris King’s review of the December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and its significance for our nation and the world – a talk presented at Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, and sponsored by the Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition. In February, at the urging of Bishop Wolfe, TEST submitted a proposal to the United Thank Offering, which was offering grants for projects supporting Anglican Mission Mark 5: “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.” We requested funds to upgrade lighting in Trinity’s “worship space” to LEDs – a technological advancement. Unfortunately, the proposal was denied because the LEDs were considered “consumable materials,” which UTO will not fund. (TEST has subsequently submitted a request for Trinity 2017 Parish Mission Plan funds to achieve this upgrade, as well as to join with TEST funds to install energy-efficient windows in Trinity’s kitchen.) On February 20, TEST shared a talk about its ministry with attendees at the Northeast Convocation meeting at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, Overland Park. On April 23, TEST led Trinity’s participation in the Lawrence Earth Day Parade and South Park booths. In 25


advance, we invited Trinitarians to pledge to be “Earth’s Helping Hands” and confirm this pledge with their individually decorated handprints on a banner to be carried in the parade. At our booth in South Park, we invited passers-by to join the pledge and handprinting on a second banner – which will be carried in the 2017 Earth Day parade. With Pat Miller as our official representative on the Lawrence Ecology Teams United in Sustainability (LET-US) Steering Board, TEST helped support LET-US-sponsored projects throughout the year: March, participation in the Kansas Water, Energy, Land and Food Forum, at the State Capitol, Topeka; MarchApril, exhibit at Lawrence Percolator, “Heating Up: Artists Respond to Climate Change”; April 10, Forum on Climate Change, at Haskell Indian Nations University; April 30, “Oklahoma Shakedown” movie, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; June 23, “Last Wild Places in Kansas” forum, at KU’s Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM); September 12, “This Changes Everything,” a movie at the Lawrence Public Library; and November 12, Prayers for Standing Rock, in South Park. September 23-25, some TEST members attended the Prairie Festival at the Land Institute in Salina, where we heard Dr. Wes Jackson introduce a new curriculum – “Ecosphere Studies” – for universities and colleges; enjoyed breads made from perennial grain (“Kernza”) developed at the Land Institute; gained wisdom from famous agronomist Wendell Berry on achieving a sustainable agriculture and economy; and met Fred Lutzi, the incoming director of the Land Institute, as Dr. Jackson retires from that position after 40 years. For the Wednesdays-at-Trinity evening Eucharist on November 9, TEST provided a group-participation “Rite of Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation,” which was used as the Offertory prayer. At the Diocesan Convention, October 28-29, in addition to our regular display booth, TEST presented a talk and PowerPoint slide show about TEST’s aims and activities, inviting the entire diocese to embrace theologically motivated love and care of the earth. At both Trinity and the Diocesan Convention, TEST distributed a flyer, from Interfaith Power & Light, called “Faith, Values, and the 2016 Election: Toward a Politics of the Golden Rule; a Reflection Guide for Voters.” Plum puddings for Christmas were again TEST’s fundraiser: TEST members and friends provided handson labor for the “dreaded” stem plucking on November 27; goo-mixing on December 3; and sales through December 24. Vashti Winterburg and Steve Severance generously donated the ingredients, effected the behind-the-scenes steaming of the puddings, and donated the proceeds to TEST. Thanks to all who helped and all who supported TEST’s aims by purchasing (and enjoying!) these plum puddings. We thank also all who participated in this year’s Alternative Christmas Market. As gifts to honor loved ones, donations totaled $106 for Kansas-to-Kenya’s community garden/water program; $210 to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Rainforest Rescue Project; and $315 to Episcopal Migration Ministries, Wichita office. TEST meets regularly (most months), on the last Monday of the month, at 7 p.m. in the parish hall, for prayer, information exchange, and planning. We welcome new members and ideas! We are happy to help you find answers to your questions about earth-care issues. Members include Austin Turney, Craig Myers-Arenth, David Paden, Ellyn Owen (Secretary), Garth Burns (Spiritual Coordinator), Helen Pedigo, Katie Bieker (liaison with Trinity Family Ministry), Margaret Brack, Paul Jefferson, Pat Miller, Steve Severance, Sue Shackelford (Treasurer),Vashti Winterburg, and Nancy Hanson (Communications Coordinator). Please contact Nancy (ninxks@sunflower.com, 785-842-6887) or Ellyn (ellynowen@gmail.com, 785-842-1643) for further information. Caring for the environment – it’s a Christian thing to do! Trinity Family Ministry: Katie Bieker Trinity Family Ministry has enjoyed its second year of fun and fellowship. In 2016 we had several social gatherings, encouraged family participation in existing Trinity events, and welcomed many new families. There are currently about a dozen families actively getting to know each other better, organizing fellowship 26


and service activities, and getting involved at Trinity as part of this ministry. It has been a busy year for many, so we have not been meeting as regularly as we would like. But we have big plans for the near future, including a 2017 kick-off meeting, improving the process by which we welcome visiting and new families, and scheduling late winter and spring events. Vacation Bible School: Rachel Schwaller In 2016, Vacation Bible School (VBS) hosted between 20-35 children throughout the week. Since the disappearance of the Master Gardener, the animals have been trying to live the lessons he taught them. On his journey to cold Antarctica, Colby Caterpillar found the penguin population in desperate need. The penguins became a refugee population, and Colby brought them to the Garden with the intent of resettlement. When there, Colby and the children discovered that resettling refugee populations comes with a great deal of difficulty – both for the inhabitants of the Garden, and for the penguins. Uncharacteristically, Barry Bullfrog was at first highly critical of the penguins. However, by the end, Barry’s heart was changed. He has begun an exhibition of his own – even at the expense of his own livelihood – to discover a new home better equipped to deal with the penguins’ special needs. The children went above and beyond expectations, supplying over 150 individual items to the Episcopal Migration Ministries in Wichita. These items included everything from gently used clothing to toothbrushes and towels. In addition, the children made approximately 50 welcome cards. These welcome cards have been placed on every table of a newly settled refugee family. Your children have made an active and real contribution to people’s lives! They have not only donated necessities to help furnish new apartments, through their cards, they have given images of hope and welcome to battle the fear that new families feel upon entering a new country and settling into new lives. By making these cards, your kids have helped to combat xenophobia, racism, fear, and turmoil. This is truly the work of Christ. VBS is extremely thankful for the help of over 25 volunteers who shepherded children from room to room, taught classes, played music, ran the games, checked children in, made snacks, dressed in a penguin costume, and did so many other tasks. Thank you to the parents who brought their children every night – costumes and all! We would also like to thank the church for its unwavering support of our program, and thank you, of course, for all the prayers said for the program throughout the week. We look forward to this coming year! Women’s Quest-ioning Groups: Tudy Youngberg In Search of Belief by Joan Chittister is being read and discussed by both Women’s Quest-ioning Groups at this time. Chittister challenges us to look within ourselves and reflect on whether we truly believe, and live out, what we say when we repeat the Creed. Needless to say, our discussions have been energizing and, at the same time, heartwarming. We invite you to join us on either the first and third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in parish library, or on the second and fourth Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Matthews Chapel. If you have any questions, please contact Tudy Youngberg (tudy@sunflower.com; 785-218-2283) or Susan Terry (st@trinitylawrence.org).

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OUTREACH African Team Ministries: Austin Turney Each year on two Sundays in February we host a sale of crafts produced by artisans in East Africa. Parishioners select from the many new and unique creations in jewelry, carved figures in wood and stone, scarves, handbags, and other items. These objects are useful for gifts, personal wear, or as decorative objects. This sale benefits first the native artisans and then the social services of the Anglican Dioceses of East Africa, where the needs are many, especially for the care of AIDS orphans. BackSnack Program: Tod Sutton and Greg Hazen BackSnack is an outreach ministry of Trinity with the mission of feeding hungry kids in Lawrence. We completed the 2015-2016 school year serving 11 Lawrence elementary schools and about 400 students in grades K-5. We are now supplying to Broken Arrow, Deerfield, Hillcrest, Kennedy, New York, Pinckney, Quail Run, Schwegler, Sunset Hills, Sunflower, and Woodlawn schools. We currently have about 18 volunteers working in the program and would appreciate others who may be interested. Since the spring of 2010, Trinity has served as the Community Partner for schools in the Lawrence School District that 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 about 20,000 students across 26 counties in Missouri and Kansas. Harvester’s is able to do this for about $250 per child per year, representing their contribution of over $100,000 to the community. We are hopeful the program will see continued growth to feed hungry kids in Lawrence. 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 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 a Community Partner is to support the schools through the distribution and storage of the food before delivery. In addition to the food supplied by Harvester’s, Trinity supplements the foodstuffs with fresh fruit or other nutritious items as funding allows. Apples, oranges, hats, scarves, 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 2017. In calendar year 2016, contributions to the program were $2,450 and expenditures were $2,185. We begin this calendar year with a spendable balance of $1,385, which will allow us to spend about $0.15 per child per week for the remainder of this school year. Additional contributions would be greatly appreciated. We thank all the volunteers and contributors who have helped throughout the year with this program and also the active support of the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry. CROP Walk: Garth Burns The annual Lawrence CROP Walk was held on Sunday, October 9, 2016. A group of Trinity walkers joined with walkers from about 10 faith communities in Douglas County in the Walk to Stop Hunger. Walkers from Trinity raised more than $1,000 this year. The total raised by the Lawrence CROP Walk was about $13,000. 28


Episcopal Migration Ministries: Chuck Olcese In November 2016 Trinity hosted Marla Schmidt, Field Director for Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) in Wichita. The meeting was attended by about 60 persons, mostly from Trinity, but also from members of other Lawrence congregations and some from other faiths. This began the creation of an ongoing group now known as Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry. Trinity Episcopal Church is giving leadership to this group, but there is also strong participation and leadership from Plymouth Congregational Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church, and the Lawrence Interfaith Community. We began monthly meetings in December, focused on building awareness of the refugee crisis and the current situation for immigrants to the U.S., as well as identifying specific actions for our participation. We have created a Facebook page for better communication (https://www.facebook.com/groups/391390417878705). In December we collected approximately 100 household items from the parish to help support the resettlement of refugees in Wichita through the EMM office there. This adds to the previous efforts in 2016 of about 200 items collected from the Vacation Bible School children and families last summer, and a coat drive organized by Canterbury House in the spring. The Vacation Bible School children also made a number of handmade greeting cards to be shared with children of refugee families upon resettlement in Wichita. We were told that each child resettled during the fall and winter seasons has received one of these personal notes of welcome to their new country. Lawrence Habitat for Humanity: Garth Burns Trinity Episcopal Church is a covenant member of Lawrence Habitat for Humanity. Lawrence Habitat for Humanity has been building homes in Douglas and Jefferson Counties since 1989. In 2016 Habitat for Humanity built one home in Baldwin with volunteers recruited from Baldwin. Plans for 2017 are to build three homes in Lawrence. The first will be a five-bedroom home, starting in May, which will be the largest home ever built by Lawrence Habitat for Humanity. Trinity will participate in this construction. Holy Stir-It: Bruce Roberts and Steve Segebrecht The unique men’s fellowship group, Holy Stir-It, has continued to meet the second Thursday of every month. The usual programs that we always look forward to are Mexican recipes at La Topicana Restaurant, brats and German beer for Oktoberfest, and the annual Christmas gathering for men and their significant others held this year at the home of Bill Muggy. In addition, we serve a meal every summer at the Lawrence Open Shelter. The highlight of that is the Icee machines that serve a tasty and refreshing treat to all the children at the Lawrence Open Shelter, courtesy of Anderson Rentals. One of the our most popular programs was a special pairing of hamburgers with various microbrews at the Burger Stand. Holy Stir-It continues to be not only a great opportunity for fellowship among the men at Trinity Church, but also an opportunity to invite guests to meet our community of faith. Please join us in 2017 and remember, you can always invite a friend. Kansas to Kenya (K2K): Steve Segebrecht In 2016, thanks to Trinity’s generous donations, the Kansas to Kenya (K2K) teams were able to: • Address malnutrition of children, particularly during the first 1,000 days of life, through education of community leaders and families • Continue education/leadership awards program to teachers and continue soccer tournament and student awards at Ngeya School • Provide support for AA/NA meetings and for afterschool programs for youth in partnership with Badilika • Purchase additional e-readers to bring hundreds of books to children at the Osborne Libraries in Nakuru and Maai Mahiu and develop a third library • Continue to provide a women’s health clinic and treat hundreds of patients through the annual K2K Medical Team’s visit 29


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Provide funding for monthly dental clinic in Maai Mahiu and Naivasha in partnership with Kijabe Hospital Continue the development of a pharmacy program with the University of Nairobi School of Pharmacy Dispense hundreds of mosquito nets to children age 5 and under and to pregnant women Provide to co-ops a farming technique called “Farming God’s Way” that uses composting and slow-drip irrigation systems to improve crop production Install rainwater collection systems and other environmental projects such as a water retention pond and solar food dehydrators Present U.N. information to women on empowerment and gender-based violence, and partner with Children for God (C4G) to bring computers with similar information to women’s groups in the Diocese of Nakuru Continue a program to fund school fees for orphans to enable them to receive a school lunch in Maai Mahiu and provide support to orphans in Naivasha Offer seminars for women on nutrition, dental care, chronic illnesses, and emotional health with an emphasis on reproductive health, including addressing anemia and folate deficiency Support Agatha’s Amani House, a safehouse for women who are victims of domestic violence and provide a laptop with C4G programs on women’s health and empowerment Funding of Nakuru Community Development Trust (NCDT), a microfinance program that is raising the economic status of women and lifting families out of poverty Partner with World Computer Exchange (WCE) to provide 20 computers to NCDT microfinance groups to provide accounting and Internet access Provide more HydrAid biosand water filters in conjunction with education on clean water Held medical clinics in towns of Mirangine, Mutukanio, and Baringo

Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK): Kathleen Marker Trinity is a charter member of Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK), which is dedicated to providing healthy meals to the homeless, transients, under-earning, unemployable, and elderly persons. These meals are served in a place that provides a safe, warm/cool place in which to network, visit, and rest from the rigors of street life or the loneliness of old age and mental illness. On average we serve about 170 meals. This population is variable, and the success of the Community Shelter has not lessened the need, as many people thought it might. Our consistent estimate is that more than 50 percent of our guests are unemployable persons with mental or physical disabilities who have fallen through the cracks. We partner in every-other-month service dates (the third Tuesday of every odd month) with St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Meals are served in the First Christian Church kitchen (just down the alley and to the east of our parish hall). How can you help? Get on the email list to be notified of the dates we are serving. Putting your name on the list doesn’t commit you to volunteer every time we serve; it just means you will get an email telling you our needs for our service dates. You can volunteer to bring milk, salad, bread, or a high-protein casserole. Volunteers to serve are always needed and welcome. We prefer that items be delivered to the First Christian Church kitchen at noon or they may be left, clearly marked, in the Trinity kitchen. LINK fills a very large need in our community, firmly believing that all people need food and that as we serve this community, we serve Christ. Ploughman’s Lunch and Bake Sale: Susan Ralston, chair The Ploughman’s Lunch and Bake Sale was held on Friday, November 4, 2016. Approximately 250 people attended attended, down 100 from previous years. Proceeds were given to CASA ($500), Habitat for Humanity ($500), Willow Domestic Violence Center ($500), and Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry ($500). We offer many thanks to Trinitarians who contributed soup and baked goods for this annual event. The kitchen was supervised by Katherine McGillivray and Terry Mandle. Bake sale volunteers were Katie Becker 30


and Nancy Kelley. Publicity was handled by Pat Kehde. Numerous servers were organized by Ellyn Owen and Nancy Hanson. Set-up and take-down was led by Ned Kehde and Bruce Roberts. Harlanne Roberts and Orean Kent arranged the decorations. Thank you to every volunteer! We would not be able to put together this wonderful community offering without your help! Trinity Treasures: Gerry Miller and Charlotte Mueller The Trinity Treasures group is pleased to report that the proceeds from the November 4 sale were $5,800. Many thanks to all the shoppers. Senior Warden Terry Mandle won the drawing for the elephant children’s quilt, designed and quilted by Grace Cooper. Proceeds from the sales were given to the following agencies: CASA, Salvation Army, Trinity’s Deacons’ Discretionary Fund, Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, Visiting Nurses Association, LINK, Healthcare Access, Willow Domestic Violence Shelter. Twenty women met and worked on handmade gifts for the sale from February through November. Anyone is welcome to join; meetings will begin again in February. Thank you to the parishioners and community friends for shopping at the sale. All the agencies are most grateful for our help. We appreciate the handmade donations by friends, Eleanor Symons, Patricia Henshall, and Dick Lind.

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Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry: Barry Molineux, Sue Shackelford, Ray Wilbur ANNUAL REPORT 2016--TRINITY INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY The mission of Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry is to provide food assistance to people in Lawrence and Douglas County. Partner churches: Trinity Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and Saint Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

TIFP was open 102 days in 2016 TIFP Served 3.202 families ( 8,430 people) 3,202 grocery bags of food given to our patrons Adults: 5,285 Children: 2.748 Seniors: 397 Number of New Patrons: 270

Each month a family receives $22.05 worth of groceries, including fresh produce and bread obtained free from Harvesters and frozen meat donated by the Salvation Army  

50 VOLUNTEERS—and more--serve with the food pantry: Volunteers on a weekly basis manage food deliveries and all aspects of distributing food two days each week to our patrons. Volunteers pick up frozen meat in Lawrence, drive weekly to Topeka, and drive monthly to Kansas City, MO for free food and free dignity items. Other volunteers are involved in coordinating the food pantry including inventorying and ordering food, making food purchases, 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. Volunteers from the food pantry provide assistance for the monthly Harvester’s Mobile Food Distribution held on fourth Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church at 1330 Kasold in Lawrence along with volunteers from First Baptist Church, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, and the Salvation Army.

DONATIONS, GIFTS, & GRANTS in 2016 TOTAL DONATIONS of MONEY to TIFP: $ 15,383.00: Parishioners at Trinity Episcopal Church have been generous, again this year, to the food pantry, some by giving weekly, some by giving monthly donations, and others making special donations throughout the year. Other donations have been from memorials, and special recognition gifts. . Each partner church has made special donations throughout the year. These gifts of money have made it possible to continue to purchase a great amount of food throughout the year for the 3,202 families who needed our help. Total donations include the following: • BUDGETED DOLLARS from TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH -- $ 3,500.00 •

SPECIAL DONATIONS -- $ 1,500.00: Trinity Treasures Sale at Trinity Episcopal Church ($ 1,000.00) and Ploughman’s Lunch at Trinity Episcopal Church ($ 500.00).

FUND RAISING EVENTS -- $ 1,019.00:32Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser held on January 9, 2016.


Total donations include the following: • BUDGETED DOLLARS from TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH -- $ 3,500.00 •

SPECIAL DONATIONS -- $ 1,500.00: Trinity Treasures Sale at Trinity Episcopal Church ($ 1,000.00) and Ploughman’s Lunch at Trinity Episcopal Church ($ 500.00).

FUND RAISING EVENTS -- $ 1,019.00: Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser held on January 9, 2016. GRANTS -- $ 3,250.00: Unsolicited funds were donated by the Richard and Susan Himes Family Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation for $ 2,500.00 to purchase food and for $ 750.00 to purchase a new refrigerator-freezer.

SPECIAL ANNUAL FOOD DRIVES in 2016: January--Kindergarten Class at St. John School; April--Scouting for Food Drive; November--Pantry Power from St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church November--Bishop Seabury Academy; and November--Lawrence Indoor Aquatics Center. IN-KIND DONATION of FOOD: 25 % of all food given to our patrons is donated by all of the partner churches’ parishioners and congregations on a weekly, monthly, and on a quarterly basis. PROGRAMS PROVIDING FREE FOODS/ITEMS: Bread and fresh produce from Harvester’s/Topeka; Human dignity products from Giving The Basics/Kansas City, MO; Salvation Army/Lawrence (through Wal-Mart, and Kroger’s/Dillon’s) providing frozen meat. TOTAL RETAIL VALUE FOR ALL FOOD GIVEN TO PATRONS: $ 64,200.00. All food purchased and all donated food given to our 3,202 families who came to TIFP this year.

EXPENSES in 2016 ACTUAL COST FOR FOOD: $ 25,511.73: Food purchased at Harvesters and locally at ALDI, Walmart, Dillon’s, and Hy-Vee. Paper bags purchased from Checkers: $ 390.00. In 2016, we have been privileged to help those in need. Again this year, we have seen God’s abundant provision of food and money, especially by the generosity of the people of the four partner churches, the abundant supply of time and talent from our volunteers, and the continual expression of gratitude from those we help. The TIFP Volunteers and Coordinating Group: Sue Shackelford, Ray Wilbur, Rachel Schwaller, Carol Armstrong, Louise Ecord, Lindy Eakin, Elizabeth Miller, and Barry Molineux

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PARISH LIFE Hospitality and Kitchen Committee: Shirley Reese 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. 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: Rich Ring and Steve Segebrecht The Pump ‘n’ Pray group meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 a.m., beginning with a brief moment of prayer or a presentation on the saint of the week. The exercise program consists of brisk walking, using hand weights that increase core body strength. Every Friday there is a men’s health tidbit of the week. On days when the weather is good and the temperature is comfortable, we exercise at the Kansas Union parking garage on the upper floor and move to the lower floor if it is raining. During the winter months when it is cold, we have been exercising on Rock Chalk Park’s indoor track. This is a great opportunity to develop regular exercise that can be enjoyed at any level. The program gives the opportunity to visit while exercising. Over a period of 12 weeks each participant notices improvement in his core body strength. The program was developed by an exercise physiologist in California and has been demonstrated to be an excellent way to achieve improved core body strength without generating inflammation of joints and muscles that can lead to arthritis. Together with education, prayer, and exercise, the Pump ‘n’ Pray program addresses mind, body, and spirit. Prayer Chain: Collette Bangert Our Trinity Prayer Chain consists of 29 parishioners who spend time every day to pray for people in need. We pray for the suffering and troubled; the sick; the hospitalized; those offering thanksgivings, praise, or special intentions; and the departed. We also pray in support of 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. Carol Hatton is the Prayer Chain coordinator, and the Trinity Prayer Chain is composed of three chains: •

Diana Dyal leads the Peace Chain.

Maria Thompson leads the Faith Chain.

Ellyn Owen leads the Hope Chain with backup as needed by Joan Ring.

We continue being thankful for the ongoing support to the Prayer Chain from Deacons Rita and Dick Tracy, the parish office, and the enthusiasm of our rector, the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin, for Trinity Episcopal Church’s prayer life. Wednesday Evening Service and Dinner: Vashti Winterburg Each Wednesday night at Trinity at 6:30 p.m. there is an informal service of Evening Prayer or Eucharist, followed by a meal for which there is a free will donation. This ministry has been going on for decades, providing an opportunity for parishioners to gather together for prayer and conversation, and everyone is welcome.

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WORSHIP Acolytes: Glenna Kleinkauf Acolytes are an important part of our worship every Sunday. Not only do they assist at the altar in many ways, they become an example of service for all of us to follow. Any person at least 11 years old can be an acolyte. In 2016 there were a few changes with Trinity’s acolytes. Acolyte Master Brian Haupt moved on to new adventures in ministry. We are all grateful for his many years of service and wish him well. Also, we have had to say goodbye to some of our kids with our deep appreciation and prayers. And we have been blessed with some new additions to our Acolyte Corps. In past years there have been many calls for help with our robes, which need frequent cleaning and repairs, and we appreciate every response. In 2016 we received a gift of $1,500 designated for the purchase of new robes and cottas. Our thanks go to Liz Miller and Lindy Eakin for their generosity to Trinity and our Acolyte Corps. Altar Guild: Carl Edwards The Altar Guild is an essential lay ministry to serve God in His house by preparing the Sanctuary for worship, maintaining and caring for the sacred vessels, altar linens, and vestments. The Altar Guild operates under the guidance and direction of the rector. In general terms, the duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare all the things necessary for the celebration of the Eucharist or any of the other sacraments and offices of the church when and where they are needed. The preparations are done in a manner so that all services may be conducted with beauty, decency, and in order. Specifically, the sacred vessels are placed on the altar prior to each Eucharist. Afterward, the vessels are rinsed, washed, dried, and stored for the next service. The altar linens are also rinsed, washed, mended, and ironed in preparation for future use. Attention is also given to the condition of the brass. Tarnish happens, so at least once a year the Altar Guild meets to polish the processional crosses, torches, and other large items. As part of our duties in taking care of the altar, this past year the altar guild spearheaded repairing dents in the silver vessels and replacing the fraying hymn-board numbers with pristine ones. Celebrating the Eucharist three times a week requires the purchase of supplies such as communion wine, wafers, and candle wax. The Altar Guild monitors the stock and replenishes it when necessary – always mindful of case discounts and free shipping. Two other ministries closely related to Altar Guild are that of the Wedding Coordinator and the Funeral Coordinator. In 2016, Elaine Penny served as wedding coordinator for weddings that took place in the nave. Five such weddings were held here in 2016. These services involve being in close contact with the families of those being married to ensure that the church portion of the wedding goes smoothly and in conformity with church custom. Funeral coordination requires pastoral care to ease the burden on the grieving family and ensures that the funeral will be with conducted with sensitivity and grace. Katherine McGillivray is the funeral coordinator and served at five funerals in 2016. All are welcome to find out what happens behind the scenes and to join the Altar Guild. There are three teams, led by Melinda McKnight, Katie Becker, and Carl Edwards, that joyfully and dutifully serve for a month at a time four times a year. If you are interested, please talk to Father Rob or Carl Edwards. Finally, I would be remiss not to thank all those who serve on the Altar Guild for their tireless work – it is much appreciated.

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Cursillo Group: Sue Shackelford Trinity has an active Cursillo group, which meets every Monday morning. If you are interested in Cursillo training to be a lay leader and would like more information, please contact Sue Shackelford (sueshackelford2425@yahoo.com; 785-843-2207). Flower Guild: Pat Kedhe The Altar Flower Guild has six members – Ann Elizabeth Bishop, Pat Kehde, Terry Mandle, Gerry Miller, Pam Paden, and Mary Stauffer – who take turns arranging flowers for the altar every Sunday, except during 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 with poinsettias, greens, and candles. For Palm Sunday we order palms for the altar and members of Trinity, and for Easter we decorate the nave and provide flowers for the children. As an ongoing ministry, we clean the altar, the flower sacristy, and the nave after every Sunday and every holiday. In addition, we arrange flowers for funerals during the year. We will gladly do flowers for special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, or weddings. We ask that the requests for these special occasions come to us with at least a week’s notice and that the folks requesting the flowers donate funds for the flowers. We buy the fresh flowers weekly from various sources: grocery stores, florists, farmer’s market, and our own gardens or friends’ gardens. We use vases or containers that are in the Flower Room and make sure that they are in good condition and clean. Those who are requesting flowers for a commemoration for the Sunday services should sign up on the Altar Flower Calendar in the parish hall or sign up in the office. Please put your name on the appropriate date, and fill out a form and take the form and money to the office. A minimum donation of $35 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 chosen that day, if both parties are agreeable, we can accommodate both requests. We are happy to celebrate the many gifts of the Lord with one of the greatest gifts of all: green growing things and flowers. Greeters and Membership Committee: Shirley Reese 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: Charles & Camille Olcese, Barry & Vanessa Milota, Katie Becker, Bruce & Harlanne Roberts, Jerry & Liz Hare, Andy & Debbie Pitts, Joanne Feist, Sandra Wiechert, Linda McCoy, Dave & Gail Griffin, Don & Barb Roehl, Fairley & Donna McCain, John & Shirley Reese, Bill & Katherine McGillivray, Ted & Nancy Haggart, Tudy Youngberg, Amber Jacobs & Jeremy Eaton, DuWayne Kramer, Judy Calhoun, Ellyn Owen, and Brian & Heather Dennis. Lectors, Intercessors, Chalice Bearers: Donna Griffin Our parish family is filled with unique individuals, each of us with our own spiritual needs and desired type and level of involvement to fulfill those needs. Church Service Ministries are an excellent way to get involved with the church service(s) of your choice. The Chalice Bearer, Lector and Intercessor Ministries are an integrated and integral part of our three services each Sunday, as well as other specialized services through the church year (such as Holy Week services). Lectors read the passages from the Bible during the services; intercessors assist the deacon 36


with the Prayers of the People; and chalice bearers assist the clergy by serving the wine (“the Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ”) during communion. We are always ready to welcome and train interested individuals, so please contact me at your convenience (dege.griffin@gmail.com) to ask questions or to be added as lay minister for one or more of these ministries. Some of our current lay ministers have offered their own thoughts about why they choose to be involved with these ministries:

“God calls each of us to serve. Although I can, I do not cook much, don’t bake many cookies unless it is for funeral receptions at Trinity, but I can read! And I enjoy reading to others – whether it is to my grandchildren or the scriptures on Sunday morning. I love the worship service at Trinity; I love knowing that the very scripture I am reading that Sunday is being read in Christian churches around the world. It gives me a feeling of “home,” of belonging to the Kingdom of God. And it challenges me to do my best. Thanks for the opportunity to serve.” — Dru Sampson, lector

“I enjoy reading the Bible. When I’m being a lector, it gives me a chance to practice the passages several times and bring the scripture to life during the service.” — Sidney Sutton, lector

“We volunteer to be chalice bearers because it is a way we can serve our Lord.” — Peggy Salyer, chalice bearer and lector

“One of the things I love about Episcopal Church liturgy is the opportunity for many lay people to take part. When I offer the chalice to my fellow communicants, I feel I am part of a long line of Christians who help each other remember Jesus’ death. When I read the scripture passages, I love the words and enjoy sharing them with other worshipers. When I read the Prayers of the People, I feel the power of all of us praying together.” — Margaret Bearse, chalice bearer, intercessor, and lector

“I really enjoying being a chalice bearer; it reminds me why I go to church and what I want out of the service and fellowship.” — Donna Olson, chalice

Ushers: Jerry Hanson I want to thank all of you who have served in the ushers’ guild in 2016, as well as in past years, and for being willing to carry on into this new year. Paul Getto, a long-time member of the parish and senior usher for many years, described ushers as “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. Along with the greeters, ushers welcome members of the parish and visitors and will answer any questions or concerns, and ushers are instant responders for any emergency. Your parish always needs your help! This is a guild that can use members, regardless of how long a volunteer has been with the parish; this is a good first job for newcomers. You will be given instructions and will work with experienced ushers as needed. Singles or couples are welcomed. At present we have seven teams, which means that you would only have to serve once every seven weeks. We are in need of people to substitute when team members are not available. If you could do this for the members of the parish, please contact Jerry Hanson, (eaglesnest001@sunflower.com).

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INCOME Pledge Income Pledge  Payments  -­‐  Prior  Year Contributions/Not  Designated Pledge  Income  Prepaid Plate  Offering GIFT  Income Other  Income Education  Reimbursement* Stock  Donated TOTAL  INCOME EXPENSE Utilities      Electricity      Gas      Water Communications      Internet      Messaging      Telephone      Website Property      Housekeeping      Pest  Control      Insurance  (Property)      Repair  and  Maintenance      Security Administration      Accounting      Bank  Fees      Office  Expense      Office  Machines      Postage Education      Adult  Education*      Children's  Ministry*      Library  Materials      Nursery      Tract  Rack

2016 2016  Actual   Budget 12/30/16 397,200 345,029 6,000 30,000 56,587 17,186 9,010 4,000 55,459 7,000 4,226 14

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500 2,500 300 3,120 200

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0 3,140 (4,041) 876 (275) 0 (1,078) (240) 0 4,273 2,350 (127)

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1,000 900 250

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0 1,170 0 6,212 572

0 70 0 (788) (1,628)

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0 0 1,600 400 3,700 0 0 0

324 1,688 504 3,460 0 50,837 1,500

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1,000 60,024 3,500 2,500 0

0 56,079 3,500 2,072 422

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TOTAL EXPENDITURES

447,474

478,007

30,533

484,807

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15,504

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Bylaws of Trinity Episcopal Church Adopted January 23, 2011 Section 1: Name, Location, and Authority a. 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: The Annual Parish Meeting and Other Parish Meetings a. 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&#x20AC;&#x153;Vestryâ&#x20AC;?, 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. Section 4: Elections and Officers; Vestry Meetings; Nominating Committee; Diocesan Convention Delegates/Convocation Representatives; Endowment Board a. 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 three53


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. e. 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. f. 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. g. 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. j. 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, 54


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. l. 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.

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Bylaws of Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Endowment Fund 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 was defined at an Annual Parish Meeting of said Parish, duly convened at Lawrence, Kansas, on January 24, 1993, with revisions approved at the Annual Parish Meetings, held on January 16, 2000 and January 17, 2010. 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, as nominated by the Vestry, shall be elected for three-year, two-year, and one-year terms, respectively, at the Annual Parish Meeting. The Vestry shall appoint two (2) members to three-year and two-year terms, respectively. Board members may not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms, exclusive of portions of unexpired terms. A former member shall be eligible to be elected or appointed again after one year has elapsed following his or her previous service. The Endowment Fund Board shall meet not less than quarterly. 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. The Treasurer of the Parish shall serve 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 its acts not less than quarterly to the Vestry, and shall render a full and complete report of its work to each Annual Parish Meeting. 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. 56


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 direct 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, three-fourths of those voting at an Annual, or Special Parish, Meeting. With growth of the Endowment Fund a primary concern, not more than 50% of annual earnings, including current reinvested earnings, may be distributed each year, unless otherwise authorized and directed by the Vestry. The Endowment Fund Board shall honor the requests of donors that gifts to the Fund be used for a specific purpose. In the event that Trinity Episcopal Church merges with another parish, in accordance with the provisions of Canon IV.7 of the Diocese of Kansas, entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of the Dissolution and Merging of Parishesâ&#x20AC;?, the Endowment Fund shall become the Endowment Fund of the newly-merged 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 Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, Inc., 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 Board with approval of the Vestry. Proposals and applications for expending funds may be made to the Board under guidelines established by the Board. Endowment funds shall not be committed for more than one year.

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TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH Church: 1011 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044 Office: 1027 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044 Office Hours: M-F, 9:00 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3:00 p.m. Phone: (785) 843-6166 Email: office@trinitylawrence.org Website: www.trinitylawrence.org The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin: rb@trinitylawrence.org The Rev. Susan Terry: st@trinitylawrence.org Jenn Holloway: jh@trinitylawrence.org Sheryl Poole: sp@trinitylawrence.org Sarah Johnson: sj@trinitylawrence.org

Worship Services: 8:00 a.m., Sundays, Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10:30 a.m., Sundays, Holy Eucharist, Rite II 6:00 p.m., Sundays, Solemn High Mass (during school year) 9:00 a.m., Mondays, Morning Prayer, Chapel 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays, Evening Service and Dinner

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