Trinity Episcopal Church Lawrence, Kansas
THE TRINITARIAN I think with the exception of worship, outreach is the one thing in which churches are expecting to engage, in some manner or another. While Christ talked often about the kingdom of God, he also exemplified what things made up the tangible qualities of that kingdom, including the removal of suffering from those in pain. I'm not just talking about healing people suffering physical afflictions, but also those suffering from mental and/or spiritual ones like those possessed by demons. Jesus also reached out those marginalized in society as a result of their ethnicity, gender, religion, or social status. That ministry was handed directly down to the apostles, and by extension to the entire church. In fact, when instructing Peter as to the way to express Peter's love for Jesus, Jesus told him to â€œfeed his sheep.â€? Whether this is the literal feeding of people who have no food to eat, or the spiritual feeding that involves treating all human beings like children of God, this is the path that Trinity is called to walk, as well. Trinity is, as the Bishop pointed out to the Vestry on his most recent visit, one of only a handful of Episcopal Parishes in the Diocese of Kansas located in a downtown area. While this poses occasional challenges for us, it also gives us a tremendous opportunity to do ministry in our immediate neighborhood. Of course, we also engage in outreach ministry in the greater Lawrence area, throughout the diocese and the country, and even overseas. It is my sincere hope that all members of Trinity Church, and for that matter every Christian in the world, would find it unthinkable for a church to exist that did not engage in some form of outreach ministry, and that no community founded on the teachings of Christ could turn their back entirely upon the least fortunate, less powerful, least cared-for members of our society. As C.S. Lewis said in his book Mere Christianity, it is the inclination to go to the assistance of another human being, even at our own jeopardy, that is the most compelling argument for the existence of God, and by extension, our outreach forms the most compelling argument that we follow God. This issue of the Trinitarian focuses on our outreach ministry, not to attempt to draw acclaim for ourselves about how great a group of disciples we are, but in the hopes that those of you who seek to serve might find a place to serve, that those who do serve are continued to be empowered by the Spirit to serve, and that those who need to be served might find is us hope, consolation, and support. --The Reverend Rob Baldwin, Rector
On the following pages, please explore the many and varied outreach projects in which our own Parishioners selflessly involve themselves on a daily basis to help those in need. The following Trinity Outreach Programs are led and managed by those individuals highlighted here. It only takes a phone call to invest yourself in one of these programs, and your rewards will be far greater than you can imagine!
TRINITY’S INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY RAY WILBUR Coordinator of Volunteers It is hard for me to assume the role of someone who is lacking enough food. That is because I have been fortunate enough in my life never to have experienced a lack of food. However, I know a food shortage exists for many in our community, as well as a shortage of clothing and shelter. I feel, as many others do, that volunteering at the Trinity Interfaith Food pantry is one way to help alleviate some of the food shortage in Douglas County. This year, we will serve food to nearly 3,500 families, and over 9.500 people, if the need increases as it has for the first nine months of the year. I know I am repeating myself to some of you, but I would like to thank the group of Volunteers who: help fill the sacks with dry goods and frozen food; pick up and sort the food from Just Food on Tuesdays and Fridays; fill the plastic containers with laundry soap; type in the names of our clients on the new laptop; order our food; run the daily operations of TIFP (thanks to Sue and Barry); check the labels and dates on donated food; substitute for someone who needs to be gone; and pick up food donated by our fellow churches – St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, and Trinity Lutheran Church. In addition to these volunteers, we have had volunteers from Canterbury House on the fourth and fifth Saturday mornings of each month; over twenty volunteers from Bishop Seabury Academy (parents, students, staff, and Father Patrick Funston), who filled hundreds of plastic bags with laundry detergent. Amy Meyers, Latin Teacher at Bishop Seabury, and her advisory group, will be bringing a large donation of food from BSA in November, and then they will help sort and shelve the items. Thanks also go to the youth group from the First United Methodist Church, who did the cleaning of the pantry this summer. In all, we have had over 90 volunteers serve in one capacity or another so far this year! We are truly blessed to have so many people helping in this worthwhile and necessary mission. Thank you for all you do.
SUE SHACKELFORD Food Supply Manager When the Lord called Abram to leave his country and travel to Canaan, He promised that all peoples of the earth would be blessed as the result (Gen.12:3). I believe that similarly, God intends a blessing to all people being served, all people serving, and all people coming in contact with our Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry. As we are faithful to provide food for people who are hungry in Douglas County, God has been faithful to provide both money and food donations to feed those in need. As Food Manager at the Pantry, I have been fascinated to observe the variety of sources of our food. An abundant source is the direct donation of food items from our own congregation, our member partners, Just Food, community groups, and individuals. Cash donations also come from these same sources. With them, we acquire food from Harvesters and a weekly retail shopping trip by C.L.O. client-volunteers. All food items are shelved by category so that our patrons may "shop" easily. When a family comes to the Pantry for food, we ask them to choose for themselves the type of food they take: Cheerios or Corn Flakes, peaches or apple sauce, canned or dried beans. Our volunteers help explain our system to visitors, and they help to organize and bag their choices. Though not within our specific mission, the donation of hygiene items and special holiday treats delight both our volunteers and the families we serve. At the end of last year, Canterbury House held a fantastic drive which provided us with shampoo, soap, deodorant, and other toiletries, which are so expensive for families. A few weeks ago, Bishop Seabury Academy gathered together students, faculty, and families, and they produced 2,400 individual packets of laundry detergent to distribute. We are still delighting families by offering them laundry detergent! To each family who visits the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry, we provide about $20 worth of groceries, which, if managed carefully, might become about twelve meals. It is enough to help a family get through a month, or help a family conserve money for other expenses. It is not enough to create dependency, or discourage initiative. On a daily basis, we seek the wisdom and love of God to extend to "all the families of the earth," who happen our way.
BARRY MOLINEUX Food Pantry Manager Our Ministry Seeks To Serve Christ By Giving To Those Who Are Hungry --(Matthew 25:35) The ministry and mission of the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry (TIFP) is to give food to patrons twice a week -- almost) 52 weeks a year!
Thousands of pounds of food have been given. . . to thousands of patrons over the years. . . with hundreds of volunteers over the years. . . because of the abundant support of the Parishioners of Trinity. . . and because of abundant support of interfaith church partners and community.
One patron came to the food pantry for food one recent Saturday morning, and gave his name to the greeter. The greeter noticed this manâ€™s unique name, and asked him about its derivation. He answered, sharing that his family came across Siberia to this country where he was born; that he graduated from college; and that had lived and worked in Lawrence for the past 40 years. He smiled, and was proud to share his family heritage. The man continued talking with the volunteer about what foods he could use as they went into the Pantry, and, shortly thereafter, he left the Food Pantry with a bag of food to help him and his family for a day or two. This man is one of thousands of people, with all names, that have come to the Food Pantry, which continues to serve more and more people who need food in Lawrence and Douglas County.
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry has a great history of ministry and mission, and was started by Virginia Parsons and her late husband, David Parsons, at Trinity Church in 1997. Many of the original volunteers attend Trinity Episcopal Church, or are members of the other four interfaith churches. These churches have provided long-time support for people who are hungry in Lawrence and Douglas County. We are grateful for all of the donations of food, for all of the volunteers, for all of the donations of money, and for all of the patrons who have received food assistance in Lawrence. This ministry is supported by many â€“ the Trinity Episcopal Church Parishioners, who have given much in food and dollars; our Rector, The Reverend Rob Baldwin; the Vestry; Trinity Treasures; the Endowment Committee; many volunteers from partner churches; and the community of Lawrence, Kansas. The mission of the TIFP is supported by a growing number of wonderful volunteers. As well, weekly, monthly, periodic, and seasonal donations of food and money are given by the partner churches. The students of Bishop Seabury Academy have been faithful in their support of the Food Pantry by giving large donations of food annually during their Heritage Day activities. Students from Canterbury House on the KU campus have been generous in their support of volunteering, food donations, and donations of money.
Volunteers Of The Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry Participate In A Variety Of Specific Volunteer Responsibilities During Days, Weeks, And Months Throughout The Year. Giving food to our patrons on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings Reviewing inventory of food and managing food costs Ordering food for local purchase by shoppers from Community Living Organization Ordering food from Harvesters Managing and paying food processing fees to Harvesters
Picking up food at Just Food weekly Picking up food from St. John The Evangelist Church
Maintaining records of expenses Sorting and shelving of food
Sending monthly email updates Updating Facebook
Writing thank-you letters for donations of money and food Notifying partner churches of needed food
Attending Just Food meetings Writing Grant Progress Reports Grant writing Fund Raising Meeting with individuals with partner churches Meeting monthly to coordinate and monitor food pantry tasks
Receiving food from our partner churches Submitting reports to Harvesters and Just Food of Douglas Co.
This ministry work by volunteers depends on effective planning and communication to serve its patrons, and it is currently provided by a group of six people who meet monthly to manage the obtaining of food: (from left to right) Rachel Schwaller (Grants Writer and Fund Raiser); Carol Armstrong (Communication Liaison); Sue Shackelford (Food Manager); Ray Wilbur (Coordinator of Volunteers); Louise Ecord (Communication Lisiaon); and Barry Molineux (Communication Liaison).
The food pantry continues to change. The most significant change is the annual increase in the number of patrons who come to the Food Pantry for food assistance. There has been a steady increase in the monies needed to purchase food each year, as well as the need to utilize grant support to meet our needs. The Food Pantry has been blessed by an increasing number of volunteers, and increased food donations by the partner churches. We look forward to utilizing a computer database for recordkeeping of giving to our patrons. From personal viewpoints. The ministry of giving food through Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry has been meaningful to all volunteers. Carol Armstrong, a Volunteer and Communication Liaison, said, “The need has surprised me. I worked in the Public School System for 32 years, and I saw families who were in difficult situations. However, the needs of the people who come to the Food Pantry have surprised me. I can lend a hand in a small way, and it is a good feeling to be a part of this ministry.” Louise Ecord, a Volunteer and Communication Liaison, said that during the Lenten Season, she wanted to add something to her spiritual life, and not give something up, so she has continued to volunteer with the Food Pantry during the past two years -since 2009. She said, “I know how much I have given; we have a lot to give; and I want to give back to others - we need to help each other.” Barry Molineux learned of the Food Pantry when he came to Trinity Episcopal Church one Sunday in early, 2007, and saw children pulling the Little Red Wagon full of food up the aisle during the offertory. He was asked by Father Jonathon Jensen to serve with the Food Pantry. The meaning of helping others in the Food Pantry has been manifested in one word – “abundance” – the abundant giving of food, and the giving of money for food, by Trinity Parishioners, the interfaith congregations, people in the community, and organizations in the community -- with the following giving of food to those people who are hungry -- and the shared feeling for a moment that we are all in this together. The People We Served at Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry
Days Open Total No. People Served People New to TIFP Children Adults Seniors Families/ Households Assisted
Jan-June 2012 Totals 51 4,712
1,696 2,762 254 1,667
351 501 64 337
256 445 47 289
271 459 31 288
383 568 34 347
People served January-December, 2011 8,413 people 2,994 families The largest number of people served In the history of TIFP.
Expenses (Actual Food Costs) for TIFP: We are grateful to Sue Shackelford who tracks all of the expenses for TIFP. January â€“ June Totals 2012 $ 4,958.95
Local $ $ Food 1,319.35 1,626.64 Purchases (ALDI) Harvesters $ 5,694.76 $ $ Food 1,099.06 1.258.22 Processing Fee Total $10,653.21 $ $ 2,418.41 2,884.86
September October November December Annual 2012 2012 2012 2012 Total 2012 $ 1,530.66
Expenses (Retail Value of All Food) for TIFP Breakout for all donated and purchased food given to our patrons. TIFP gives one bag of groceries to each family/household. Sue Shackelford tracks all of the expenses for TIFP.
# Bags of Food/price per bag
January â€“ June 2012 51 days open
1,676 @$ 20.17
337 @ $20.17
289 @$ 20.17
September October November December Annual 2012 2012 2012 2012 Total 2012
288 @ $ 20.17
347 @$ 20.17
TRINITY INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY
Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry is a Jubilee Ministry of The Episcopal Church
St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church
First United Methodist Church
St. Margaretâ€™s Episcopal Church
Check-In Point For Patrons in the Chapel, Matthews Center The Little Red Wagon Food in the Sacristy From Sundays
RACHEL SCHWALLER Food Pantry Grant-Writer As the grant-writer of the Food Pantry, part of my job is to paint a larger and forward-reaching image of the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry. Because I am new, both to the Pantry and to the Trinity congregation, I was concerned about my ability to speak for the Pantry in the larger Kansas community. But, as I began to volunteer at the Pantry, the picture and the larger vision came together beautifully and easily. One reason for this is because the vision for our Pantry is simple and direct: our goal is to feed those who are hungry in Lawrence. It may be a simple sentence, but it is steeped in profundity -- it is a truly vast goal. But, it is no less a goal than was given to us, as Christians by Christ, to care for our brothers and sisters. It also raises incredibly profound questions for us, as a people in a society. Why are people hungry? And what can we do as individuals, or as a community, to substantially change this issue? What should we do? Why does Trinity need grants? This is an excellent question. Grants have been submitted and awarded over the years by The Douglas County Community Foundation (DCCF), in Lawrence, for $5,000. And, a grant was submitted to The Rice Foundation in 2011 for $5,000, and was awarded for the 2012 fiscal year. These grants, like many others, require non-profits like TIFP to give grant reports at the end of their fiscal year, enumerating whether or not the grants did what they were supposed to, giving quantitative evidence of how they accomplished their goals or projects, and to give an idea of new programs for next year. Grants must be applied for every year with specific deadlines. If you ask me the above question, I guess the answer is honestly, “we don’t.” Trinity has survived for many years without grants. Grants are not necessary to the functioning of a non-profit. But, then again, grants are not supposed to be. Non-profits, in order to be considered for a grant, must show themselves to be self-sufficient, without that grant money. TIFP is not fully dependent on the Rice Foundation or DCCF. But, grant monies help to supplement the budget of a non-profit, and it helps to fund specialty projects. In 2011, TIFP became aware of these community foundations, and felt that the supplementary income would not only be very helpful, but it would also be a way to ensure TIFP was out there in the community. If Trinity receives grants, should I continue to bring food or donate money? Is it possible that grants will muscle out the Church communities? Please continue to bring food for the Little Red Wagon, and donate financially and with prayers. It will never be possible for grants to remove the profound need for charitable donations. Let me tell you why, and by doing so also paint the picture of the Food Pantry that I have had the incredible good fortune of which to be a part: The two grants we received for the 2012 fiscal year made up 15% each of our overall budget, that is 30%. All of this money goes to purchasing food to fill the Pantry, from Harvester’s in Kansas City, and from local business such as Aldi’s or HyVee. We spend, on average $2,030.36 every month on food for our Pantry. Projected, we are looking at approximately $26,696.43 for the entire year’s operating budget. That means that the $10,000 we received through grants makes up about 37% of this year’s financial budget. The entire rest of our financial income -- the remaining 63% -- comes from Trinity and TIFP’s other partner churches. But, our financial budget is only half the story in your Food Pantry. Grants provide food indirectly. And, buying food is getting more and more expensive each year. A great deal of the food in our Pantry comes from what is called In-Kind Donations, that is, food donations. Every time you see the Little Red Wagon pull up on Sunday; every time there is a food drive for TIFP at Seabury, or another venue, those are all in-kind donations. The approximate retail cost of all the in-kind donations TIFP received January through August was $34,803.57! That’s projected to be $61,000 worth of food by the end of the year! This is the true story of our Food Pantry.
It’s not about getting a grant or not getting a grant; it’s not about getting money in, or not getting money in (although, financial donations are extremely helpful, valued, and necessary). It’s about the food you bring in every Sunday. Another reason that grants will never, ever replace the charity and donations of Trinity and our partner churches is because it is difficult to receive grants for “just” food. Medical care, shelter, children’s education, etc., are all things that are easier to understand in our culture. It is also something that is easily quantifiable: for example, a shelter can show statistics that they have provided housing for X number of people; that Y number of children perform better in school due to their program; or that Z number of people were vaccinated and now will not get sick. In our society, in which food is plentiful, it is much more difficult to understand hunger and food insecurity. It is difficult to quantify. While I, or Barry, or Sue, or Ray can give you numbers as to how many households received your food, food is not something that lasts. Hunger returns, unlike disease after vaccination, or pain after healthcare, or (hopefully) joblessness or homelessness after permanence is found. Hunger is endemic; it is a factor of our humanity. People who are fed today will be hungry tomorrow. And food insecurity is a much larger problem, which is at the center of our society, not necessarily our individual community. It is easy for foundations or grant programs to see food as either: 1) not a wide-spread problem, because food is so plentiful in the United States; or 2) to see food insecurity as such a large problem that it cannot be solved at the community level by a small non-profit called TIFP. In the end, grants are not given to such vast, encompassing, and cerebral problems. It is not nice and clean. It is extremely difficult to quantify and wrap in a neat little package to foundations in order to say, “This is the problem. This is how you fix it.” It is also noteworthy that there are many grants and programs TIFP is not eligible to take advantage of, because at TIFP we do not require our clients to provide their household income. This is to honor our statement of purpose, which is to provide food to those who are hungry in Lawrence. There are no other requirements to come to our Pantry. So, the short answer to the above questions is: yes, please continue to bring food and donate your money, time and prayers. And, no, it will never be possible for grants to vie with churches and individual charitable giving. So, what does TIFP do? What’s our affect in the Community? What I have learned thus far while working at TIFP is, barring major changes in our society and culture, this type of Food Pantry which you support is the best and only way to deal with the problems of food insecurity, which affect people from all walks of life. From the college students at KU, Haskell, or the Neosho Lawrence Branch Campus, to the mental health patient on disability (which is not enough to support themselves and buy food); from the single, working mom or dad who can’t seem to make ends meet this month; to the working family; from the retired who receive Social Security (which cannot provide a livable income); to individuals on food stamps which simply does not last the month when you have to choose between baby formula for the one child and school lunch for the other. Having a house, apartment or a job is not an indicator of food security. Several new studies provide the following data: in 2011, 14.9% of all USA households -- that’s 17.9 million households -- were food insecure at some point during the year. Right here in Douglas County, 15.3% of people are food insecure. 40% of those individuals are above the eligibility threshold for governmental nutrition programs (such as SNAP, Child Nutrition and WIC). For that 40% in Douglas County, TIFP is an example of their only recourse to prevent food insecurity.1 What grants are you applying for next, and what do you hope to do with them? For right now, I’m still learning the ropes of grant writing. Trying to navigate Lawrence and Kansas grant programs for which TIFP is eligible and likely to receive is difficult. For right now, we are applying again to the Rice Foundation and to the DCCF for the 2013 fiscal year. With the grant money, besides supporting our continuing work to feed those hungry in Lawrence, we would like to try and do two things: We would like to be able to offer ground 1
These and other statistics can be found at Feedingamerica.org
hamburger, rather than ground turkey. People just donâ€™t enjoy ground turkey as much. They often ask if we have hamburger. Unfortunately, frozen goods and meat must be bought by our Pantry, and hamburger is $2.00/package more than frozen ground turkey. We would also like to be able to provide shelf-stable milk to our clients. So, besides our primary goal to feed those who are hungry in Lawrence, I shall be introducing these as possible future specialty projects of our Pantry in my grant proposals. How can I help? Besides doing what you have been doing so fantastically -- bringing food, donating time, money, and prayers to the Food Pantry --if you have any ideas or contacts that would be helpful, or if you know of any grants you think TIFP might be able to take advantage of, please let Rachel Schwaller know. This is an amazing program! Thank you so much for all of your work and dedication, and for letting me be a part of its work.
--For more information, or if you wish to become involved in the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry, please contact:
Ray Wilbur, email@example.com; Sue Shackelford, firstname.lastname@example.org; Barry Molineux, email@example.com. Rachel Schwaller, firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKSNACK PROGRAM TOD SUTTON AND GREG HAZEN Program Managers 90,000 – In a 26-county area of Missouri and Kansas surrounding Kansas City, 90,000 kids are on free and reduced-price lunch programs in the public schools. That is roughly the population of Lawrence! That is a lot of kids who might not be getting much for lunch during the week without some form of assistance. Somewhere along the line, Harvesters asked, “What about their meals on the weekends?” From that simple question identifying a need, the Harvesters BackSnack Program was born as a pilot project in 2004, helping 30 students in one school. From that simple start, the program has grown to now support over 17,000 students in their service area.
In Lawrence and for Trinity, the BackSnack Program began with four schools and 100 kids in the spring of 2010. Two and a half years later, we now assist 210 students, at eight of the Lawrence public schools, in having food for the weekends. Cornerstone Baptist Church serves the same role for two other schools, and an additional 40 kids. For reference, there are close to 2,000 kids in the Lawrence schools that qualify for the free and reduced-fee lunch programs.
Harvesters’ studies of the effect of this Program are very positive: improved grades; reduced absences; reduced tardiness; diminished discipline issues; improved general health; increased personal responsibility on the student’s part; and improved social skills. We can all recall times when we have been hungry, and may remember the difficulties concentrating and focusing. The kids served by this program are no different. Addressing their hunger can have a huge impact on their mental and educational growth, in addition to their physical growth. But, Ryan Kepley, the Program Coordinator for Harvesters, is quite up front about objective: While the improvements in grades and school performance are great, the objective of the BackSnack program is clear: FEED HUNGRY KIDS. For us at Trinity, that objective has become FEED HUNGRY KIDS IN LAWRENCE. Our role in the BackSnack program is to be the Community Partner to the eight schools – Broken Arrow, Hillcrest, Kennedy, New York, Pinckney, Quail Run, Schwegler, and Woodlawn. We receive deliveries every other week from Harvesters, and then parcel out the food packages to the schools each week for 33 weeks. While Harvesters supplies the backpacks and basic food supplies at no cost to Trinity or to the schools, when our resources permit it, we try to supplement that material with additional nutritious add-ins – apples, oranges, granola bars, etc. Each week – usually on Thursdays – eight teams pick up the supplies from the Parish Hall, head off to the schools to clean and fill the backpacks, and then return the empty boxes to the church for re-use -- about 15 volunteers doing something to help FEED HUNGRY KIDS IN LAWRENCE!
While there is no charge to the Program, Harvesters obviously has expenses. On their Virtual Food Drive website, they value BackSnack at $200 per child: 4 to 5 weekend meals for 33 weeks (about $6 per week, $1.50 per meal). That amounts to a $50,000 commitment on Harvesters’ part to FEED HUNGRY KIDS IN
LAWRENCE. I can’t think of a much more effective use of resources. As for our supplemental offerings, we would love to have $1 per week per child to spend on fresh fruit and healthy snacks, mittens, or hats for the winter. One dollar per week does not sound like much, but it amounts to almost $7,000. In reality, last year we had $765 of cash contributions to the BackSnack Program, every dollar of which went to the kids.
How did we get started at Trinity with the BackSnack program? We were not the first in the Diocese to do so, and a news item in The Harvest Diocesan Newsletter alerted us to the program. Greg’s sister, Jeanne Fridell, is the principal at Woodlawn, and she also saw the need and the potential. We saw the opportunity, saw the need, and stepped up. Why do the program? For the kids. For the kids who write the thank-you’s, saying “I like the ravioli the best.” For the kids who got a two pairs of gloves one winter in the backpack, and chose to share one set with their sibling. For the kids who are happy enough to show a parent in the hallway the ‘neat stuff’ they got in their backpacks that week. For the kids who lose their backpacks, but still get to take home food for the weekend. For the kids in need. To help FEED HUNGRY KIDS IN LAWRENCE.
--For more information; if you wish to become involved; or if you wish to support the Trinity BackSnack Program, please contact either: Tod Sutton, email@example.com; or Greg Hazen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRANDON WOODS EUCHARIST Rev. Rob Baldwin, Rector Dick Tracy, Deacon Rita Tracy, Deacon On the second Thursday of each month, the priest and deacons of Trinity Episcopal Church go to Brandon Woods at Alvamar to conduct a service. This service includes the Eucharist, a litany of healing and anointing for healing.
We are assisted by several lay members of Trinity. Judy Heller plays the piano, Diana Dyal plays the flute, and Eleanor Symons reads the Lesson and leads the Psalm. Marilyn Dowell combines the duties of the Altar Guild, the Flower Guild, and the Ushers by keeping us in clean linen, providing fresh flowers, and making sure that everyone has a copy of the bulletin and hymns. Kim Blocker, the Brandon Woods Activities Director, makes sure that the room is reserved and prepared for our service. Kim arranges the tables and chairs for the service. But, most importantly, he sees to it that Brandon Woods provides coffee and coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, cookies, or some other treat for after-service socializing. Deacons Dick and Rita Tracy make sure that everything is ready for the service. They gather up the Communion Vessels, the Bread, the Wine, the Altar Book, the Gospel Book, the Missal stand, the Altar Cross, extra linen, and oil stocks. They pack these items up and bring them to the service. They also prepare and bring copies of the music, the bulletins, a copy of the Gospel and the Lesson for the service, along with the most recent copy of the Intercessions. Since it is a full service, the Rector also brings his alb and stole. After the service, the Deacons pack everything up, and return all to the church. Including the service itself, the Deacons spend at least six hours each month preparing for the service. 15
Father Rob Baldwin is usually the Celebrant and Preacher for the service, although he occasionally has to send a substitute. Father Rob has also conducted several memorial services at Brandon Woods for Brandon Woods’ residents. Although our previous Rector, Father Jensen, began the Brandon Woods service in response to the urging of one of our Parishioners, the service is open to anyone, and a substantial minority of our regular congregation is made up of members of other denominations. At first, we doubted that anyone would want to receive anointing, but fact, almost everyone does. Marge Groves is a Brandon Woods resident who regularly attends both the Service at Brandon Woods, and our regular Sunday Services at Trinity. Marge says that the Brandon Woods Service introduced her to the Episcopal Church, and that the people were very outgoing, helpful, and kind. She has made many new friends. Marge enjoys ministering at the Trinity Food Pantry. It gives her a good feeling of community and serving others. She enjoys the church immensely, and she particularly likes our Rector, Father Rob.
The Deacons “feel that the Brandon Woods Service is a logical extension of our diaconal service. We very much enjoy doing the Service, and it has allowed us to get to know some of our Parishioners better, and to meet many new and wonderful people – the residents and staff of Brandon Woods.” Remember, anyone is invited to attend this Service – you do not have to live at Brandon Woods. If you know someone who you think would like to attend this Service, we urge you to come and bring them along. When: Where:
Every Second Thursday of the Month, at 10:00 a.m. Brandon Woods at Alvamar (located off Bob Billings Parkway, between Inverness and Wakarusa) 16
CANTERBURY HOUSE Episcopal Campus Ministry A welcoming place for Worship and Fellowship. An Episcopal Tradition for a bridge between the Academic and Spiritual. Fellowship and Community Service.
Abby Olcese Coordinator Intern The Episcopal Canterbury House was part of my life and spiritual formation long before I started working here. I initially attended Tuesday night dinners as a student. Because of my friendship with Canterbury students, I started attending Trinity. I was continually impressed by the way that both Canterbury and Trinity were places a person could come to at any point in their spiritual journey and be welcomed. It seems very fitting then that, when Canterbury’s intern position opened up in 2011, I had the opportunity to return to KU to serve other students the way Canterbury served me. I’m now in my second year as intern at Canterbury House. It’s been a great learning experience and time for growth for me, spiritually, emotionally and professionally. Coming to the house as a non-Episcopalian, I’ve learned so much about this wonderful faith tradition, and the great opportunities that the Episcopal Church offers for service and ministry to others. The skills and lessons I’ve learned from my work, the people I’ve worked with, and the Parishioners at Trinity, who’ve been so generous to us with their time and resources, will stay with me long after I’ve moved on.
The intern position is a full-time job, and keeps me on my toes all week long! Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week are dedicated to ministry programs and planning. Tuesday is spent preparing for that evening’s dinner and program. The peer ministers and I clean the house, prepare the program, and cook dinner (we prepare a meal for 25-30 students, unless we have someone providing it for us). Tuesday night’s program starts at 6:30, and ends around 8:30. On Wednesdays I do on-campus outreach, attend a class, and meet with the peer ministers to plan for the week ahead. On Thursdays I attend the Ecumenical Campus Ministries’ Veggie Lunch, which is a great outreach outlet, and plan that night’s program. Twice a month we meet students at the Burger Stand downtown for drinks and discussion, and once a month we host a movie night at the house. Michael Bell, our Campus Missioner, and I also meet once a month with our Bishop’s Committee to discuss 17
house issues, budget and programs. Fridays and weekends are for catching up on tasks and going to church. Once Monday hits, I’m ready for a day of rest!
In addition to our regular programs, we also have our Cans for Cows project, which we began last semester. We collect aluminum and tin cans to recycle, and use the money we get from the scrap to put towards buying an animal with Heifer International, a non-profit that provides farm animals to impoverished families. We’ve had many generous donations from the Parishioners at Trinity, which have helped immensely in working towards our goal of raising $350 to purchase a cow by the end of this semester through Heifer International. With your help, we’ve raised $130 so far. Our KU Canterbury House is a vibrant community of dedicated students, clergy and local parishioners, who work tirelessly to serve KU students, the Lawrence Community, and each other. I feel very privileged to work in such a cooperative, accepting environment. Working at Canterbury is as much a spiritual experience as it is a job, and the way peer ministers and members of the Episcopal community in Lawrence work to help each other has been inspiring. The peer ministers, Michael Bell, and I are all very grateful for the support we have received from everyone at Trinity, and we look forward to continuing the development of those relationships in the semester to come.
Canterbury House Offers. . . Worship, fellowship and study with others. A free dinner, 6:30 pm, Tuesdays, with Bible Study & Compline Service to follow. Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Movie/Game Night every third Thursday of the month after Eucharist.
--For more information; if you wish to become involved in Canterbury House; or if you wish to offer your support of this ministry, please contact Abby Olcese, email@example.com; or 785-250-0784. You may join Canterbury House on Facebook at KU Canterbury. Canterbury House is located at 1116 Louisiana, Lawrence, Kansas.
K2K KANSAS TO KENYA STEVE SEGEBRECHT, MD Director, K2K
Community Needs for 2013: Continue education/leadership awards program at Ngeya School and expand the awards program to other schools. Offer “moon cup” project to other girls at Ngeya School and consider expanding the project to other schools. Expand Worldreader partnership to bring literature to children at the Osborne Library and develop a literacy program at All Saints Church. Continue to provide a women’s health clinic with the annual K2K Medical Team. Provide funding for monthly dental clinic in Maai Mahiu in partnership with Kijabe Hospital. Develop similar partnership for medical care. Consider WHO initiatives for treatment of Trachoma, as well as intestinal parasites, which weaken those individuals with HIV. Partner with U.N. to dispense mosquito nets to children. Develop waste management systems that would control flies and other insect vectors of disease.
Educate on the use of composting as a way to provide organic material to improve crop production and improve health through better nutrition. Fund a Community Development Worker for NRIDCCS and Business Consultant for women’s business groups. Continue program to fund school fees for orphans to enable them to receive a school lunch.
Continue seminars on nutrition, dental care and breast feeding. Continue building houses for homeless and complete a “safe house” for women who are victims of domestic violence or rape. Continue seminars on women’s rights. Fund Nakuru Community Development Trust, a microfinance program that will raise the economic status of women and promote women’s rights, health initiatives, and education. Provide more HydrAid biosand water filters and expand their local use in conjunction with rainwater collection systems. Utilize women’s “merry-go-round” small groups to put environmental and sustainable agriculture initiatives into practice.
BISHOP SEABURY BISHOP SEABURY ACADEMY
BISHOP SEABURY ACADEMY The Reverend Patrick Funston Chaplain, Bishop Seabury Academy Our current population is 178 students and 29 teachers/staff. Last year, when Lawrence Public Schools moved the Sixth Grade from Primary to Middle school, we added Sixth Graders to our historically Grades 7 through 12 student body. Last year was also my first year. My Role at Seabury: Chaplaincy Teacher World Religions (8th) Administrator Voice of Episcopal Identity to Administration Advisory presence with the Board of Trustees Spiritual leader of the school Chapel Retreats (7th & Senior, others as necessary) Interface with the Diocese Managing relationships between local parishes & Seabury Serving on committees which run the Diocese Voice of Seabury to the Diocese Counselor Every adult is a counselor at Seabury, especially with the Altera Familia institution Chaplain functions by referral when situation is “too big” Entirely confidential ear for students, parents, faculty & staff in matters Spiritual, Emotional or Ethical More recently, I've also added the role of Community Service Director to my position, which means that I work as the point of contact for the school, with different service and philanthropic organizations around Douglas County. Each of our students has a 30-hour year service requirement, and I help them to get there, and help them to keep track of their hours. Bishop Seabury Academy’s and Trinity's Relationship: This is a great question, and one I've been thinking about. I think the first thing is that Trinity, St. Margaret's, and Bishop Seabury are the face of the Episcopal Church here in Lawrence. I see this as a partnership. My students learn that they attend an Episcopal School and are representing Bishop Seabury AND the Episcopal Church when they are out in town. So when someone asks students why they are doing service work, I hope that their answer will involve their attendance at an Episcopal School. I see myself as an Ambassador of the Episcopal Church to the student body of Bishop Seabury Academy. Demographically, we are only about 9-11% Episcopalian, with another 40-45% Roman Catholic. We also have a few Jewish and Islamic families with us. That means that close to 50% of our school has little to no relationship with the Christian faith (and those who do, tend to have a negative view!). What does that mean? Well, it means that, for many of these students, I may be the only clergy person with whom they will ever meet or have a relationship. This is a very humbling fact, but it is also very empowering. Bishop Seabury exhibits a 22
reality that the rest of the Church is just starting to wrap its mind around: We do not live in a 'Christian' society. Church attendance is no longer a norm. But that doesn't change the fact that God wants to know us, and wants to be known by us. In many ways, I think that the "ball" is in our (the Church's) court. People aren't just going to show up at church with deep spirituality and their pledge cards already filled out. We have to invest in relationships that are positive, strengthening, and which lead others to Christ. In my view, we do that by making ourselves known. The relationship between Trinity, St. Margaret's, and Bishop Seabury Academy has to flow toward Seabury. I can't make kids show up at Church, but as churchgoers, we can show up at basketball games, plays, and choir concerts. I dream of a day when a member of Trinity randomly shows up to a basketball game and a parent or students says, "Hey! I don't recognize you! Who are you?" And a concerned and loving Episcopalian says, "I'm a member of Trinity, at 10th and Vermont. I'm here because I care about Bishop Seabury, and I care about these students." So what does that mean for me? Well, it means that I become a known quantity at Trinity and at St. Margaret's. I continue to show up at church every now and then to give updates and to continue to invite relationship. Some History of Bishop Seabury Academy: In the early 1990’s some Lawrence families became interested in the idea of an independent high school in Lawrence and decided to join the long tradition of Episcopal schools in America. In January 1994, the organization filed for incorporation in the State of Kansas as a not-for-profit institution called “New Episcopal High School, Inc.” A year later the name of the school was changed to Bishop Seabury Academy, in honor of the first Anglican bishop in America. In 1996, the Board of Trustees conducted a nationwide search for a headmaster and hired J. Kristian Pueschal. He proceeded to find a site, establish curriculum, and hire a faculty. The original site for the school was the former Kaw Valley School, four miles east of Lawrence. A Board member purchased the facility and leased it to the school. Other trustees helped renovate the school and build additional classrooms. In the fall of 1997, thirty-two students, six teachers, and one headmaster embarked upon an educational journey and opened the doors of Bishop Seabury Academy. On November 19 of that same year, the Rt. Rev. William Smalley, Bishop of Kansas, consecrated the school at the first annual Bishop Samuel Seabury Day Convocation. In April 2000, after three years of work by the board and faculty, the school received its accreditation with the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. In 2001, Chris Carter became the school’s next headmaster, and the Academy was admitted to the Kansas State High School Activities Association as a 1A. In the spring of 2002, Brendan Mark became the school’s first graduate. The Kaw Valley site was a wonderful place for the young school to begin, but as the student body grew, the facilities quickly became inadequate. The building had originally been designed for elementary students, and it was simply too small. In the fall of 2000, the late Bob Billings, president of Alvamar Inc., offered the school a site and existing structure on generous terms. After a quick and intense Capital Campaign that raised nearly 2.7 million dollars, the Trustees decided to proceed with the plan. The school purchased the property in August 2002, construction began in earnest in January 2003, and the new facility opened on August 20, 2003 with 113 students in grades 7-12. In 2006, a new Capital Campaign was launched to raise funds for a new building to be built on the school’s existing campus, and Reese Hall, which would house Seabury’s fine arts and foreign language departments, was completed in the spring of 2008. In 2007, Dr. Don Schawang left his position as Director of Arts and became the school’s current headmaster. Over the past twelve years, Bishop Seabury Academy has grown from a dream to a reality and undergone significant changes as it has moved and grown, but our mission of providing a challenging college preparatory education rooted in moral values and of nurturing our students intellectually, spiritually, and morally remains unchanged.
THE PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH Susan Ralston, Chair The Ploughman’s Lunch has been an annual event at Trinity Episcopal Church for over forty years. It was started by the ladies of Trinity as a fundraiser, and has continued as a much-anticipated annual fall event ever since. The Ploughman’s Lunch has raised funds for many non-profit organizations in Douglas County.
The Lunch follows the old custom of a simple English pub lunch, which consisted of soup, bread, cheese, and beer. The menu has evolved to today’s offering of three kinds of soup (French Onion, White Chili, and Tuscan Minestrone), bread, cheese, and apple pie. This year’s Ploughman’s Lunch was held on Friday, November 9th. A wide variety of baked goods was also available for sale. Trinity Treasures sold holiday items on Friday and Saturday this year. The Ploughman’s Lunch involves many Parishioners in its preparation, as well as during the event. Sturdy-bodied people set up and take down tables; some head up publicity; others are involved in ticket sales; preparation of the kitchen; baking pies; and making soup and baked goods. During the event, workers in the kitchen dish up bowls of soup, servers replenish the tables, and provide drinks, helpers are on hand to replenish the Bake Sale items, and others assist the disabled in getting their food and in doing some shopping. The Ploughman’s Lunch is a fun opportunity for Parishioners to work together for a common goal, which reaching out to our Community. Thank you so much for your support!
TRINITY TREASURES Charlotte Mueller, Co-Chair Gerry Miller, Co-Chair This year, on November 9th, marks our 16th year of the Trinity Treasures Sale. We have continued making cuddle blankets for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and other children’s groups. We meet in the Parish Hall every Thursday morning, except during the months of December and January. Our profits realized over 15 years totals $55,000.
All members of the Trinity Treasures group enjoy sharing their time and talent in achieving lovely, handmade items, and experience a close fellowship with fellow Trinitarians. We have included several Vintage Sales, in recent years. Donations of items not sold are made to Grace Church Thrift Shop in Ottawa, Kansas.
The following list includes donations made from the profits gained through the Trinity Treasures Sales to support the: Remodeling of the second floor bathroom Kansas To Kenya project NTO Purchase of Altar Guild’s linens and robes Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry L.I.N.K. C.A.S.A. HealthCare Access C.L.O.
Midnight Farms Warm Hearts Building Addition to Trinity Church Salvation Army Habitat for Humanity Deacons Assistance Fund Rector’s Discretionary Fund Choristers Travel Fund Trinity Library
The wonderful and dedicated volunteers who participate in Trinity Treasures are: Margaret Bearse Bob Bearse Bev Benso Erika Binns Sallie Dickinson Marilyn Dowell Mary Emerson Joanne Feist Cheryl Flessing
Carol Francis Nancy Hause Lew and Ginny Johnston Pat Kehde Karen Lind Mary Mozingo Melissa Padgett Elaine Penny Harlanne Roberts
Jeannot Seymour Marty Smith Mary Stauffer Pam Simons Eleanor Symons Ann Walton Carol Wright Mary Lou Wright St. Petcaâ€™s Guild
Trinity Treasures group is always open to welcome any new and interested members!
FAMILY PROMISE Katie Nichols, Coordinator Family Promise is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization, whose mission is to mobilize communities to help low-income families achieve and sustain their independence. The cornerstone of their efforts is the development of Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHN), which provides homeless families with shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services. The Interfaith Hospitality Network was founded in 1986, in New Jersey. IHN programs are now in most states, with more than 125,000 volunteers contributing their gifts of time and talent.
Each Network Program unites religious congregations to provide accommodations and meals for three to five families (up to 14 people) for one week, every three months, on a rotating schedule. Social service agencies assess homeless families and refer them to the Network. The Network employs a Director, Dana Ortiz, who manages the program, and works with the families as they seek housing, jobs, and other resources.
Participating congregations furnish sleeping quarters and a hospitality room where guests relax, socialize, do homework, and watch television. Guests arrive at the host congregation between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m., and remain overnight. The host congregation provides an evening meal, breakfast, and a bag lunch. In the morning, guests return to the Day Center. From there, children go to school, and adults care for young children, or go out to work, or to look for jobs or housing.
Our local Family Promise was started by Joe Reitz. We have over 20 participating congregations, some of whom are paired with the church that has the space to host the guests. Trinity is paired with St. Margaretâ€™s Episcopal Church.
I have participated in Family Promise for the past three years. I was a bit reluctant at first to do anything, except provide food. I have graduated to being both an evening and overnight host. As anyone knows, you reap more benefits than you provide through becoming a volunteer. The families are just like you or me, but have fallen on hard times, and need a temporary home in which to stay until they get their resources back on track. Minimal effort on the part of volunteers yields maximum â€œfeel good benefitsâ€?. Every year, one week before Thanksgiving, we recognize National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. During this week, you can help a number of families get back on their feet, and into permanent housing through the Family Promise Program fundraiser. Helping these families is quite simple. All you have to do is give a bit of your time, service, or financial assistance.
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 1011 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 Website: www.trinitylawrence.org
TRINITY OFFICE 1027 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 Phone: 785-843-6166 Fax: 785-843-6984 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Eucharist, Rite I: Holy Eucharist, Rite II: Solemn High Mass: Morning Prayer: Wednesdays at Trinity:
WORSHIP SCHEDULE Sundays, 8:00 a.m. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Sundays, 6:00 p.m. (during school year), with Supper following 9:00 a.m., Mondays and Tuesdays, Matthews Chapel Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. (Meal, Prayer, and Bible Study)
CLERGY The Reverend Rob Baldwin, Rector The Reverend Susan Terry, Assistant Priest Steve Segebrecht, Deacon Dick Tracy, Deacon Rita Tracy, Deacon
VESTRY Patricia Henshall, Senior Warden Steven King, Junior Warden Maria Thompson, Clerk Rev. Rob Baldwin, Ex Officio Proctor Crow Lindy Eakin Dave Griffin
Marilyn Bean, Parish Administrator Bill Benso, Church Treasurer Filippa Duke, Consort Choir Director Patty Johnson, Financial Secretary Tyler Kerr, Youth Director Doug Lawrence, 10:30 a.m. Choir Director Diane Leming, Sexton David Paden, Sunday School Coordinator
Brian Haupt Pat Kehde Terry Mandle Donna McCain Patrick Musick Debbie Pitts Sandra Willey
STAFF Susan Ralston, Youth Music Director Mark Stotler, Senior Organist Jasmyn Turner, Nursery Attendant Ruth Turney, Parish Librarian Natalie Wilkins, Nursery Attendant Ray Wilbur, Barry Molineux, Sue Shackelford, Food Pantry Coordinators Chris Worley, Office Assistant 28