On the way to the Eagle

The finished ga ga pit. Picture by Beth Smith

Magnus Smith, eldest Son of Owen and Beth Smith is on his way to the honor of being an Eagle Scout.  Magnus, a 17 year-old Senior at Byron Center High School who, with help from his troop and others, recently completed a full renovation of the parish’s playground adding a “ga-ga pit.”

Ga Ga is known as a nicer and more friendly version of dodgeball and is played in an octagonal pit or space.  The pits can include soft surfaces or be set-up in a parking-lot or gym.  There can be any number of players.

A new slide was installed to the playground and the structure was painted bright colors to encourage welcome.  The playground is located so that people know Holy Trinity is a welcoming church, especially for kids (and those who are kids at heart).

As part of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, Magnus was “in-charge” of the project down to the last detail, including raising funds, purchase of supplies and assigning tasks.

After the final paperwork and interviews, Magnus will have completed all the challenges toward becoming an Eagle Scout.  Eagle Scouts were first recognized in 1911 and have included Gerald Ford, Neil Armstrong and more recently Stephen Spielberg and Michael Bloomberg.

When not involved in Scouting, Magnus is a member of the marching band where he plays the sousaphone; is interested in technology and is an active teen with many friends.

Thank you Magnus, and our thanks to all the Scouts and Adult leaders who assisted on this worthwhile project.

The finished playground. Pictures by Beth Smith

An Eagle Scout Project by our very own: Magnus Smith

Magnus Smith in Eagle Scout Uniform

Hi everyone!

This is Magnus, and I am working toward my Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts. One of the requirements that I need to complete is to plan and carry out a service project, and I have chosen to do so at Holy Trinity. I will be refurbishing the playground equipment and constructing a gaga pit for kids to play in (for more information about gaga ball, please visit this website: https://www.gagacenter.com/nyc/about/what-is-gaga/). In order to get started, I need to raise $800, which will go into everything from lumber and screws to food for the volunteers. For more information regarding my project, please see my Eagle Scout proposal, attached below. All donations should be made out to Holy Trinity, and the subject should read “for Magnus’s Eagle Project”. Thank you for your support, and I can’t wait to get started on my project!

Thank you,

Magnus Smith

Click here for My Proposal

DEADLINE: AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO GET STARTED RIGHT AWAY

CHECKS MADE OUT TO: HOLY TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH WITH EAGLE PROJECT IN MEMO LINE

Book Group will discuss “The Screwtape Letters” on Aug. 25

The book group has selected C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape Letters” as our next read. It’s a darkly funny story where Screwtape, a devil who holds an administrative post in the bureaucracy (“Lowerarchy”) of Hell, acts as a mentor, writing letters of advice to his nephew Wormwood, an inexperienced (and incompetent) tempter.

Through the letters, Lewis gives us a series of lessons in the importance of taking a deliberate role in Christian faith by portraying a typical human life, with all its temptations and failings, seen from devils’ viewpoints.

Pick up a copy and join in the discussion via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25 for their next discussion

Join us as we invite, welcome, and connect with new members!

Debbie Murphy is looking for members who want to embark on the “Invite, Welcome, Connect” adventure. It’s a program to really engage us in the deep work of evangelism. Which really comes down to how we:

  • Invite people to come to Holy Trinity
  • Welcome them when they walk in the doors
  • Help them connect with us in doing Christ’s work in the world – whether they want to be a greeter, sing, help at The Pantry, or lead Morning Prayer in our Chapel (for example).

Invite, Welcome, Connect is a wonderful program endorsed by our presiding Bishop Michael Curry.  It’s a way to help us examine who we are and what we’re doing (or not doing) now to invite, welcome and connect with new people, and decide if and how we want to make changes that might open our doors wider.

To begin with, we’ll be watching some Invite, Welcome, Connect videos and thinking about what we’re already doing right, followed by brainstorming what else we could try.

If this sounds interesting to you, meet with us on Sunday, November 3 right after coffee time. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Murphy.

Learn more about Invite, Welcome, Connect at their website.

Welcome, Maggie, new Parish Administrator!

photo of Maggie GonzalezMost of us know Margarita “Maggie” Gonzalez an always-smiling member of Holy Trinity, and we’re grateful for her taking care of our Facebook posts and our electronic sign for the past five years.

And now, Maggie is in place as our new Parish Administrator. She’ll be working with Father Pete to create the weekly bulletin and email announcements, in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Maggie has been a member of Holy Trinity since 1996. She graduated from Michigan State University and loves being a Spartan. She has a son, Joaquin, and often comes on Sunday with her boyfriend Frank and his kids, Maddie, Avah, and Hunter. She spends her time marketing her handmade custom tee-shirt designs and thermal tumblers from her Facebook page, Crafted by Mom, Inc. And, she’s been teaching Zumba for the past five years at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Welcome and thank you, Maggie, for taking this work on. We heart you!

Mass in the Grass on Sunday, Sept. 15!

a meadow in the pine trees

Our Sunday, September 15 Holy Eucharist service at 10 a.m. will be outside, in our beautiful natural area behind Diocesan House. We will worship in the grass near our labyrinth with music from the Beatles!

What to bring

Bring a camping chair, kick off your shoes and join us in worshipping God in the great outdoors.

Lunch is provided

No need to bring a dish, the Sudanese Grace congregation is cooking Dinka food for us for after the service!

BTW: What Beatles song would Jesus sing?

Say you don’t need no diamond rings
And I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things
That money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money
Money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, no, no, no, no …..