The Magnificat Weekly
St. Mary's Episcopal Church    Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                 August 31, 2017
In This Issue
Worship Times
Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship  follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation


Children's Worship,


 Sunday School

 will resume in 


Clergy & Staff
Rev. Barbara Bishop, Deacon
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Marge Smith, Warden (1/19)
Cate Williams, Warden (1/18)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
 (1/18)  Michael Choquette, Mark Cornelissen, Dan McLauglin
(1/19)  John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20)  Tracy Higgins, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is  Wednesday, September 27.  Contact Chris Bednaroski if you can help.  Shift times are 9:30-Noon, and Noon-2:30.
A LABYRINTH WALK is normally held on the second Saturday of every month, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, in the Great Hall.   All are welcome. 
Note: There will be NO Labyrinth Walk in the months of July, August, or September.  The next scheduled walk is Saturday, October 14.
CENTERING PRAYER meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.  Contact Rev. Fran with any questions, or for more information.
TAIZE is an ecumenical, meditative common prayer, incorporating song, chant, scripture readings, and silence.  People of ALL faith traditions are welcome this monthly candlelight service.  The services are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, 461 Pierson St.   Note:   We will not meet during the summer.  The next service will be  held Tuesday, September 26. 
We Pray For
Cheri, Jeremy, Sue, Mary, John, Tom, Joanne, Diana, Kelly Marie, Alyssa, Thelma, Char, Charity, Sharon, Cameron and Linda, Lori, the Wayne family, Matthew, Pamela, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Jean, Gladys, Bryan, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Peter, Sue, Joanne, John, Carol, Peter, Sean, Susan, Meg, Nancy, Maggie, Bryant, Nicci, Tom, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Harry, Marion, Don, Brian, Sarah, Carol, Glenn , Judie

Those Who Have Died and Those Who Mourn Them
Joan, sister of Gladys Dockery; Terry, cousin of Fran Holiday

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey

Birthdays Aug 31-Sept 6
9.2  Declan McLaughlin
9.5  Scarlett Wimmer
Aug 31-Sept 6
9.1  Bill & Jackie Wayne



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News from The Episcopal Cafe
From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

There are hardly words to express the sadness and devastation that our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana are facing.  Thousands of people have been evacuated, lost their homes and some have lost their lives.  Many have been rescued from the floodwaters, many are still waiting for help.    If you are like me you are feeling there must be something we can do to reach out to all those in need at this critical time.  In fact there is a very concrete way we can help.  This hard hit area needs our financial resources. 

This Sunday I invite you to give generously to help the people in Texas and Louisiana by donating to the "Episcopal Relief and Development Fund" (ERD). This is one way that we can give knowing that our money will go directly to help the people in need.   This Sunday as we pass the offering plate you are invited to write a check to St. Mary's and put "ERD" on the memo line, or you can give cash.   Our open plate offering of cash and any donations not marked "pledge" will be given to ERD to assist the people in Texas/Louisiana. Please consider giving to our brothers and sisters who stand in great need.   To view a message from our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry regarding giving to ERD, please click here.

See you all on Sunday
Congratulations Andy Wasilk

Congratulations to our very own Andrew Wasilk, who was presented with his Eagle Award last Saturday at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Cary, IL.   The event was attended by his proud parents and family members, as well as members of Scout Troup 957.  Rev. Fran was invited to deliver the invocation and the closing benediction.  The Eagle Award is the highest award in scouting.  Congratulations Andy - St. Mary's is so proud of you.  

McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, October 1st
Walk Start: 1:00 pm
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
42 East Street, Crystal Lake

For more information contact Mike Choquette

To join or donate, click here , and look for St. Mary's Episcopal Church!  Donations support International and Local Charities that serve the hungry, including the Food Pantries of McHenry County.
Choir Season Begins

For those who have considered joining the Sanctuary Choir, now is the time to take action.  There is always a need and a place in the Choir for anyone who wishes to learn, to grow and to serve.  If you have any questions, please contact the Organist/Choir Director, Sandy Molyneux, at 815-375-2267, or via email. Rehearsals are held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday, and will begin on September 6. 
Baby Boomers Social Security Planning Information

Thrivent Financial representatives are hosting FREE workshops this week for those in or nearing retirement.   The workshops will include information on new legislation, and strategies to maximize benefits and minimize taxes.  Dates are Tuesday, September 5th, or Thursday, September 7th, with day and evening sessions available to fit your schedule.  For complete details, please pick up a flyer from the Narthex table, or the table in the  Great Hall.
Labor Day Weekend Fun in McHenry County

If you're staying in the area this weekend, there are plenty of fun activities to check out in the McHenry County area. 

*   Second Annual Harvard Balloon Festival will be held at Milky Way Park in Harvard, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Friday, and running through Sunday.  In addition to hot air balloons, there will be food, music, magic shows, movies, and many more activities.  This is a wonderful family event.  More details can be found by clicking here.

*   The always popular Richardson Corn Maze in Spring Grove opens on Saturday, September 2, at 10:00 a.m.  The theme this year is the World Champion Chicago Cubs .  Don't miss this amazing experience!   Visit their website for all the details.

*   The Summer Sunset Fest is happening in Lake-in-the-Hills, at Sunset Park, Friday-Sunday, Noon to 11:00 p.m.   There will be food, arts and crafts, bands, carnival rides, and a car show. The weekend event concludes with fireworks on Sunday evening.   Visit the event website for additional information.

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St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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