The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                 October 5, 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 meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.


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 Friday, October 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.  The next scheduled walk is Saturday, November 11. 
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.  The next service will be  held Tuesday, October 24. 
We Pray For
Heather, Bob, Pete, Susie, Kathy, Nanci, Charity, Carole, Edna Jean, Donna, Johnny, Cheri, Jeremy, Sue, Mary, Diana, Kelly Marie, Alyssa, Thelma, Sharon, Cameron and Linda, Lori, the Wayne family, Matthew, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Sue, John, Carol, Susan, Meg, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Harry, Marion, Don, Brian, Sarah, Judie

Those Who Have Died and Those Who Mourn Them
Don Miksch, father of Barbara  Wasilk; Joe, uncle of Jerry Kolarczyk;
Frank, father of Gail Head; Pamela, dear friend of Jane Helmboldt; Tom, brother of Roseann Gilbertson; Fran, friend of Sue Anderson

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

Birthdays October 5-11
10.5  Valerie Novy
          Andrew Wild
10.7  Cameron Robert
10.9  Tracy Higgins

October 5-11
10.8  Brett Csajaghy and
          Kit McKeown
10.10  Charles and Jane
10.11  Fran Holliday and 
   Eileen Flynn

Quick Links


News from The Episcopal Cafe
From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

As news continues to unfold about the unspeakable violence in Las Vegas, it is normal to feel angry, helpless and hopeless.  Amid all of these feelings we are reminded that peace and hope in our communities begins with us.  Let us be the change that we want to see to see in the world.   Let us be a community rooted in the love of Jesus Christ, welcoming all and serving all.  The world needs the good news of the gospel and the hope that we can bring as a community of faith now more than ever.  This is our moment to step up and be counted among people who actually care and engage with the world.  One way that we do that here at St. Mary's is to offer our monthly Community Meal Program on the third Saturday of each month from 5:00-7:00 p.m.   This is an opportunity for you to meet people in the community who you do not know.  It is a great opportunity for us to offer hospitality and to break bread with people from all walks of life.  Our next meal is Saturday, October 21 st ; please plan on attending and invite friends and neighbors.    This is an opportunity for us to do what we are called to do as Christians which is to heal, serve and to feed people, body mind and soul.  Thank you to all of you who make this ministry possible each and every month.

On Sunday, October 22 we will celebrate the Feast of St. Luke.  The feast day, which is normally celebrated on October 18, commemorates St. Luke, who is believed to be the author of the gospel as well as Acts.  Luke was a gentile and a physician and one of Paul's fellow missionaries in the early spread of Christianity.  The Episcopal Church has a long tradition of offering anointing and prayers for healing and has provided  a "Public Service for Healing" found in the "Book of Occasional Services", which we will use for the occasion.  Anyone wishing to may be anointed and receive prayers for healing during this service.   Let us come together and pray for the healing for our world, our communities and for ourselves and let us be bearers of the healing love of Christ. 

Throughout the month of October you will find multicolored prayer flags and markers around the church.  You are invited to make a flag for anyone who has died, that you would like remembered at our services on November 5,  All Saints' Sunday .   The flags will be hung in our church throughout the month of November along with photographs of family members, friends and loved ones whom you would like remembered.  If you wish to submit a photo, Amy can scan it for you  and make a copy to be hung in the church.  There is a basket on the table in the church Narthex to collect your photos.  (No need to resubmit photos that were sent in last year, as we still have them.)  If you have a digital copy, you may email it to the parish office.  Please know that it does not matter how long ago the person died.  Regardless if they died years ago or recently you are invited to remember them with a prayer flag and/or a photo. 

This Saturday, October 7th , at 10:00 a.m., we will celebrate the life of long time parishioner Don Miksch , with his burial taking place at Windridge Memorial Park in Cary IL following the service.    Don died October 3 at home surrounded by family after a long illness.  He is the grandfather of parishioner Andy Wasilk and father of Barb Wasilk.  Please keep them and their entire family in your prayers.  You may click here to read more about Don in his obituary.
See you Sunday
Fran + 

Busy Weekend at St. Mary's
In addition to the funeral service for Don Miksch on Saturday morning, there are a few other things happening at St. Mary's this weekend:

Congratulations to Robyn Stirmell and Mark Cornelissen, who will be married at 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon at St. Mary's. 

"Blue Jean Sunday"
We NEED all of you to join the parish in a Fall Yard Clean-Up this Sunday,  October 8th, immediately following the 10 a.m. service. Wear your blue Jeans, bring gardening equipment (if you have, otherwise, we will share) and plan to spruce  up our grounds.  We plan to work for 2 hours and then all will join in a rewarding lunch!  There are many bushes to trim and weeds to pull, so don't worry if you think you don't know weeds from trees.  You will have guidance.

Take pride in your church so it presents a loved and cared-for appearance. Many hands make light work.

Please let me know if you plan to be with us.

Tracy Higgins
815-459-4787, or

Parish Offices Hours
Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be out of the office on Friday, October 6.  In addition, the  Parish Offices will be closed on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9.
New Directories Available
Updated parish directories have been printed and are now available for pick-up in the Narthex.  If you prefer to have a copy emailed to you, please contact Amy in the parish office.
October Community Meal

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 21st our next free , monthly  Community Meal . Chef Tom will be putting together a batch of Chicken Chili, which is  perfect for our Fall weather.  Meals are served between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated.  Bring your family and friends!  Hope to see you on October 21 st !

If you would like to volunteer, contact Tracy Higgins, 815.459.4787, or
PADS Dinners

St. Mary's is once again supporting the PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) program by providing meals at the PADS Shelters during the winter months.  For the 2017-2018 season, St. Mary's volunteers will provide the evening meal on the following Sundays: October 22, December 17, February 18 and April 15. We are looking for volunteers, including older youth, who would like to cook, shop, and/or serve the evening meal at Bethany Lutheran Church.   Thank you to Mary Frake who is once again coordinating the PADS Ministry for St. Mary's.  Please contact Mary and let her know how you can help.  Thanks for your support!
Third Quarter Pledge Statements

The third quarter Statements of Contribution are now available for all pledging members.  Please pick up your statement from a Narthex table, and help us save the cost of postage.


Better Than Ever!!

Thank you to everyone who joined the St. Mary's Team last Sunday and walked in the CROP Walk to raise money for hunger.  St. Mary's fielded a team of 10 walkers and raised $1,466.40! Our goal was $1,100 (10% more than last year). What a wonderful outpouring of love and support by St. Mary's for those who live not knowing where their next meal will come from.

The McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk raised over $21,000 (final receipts still being counted) to help fight hunger.  I don't have a final walker count by estimates put us at over 200 walkers!  This is the best year ever for the Crystal Lake/McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk.

Mike Choquette
 Thrivent Financial Presentation
Sunday October 22 at the 10:00 a.m. Coffee Hour

Bill Collingbourn is a Thrivent Financial Advisor and a Community Meal volunteer here at St. Mary's.   Bill will be with us at coffee hour on October  22 to tell us more about what Thrivent has to offer to help you plan financially for your future.  He will also tell us about  how anyone who is a Thrivent client can receive a gift card for $250.00 toward their favorite charity each year.  This can be used for a project or group at church, or another charity of your choosing.   Bill is donating his $250.00 toward St. Mary's this year, and meal volunteers Jim and Annie Krueger are also using their Thrivent charity donation toward our community meals.  Come find out about Thrivent financial and how they can help you plan for the future.
Heads Up - Vestry Retreat

Pastor Fran will be away from the office Thursday afternoon, October 12, until Saturday evening, attending the Vestry Retreat.  In there is a pastoral emergency, please contact Amy during regular office hours at 815-459-1009, and she will contact the on-call clergy.    You may also leave a message for Fran, as she will be checking her messages while she is away.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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