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
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Marge Smith, Warden
Cate Williams, Warden
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
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, Johnny, Edna, Bob, Pete, Susie, Kathy, Nanci, Charity, Carole, Donna, Cheri, Jeremy, Sue, Mary, Diana, Kelly Marie, Alyssa, 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,
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
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry,
10.13 Daniel Spychala
10.15 Jim Dingle
10.18 John Streib
10.12 Mike & Terry
10.14 Scott & Mary
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
This Sunday, October 15, is Stewardship Sunday and we will have pledge cards available at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services. Our pledge dollars are our main source of income. It is through your generous pledge that we engage in the ministries that we are called to do in this place. This year we launched our Monthly Community Meal Program, which has touched many lives inside and outside of St. Mary's. We continue to engage people of all ages with children's worship, bible study, the labyrinth walk, centering Prayer, Taize' services, senior lunches, youth group, the mobile food truck, CROPWALK, serving meals at PADS, staffing the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, Lenten studies, choir, and pastoral care to the sick and homebound. Your pledge dollars make all of this and more possible. I invite you to live out of the abundance of all that God has blessed us with and to give generously. We are asking you to return your pledge cards on
Pledge Sunday, November 19th
, when we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving at one 9:00 a.m. service, followed by a parish wide brunch in the Great Hall.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who generously gave of your time over our busy weekend. Last Saturday we provided a lovely funeral service for Don Miksch, and we also celebrated the joyous wedding of Mark Cornelissen and Robyn Stirmell. On Sunday after our 10:00 a.m. service, 25 volunteers worked to clean up our 5 acres of land. The grounds look wonderful. I also want to thank Marge Smith and Tracy Higgins for organizing the lunch. It was a fun day. Thank you all.
See you Sunday
Rev. Fran away on Vestry Retreat
Thursday evening, Oct. 12 Though Saturday, Oct. 14th.
Rev. Fran will be attending an Antiracism Training Workshop in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago with members of our vestry this week. This training has been offered by the Diocese of Chicago for many years, and our bishop is always seeking church leaders who are willing to engage in this important work as a community of faith. This year the vestry at St. Mary's has chosen to attend the antiracism training for their annual retreat. Please keep Fran and the vestry in your prayers as they engage in this transformational work. Rev. Fran will be checking her messages while away, and you may also contact Amy in the office if you have a pastoral care emergency; we can contact the on call clergy if needed.
Rev. Fran at Clergy Conference
Following the Vestry Retreat, October 12-14, Rev. Fran will return to St. Mary's for Sunday services on October 15. Then, on Sunday afternoon, she will leave for the annual Diocese of Chicago Clergy Conference, in Northbrook, returning Tuesday afternoon, October 17.
Rev. Fran will be checking her messages while away, and you may also contact Amy in the office if you have a pastoral care emergency.
October Community Meal
Please mark your calendars for
Saturday, October 21st
. Chef Tom will be putting together a batch of Southwest
Chicken Chili, served with Cornbread, Salad, and Dessert -
perfect for the 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
If you would like to volunteer, contact Tracy Higgins, 815.459.4787, or email@example.com.
ReVive Center for Housing and Healing
Christmas Basket Program
For many years St. Mary's has participated in the ReVive Center's Christmas Basket Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for members of our Parish to purchase Jewel gift cards or shop for individual Christmas gifts for some of the most impoverished families and seniors of our metropolitan area. This year we have been asked to sponsor 6 seniors and 12 small families.
Sign up begins Sunday, Oct 22
, in the Great Hall. More detailed information will be available at that time.
A couple of volunteers are needed to help organize and label boxes on Sunday, Nov. 19, right after the 10:00 am service. Please e-mail me
if you'd like to help.
Thank you to everyone for continuing to make this special outreach ministry so meaningful and successful!
2017 Christmas Basket Ministry Coordinator
Sunday, October 22
we will celebrate the
Feast of St. Luke
, which commemorates St. Luke - gospel writer, physician, and one of Paul's fellow missionaries in the early spread of Christianity. We will be using a
"Public Service for Healing"
found in the "Book of Occasional Services". 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.
Thrivent Financial Presentation
Sunday October 22 at the 10:00 a.m. Coffee Hour
Bill Collingbourne 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.
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. Our first volunteer date is
Sunday, October 22
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 continued support!
Whenever you did one of these
things for someone overlooked
or ignored, you did it for me.
All Saints' Sunday - November 5
This year in preparation for our
All Saints' Sunday Celebration on Nov. 5
, we are once again inviting people to make
for those who have died
Colored paper prayer flags and markers will be available at the back of the church throughout the month of October.
Please make a flag for anyone and everyone whom you would like us to remember this All Saints' Sunday. You may make as many flags as you wish. The flags will be hanging in the church throughout the month of November. You may write the person's name, dates, and/or a note about them.
In addition to the prayer flags, you are also invited to bring in
of those family members and friends to be remembered. We'll scan and print them in the office, and they will be displayed in the church, along with the flags. Be sure to put your name on the photo so it can be returned to you.
* If you have digital copies of the photos you'd like to use, please email them to the parish office.
If you submitted photos last year, no need to resubmit them - we will use them again, unless you tell us otherwise.