The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church   ~    Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                     May 10, 2018
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
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Marge Smith, Warden (1/19)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
(1/19)   John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20)  Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, June 13. Contact Aimee Day if you can help.  Shift times are 8:30-11:30 am, and 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
CENTERING PRAYER meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. 
Contac 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 final service before summer break will be held Tuesday, May 22.

A FREE COMMUNITY MEAL  is offered at St. Mary's on the third Saturday of every month.  The meal is served from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and ALL are welcome.  There is no RSVP required.   Free will donations will be accepted.  Please watch the newsletter and website for the menu, which will be published a week or two before the event.  The next  Community Meal is Saturday, May 19.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Matthew, and Elizabeth, Rev. Fran and her family, Heather, Matthew, Julia, Joshua and the extended Horeled family; Mary, Bill, Dorothy, Gladys, Carol, Pat, John, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Cameron & Linda, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends: Naomi,
Aimee,  Susan, Brian, Mark, Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Carole, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah, Judie

Those Who Have Died
Frank Bava, uncle of Rev. Fran Holliday;  John Horeled
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Terry, Dan 

Birthdays May 10-16
5.12  Grace Grounds
5.13  Sophie Brooks
5.14  Tate Davis
          Dick Hattan
5.16  Karen Hattan

If you would like your  name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the Parish Office.

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From the Rector

Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,

Today as Amy and I prepare this newsletter for you I am reminded that the Church is officially observing Ascension Day, when Jesus was taken up into glory.  It is also the day when Jesus instructed his disciples to wait to be clothed from on high by the Holy Spirit. Jesus has promised that we will never be left alone or orphaned and that the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, will be with us forever.   This is a difficult concept for us to embrace as we often feel so alone while dealing with stress, illness, grief and other challenges in our life.  When we think of the Ascension we often think of Jesus ascending upward into the heavens leaving us alone, and yet nothing could be farther from the truth. With the Ascension we are no longer bound to a physical Jesus or a bodily Jesus, now Jesus is everywhere for all time. God is with us and in all things, no matter what and no matter where. It seems like a contradiction of sorts that Jesus went away so that he could be present everywhere. It reminds me of the words to the Hymn "Christ is Alive, Let Christians Sing".   The words describe the reality that has occurred with the Ascension of Jesus: "Christ is Alive no longer bound to distant years in Palestine, he comes to claim the here and now and conquer every place and time, ".   God is with us through all things no matter the hardship or the darkness we may face, this is God's promise to each of us forevermore.   I pray that you will hold on to this as you go through your week and face the day to day challenges of life.

This Sunday we will continue to celebrate the fifty-day season of Easter, and on Sunday May 20 th we will be celebrating the feast of Pentecost. Please remember to wear your red clothing for our Pentecost celebration.   We will be renewing our baptismal covenant at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services, and we will have a baptism at the 10:00 a.m. service. Pentecost is a major feast of the church and it marks the coming of Holy Spirit. It is considered the birthday of the church.

As we approach Mother's Day I wish all of our mothers and grandmothers a blessed and happy weekend.  
See you on Sunday
Fran +

Vestry Retreat Reminder

The Vestry will meet for their annual retreat this  Saturday, May 12 , from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.  The facilitator will be the Rev. Kristin White, rector of St. Augustine's in Wilmette. 

26th Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive
Fill a bag! Help feed families!

On  Saturday, May 12 , your Letter Carrier will be collecting donations for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.   Please collect and bag healthy, non-perishable food items, and leave the bag by your mailbox for pick-up.   Thanks for your help!!

(Please do not donate items that are expired, 
or are in glass containers.)
May Community Meal

You're invited to join us on  Saturday, May 19, for our next Free Community Meal. Meals are served between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are always appreciated. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. This meal is free to ANYONE. If you would like volunteer, please contact  Tracy Higgins.

May Menu:   Pasta  with Three Sauces  (meat, marinara, and alfredo), SaladGarlic Bread,  and  Dessert!    Hope to see you on May 19th!
Share Your Graduate News

Parents/Grandparents:  If there is about to be a new graduate in your family, we'd love to share the good news!  P lease let us know all about your graduate (Junior High, High School, College, Grad School), the school they're graduating from, and the school (or job) that will be the next step. You may include other information as well, such as scholarships or awards received.  A simple write-up can be submitted to the Parish Office ; the good news will be included in upcoming issues of  The Magnificat Weekly .  


Sunday, May 20 , is the Feast of Pentecost, which marks the coming of the Holy Spirit and the Birthday of the church in the world. In celebration, everyone is encouraged to wear red .   Guess who bought red shoes just for the occasion?!!   There will be a renewal of our Baptismal vows at the 8:00 a.m. service, and we will celebrate the baptism of Hunter Barry Horn at the 10:00 a.m. service.
Do you speak another language in addition to English?   Then we could use your help at the 10:00 a.m. Pentecost service.  As  you may or may not know, we have a wonderful Pentecost tradition here at St. Mary's. The Pentecost reading of the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-21 is read in several different languages simultaneously, to illustrate the scripture passage: "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability." (Acts 2:4)

In the past we've had speakers in Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, German, Greek, and even Russian! Any language is welcome!!!!   If you are interested, please contact Amy in the office. She will get you a copy of the reading in your preferred language, or you may use your own foreign-language Bible if you have one.

Save the Date for a
Game-a-Thon Fundraiser

What:  Gaming Against Gun Violence
Where:  St. Mary's Episcopal Church
                210 McHenry Ave, Crystal Lake
Date:  Saturday, June 2
Time:  5:00 pm until you can't game anymore

St. Mary's is hosting a game-a-thon to help fund at-risk youth susceptible to gun violence. Please join us for one hour or stay all night.  It's up to you!  $10 donation per person; bring your favorite game if you'd like. Pizza, pop and dessert will be served.

For more information, please contact Mike Choquette.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |