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.
*Children's Worship will NOT meet on Easter Sunday. It will resume next week, April 8.
Clergy & Staff
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Marge Smith, Warden
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20) Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, April 11. Contact Aimee Day if you can help. Shift times are 8:30-11:30 am, and 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.
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, April 24.
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, April 21.
We Pray For
: Bill, Dorothy, Gladys, Carol, Pat, Gary, Thelma, John, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, Matthew, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Susan, Brian, Mark, Neil, Desmond, Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,
Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Nanci, Carole, Donna, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci,
Those Who Have Died
Garth, uncle of Peter Carroll;
Marilyn, aunt of Peter Carroll
Thanksgiving for Healing
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry,
Birthdays Mar 29-Apr 4
4.1 Anna Choquette
4.2 John Williams
If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the
From the Rector
Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,
We are now in the midst of the holiest time of our church calendar as we observe Holy Week. A full schedule of our services is found in this newsletter and I hope that you will be with us as we observe and remember the Last Supper, the Way of the Cross, and then finally the Glorious Resurrection of Christ. I hope that you will experience the hope of the resurrection in your life, and the new life that Christ beckons each one of us to embrace. My prayer is that you will come to understand in a very real sense that all despair, hopelessness, grief and death itself have been conquered; the tomb is indeed empty and Christ has Risen! May you experience the hope of this reality in your life this Easter season.
All children, along with their friends and those young at heart, are invited to the annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. There will be games, activities, and an egg hunt for all ages. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos. Come and join the fun.
I wish you and your family and loved ones a blessed holy week and Easter.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
will be held
on the church grounds
, weather permitting, this
Saturday, March 31
for all children, infants through grade 5.
If necessary, we will be inside. Prizes
will be given to each child in attendance
, and t
here will also be treats to enjoy after the hunt is over.
There will also be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny!
St. Mary's will provide the containers; no need to bring your own basket
10:30 am: Registration and activities begin
11:00 am sharp: Egg hunt begins, followed by snacks and additional activities
Please contact Amy in the
today, if you are interested but have not yet signed up.
Holy Week / Easter
Schedule of Events and Services
Maundy Thursday, March 29
7:00 p.m. Eucharist with choir
Vigil, 8:00 p.m. to Midnight
Good Friday, March 30
11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross
12:00 Noon Good Friday liturgy
7:00 p.m. Good Friday liturgy with choir
Holy Saturday, March 31
10:30 a.m. Annual Easter Egg Hunt;
Easter Sunday, April 1
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Eucharist with choir
Rev. Fran Out of the Office
The Church offices will be closed on
Monday, April 2
will be out of the office most the week,
, attending the Province V Synod of the Episcopal Church, held at the Sheraton airport hotel. If you are in need of any assistance, please contact Amy in the office, or one of our Co-Wardens, Marge Smith or Tracy Higgins. They will be able to contact the on-call clergy if needed.
The Centering Prayer Group will meet this
Tuesday, April 3
, 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Learn practices to intentionally transform the mind, emotions, and physical body to facilitate healing and a profound connection to the Spirit of God. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information see Information fliers that are available in the Narthex and in the Great Hall.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry,
Wednesday, April 11
. Shifts are 8:30 am to 11:30, or 11:30 to 2:30 pm. Contact
, if you can help out! Thanks!
April Community Meal
You're invited to join us on Saturday, April 21, 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.
April Menu: Caramel Chicken
sticky rice and broccoli, dinner rolls, Asian lettuce mix
Hope to see you on April 21
Summer Lunch Program Volunteers Needed:
High School Age and Older
Crystal Lake Summer Lunch Program
was started three years ago by volunteers with the help of the Crystal Lake Park District, in conjunction with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Illinois Dept. of Education. Everyday,
Monday through Friday
, from the closing of school in June to the opening in August, children from Crystal Lake, ages 18 and under, are served
free lunches at Ladd Park, from 11:30 - 12:30
. Lunch is followed with
activities until 1:00
. On days that are raining, or the temperatures are over 95 degrees, the program is held at Vineyard Christian Church.
These hours in Ladd Park are a taste of peace on earth. The children are happy and cooperative; the parents are friendly and grateful; the volunteers are generous and motivated; and the community is supportive in every way. You may volunteer for as many days as you wish; we will work around your schedule. If you love children, this is a great opportunity!