The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's  Episcopal Church
                            Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                  March 29, 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.


*Children's Worship will NOT meet on Easter Sunday.  It will resume next week, April 8.


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, April 11. 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 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
Parishioners :  Bill, Dorothy, Gladys, Carol, Pat, Gary, Thelma, John, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, Matthew, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends:  Shirley, 
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, Sarah, Judie
Those Who Have Died
Garth, uncle of Peter Carroll; Marilyn, aunt of Peter Carroll

Thanksgiving for Healing
Gail Head

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

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 Parish Office.

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News from The Episcopal Cafe

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.
Fran +
Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The 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 parish office 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; 
details above.

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 .

Rev. Fran will be out of the office most the week, April 4-7 , 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.
Centering Prayer

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  Aimee Day, 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  with sticky rice and broccoli, dinner rolls, Asian lettuce mix with ginger dressing , and dessert!    Hope to see you on April 21 st !
Summer Lunch Program Volunteers Needed:
High School Age and Older

The 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!

Please email Mary Fox to register.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |