The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                           September 28, 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.

 Stay tuned for further information regarding Sunday School.


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, Pete, Susie, Kathy, Nanci, Charity, the family of Pamela, including David, Lindsey, Jessica, and Joshua; 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, Peter, 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
Pamela, dear friend of Jane Helmboldt; Tom, brother of Roseann Gilbertson; Fran, friend of Sue Anderson

Thanksgiving for Healing and Recovery
Char, Gladys, Bryan, Joanne

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

Birthdays Sep 28-Oct 5
9.28  Morgan Csajaghy
9.29  Jerry Kolarczyk
10.1  Glenice Higgens
          Lisa Baker
10.2  Bud Kimble
10.3  Matt Kolarczyk
          Bill Laskey
10.4  Sandy Molyneux
10.5  Valerie Novy
          Andrew Wild
Sep 28-Oct 5
9.30  Sam & Lisa Baker

Quick Links


News from The Episcopal Cafe
From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Sunday, October 1st is the CROP Walk.   This year's CROP Walk funds will benefit the Crystal Lake food pantry.   St. Mary's has a team walking and anyone wishing to walk with us is welcome to join us.  (You may choose to do a one-mile walk, or a four-mile walk).   You may also make a donation to the St. Mary's team online. Mike Choquette is the team leader for St. Mary's and you may contact him for more information here.

Please mark your calendars for our next Community Meal happening on Saturday, October 21 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  This meal is free and open to everyone in the community and members of the parish.  Please invite your friends and neighbors and join us for great hospitality and wonderful food.  Each month our meal expenses are covered by "free will donations" and we are so grateful for the generosity of those who have donated.   We are also blessed to have volunteers who are Thrivent Financial clients because Thrivent provides all of its clients with an opportunity to donate $250.00 to their favorite charity annually.   Community Meal volunteers Jim and Annie Krueger have graciously decided to support our program and use their charity dollars for our meal program.  We are so grateful for their generosity and all they do for the program.   If you have Thrivent Insurance you are eligible to get a gift card for your favorite charity.  Thrivent Financial advisor and community meal volunteer, Bill Collingbourne is also donating his charity dollars to St. Mary's, and he will be at our coffee hour on Sunday, October 22 after the 10:00 a.m. service, to tell us more about Thrivent Financial and what they have to offer their clients.  Please mark your calendar! 

See you Sunday
Fran + 

McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, October 1st
Walk Start: 1:00 pm
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
42 East Street, Crystal Lake

For more information contact Mike Choquette

It's not too late to join the St. Mary's Team!!  To walk and/or make a donation, please click here , and look for St. Mary's Episcopal Church! 
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 8 is "Blue Jean Sunday"
We NEED all of you to join the parish in a Fall Yard Clean-Up on 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

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
 4th Tuesday of the month*, at 7:00 pm
First congregational Church
461 Pierson Street, Crystal Lake Il.60014

What is Taize?
Taize takes its name from a village in the south of Burgundy, France, the home of an international, ecumenical  community founded in 1940. The brothers are committed to a lifetime of sharing, to celibacy and to simplicity of life.  Today the community is made up of over a hundred brothers from more than 23 nations.   At the heart of daily life is the call to community prayer. 
What can I expect at a Taize Service?
The Taize prayer service is a meditative common prayer. The community sings uncomplicated, repetitive songs with simple words allowing the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity.  Candles are lighted and distributed throughout the gathering as a symbol of the light of Christ, followed by readings from scripture.  An extended period of silence allows the community to listen to the voice of God deep within. Prayers of petition are offered, and the community is united by the Lord's prayer.
Who attends a Taize service?
Anyone who seeks a deeper experience in prayer.  Anyone who seeks peace in the world.  Anyone who seeks reconciliation among friends, churches and nations. The service is simple, non-denominational and prayerful. Music and the Word are central to the evening.  All are welcome.
Sponsored by the congregations of McHenry County.   
For further information call 815-459-6010   

 Sept 26      Oct 24       Nov 28     *Dec 19 (3rd Tuesday)     

Jan 23      Feb 27      Mar 27        Apr 24       May 22 

Around the Community. . .

Celebrating 25 years, the  Johnny Appleseed Fest Crystal Lake's largest one-day event, brings families and the community together to celebrate fall with music, demonstrations, craft fair, farmers market and the Great Ball Race.   This wonderful, fun family event takes place all day this  Saturday, September 30.

Meet and greet  Johnny Appleseed (Steve McPhail ), as he strolls the streets of downtown, telling his story throughout the day.  There will be free entertainment, music, and demos all day-and don't forget the GREAT BALL RACE!  Many great prizes await you!

To see the many other events in and around McHenry County that are happening this weekend, and throughout the Fall, please click here.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |