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
, 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, 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,
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
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry,
9.28 Morgan Csajaghy
9.29 Jerry Kolarczyk
10.1 Glenice Higgens
10.2 Bud Kimble
10.3 Matt Kolarczyk
10.4 Sandy Molyneux
10.5 Valerie Novy
Sep 28-Oct 5
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
McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, October 1st
Walk Start: 1:00 pm
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
42 East Street, Crystal Lake
It's not too late to join the St. Mary's Team!! To walk and/or make a donation, please click
, 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.
October Community Meal
Please mark your calendars for
Saturday, October 21st
. 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
If you would like to volunteer, contact Tracy Higgins, 815.459.4787, or email@example.com.
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.