The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                             September 14, 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,


 Sunday School

 will resume in 


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  Wednesday, September 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, October 14 .
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, September 26. 
We Pray For
Carole, Edna Jean, Donna, Johnny, Cheri, Jeremy, Sue, Mary, Tom, Diana, Kelly Marie, Alyssa, Thelma, Char, Charity, Sharon, Cameron and Linda, Lori, the Wayne family, Matthew, Pamela, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Gladys, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Peter, Sue, Joanne, John, Carol, Peter, Sean, 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
Fran, friend of Sue Anderson

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

Birthdays Sep. 14-20
9.16  Kristi Morris
9.17  Mark Vernsten
          Dan Davis
9.20  Jack Thune
         Teagan Thune
Anniversaries  Sep. 14-20

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News from The Episcopal Cafe
From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Saturday evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. is our next monthly community meal.  Please join us and bring family and friends.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get together with old friends and to meet new friends in the community.   Just the other day someone in the congregation asked me how we as a church can address the issues of hate and division that seem to be so prevalent in our nation at this time.  I believe that one concrete way we can make a difference here at St. Mary's is to continue to welcome people from all walks of life without exception.   The meal is just one way that we do demonstrate that God's love is for all.   Each month our doors and hearts are open as we greet people, provide a delicious free meal and offer welcome and hospitality - no questions asked.    Thank you to everyone who has worked hard to create this very real and very visible sign of God's love in our local community.   You and your family and friends are welcome to this free monthly meal held on the third Saturday of each month.  A free will offering is taken for those who wish to donate.

See you Sunday
Fran + 

September Community Meal

You're invited to join us this  Saturday, September 16th for our next free , monthly  Community Meal .   Meals are served between 5:00 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.  
As usual, Chef Tom has a delicious menu planned:  Caesar Salad, Chicken Pesto Pasta, Garlic Bread, Vegetable, and Dessert.   Yummy!!  Hope to see you on the 16th!  

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

To join or donate, click here , and look for St. Mary's Episcopal Church!  Donations support International and Local Charities that serve the hungry, including the Food Pantries of McHenry County.

Many thanks to all who donated to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD).  We received over $1700, which we have forwarded to ERD for hurricane relief efforts.  If you haven't yet made and donation, and would like to, there are forms on Narthex table, which you may pick up and send directly to ERD.  And, you can always make a donation online.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry, Wednesday, September 27 .  Shifts are 9:30 am to Noon, or  Noon to 2:30 pm.  Contact Chris Bednaroski at 815-444-9122, or, if you can help out!  

If you currently volunteer on St. Mary's service days, please consider helping on other days, too.    The pantry's online SignUp Volunteer Calendar has been updated with many new opportunities to volunteer!  Visit their website for more information.   If you are interested in assisting clients, stocking shelves, helping sort food and even helping to receive perishable food (dropped off from the grocery stores throughout the week), we've got a spot for you!    If you have friends that may want to volunteer, please be sure to share this information with them, too!  We are truly grateful for your support!   
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
42 East Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
 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   

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St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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