The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church     ~         Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                               July 5, 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, for ages  3 through 2nd grade, will resume in September.


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, July 18. 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.  Now on summer break, the Taize services will resume in September.

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, July 21.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Rick, Pat, Bob, Carol, John, Thelma, Matthew, and Elizabeth,  Mary, Bill, Dorothy, Gladys, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Cameron & Linda, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
James, Cora, Saul, Naomi, Aimee, Susan,
Brian, Mark, Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Carole, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah, Judie

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy, Terry, Dan 

Birthdays  July 5-18
7.10  Marion Dillon
7.15  Kathy Kent
7.18  Mary Spychala

Anniversaries July 5-18
7.10  Tom & Amy Koegel
7.13  Steve & Sophie

If you would like your  name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the Parish Office.

Quick Links


News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

As you read this I am in Austin TX attending the 79 th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. I will return on July 15. Should you have a pastoral care need or emergency please contact Amy in the office or one of our Co-Wardens, Marge Smith, or Tracy Higgins; they can reach the on-all clergy if needed.  Please welcome The Rev. Carolyn Bavaro, who will be here to supply at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services this Sunday, July 8 th .

This past May the vestry attended a day long retreat here at St. Mary's. The retreat was facilitated by The Rev. Kristin White, the Rector of St. Augustine's in Wilmette. Kristin helped the vestry get to know one another better and walked them through a plan to get to know the parish better. Currently each vestry member will be interviewing two to three members of the parish over the summer. You may be contacted by one of our vestry members who will be interested in having an in-person interview with you. They will be asking you three important questions: "What brought you to the parish? Where do you experience the work of transformation and God in the parish?  What is one hope that you have for the parish going forward?" This data will help the vestry get an idea of what the strengths of our parish are, and where we should focus our time and attention going forward. It will also help us to continue to build relationships with one another.   I hope if you are contacted you will agree to participate. Eventually we hope to talk with all of you. Thank you to our wonderful vestry who serve our parish so well.

Thank you to the volunteers who made our senior lunch this past Saturday so successful. Forty-four seniors attended and had a pre-fourth of July celebration, complete with a cookout, bingo, and door prizes.  Fun was had by all.

I also want to thank all those involved in Bill Laskey's funeral on Saturday; it was a lovely tribute to his life. His family is so very appreciative of all of our efforts and work.

Follow General Convention

Most events from General Convention in Austin TX will be live-streamed, including worship, and the legislative sessions from both the House of Bishops and House of Deputies. Don't miss the Episcopal Revival on Saturday, July 7, at 5:00 p.m., led by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. 

There are several ways to follow the convention from any phone, tablet, or computer:
Media Hub (live-streaming)
General Convention App (opens as a website)  
The General Convention App is also available for your phones or tablets. Open your app store and download the "Eventmobi" app, then enter event code 79gc.  

Limited Office Hours Next Week

The Offices will be closed next Monday through Wednesday, July 9-11. Should you have a pastoral care need or emergency, please contact one of our Co-Wardens, Marge Smith 630-817-0908, or Tracy Higgins 815-505-1748.

In addition, the Weekly Magnificat will not be sent out Thursday, July 12.  The next issue will be July 19.
Labyrinth Walk on Saturday

A time of prayer, quiet, and reflection will be offered by the St. Mary's Labyrinth Committee, on Saturday, July 14 , from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. If you've never walked a labyrinth before, no worries...instructions will be provided.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry - Wednesday, July 18

Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry, Wednesday, July 18. Shifts are 8:30 am to 11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm. Contact Aimee Day, at or 815-354-1743  if you can help.   Thanks.
In addition, donations of paper goods are greatly ne eded at the pantry.   The pantry is not able to buy paper goods through the food bank, and clients are not able to use their SNAP benefits to purchase any paper goods such as toilet paper , Kleenex , paper towels , and napkins . Bring them to the church any time, and your Board members will get them over to the pantry. Paper goods are items that are lightweight, easy to carry and low cost that can be donated and will be appreciated by the clients. Thank you!!

 Confirmation  Class Schedule 
for Youth 7th Grade and Up

Rev. Fran and Mike Choquette will be holding confirmation classes at St. Mary's for youth, 7 th grade and up. If your son or daughter wishes to attend the classes please contact Rev. Fran   The classes are scheduled for the following Sunday sessions : from 11:40 a.m.-1:15 pm. , July 22 , August 19 , September 16 , and September 23 .

Confirmation will be held on Sunday, October 7.

Please note that on Sunday July 22, we are commissioning all of the confirmation candidates at the 10:00 a.m. service. So please plan to be present for this service.
Adult Inquirers' Classes

In preparation for Bishop Jeffrey Lee's visit on October 7th, Rev. Fran will be also be scheduling Adult Inquirers' classes over the summer.

The Adult Inquirers' class prepares adults who wish to be Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church. (Those adults who have been confirmed in the Roman Catholic or ELCA Lutheran faiths, do not need to be re-confirmed, but are "received" into the Episcopal Church by the Bishop.) This class is open to any adult wishing to learn more about the Episcopal Church, even if they do NOT wish to be confirmed or received .

Please contact Rev. Fran and let her know if you are interested, or if you have any questions.   The first class will be Monday, July 16, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  The classes promise to be engaging, fun, and informative.
July Community Meal

Mark your calendars for the next Community Meal on  Saturday, July 21 5:00-7:00 p.m. Remem ber, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required.   Bring your family and friends! There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated. If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Tracy Higgins .

MENU Grilled Brats  and  Hot Dogs , with  Potato Salad ,  Corn on the Cob , and  Ice Cream Sundaes. YUM!  Hope to see you on July 21st!
Chesterfield Farewell Party

Gary and Thelma Chesterfield are moving to Indiana at the end of July. They will be living closer to their son Mike and their grandchildren. Gary and Thelma have been active members of St. Mary's for 54 years. They will be missed by all.

Join us at the 10:00 a.m. Coffee Hour on July 29 as we say good bye and offer our best wishes for their new life in Indiana.
Thrive! Magazine Available

The current issue of Thrive!, the magazine published twice a year by the Diocese Chicago, is now available. Please pick up your copy from a table in the Narthex.  

The current issue, and past issues of Thrive! can also be read online.


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