Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation
(Preschool -2nd grade)
Sunday School, 11:00 am
Clergy & Staff
Rev. Barbara Bishop, Deacon
, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, 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 Wednesday, April 26. Contact Chris Bednaroski if you can help. Shift times are 9:30-Noon, and Noon-2:30.
A LABYRINTH WALK is held on the second Saturday of every month, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, in the Great Hall. All are welcome. The next walk is May 13.
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 next service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, 461 Pierson St., on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m.
We Pray For
Christi, Bryan, Tina, Darcy, Irene, Betty, Gary, Matthew, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Charity, Sue, Mark, John, Carol, Joanne, Gladys, Sean, Peter, Susan, Meg, Nancy, Maggie, Dn. Lucy, Shirley, Bryant, Nicci, Tom, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Harry, Marion, Don,
Those Who Have Died
Mary Limbach, mother of Marge Hess
Those Who Mourn
Beth & Tim Lawrence and their families;
Marge Hess and her maternal family
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Zack, Ryan, Terry, Scott,
(April 19-May 3)
4.19 El Nyberg
4.20 Marissa Mauger
4.21 Fran Holliday
4.24 Adam Russell
4.30 Lorraine Taylor
5.1 Kathleen Wharton
4.19 Chuck & Karen
4.23 Jerry & Jennifer
4.27 Ron & Janet Stiff
5.2 Art & Char Maday
From the Rector
A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF ST. MARY'S !
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
This past week has been a truly rich week here at St. Mary's Parish. In the midst of our Holy Week and Easter celebration I found myself reflecting on all the ways that St. Mary's has been touching the lives of others intentionally and unintentionally, and living out the mission and ministry of the church.
Just this past week alone St. Mary's has touched many lives. Most parishioners don't even know this is happening because they drop in for a service and are not around during the week to witness the care, hospitality and welcome that the parish has been offering to people all week long. Yet it is true we engaged with hundreds of people this past week, most whom we do not know, right here on the grounds of St. Mary's. On Maundy Thursday morning we held a funeral service for our dear friend and parishioner Richard Day. The hospitality, welcome and heartfelt support offered to the two hundred plus people in attendance was palpable. On Saturday morning we hosted a community wide Easter Egg Hunt, which was attended by fifty-three children and their parents. Some of you volunteered your time and talent to make this a fun, successful event as we engaged with all of these guests in our midst. Later on Holy Saturday evening after transforming our egg hunt headquarters into a lovely meal space, we hosted a community dinner that served eighty-one people. This month we dined with roughly 40 people we've never met before as we offered our welcome, conversation and hospitality.
Easter Sunday brought many more guests and visitors, some known and many unknown to our church, with a full house of one hundred and fifty two people in attendance at our 10:00 a.m. service. Very easily if you were here all week and were intentionally engaged with all the people in our midst, you may have spoken to close to four hundred and fifty people. All of this does not take into account the roughly two hundred people who attended AA meetings at Tarpley house this week.
If there was any doubt in your mind about whether or not this parish matters in the life of people, I hope you can look at this week as I do and say a resounding "Yes!"
I do believe this past Holy Week to be a tangible sign of the ministry we are called to do. The ministry of welcome and hospitality is huge here at St. Mary's. It is weekly and monthly and ongoing. One of the hallmarks of a healthy church is its ability to look beyond itself to see and serve the needs of others in the community. This ministry has been expressed clearly by members of this church in the mission statement which you wrote together some years ago: " To proclaim hope and reveal God by forming and equipping disciples of Christ, giving thanks and reaching out to those in need through service and hospitality."
Office Hours Reminder
The parish offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday, April 20 and 21. If you have a pastoral emergency please contact Co-Warden, Cate Williams, or Co-Warden, Marge Smith. Cate or Marge can contact the on call priest if needed.
Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be out of the office April 20-28, returning May 1. Many thanks to Marge Smith, who will be putting together the April 30th bulletin, and checking messages in Amy's absence. If you have any articles or updates for next Sunday's bulletin, please get the information to Marge by Wednesday, April 26. And, if you are planning on stopping by the office next week, please call first as the office will be open limited hours. Thank you!
* * The Weekly Newsletter will NOT be published next week. The next newsletter sent out Thursday, May 4.
Mobile Food Pantry
Once again we will be participating in the Mobile Food Pantry, at St. Paul's, McHenry, on
Saturday morning, April 29, 9:30 a.m.
This is a wonderful ministry that only takes a few hours of your time, and is open to ALL ages. We will be handing out groceries from the Illinois Food Bank, as well as donations of personal items that were collected during Lent. Questions? Contact Rev. Fran.
Thanks in advance for your help!!!
CL Food Pantry Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to staff the Crystal Lake Food Pantry on
Wednesday, April 26
. Shifts are 9:30 am to Noon, or Noon to 2:30 pm. If you can help, please contact Chris Bednaroski (815-444-9122). Thanks!
Saturday, May 6 at 11:30 am
in the Great Hall
Join your fellow seniors for a lunch of pizza, salad, dessert and conversation, and then enjoy the presentation,
"But First, This Word from our Sponsors,"
by Bob Burton, Professor Emeritus of Communications at Oakton Community College. Take a video journey through time and enjoy some of the earliest TV commercials, a few ground-breakers, and others that became award-winners. Call the office at 815-459-1009 or email
to RSVP, and be sure to invite your friends and neighbors!
Forward Day by Day Available
Forward Day by Day, the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of May, June, and July, is now available on a Narthex table. Please pick up a copy next time you're in church. Price is 85 cents.
Do You Have Questions About Islam?
Our Friends from the Islamic Center of Wheaton
will Join us
for Coffee & Conversation
11:00 a.m. Coffee Hour on May 7th
Have a Question You Would Like Discussed?
Reverend Fran and Mike Choquette
will be collecting questions for our Guests.
drop your questions off at the Parish Office.
Please submit your questions
by next Sunday, April 30th.