The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church,  Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                    June 21, 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 September

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, June 28.  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.   erAll are welcome. 
Note: There will be NO Labyrinth Walk in the months of July and August.  The next scheduled walk is Saturday, September 9.
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.   Note:   We will not meet during the summer.  The next service will be  held Tuesday, September 26. 

We Pray For
Thelma, Char, Charity, Sharon, Cameron and Linda, Lori, Sue, the Wayne family, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Jean, Gladys, Debbie and Mark, Christi, Bryan, Tina, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, John, Gary, Matthew, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Peter, Sue, Joanne, Carol, John, Peter, Sean, Susan, Meg, Nancy, Maggie, Dn. Lucy, Bryant, Nicci, Tom, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Harry, Marion, Don, Brian, Sarah, Carol, Glenn , Judie

Those Who Have Died
Abby Greene; the 7 sailors of the USS Fitzgerald; the victims of the London fire and London terror attack
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey
Birthdays June 21-28
6.24  Heather Horeled
6.25  Andy Wasilk
6.26  Barbara Bishop
6.27  Gladys Dockery
          Don Miksch
          Jeremy Kuykendall
June 21-28
6.22 Dick & Karen Hattan



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News from The Episcopal Cafe
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
As I am out and about in the community attending community forums and meeting with business people and clergy from other churches, I am finding that many people know about our Community Meal Program. Our monthly meal program is definitely getting known in the community, which is very exciting. This past month we had many new volunteers and saw a number of new dinner guests from the community. We also received enough in free will donations to cover the expenses for the meal. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated in this month's meal. Thank you chef Tom and our cooking crew for another delicious menu. Our next Community Meal is July 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We will post a menu soon.
I know that many of our parishioners and friends are traveling this summer but if you are around please mark your calendars and join us for some of our summer offerings, which include centering Prayer on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., and Lawn Chair Theologians on July 12 th and August 9 th . Mark your calendars for July 1 st for our Senior Lunch at 11:30 a.m., and Sunday July 2 nd , as Sandy leads us in the singing of patriotic hymns at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services.

Parish Office Hours / Staff Availability
The Parish Offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, and Monday, June 22-26 , as both Rev. Fran and Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be out of town.   Rev. Fran will return in time for the Senior Luncheon on Saturday, July 1.   Amy will return to the office on Tuesday, June 27.  
If you have a pastoral emergency during this time, please contact Co-Warden, Cate Williams, at 815-455-281 (home) or 815-354-4313 (cell); or Co-Warden, Marge Smith, at 224-569-6179 (home) or 630-817-0908 (cell). They can contact the on-call priest if needed.   You may also contact Amy Noe in the office beginning next Tuesday.
While Rev. Fran is away, we will welcome The Rev. Amy Fallon as our supply priest this Sunday, June 25. Originally from New Hampshire, Rev. Amy is currently the campus pastor at Grace Place, the campus ministry program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

St. Mary's Senior Luncheon
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 1, for the next Senior Luncheon.  It will be a Red, White & Blue Extravaganza, with door prizes, a pre-Fourth of July cookout (we will eat in the Great Hall), and Bingo, with the best prizes in McHenry County!  All seniors are welcome.  Please invite your friends and neighbors.  RSVP to Amy in the office here, or call 815-459-1009.
Free Concert in the Park
Presented by Voices in Harmony, 
and the Crystal Lake Park District

Tuesday, June 27  at 7:00 p.m. 
Main Beach Band Shell, 
300 Lake Shore Dr.
Listen to a lively selection 
of folk, patriotic, and 
Broadway music!
Parking is available at the Main Beach parking lot;
the grass triangle across from the Lakeside Legacy building;  and at South Elementary.



Sharing Each Other's Faith Journeys (and Snacks!)


2nd Wednesday of the Month, at 7:00 p.m.

 July 12   ~   August 9


What to Bring...

Questions; A Open Mind; Lawn Chair; Your Favorite Beverage; a Snack to Share; Friends


How it Works...

- Write your questions or topic on a slip of paper

- Place your questions in the hat

- A question or two will be pulled randomly

- Spend the next hour socializing / discussing the topic

- There are no "right answers"


Where We'll Be...

On the lawn near the circle drive (Great Hall if raining)

St. Mary's Episcopal Church

210 McHenry Ave   ~   Crystal Lake


June Vestry Highlights
For their annual retreat this year, the Vestry will be attending the Diocesan Anti-Racism Training, which will be held at Chicago Theological Union Seminary in Hyde Park.  It begins Thursday, October 12 th at 6:00 p.m., and will end Saturday, Oct. 14 th at 5:00 p.m.   Mike Choquette has found us affordable lodging at the seminary conveniently located in the dorm.   Each room has a private bath.   All vestry members are asked to RSVP to Mike no later than July 7 th so that he can book our lodging.  The Bishop is aware we are taking the training and is very excited and encouraged that our vestry is making this type of training a priority.  All ordained clergy and diocesan staff have been doing this training for a number years as it has been a diocesan priority.  The anti-racism committee is aware that we are signing up for this training as well.

The Vestry discussed the community meal and how happy they are with the number of new people we have met and engaged both as dinner guests and volunteers.  The meal committee is making a big push to continue to get the word out about the meal through flyers, the news papers, visiting social service agencies and other organizations, as well as continued neighborhood door hanger bags with notices.  Fran made mention that it has been advertised on the local radio station and through other churches as well.  In June we covered our meal expenses with free will offerings and we got most of the food donated by Midwest Produce.  We also received a bread donation from Fresh Thyme and a flower donation from Jewel.

Judy Thornton discussed the need to monitor and mark the trash dumpsters in the parking lot as coffee cups have been thrown into the lawn waste container.  The company will not pick up the lawn waste container if other garage is in the container.   We are making every effort to speak to all the groups that throw out trash.  A new sign will also be posted so the container is clearly marked.

We will not have a vestry meeting in July.  The next meeting is August 14 at 7:30 p.m. 

Note: Minutes of Vestry meetings are posted on the bulletin board and are available from the church office. The minutes and monthly financial reports are posted and available following vestry approval of these documents.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry, this Wednesday, June 28 . 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! To learn more, please visit the CL Food Pantry website .   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

St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |