Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation
will resume in September
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 Friday, August 25. 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.
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
Joanne, Diana, Kelly Marie, Alyssa, John, Thelma, Char, Charity, Sharon, Cameron and Linda, Sue, Lori, the Wayne family, Matthew, Pamela, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Jean, Gladys, Bryan, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Peter, Sue, Joanne, John, Carol, Peter, Sean, Susan, Meg, Nancy, Maggie, Bryant, Nicci, Tom, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Harry, Marion, Don,
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry,
8.3 Tracy Derbas
8.4 Susan McCoy
8.8 Lois Kemp
8.9 Heather Michelin
8.7 Steve & Judy Tracy
8.9 Peter & Catherine
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners & Friends of St. Mary's,
It is hard to believe that we have entered into the month of August. I know that many of you are preparing for your children to go back to school and gearing up for the fall. Others of you are still traveling and taking time to enjoy the last weeks of summer. Where ever you find yourself, be it in the midst of moving, traveling, gearing up for the fall, visiting family or following your usual routine of work, I pray that you will know and experience the presence of God. It is all too common for us to think of God as only being present within the walls of the church building or only present during particular points in our lives. However, the reality is that God is always present, always nearer to us than our own breath and always active. All we have to do is risk seeing the holy in our everyday lives. In her book,
An Altar in the World, Episcopal Priest and author Barbara Brown Taylor reminds us that the whole world is an altar of the holy. All life encompasses God. God is not separate from our work, our play, our gardening or our everyday mundane lives. May you continue to experience the presence and peace of God each and every day.
If you are looking for ways to connect with others in the parish beyond Sunday's you may want to attend our next
"Lawn Chair Theologians" gathering happening on
August 9th at 7:00 p.m. This is a great way to meet people, connect and to engage in interesting conversation regarding any number of spiritual and religious topics. Also coming up is our
August Community Meal
, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Please plan on joining us for a great dinner and great hospitality.
Pastor Fran Out of the Office
Fran will out of the office Friday,
August 4, until Monday, August 7
, attending family events in the southwest suburbs. I
f you have a pastoral emergency during this time please contact Amy Noe during office hours: 815-459-1009;
Co-Warden, Cate Williams, at 815-354-4313 (cell); or Co-Warden, Marge Smith, at 630-817-0908 (cell). They can contact the on-call priest if needed.
While Fran is away, Rev. Carolyn Bavaro will be our guest Preacher and Presider this Sunday. Rev. Carolyn was with us back in May, and we look forward to having her with us again this weekend.
Forward Day-by-Day Available
The latest issue of Forward Day-by-Day, the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, is now available on a Narthex table, priced as marked. Please pick up a copy the next time you're in church.
The new issue covers the months of August, September, and October.
Looking for a cool treat to beat the heat in August? Consider getting a frozen treat at the McDonald's in Crystal Lake (across from Five Guys). Every day, during the month of August, a portion of their ice cream sales will enable the Food Pantry to purchase food and perishable items, and raise the awareness of hunger in our community. Thanks for your support!
LAWN CHAIR THEOLOGIANS
Sharing Each Other's Faith Journeys (and Snacks!)
2nd Wednesday of the Month, at 7:00 p.m.
Final date this summer: 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
August Community Meal
You're invited to join us on
Saturday, August 19
for our next
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. Chef Tom has planned a wonderful menu for August:
BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Homemade Cole Slaw
Delicious!! Hope to see you on the 19th!!
Crystal Lake Food Pantry Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry, on
Friday, August 25.
Shifts are 9:30 am to Noon, or Noon to 2:30 pm. Contact
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
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
Some dates to keep in mind for the coming weeks:
Sunday, August 13
: Celebrate the
Feast of St. Mary
Tuesday, August 15: Centering Prayer
, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 19
, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Monday, August 21: Vestry Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 25:
Volunteers Needed for the