The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church,  
Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                      July 27, 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  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
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, Brian, Sarah, Carol, Glenn , Judie

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

Those Who Have Died
Dylan, son of a friend of Marge Hess
Mark, son-in-law of Sue Anderson
Holly, friend of Dorothy Nyberg and Lorraine Taylor

Those Who Mourn
Doug, Sharon, Courtney and extended family of Dylan
Sue Anderson , and daughter, Debbie and family
Dorothy Nyberg and Lorraine Taylor
Birthdays Jul 27- Aug 2
7.27  Megan Bednaroski
7.31  Mike DeThorne
Jul 27- Aug 2
7.27  Bud & Kim Kimble
7.31  Warren & Pat Dahn



Quick Links



News from The Episcopal Cafe
From the Rector

Dear Parishioners  & Friends of St. Mary's,

In mid-July I received a call from a woman who attends our community dinner.  She wanted to tell us how wonderful our meal is and how grateful she is for the hospitality and good food.  She went on to say that she has been bringing friends and they would never be able to have a night out like the one we providing, and they are grateful.  I think this call speaks volumes about how successful our Community Meal Program has been so far.  Our goal right from the start has been to offer hospitality and great food to the wider community, connecting with others beyond ourselves.  We want to  change lives and be in relationships with others, and I believe we are doing just that.   I want to thank all of you who have attended the meal, volunteered your time, and to all of you who have made a monetary donation.  Our meal program ministry is a little over six months old and we are off to a great start.  Last month we served 66 dinners and received enough in free-will donations to cover our expenses.  In addition, we continue to engage volunteers from a wider community who are having a great time being a part of this ministry.  Our next meal is Saturday, August 19 th , so mark  your calendars!

See you all on Sunday,
Fran +
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.

For the 6th consecutive year, Crystal Lake vendors have pledged a donation to the Food Pantry with every cool treat sold on their participating days. Support from these establishments and their customers enables the Food Pantry to purchase food and perishable items, and raises the awareness of hunger in our community.
  • Mondays in July at  Kaleidoscoops ; 53 N. Williams St.
  • Wednesdays in July at  Culver's
    501 Pingree Rd.
  • Thursdays  in July at  Yumz ; 5006 NW Highway (Rt. 14)
  • Every day in July and August, ice cream sales at McDonalds
Looking for Some Family Fun?

Our friends at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, will be holding their 5th Annual St. Paul's-a-Palooza, a free community and family event this  Saturday, July 29 , from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 p.m.   There will be kids games, family activities, and live music featuring many local musicians.  There's something for everyone! 

Concessions will also be available for purchase, including a Pork Chop Sandwich dinner, and a Kids meal (hot dog, chips or corn, drink).  Proceeds from this event benefit local charities, including Home of the Sparrow, Salvation Army, and Pioneer Center.

St. Paul's UCC is located at 485 Woodstock St. in Crystal Lake.  For more information please call 815-459-5096, or click here to visit their website.
Diocesan Magazine Available

The latest issue of Thrive!, the magazine published by the Diocese of Chicago, is now available.  You may pick up your free copy of Thrive! from a table in the church Narthex. Thrive! is also available on the Diocesan website.  



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 free , monthly  Community Meal .   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 , Watermelon , and Dessert .    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, this Friday, August 25.   Shifts are 9:30 am to Noon, or Noon to 2:30 pm. Contact Chris Bednaroski  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

Looking Ahead

Some dates to keep in mind for the coming weeks:

Monday, July 31 :  Chair Yoga resumes, 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, August 1 : Centering Prayer , 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 9 : final Lawn Chair Theologians for the summer, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 13 : Celebrate the Feast of St. Mary
Saturday, August 19 : Free Community Meal , 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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