The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's  Episcopal Church   ~    Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                                              November 9, 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 meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.


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

Veteran's Day Prayer

Dear Lord,

Today we honor our veterans, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect our country.

We pray that you will bless them, Lord, for their unselfish service in the continual struggle to preserve our freedoms, our safety, and our country's heritage, for all of us.

Bless them abundantly for the hardships they faced, for the sacrifices they made, for their many contributions to America's victories over tyranny and oppression. 

We respect them, we thank them, we honor them, we are proud of them, and we pray that you will watch over these special people and bless them with peace and happiness. 

In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen.

- Joanna Fuchs
Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Monday, November 27.  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.  The next scheduled walk is Saturday, November 11. 
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.  The next service will be  held Tuesday, November 28. 

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, November 18.  

We Pray For
Parishioners : Pat, John, Bob, Heather, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, the Wayne family, Matthew, John, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends : Kevin, Billy, Kelly, David, Johnny, Bob, Pete, Susie, Nanci, Carole, Donna, Cheri, Sue, Mary, Diana, Kelly Marie, Alyssa, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Brian, Sarah, Judie
Those Who Have Died and Those Who Mourn Them
Angelo, business associate of Peter Carroll

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

Birthdays Nov. 9-15
11.13  Avery Vearil
11.15  Sue DeThorne

Anniversary Nov. 9-15
11.12  Gary & Thelma

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

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News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

While you are in the church during the month of November I invite you to spend some time looking at the pictures, and reading the names that are hanging on the prayer flags. These are the names and pictures of all of our friends and loved ones who have died.  These flags and pictures will remain up through the last Sunday of November.

If you are interested in purchasing a gift and/or a gift card for a family in need, we are still in need of people to sign up for the families we are sponsoring through the Episcopal Charities, ReVive Program.  If you would like to sign up you may do so in the parish hall, or contact Amy Noe in the office . St. Mary's has sponsored families in need for a number of years and this year we have 6 seniors and 12 small families whom we are helping by purchasing gifts.   All gift cards and gifts need to be dropped off at the church no later than Sunday morning November 19 th .   Thank you to everyone who is participating.

Mark your Calendars for Sunday November 19 th at 9:00 a.m . and join us for our annual Thanksgiving Celebration followed by our annual Pot Luck Brunch.  Please bring a dish to share if you wish. Please note that this is our only service on November 19 th .

Saturday November 18 th is our next Community Meal.   Stop in with family and friends and have a great meal and enjoy the hospitality.   All are welcome.  If you would like to volunteer to help out with our monthly meal you may do so by signing up with Tracy Higgins . New volunteers are always welcome, and it is not necessary to volunteer every month. With such a large pool of people we can share the work.  

See you all on Sunday,
Fran +
Bishops' Response to the Texas Shootings

Bishop of Chicago, Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee, is a member of the group, Bishops United Against Gun Violence.   The organization recently released a statement following the recent,  unimaginable shooting in Texas.  You can read the statement here.
November Community Meal

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 18 our next free , monthly  Community Meal .   Back by popular demand, an Italian feast is on the menu: Tossed Salad, Pasta with Choice of Sauce (Marinara, Alfredo, or Meat), Garlic Bread, and Dessert.   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.  Bring your family and friends!  Hope to see you on November 18 !

If you would like to volunteer, contact Tracy Higgins,
815.459.4787, or
ReVive Center for Housing and Healing 
Christmas Basket Program

For many years St. Mary's has participated in the ReVive Center's Christmas Basket Program.  This is a wonderful opportunity for members of our Parish to purchase Jewel gift cards or shop for individual Christmas gifts for some of the most impoverished families and seniors of our metropolitan area. This year we have been asked to sponsor 6 seniors and 12 small families. 

You may  sign up to sponsor one or more of these individuals/families on the poster hanging in the Great Hall.  The instructions and the individual's wish list will be in the file box below the poster.

Please bring gift cards to the office , and gift items to the Nursery by 11:00 a.m. Sunday, November 19 Please Note :  This due date is the Sunday BEFORE Thanksgiving - one week earlier than the gifts were due in the past.

Please wrap and label the gifts (new) and put them in a cardboard box for transport to the ReVive Center.  Label the box with the family code number.  If your box isn't full, don't tape it, so we may add more gifts if necessary.

Volunteers are needed to help organize the boxes on Sunday, Nov. 19, right after the potluck brunch which follows the 9:00 am service.  

Please contact Cate Becker  if you'd like to help.   Thanks for your continued support!

Cate Becker,
2017 Christmas Basket Ministry Coordinator
It's Spiritwear Time Again!

Have you ever wondered about the clothing you see people wearing at church with our St. Mary's logo?  Where did they get that?  How can I buy something?

A Spiritwear Sale begins this Sunday, and continues through November 19th . Now is the time to add an item to your wardrobe with St. Mary's embroidered logo OR a screened T-shirt. We will have items on display OR choose that special piece you want from the catalog!  A variety of children's clothing is available also.  This is a great opportunity to show your support for our church!

Orders will be taken through November 19th with delivery on December 17th, just in time for Christmas gifts.  For more information please contact Tracy Higgins.
Stewardship Season

2018 Pledge cards have been distributed.  If you did not receive a pledge card, there are extras on the table in the Narthex.  Please prayerfully consider making a pledge for 2018 as our pledge dollars are the main source of income we have to fund our ministries at St. Mary's.  Please return your pledge card no later than November 19, Pledge Sunday . On this day we will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving at one 9:00 a.m. service followed by our annual Thanksgiving brunch .

27th Annual 
Community  Harvest

The Crystal Lake Community Harvest combines the efforts of the Crystal Lake Chamber and the Crystal Lake Food Pantry to collect food and funds throughout the fall season to be distributed to local families during the winter months. Grocery bags can be found in the Narthex, with a list attached of needed items.  Please take a bag, fill it with your donations, and return it to church on Sunday, November 19th.  For monetary donations,  checks may be made payable to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry , with notation " Community Harvest".  All donations will be blessed and then taken to the central sorting and packing area at 6250 Northwest Hwy (next to Hobby Lobby).

On Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 8-10:00 a.m., volunteers will help organize and box the thousands of donations . If you would like to volunteer, you man sign-up online here.  
Annual Thanksgiving Sunday Celebration
Sunday November 19   ~    9:00 a.m.

Plan on joining us on Sunday, November 19 th as we celebrate our Thanksgiving service at 9:00 a.m., followed by a potluck brunch in the Great Hall.  You may sign up to bring a dish if you wish.  The sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Great Hall.  The choir will be with us to lead us in traditional thanksgiving hymns for this festive occasion.  

Please note that the 9:00 a.m. service is our only service this day and there is no service on Thanksgiving Day.       
12th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Our friends at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington are hosting their annual free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 23, at 12:00 Noon.

The home-cooked dinner will feature a traditional Thanksgiving  menu, including roast turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, cranberries, rolls, and plenty of pies.

St. Michael's will once again be hosting many recruits from Great Lakes Naval Station, and there will be musical entertainment as well.

ALL are welcome, but  reservations are required.  Please call the church office at 847-381-2323.  St. Michael's is located at 647 Dundee Ave, in Barrington.

Game Night Fun!
Families and friends of all ages are invited to join us for Game Night on November 25, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Bring your favorite games and have a great time!  Pizza, soda, and snacks will be provided.  (No turkey!)
Important Reminders for
Sunday, November 19!!


One Service,  9:00 a.m.

Thanksgiving Brunch: Sign-up in the Great Hall

Pledge Sunday: Pledge Cards due

Community Harvest: Bring items for the Food Pantry

Christmas Baskets Due: Deliver boxes to the Nursery, and gift cards to the Office


* You don't have to wait until the 19th to bring these items in; pledge cards, food pantry donations, and Christmas gifts or cards can be dropped off anytime between now and the 19th.


Seniors, mark your calendars for Saturday , December 2, 2017 , at 11:30 a.m.  This is the date of the Annual Senior Holiday Luncheon , and Christmas Carol sing-a-long.  More details to follow soon.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |