The Magnificat Weekly
St. Mary's Episcopal Church   ~   Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                  January 5, 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,

10:00 am

(Preschool -2nd grade)


Sunday School, 11:00 am


Clergy & Staff
Rev. Barbara Bishop, Deacon
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry
Michael Higgins, Co-Warden
Cate Williams, Co-Warden
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
Members: John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Michael Choquette, Mark Cornelissen, Jerry Kolarczyk, and Marge Smith

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Monday, January 16.  Contact Chris Bednaroski if you can help.  Shift times are 9:30-Noon, and Noon-2:30.
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, January 24, at 7:00 pm.

We Pray For
Bryan, Nicci, baby boy Kersh, Matthew, Mike, Jerry, John, Glenice, Daphne, Dn. Barb, Karen, Thelma, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Meg, Bob, Pat, Harry, Marion, Don, Tom, Joe, Madeleine, Jo, Raven, Bill, Diana, Evelyn, Jerry,  Brian, Sarah, Carol, Betty, Judie, Wendy
Those Who Have Died
Pauline, grandmother of Mike Choquette;
Walter, father of Jerry Kolarczyk;
Richard, partner of Jerry Kolarzyk's uncle, Joe; Chuck , friend of Jerry Kolarczyk
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Zack, Ryan, Terry, Scott,
Dan, Corey, Nicholas, Tyler, Ross
Birthday / Anniversary
none this week



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From the Rector
Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,
This Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany as the Three Kings follow the star and arrive in Bethlehem. The children are invited to take part in the procession with the holy family, a host of camels, shepherds, angles and the kings from the east.  Join us as we continue our Christmas celebration and proclaim the Messiah's birth.
On Sunday January 15, our youth will lead us in worship at the 10:00 a.m. service. This year they have designed a service around caring for animals and our pets, and recognizing and respecting all of Gods creation. Please support our youth in living their faith as they challenge us once again to care for the earth and all God has made.
Our community meal program is kicking off on Saturday January 21, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a fundraiser dinner. Tickets are $25.00 or $60.00 for a family. The proceeds will go toward the monthly free community meal, which will begin in February. You can purchase tickets this Sunday, or stop by and get your tickets from Amy in the office.
See you on Sunday.
Join the Gift-Giving
at the Epiphany Procession
January 8, 10:00 a.m.

As we did last year, the children and youth of the parish will put on their costumes and bring out the scenery for the Epiphany Procession celebrating the arrival of the Wise Men. Wise Men, Wise Women, and Wise Children bearing gifts and, of course, the famous camels (and perhaps some of the other animals) will follow the star to where they will find Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus. There they will present their gifts to the Baby Jesus, which will be items for babies and toddlers to be donated to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.
This year everyone is invited to participate by bringing in baby-related donations.  In addition to the always needed diapers and other baby items, gold, frankincense, and checks will be welcome. Thank you!
The 8:00 a.m. service will be held as usual.
Youth Service
Sunday, January 15
The youth of the parish have been busy designing, planning, and preparing for a youth-led service next Sunday, January 15, at 10:00 a.m.   Please plan to attend, and support the youth of St. Mary's. 
  Saturday, January 21 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
This dinner is a fundraiser for our monthly free Community Meal, which begins in February.  Tickets are $25/person, or $60/family,  and may be purchased through the Parish Office. All proceeds will go towards this new community meal ministry.

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors, and join the fun!  Beginning February 18, and continuing throughout the year, on the third Saturday of the month, St. Mary's will host a free* meal   to anyone in the community wishing to attend. 
* Donations gladly accepted, but not required.

Poinsettias / Help Needed
If you donated a poinsettia for our beautiful Christmas sanctuary display, and wish to take it home (or bring to a friend or loved one), you may pick up a poinsettia plant after the 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday, January 8.

The Altar Guild could use some help this Sunday after the 10:00 a.m. service, as the greens, wreaths, and other Christmas items will need to be taken down. Any help you can offer will be GREATLY appreciated!
Annual Parish Meeting / Brunch

Save the date:  The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29.  There will be only one service this day, beginning at 9:00 a.m., followed by a delicious potluck brunch, and then the meeting.
Sign-up sheets for the brunch are located on the table display in the Narthex.   Please be sure and join us for the meeting, as we reflect on 2016, and look forward to great opportunities in the new year.

2017 Flowers / Envelopes
The 2017 Flower Chart is now posted.  If you would like to donate the altar flowers for a particular date in 2017,   please sign up, and let us know the intention of your gift (anniversary, birthday, thanksgivings, in memory of a loved one...).   Checks for your donation may be made out to St. Mary's - there are flower envelopes located below the chart.  Cost is $30.  Thank you!!

The 2017 Offering Envelopes are now available for those parishioners who have turned in a pledge.  The  labeled boxes of envelopes are on a table in the Narthex.  Please pick up your envelopes, and save the parish considerable postage costs.  Thank you!! 

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