The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church,  Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                    June 8, 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.   All are welcome. 
Note: There will be NO Labyrinth Walk during the month of July.
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
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 Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey
Birthdays June 15-21
June 15-21
6.13  John & Barb Wasilk



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News from The Episcopal Cafe
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Saturday, June 17, is our next Community Meal.  This is a great opportunity to get together with other parishioners from St. Mary's and a great way to meet new people from the community.  Dinner is served from 5:00-7:00 p.m. so stop on by with friends, family and neighbors.  A free will offering will be accepted if you wish to make a donation.  All are welcome!  We have flyers and post cards which we are always posting throughout Crystal Lake.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been working hard to keep our 5 acres of land looking lovely.  Thank you to Jim Dingle who mows the lawn every week, to Judy and Ted Thornton who have been trimming bushes and weeding, and to Eileen Flynn who filled our outdoor pots with lovely plants.   If you love being outdoors and can help weed flower beds, and water plants over the summer, please talk with me.  Your help would be greatly appreciated. 

This Sunday please join us at our coffee hour reception after the 10:00 a.m. service in honor of Betty and Steve Buenning and Betty's mom, Ann McCraw.  Betty, Steve, and Ann are moving to Maryland to live closer to family.  Betty and Steve raised their children at St. Mary's and have been a part of this parish since 1983. They have forged many deep friendships over the years and will be greatly missed.  They are in the process of selling their home and packing so we will still see them from time to time over the summer but we wanted to celebrate now before many parishioners left for vacations. 

May all of our fathers have a happy and blessed Father's Day.

  June Community Meal

Please join us this  Saturday, June 17 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. Bring your family and friends!  
Chef Tom has a delicious menu planned for this month:
Tuna Marco Polo (Spaghetti, with tuna, black olives, roasted peppers, and fresh herbs); Mixed Greens Salad; Rolls and Butter; Dessert.   Hope to see you this Saturday!!
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.

June 14   ~   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


Crystal Lake Food Pantry Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry, 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

Heads Up - Parish Office Hours

The Parish Offices will be closed next week Thursday, Friday, and the following Monday, June 22-26 , as both Rev. Fran and Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be out of town.    Amy will return to the office on Tuesday, June 27.   Rev. Fran will return in time for the Senior Luncheon on Saturday, July 1.  Emergency contact information will be listed in the newsletter next week.

Note: The Weekly Newsletter will be published one day earlier next week, on Wednesday, June 21.
A Little Humor to Brighten Your Day

The following was received from Dn. Barb, who received it from Andrew Hoelzel, son of our former Rector, Rev. Bill Hoelzel.    It's been around for a while, but still very funny.  Enjoy!

An atheist was walking through the woods. "What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!" he said to himself. 

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him.  He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him.  He ran as fast as he could up the path.  He looked over his shoulder & saw that the bear was closing in on him.  He looked over his shoulder again, & the bear was even closer.  He tripped & fell on the ground.

He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw & raising his right paw to strike him.  At that instant the atheist cried out, "Oh my God!  Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent.

As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky. "You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don't exist, and even credit creation to cosmic accident?" Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?"

The atheist looked directly into the light, "It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?"

"Very well," said the voice.  The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed.  And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head & spoke: "Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen."

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