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

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  (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, March 24.  Contact Chris Bednaroski if you can help.  Shift times are 9:30-Noon, and Noon-2:30.
A LABYRINTH WALK is held on the second Saturday of every month, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, in the Great Hall.   All are welcome. The next walk is this Saturday, March 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 next service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, 461 Pierson St., on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00 pm.

We Pray For
Carol, Betty, Joanne, Gladys, Sean, Peter, Mark, Matthew, Susan, Meg, Nancy, Maggie, Irene, Dn. Lucy, Shirley, Bryant, Nicci, Bryan, John, Tom, Daphne, Dn. Barb, Karen, Thelma, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Harry, Marion, Don,  Brian, Sarah, Carol, Glenn , Judie
Thanksgiving for Healing
Those Who Have Died
Jacquelyn Watts
Pat Chard
Raul, father-in-law of Andrew Hoelzel
Wendy, daughter-in-law of Mike & Tracy Higgins
Betty, mother of Jennifer Kolarczyk

Those Who Mourn
The Watts/Kleine families, and Jen, friend of Jane (Becker) Howard;   Andrew & Eve Hoelzel and the family of Raul; Mike & Tracy Higgins, Bill and Will Higgins, and the family of Wendy; Lyn and the family of Pat Chard;
The Kolarczyk family, and the family Betty, especially O.C., Chuck, and Liz
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Zack, Ryan, Terry, Scott,
Dan, Corey
3.10  Sarah Novy
3.11  Mary Frake
None this week



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From the Rector
Dear Friends,
You are invited to join us for our Lenten Soup Supper and Study , which begins tonight, March 9 th at 6:30 p.m. We will meet for five Thursday's in Lent, have a simple dinner together and use the book and CD called "The Passion" to guide our discussion.   There is more information about this program in this newsletter and you may get a book when you arrive if you do not have one. The cost is $5.00. Please bring soup, bread or a salad to share if you wish.
Mark your calendars for our next Community Meal , which is happening on March 18 th , 5:00-7:00 p.m. This month we will celebrate St. Patrick's day with a fabulous corned beef and cabbage dinner, with potatoes, carrots, and dessert. Please invite your friends, neighbors, and family members. Join us for this festive occasion and to support our community meal ministry.   This is a free meal offered to the community.   Free will donations will be accepted.   The community meal is offered every third Saturday of the month.
If you are looking for some prayer or quiet time this Lenten season you may want to consider attending the Labyrinth Walk this Saturday in the Great Hall.   Walking the Labyrinth is an ancient form of meditation and prayer. If you have never experienced this before not to worry; we have information and people who can instruct you.   The cloth labyrinth will be set up in the hall from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 Noon, so please stop in for all or part of the time. This ministry is offered every second Saturday of the month.  
See you all on Sunday
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Time to "Spring Ahead"
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday at 2:00 a.m.   Please remember to set your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR before going to bed on Saturday evening.
Lenten Opportunities
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5-Week Lenten Soup Supper, & Study
The Passion: A Cantata of Jesus' Death
Begins TONIGHT, March 9     ~     6:30-8:15 p.m.
Marcus Hummon, a Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, has created a cantata of the last days of Jesus, based on the narratives of the Gospels.   Each week we will hear a scripture passage and the musical piece he has written for that passage. There is an also an accompanying book, written by Marcus, and his wife, Becca Stevens. Becca is an Episcopal priest, a 2016 CNN Hero Award winner, and the founder of Thistle Farms/Magdalene, one of the most successful Social Enterprises in the US. In the book, Marcus and Becca offer the musical history of each piece, as well as reflections on its theological significance.   We will use the CD and book together in our discussions each week.

If you wish to participate please sign up so that we will have enough books . We are asking for a donation of $5 to help defray the cost. (If you prefer a digital copy, it is available on, or

In addition, please sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread to one or more of our evenings .   Invite a friend! Questions? Speak with Rev. Fran.

Sign-up sheets are located on the display in the Great Hall.  
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Living Well Through Lent
" Listening With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind "

This seasonal Lenten resource from Living Compass provides a foundation to help us explore a deeper connection between faith and our capacity to listen to God, through daily readings and meditations.   We have run out of hard copies, but this booklet is available in a Kindle version for $.99 through Amazon
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Mobile Food Truck:
Lenten Outreach Opportunity
The Mobile Food Truck at St. Paul's, McHenry is a wonderful ministry that only takes a few hours of your time, and is open to ALL ages. On a table in the church Narthex, there are bags with a "wish list" of personal items attached. Please take a bag and fill it with as many items as you'd like.   We will continue this collection throughout the season of Lent.   Please return the filled bag to St. Mary's by Easter Sunday, April 16   On Saturday, April 29, these bags of personal items will be handed out to families in need, in addition to the bags of groceries from the Illinois Food Bank.   Thanks in advance for your help!!!
Labyrinth Walk

A reminder that this Saturday, March 11, the monthly Labyrinth Walk will be held in the Great Hall at 10:30 a.m.   This is open to all, whether you've been walking for years, or are new to this peaceful method of prayer and meditation.
Easter Flowers
The Easter Flower Chart now posted in the Narthex.  If you would like to donate towards the flowers used for the Altar of Repose on Maundy Thursday, or the lilies for Easter Sunday, please sign your name, and the intention of your gift (in Thanksgiving, honor, or memory of someone).  The donation is $15, and checks may be made payable to St. Mary's (note "Easter Flowers" on the memo line).  You may also send a check to the parish office with the donation information.  Thank you!
at our Next Community Meal
Saturday, March 18 
 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Bring your family and invite your neighbors and friends to our next Community Meal. We will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a wonderful menu of Corned Beef and Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots, Irish Soda Bread, and Dessert.  This is a free meal for anyone who wishes to attend.  Free will donations will be accepted. 
Paper Products
Donations Needed
The Crystal Lake Food Pantry needs your help!  Your donation of paper products and money would be greatly appreciated, as the pantry is not able to purchase paper goods through the food bank.  Items such as toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, napkins, etc., may be dropped off in the basket in the Narthex. You will also find envelopes there for monetary donations. St. Mary's is one of the founding churches of the pantry and it is up to us to help those less fortunate.  Thank you for your continued support!
30th Anniversary
Celebration Concert
Viva Voce, the premier ensemble of the Voices in Harmony choir, will be in concert this Saturday, March 11 , at 6:00 p.m. , in the Luecht Conference Center Auditorium at McHenry County College.   Tickets are $18 for adults, and $15 for students/seniors, and may be purchased online at   The choir will be performing a variety of a cappella selections, and if you attend, you just might hear some familiar voices (parishioner, Peter Carroll, and Monica Szalaj from our Yoga group).
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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