The Magnificat  

St. Mary's  Episcopal Church
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                                            November 22, 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.


Children's Worship will 

NOT meet this Sunday, November 26, or next Sunday, December 3.  


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 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, December 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.  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, December 16.  

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

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

Birthdays Nov. 22-29
11.22  Cindy Martin
11.23  Luke Spychala
11.27  Kathy Vernsten

Anniversary Nov. 22-29
11.27  Harry & Marion

Baby Congratulations
Emma Rose Sturm was born Sunday, November 19, in Maryland.  Emma is the daughter and second child of Amy & Kevin Sturm; granddaughter of Steve & Betty Buenning; and great-granddaughter of Ann McCraw. 
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,

As we approach Thanksgiving Day I am giving thanks for St. Mary's and for all of the ministries that we carry out in this place.  I am giving thanks for our meal program and our bible studies, for our children's worship, and for all of the many ways in which we connect with each other and with those whom we encounter inside and outside the walls of our church.   Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to kick off our own gratitude campaign in our own lives. Benedictine nun, and spiritual director Joan Chittister, wrote the best words I have read about gratitude and I am sharing them here with you in hopes that they will inspire you this Thanksgiving. 

Gratitude is the Alleluia to existence, the praise that thunders through the universe as tribute to the ongoing presence of God with us even now.

Thank you for the new day.
Thank you for this work.
Thank you for this family.
Thank you for our daily bread.
Thank you for this storm and the moisture it brings to a                parched earth.
Thank you for the corrections that bring me to growth.
Thank you for the bank of crown vetch that brings color to 
   the hillside.
Thank you for the pets that bind us to nature.
Thank you for the necessities that keep me aware of your           bounty in my life.

Without doubt, unstinting gratitude saves us from the sense of self-sufficiency that leads to forgetfulness of God.  Let us learn to come to prayer with an Alleluia heart - "Praise to you O God, let all creation sing your praise."

from "The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer"
by Joan Chittister

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of one of you a very blessed Thanksgiving.  I know that some of you are traveling to visit with family and others are remaining home.  If you are home this weekend and you are looking to just hang out with others, please  consider joining us for "Game Night" on Saturday from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  We will be ordering pizza and will have a variety of beverages on hand.  Please bring a snack to share if you wish.  This is a great opportunity to have fun as well as to just share some time with others.  Bring a game if you want. We will have some on hand of course. Not into board games? That's okay, you can help Rev. with a jigsaw puzzle or just sit and have conversation.   All ages are welcome.   Come for all or part of the time.

Thank you to everyone who brought food to our Pre-Thanksgiving Day Brunch this past Sunday, and thank you to everyone who contributed to the Community Harvest Food Collection, and to the ReVive Family Christmas Basket Program.  Your generosity is very much appreciated. 

I will be away this week from Wednesday afternoon through Friday.  If you should have a pastoral emergency please contact our Co-Wardens Cate Williams or Marge Smith, and they can contact the on call clergy if needed.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving
Parish Offices Closed November 23 and 24

The parish offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.    Please contact one of the Co-Wardens, Cate Williams or Marge Smith, if a need arises.
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!)

2018 Pledge Cards

If you have not yet turned in your pledge card for next year, please drop it off, or mail it in at your earliest convenience.  If you did not receive a pledge card, there are extras on the table in the Narthex.   Cards may be mailed to or dropped off at the office, or put into the collection plate on Sunday mornings.  Thank you to those who have made a pledge for 2018. 

Christmas Basket Gifts Bring Joy to Many

Thank you to all those parishioners who will bring joy to so many during the holidays by sponsoring an individual or a family in the ReVive Center's Christmas Basket Program.  Together we will brighten Christmas for 12 families and 6 seniors - a total of 30 individuals.  Our church always has wonderful participation in this program, and this year 31 of our parish families and individuals donated 26 boxes filled with gifts, and 30 grocery gift cards! Your generosity and giving spirit is greatly appreciated. 

Thank you also to those who helped publicize the event, organize and count all the gifts and volunteered to help load the ReVive truck, including Amy Noe, Fran Holliday, Lorraine Taylor, Jennifer Kolarczyk, Marge Smith and Peter Becker.  So grateful for your help!

Thank you!
Cate Becker, Coordinator 2017
St. Mary's Senior Holiday Luncheon
Saturday, December 2, 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall

Join us as we kick off the holiday season with a festive holiday lunch, followed by the singing of Christmas Carols.

The delicious menu includes: Tossed Green Salad with Vinaigrette; Rolls and Butter; Honey Baked Ham; Cranberry Orange Relish; Baked Sweet Potato Casserole with a Pecan Streusel Topping; Green Bean Medley; and Holiday Cake for Dessert with coffee and tea.

Please RSVP to Amy Noe in the office via email, or the office at 815-459-1009.

Invite your friends ~ All are welcome.

Advent Begins December 3

It's hard to believe, but Advent is less than two weeks away, and many volunteers are needed for the services throughout the holiday season.  

Light Bearers Needed
During the season of Advent, families or individuals are invited to light the candles on the Advent Wreath. It is a very special moment to bring the light into church at the beginning of the service, and then light the Advent candle(s). If you are interested in a particular Sunday, either at 8:00 or 10:00 a.m., there is a sign-up sheet available in the Narthex.
Advent Lessons and Carols
Our annual service of Lessons & Carols will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 3 .  We have a few readers signed up already, but if you are interested in reading one of the lessons, please see the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.   (The 8:00 a.m. service will be held as usual on this day.)
Christmas Flowers and Greens
If you are interested in donating poinsettias or greens for Christmas, in honor or in memory of someone, please sign up on the flower chart in the Narthex.  ($15).
Rest in Peace

Please remember parishioner, Jackie Wayne, and her family in your prayers.   Jackie's father, Robert Suhadolnick, died on November 11 in Ohio.  The funeral was held last Wednesday, November 15.  Robert's obituary may be found online here .  

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Schedules

1st Sunday of Advent - Dec. 3
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m.  Service of Advent Lessons and Carols led by Choir
(Please note that there is no Eucharist at this Service)
2nd Sunday of Advent - Dec. 10
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m.  Eucharist with Choir
3rd Sunday of Advent - Dec. 17
8:00 a.m. service hymns with organ
10:00 a.m. service - guitar and key board
4th Sunday of Advent - Dec. 24
8:00 a.m. Eucharist - no music
(Please note this is the only service for Advent 4; there is no 10:00 a.m. service)
Christmas Eve - Dec. 24
5:00 p.m. Children's Candlelight  Communion Service with a special visitor, building the crèche, and carols. For the young and the young at heart.
10:00 p.m. Christmas Carols led by the Choir followed by a Choral Eucharist.

Christmas Day - Dec. 25
9:00 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist with Carols
Sunday after Christmas - Dec. 31
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Eucharist with carols
Feast of the Epiphany - Sun. Jan. 7
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m.  Eucharist with Choir (Children's Epiphany Procession)
Spiritwear Reminder

If you ordered items from the recent St. Mary's Spiritwear Sale, please remember the items will be available for pickup on Sunday, December 17, in the Great Hall.  If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Higgins.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |    parishofc@stmarysepiscopalcl.org