The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church   ~    Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                     April 26, 2018
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
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Marge Smith, Warden (1/19)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
(1/19)   John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20)  Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, May 9. Contact Aimee Day if you can help.  Shift times are 8:30-11:30 am, and 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
CENTERING PRAYER meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. 
Contac 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, May 22.

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, May 19.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Mary, Bill, Dorothy, Gladys, Carol, Pat, John, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Cameron & Linda, Matthew, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends: Naomi,
Aimee,  Susan, Brian, Mark, Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Carole, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah, Judie
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey

Birthdays Apr 26-May 2
4.28  Susan Karnick
4.30  Lorraine Taylor
5.1  Kathleen Wharton

April 26 - May 2
5.2  Art & Char Maday

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 Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,

This Sunday we will continue to celebrate the fifty-day season of Easter. I invite you to continue to contemplate where you see and experience the Risen Christ in your life. As we celebrate the Risen Christ in our midst it is also an opportunity for us to reflect on how we show forth Christ in the world as individuals and as a community of faith. I believe that one concrete way St. Mary's is witnessing to the resurrection is through our monthly community meal. Last Saturday we served 74 meals and connected with many people in and around Crystal Lake, providing hospitality, and a wonderful meal. We also continue to be a place where volunteers find ways to give back and make a difference in people's lives. This past month we had 10 high school students who needed their service hours. They have told us that this is the best place to volunteer and they want to continue to be with us. This ministry has truly become a place of service and connection. Many of us are truly having a great time doing it from month to month. Our next meal is Saturday, May 19 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Please consider joining us.

This Saturday at 10:30 a.m. we will celebrate the life and ministry of our deacon, Barb Bishop.   The service will be followed by a catered lunch in the Great Hall with overflow seating in the church school wing. We will have plenty of food so please plan on attending this celebration. Bishop Jeff Lee had wanted to be with us, however due to schedule conflicts he will not be able to be here. The celebration will be grand as many deacons are coming from both in and outside of the Diocese of Chicago, and many of Barb's friends and family will be in attendance. Bill Hoelzel, who served as the rector here from 1976-2007, will also be with us and preside over the internment in the Churchyard.

Barb loved this parish and she was a faithful servant and deacon at St. Mary's for 26 years. I hope you will join us as we celebrate her life.

If you are planning on attending Barb's service and you are able, please park on Church or Grove Streets. These streets can hold many cars and if the choir, ushers, altar party and all who are arriving early park on the street it will open up spaces for our seniors and guests. I believe it will be a glorious day.

Fran +
Farewell to Suzanne Anderson

Next Sunday, May 6, at the 8:00 a.m. service, Fran will offer a blessing for Suzanne Anderson.   Suzanne is moving from Huntley to Carol Stream, and we will be wishing her a fond farewell at the 8:00 a.m. Coffee Hour. Suzanne has been a member here at St. Mary's since December 2000. We wish her all the best in this new chapter of her life.

26th Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive
Fill a bag! Help feed families!

On  Saturday, May 12 , your Letter Carrier will be collecting donations for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.   Please collect and bag healthy, non-perishable food items, and leave the bag by your mailbox for pick-up.   Thanks for your help!!

(Please do not donate items that are expired, 
or are in glass containers.)
May Community Meal

You're invited to join us on  Saturday, May 19, for our next Free Community Meal. Meals are served between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are always appreciated. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. This meal is free to ANYONE. If you would like volunteer, please contact  Tracy Higgins.

May Menu:   Pasta  with Three Sauces  (meat, marinara, and alfredo), SaladGarlic Bread,  and  Dessert!    Hope to see you on May 19th!
Forward Day by Day

Forward Day by Day , the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of May-July , is now available on a Narthex table , priced as marked. Please pick up a copy today .
Centering Prayer

The Centering Prayer Group will meet this Tuesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Learn practices to intentionally transform the mind, emotions, and physical body to facilitate healing and a profound connection to the Spirit of God. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information see Information fliers that are available in the Narthex and in the Great Hall.
Parents: Share Your Graduate's News!

With the arrival of Spring, graduation season is not too far behind. Parents, we'd love to share the good news with everyone, so please let us know all about your graduate (Junior High, High School, College, Grad School), the school they're graduating from, and the school (or job) that will be the next step. You may include other information as well, such as scholarships or awards received.  A simple write-up can be submitted to the Parish Office ; the good news will be included in upcoming issues of  The Magnificat Weekly .    Thanks to all parents for helping to share the good news about St. Mary's youth!
Calling All Bilingual Parishioners!

Do you speak another language in addition to English?   Then we want you at the 10:00 a.m. Pentecost service on Sunday, May 20 ! As you may or may not know, we have a wonderful Pentecost tradition here at St. Mary's. The Pentecost reading of the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-21 is read in several different languages simultaneously, to illustrate the scripture passage: "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability." (Acts 2:4)

In the past we've had speakers in Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, German, Greek, and even Russian! Any language is welcome!!!!   If you are interested, please contact Amy in the office. She will get you a copy of the reading in your preferred language, or you may use your own foreign-language Bible if you have one.

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