The Magnificat   Weekly

St. Mary's  Episcopal Church,  Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                January 11, 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
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 in February, date TBA. Contact Aimee Day if you can help.  Shift times are 8:30-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, January 13. 
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, January 23.

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, January 20.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Kristi, Dorothy, Susan, John, Dn. Barb, Jim, Pat, Heather, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, the Wayne family, Matthew, John, Karen, Ann, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends : Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Cheri, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Nanci, Carole, Donna, Sue, Mary, 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 January 11-17
1.16  Steve Tracy
           Marion Krause
1.17  Josephine Mason
Anniversaries Jan. 11-17
1.16  El & Dorothy                      Nyberg

If you would like your  name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the Parish Office.

Quick Links


News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,

This Sunday the youth group of our parish will lead our 10:00 a.m. worship service .  Each year on Martin Luther King weekend, the youth of our parish design and lead a service that challenges us to live out our baptismal covenant and to make our world a better place.   This year they have chosen to focus on the gun violence that is so prevalent in our communities across the country.    This past year, in the state of Illinois alone, 928 persons have been killed by gun violence.  Our sanctuary now bears the names of each of these individuals on prayer flags.  This Sunday we will remember these individuals and focus on what we as a church can do to bring peace to our communities and our world. 

Please mark your calendars for our Annual Meeting , which is taking place on Sunday, January 28 .   Please note that we will have only one 9:00 a.m. service , followed by a brunch and our meeting in the Great Hall.   There is a sign up sheet at the back of church so please sign up to bring a dish to share.  At our annual meeting we will be electing our new vestry members, and approving our 2018 budget.  In addition we will celebrate all that we have accomplished over the past year. 

On Saturday, January 20 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., we will hold our next free Community Meal .   This is a great opportunity to have a wonderful meal with friends, old and new, and to meet people from outside our parish community.   I am so grateful that we are now beginning our second year of this ministry.  Thank you to all of our volunteers who make this happen and to Chef Tom for overseeing our meal. 

See you all on Sunday,
Sunday, January 28,
Annual Parish Meeting 
and Brunch

ONE SERVICE ONLY on this day, beginning at  9 :00 a.m., followed by  brunch and the annual meeting.  The sign-up sheet for the brunch is posted in the Narthex. 

*Ministry Leaders:  A request for your annual reports was sent out last week.  Please email them to the office by January 19th so the packets can be put together.  Questions?  Contact Amy in the office.

2018 Flower Chart

The 2018 Flower Chart is now posted. Members are encouraged to select a Sunday closest to a significant date in one's life, (the anniversary of the death of a loved one or friend, a birthday or wedding anniversary, or perhaps on the occasion of blessings received), and underwrite that Sunday's flowers.

January Community Meal

You're invited to join us Saturday, January 20th 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. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated.  Bring your family and friends!  If you would like to volunteer, contact Tracy Higgins.

January Menu
Glazed Ham, Roast Potatoes, Green Beans,
Tossed Salad, Rolls, and Dessert
Youth Concert Opportunity

On Sunday, January 28 , over 150 children and youth from various faith traditions will gather at the Raue Center for the Arts  (26 N. Williams St. in Crystal Lake) , for a day of interfaith music and dance.  The day will  culminate in a public concert, "The Sounds of Faith", beginning at 4:00 p.m. , which will include song, dance, recitation, and chant from Islamic, Jewish, Christian, and Hindu traditions. 

Co-sponsors for this event are Faithbridge, a local interfaith consortium in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, and the Harran Productions Foundation.    Tickets are $15 and may be purchase online through the FaithBridge website.
Other Dates / Events to Note

Monday, January 15:  Offices are closed for the Martin Luther King  holiday.

Tuesday, February 13:  5:30 7:00 p.m.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Wednesday, February 14:   Noon and 7:00 p.m.  Ash  Wednesday Eucharist.   Please note the evening service is held one half hour earlier this year. 
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |