Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation
(Preschool -2nd grade)
Sunday School, 11:00 am
Clergy & Staff
Rev. Barbara Bishop, Deacon
, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Marge Smith, Warden
Cate Williams, Warden
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
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Friday, February 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 Saturday, February 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, February 28, at 7:00 pm.
We Pray For
Kay, Bill and Wendy, Meg, Nancy, Debbie, Emily and Courtney, Irene, Dn. Lucy, Shirley, Bryant, Nicci, Bryan, Matthew, Mike, Jerry, John, Glenice, Daphne, Dn. Barb, Karen, Thelma, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Pat, Harry, Marion, Don, Tom, Joe, Madeleine, Jo, Raven, Bill, Jerry,
Those Who Have Died
Norman, neighbor of Del and Marge Smith
Dave, friend of the Hess and Stiff families
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Zack, Ryan, Terry, Scott,
Dan, Corey, Nicholas, Tyler, Ross
2.9 Ron Stiff
2.10 Dn. Diane Koenig
2.11 Marie Bolchazy
2.12 Maya Massoud
2.13 John Kuykendall
2.12 Ted & Judy Thornton
From the Rector
Dear Friends and Parishioners at St. Mary's,
Many of you have expressed distress over the state of our country right now and all the division that seems to be occurring. In our conversations one thing that has resonated with me is that we all have the ability to make a positive impact on our community and in our world. Our lesson from the book of Sirach this week underscores the reality that each of us has a choice to make about how we live our lives. We all have the choice to engage in that which brings life and light and hope to the world around us. I know that many of you are doing this through your jobs, with your families, and through other organizations that you are active with on a regular basis. Here at St. Mary's, we are offering several opportunities for you to get involved in ways that have a positive life-giving impact on the community in which we live. This month you can volunteer to help out at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, with the PADS meal, at the "On Angel's Wings" pet adoption event, or at our Free Monthly Community Meal, which is happening on Saturday, February 18th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. If you are looking to making a difference in our community please scroll down and read about these opportunities in this newsletter. Your participation is very much welcomed and needed. In a hurting world we can make a difference in the lives of others and in the communities in which we live.
I am grateful that our community of faith is offering several opportunities each month for us to deepen our faith through prayer, meditation, and worship. This Saturday is our next "Labyrinth Walk" in the Great Hall from 10:30 a.m-Noon. We also have "Centering Prayer" on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Each month we participate in an ecumenical Taizé service at First Congregational Church in Crystal Lake. The next Taizé service is February 28, at 7:00 p.m. Please speak with me if you would like further information about any of these prayer opportunities. All are welcome to participate and I am grateful to those of you who are involved and make these opportunities available each month.
See you all on Sunday,
Rev. Fran Away from the Office
Rev. Fran will be out of the office next week Wednesday to Friday (Feb. 15-17).
If you have a pastoral emergency please contact Amy Noe during office hours at 815-459-1009, or Co-Warden, Cate Williams, at 815-455-281 (home) or 815-354-4313 (cell). Cate or Amy can contact the on-call priest if needed.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
with the annual Pancake Supper, put on by the men of the parish.
Shrove Tuesday is the day
Ash Wednesday, which marks the
beginning of the Season of Lent.
Traditionally, the eating of cakes, pancakes, pastries, and foods made with sugar, fat, and eggs, is considered a last feast before the ritual fasting associated with Lent.
The Pancake Supper
will be chaired
this year by
and we thank him for volunteering to guide this annual event. The meal will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall
Cost will be
very reasonable: $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for children 6-12;
or $10.00 per family. C
hildren 5 or under eat at no charge
As usual, tickets are purchased at the door. Along with delicious pancakes, sausage and applesauce will be served, along with an assortment of beverages.
We encourage all
parishioners, family, and friends
to stop by for a great meal and
MEN: Volunteers are needed for set-up, cooking, stirring, flipping, grilling and clean-up! Please email the parish office and let Amy know if you'd like to work the early (3-6 pm) or late (5:30-8:30 pm) shift.
Animal Lovers Needed
On Angel's Wings Pet Rescue
has asked for some help. They will be hosting two
pet adoption events this Saturday, February 11th
and they are looking for some volunteers to help set up, handle the animals, and clean up at the events. The pet adoptions will be held at PETCO in Crystal Lake, and at HAHS (Hooved Animal Humane Society). They are looking for both
youth and adult volunteers
. * Youth, ages 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
We will meet at 10:00 am at On Angel's Wings, 5186 Northwest Highway #133, Crystal Lake, to get our assignments and travel to the pet adoption centers. We should be back at On Angel's Wings by about 3:00 pm.
A reminder that this
Saturday, February 11
, the monthly Labyrinth Walk will be held in the Great Hall at
This is open to all, whether you've been walking for years, or are new to this peaceful method of prayer and meditation.
February Free Community Meal
The first of our monthly free Community Meals is February 18th. This
meal is offered the 3rd Saturday of every month, and ALL ARE WELCOME. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors! It's a chance to have dinner and conversation with friends you know, and perhaps make new friends from the community. Please mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, February 18!
This is an amazing opportunity to reach beyond our walls and into the community.
If you would like to volunteer, please sign up in the Great Hall, or speak with Rev. Fran, or Tracy Higgins.
St. Mary's is once again supporting the PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) program by providing meals at the PADS Shelters during the winter months. Our final scheduled volunteer date for the 2016/17 season is
Sunday, February 19. We are looking for volunteers, including older youth, who would like to cook, shop, and/or serve the evening meal at Bethany Lutheran Church, the Sunday shelter location.
Thank you to Mary Frake who is once again coordinating the PADS Ministry for St. Mary's. Please contact Mary
, and let her know how you can help. Thanks for your support!
Whenever you did one of these things for someone overlooked or ignored,
you did it for me.
A Musical Treat for Seniors
The Prairie Ridge High School Spring Musical is
A Tale of Two Cities
There will be a
free senior citizen performance
Thursday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m.
Following the performance, you are invited to mingle with students at a dessert and coffee gathering.
As this performance occurs during the school day, parking will be limited at the school. A shuttle bus will be running to the high school from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, starting at 12:00 Noon. (The church is located on Walk-Up Rd, across from Veteran's Acres Park.) The bus will make return trips back to the church following the show, and continuing throughout dessert time until everyone has been accommodated.
The ticket hotline is now open.
Please call before Noon on February 28, to RSVP for the performance.
The number is 815-893-5888.