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
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Marge Smith, Warden
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20) Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, April 11. Contact Aimee Day if you can help. Shift times are 8:30-11:30 am, and 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.
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, April 24.
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, April 21.
We Pray For
: Bill, Dorothy, Gladys, Carol, Pat, John, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, Matthew, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Susan, Brian, Mark, Neil, Desmond, Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,
Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Nanci, Carole, Donna, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci,
Those Who Have Died
Garth, uncle of Peter Carroll
Thanksgiving for Healing
Gary & Thelma Chesterfield,
Shirley, sister of Gary Chesterfield,
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry,
Birthdays April 5-11
4.6 Terry Choquette
4.7 Patricia Dahn
4.8 Michael Mauger
4.9 Elmer Gilbertson
4.10 Tom Koegel
Anniversaries April 5-11
4.5 Dave & Chris Russell
4.8 Butch & Marge Hess
Dan & Tami McLaughlin
If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the
From the Rector
Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,
This Sunday we will continue to celebrate the glorious 50-day season of Easter. The church marks Easter until we celebrate the coming of Holy Spirit, which this year is Sunday, May 20
. Please join us as we continue to embrace the reality of the risen Lord and the new life that we are called to live into as individuals and as a community of faith. Please mark your calendars for our next
Saturday, April 21st
from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Invite friends and neighbors and come enjoy some great food.
This Sunday at our 8:00 a.m. service we will bless
as they prepare to make their move to Colorado. Barb and Kurt and their family came to St. Mary's in April 1990. Their presence will be greatly missed and I wish to convey my deepest thanks for all of their help and ministry with this parish over the years. We wish you all the best and may God's blessing be upon you and your family!
Thank you to everyone who helped make our
Holy Week and Easter services
so wonderful. Thank you to the altar guild and all those who assisted with the set up and clean-up of the church, to the ushers, acolytes, lectors, and servers who volunteered to help at all of our worship services, and to the choir and Sandy for the wonderful music throughout holy week and Easter. I also wish to thank all those who assisted with making our
Easter Egg Hunt
a wonderful event once again this year. We had many children from the community and many grandchildren and neighbors attending. Thank you to everyone for your assistance.
Saturday, April 28th
at 10:30 a.m. we will celebrate the life and ministry of our deacon,
. Many deacons from the around the diocese and country will be in attendance and the choir has prepared some glorious music for the occasion. Following the service and interment of ashes in The Churchyard we will have a catered lunch in the Great Hall. Please note that all of the food and dessert will be catered in for this special occasion but we do need help setting up tables on Friday, and we need people to set up beverage stations and coffee on the day of the event. Please contact me if you can lend a hand.
See you all on Sunday,
Rev. Fran Out of the Office
will be out of the office most the week,
, attending the Province V Synod of the Episcopal Church, held at the Sheraton airport hotel. If you are in need of any assistance, please contact Amy in the office, or one of our Co-Wardens, Marge Smith or Tracy Higgins. They will be able to contact the on-call clergy if needed.
The first quarter statements of contribution for all pledging members, are now available for pick-up on the Narthex table. Please pick up your statement, which will save the parish postage costs. Thank you!
Whenever you did one of these
things for someone overlooked
or ignored, you did it for me.
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 next Sunday to provide meals is
We are looking for volunteers, including older youth, who would like to cook, shop, and/or serve the evening meal at Bethany Lutheran Church. Thank you to Mary Frake who is coordinating the PADS Ministry for St. Mary's.
Please contact Mary and let her know how you can help.
Thanks for your support!
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry,
Wednesday, April 11
. Shifts are 8:30 am to 11:30, or 11:30 to 2:30 pm. Contact
, if you can help out! Thanks!
April Community Meal
You're invited to join us on Saturday, April 21, 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.
ticky Rice and Broccoli, Dinner Rolls, Asian Lettuce Mix
Hope to see you on April 21st!
Summer Lunch Program Volunteers Needed:
High School Age and Older
Crystal Lake Summer Lunch Program
was started three years ago by volunteers with the help of the Crystal Lake Park District, in conjunction with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Illinois Dept. of Education. Everyday,
Monday through Friday
, from the closing of school in June to the opening in August, children from Crystal Lake, ages 18 and under, are served
free lunches at Ladd Park, from 11:30 - 12:30
. Lunch is followed with
activities until 1:00
. On days that are raining, or the temperatures are over 95 degrees, the program is held at Vineyard Christian Church.
These hours in Ladd Park are a taste of peace on earth. The children are happy and cooperative; the parents are friendly and grateful; the volunteers are generous and motivated; and the community is supportive in every way. You may volunteer for as many days as you wish; we will work around your schedule. If you love children, this is a great opportunity!
This Week In Pictures
Many thanks to parishioner, Steve Brooks,
who takes awesome photos for us at
various events throughout the year.
13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt - March 31
|BEAUTIFUL altar on Easter Sunday. . .
. . .and the church smells WONDERFUL!