The Magnificat Weekly
St. Mary's Episcopal Church   ~   Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                             February 16, 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,

10:00 am

(Preschool -2nd grade)


Sunday School, 11:00 am

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 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
Matthew, Kay, Bill and Wendy, Meg, Nancy, Irene, Dn. Lucy, Shirley, Bryant, Nicci, Bryan, John, Glenice, Daphne, Dn. Barb, Karen, Thelma, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Pat, Harry, Marion, Don, Tom, Joe, Madeleine, Jo, Raven, Bill, Jerry,  Brian, Sarah, Carol, Betty, Judie
Those Who Have Died
Betty, mother of Jennifer Kolarczyk
Norman, neighbor of Del and Marge Smith
Dave, friend of the Hess and Stiff families

Those Who Mourn
The Kolarczyk family, and the family Betty, especially O.C., Chuck, and Liz; the Hess and Stiff families and Debbie, Emily, and Courtney
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Zack, Ryan, Terry, Scott,
Dan, Corey, Nicholas, Tyler, Ross
2.16  Sue Anderson
2.17  David Russell
2.18  Ted Thornton
2.19  Judy Thornton
          Peter Becker
2.20  Char Maday
2.16  Galen & Betsy Vargason
2.17  Cameron & Linda Robert
2.19  Del & Marge Smith



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From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
This Saturday, February 18 , is our next Community Meal . Dinner is served between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.   This is a free meal and we will be taking a free will donation for anyone who wishes to financially support this ministry. The dinner is a great way for you to gather with other parishioners from the parish, friends, and family. The dinner is also a great way for you to invite people from outside the parish to St. Mary's. Bring friends and invite co-workers and those you know from other organizations. We are starting to get the word out in the community to everyone. The dinner is a place of welcome and conversation. It is a place where those who are lonely in our community can make friends. It is a place where those who cannot afford a night out can have a wonderful dinner out. It is a place where all of us in the parish can reach out to those outside our walls. It is a place where families who need a good nutritious meal can gather without questions or stigma. Everyone is welcome!   If you wish to be part of the volunteer rotation for the community meal please email Tracy Higgins at .   All volunteers are welcome to join us for dinner as well.   We have dozens of post cards advertising this meal, which is the third Saturday of every month, so please pick some up from the office and start inviting people!
This week I will be in Detroit from Wednesday through Friday attending the Province V meeting. If you have a pastoral care emergency you may contact Amy in the office at 815-459-1009, or our Co-Warden Cate Williams at 815-455-2861 (home) or at 815-354-4313 (cell). Amy or Cate can contact the on call clergy if needed.
I hope to see you all Saturday evening.
PADS Dinners

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 this 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 here, 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.

Centering Prayer Group
The Centering Prayer Group will meet this Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information contact Pastor Fran (815) 459-1009, or see Information fliers that are available in the Narthex and in the Great Hall.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
On February 28 , St. Mary's will observe Shrove Tuesday with the annual Pancake Supper, put on by the men of the parish.
Shrove Tuesday is the day before 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 again this year by Mike Higgins, 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 wonderful fellowship!
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.

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 on 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 performancmovie_tickets.jpge 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.
5-Week Lenten Soup Supper, & Study
The Passion: A Cantata of Jesus' Death
Beginning Thursday, March 9     ~     6:30-8:15 p.m.
Marcus Hummon, a Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, has created a cantata of the last days of Jesus, based on the narratives of the Gospels.   Each week we will hear a scripture passage and the musical piece he has written for that passage. There is an also an accompanying book, written by Marcus, and his wife, Becca Stevens. Becca is an Episcopal priest, a 2016 CNN Hero Award winner, and the founder of Thistle Farms/Magdalene, one of the most successful Social Enterprises in the US. In the book, Marcus and Becca offer the musical history of each piece, as well as reflections on its theological significance.   We will use the CD and book together in our discussions each week.

If you wish to participate please sign up so that we will have enough books . We are asking for a donation of $5 to help defray the cost. (If you prefer a digital copy, it is available on, or

In addition, please sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread to one or more of our evenings .   Invite a friend! Questions? Speak with Rev. Fran.

Sign-up sheets are located on the display in the Great Hall.  
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
Reminder: Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry, Friday, February 24 . Shifts are 9:30 am to Noon, or Noon to 2:30 pm. Contact Chris Bednaroski at 815-444-9122 if you can help out!  
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
42 East Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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