The Magnificat  Weekly

         St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                            May 31, 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, for ages  3 through 2nd grade, will resume in September.


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, June 13. 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.  Now on summer break, the Taize services will resume in September.

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, June 16.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Bob, Pat, Carol, John, Thelma, Matthew, and Elizabeth,  Mary, Bill, Dorothy, Gladys, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Cameron & Linda, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Saul, 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, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah, Judie

Those Who Have Died
Maria Henslee Bellairs; Barb, friend of Galen & Betsy Vargason; Ryan Thomas; Mark, friend of Terry & Carissa (Nyberg) Stanich
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Terry, Dan 

Birthdays May 24-June 6
5.31  Saphire Nyberg-          King
6.2  Megan Mauger
6.3  Jack Oliver
6.4  Karen Meter
        Nathan Wayne
6.5  Johnathan Kemp
6.6  Eileen Flynn

May 31- June 6
6.2  Atef & Justine   
6.4  Jim & Kathy Kent       

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,

As you know St. Mary's has five acres of land, which is always in need of care and sprucing up. On Sunday, June 10th your help is needed for an hour or two to help us weed the courtyard and the flowerbeds. We will begin at 11:00 a.m. immediately following our church services. We will work for about an hour and half and then have lunch in the Great Hall. If you can spare an hour or two it would be appreciated. We do have a sign up sheet in the Great Hall so that we can have enough food on hand for lunch.  

Our youth will be raising money this weekend to send an at-risk youth to the "Summer in the City" two week camp, run by St. James Cathedral downtown. Please read more about the Game-A-Thon they have planned for Saturday June 2 in this newsletter. You can attend, or consider making a donation to the cause.

See you all on Sunday,
Happy 90th, Harry!

Please join us for Coffee Hour after the 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday, June 3, as we celebrate (a wee bit early) Harry Dillon's 90th birthday! Harry was born on June 9, 1928, and has been an active member at St. Mary's longer than anyone. He was baptized here on February 12, 1933, the same day as his mother, Clara Elizabeth Dillon. Harry has worn many, many hats for St. Mary's during his lifetime, and his contributions to this parish are too numerous to mention. Congratulations, Harry!!
Games Against Gun Violence
Because Summer Should be Fun & Games for Every Kid
Game-a-Thon   ~   Saturday, June 2
5:00 p.m. until morning   ~   St. Mary's Great Hall
Stay an hou r, or stay all night! Pizza and soda provided.

Good Will Donations Happily Accepted 
($10 suggested)
All donations will support camp scholarships
to Summer in the City

Summer in the City is a non-residential arts and adventure camp held in the heart of downtown Chicago, dedicated to helping young people discover treasure in Chicago, themselves, and others.   For more information contact:

Please sign up in the Great Hall if you plan on attending , or contact the parish office.  Let us know how m any will be attending. Feel free to invite family, friends and neighbors! Bring your favorite games/snacks.     
Parish Clean-Up Day with Lunch
Sunday, June 10 following the 10:00 a.m. Service! 
Your Help is Needed!

On  Sunday, June 10 from 11:00-1:00 p.m.  we will hold a parish  clean-up day of our grounds. We need people to weed and pick up branches, and do a basic clean-up of our 5 acres.  Lunch will be served in the Great Hall as soon as we finish up.  Please wear your yardwork clothes to church and spend sometime helping, as "Many hands make light work."  Please RSVP for lunch with Amy in the office,  or sign up in the Great Hall.  We want to make sure we have enough food on hand for all. Volunteers of all ages are welcome!
 Confirmation / Adult Inquirers' Classes

In prepar ation for Bishop Jeffrey Lee's visit in October, Fran will be scheduling Confirmation and Adult Inquirers' classes over the summer.

Confirmation class will be held for youth or adults, 7th grade and older, who wish to be confirmed by Bishop Lee on October 7.

The  Adult Inquirers' class prepares adults who wish to be Received into the Episcopal Church. (Those adults who have been confirmed in the Roman Catholic or ELCA Lutheran faiths, do not need to be re-confirmed, but are "received" into the Episcopal Church by the Bishop.) This class is open to any adult wishing to learn more about the Episcopal Church, even if they do not wish to be confirmed or received .

Please contact Rev. Fran and let her know if you are interested, or if you have any questions.   Dates will be coming out soon, and the classes promise to be engaging, fun, and informative.

June Com munity Meal

You're invited to join us on Saturday, June 16 5:00-7:00 p.m. for our next free , monthly Community Meal .    Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. Bring your family and friends! There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated. If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Tracy Higgins.

MENU : BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches , with coleslaw and dessert. Hope to see you on June 16th!

St. Mary's Seniors Lunch

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 30 , for the next Senior Luncheon. It will be a Red, White & Blue Extravaganza with door prizes, a pre-Fourth of July cookout (we will eat in the Great Hall), and Bingo, with the best prizes in McHenry County! All seniors are welcome. Please invite your friends and neighbors. RSVP to Amy in the parish office.
Parade Marshals Needed

The Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade will take place this year on Saturday, July 7 , from 1:00-3:00 p.m.   The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to be Parade Marshals. Parade  Marshals are assigned to one or more units in the parade, and they walk alongside their unit(s) for the entire 1.8 mile route, ensuring the safety of those in the parade, and those watching from the sidelines. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Chamber of Commerce via email, or call 815-459-1300. There is also information and a route map posted on the bulletin board in the hallway.

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