The Magnificat   Weekly

St. Mary's  Episcopal Church,  Crystal Lake IL

The Season of Lent
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                  March 1, 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
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, March 14. 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.  The next service will be  held Tuesday, March 27.

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, March 17.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Carol, Pat, Gary, Thelma, John, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, Matthew, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends : Dwight,  Susan, Brian, Mark, Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Cheri, 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, Sarah, Judie
Those Who Have Died
Virginia, mother-in-law of Missy Spengel;  
Arlene, mother of Butch Hess

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey

Birthdays March 1-7
3.1   Roseann Gilbertson
3.7  Kelley Frake
If you would like your  name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the Parish Office.

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News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

As we continue on our journey through Lent I invite you to gather with us for dinner on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., followed by the study of the holy week scriptures. We are using a program called "24 hours That Changed the World." In addition to the scriptures, our DVD will take us to the holy land where we will have a chance to see the historic sites where the holy week events unfolded for Jesus and his followers. Even if you missed the first session or can't come to all the sessions you are welcome.  

This Sunday parishioner Mike Choquette will preach at both of our services. As many of you know Mike is a postulant for holy orders to the diaconate. He is currently in formation and is taking classes, studying, preaching, and training for his vocation. Please continue to keep Mike in your prayers as he continues this journey.

Our Bishop, Jeff Lee, is urging all congregations to participate in the "March for Our Lives" as part of our holy week observance.   On Saturday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m., the diocese will gather for a rally against gun violence. This is being planned as we speak and we will have more information for you in the coming week. Mike Choquette and I will be attending, and we are organizing a group from our parish to go downtown for this event. This event coincides with the Washington DC March that is planned, and many of the churches in our diocese will be going off to DC. I hope you will consider going downtown with us. Stay tuned for more details. If you are interested and think you might attend please contact Amy Noe in the office.    We have enclosed a message from our Bishop, Jeff Lee, in a separate article in  this newsletter.

See you all on Sunday
Rest  in Peace

Arlene Hess , mother of Butch Hess, passed away Friday, Feb ruar y 23. Arlene had been attending the 8:00 a.m. Sunday se rvice with Butch during the past year.   Visita tion is tomorrow, Friday, March 2, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home in Crystal Lake. Rev. Fran will officiate a service for Arlene at 7:00 p.m., immediately following the visitation. The complete obituary can be found here

Virginia Spengel , mother-in-law of Missy Spengel,   passed away Monday, February 26.  Visitation for Virginia will be Sunday, March 4, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Justen Funeral Home in McHenry.  The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am. on Monday, March 5, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg.  The complete obituary for Virginia can be found  here.

Please keep the Hess and Spengel families in your prayers.
5-Week Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series

  24 Hours
That Changed the World

Every Thursday, February 22-March 22
6:30-8:15 p.m.

What a difference a day makes.   It could not be  truer than when talking about the last day of Jesus' life.  I 24 H ours That Changed the World, by Adam Hamilton, we will focus o n the  final hours of Jesus' life, from the Last Supper thr ough the Crucifixion. 

We will begin the evening with a simple supper, followed by a short DVD presentation, which will take us to the Holy Land sites where those earth-shaking events took place.  Through history, archeology, geography, and the Bible, we will have a deeper understanding of the most amazing day in history.

Adam Hamilton is an award-winning author, and senior pastor of the 22,000 member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, in Leawood KS.  The Church Report named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in America.   In 2016, Hamilton was appointed as a member of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships by President Obama.

We will use the CD and book together  in our discussions each week.  As of today, we have sold all the copies of the books we had, but the Kindle edition is available on Amazon for $7.55.  Click here.

If you wish to participate please sign up so that we will have enough books.  We are asking for a donation of $10 to help defray the cost.  (If you prefer a digital copy, the Kindle edition is available on

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.
Dinner with Missionaries, Russ & Heidi Smith

Friday, March 9 
Gather at 6:30 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm

Russ and Heidi Smith have been serving as missionaries with SAMS, the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders, (formerly South American Missionary Society) in the Diocese of Chile for over 31 years.  They first visited St. Mary's just before they were married in February of 1986 and our parish began a prayer partnership with them at that time.  They arrived in Chile later that year and have been serving there ever since.  Their four children were born and raised in Chile. 

Russ and Heidi will be with us on Friday, March 9th to share about their present ministry primarily among the Mapuche, the indigenous people of southern Chile.   There is a sign up sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Great Hall.   Please sign up if you are interested in attending, so we can plan for dinner.
March Community Meal

You're invited to join us Saturday, March 17th  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.

3 Different Kinds of Lasagna and Pizza from Amore Pizza ,
Salad, Rolls, Dessert
A Message from Bishop Lee:

"On March 24, the Saturday before Palm Sunday, please do something to stand against gun violence as part of your pilgrimage into Holy Week. Join me in marching in Chicago, join congregations who are organizing buses to travel to Washington, or join us in spirit if you are unable to march. Wherever you are, please pray that God will console, sustain and heal all whose lives are touched by gun violence, and that God will make evident the work that we are being called to do to end this scourge."

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On Saturday, March 24 , Episcopalians from across the country will follow the lead of the students and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and take to the streets for the March for Our Lives. St. Mary's is making arrangements to join Bishop Lee and our Episcopal sisters and brothers from across the diocese as we stand together against gun violence at the March for Our Lives - Chicago.

Although all the arrangements have not been confirmed at this time, we ask you to save the date, Saturday March 24 , and consider joining us in Chicago. If you would like to join us, please contact the parish office.   This will help us to finalize travel arrangements. We will provide addition information as it becomes available.  
Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on the church grounds , weather permitting, on Saturday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m., for all children, infants through grade 5. If necessary, we will be inside. Prizes will be given to each child in attendance , and t here will also be treats to enjoy after the hunt is over. There will also be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny! St. Mary's will provide the containers; no need to bring your own basket .

The sign-up sheet is posted in the Great Hall. Please  sign up by Sunday, March 25 , so we have time to prepare for the event.
Easter Flowers

The Easter Flower Chart is now posted in the Narthex. If you would like to donate toward the flowers used for the Altar of Repose on Maundy Thursday, or the lilies for Easter Sunday, please sign your name, and the intention of your gift (in thanksgiving, honor, or memory of someone). The donation is $15 , and checks may be made payable to St. Mary's (note "Easter Flowers" on the memo line).   You may also send a check to the parish office with the donation information. Thank you!

Palm Sunday, March 25
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, Eucharist w/choir
Maundy Thursday, March 29
7:00 p.m. Eucharist with choir   
Vigil, 8:00 p.m. to Midnight
Good Friday, March 30
11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross
12:00 Noon Good Friday liturgy
7:00 p.m. Good Friday liturgy with choir
Easter Sunday, April 1
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Eucharist with choir
* Volunteers are needed for Holy Week, including ushers, passion readers, and keeping watch during the vigil on Maundy Thursday. See the sign-up sheets on a table in the Narthex.
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