The Magnificat  

St. Mary's  Episcopal Church,  Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                  January 4, 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.

Note:  CW will NOT meet on December 31.  It will resume on January 7.


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 in February, date TBA. Contact Aimee Day if you can help.  Shift times are 8:30-Noon, and Noon-2:30.
A LABYRINTH WALK is normally held on the second Saturday of every month, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, in the Great Hall.   All are welcome.  The next scheduled walk is Saturday, January 13. 
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 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, January 23.

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, January 20.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Kristi, Dorothy, Susan, John, Dn. Barb, Jim, Pat, Heather, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, the Wayne family, Matthew, John, Karen, Ann, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends : Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Cheri, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Nanci, Carole, Donna, Sue, Mary, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah, Judie
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey

Birthdays and Anniversaries
Our records show no birthdays or anniversaries for January 4-10.  If this is an error, please contact the office so we can get your information updated.

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From the Rector

Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,

This Sunday we will continue to sing our Christmas carols as we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, which marks the arrival of the wise men from the east to the stable of Christ in Bethlehem. At the 10:00 a.m. service all of our youth are invited to be a part of our procession, which will include the wise men, shepherds, donkeys, and camels, as well as angles and of course, the holy family.  Please arrive early in order to get your costumes and parts for this wonderful procession.  

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28th,  following one 9:00 a.m. service and a parish wide brunch.  Please note that we only have one 9:00 a.m. service on January 28 th .   We will elect our new vestry members for the coming year, approve our 2018 budget, and celebrate all of our ministries here in this wonderful parish.  Please bring a dish to share if you wish and plan on joining us.  There is a sign-up sheet for the brunch at the back of the church.
If you have a little bit of time following our 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday January 7 th , your help is needed.  We will be taking down all of our Christmas decorations.  So please grab some coffee in the hall and lend a hand if you can.

May you, your family, and loved ones have 
a blessed New Year!
Busy Sundays in January!

Sunday, January 7 - Feast of the Epiphany
St. Mary's will celebrate the Feast of the Epi phany at both services on January 7 (transferred from the a ctu a l date   of January 6).  At the 10:00 a.m. service, the childre n of
the parish will participate in an Epiphany procession.  

Sunday, January 14, Youth Sunday
The youth of the parish are busy designing, planning, and preparing for a youth-led, 10:00 a.m. service.  Please plan to attend and support them!
Sunday, January 28,
Annual Parish Meeting and Brunch
ONE SERVICE ONLY on this day, beginning at  9 :00 a.m., followed by  brunch and the annual meeting.  The sign-up sheet for the brunch is posted in the Narthex. 

*Ministry Leaders:  A request for your annual reports was sent out last week.  Please email them to the office by January 19th so the packets can be put together.  Questions?  Contact Amy in the office.

2018 Flower Chart

The 2018 Flower Chart is now posted. Members are encouraged to select a Sunday closest to a significant date in one's life, (the anniversary of the death of a loved one or friend, a birthday or wedding anniversary, or perhaps on the occasion of blessings received), and underwrite that Sunday's flowers.

Poinsettia Plants

If you  ha ve  given a  poinsettia plant  for the Christmas services and  would like to take it home with you , the plant may be picked up this Sunday, January 7, following the  10:00 a.m.  service.
2018 Offering Envelopes

The 2018 Offering Envelopes are now available.  If you chose to receive offering envelopes and have not received them in the mail, please pick them up from the table in the Narthex.
January Community Meal

You're invited to join us Saturday, January 20th 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.

The January menu will be posted on the website, and in upcoming bulletins and newsletters.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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