Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation
(Preschool -2nd grade)
Sunday School, 11:00 am
Clergy & Staff
Rev. Barbara Bishop, Deacon
, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Michael Higgins, Co-Warden
Cate Williams, Co-Warden
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
Members: John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Michael Choquette, Mark Cornelissen, Jerry Kolarczyk, and Marge Smith
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Monday, January 16. 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.
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, January 24, at 7:00 pm.
We Pray For
Carol and the family of Philip, the family of Joseph, Bryant, Nicci, Henry, Bryan, Matthew, Mike, Jerry, John, Glenice, Daphne, Dn. Barb, Karen, Thelma, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Meg, Bob, Pat, Harry, Marion, Don, Tom, Joe, Madeleine, Jo, Raven, Bill, Jerry,
Betty, Judie, Wendy
Those Who Have Died
Philip, nephew of Carol Dingle;
Joseph, former employer of Peter Carroll;
Pauline, grandmother of Mike Choquette;
Walter, father of Jerry Kolarczyk
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Zack, Ryan, Terry, Scott,
Dan, Corey, Nicholas, Tyler, Ross
1.14 Tracy Laudermith
1.16 Richard Day
1.17 Josephine Mason
1.18 Sara Amrein
1.16 El & Dorothy Nyberg
1.17 Dustin & Abigail Lake
From the Rector
Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,
This Sunday is our annual youth service. The theme, which focuses on our Christian call to care for the earth and environment, is entitled "Caring for all God's Creatures". This service will honor and celebrate animals and their place in our lives not only as members of our family but as members of God's creation. Our youth have designed this service and have worked very hard to bring us this liturgy. Please come and support the amazing young people in our congregation at 10:00 a.m.
Our fundraiser dinner to support our community meal program is fast approaching. It is on January 21, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. You can still purchase tickets from Fran after services or from Amy in the office. Tickets are $25.00/person or $60.00/family. All proceeds will go toward our free community meal, which will happen on the third Saturday of every month starting on February 18 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The kitchen has been renovated and reorganized and it took many hands to make this happen; thank you all. I especially want to thank Ted Thornton, and Cate and John Williams for all their hard work. The meal program is something that has been a year and half in the making, as the vestry and I have been in constant conversation regarding creating a program which would engage St. Mary's beyond our walls. When Jack Fleming was the interim here at St. Mary's, much of this conversation was occurring between the members of the parish who attended the diocesan sponsored "Thrive Program", a program to help the parish contemplate ways to connect with the community. St. Mary's has a great deal to be proud of, and our fund raiser is a great way to celebrate the beginning of this ministry now that it has moved from the abstract to the very real thing!
Sunday, January 15
This Sunday's 10:00 a.m. service was designed by the youth of the parish, with the guidance of Rev. Fran, and Mike Choquette. The theme is "Caring for All God's Creatures", and was created to focus attention on our Christian call to care for not only our pets, but all God's creatures. Please plan to attend, and support the youth of St. Mary's. It will be a very lively service, with readings and music that reflect the theme for the day.
Coffee Hour Guests
Following the service, we will have special guests with us during Coffee Hour. In keeping with the theme of "Caring for All God's Creatures", Denyce Evola, the Assistant Director of Animal Welfare at "On Angels Wings Pet Rescue", will be with us. She will be giving us information on where the adoptable pets come from. We will also welcome the sister of parishioner, Tami McLaughlin, Jennifer, who is a dog-handler at "Free Spirit Doggie Daycare" in Lake in the Hills. She will describe the business and the services it offers, as well as why one should consider using a day care service for your dog. Be sure to stay for Coffee Hour following our special Youth Sunday service.
A reminder that on this Saturday, January 14, the monthly Labyrinth Walk will be held in the Great Hall at 10:30 a.m. This is open to all, whether you've been walking for years, or are new to this peaceful method of prayer and meditation.
"LET'S EAT TOGETHER"
COMMUNITY MEAL FUNDRAISER
Saturday, January 21
This dinner is a fundraiser for our monthly
free Community Meal, which begins in February.
Tickets are $25/person, or $60/family,
and may be purchased through the Parish Office.
All proceeds will go towards this new
community meal ministry.
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors, and join the fun!
Beginning February 18, and continuing throughout the year,
on the third Saturday of the month, St. Mary's will host a free* meal
to anyone in the community wishing to attend.
* Donations gladly accepted, but not required.
Annual Parish Meeting / Brunch
Save the date: The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29. There will be only one service this day, beginning at 9:00 a.m., followed by a delicious potluck brunch, and then the meeting.
Sign-up sheets for the brunch are located on the table display in the Narthex. Please be sure and join us for the meeting, as we reflect on 2016, and look forward to great opportunities in the new year.
The 2017 Flower Chart is now posted. If you would like to donate the altar flowers for a particular date in 2017, please sign up, and let us know the intention of your gift (anniversary, birthday, thanksgivings, in memory of a loved one...). Checks for your donation may be made out to St. Mary's - there are flower envelopes located below the chart. Cost is $30. Thank you!!
The 2017 Offering Envelopes are now available for those parishioners who have turned in a pledge. The labeled boxes of envelopes are on a table in the Narthex. Please pick up your envelopes, and save the parish considerable postage costs. Thank you!!
2016 Statements of Contribution
Statements will be available this Sunday, for anyone who made a monetary donation to St. Mary's during the year 2016. You can help the parish save postage costs by picking up your statement after Sunday services, or anytime during office hours, Monday through Friday.