The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church   ~    Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                        May 3, 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, May 9. 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, May 22.

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, May 19.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Heather, Matthew, Julia, Joshua and the extended Horeled family; Mary, Bill, Dorothy, Gladys, Carol, Pat, John, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Cameron & Linda, Matthew, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends: 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, Barb, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah, Judie

Those Who Have Died
John Horeled
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey

Birthdays May 3-9
5.5  Betsy Vargason
5.6  Sally Van Vranken
5.9  Barbara Dick

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 Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,

This Sunday we will continue to celebrate the fifty day season of Easter.  In this season the church invites us to embrace the reality of the resurrection and the new life that is promised to us through our baptism.   As many of you are now aware, this morning St. Mary's lost one of our longtime friends and parishioners, John Horeled.  John and his wife Heather have been members here for 39 years and raised their children, Matthew, Joshua and Julia at St. Mary's.   Funeral services will be held for John next week and we will share that information with you as soon as all the plans are finalized.   Many of you have been friends with John for a number of years and I realize that this is difficult loss for you.  Please keep Heather and the entire Horeled family in your prayers.  John Horeled has now received the gift of new and eternal life promised to him at his baptism.   Let this be our hope and consolation.

Please mark your calendar for our next Community Meal on Saturday, May 19th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We could use extra help this month so if you are free please contact Tracy Higgins to volunteer.
Thank you to everyone who help make the service for Barb Bishop so lovely. I especially want to thank Sandy and the Choir for all the music they provided.   I am grateful to all those who set up and cleaned up after the lunch, and to those who prepared the churchyard as well as those who served on the altar.  It was a lovely service and a wonderful tribute to Barb.
See you all on Sunday
Fran +

Farewell to Suzanne Anderson

This Sunday, May 6 , at the 8:00 a.m. service, Fran will offer a blessing for Suzanne Anderson.   Suzanne is moving from Huntley to Carol Stream, and we will be wishing her a fond farewell at the 8:00 a.m. Coffee Hour. Suzanne has been a member here at St. Mary's since December 2000. We wish her all the best in this new chapter of her life.

26th Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive
Fill a bag! Help feed families!

On  Saturday, May 12 , your Letter Carrier will be collecting donations for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.   Please collect and bag healthy, non-perishable food items, and leave the bag by your mailbox for pick-up.   Thanks for your help!!

(Please do not donate items that are expired, 
or are in glass containers.)
May Community Meal

You're invited to join us on  Saturday, May 19, for our next Free Community Meal. Meals are served between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are always appreciated. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. This meal is free to ANYONE. If you would like volunteer, please contact  Tracy Higgins.

May Menu:   Pasta  with Three Sauces  (meat, marinara, and alfredo), SaladGarlic Bread,  and  Dessert!    Hope to see you on May 19th!
Forward Day by Day

Forward Day by Day , the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of May-July , is now available on a Narthex table , priced as marked. Please pick up a copy today .
Graduate News!

Lydia Kenyon , daughter of Tom and Amy Koegel, was accepted into the honors program at Illinois State University.  Her major is special education and she begins classes in fall of 2018.

Parents/Grandparents:  If there is about to be a new graduate in your family, we'd love to share the good news!  P lease let us know all about your graduate (Junior High, High School, College, Grad School), the school they're graduating from, and the school (or job) that will be the next step. You may include other information as well, such as scholarships or awards received.  A simple write-up can be submitted to the Parish Office ; the good news will be included in upcoming issues of  The Magnificat Weekly .  

Sunday, May 20 , is the Feast of Pentecost, which marks the coming of the Holy Spirit and the Birthday of the church in the world. In celebration, everyone is encouraged to wear red .   Guess who bought red shoes just for the occasion?!!
There will be a renewal of our Baptismal vows at the 8:00 a.m. service, and we will celebrate the baptism of Hunter Barry Horn at the 10:00 a.m. service.
Do you speak another language in addition to English?   Then we could use your help at the 10:00 a.m. Pentecost service.  As  you may or may not know, we have a wonderful Pentecost tradition here at St. Mary's. The Pentecost reading of the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-21 is read in several different languages simultaneously, to illustrate the scripture passage: "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability." (Acts 2:4)

In the past we've had speakers in Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, German, Greek, and even Russian! Any language is welcome!!!!   If you are interested, please contact Amy in the office. She will get you a copy of the reading in your preferred language, or you may use your own foreign-language Bible if you have one.

Celebration of the Life of Deacon Barb

Thanks to ALL who planned, participated in, and attended the service for Deacon Barb Bishop.  It was a beautiful day, and it was wonderful to see so many friends, family, parishioners, and clergy in attendance, not only from Illinois, but from around the country.

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