The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church     ~         Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                            June 28, 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, July 18. 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, July 21.

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
James, Cora, 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
Bill Laskey
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy, Terry, Dan 

Birthdays  Jun 28 - Jul 4
6.29  Emma Baker
          Alexa Hess
7.4    Sam Baker

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,

It is hard to believe we are approaching the end of June and the Fourth of July holiday is almost upon us. This Sunday Sandy will lead us in singing the many national and patriotic hymns that are found in the Episcopal Hymnal. She will be with us at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. all seniors are invited to join us for our "Annual Senior Summer Luncheon" , complete with a Pre-Fourth of July cookout (we will eat in the Great Hall). Bingo and door prizes will follow our lunch. Please note that we will hold a memorial service for Bill Laskey at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, with interment following the service in the Churchyard.

Please mark your calendars for Sunday July 29 th , and plan to join us for a festive coffee hour celebration after the 10:00 a.m. service in honor of Thelma and Gary Chesterfield . The Chesterfields have been members here at St. Mary's for fifty-four years.   They have served this church in many different capacities and both Thelma and Gary sang in the choir for many years. They also raised their sons Mike and Rob here at St. Mary's. At the end of July they are moving to Indiana to be closer to their son Mike and their grandchildren. Please join us as we give thanks for all of the time, talent and treasure that they have shared with this parish. Join us as we wish them a fond farewell and bless them as they enter this next exciting chapter of their lives . Thank you Gary and Thelma; we are so grateful for your devoted, faithful service to this parish and we wish you all the best! You will be greatly missed!

I will be out of the office from July 2nd through July 14th , attending the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin TX .   General Convention is held every three years and it is the place where all of our major church decisions are made. It is the place where we vote on prayer book revisions, liturgical calendars, budgets, mission and ministry, hold elections, and make any changes to our constitutions and canons. Each diocese elects four clergy and four lay persons to serve as deputies to convention. I am honored to have been elected to be a deputy to General Convention, at our Chicago Diocesan Convention in 2017. Right now there are over 270 resolutions before convention, and all resolutions must pass both the House of Deputies (made up of clergy and lay people) and the House of Bishops in order to be approved. I will be eager to share all of the  news of the church when I return. However, you can also follow the convention in real time, as much of it is live-streamed, including worship services with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaching.   Please go to the General Convention website where you can find information to get the app for phones/computers/tablets, in order to follow the 79 th General Convention.

If you have a pastoral care concern or emergency, please contact Amy in the office or one of our Co-Wardens, Marge Smith, or Tracy Higgins.  They will contact our on call clergy if needed.
See you all on Sunday,
Busy Day This Saturday, June 30

Memorial Service
The memorial service for long-time parishioner, Bill Laskey , will be held this Saturday morning, June 30, at 10:00 a.m.   Bill died on Friday, June 8, at the age of 95.   Visitation will be on Friday, June 29, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave, in Crystal Lake. Please keep Bill's children (and their families) in your prayers: Elizabeth, John, Mary, and James.
St. Mary's Seniors Lunch
The next Senior Luncheon will be held on Saturday, June 30, beginning at 11:30 a.m.   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 office.
 Confirmation  Class Schedule 
for Youth 7th Grade and Up

Rev. Fran and Mike Choquette will be holding confirmation classes at St. Mary's for youth, 7 th grade and up. If your son or daughter wishes to attend the classes please contact Rev. Fran   The classes are scheduled for the following Sunday sessions : from 11:40 a.m.-1:15 pm. , July 22 , August 19 , September 16 , and September 23 .

Confirmation will be held on Sunday, October 7.

Please note that on Sunday July 22, we are commissioning all of the confirmation candidates at the 10:00 a.m. service. So please plan to be present for this service.
Adult Inquirers' Classes

In preparation for Bishop Jeffrey Lee's visit on October 7th, Rev. Fran will be also be scheduling Adult Inquirers' classes over the summer.

The Adult Inquirers' class prepares adults who wish to be Confirmed or 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.   The first class will be Monday, July 16, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  The classes promise to be engaging, fun, and informative.
Paper Please. . . 

Donations of paper goods are greatly needed at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.   The pantry is not able to buy paper goods through the food bank, and clients are not able to use their SNAP benefits to purchase any paper goods such as toilet paper , Kleenex , paper towels , and napkins . Bring them to the church any time, and your Board members will get them over to the pantry. Paper goods are items that are lightweight, easy to carry and low cost that can be donated and will be appreciated by the clients. Thank you!!
July Community Meal

Mark your calendars for the next Community Meal on  Saturday, July 21 5:00-7:00 p.m. Remem ber, 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 Grilled Brats  and  Hot Dogs , with  Potato Salad ,  Corn on the Cob , and  Ice Cream Sundaes. YUM!  Hope to see you on July 21st!
Thrive! Magazine Available

The current issue of Thrive!, the magazine published twice a year by the Diocese Chicago, is now available. Please pick up your copy from a table in the Narthex.  

The current issue, and past issues of Thrive! can also be read online.

Last Sunday, following the 10:00 am service, 
we celebrated Gladys Dockery's 90th birthday! 
Gladys has been an active member  of St. Mary's 
for 33 years!    Her niece, Ruth,  baked the delicious cake,  which was decorated, inside and out,  with Gladys' favorite color, pink!   Congratulations, Gladys!

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