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
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Marge Smith, Warden
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20) Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, April 11. Contact Aimee Day if you can help. Shift times are 8:30-11:30 am, and 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.
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
: Gail, Bill, Dorothy, Gladys, Carol, Pat, Gary, Thelma, John, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, Matthew, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
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,
Those Who Have Died
Marilyn, aunt of Peter Carroll;
, nephew of Sara Amrein;
, mother-in-law of Missy Spengel;
, mother of Butch Hess
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry,
Birthdays March 15-21
3.16 Tami McLaughlin
3.17 Dorothy Nyberg
3.19 Rick Noe
3.20 Shirley LeGare
Anniversary Mar. 15-21
3.18 Doug & Carol Dlesk
If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
It is not too early to be thinking about
, which begins on Sunday March 25th with Palm Sunday. In this newsletter you will find a complete schedule of our services and I urge you to be here with us as we mark this very holy time of year. This year we will begin our holy week observance on Saturday, March 24, by participating in
"March for Our Lives Chicago."
Our bishop, Jeff Lee of Chicago, will be participating and he has invited parishes across the diocese to join him. This coincides with the "March for Our Lives Event" that is happening in Washington DC and around the country. Please join us as we work to change a world where death from gun violence seems to have become the norm. The location of the event has changed to Union Park in Chicago, with a gathering of the Diocese of Chicago participants from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the U.E. Hall nearby. This is a change from the original plans but it is much closer and easier for us to get to from the Ogilvie Transportation center. Please see this newsletter for more details and let me know if you are planning to attend, as a group of us are planning to take the early 7:00 a.m. train together from the downtown Crystal Lake stop. (You may take a later train if you wish and meet up with us.) I have maps as well as more details. You may contact me
or text at 312-401-2058.
If you have children, grandchildren or your neighbors have children please invite them to attend our annual
Easter Egg Hunt
on Saturday, March 31st. We will gather and begin activities at 10:30 a.m. The Hunt will officially begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by snacks, games, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Helpers of all ages are needed to assist the bunny, and we would appreciate if parents could bring snacks to share. Please contact Amy in the office or sign up in the parish hall. We also have flyers so that you may invite people you know by handing them out or posting them.
This Saturday I hope you will join us for our next
Free Monthly Community Meal
from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Amore' Pizza here in Crystal Lake has offered to donate our meal and they are providing pizza and three different types of Lasagna. We will also have salad, rolls and dessert. Come and bring your friends!
See You all on Sunday,
5-Week Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series
That Changed the World
Every Thursday, February 22-March 22
What a difference a day makes. It could not be
truer than when talking about the last day of Jesus' life. I
n 24 H
ours That Changed the World, by Adam Hamilton, we will focus o
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.
We will use the DVD and book together
in our discussions each week. Please see Rev. Fran or Amy in the office if you need a copy of the book. We are asking for a $10 donation to help defray the cost.
Please sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread to one or more of our evenings. Invite a friend! Questions? Speak with Rev. Fran.
It's not too late to join the discussion!!
Sign-up sheets are located on the display in the Great Hall.
March Community Meal
You're invited to join us
Saturday, March 17th
for our next
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
Rolls and Butter from Texas Roadhouse;
Salad, and Dessert
Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be out of the office on Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20.
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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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.
For those planning to march with Bishop Lee and our
Episcopal brothers and sisters,
we have been invited to gather between 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at U.E. Hall
before departing for Union Park. U.E. Hall is located at 37 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.
Travel Options for St. Mary's participants:
(Driving is NOT recommended)
7:00 a.m. train from downtown Crystal Lake
: Several participants will be taking this train, arriving in Chicago at 8:23 a.m. This will give us plenty of time to grab coffee and bagel, and make our way to U.E. Hall. (1.4 mile walk to U.E. Hall/Union Park)
8:00 a.m. train from downtown Crystal Lake
: Train arrives in Chicago at 9:23 a.m. If you wish to take this later train, you may have to get a cab or bus over to U.E. Hall. Call or text Rev. Fran when you arrive in Chicago, and she'll let you know exactly where the group is.
Cost for the train is $10
- unlimited weekend pass.
* Please Note:
UE Hall and Union Park are new locations,
updated as of March 15.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
will be held
on the church grounds
, weather permitting, on
Saturday, March 31
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
10:30 am: Registration and activities begin
11:00 am sharp: Egg hunt begins, followed by snacks and additional activities
posted in the Great Hall.
sign up by
Sunday, March 25
, so we have time to prepare for the event.
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
, 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!
Holy Week / Easter
Schedule of Events and Services
Saturday, March 24
11:00 a.m. "March for Our Lives
Chicago" at Union Park.
Palm Sunday, March 25
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, and Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, and Eucharist with 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
Holy Saturday, March 31
10:30 a.m. Annual Easter Egg Hunt;
details and sign-up are in the Great Hall
Easter Sunday, April 1
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Eucharist with choir
* Sign up sheets for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday volunteers can be found on a Narthex table.
Summer Lunch Program Volunteers Needed:
High School Age and Older
Crystal Lake Summer Lunch Program
was started three years ago by volunteers with the help of the Crystal Lake Park District, in conjunction with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Illinois Dept. of Education. Everyday,
Monday through Friday
, from the closing of school in June to the opening in August, children from Crystal Lake, ages 18 and under, are served
free lunches at Ladd Park, from 11:30 - 12:30
. Lunch is followed with
activities until 1:00
. On days that are raining, or the temperatures are over 95 degrees, the program is held at Vineyard Christian Church.
These hours in Ladd Park are a taste of peace on earth. The children are happy and cooperative; the parents are friendly and grateful; the volunteers are generous and motivated; and the community is supportive in every way. You may volunteer for as many days as you wish; we will work around your schedule. If you love children, this is a great opportunity!