The Magnificat   Weekly

St. Mary's  Episcopal Church,  Crystal Lake IL

The Season of Lent
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                  March 8, 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, March 14. 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, 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
Parishioners :  Carol, Pat, Gary, Thelma, John, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, Matthew, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends : 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, Sarah, Judie
Those Who Have Died
Dwight, nephew of Sara Amrein; Virginia, mother-in-law of Missy Spengel;   Arlene , mother of Butch Hess

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey

Birthdays March 8-14
3.8    Art Maday
3.11  Mary Frake
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,

Jeff Lee, the Bishop of Chicago, has issued an invitation to all parishes of the diocese to join him on Saturday, March 24 th for the "March for Our Lives" rally in Grant Park in Chicago.   We will be gathering at Grace Church in the Loop, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and then going over to Grant Park for the rally which is from 11:00-12:00 Noon. There is a group from St. Mary's taking the train down to participate in this rally against gun violence. This rally coincides with the march in Washington DC, and other marches happening around the country.   I hope you will consider going with us. In a world where gun violence is so prevalent the voice of the church needs to be present and heard more than ever. In this Lenten season this is one concrete way that we can live out our baptismal covenant to "resist evil" in all its forms and to "proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ."  Later in this newsletter, you will find more details about the rally and the train schedule. I hope that you will join us as we work to put an end to the senseless violence and deaths that have occurred as a result of gun violence.

You can still join us for Lenten Soup Supper & Study, which happens on Thursday evenings beginning with dinner at 6:30 p.m. We are using the book and DVD "Twenty four Hours that Changed the World." Our discussion centers around the holy week scriptures and runs to about 8:15 p.m. We have three more Thursday gatherings including tonight.

Easter is right around the corner and I invite you to contribute to our Easter Flower Fund. You may make a donation by using the envelopes at the back of the church and you may sign up letting us know if the flowers are in memory or honor of someone. We will publicize the list in our Easter bulletins. As so many of you know our Easter altar is decked out with lovely flowers and in order to make this happen we do need flower donations.   Thank you to all who have donated already.

See you on Sunday,
Time to "Spring Ahead"

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday at 2:00 a.m.   Please remember to set your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR before going to bed on Saturday evening.
5-Week Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series

  24 Hours
That Changed the World

Every Thursday, February 22-March 22
6:30-8:15 p.m.

What a difference a day makes.   It could not be  truer than when talking about the last day of Jesus' life.  I 24 H ours That Changed the World, by Adam Hamilton, we will focus o n the  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.
Dinner with Missionaries, Russ & Heidi Smith

Friday, March 9 
Gather at 6:30 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm

Russ and Heidi Smith have been serving as missionaries with SAMS, the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders, (formerly South American Missionary Society) in the Diocese of Chile for over 31 years.  They first visited St. Mary's just before they were married in February of 1986 and our parish began a prayer partnership with them at that time.  They arrived in Chile later that year and have been serving there ever since.  Their four children were born and raised in Chile. 

Russ and Heidi will be with us on Friday, March 9th to share about their present ministry primarily among the Mapuche, the indigenous people of southern Chile.    Please contact the parish office or Rev. Fran TODAY, if you are interested but have not signed up .   We need to make sure we have enough food for dinner. Thanks!
March Community Meal

You're invited to join us Saturday, March 17th  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.

3 Different Kinds of Lasagna and Pizza 
from That's  Amore Pizza ,  
Rolls and Butter from Texas Roadhouse
Salad, and Dessert
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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On 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 Grace Episcopal Church , in the south loop, before departing for Grant Park. Grace is located at 637 S Dearborn St., 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 Grace Church.

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 over to Grace Church. 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 contact Rev. Fran, or Amy in the office if you are interested in participating.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on the church grounds , weather permitting, on Saturday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m., 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 .

The sign-up sheet is posted in the Great Hall. Please  sign up by Sunday, March 25 , so we have time to prepare for the event.
Easter Flowers

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 $15 , 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!

Palm Sunday, March 25
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, Eucharist w/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
Easter Sunday, April 1
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Eucharist with choir
* Volunteers are needed for Holy Week, including ushers, passion readers, and keeping watch during the vigil on Maundy Thursday. See the sign-up sheets on a table in the Narthex.
Summer Lunch Program Volunteers Needed:
High School Age and Older

The 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!

Please email Mary Fox to register.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |