The Magnificat Weekly
St. Mary's Episcopal Church 
Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                 March 23, 2017
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,

10:00 am

(Preschool -2nd grade)


Sunday School, 11:00 am

Clergy & Staff
Rev. Barbara Bishop, Deacon
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Marge Smith, Warden (1/19)
Cate Williams, Warden (1/18)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
 (1/18)  Michael Choquette, Mark Cornelissen, Dan McLauglin
(1/19)  John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20)  Tracy Higgins, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is tomorrow, Friday, March 24.  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. The next walk is April 8.
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, March 28, at 7:00 p.m.

We Pray For
John, Carol, Betty, Joanne, Gladys, Sean, Peter, Mark, Matthew, Susan, Meg, Nancy, Maggie, Irene, Dn. Lucy, Shirley, Bryant, Nicci, Bryan, Tom, Daphne, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Harry, Marion, Don,  Brian, Sarah, Carol, Glenn , Judie
Thanksgiving for Healing
Those Who Have Died
Katherine Oliver, daughter of Jack Oliver;
Sig Morvaji, former parishioner

Those Who Mourn
Jack Oliver and his sons, Jim and John;
Eleanor Morvaji and her family
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Zack, Ryan, Terry, Scott, Dan, Corey
3.23 Grant Dlesk
3.24  Carolyn Kuykendall
3.25  Gary Chesterfield
          Emily Saczek
3.26  Jody Kemp
3.27  Jane Helmboldt
3.24  Jeremy & Jody Kemp



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News from The Episcopal Cafe
From the Rector
Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,
Our Lenten journey continues tonight with our third Soup Supper & Study at 6:30 p.m. Please consider joining us even if you have not attended other sessions. We are using the book "The Passion" by Marcus Hummon and Becca Stevens. It is a book of reflections, with a CD of the Cantata that Marcus Hummon has composed, on the Passion of Jesus. We have extra copies of the book if you need one. If you cannot attend our Lenten discussion of the passion consider reading the gospel stories of Jesus passion on your own, and steep yourself in this narrative that shapes us and defines us as Christians. All communities throughout history use narratives to explain life and death and the world in which we live. The Christian narrative shapes us in a particular way; it gives us, I think, a door to hope that many in the world do not see. The passion narratives, those stories which shape our holy week, are the stories in which we stake our entire life on as Christians. There are many competing narratives in our culture about who we should be as individuals and what we should focus on each and every day of our lives. The narratives that we hear, read, and take in over and over again, these are the narratives that will direct our lives.   So please drink deeply from the narrative of scripture and in particular the passion stories so that these stories may shape your life.
Thank you to everyone who made our community meal so successful last month. We appreciate all the volunteers who have stepped up to help and everyone who attended.   We served 66 meals and received numerous donations, which have fully covered the cost of the meal and extra supplies. We also had many new people from the community attend the meal, all who have said they will return to take part in this festive dinner each month. Our next meal is Saturday April 15, and dinner is served from 5:00-7:00 p.m. 
See you on Sunday

Rest In Peace

Katherine Oliver , daughter of Jack Oliver, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 19.   She will be interred in St. Mary's Churchyard at a future date. Please keep Jack, and his sons Jim and John, in your prayers.   You can read Katherine's obituary here
Sigmund "Sig" Morvaji , former parishioner, died on Monday, March 20 in Springfield IL.   Sig and his wife, Eleanor, were longtime members of St. Mary's, until they moved to southern Illinois 5 years ago. Even after the move, Sig continued to support St. Mary's, and also the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.   Please keep Eleanor and her family in your prayers. Sig's obituary can be found here.
5-Week Lenten Soup Supper, & Study Continues
The Passion: A Cantata of Jesus' Death
Every Thursday through April 6     ~     6:30-8:15 p.m.
If you haven't joined us yet for our Thursday evening Lenten study, it's not too late!!  Each week, following a simple supper, we will hear a particular "Holy Week" scripture passage, and a musical piece written for that passage.  Afterwards we will discuss the reflections about each piece, written by the composer, Marcus Hummon, and his wife, the Rev. Becca Stevens.

If you wish to participate please contact the office to get a copy of the book . We are asking for a donation of $5 per book to help defray the cost.

In addition, please sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread to one or more of our evenings .   Invite a friend! Questions? Speak with Rev. Fran.

Sign-up sheets are located on the display in the Great Hall.  

Living Well Through Lent
" Listening With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind "

This seasonal Lenten resource from Living Compass provides a foundation to help us explore a deeper connection between faith and our capacity to listen to God, through daily readings and meditations.   We have run out of hard copies, but this booklet is available in a Kindle version for $.99 through Amazon
Mobile Food Truck:
Lenten Outreach Opportunity
The Mobile Food Truck at St. Paul's, McHenry is a wonderful ministry that only takes a few hours of your time, and is open to ALL ages. On a table in the church Narthex, there are bags with a "wish list" of personal items attached. Please take a bag and fill it with as many items as you'd like.   We will continue this collection throughout the season of Lent.   Please return the filled bag to St. Mary's by Easter Sunday, April 16   On Saturday, April 29, these bags of personal items will be handed out to families in need, in addition to the bags of groceries from the Illinois Food Bank.   Thanks in advance for your help!!!
Easter Flowers
The Easter Flower Chart now posted in the Narthex.  If you would like to donate towards 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!
Holy Week Volunteers Needed
Maundy Thursday
Ushers at 7:30 p.m.
Vigil, every half hour until Midnight

Good Friday
Ushers at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
"Passion" readers at Noon, and 7:30 p.m.
If you are interested, please see the sign-up sheets on the table in the Narthex.  Thank you!!
Palm Sunday, April 9
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms; Rite 1 Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms; Rite 2 Eucharist


Maundy Thursday, April 13

7:30 p.m. Eucharist

Vigil at the Altar of Repose, 8:30 p.m. to Midnight


Good Friday, April 14

11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross followed by service at Noon

7:30 p.m.  Good Friday Liturgy


Easter Sunday, April 16

8:00 a.m. Easter Eucharist

10:00 a.m.  Easter Eucharist with choir

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on the church grounds , weather permitting, on Saturday, April 15 , from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, 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. St. Mary's will provide the containers; no need to bring your own bask et.
The sign-up sheet is posted in the Great Hall. It is very important that you sign up by Sunday, April 9 , so we have time to prepare for the event.
Paper Products
Donations Needed
The Crystal Lake Food Pantry needs your help!  Your donation of paper products and money would be greatly appreciated, as the pantry is not able to purchase paper goods through the food bank.  Items such as toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, napkins, etc., may be dropped off in the basket in the Narthex. You will also find envelopes there for monetary donations. St. Mary's is one of the founding churches of the pantry and it is up to us to help those less fortunate.  Thank you for your continued support!

Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's staffing date at the Food Pantry, TOMORROW, March 24 . Shifts are 9:30 am to Noon, or Noon to 2:30 pm. Contact Chris Bednaroski if you can help out!   Thank you!!

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