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.
Note: CW will NOT meet on December 31. It will resume on January 7.
Clergy & Staff
Rev. Barbara Bishop, Deacon
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Marge Smith, Warden
Cate Williams, Warden
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
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, January 3. Contact Aimee Day if you can help. Shift times are 9:30-Noon, and Noon-2:30.
A LABYRINTH WALK is normally held on the second Saturday of every month, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, in the Great Hall. All are welcome.
The next scheduled walk is
Saturday, January 13.
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 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, January 23.
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, January 20.
We Pray For
: Dorothy, Susan, John, Dn. Barb, Jim, Pat, Heather, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, the Wayne family, Matthew, John, Karen, Ann, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
: Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Cheri, Kevin,
Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Nanci, Carole, Donna, Sue, Mary, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci,
Those Who Have Died and Those Who Mourn Them
Peter, brother of Sara Amrein; Diane, cousin of Mike DeThorne
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry,
Birthdays December 28-January 3
If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the Parish Office.
From the Rector
Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,
This Sunday we will continue to celebrate the season of Christmas. We will have both our 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services. As we continue to celebrate this season of light, let us contemplate how we might be a light to one another and to our darkened world. This Sunday the Gospel of John reminds us that the light of Christ that came into the world cannot be overcome by darkness. We are called to be light to all those whom we encounter. We are called to be a beacon of hope to all people. As we embark on a new year, let us recommit ourselves to our baptismal vows and live intentionally as light to all those who live in deep darkness.
"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally, The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you."
- L.R. Knost
I wish you all a happy and blessed New Year!
See you Sunday,
Holiday Schedule Updates
: The parish offices will be closed Monday, January 1.
: Will NOT meet on January 1; it will resume on Wednesday, January 3.
Men's / Women's Bible Study:
Will NOT meet this Saturday, December 30. Both groups will resume on Saturday, January 6 at their usual times of 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
: Currently on Christmas break. It will resume on Sunday, January 7.
Sunday, January 7 - Feast of the Epiphany
St. Mary's will celebrate the Feast of the Epi
phany at both services on January 7 (transferred from the a
of January 6). At the 10:00 a.m. service, the childre
the parish will participate in an Epiphany procession.
Sunday, January 14, Youth Sunday
The youth of the parish are busy designing, planning, and preparing for a youth-led, 10:00 a.m. service. Please plan to attend and support them!
Sunday, January 28,
Annual Parish Meeting and Brunch
ONE SERVICE ONLY on this day, beginning at
:00 a.m., followed by
brunch and the annual meeting. Sign-up sheets for brunch will be posted soon.
2018 Flower Chart
The 2018 Flower Chart is now posted. Members are encouraged to select a Sunday closest to a significant date in one's life, (the anniversary of the death of a loved one or friend, a birthday or wedding anniversary, or perhaps on the occasion of blessings received), and underwrite that Sunday's flowers.
for the Christmas services and
would like to take it home with you
, the plant may be picked up on Sunday, January 7, following the
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry, next
Wednesday, January 3.
Shifts are 9:30 am to Noon, or Noon to 2:30 pm. Contact Aimee Day if you can help out! Thank you!!
Whatever your plans are this weekend,
please be safe, and have a very Happy New Year!