Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation
(Preschool -2nd grade)
Final day for Children's Worship is May 21.
CW and Sunday School on Summer Break, May 28-September 3.
Clergy & Staff
Rev. Barbara Bishop, Deacon
, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, 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, June 28. 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 June 10.
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. Note: We will not meet during the summer. The next service will be held Tuesday, September 26.
We Pray For
Sharon, the Wayne family, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Jean, Gladys, Debbie and Mark, Christi, Bryan, Tina, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, John, Cameron and Linda, Gary, Matthew, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Peter, Sue, Joanne, Carol, John, Peter, Sean, Susan, Meg, Nancy, Maggie, Dn. Lucy, Bryant, Nicci, Tom, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Harry, Marion, Don,
In addition: we pray for the victims, their families, the first responders, and the people of Manchester England.
Those Who Have Died
Fred, uncle / godfather of Amy Noe;
Wendy, friend of Sandy Molyneux and Gail Head
Those Who Mourn
Mary, Tony, and the
family of Fred;
family of Wendy
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Zack, Ryan, Terry, Scott,
5.29 Matthew & Stacy
5.30 Jack & Kris Thune
From the Rector
Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,
This past week as you all know has been a discouraging one with the violence and deaths of many young people in Manchester England. If you are like me you are asking yourself where is God in all of this senseless violence that never seems to end? In addition, all of us have our own struggles and challenges that we are facing. I am aware that many of you have health issues, family issues, and issues of grief and loss that you are dealing with. Life can indeed feel overwhelming at times. The Christian faith is not one that we practice or live out in isolation. It is a communal faith and always has been right from the beginning when Jesus asked his disciples to follow him. So often in our culture we think of a "personal relationship with God" or a "personal faith journey" but the Christian faith by its very definition and nature is one that calls us to engage in community. It is the community that can hold us up and support us and pray for us and even believe for us, when we cannot do it for ourselves. During times of struggle and grief it is the community that we need the most. The community is the body of Christ in the world. It is the community where Christ's presence is made real in the world. Let us in the midst of our difficult, often violent and isolating world, join as a community of faith so that Christ may be known to us and to all those seeking God.
we will be celebrating the Feast of the
, and the choir has prepared some lovely music for this festive occasion. Next Sunday, on
, we will be celebrating the
Feast of Pentecost
also known as the birthday of the Church.
Please wear red for this occasion
. We will have a baptism at the 10:00 a.m. service and all of the children of the parish are invited to process and be present at the baptismal font.
See you all on Sunday,
A Fond Farewell to
This Sunday, May 28, we will say goodbye to Marci and Jose Cantu as they prepare to move to South Carolina. Jose and Marci have been long time parishioners here at St. Mary's and have both been very involved, most recently with planting and helping to beautify our land. Jose and Marci met here at St. Mary's and were married here two years ago. They have many friends here and they will be deeply missed. We are so very grateful for their presence and involvement in the life of our parish. This Sunday at the 8:00 a.m. service Rev. Fran will bless them as they move on to this next chapter in their lives. May God Bless and Keep you Jose and Marci.
The Parish Offices
be closed on
in observance of
You Are Invited...
Our friends at the Islamic Center of Wheaton (ICW) have invited us to break fast with them on Wednesday, May 31st. The Ramadan dinner reception begins at 7:00 p.m., with a short program starting at 7:15 p.m. (speeches by the Mayor of Wheaton and the Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church), and dinner starts at 8:30 p.m. If you would like to watch prayers (optional) please make sure to wear clean socks
, as you will need to remove your shoes. Please invite other St. Mary's parishioners/friends that you think would enjoy the evening. If you would like to attend (or have any questions) please let me know by Sunday, May 28th so I can give ICW a final head count. I will not be at St.
Mary's this Sunday, so please send me an email
, or call me on my cell phone (815-793-9187). If you want to travel together as a group let me know and I will see what I can arrange. ICW is located at 900 E. Geneva Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187.
Vestry Meeting Highlights - May 2017
The Vestry is very excited to report that our Community Meal Program has been successful so far in that we have engaged many people from outside our parish both as volunteers and as dinner guests. People have reported having a wonderful experience of hospitality and we have received great feedback about the meals. The program to date has covered its meal expenses with free will donations, so the program is currently self-sustaining, which has been the goal of the program since it began. In addition to monetary donations we have had donations of bread from Fresh Thyme, and produce and other food items from Midwest Produce.
Mike Choquette shared with us that everyone in the parish is invited to the Islamic Center in Wheaton to break fast with the Muslim Community as Ramadan comes to a close. (See the previous article for details.)
Rev. Fran thanked everyone for their welcome of our supply clergy while she was in the holy land. Fran will be going through her photos and preparing a short coffee hour presentation for the parish at a future date.
Note: Minutes of Vestry meetings are posted on the bulletin board and are available from the church office. The minutes and monthly financial reports are posted and available following vestry approval of these documents.
Calling All Bilingual Parishioners!
Do you speak another language in addition to English? Then we want you at the
10:00 a.m. Pentecost service on Sunday, June 4
! As you know, we have a wonderful Pentecost tradition here at St. Mary's. The Pentecost reading of the Acts of the Apostles 1:1-21 is read in several different languages simultaneously, to illustrate the scripture passage:
"All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability."
In the past we've had speakers in Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, German, and even Russian! This year we already have a volunteer who will read in Greek! Any language is welcome!!!! If you are interested, please contact Amy in the parish office. She will get you a copy of the reading in your preferred language, or you may use your own foreign-language Bible if you have one.
ions to the following students who are moving on to the next exciting chapter in their lives. Parents, if you have not submitted your graduate's news, it's not too late! Send the information to Amy in the parish office and we'll share your good news with the parish in the next issue of the newsletter.
son of Doug and Carol Dlesk, will graduate from Prairie Ridge High School this Saturday, May 27th. While in high school he was active in the Wolves Marching Band where he played the Baritone. He also was involved in chorus, Scholastic Team, and the Light Crew for the Theater Arts Department. He is an active 4H member in the Crystal Clovers 4H Club of McHenry County. He will be going to Iowa State University in the fall to study Biology with an interest in Botany or Ecology.
Rebecca Leigh Kolarczyk
, daughter of Jennifer & Jerry Kolarczyk, graduated cum laude from Hope College in Holland, Michigan on May 7, 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Education. She double majored in Spanish Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-8), including studying a semester abroad in Santiago, Chile. While at Hope, Becca worked as a Math Tutor and a Spanish Conversation Group Leader. She also enjoyed volunteering, both as a Young Life Leader, an organization that provides Christian mentoring to high school students, and as an Assistant Soccer Coach for a local high school girl's soccer team. She was also very involved at Pillar Church, and loved being part of their Worship Team. This summer, while applying and interviewing for a teaching job, Becca will be enjoying her fourth year teaching tennis and second year as the Tennis Coordinator for the Crystal Lake Park District's Summer Tennis Program.
, son of Dan & Tami McLaughlin, is graduating from Lundahl Middle School and will be attending Crystal Lake South High School. He is excited about his journey to high school and is looking forward to perusing classes of interest, particularly German and History.
Kyle Martin Nicholas
, son-in-law of Jennifer and Jerry Kolarczyk, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana on May 20, 2017 with a Masters of Theological Studies. He will begin a doctoral program in Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics, and Culture concentration) at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in August 2017. His research will focus on theological anthropology and political ethics. Kyle and Abbey will move to Charlottesville on June 1, and they are very excited about this new adventure!
, daughter/son of Sarah Novy, and grandchildren of Shirley LeGare, will both be graduating in the next week. Valerie will graduate from Hannah Beardsley Middle School next Thursday, June 1. She will attend Crystal Lake Central High School this Fall. Anthony will graduate this Saturday, May 27, from Crystal Lake Central High School. He plans to attend McHenry County College in the Fall.
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!
Crystal Lake Food Pantry Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry,
Wednesday, June 28
. Shifts are 9:30 am to Noon, or Noon to 2:30 pm. Contact Chris Bednaroski at 815-444-9122, or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you can help out!
If you currently volunteer on St. Mary's service days, please consider helping on other days, too.
The pantry's online SignUp Volunteer Calendar has been updated with many new opportunities to volunteer! To learn more, please visit
CL Food Pantry website
. If you are interested in assisting clients, stocking shelves, helping sort food and even helping to receive perishable food (dropped off from the grocery stores throughout the week), we've got a spot for you!
If you have friends that may want to volunteer, please be sure to share this information with them, too!
We are truly grateful for your support!
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
42 East Street ~ Crystal Lake, IL 60014