The Magnificat Weekly
St. Mary's Episcopal Church 
Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                 March 30, 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 Wednesday, April 26.  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, April 25, at 7:00 p.m.

We Pray For
Sue, Mark, 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
3.31  Anthony Novy
         Charlie Michelin
4.1   Anna Choquette
4.2   John Williams
4.5   Dave & Chris Russell



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News from The Episcopal Cafe
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

As we continue our Lenten journey and move toward Holy Week, please mark your calendars for all of the services and events we having coming up to mark this sacred season. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday (April 9), and continues with services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Easter weekend is always a time of joyful celebration here at St. Mary's, and on Saturday April 15, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon, we will hold our Annual Easter Egg Hunt, complete with candy, prizes, activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny. I am looking for adult and older youth volunteers to help out, so please let me know if you are available. Later in the evening on Saturday April 15, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., we will hold our April Community Meal, which will feature Italian food. If you have some time and would like to volunteer please contact Tracy Higgins. Stop in with friends, family and neighbors for a wonderful dinner. This is a great opportunity to meet friends old and new.  

Tonight we will continue with our Lenten Soup Supper & Study at 6:30 p.m., looking at the Holy Week stories through a cantata written by Marcus Hummon.   All are welcome to attend. Holy Week is one week in our lives that defines us like no other. Please look at our schedule for Holy Week in this newsletter and plan on joining us for these sacred days.

See you on Sunda y

The Ballad of Mary's Son
By Langston Hughes (1954)
It was in the Spring
The Passover had come.
There was feasting in the streets and joy.
But an awful thing happened in the Spring
Men who knew not what they did
Killed Mary's Boy.
He was Mary's Son,
And the Son of God was He
Sent to bring the whole world joy.
There were some who could not hear
And some were filled with fear
So they built a cross for Mary's Boy.

5-Week Lenten Soup Supper, & Study Continues
The Passion: A Cantata of Jesus' Death
Tonight, March 30, and 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.  

Labyrinth Walk for  Holy Week
The next Labyrinth Walk will be held on Saturda y, April 8 , from 10:30 a.m. until Noon. The focus will be the themes of Holy Week. Palms will be available.   If you have never walked the Labyrinth before, no worries, as instruction is always available. Please join us on this special Holy Week journey.

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.
April Community Meal
You're invited to join us on Saturday, April 15 , for our next free , monthly Community Meal    Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. Bring your family and friends!   The April menu is Italian, and will feature Penne Pasta with your choice of sauce (Marinara, Meat, or Alfredo), Salad, Garlic Bread, and Dessert! Hope to see you on April 15th!
There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are always accepted.
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!

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