The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church    ~     Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                      May 24, 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 this Sunday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m., for the final time before Summer break.


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, June 13. 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.  Now on summer break, the Taize services will resume in September.

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, June 16.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Bob, Pat, Carol, John, Thelma, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Rev. Fran and her family, Heather, Matthew, Julia, Joshua and the extended Horeled family; Mary, Bill, Dorothy, Gladys, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Cameron & Linda, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Naomi,
Aimee,  Susan, Brian, Mark, Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Carole, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah, Judie

Those Who Have Died
Frank Bava, uncle of Rev. Fran Holliday;  John Horeled
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Terry, Dan 

Birthdays May 24-30
5.24  Alison Davis

May 24-30
5.27  Ryan & Alecia
5.30  Jack & Kristine

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 Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,

It is hard to believe that we are approaching Memorial Day weekend and summer is upon us once again. This Sunday we will be taking a moment of silence during our services and offering a special prayer for all of the men and women in the armed forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Please take time this weekend to pray for all of the men and women in the armed forces and their families.

This Sunday as we celebrate Trinity Sunday, the choir will be wrapping up another program year. I wish to thank Sandy and the choir for all their hard work and the music they have provided for us, most especially the anthems that they have sung, which add so much to our services.

We are bidding a fond farewell to parishioner Marie Bolchazy at our 10:00 a.m. service. Marie has been an active member of St. Mary's for the past three and half years, helping out as a greeter and in Children's Worship. Marie has decided to retire and move to California. I will offer a blessing for her at the 10:00 a.m. service, and you are invited to join us at coffee hour for a cake in her honor. We will miss you Marie, and we wish you all the best on this next chapter of your life.

May you have a safe and blessed holiday weekend.
See you all on Sunday,

The Parish Offices will  be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day .
We Remember
We remember the many brave men and women
who have given their lives 
through the history of our country
to protect us from danger and harm.
We remember all those who sustained injury
in mind and/or body in the course of their service.
We salute all those who served in the military.
                                                                             - Author Unknown

Summer Break Begins

The Sanctuary Choir concludes the 2017-2018 season this Sunday, May 27, at the 10:00 a.m. service, and we want to thank Organist/Choirmaster, Sandy Molyneux and the choir members for their ministry of music among us these past nine months. Although they won't be singing as a large group, you may see a few duets or trios occasionally during the summer. St. Mary's is very blessed to have a wonderful music program, and we look forward to the choir's return in September.

This Sunday, May 27, is also the last day for Children's Worship  until September. Many thanks to Catherine Carroll and her helpers for taking on this important ministry.
Games Against Gun Violence
Because Summer Should be Fun & Games for Every Kid
Game-a-Thon   ~   Saturday, June 2
5:00 p.m. until morning   ~   St. Mary's Great Hall
Stay an hou r, or stay all night! Pizza and soda provided.

Good Will Donations Happily Accepted 
($10 suggested)
All donations will support camp scholarships
to Summer in the City

Summer in the City is a non-residential arts and adventure camp held in the heart of downtown Chicago, dedicated to helping young people discover treasure in Chicago, themselves, and others.   For more information contact:

Please sign up in the Great Hall if you plan on attending , or contact the parish office.  Let us know how m any will be attending. Feel free to invite family, friends and neighbors! Bring your favorite games/snacks.     
 Upcoming Graduations

Megan Mauger , daughter of Elizabeth Mauger, will graduate from Cary Junior High School on June 4.  She will attend Cary-Grove High School in the Fall.

P arents/Grandparents:  It's not too late!   If there is a new graduate in your family, we'd love to share the good news!  P lease let us know all about your graduate, including the school they're graduating from, and the school (or job) that will be the next step. You may include other information as well, such as scholarships or awards received.  A simple write-up can be submitted to the Parish Office ; the good news will be included in upcoming issues of  The Magnificat Weekly .  

Parish Clean-Up Day with Lunch
Sunday, June 10 following the 10:00 a.m. Service! 
Your Help is Needed!

On  Sunday, June 10 from 11:00-1:00 p.m.  we will hold a parish  clean-up day of our grounds. We need people to weed and pick up branches, and do a basic clean-up of our 5 acres.  Lunch will be served in the Great Hall as soon as we finish up.  Please wear your yardwork clothes to church and spend sometime helping, as "Many hands make light work."  Please RSVP for lunch with Amy in the office,  or sign up in the Great Hall.  We want to make sure we have enough food on hand for all. Volunteers of all ages are welcome!
 Confirmation / Adult Inquirers' Classes

In prepar ation for Bishop Jeffrey Lee's visit in October, Fran will be scheduling Confirmation and Adult Inquirers' classes over the summer.

Confirmation class will be held for youth or adults, 7th grade and older, who wish to be confirmed by Bishop Lee on October 7.

The  Adult Inquirers' class prepares adults who wish to be Received into the Episcopal Church. (Those adults who have been confirmed in the Roman Catholic or ELCA Lutheran faiths, do not need to be re-confirmed, but are "received" into the Episcopal Church by the Bishop.) This class is open to any adult wishing to learn more about the Episcopal Church, even if they do not wish to be confirmed or received .

Please contact Rev. Fran and let her know if you are interested, or if you have any questions.   Dates will be coming out soon, and the classes promise to be engaging, fun, and informative.

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