The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's  Episcopal Church   ~    Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                                            November 16, 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 meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.


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 Monday, November 27.  Contact Chris Bednaroski 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, December 9. 
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, November 28. 

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, November 18.  

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Jim, Pat, John, Bob, Heather, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, the Wayne family, Matthew, John, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends : Cheri,
Kevin, Billy, Kelly, David, Johnny, Bob, Pete, Susie, Nanci, Carole, Donna, Sue, Mary, Diana, Kelly Marie, Alyssa, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Brian, Sarah, Judie
Those Who Have Died and Those Who Mourn Them
Phyllis, friend of Galen and Betsy Vargason

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey

Birthdays Nov. 16-21
11.17  Atef Massoud

Anniversary Nov. 16-21
11.20  Steve & Mary Kay

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 Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This coming Sunday please join us as we celebrate Thanksgiving at one 9:00 a.m. service, followed by a parish-wide potluck brunch.   The choir will lead us in singing a number of wonderful thanksgiving hymns.  We are also asking everyone to please return your pledge cards for 2018 so that the finance committee and the vestry can begin working on the 2018 budget.  If you have not made a pledge please prayerfully consider making one and remember all pledges matter.  We are striving for 100% participation.  I know that many of you have already turned in your pledge cards and I thank you for your generosity.

This week I will be out of the office from this afternoon through Saturday, attending diocesan convention in Lombard.  I will be checking messages and you may also contact Co-Warden Cate Williams if a pastoral emergency arises.   Please remember that Amy Noe is also attending convention and the office will be closed on Friday.  

This Saturday evening, November 18 th , is our monthly community meal.  Chef Tom and our volunteer cooking team will be preparing a great pasta dinner with your choice of sauces.  This is a dinner you will not want to miss.  It is a great opportunity to dine with friends and family and to meet new people.  All are welcome.

I will see you all on Sunday
Fran +
Parish Offices Closed Tomorrow, November 17

Both Rev. Fran, and Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be out of the office on Friday, attending the Diocesan Convention in Lombard.  
November Community Meal

Please join us this  Saturday, November 18 , for  our next free , monthly  Community Meal .   Back by popular demand, an Italian feast is on the menu: Tossed Salad, Pasta with Choice of Sauce (Marinara, Alfredo, or Meat), Garlic Bread, and Dessert.   Meals are served between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated.  Bring your family and friends!  Hope to see you on Saturday !


This weekend is a BUSY one for St. Mary's.   In addition to Diocesan Convention on Friday/Saturday, and  our Co mmunity Meal on Saturday evening, there are several things to remember for Sunday.  

Here is a quick summary; you can find all the details 
in the articles that follow.

One Service9:00 a.m.
Thanksgiving Brunch  following the 9:00 a.m. service
Pledge Sunday: Pledge Cards due
Community Harvest: Bring donations for the Food Pantry
Christmas Baskets Due: Deliver boxes to the Nursery
a nd gift cards to the Office
Spiritwear Sale: Last chance to get  St. Mary's logo items

Annual Thanksgiving Sunday Celebration
Sunday November 19   ~    9:00 a.m.

Plan on joining us on Sunday, November 19 th as we celebrate our Thanksgiving service at 9:00 a.m., followed by a potluck brunch in the Great Hall.  The choir will be with us to lead us in traditional thanksgiving hymns for this festive occasion.  

Please note that the 9:00 a.m. service is our only service this day and there is no service on Thanksgiving Day.       
Stewardship Season

2018 Pledge cards have been distributed.  If you did not receive a pledge card, there are extras on the table in the Narthex.  Please prayerfully consider making a pledge for 2018 as our pledge dollars are the main source of income we have to fund our ministries at St. Mary's.  Please return your pledge card no later than November 19, Pledge Sunday .   If you have already sent in your pledge, we thank you very much!
27th Annual 
Community  Harvest

The Crystal Lake Community Harvest combines the efforts of the Crystal Lake Chamber and the Crystal Lake Food Pantry to collect food and funds throughout the fall season to be distributed to local families during the winter months. If you picked up a bag from the Narthex, please  fill it with your donations, and return it to church this Sunday, November 19th.  (If you didn't pick up a bag, you may still bring in donations).   For monetary donations,  checks may be made payable to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry , with notation " Community Harvest".  All donations will be blessed and then taken to the central sorting and packing area at 6250 Northwest Hwy (next to Hobby Lobby).

On Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 8-10:00 a.m., volunteers will help organize and box the thousands of donations . If you would like to volunteer, you may sign-up online here.  
ReVive Center for Housing and Healing 
Christmas Basket Program

If you signed up for gifts or gift cards, they are due this Sunday by 11:00 a.m.   Gifts should be wrapped and labeled with the recipient's name.  Pack your gifts in a sturdy corrugated shipping box. If your box is full tape it up securely. If your box is not full, leave it open so that we can add other gifts. Label the box with the appropriate family code # on all four sides.  Gifts are being collected in the Nursery; Gift Cards should be brought to the office.  Thank you for your generosity.

Volunteers are needed to help organize the boxes this Sunday, Nov. 19, right after the potluck brunch which follows the 9:00 am service.  

Please contact Cate Becker  if you'd like to help.   Thanks for your continued support!

Cate Becker,
2017 Christmas Basket Ministry Coordinator
Last Chance for Spiritwear!

Have you ever wondered about the clothing you see people wearing at church with our St. Mary's logo?    Now is the time to add an item to your wardrobe with St. Mary's embroidered logo OR a screened T-shirt.   Please see Tracy Higgins in the Great Hall this Sunday.  There are items on display OR choose that special piece you want from the catalog!  A variety of children's clothing is available also.  This is a great opportunity to show your support for our church!  Orders will be delivered on December 17th , just in time for Christmas.
12th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Our friends at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington are hosting their annual free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 23, at 12:00 Noon.

The home-cooked dinner will feature a traditional Thanksgiving  menu, including roast turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, cranberries, rolls, and plenty of pies.

St. Michael's will once again be hosting many recruits from Great Lakes Naval Station, and there will be musical entertainment as well.

ALL are welcome, but  reservations are required.  Please call the church office at 847-381-2323.  St. Michael's is located at 647 Dundee Ave, in Barrington.

Game Night Fun!
Families and friends of all ages are invited to join us for Game Night on November 25, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Bring your favorite games and have a great time!  Pizza, soda, and snacks will be provided.  (No turkey!)
St. Mary's Senior Holiday Luncheon

Seniors, kick off the holiday season with a festive lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2nd  in the Great Hall .   We will gather at 11:30, and lunch will be served at Noon.  The menu includes a honeybaked ham with all the tasty trimmings.   Afterwards, we will sing Christmas Carols, accompanied by Choir Director, Sandy Molyneux.   Please RSVP to Amy Noe in the parish office or 815-459-1009.  All seniors and their friends are welcome.

Advent Begins December 3

It's hard to believe, but Advent is only two weeks away, and many volunteers are needed for the services throughout the holiday season.  

Light Bearers Needed
During the season of Advent, families or individuals are invited to light the candles on the Advent Wreath. It is a very special moment to bring the light into church at the beginning of the service, and then light the Advent candle(s). If you are interested in a particular Sunday, either at 8:00 or 10:00 a.m., there is a sign-up sheet available in the Narthex.
Advent Lessons and Carols
Our annual service of Lessons & Carols will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 3 .  We have a few readers signed up already, but if you are interested in reading one of the lessons, please see the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.   (The 8:00 a.m. service will be held as usual on this day.)
Christmas Flowers and Greens
If you are interested in donating poinsettias or greens for Christmas, in honor or in memory of someone, please sign up on the flower chart in the Narthex.  ($15).
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |