The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church,   Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                      July 6, 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,


 Sunday School

 will resume in September

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, July 24.  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. 
Note: There will be NO Labyrinth Walk in the months of July and August.  The next scheduled walk is Saturday, September 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.   Note:   We will not meet during the summer.  The next service will be  held Tuesday, September 26. 

We Pray For
Thelma, Char, Charity, Sharon, Cameron and Linda, Lori, Sue, the Wayne family, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Jean, Gladys, Debbie and Mark, Christi, Bryan, Tina, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, John, 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, Brian, Sarah, Carol, Glenn , Judie

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey
Birthdays July 6-12
7.7  Kurt Fritz
        Brett Csajaghy
7.10  Marion Dillon
Anniversaries  July 6-12
7.10  Tom & Amy Koegel



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

This summer there are a number of ways for you to get involved with the parish, and to connect with others.  Next week on July 12 at 7:00 p.m. is our "Lawn Chair Theologians" gathering so please join us for conversation, and snacks.  We will gather on the lawn near the circle drive.  (In the event of rain we will be in the Great Hall).  If you wish, bring your lawn chair, a snack to share and a spiritual or religious topic you would like us to discuss.   We will put all the topics into a box and pull them out randomly and talk about them.  No need to prepare, just come and enjoy.  Saturday July 15 is our next Community Meal from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Please join us for dinner and feel free to invite friends, family and neighbors.  This is a great chance to get together with people from the parish and to meet other people in the community.  This month's dinner is a summer cook out complete with brats, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad and a desert.  A free will offering will be taken for those who wish to donate.

We are always seeking volunteers to help at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry and this is another great way to meet people, have fun and be involved with the community.  Our next day to staff the pantry is Monday, July 24 .  Please contact Chris Bednaroski or speak to Rev. Fran.  The Pantry is located nearby at 42 East Street here in Crystal Lake. 

We have many visitors and new people in the parish at both our 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services as well as at our coffee hour.  Please remember to wear your name tags. 

See you all on Sunday,



Sharing Each Other's Faith Journeys (and Snacks!)


2nd Wednesday of the Month, at 7:00 p.m.

 July 12   ~   August 9


What to Bring...

Questions; A Open Mind; Lawn Chair; Your Favorite Beverage; a Snack to Share; Friends


How it Works...

- Write your questions or topic on a slip of paper

- Place your questions in the hat

- A question or two will be pulled randomly

- Spend the next hour socializing / discussing the topic

- There are no "right answers"


Where We'll Be...

On the lawn near the circle drive (Great Hall if raining)

St. Mary's Episcopal Church

210 McHenry Ave   ~   Crystal Lake


July Community Meal

You're invited to join us on Saturday, July 15 for our next free , monthly  Community Meal .   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.  July menu is perfect for summertime:  Brats , Hot Dogs , Corn-on-the-Cob , Potato Salad and Dessert . Yum!! Hope to see you on the 15th!!
If you would like to volunteer, contact Tracy Higgins.

Diocesan Magazine Available

The latest issue of Thrive!, the magazine published by the Diocese of Chicago, is now available.  You may pick up your free copy of Thrive! from a table in the church Narthex. Thrive! is also available on the Diocesan website.  

Crystal Lake Food Pantry Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry, this Monday, July 24.   Shifts are 9:30 am to Noon, or Noon to 2:30 pm. Contact Chris Bednaroski  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 the 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

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