Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation
will resume in September
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 Friday, August 25. 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
Tom, Joanne, Diana, Kelly Marie, Alyssa, Thelma, Char, Charity, Sharon, Cameron and Linda, Sue, Lori, the Wayne family, Matthew, Pamela, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Jean, Gladys, Bryan, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Peter, Sue, Joanne, John, Carol, Peter, Sean, Susan, Meg, Nancy, Maggie, Bryant, Nicci, Tom, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Harry, Marion, Don,
Those Who Have Died
Kiera, granddaughter of a friend of Daphne Starr
Those Who Mourn
Kathy, friends of Daphne Starr
Thanksgiving for Healing
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry,
8.12 Chuck Meter
8.13 Suzi Michelin
8.14 Steve Brooks
8.15 Jason Russell
8.10 Tony & Chris
8.16 Peter & Cate
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners & Friends of St. Mary's,
As we move into the middle of August I am giving thanks for this beautiful weather that we have been enjoying. I do realize that the students here in Crystal Lake are preparing to return to school within the next week or two and that families are resuming their busy season. However, I hope that you will take these last few weeks of August to enjoy the loveliness of the season and to see God's hand in all creation.
This Sunday we are celebrating the
Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ
, for whom we are named. I hope that you will join me as we contemplate how the life of Mary informs our life as Christians and the life of our parish. Please mark your calendar for our next monthly
, which is happening on
Saturday August 19
from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This is a great way to meet people, connect and have great food.
The inurnment of
Fred and Ruth Miles
will take place this Monday
in the St. Mary's Churchyard. Fred and Ruth were longtime parishioners here and gave so much of their time, talent and treasure to St. Mary's. Fred died in 2006 and Ruth died in 2015. I will preside over a short prayer service as we bury their ashes and remember them.
May their souls and the souls of all of the faithful departed, by the mercies of God, rest in peace.
See you Sunday,
Looking for a cool treat to beat the heat in August? Consider getting a frozen treat at the McDonald's in Crystal Lake (across from Five Guys). Every day, during the month of August, a portion of their ice cream sales will enable the Food Pantry to purchase food and perishable items, and raise the awareness of hunger in our community. Thanks for your support!
August Community Meal
You're invited to join us on
Saturday, August 19
for our next
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. Chef Tom has planned a wonderful menu for August:
BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Homemade Cole Slaw
Delicious!! Hope to see you on the 19th!!
Crystal Lake Food Pantry Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry, on
Friday, August 25.
Shifts are 9:30 am to Noon, or Noon to 2:30 pm. Contact
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
Chair Yoga meets two mornings a week,
Mondays and Wednesdays, at
10:45 a.m. to serve the congregation and community. All are welcome!
An opening format consists of breathing exercises and inspiration from Peter Traben's book,
Centering Prayers. Usually the time includes favorite exercises for balance, massage and stretches at the wall. The sessions conclude with final relaxation and meditation music.
This group is a blessing as the caring among members gives everyone a good balance of wisdom for the body, mind, soul and spirit. As the group concludes their time in a circle, the quiet, calm place reached helps everyone become a little more healthy, contented and peaceful.
Summer's Sight at Horizon's Edge
The Sun, a halo at horizon's edge
where burnished gold meets ridge of orange glow,
as though almighty God was standing there
bestowing blessings on His field of green.
The field of green with cattails standing tall
like arms raised high to praise God's glowing love,
embrace the wonder of this summer sight
of Sun that brings another brand new day.
The splendor of the sunrise is His song
that sings the beauty of its light and warmth;
this power of the life it brings to earth,
can only be the mastery of God.
Let's raise our arms like cattails in a field,
and praise that halo at horizon's edge,
as though Almighty God was standing there,
in thankfulness for all His gifts of Earth.
Sandra M. Haight