The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                              November 2, 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, November 11. 
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 : Bob, Heather, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, the Wayne family, Matthew, John, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends : Kelly, David, Johnny, Bob, Pete, Susie, Nanci, Carole, Donna, Cheri, Sue, Mary, Diana, Kelly Marie, Alyssa, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Brian, Sarah, Judie
Those Who Have Died and Those Who Mourn Them
Angelo, business associate of Peter Carroll

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

Birthdays November 2-8
11.3  Barbara Fritz
11.4  Kim Kimble
11.5  Peter Carroll
11.6  Gail Head

Anniversary Nov. 2-8
11.3  Elmer & Roseann

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

November 19th Reminders

* One service, 9:00 am

* Thanksgiving Brunch

* Pledge Sunday

* Community Harvest    donations are due

* Christmas Basket        donations are due
From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Sunday we will be celebrating the Feast of All Saints'.  It is a day that we commemorate the lives of all the Saints' those known and unknown.   We will be remembering all of our friends, family and loved ones who have entered into the promise of eternal life and into the Communion of saints.  Our prayer flags with the names of those have died, as well as photos of our family members and friends who have passed away, will be hung throughout the church and remain up through Sunday November 26.  As is our tradition here at St. Mary's we will process out to the church to read the names of all who are buried in that sacred space.  Bag Piper Trey Higgins will lead us into the churchyard following the 10:00 a.m. service.  This is a service in which remember all the great saints of the church, our loved ones who have died, and all the faithful of every generation who have entered into the promise of new and eternal life.  Please join us as we gather in prayer and celebration.

Please mark your calendars for Sunday November 19th when we will hold our Thanksgiving  Service at 9:00 a.m.   Please note that this the only service will have on this day.  A parish-wide pot luck brunch will follow the service in the Great Hall.  Please bring a dish, dessert or beverage to share.  There is a sign- up sheet in the Great Hall on the bulletin board. 

As many of you know we are in the middle of our 2018 stewardship campaign and I am asking each of you to prayerfully consider making a pledge to St. Mary's.  All pledges matter and we are seeking 100% participation. Our budget each year is funded by our pledge dollars.  We are seeking to continue the ministry and outreach and Christian witness that are so central to this parish.  Our pastoral care, community meal program, food pantry ministry, the PADS meals, children's worship, youth group,  choir, and so much more  have expenses associated with them.  Making a pledge will help St. Mary's to continue to change lives and to live the gospel here in McHenry County.   Some of you have already made a pledge and I thank you for your generosity. 
See you all on Sunday,
Fran +

Remember to set your clocks 
BACK ONE HOUR before going to bed 
this Saturday, November 4. 
Celebrate All Saints' This Sunday 
All Saint's Day is officially November 1, but  most churches transfer this very special day to the closest Sunday, so the entire congregation can honor and celebrate this feast.  In keeping with tradition, there will be special readings, hymns and anthems this Sunday, which reflect this day of remembrance.  In addition, there will be a procession immediately following both services to our lovely Churchyard.  All parishioners are invited to join in this special procession for a brief prayer service, remembering those whose earthly remains are buried there.

The colorful flags and photos, which have been submitted by parishioners, family, and friends, to honor those loved ones who have died, will be displayed throughout the church beginning this weekend, and continuing the entire month of November.

In addition, we will warmly welcome back our guest musician, bagpiper, Trey Higgens, who will be with us at the 10:00 a.m. service.  Trey is the step-son of parishioner, Glenice Higgens.
ReVive Center for Housing and Healing 
Christmas Basket Program

For many years St. Mary's has participated in the ReVive Center's Christmas Basket Program.  This is a wonderful opportunity for members of our Parish to purchase Jewel gift cards or shop for individual Christmas gifts for some of the most impoverished families and seniors of our metropolitan area. This year we have been asked to sponsor 6 seniors and 12 small families. 

You may  sign up to sponsor one or more of these individuals/families on the poster hanging in the Great Hall.  The instructions and the individual's wish list will be in the file box below the poster.

Please bring gift cards to the office , and gift items to the Nursery by 11:00 a.m. Sunday, November 19 Please Note :  This due date is the Sunday BEFORE Thanksgiving - one week earlier than the gifts were due in the past.

Please wrap and label the gifts (new) and put them in a cardboard box for transport to the ReVive Center.  Label the box with the family code number.  If your box isn't full, don't tape it, so we may add more gifts if necessary.

Volunteers are needed to help organize the boxes on 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
It's Spiritwear Time Again!

Have you ever wondered about the clothing you see people wearing at church with our St. Mary's logo?  Where did they get that?  How can I buy something?

A Spiritwear Sale begins this Sunday, and continues through November 19th . Now is the time to add an item to your wardrobe with St. Mary's embroidered logo OR a screened T-shirt. We will have 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 taken through November 19th with delivery on December 17th, just in time for Christmas gifts.  For more information please contact Tracy Higgins.
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 . On this day we will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving at one 9:00 a.m. service followed by our annual Thanksgiving brunch .

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. Grocery bags can be found in the Narthex, with a list attached of needed items.  Please take a bag, fill it with your donations, and return it to church on Sunday, November 19th.  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 man sign-up online here.  
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.  You may sign up to bring a dish if you wish.  The sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board 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.       
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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