The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church     ~      Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                 August 17, 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  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, October 14.
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
John, Joan, 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, Brian, Sarah, Carol, Glenn , Judie

Thanksgiving for Healing

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

Birthdays Aug 17-30
8.17  Linda Robert
8.20  John Wharton
          Scott Spychala
8.22  Thelma                                 Chesterfield
8.23  Bill Wayne
          Lynda  Drake
8.25  Catherine Carroll               Warren Dahn
          Jane Boburka
8.26  Missy Spengel                     Daphne Starr
8.29  Elizabeth Mauger               Chris Derbas
8.30  Alison Wild
Anniversaries  Aug 17-30
8.20  Bob & Lorraine                   Taylor
8.22  John & Kathleen                 Wharton
8.27  John and Jo Mason



Quick Links

News from The Episcopal Cafe
From the Rector

Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,

The events in our country over the past week make clear that there is much work to be done to address the sin of racism in our nation.  Our baptismal covenant stands as a reminder that we are called to resist evil in all of its forms and to respect the dignity of every human being.  Our own bishop, Jeff Lee has released a statement, which I invite you to read here.  May we continue to show forth the love of Christ and to be a source of healing and unity for our community and the world.

Please join us this Saturday evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for our next Free Community Meal.  This is a great opportunity to be involved with your church and to support St. Mary's ministry.  It is also a great opportunity to meet people and to get together with friends old and new. 

See you Sunday,
August Community Meal

You're invited to join us this  Saturday, August 19 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.   Chef Tom has planned a wonderful menu for August:  BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches Homemade Cole Slaw , Watermelon , and Dessert .    Delicious!!   Hope to see you on the 19th!!

Parish Administrator Out of 
the Office

Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be out of the office next week,  Monday August 21 through Friday, August 25.  Many thanks to Marge Smith, who will be putting together the Sunday bulletins, and checking messages in Amy's absence.  If you have any articles or updates for the August 27th bulletin, please get them to the office by Wednesday, August 23rd.  Thanks! 

And, if you are planning to stop in the office during the week, please call first, as the office will be open limited hours. 

*Publishing Note:  The Magnificat will NOT be published next week.  The next issue will be sent out Thursday, August 31.

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!

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 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

Chair Yoga

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.
Solar Eclipse, Monday, August 21

By now you've heard all the hype and details about this rare event, happening this Monday - a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse, which has not happened in the U.S. since 1918. 

The area of totality will cover a narrow band from Oregon to South Carolina, however, the entire country will be able to experience at least a partial eclipse.  In the Chicagoland area, the event begins at 11:55 a.m., reaches its maximum at 1:20 p.m. (87% covered), and concludes at 2:43 p.m.   

There is a ton of information on the internet about the eclipse and how to view it safely.   And  one more thing: make sure to pray for good weather on Monday!  Enjoy!

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