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
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Marge Smith, Warden
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20) Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, March 14. Contact Aimee Day if you can help. Shift times are 8:30-11:30 am, and 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Contact
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, February 27.
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, February 17.
We Pray For
: Pat, Gary, Thelma, John, Judy, Kristi, Susan, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, Matthew, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
: Brian, Mark, Neil, Desmond, Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Cheri, Kevin,
Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Nanci, Carole, Donna, Sue, Mary, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci,
Those Who Have Died
Don, father of Cameron Robert; Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer; the victims of the Parkland FL school shooting
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry,
Birthdays Feb. 15-21
2.16 Sue Anderson
2.17 David Russell
2.18 Ted Thornton
2.19 Judy Thornton
2.20 Char Maday
Anniversaries Feb. 15-21
2.16 Galen & Betsy
2.17 Cameron & Linda
2.19 Del & Marge Smith
If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
As we enter into the holy season of Lent I hope you will take extra time for prayer, worship, and the study of scripture. This Lent on five Thursday evenings beginning on February 22, we will study the scriptures of holy week using a program called
"24 Hours that Changed the World."
We will begin our evenings with a soup, salad and bread dinner, and end with Compline. There is much more information about the program in this newsletter and you may get a book from me or from Amy Noe in the office. I believe that we will have some rich discussion and conversation and I hope that you will join us.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the men of the parish for cooking and serving a wonderful pancake supper this past Tuesday. Thank you for making our annual Shrove Tuesday supper such a successful event. We had a great turnout, the food was very good and it was a wonderful time.
This Saturday is our Free Community Dinner so stop in for a great dinner with friends from 5:00 -7:-00 p.m.
See you all on Sunday
Out of the Office
Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be out of the office beginning tomorrow,
Friday, February 16, through Friday, February 23
. 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 February 25th bulletin, please get them to the office by Wednesday, February 21st. 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.
Note: The newsletter will NOT be published next week. The next issue will be dated March 1, 2018.
Renewal of Wedding Vows
Congratulations to Besty and Galen Vargason, who are celebrating 45 years of marriage on February 16. This Sunday at the 8:00 a.m. service they will renew their wedding vows! Congratulations and may you have many more years!
I have had the privilege of being one of the hostesses for the Community Meal. This means I'm one of the friendly faces greeting our guests and seating them at tables. It is exciting to see St. Mary's transform into a real restaurant with servers, white tablecloths, and flowers. Some guests come just for the food, some come to get out of the house, but all find fellowship. Many of you have either visited the meal, volunteered, or both.
But there are also many of you who we haven't seen yet.
Since this is St. Mary's big ministry for our community, I would like to invite every parishioner to come visit our meal at least once this year.
There will be no pressure to come again or to volunteer. We just want everyone to have the opportunity to see this important ministry up close. This will help give you context when we share news about this ministry. I guarantee that you will leave here full of delicious food and pride in what we are
accomplishing, whether you choose to come once or more than once. The Koegel family eats at around 6:30 pm if you want to push your table next to ours. We'd love to get to know more of you better. Please circle one of these dates on your calendar and join us!
This Saturday, February 17
Saturday, March 17
Saturday, April 21
Saturday, May 19
Saturday, June 16
Saturday, July 21
Saturday, August 18
Saturday, September 15
Saturday, October 20
Saturday, November 17
Saturday, December 15
Note: This Saturday's menu is
a Community Meal favorite. . .
Meat loaf & Mashed Potatoes, Gravy,
Salad, Veggies and Rolls.
Obituary for Dn. Barbara Bishop
The obituary for Dn. Barb Bishop has published in both the
Northwest Herald and the Daily Chronicle. It can be read online
5-Week Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series
That Changed the World
Every Thursday, February 22-March 22
What a difference a day makes. It could not be
truer than when talking about the last day of Jesus' life. I
n 24 H
ours That Changed the World, by Adam Hamilton, we will focus o
final hours of Jesus' life, from the Last Supper thr
ough the Crucifixion.
We will begin the evening with a simple supper, followed by a short DVD presentation, which will take us to the Holy Land sites where those earth-shaking events took place. Through history, archeology, geography, and the Bible, we will have a deeper understanding of the most amazing day in history.
Adam Hamilton is an award-winning author, and senior pastor of the 22,000 member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, in Leawood KS. The Church Report named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in America. In 2016, Hamilton was appointed as a member of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships by President Obama.
We will use the CD and book together
in our discussions each week.
If you wish to participate please sign up so that we will have enough books. We are asking for a donation of
$10 to help defray the cost. (If you prefer a digital copy, the Kindle edition is available on Amazon.com ($7.55).
In addition, please sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread to one or more of our evenings. Invite a friend! Questions? Speak with Rev. Fran.
All sign-up sheets are located on the display in the Great Hall.
PADS Volunteer Opportunity
St. Mary's is once again supporting the PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) program by providing meals at the PADS Shelters during the winter months. Our next Sunday to provide meals is
We are looking for volunteers, including older youth, who would like to cook, shop, and/or serve the evening meal at Bethany Lutheran Church. Thank you to Mary Frake who is coordinating the PADS Ministry for St. Mary's. Please contact Mary and let her know how you can help. Thanks for your support!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!
Dinner with Missionaries, Russ & Heidi Smith
Friday, March 9
Gather at 6:30 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm
Russ and Heidi Smith have been serving as missionaries with SAMS, the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders, (formerly South American Missionary Society) in the Diocese of Chile for over 31 years. They first visited St. Mary's just before they were married in February of 1986 and our parish began a prayer partnership with them at that time. They arrived in Chile later that year and have been serving there ever since. Their four children were born and raised in Chile.
Russ and Heidi will be with us on Friday, March 9th to share about their present ministry primarily among the Mapuche, the indigenous people of southern Chile.
There is a sign up sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Great Hall.
Please sign up if you are interested in attending, so we can plan for dinner.