Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation
(Preschool -2nd grade)
Sunday School, 11:00 am
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 Monday, May 22. Contact Chris Bednaroski if you can help. Shift times are 9:30-Noon, and Noon-2:30.
A LABYRINTH WALK is held on the second Saturday of every month, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, in the Great Hall. All are welcome. The next walk is May 13.
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 next service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, 461 Pierson St., on Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m.
We Pray For
Jean, Gladys, Debbie and Mark, Christi, Bryan, Tina, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, John, Cameron and Linda, Gary, Matthew, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Charity, 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,
Those Who Have Died
Wendy, friend of Sandy Molyneux and Gail Head
Those Who Mourn
Family of Wendy
Those Serving in the
Jeremy, Zack, Ryan, Terry, Scott,
5.13 Sophie Brooks
5.14 Tate Davis
5.16 Karen Hattan
5.17 Randall & Mary Frake
"From the Rector" Column to Return in a Few Weeks
Rev. Fran is currently participating in an amazing trip to the Holy Land, with Bishop Lee and many other pilgrims from the Diocese. She will return to the office on Monday, May 22. Her plan is to put together a slide show presentation of her travels, which she will share with the parish sometime this summer.
This morning, Bishop Lee posted a video message from the Sea of Galilee, which can be seen here. This is likely the first of many messages we will receive from the group.
If you have a pastoral emergency while Fran is away, you may contact Amy Noe during regular office hours (815-459-1009). At other times please contact Co-Warden
, at or Co-Warden, Marge Smith. Amy,
Cate, or Marge can contact the on call priest if needed.
Thank you so much to the many parishioners who bought our goodies and made donations to the Avon 2-Day Walk. We raised $628, which helped us reach our team goal of $3600! In fact, we will surpass that goal once we are able to deposit the checks at our walk check-in in a couple of weeks. We are truly blessed to have found such a lovely parish.
Amy & Tom Koegel
Upcoming Labyrinth Walk
The next Labyrinth Walk will be held this Saturday, May 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 Noon, in the Great Hall. This is open to all, whether you've been walking for years, or are new to this peaceful method of prayer and meditation. If you have never walked the labyrinth before, no worries, as instruction is always available.
Calling All Bilingual Parishioners!
Do you speak another language in addition to English? Then we want you at the
10:00 a.m. Pentecost service on Sunday, June 4
! As you know, we have a wonderful Pentecost tradition here at St. Mary's. The Pentecost reading of the Acts of the Apostles 1:1-21 is read in several different languages simultaneously, to illustrate the scripture passage:
"All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability."
In the past we've had speakers in Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, German, and even Russian! This year we already have a volunteer who will read in Greek! Any language is welcome!!!! If you are interested, please contact Amy in the parish office. She will get you a copy of the reading in your preferred language, or you may use your own foreign-language Bible if you have one.
Congratulations Senior Acolytes!
During the month of May we will present the Senior Cross to our three acolytes who are graduating high school. Teagan Thune, Anthony Novy, and Grant Dlesk will be given their cross this month, in thanksgiving for their dedication and faithful service to our parish over the years. We are truly grateful for your faithful participation in our worship.
Food Drive This Saturday!
Fill a bag! Help feed families!
, your Letter Carrier will be collecting donations for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Please collect and bag healthy, non-perishable food items, and leave the bag by your mailbox for pick-up. Thanks for your help!!
(Please do not donate items that are expired, or are in glass containers.)
May Community Meal
You're invited to join us on
Saturday, May 20
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. Bring your family and friends! Hope to see you on May 20!
There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated.
Ice Cream Social Celebration
in honor of Teachers, Students and Youth Leaders
Sunday May 21 at 10:00 a.m. Coffee Hour.
On Sunday May 21, we will hold our annual Ice Cream Social in honor of all of our teachers, youth leaders and all of our youth. The ice cream social will take place at Coffee Hour following the 10:00 a.m. service. We will have plenty of ice cream, and toppings for everyone. Thank you for another wonderful, faithful year of church school, children's worship, youth group, children's nursery and acolyte ministry.
Parents: Share your Graduate's News!
With the arrival of Spring, graduation season is not too far behind. In the next few months, St. Mary's will have several youth and young adults graduating from Junior High, High School, and College.
Parents, we'd love to share the good news with everyone, so please let us know all about your graduate: the school they're graduating from, and the school (or job) that will be the next step. You may include other information as well, such as scholarships or awards received.
A simple write-up can be submitted to the Parish Offic
e; the good news will be included in upcoming issues of
The Magnificat Weekly
Thanks to all parents for helping to share the good news about St. Mary's youth!
Paper Products Donations Needed
The Crystal Lake Food Pantry needs your help! Your donation of paper products and money would be greatly appreciated, as the pantry is not able to purchase paper goods through the food bank. Items such as toilet
paper, tissues, paper towels, napkins, etc.,
may be dropped off in the basket in the Narthex. You will also find envelopes there for monetary donations. St. Mary's is one of the founding churches of the pantry and it is up to us to help those less fortunate. Thank you for your continued support!