Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation.
Clergy & Staff
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22) Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Friday, July 5. Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Contact Aimee Day if you can help.
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. Now on summer break, the next Taize service will be held on Tuesday, September 24.
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, June 15.
We Pray For
Parishioners: Sandy, El, Carol, Edwina, Harry, Lorraine, Steve, Marge, Margaret, Judy,
Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Trayton, Jim and Sue, Jess, Rick, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Rick, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Trudy, Rev. Bill Beachy, Will, Mark, Joanne, Lauren,
Lynn, Brian, Rachel, Maria,
Saul, Susan, Brian, Mark,
Neil, Desmond, Will, Tom, Tom, Tim,
Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,
Kelly, David, Susie, Carole, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Julie, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci,
Those Who Have Died
Darcy, cousin of Catherine Carroll
Those Who Mourn
Those Serving in the
6.13 John & Sara Amrein
6.18 John & Barb Wasilk
If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact
in the Parish Office.
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
This week we will celebrate
. Trinity Sunday is one of the few feasts in the church where we celebrate a doctrine and not a person or an event. We have saints' days like St. Mary the Virgin, and we have feasts that celebrate events like last week's glorious Pentecost celebration, which marked the coming of the Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday celebrates the doctrine of the church, which holds that "God is three persons in one substance, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." It is central to our faith and it is also the stuff of schisms and arguments down through the ages. By and large it is a day when most rectors assign their associates and deacons to preach so they don't have to wade in the mire of this doctrine, which is so misunderstood and so hard to describe. It seems like the moment we begin to try to describe the Holy Trinity we have committed hearsay. I hope not to do that this Sunday! I do love this feast day though because it points to the relational nature of God and the relational nature of our faith. It also underscores for me the reality that our faith is not about what we can prove, but about a mystery that we are called to live into. The Eastern Orthodox bishop and theologian Kallistos Ware says it best I think in his book
The Orthodox Way
. "We see that it is not the task of Christianity to provide easy answers to every question, but it make us progressively aware of a mystery. God is not so much the object of our knowledge as the cause of our wonder." Let us join together Sunday as we continue to live into the mystery of our faith.
All seniors of our St. Mary's and their friends are welcome to the
on Saturday June 22, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
It is time to kick off the first weekend of summer with a good old fashioned picnic (In the Great Hall). Stop in for a great lunch followed by bingo and door prizes. Please let me or Amy know if you are planning to come so we can have enough food on hand. All are welcome and please bring friends!
This Saturday June 15th
is our Free Community Meal from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
A great summer meal is planned and you don't need to do the cooking. Stop in for the great food and hospitality and meet up with friends old and new.
I will be visiting family this coming week and be out of the office
. Please don't hesitate to contact Amy or Co-Warden Tracy Higgins should you have a pastoral care emergency.
Thank you to everyone who made our Pentecost celebration so wonderful last Sunday. To Missy Spengel for flying our dove, to John Amrein who prepared the church with our banners and red drape, to Peter and El who led the music in Sandy's absence, to the choir who did a wonderful job and added to our celebration, and to Cheri Dudek who hosted a wonderful festive coffee hour as we celebrated the birthday of the church. Thank you all.
Finally, I'd like to wish all of our fathers and grandfathers a very happy and blessed
June Community Meal
You are invited to join us this Saturday, June 15. Meals are served between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are always appreciated. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. This meal is free to ANYONE. If you would like volunteer, please contact Tracy Higgins.
BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Homemade Coleslaw,
Baked Beans, and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Senior Lunch in June
On Saturday June 22 at 11:30 a.m
., St. Mary's Seniors and their friends are invited to an Old Fashioned Picnic (indoors of course), to kick off the first weekend of Summer. Lunch will be served in the Great Hall followed by door prizes, and Bingo games with prizes. Gather at 11:30 a.m. for refreshments. Lunch will be served at 12:00 Noon. The menu is Deviled Eggs, Fried Chicken, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Watermelon, Pie a la mode for dessert, Summer Sangria, Lemonade and Ice Tea. Please RSVP to Amy in the church office so we have enough food on hand.
Please invite friends, neighbors, and family members to attend.
Diocesan Event in July
St. James Cathedral in Chicago is hosting
An Evening with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Wednesday, July 31
, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online for $22, and the price includes a signed copy of his book,
"The Power of Love: Sermons, Reflections, and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire".
If you are interested, please get your tickets ASAP, as they will likely sell out. Rev. Fran and a few parishioners have already expressed an interest in attending, so perhaps a group could get together and car pool, or take the train. Contact Fran if you're interested. Tickets can be purchased online here.