The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      ~      Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                        February 28, 2019

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, for ages  3 through 2nd grade, meets in the Education Wing every Sunday

 at 10:00 am


Clergy & Staff
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
(1/20)   Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, March 6.  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.  The next Taize service will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.

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, March 16.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Judy, Cate, Elmer, Sue,  Miles, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends Tina, Will, Mark, Gary, Joanne, Lauren,  Lynn, Brian, Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Virginia, Cora,  Saul, Naomi, Aimee, Susan, Brian, Mark,  Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim,  Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Susie, Carole, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Darcy, Julie, Betty, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy, Terry

Birthdays Feb. 28-Mar. 6
3.1  Roseann Gilbertson

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

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This week we will enter into the season of Lent. Lent is a time to make a space for God in your life. It is a time to reflect on your life and to examine how you are living out your baptismal vows and showing forth the love of Christ to others. Many think of Lent as a time to "give up something". For some this means fasting, giving up chocolate, meat or other daily habits. Regardless of what you give up for Lent, the idea of giving something up is only useful in our Christian life if we are giving up in order to make a space for God. The point of Lent is to make a space for God in our lives, and to refocus our life so that God is in the center of our lives. It is not a time to feel awful about ourselves because we are sinners; it is not a time to give up things we like for the sake of doing so in order that we may suffer.   I realize that some of this type of thinking is what many of us were raised with. Perhaps this Lent we can give up all this type of thinking so that God can occupy our thoughts, time, focus, energy and activities. In making a space for God we begin a time of discerning how we will serve others and the gospel of Christ. To this end we will be gathering on Thursday evenings to study the life of Peter, the most prominent disciple in the gospel. This is an opportunity for us to reflect on our own discipleship and how we are called to live out the gospel. We will begin with a soup supper, spend time reflecting and discussing, and then end with Compline, the most ancient form of prayer in our Book of Common Prayer. There is more information about these dinners in this newsletter.

This Wednesday we will hold Ash Wednesday services at 12:00 Noon and 7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of our Lenten journey, punctuated by acknowledging our mortality and our full dependence on God. Let us journey through this holy season together and use this time to make a space for God in our lives.
S ee you all on Sunday,
Fran +
The Tony Awards in Revue
Saturday, March 2     ~     5:00 pm in the Great Hall

About 25 years ago, St. Mary's Parish had a lot of musical and  acting talent.  A lot .  We produced some excellent musical reviews (fund-raisers) in our own Great Hall.

Children of all ages are invited  to view a video of a show which we called:  " The Tony Awards in Revue ."  Come and see the Nybergs, Chesterfields, Spengels, Carrolls, Dillons, Daphne Starr (as Emcee), several accomplished singers (some have moved on), and the famous scene of  Father Bill Hoelzel performing a Jewish wedding.

We will start with a pizza-and-salad supper, and then watch the video.  Bring your own beverage.  (Soft drinks will be provided.)   Free will offerings will be accepted, with proceeds going to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.      Please reply to the Carrolls, (anytime) or the Parish Office (by 2 pm Friday) if you plan to attend.  Come enjoy the fun!!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Time:      5:30-7:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $4/adult; $2/children 6-12;                                    $10/family
                Children 5 and under eat free
The Pancake Supper, traditionally put on by the men of the Parish, will be chaired again this year by Mike Higgins, and we thank him for volunteering to guide this annual event. Along with delicious pancakes, sausage and applesauce will be served, along with an assortment of beverages.

We encourage all parishioners to stop by for a great meal and wonderful fellowship!
Ash Wednesday Schedule   ~   March 6

12:00 Noon: said Ash Wednesday            Eucharist with imposition of ashes

7:00 p.m. : choral Ash Wednesday Eucharist  with imposition of ashes
Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series Returns
Every Thursday, March 14-April 11 (6:30-8:15 p.m.)

Lent begins next week, on Ash Wednesday, March 6, which means it's almost time for our annual Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series. On Thursdays during Lent we will meet for a light meal and study of the book/DVD, Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple.

We will begin the evening with a simple supper, followed by a short  DVD presentation, which will take us to the Holy Land and Rome, where we will follow Simon Peter's journey from simple fisherman to pillar of the church. We will follow-up with a group discussion.

If you ordered a book, it can be picked up in the parish office .  Also, if you have not yet paid for the book, please do so at your earliest convenience.  

See the display on the bulletin board in the Great Hall for complete details and the supper sign-up sheets.   If you wish, you may sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread to one or more of our evenings.   Invite a friend!

Lenten Reflection Booklets
Copies of The Living Compass's Lenten booklet, Living Well Through Lent 2019, are now available in a basket on the Narthex table.   It is designed for use as an individual reflection, or for group study, providing a foundation for a deeper Lenten experience, in preparation for the true meaning of Easter.
There are also additional opportunities available through the Living Compass website (
*   The booklet may be downloaded electronically 
   (English and Spanish)
*   A small group facilitator's guide is available for those doing     group study
*   You may sign up to receive each day's readings via email
*   Join the closed Facebook group moderated by two of the         contributors
Congratulations, Mary Frake!!
Parishioner, and Deputy Chief Mary Frake, was recently presented with the "25 Years of Service Award", in recognition of her dedicated service to the Village of Lake in the Hills.

Mary and her family are long-time members of St. Mary's, and volunteer at our monthly Community Meal program. Mary also coordinates the St. Mary's volunteers when we are scheduled to service the evening meal for the PADS program (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), several times during the winter months.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry, Ash Wednesday, March 6 . Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Contact  Aimee Day if you can help.

In addition, don't forget that we always have baskets in the Narthex to collect your donations to the pantry. Donations of paper products and money would be greatly appreciated, as the pantry is not able to purchase paper goods through the food bank. 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!
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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