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
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22) Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
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,
Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
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,
Those Serving in the
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
in the Parish Office.
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.
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
. 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
$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
this year by
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
to stop by for a great meal and
Ash Wednesday Schedule ~ March 6
said Ash Wednesday Eucharist with imposition of ashes
: choral Ash Wednesday Eucharist
with imposition of ashes
Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series Returns
Every Thursday, March 14-April 11
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 (www.livingcompass.org):
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
if you can
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!