Sundays, 8 & 10 am
A Nursery is available
during the 10:00 a.m. service.
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation.
Clergy & Staff
, Parish Administrator
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/22) Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity in January 2020 will be posted soon. Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Contact Cate Williams if you can help.
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, December 21.
We Pray For
Parishioners: Cindy, John, Glenice, John, Amalia, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Cate, Amy, Gladys, El, Carol, Lorraine,Margaret, Judy,
John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Neil and Des, Genevieve, Ashley, Kyle, Shannon and family, Sarah Margaret, Rick, Sylvia, Jess, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Rev. Bill Beachy, Mark, Joanne, Lauren,
Lynn, Rachel, Maria,
Saul, Susan, Brian,
Pat, Billy, Gary, Kevin,
Kelly, Carole, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Sue, Maggie, Nicci,
Those Who Have Died
Bill, dear friend of John Williams;
Mary, sister of Peter Becker; Mark, brother of Cameron Robert
Those Who Mourn
Harry Dillon and his extended family; John Williams and friend, Cathy;
Peter Becker and the family of Mary; Cameron Robert and the family of Mark
Birthdays Dec. 12-18
12.18 Galen Vargason
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
This week we will gather to celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent. You may have noticed that the days are growing shorter and we are in the midst of the darkest time of year. Yet even in this time of growing darkness, we light our Advent candles and proclaim that the light is coming, and the dawn of Christ is not far off. As we move closer to Christmas let us continue to ask ourselves, how are we preparing? How are we making room in our lives for the light of Christ to enter in? How are we lighting the darkness so that others may know the love of Christ this season?
I am so grateful to Amy Koegel and all those who helped make our St. Nicholas Festival so wonderful last Sunday. It was a wonderful event and very well attended. Thank you to all who participated. I also wish to take this opportunity to thank the choir and choir director Beau Surratt for all your hard work. Our Lessons and Carols service was, as one parishioner put it, "astounding". Thank you for this uplifting service, it was truly wonderful.
Creating Sacred Space in Advent
A Labyrinth Walk
Saturday, December 14
9:30 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary's Great Hall
For this walk, we will gather on the second Saturday of December, pausing in our outward preparations to share time creating sacred space. No previous experience is needed.
Walking together on the labyrinth pattern creates a symbolic outward journey that tunes us in to our inward journey. The path for both our outward and inward journey toward the coming of Jesus, will be framed by story, music and sacred scripture.
You are invited. Come on December 14th to walk and to listen, and to share the gifts our loving God has prepared for us this Advent season.
Rest in Peace, Marion
Long time parishioner of St. Mary's, Marion Dillon, died this past Monday evening at Revere Court in Crystal Lake where she was living. Marion was 92 and is survived by her husband Harry Dillon of 71 years. Marion was the organist here at St. Mary's from 1946 -1987. She was a very active parishioner and her and Harry raised their family here at St. Mary's. In addition to her husband Harry, Marion is survived by her adult children, Lynn, Jan, Mike and Lori and their spouses. A service to celebrate Marion's life will be held on
Saturday December 28 at 10:30 a.m.
with a lunch following in the church hall. Interment in the churchyard will be held at a later date. Please keep the entire Dillon family in your prayers.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed
by the mercy of God rest in peace.
Advent Devotional Available
Living Well Through Advent 2019
are available on a Narthex table. If you wish, please pick up a copy and take it home with you. The booklet is being provided by Living Compass, a faith-based wellness ministry founded by the Rev. Scott Stoner.
You can also download a copy from the Living Compass website.
Here you will also find several Advent resources, including archived readings, discussion groups, and the opportunity to sign up for daily email messages.
Christmas Volunteers Needed
We are still in need of
1 or 2 Ushers
10:00 pm Christmas Eve
In addition, we need
9:00 am Christmas Day
service. If you will be attending either service and would like to help, please contact Amy in the office. Thank you!! And thanks to ALL who have volunteered for Christmas ministries.
Christmas Flowers Sign-Up
The Christmas Flowers sign-up sheet is posted in the Narthex. If you would like to give flowers to decorate the church for Christmas ($20), please sign up and also note the intention of your gift. Thank you for helping St. Mary's to look its loveliest this coming Christmas season!
December Community Meal
The next Community Meal is
Saturday, December 21
The meal is served from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and ALL are welcome.
Bring your family and friends!
There is no RSVP required. Free will donations will be accepted.
Salad, Rolls, Chicken Pesto Pasta,
Vegetables, and Dessert!
If you'd like to volunteer to help next week, or at future meals, please contact
End of the Year Pledge Payment Information
Statements were recently sent out to all pledging members of the parish,
indicating how much they have given
as of Sunday, December 1.
This is done as a courtesy as some lose track of their giving, a
reminder seems to be greatly appreciated by many.
Please check your statement, and contact the parish office if you have any questions.
Any donations designated for 2019, must be received in the parish office by 10:00 am on Sunday, December 29
. Pledges received after that date will be posted to 2020.
if you are paying any of your 2020 pledge before December 29, please indicate that it is for 2020
. The treasurer will greatly appreciate it! Thank you!!
Statements for tax purposes will be sent out in January, to ALL members who have made donations during the year 2019.
Advent Through Epiphany Service Schedule
3rd Sunday of Advent - December 15
Eucharist, hymns with
guitar and keyboard
Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 22
Eucharist, with Choir
Christmas Eve - December 24
Children's Candlelight Communion Service with
a special visitor, building the crèche and carols. For the young and the young at heart.
Christmas Carols led by the Choir followed by
a Festive Choral Eucharist.
Christmas Day - December 25
Christmas Day Eucharist with Carols
Sunday after Christmas - Dec. 29
Eucharist with carols
(Only ONE service this day)
Feast of the Epiphany - Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020
Eucharist with Epiphany Procession, celebrating the Three Kings' visit to the Cr
1st Annual St. Nicholas Festival
Sunday, December 8, 2019