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
Steve Brooks, Warden
Mike HIggins, Warden (1/22)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
Stacy Cook, Amy Koegel
(1/22) Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
(1/23) Cheri Dudek, Dorothy Nyberg
We Pray For
Parishioners: Galen & Betsy, Cindy, Elizabeth, John, Glenice, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Gladys, El, Carol, Margaret, Judy,
John, Matthew, and all those seeking employment
Angela, Sue, S
arah, Janice, Dave, Brynn, Neil and Des, Genevieve, Ashley, Kyle, Sarah Margaret, Rick, Sylvia, Jess, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Joanne, Lauren,
Lynn, Rachel, Maria,
Saul, Susan, Brian,
Billy, Gary, Kevin,
Kelly, Kurt, Sue, Maggie, Nicci,
Those Who Have Died
Ron, friend of Chuck Meter; Robert, son of Jane McLean
Those Who Mourn
Chuck Meter and the family of Ron; Jane McLean and her extended family
2.20 Char Maday
2.24 Marge Hess
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
This Sunday is the final Sunday in the Season of
Epiphany. The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 26. Just a reminder that we will hold two services, 12:00 Noon and 7:00 p.m. Both services include the imposition of ashes and the Eucharist. The church is calling us to a Holy Lent, which is a time to prepare for Easter. The season is a penitential one in which we are called to examine our lives, and make needed changes that will put our lives more in the line with the life God is calling us to live. Please join us as we remember and acknowledge our total dependence on God and prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ.
As part of your Lenten observance I hope that you will join us for our annual Lenten Soup Supper & Study, which will be held on five Thursdays in Lent from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We will be reading
"Entering the Passion of Jesus"
and listening to a short video clip each week by Jewish Scholar Amy Jill Levine. She has written this book and created this study in order to engage us in the stories of Holy Week. Please join us as we examine these profound stories that shape us as Christians and as we go deeper into the meaning of this holy season. We no doubt will have interesting and lively discussions and each evening will end with Compline. Our first gathering is on Thursday March 5, and dinner begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Please come to as many sessions as you can and sign up to bring something to share. The sign-up sheets are in the Great Hall. I still have copies of the book available for $10.00.
Forward Day By Day
Forward Day by Day
, the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of
, is now available on a Narthex table
, priced as marked.
Please pick up a copy the next time you're in church.
USO Variety Show - THIS SATURDAY
About 30 years ago, St. Mary's had a lot of musical and acting talent.
. We produced some excellent musical reviews (fund-raisers) in our own Great Hall. Join us this
Saturday, February 22, at 4:00 p.m.
, when we will watch the 1991 production of our
USO Variety Show, featuring Harry Dillon as Bob Hope
! There will be many other familiar faces you will recognize as well! Popcorn, movie candy, lemonade and iced tea will be provided. You may bring other treats or beverages if you wish. Thanks to Peter and Catherine Carroll for putting this event together!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Join us next week for our annual pancake feast, on
Tuesday, February 25.
The meal will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. Cost will be
very reasonable: $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for children 6-12;
or $10.00 per family. C
hildren 5 or under eat at no charge
As usual, tickets are purchased at the door.
pancakes, sausage and applesauce will be served, along with an assortment of beverages.
We encourage all
to stop by for a great meal and
MEN: Volunteers are needed for set-up, cooking, stirring, flipping, grilling and clean-up! If you haven't helped previously, come and see what fun you've been missing!!
A sign-up sheet is in the Great Hall.
Ash Wednesday Services
Ash Wednesday is next week, February 26. The Ash Wednesday Eucharist, with imposition of ashes, will be head at 12:00 Noon, and 7:00 p.m. Both services will be spoken (no hymns).
Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series Returns
Every Thursday, March 5 - April 2
Lent begins next week and we are making plans 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,
Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week.
In this study, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.
We will begin the evening with a simple supper, followed by a short DVD presentation, which will introduce our study for the evening. We will follow up with a group discussion.
If you wish to participate please sign up in the Great Hall
. We still have a few books available, and
are asking for a donation of $10 to help defray the cost. (If you prefer a digital copy, the Kindle edition is available on Amazon for about $8.00). If you are unable to purchase a book, please speak to Rev. Fran, as scholarship money is available.
please sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread to one or more of our evenings
Invite a friend!
All sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Great Hall.
Questions? Speak with Rev. Fran.
Lenten Reflection Booklets
Copies of The Living Compass's Lenten booklet,
Living Well Through Lent 2020,
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.
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
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
The next food pantry volunteer
Friday, February 28
. Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Contact Cate Williams.
Donations of paper goods are greatly needed at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.
The pantry is not able to buy paper goods through the food bank
, and clients are not able to use their SNAP benefits to purchase any paper goods such as
. Bring them to the church any time, and your Board members will get them over to the pantry.
Paper goods are items that are lightweight, easy to
carry and low cost that can be donated and will be appreciated by the clients
. Thank you!!
Former Parishioner News
is settling in nicely in his new home in Minnesota. His new address is:
Norris Square - Room 211
6993 80th St. South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016-5035
(Betty Buenning's Mom) will be celebrating her
on March 5!! There will be a birthday celebration in her honor on Saturday, March 7, at the facility where she resides. No gifts please, but cards are appreciated. Ann's address is:
Sacred Heart Home
5805 Queen's Chapel Rd.
Hyattsville, MD 20782-3898
Free Musical Opportunity for Seniors
Prairie Ridge High School Humanities Division, and the Fine Arts Parents Boosters are hosting a
Senior Citizens performance
of their Spring musical -
Crazy for You
. This is a zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, featuring memorable Gershwin tunes, including "I Got Rhythm", and "Someone to Watch Over Me", just to name a few. Following the performance, you will have the opportunity to stay for dessert/coffee, and mingle with the student performers.
The free performance is scheduled for
Thursday, February 27, at 1:30 p.m.
Since this is a school day, you are asked to park at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on Walkup Ave, just across from Veteran's Acres Park. A shuttle bus will be running to the high school beginning at 12:00 Noon, until showtime. The bus will make return trips afterwards until everyone is accommodated. The ticket hotline is now open, until Noon on February 25th.
This event is completely free, but please call to let the school know how many will be attending
. The number is
: leave a message after the tone. Don't miss this wonderful event!!
Local Episcopal Lenten Events
In addition to our own Lenten Study series that we are having at St. Mary's, our sister churches in McHenry County - St. Ann's Woodstock and St. Paul's McHenry - are also holding events in Lent.
Lenten Labyrinth Walks
Lent is a time of reflection and soul searching. The labyrinth is a perfect prayer experience to help accomplish this. A labyrinth is a circle with a single path to and from the center. It has been used as a walking meditation to assist us in finding inner peace, managing stress, and healing us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The labyrinth invites us to quiet the mind, calm the body, and stir the spirit on a journey of presence and deep transformation.
invites you to experience a journey through their indoor Labyrinth
every Wednesday during Lent, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
3706 W. St. Paul Ave, McHenry IL 60050
A Taizé Service for Lent
invites you to
an evening of Taiz
music and prayer, led by the St. Ann's choir:
Sunday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m.
"I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness."
St. Ann's Episcopal Church
503 W. Jackson St.,
Woodstock IL 60098