The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
  Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                        February 20, 2020

In This Issue

Worship Times
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
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Mike HIggins, Warden (1/22)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
(1/21)   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
Family/Friends: 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,  Kay, Cora,  Saul, Susan, Brian, Tom, Billy, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, Kurt,  Sue, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

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

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays Feb. 20-26
2.20  Char Maday
2.24  Marge Hess

Quick Links

News from The Episcopal Cafe

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 February - April , is now available on a Narthex table , priced as marked. Please pick up a copy the next time you're in church.


About 30 years ago, St. Mary's had a lot of musical and acting talent.  A lot .  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. 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!

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 (6:30-8:15 pm)

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.

In addition, 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.

There are also additional opportunities 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
Crystal Lake Food Pantry

Volunteers: The next food pantry volunteer opportunity is Friday, February 28 .   Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Contact Cate Williams.
Paper Please: 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 toilet paper , Kleenex , paper towels , and napkins . 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

Harry Dillon 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
Ann McCraw (Betty Buenning's Mom) will be celebrating her 100th birthday 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 FREE  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 815-893-5888 : 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.
St. Paul's invites you to experience a journey through their indoor Labyrinth  every Wednesday during Lent, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

March 4  ~   March 11  ~   March 18   ~   March 25   ~   April 1

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
3706 W. St. Paul Ave, McHenry IL 60050

                           A Taizé Service for Lent  
St. Ann's invites you to an evening of Taiz é 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."                                                                  John 12:46

St. Ann's Episcopal Church
503 W. Jackson St.,  Woodstock IL 60098
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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