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, February 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, February 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, February 16.
We Pray For
Parishioners: Judy, Cate, Elmer, Sue,
Miles, Matthew, Bob,
Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Mary, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Gary, James, 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 Jan. 31-Feb. 6
1.31 Butch Hess
2.4 Sandy Plate
2.6 Carol Dingle
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 Sunday we will hold our 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services and celebrate the warm up. It is supposed to be 40 degrees out. I want to thank everyone who attended our Annual Meeting and to everyone who brought great food and helped with the clean up afterward. It was a good meeting with lots of good discussion and participation. If you were not at the meeting you may pick up an Annual report from the office or the back of the church.
In addition to our Annual Meeting we had other activities happening over the weekend. The men's and women's bible studies gathered on Saturday, and a group of us were at the
People In Need Forum
from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at McHenry County College, getting the word out about our community meal. Thank you to Sally Van Vranken, Tracy Higgins, Peter Carroll and Steve Brooks for helping to staff our table. We literally spoke to a few hundred people from all walks of life about our Free Community Meal. Please mark your calendars for February 16 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for our next dinner.
ee you all on Sunday,
Meet Your New Vestrypersons
Last Sunday we elected a new Co-Warden, and two new Vestrypersons. Many thanks to out-going Warden, Marge Smith, and Vestrypersons, John Amrein, Peter Carroll, and Jerry Kolarczyk, for their service and dedication these past years. During the meeting, we voted to reduce the Vestry membership from 11 to 9. (2 Wardens, 7 members)
Stephen Wayne Brooks
Co-Warden , two-year term
Steve has been a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church since November 2016. Previously he was a member at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rock Island, IL.
Church activities beyond regular attendance include volunteering for the Monthly Community Meal Program, Crystal Lake Food Pantry, ushering, and hosting coffee hour after Sunday service. Steve is also a member of the Saturday Men's Bible Study.
Stephen attended Scott Community College Bettendorf, IA, Blackhawk College Moline, IL., and Bradley University College of Engineering and Technology Peoria, IL.
He worked for Wayne Division Dresser Industries in Austin, TX for 6 years before transferring to their Chicago Regional Office where he was a regional manager handling nine states. At that time he also had regional managers from 5 other offices in the US and Canada that reported to him. His job duties included hiring and managing private companies to install and maintain the equipment supplied by Wayne. He was also part of a design team based out of Malmo, Sweden which developed several newer lines of equipment for worldwide use. Steve retired after 31 years of service to Wayne in 2017.
Stephen and his wife Sophie who live in Cary, IL have three children (Gerald, Stacy and Benjamin), four grandchildren (Austin, Bailie, Emily, and Ben Jr.), and two great grandchildren (Alexis and Joselyn). Beside spending time with family they both enjoy quiet time in the great outdoors with another family member, Zoe an "almost three year old" golden retriever.
Lorraine Valenzuela Taylor
Vestryperson, three-year term
My husband, Robert "Bob" Taylor and I visited St. Mary's in December 2015 for the 10:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service. We were invited by the Nyberg's. It was the best decision we made as a couple. We had been searching for a church that would meet our needs as individuals, as a couple, and to enrich our Christian faith. We have been blessed by the acceptance, support, and friendship we have found at St. Mary's.
Heather A. Horeled
Vestryperson, three-year term
Heather has been an active member of St. Mary's parish for over 40 years, joining in October of 1978. She and her beloved departed husband, John, raised their 3 children Matthew, Julia and Joshua in this church. Now all 3 are married and her family includes 4 angelic grandchildren-Elijah (11), Isaac (8), Torunn (8), and Nathan (7).
She graduated with high honors from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biology. Heather then taught Biology and Chemistry at Libertyville High School. John began his solo law practice in Crystal Lake and she became his bookkeeper and office manager for 38 years. Unfortunately, this job ended as the office was closed upon John's death.
Heather has been very involved at St. Mary's over the years. She was an officer on the board of the Episcopal Church Women and served on various committees of that organization. She taught Sunday church school and helped St. Mary's organize a summer Vacation Bible School. She served as St. Mary's coordinator for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry for over 28 years. Heather served on the Labyrinth committee helping our church to get its own canvas labyrinth to use for meditation. She has s
erved as a Delegate many times for the Diocesan convention. In 2004, she began and served a 3 year term on the Vestry. Heather has also been on 5 Stewardship committees and on the Transition Team that hired Reverend Fran. As Heather believes in education and community, she has served on the Adult education committee and also helped organize multiple parish events.
Presently, you will see Heather singing in the choir, serving as a lector, working the Food Pantry, attending chair yoga classes and delivering bread in the bread bakers program. She also addresses all the birthday cards and anniversary cards for the parish. Her job for the Community Meal is to get the tables set and obtaining the donated flowers for each table each month.
In her spare time, Heather loves to read, practice yoga, sew, travel, bake and meet new people.
Heather loves the liturgy of this church along with the wonderful sense of community here. She hopes that she will be able to use her talents to help St. Mary's continue to develop strong roots in the challenging years to come.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Mark your calendars now for our annual pancake
Tuesday, March 5
, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. More details will follow in upcoming newsletters and Sunday bulletins.
: Volunteers are needed
for set-up, cooking, stirring, flipping, grilling and clean-up!
If you helped out last year, Chairperson, Mike Higgins, will be expecting to see your smiling faces again this year! If you haven't helped previously, please come and see what fun you've been missing!!
Please email Mike and let him know you'd love to help! Thanks!
Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series Returns
Every Thursday, March 14-April 11
Lent is still a month away, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, but we are already planning 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.
Simon Peter: Poor, uneducated, quick-tempered and full of doubts, he left everything to follow his teacher, and possessed a passion that would change the world. This 5-week study will focus on how an ordinary person heard and followed God's extraordinary call. Discover how our own gifts, talents, and abilities can make a difference in today's world.
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 wish to participate please sign up by February 20
, so that we will have enough books.
We are asking for a donation of $15 to help defray the cost. (If you prefer a digital copy, the Kindle edition is available on Amazon for about $9.00). 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.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the
Wednesday, February 6
. Shifts are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm.
if you can
Also keep in mind that we are always collecting donations of paper products as the pantry is not able to purchase paper goods through the food bank. Items such as toilet
paper, tissues, paper towels, napkins, etc.,
may be dropped off in the basket in the Narthex. You will also find envelopes there for monetary donations. 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!
Congratulations, Harry Dillon!
During last Sunday's annual meeting, Rev. Fran presented parishioner, Harry Dillon, with a lifetime achievement award, in recognition of his many years of service to St. Mary's. Harry was baptized at St. Mary's in 1933, and over the years has served in many, many ways, including as a Vestryman, Warden, Churchyard Commission member, and choir member to name only a few. He also participates in our Senior Luncheons and our spring and fall work days. Harry received a standing ovation from a very appreciative congregation when he received his plaque.
2019 Flower Chart
The 2019 Flower Chart is now posted. Members are encouraged to select a Sunday closest to a significant date in one's life, i.e. the anniversary of the death of a loved one or friend, a birthday or wedding anniversary, or perhaps on the occasion of blessings received, and underwrite that Sunday's flowers. Donation amount is $30.
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.