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, Elizabeth, Cindy, John, Glenice, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Gladys, El, Carol, Margaret, Judy,
John, Matthew, and all those seeking employment
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, Rev. Bill Beachy, Joanne, Lauren,
Lynn, Rachel, Maria,
Saul, Susan, Brian,
Billy, Gary, Kevin,
Kelly, Kurt, Sue, Maggie, Nicci,
Birthdays January 30 - February 4
1.31 Butch Hess
2.4 Sandra Plate
News from The Episcopal Cafe
The next issue of
will cover two weeks, dated February 5-19.
Please send all articles to the
by Noon on Tuesday, February 4.
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
This Sunday, February 2
, we are celebrating
The Feast of the Presentation
, also known as Candlemas. This feast day commemorates the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, which occurred 40 days after his birth according to Jewish law. Historically the feast has been celebrated since the 4
century in Jerusalem. Over time a procession was held with lit candles marking the reality that Christ is the light of the world, and traditionally it is the day when the church has blessed all of its candles. We will be blessing candles at both services and we will process into the church with our lit candles marking this feast day. At the 10:00 a.m. service we will begin in the Great Hall. Everyone will be able to take their votive candle home as a reminder that Christ is "our one true light". Many of you may recognize Feb 2 as Groundhog Day, the secular celebration which is a foreshadowing of spring and marks the return of the light, depending of course if the groundhog sees his shadow or not. There are many ancient traditions around this feast day, and below is an old poem used with school children to teach them about Candlemas, also seen as a point when winter is almost over.
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again."
Please join us as we proclaim Christ as a light to the nations and bless our candles proclaiming light to all.
You are cordially invited to join us for a special coffee hour celebration this Sunday after the 10:00 a.m. service as we bid
a fond farewell. Harry is moving to Minnesota to be near his son Mike and daughter-in-law Rachel. Harry will always be a beloved member of St. Mary's. He was baptized at St. Mary's in 1933 when he was almost 5 years old. You may recall that last year at our annual meeting we gave Harry a "Lifetime
Achievement Award", thanking him for a lifetime of involvement here at St. Mary's, including Warden, Vestryman and Chair of the Churchyard Committee for 25 years. Harry and his late wife Marion raised their family at St. Mary's, and Marion was our organist for 40 years. Many new parishioners know Harry because he is still attends services regularly, and he has been seen in recent times helping at work days, and attending coffee hour. Please join us as we send Harry off with best wishes and some surprises. God Speed Harry Dillon!!!
Thank you to all who participated in our
last Sunday. I especially want to thank Cate Williams for all her help with our budget, and our new vestry members. Our new vestry members are Mike Higgins (Co-Warden), Amy Koegel, Cheri Dudek, and Dorothy Nyberg. If you missed the annual meeting and did not get an annual report there are extra copies at the back of the church. You will find included in that report a summary of all the cottage meetings we held this past Fall. More information about the Kick-Start Capital Campaign and our discernment process will be forthcoming.
In addition, I will keep you up to date as we work on finding our next Choir Director for St. Mary's. Thank you to all who brought wonderful food to the brunch. Thank you one and all!
See you all on Sunday,
Rev. Fran Out of the Office Next Week
Rev. Fran will be away most of next week, attending the Province V Conference in Ohio, Monday through Wednesday. Then, from Friday through Monday, February 7-10, Fran will be attending the Ordination and Consecration of The Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry, as the Eleventh Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan. If you have a pastoral care need or emergency, you may contact Amy in the office, (815-459-1009) or Co-Warden Steve Brooks.
Did You Know?
Monday, February 3, is Four Chaplains Day
. This day commemorates the events of February 3, 1943, when the troop ship USAT Dorchester sank. Dorchester left New York on January 23, 1943, carrying 4 chaplains and about 900
others as a part of convoy of three ships. It was torpedoed by the German submarine U-223 off Newfoundland at 12:55 a.m. When Dorchester began to sink, four chaplains of different religions, George L. Fox (Methodist), Alexander D. Goode (rabbi), Clark V. Poling (Baptist) and John P. Washington (Catholic) organized an orderly evacuation.
They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and
gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out
. The chaplains joined arms, said prayers, and sang hymns as they went down with the ship.
"The Dorchester Chaplains" are also recognized on the Episcopal Church calendar, being included on the lists of
Holy Women, Holy Men
The Great Cloud of Witnesses
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.
Where Are My Envelopes??
Many people are wondering why they haven't received their box of offering envelopes for 2020.
More and more parishioners each year do not want envelopes, as they send in their pledges quarterly, yearly, or have checks sent directly from their banks, and we find ourselves throwing out many boxes of unclaimed envelopes at the end of the year. In light of this, beginning last year, we included a line on the pledge card where you may indicate whether or not you would like envelopes.
If you did not check the "yes" box on your pledge card, you were not assigned a box.
If this was an oversight, and you would like a box of envelopes, please contact Amy in the parish office. We have plenty of boxes still available
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
The next food pantry volunteer
Wednesday, February 5
. 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!!
19th Annual Men's Pre-Lenten Retreat
Friday/Saturday, February 7-8, 2020
The 19th Annual Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Men's Pre-Lenten Retreat will be held on February 7 and 8 at the Dekovan Center in Racine, Wisconsin. The Rev. Patrick Raymond, rector of Church of the Ascension, Chicago, will lead the retreat. Complete details and registration information is available here.
February Community Meal
Mark your calendars for
Saturday, February 15
5:00-7:00 p.m. for our next
This month we began our fourth year of offering a free meal on the third Saturday of every month! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, share a night out with friends, or just stop in if you've had a busy day and don't feel like cooking. Let us do the work!! Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. Bring your family and friends! There is no
charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated.
Our menu for February is a Community Meal favorite:
Pasta with Choice of Sauce
(Alfredo, Meat, or Marinara),
There are post cards available on a Narthex table with all the dates for 2020. The menu is posted on our website a week or two prior to the meal. If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Tracy Higgins.
USO Variety Show
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 on
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.
There will be a
sneak peek this Sunday, February 2
, during Coffee Hour following the 10:00 a.m. service. As part of Harry Dillon's farewell, we will watch a few minutes of his performance 29 years ago. Please join us!!