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, March 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,
Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Gary, 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 Who have Died
Jean, relative of Andrew Wild
Those Serving in the
Michael, Jeremy, Terry
Birthdays February 7-13
2.7 Doug Dlesk
2.8 Amy Koegel
2.12 Maya Massoud
2.13 John Kuykendall
Anniversaries Feb. 7-13
2.12 Ted & Judy
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,
It is not too soon to begin to think about the season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6
. During the Lenten season we will be studying the life of Peter and examining our own call to be a disciple and to live a life of faith. We are using a book and a DVD to guide our discussions, which will take place every Thursday in Lent, from March 14-April 11. We are ordering the book
Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple.
If you wish to get the book from us please sign up in the Great Hall so we can order one for you.
We are placing our order on February 20th
You may also order the book on your own or get the kindle edition. The book is $15.00.
Please mark your calendar for our next
Free Community Meal
, which is happening on
Saturday, February 16
from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We keep working on getting the word out about our meal and if you can drop off a flyer or a post card about the meal to a store, salon, or a business that you frequent, we would appreciate it. You may get post cards or flyers from me or Amy in the office. Thank you to all of our volunteers who help make this meal happen each month and for all those who pitch in to make this a successful ministry of our parish.
ee you all on Sunday,
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.
February Community Meal
Mark your calendars for
Saturday, February 16
5:00-7:00 p.m. for our next
We're kicking off Mardi Gras a little early, with a wonderful menu of
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
! 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.
There are post cards available on a Narthex table and the Great Hall, with all the dates for 2019. If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Tracy Higgins.
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.