The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                              July 11, 2019

In This Issue

Worship Times
Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship  follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation.


Clergy & Staff
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
(1/20)   Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, July 31.  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.  Now on summer break, the next Taize service will be held on Tuesday, September 24.

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, July 20.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Gladys, Sandy, El, Carol, Edwina, Harry, Lorraine, Steve, Marge, Margaret, Judy, Miles, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Sylvia, Jim and Sue, Jess, Rick, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Trudy, Rev. Bill Beachy, Will, Mark,  Joanne, Lauren,  Lynn, Brian, Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Cora,  Saul, Susan, Brian, Mark,  Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim,  Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Susie, Carole, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Julie, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Anniversary July 11-17
7.13  Steve & Sophie

If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact  Amy  in the Parish Office.

Quick Links


News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

I hope you will join me and other members of St. Mary's this Friday July 12, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., at "Lights for Liberty", a Vigil for Human Rights. This peaceful protest will take place at The Pointe, 5650 Northwest Highway  (next to Target). Let us join with thousands of others who will be attending vigils around the country this weekend to protest the atrocious human rights violations taking place at our borders, most especially against children. Speakers at the vigil will include Rep. Sean Casten, local immigration attorney Amanda Garcia, and attorney George Kililis who often defends undocumented and marginalized residents of McHenry County, among others. Participants are asked to arrive around 6:45 p.m. The vigil will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 pm. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a small flashlight and water if you wish. Signs are also welcome. If you know you are attending please let me know so we can try to meet up.  Let us demonstrate the "Way of Love" and show support for the voiceless.   This is one way that we can live out our baptismal covenant to "strive for justice and peace among all people respecting the dignity of every human being." This is a family friendly event and children are welcome.

Please mark your calendar for our next Free Community Meal on Saturday July 20, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Come for the great food and stay for the hospitality. Volunteers are most especially needed during these summer months while other volunteers are away on vacation so please let us know if you can help out. You may contact Tracy Higgins.

I will be out of the office this coming week Monday through Friday afternoon, attending a continuing education conference downtown.   Please contact Amy in the office should you have a pastoral care emergency.

Letter From Mike Choquette

Sisters and Brothers,

Most of you know me but some of you may not. My name is Mike Choquette and my wife, Terry and I have been parishioners at St. Mary's since 2013. I am a postulant for holy orders for the deaconate and as part of my formation I have been away at St. Lawrence, Libertyville doing my field studies. As many of you know my field studies at St. Lawrence started in January and are scheduled to last for approximately a year.

I can hardly believe that it has been six months since I started my field placement at St. Lawrence. I miss St. Mary's very much and have been thinking of you a lot. So, I thought I would send along an update regarding my diaconal formation and to let you know that you are in my prayers. I finished my classwork this spring, completing "Introduction to the New Testament" and "Introduction to Pastoral Care" at the Church Divinity School of The Pacific's Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership. I also completed a one-day seminar on Liturgy and Scripture for Deacons offered by the Diocese of Chicago. I have learned a lot from my seminary and diaconal school studies but am relieved that they are coming to an end and I will be able to focus on the remaining areas of my formation plan, mainly completing my field work under the guidance of Reverend Patti and Deacon Hal at St. Lawrence, and gaining pastoral care experience. Regarding my pastoral care work, I have started my studies under Bishop Anderson House and will be working through an independent study program visiting home bound and hospitalized parishioners, along with those parishioners in hospice care. I am also working to arrange pastoral care visits with residents of Winchester House, a memory care facility, in Libertyville. The plan is to have most of my pastoral care training completed by the end of the year. I ask that you keep me and those I visit in your prayers.

Regarding my field formation, I continue to serve as Acolyte, Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lector at St. Lawrence, as I did at St. Mary's. I preach about once every six to eight weeks and have used the valuable feedback that I have received from my time preaching at St. Mary's to my advantage at St. Lawrence. I thank all of you who have taken the time and interest in me and my preaching, offering me both your support and helpful instruction.

I volunteer twice a month at St. Lawrence's HOPE Food Pantry where I am usually tasked with helping our visiting neighbors pick out their choice of fresh fruits and vegetables. As my Spanish and Russian are not as good as my neighbor's English, we have fun communicating in broken English, a couple of words in Spanish or Russian, pointing at produce and a lot of smiling. I love when the children come through and they get to help mom and dad pick out the snacks for the week.

In addition, I assist Deacon Linda Lutter with worship services at Winchester House. As I mentioned, this is a memory care facility in Libertyville. We preside over an abbreviated service that contains the Gospel reading for the week, the Lord's Prayer, sharing the Bread and Wine and lots and lots of joyous singing. Yes, I "sing" loudly and  joyously with them. It is quite a thing to behold, if not to be heard. I must admit that one of my favorite things about my field placement has been my time at Winchester House. It brings me joy when a resident who has been mostly nonresponsive sings a familiar hymn or says the Lord's Prayer with us .

I read the Magnificat weekly to hear about all the activities happening at St. Mary's. I am happy to hear about the continued success of the community meal. I am very proud of you all, how you continue to give of yours gifts to make this ministry a success. There is nothing more Christian, more diaconal, than serving others at the table.

God's peace be with you,
Free Firewood

A fallen walnut tree has been cut up into about  20 logs (Thank you, Ted Thornton!). They are located in the walnut grove near the northwest side of the parking lot (by Church street). If you would like them for firewood or carving please help yourself.

Limited Office Hours Next Week

Rev. Fran will be out the office all week, July 15-19. If you have a pastoral emergency, you may contact Amy during office hours (815-459-1009), or Co-Warden Tracy Higgins.

In addition, The office will close at 1:00 p.m. Monday and Friday, and will be closed all day Wednesday.

July Community Meal

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 20 the date of our next free , monthly Community Meal . Meals are served between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated. Bring your family and friends!   If you would like volunteer, please contact Tracy Higgins .

Chef Tom is preparing a special treat for July. He'll have a smoker here, and will prepare Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches , and Smoked Mac & Cheese ! To round out the meal, we'll also have Corn on the Cob , and Sherbet / Cookies for dessert. YUM!!
Birthday Cake, Anyone?

Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, is celebrating her 60th birthday this month. Please join us for birthday cake on Su nday, July 28 , during Coffee Hour following the 10:00 a.m. service.
Lawn Chair Theologians
Sharing Each Other's Faith Journeys  (& Snacks!)
7:00 pm: Wednesdays, July 24 August 21
          What to Bring...              
*   Questions          *   An Open Mind            *   Your Lawn Chair
*   Your Favorite Beverage        *   A Snack to Share        *   Friends

How it Works...
*   Write Your Questions or a Topic on a Slip of Paper
*   Place Your Questions in the Hat
*   A Question or Two will be Pulled Randomly from the Hat
*   Spend the Next Hour Socializing and Discussing the Topic
There are No "Right Answers"

Where We'll Be...
On the Lawn at St. Mary's by the circle drive
210 McHenry Ave.; Crystal Lake IL

If it is raining, or too hot, we will meet in the Great Hall.
Presiding Bishop in Chicago July 31
St. James Cathedral in Chicago is hosting  An Evening with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry , on Wednesday, July 31 , at 6:30 p.m.   Tickets may be purchased online for $22, and the price includes a signed copy of his book,   "The Power of Love: Sermons, Reflections, and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire".    If you are interested, please get your tickets ASAP, as they will likely sell out.   Rev. Fran and a few parishioners have already expressed an interest in attending, so perhaps a group could get together and car pool, or take the train. Contact Fran if you're interested. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Organ Concert Opportunity
Last Fall, several parishioners attended two organ concerts at Church of the Holy Communion in Lake Geneva , which benefitted the restoration of their 1883 Pipe Organ . This Spring, the organ was disassembled and underwent a complete restoration.   On Sunday, August 4 , at 6:00 p.m., the church will present a Gala Concert to celebrate the return of the organ .   If you are interested in attending this concert, there are flyers on the Narthex table with a ticket order form, as well as many other details .   There is also a poster and additional order forms on the bulletin board in the hallway.

You may also see the information, and print a ticket order form here.   Just click on the photo of the Gala Concert.  

St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |