The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
  Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                            March 5, 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: Justine, Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, Cindy, John, Glenice, Elmer, Shirley, Gladys, El, Carol, Margaret,  John, Matthew, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Maria, Sue, Greg, Wayne, Scott, Rev. Bill Beachy, 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,  Kay, Cora,  Saul, Susan, Brian, Tom, Billy, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, Kurt,  Sue, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Who Have Died
Judy Thornton

Those Who Mourn
Ted, Katie, Buzz, and extended family and friends of Judy
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays March 5-11
3.7  Kelley Frake
3.8  Art Maday
3.11  Mary Frake

Quick Links

News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

Please join us tonight for our first Lenten Soup, Supper & Study evening as we delve deeper into the scriptures of Holy Week. We are using the book and DVD, "Entering into the Passion of Jesus" by Jewish Scholar Amy-Jill Levine, to guide our learning and discussion. Our pot luck soup and salad dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by our program. We will end around 8:15 p.m. with Compline. This program runs for five consecutive Thursdays in Lent beginning tonight (March 5) and wrapping up on Thursday April 2. Please attend the sessions that you are able to attend and sign up in the Great Hall to bring soup, salad or bread for the dinners.   Consider joining us for compelling conversation and deeper learning about these scriptures that shape who we are as Christians and the people of God.

Please consider giving a donation to our flower fund as we prepare to decorate our altar for Easter. The sign-up sheet and envelopes are in the back of the church and you can give us the name(s) of those whom you would like remembered. We will print the list in our Easter bulletins.

Services for our dear friend and parishioner, Judy Thornton , will take place at Davenport Funeral home, located at 419 Terra Cotta Ave in Crystal Lake .   Visitation will be held on Friday March 20 from 4:00-8:00 p.m.  and Saturday March 21 from 9:00-11:00 a.m., with a service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to a lunch following the service at the Crystal Lake Country Club. Judy Thornton was a member at St. Mary's for almost 50 years. She was very active and generous to this community with her, time and resources. She was a friend to many and very much a part of the fabric of this church and will be greatly missed. Please continue to pray for her husband Ted, daughter Katie, and son Buzz.  You can read the full obituary here.

See you all on Sunday,
Time to Spring Ahead

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday at 2:00 a.m.   Please remember to set your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR before going to bed on Saturday evening.
What is a Deacon?

On Sunday, March 22 , during Coffee Hour following the 10:00 service, please join Mike Choquette , our deacon postulant, as we discuss "What Is a Deacon?"

Mike will discuss the role of servant leadership in the Church and how the deacon symbolizes the Church's call to ministry beyond its four walls. He will touch upon the history of the diaconate in the Episcopal Church, the emerging role of the deacon to speak truth to power, and a deacon's journey from discernment with family, friends, and the wider church, to ordination.  Please  join us for coffee and refreshments after the 10:00 service for what we are sure will be a great conversation.
Your Help is Needed

Parishioner, Elizabeth Mauger, is beginning a long recovery from recent surgery, and her son, Matthew, has also been recently hospitalized. Her support system is spread thin at the moment, and an online Meal Train calendar has been set up to help the family through the next few weeks.   You may help by signing up to bring a meal on a particular day, or you can purchase gift cards from Grub Hub or specific restaurants. Please go to the Mauger page on the Meal Train website to sign up.  Thank You!!

A Very Special Birthday

A Very Happy Birthday to Ann McCraw (Betty Buenning's Mom) who is celebrating her 100th birthday TODAY (Thursday, March 5)!! There will be a birthday celebration in her honor this Saturday, March 7, at the facility where she resides. If you would like to send a card, Ann's address is:

Sacred Heart Home
5805 Queen's Chapel Rd.
Hyattsville, MD  20782-3898
Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series Begins
Every Thursday, March 5 - April 2 (6:30-8:15 pm)

Our annual Lenten Soup Supper & Study is underway.  Every Thursday 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, books (both hard copy and Kindle formats) are available on  Amazon

If you wish, 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
Easter Flowers

The Easter Flower Chart is now posted in the Narthex. If  you would like to help underwrite the flowers used for the Altar of Repose on Maundy Thursday and the lilies for Easter Sunday, please sign your name, and the intention of your gift (in thanksgiving, honor, or memory of someone). The requested donation is $20, and checks may be made payable to St. Mary's (note "Easter Flowers" on the memo line).   You may also send a check to the parish office with the donation information.

March Community Meal

You're invited to join us Saturday, March 21st  for 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 to volunteer, contact Tracy Higgins.

Our menu for March is a Community Meal favorite:   Meat Loaf , Mashed Potatoes , Green Beans , Salad , Rolls/Butter , and Dessert. YUM!!
Another Free Musical Opportunity for Seniors

Crystal Lake Central High School is hosting a FREE Senior Citizens performance of their Spring musical - Fiddler on the Roof .   The free performance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, from 1:30 - 4:45 p.m. This event also includes a dessert reception immediately following the performance. This event is completely free, but please call to let the school know how many will be attending . The number is 815-459-2505 .

Performances for the general public run March 12-15.  Tickets are $10, and can be purchased online here.
St. Paul's 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
Vestry Retreat

Last Saturday, February 29, the parish Vestry participated in an event hosted by the Evanston Deanery. It was a day-long study of "Leap into the Way of Love", which is a program designed by Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry and the national church.   Pictured below are the Vestry participants, and the keynote speaker, Chris Sikkema, Manager for Special Projects from the national Episcopal Church.

L-R:   Rev. Fran Holliday, Mike Higgins, Sally Van Vranken, Heather Horeled, Steve Brooks, Dorothy Nyberg, Chris Sikkema (speaker), Stacy Cook, and Lorraine Taylor.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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