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: Justine, Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, Cindy, John, Glenice, Elmer, Shirley, Gladys, El, Carol, Margaret,
John, Matthew, and all those seeking employment
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,
Saul, Susan, Brian,
Billy, Gary, Kevin,
Kelly, Kurt, Sue, Maggie, Nicci,
Those Who Have Died
Those Who Mourn
Ted, Katie, Buzz, and extended family and friends of Judy
3.7 Kelley Frake
3.8 Art Maday
3.11 Mary Frake
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,
, 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?
Sunday, March 22
, during Coffee Hour following the 10:00 service, please join
, 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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:
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
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.
invites you to experience a journey through their indoor Labyrinth
every Wednesday during Lent, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
3706 W. St. Paul Ave, McHenry IL 60050
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.
Rev. Fran Holliday, Mike Higgins, Sally Van Vranken, Heather Horeled, Steve Brooks, Dorothy Nyberg, Chris Sikkema (speaker), Stacy Cook, and Lorraine Taylor.