The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                            May 2, 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


Children's Worship, for ages  3 through 2nd grade, meets in the Education Wing every Sunday

 at 10:00 am


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)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
(1/20)   Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Friday, May 3.  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, May 28 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, May 18.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Steve, Dorothy,  Marge, Harry, Margaret, Judy, Miles, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Jim and Sue, Jess, Rick,  Betty and Del, Virginia, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Rick,  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, Darcy, Julie, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Who Have Died
Edward, cousin-in-law of Catherine Carroll
Those Who Mourn
Catherine Carroll, and her cousin, Elizabeth
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy, Terry

Birthdays May 2-8
5.4  Amalia Rylander
5.5  Betsy Vargason
5.6  Sally Van Vranken

Anniversary May 2-8
5.2  Art & Char Maday

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,

This week I am away at "CREDO", a clergy retreat sponsored by the Church Pension Group. I will be returning to the office on Tuesday, May 7 th . In the event that you have a pastoral emergency you may contact one of our Co-Wardens, Tracy Higgins or Steve Brooks, or Amy Noe in the office during business hours. They can contact the on call clergy if needed.

Please mark your calendar for Saturday May 18th , the date of our next Free Community Meal from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Plan to have dinner and meet up with friends old and new.

So many of us have experienced anger and sadness over the death of A.J. Freund, as it has truly shaken the entire Crystal Lake Community. Tomorrow , May 3 rd from 1:00-8:00 p.m., Davenport Funeral Home will have a public visitation to remember A.J. , open to anyone who wishes to attend. I am aware that a number of you know the Freund family and are very upset about this situation. Let us continue to pray for A.J. and for all children who are neglected and abused. Let us recommit ourselves all the more to being the face of Christ to a hurting world. Let us always show compassion, and respect toward all children whom we encounter.  
May all of you continue to have a blessed Eastertide,
Guest Clergy This Sunday

This Sunday we will welcome The Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts, who is filling in for Rev. Fran while she is away. Eileen+ is the Assistant Director of Contextual Education at Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation. She teaches Field Education and Anglican Formation. Prior to joining the BSSF faculty, Eileen+ was the rector at Christ Church, Waukegan for 11 years. She lives in Highland Park with her husband, Ross and daughter, Abigail.   Please join us!!
Forward Day by Day

Forward Day by Day , the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of May-July , is now available on a Narthex table , priced at 85 cents.   If you've never used this wonderful guide, you are encouraged to begin with this new, quarterly issue.
Stuff the Duffel

In response to the AJ Freund tragedy, a local mom has started a Stuff-the-Duffel campaign to honor AJ's memory.   Items collected will be given to local and state foster care agencies. Quite often children arrive at their new homes without personal belongings or necessities. The campaign will run through May 21.   There is flyer on a table in the back of church with complete information,  including items requested, and drop-off sites throughout Crystal Lake and McHenry County.  

There is also a public Facebook page , where this information can be accessed.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry 

Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry tomorrow , May 3 . Shifts times are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Aimee Day if you can help.  

Paper Please . . . 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 toilet paper , Kleenex , paper towels , and napkins . 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!!

27th Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive
Fill a bag! Help feed families!

On  Saturday, May 11, your Letter Carrier will be collecting donations for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.   Please collect and bag healthy, non-perishable food items, and leave the bag by your mailbox for pick-up.   Thanks for your help!!
(Please do not donate items that are expired, or are in glass containers.)

Bishop Search & Nominating Committee
null The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago is now accepting applications for lay leaders and clergy to serve on the  Search & Nomination Committee for the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago . Applications are due by May 6, 2019 , and the Standing Committee expects to announce the members of the committee on May 22.  If you are interested in serving on the committee, complete details and the link to the application can be found on the Diocesan website.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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