The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                      November 7, 2019

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)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
(1/20)   Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Stacy Cook
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Friday, November 8.  Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Contact Cate Williams if you can help.  

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, November 16.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Marion,
Cindy, John, Glenice, John, Amalia, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Cate, Amy, Gladys, El, Carol, Lorraine, Steve, Margaret, Judy,  Bob,  John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Ashley, Kiyle, Neil and Des, Shannon and family, Sarah Margaret, Rick, Sylvia, Jess, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Rev. Bill Beachy, Mark,  Joanne, Lauren,  Lynn, Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Cora,  Saul, Susan, Brian, Mark,  Tom, Tom,  Pat, Billy, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, Carole, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Sue, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Who Have Died
Michael, friend of Jane Helmboldt
Those Who Mourn
Jane and the family of Michael, including Gail, John, and Rebecca
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy




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News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

I invite you to prayerfully consider making a pledge to St. Mary's for 2020. Our goal is 100% participation. All pledges matter and all are needed. Many of you have already submitted your pledge and I thank you for your generosity. We are asking that pledges come in by Sunday, November 24 , when we will celebrate Thanksgiving as a parish with one 9:00 a.m. service followed by a parish-wide brunch in the Great Hall. There is a sign-up sheet in the Great Hall; please consider bringing a dish to share. Let us come together and give thanks for our parish and all the blessings of this life. The choir will be leading us in singing all of our favorite thanksgiving hymns at this service.

I am so grateful for all who helped make our All Saints' Sunday celebration so wonderful. Thank you to Margaret Wood who conducted, and to the choir who provided glorious music. I also wish to thank Marsha Webster, our guest organist, who was outstanding and our bagpiper, Kurt Majzner, who also did such a lovely job. A lot of people worked very hard to make this liturgy happen. Thank you all!

Save the Date!!!
Sunday December 8
11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Advent is coming
and so is St. Nicholas!

You won't want to miss the
Intergenerational St. Nicholas festival at St. Mary's!

Come meet a special visitor, make Christmas crafts, share homemade cookies and have a great lunch. This free event is for all ages! Invite friends and neighbors, bring your children and grandchildren, and young-at-heart adults.

Volunteers are needed to run/assist with the craft tables , and also oversee the lunch/cookie table .   Sign up will available soon to attend and/or bring cookies. Please contact Amy Koegel
Fundraiser for St. Mary's
Get a Jump-Start on Your Christmas Shopping!
We have a great opportunity for you to do a little Christmas shopping, and help St. Mary's at the same time, thanks to parishioner, Claudia Majzner.   Claudia is a Thirty-One consultant, and if you purchase anything online during the month of November,  20% of the sales will be donated to St. Mary's !    Thirty-One offers a variety of products from lunch totes to travel bags, bags for storage, crafting, and everything in between.
Click here to go to Claudia's page on the Thirty-One website and start shopping - for yourself, or for everyone on your Christmas list. 

ReVive Center for Housing and Healing Christmas Basket Program

St. Mary's is once again participating in the ReVive Center's Christmas Basket Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for members of our Parish to purchase Jewel gift cards or shop for individual Christmas gifts for some of the most impoverished families of our metropolitan area. This year we have been asked to sponsor 8 families; a total of 28 individuals.

Please see the display in the Great Hall for complete details, and to sign up to purchase gifts or gift cards.  All gifts and gift cards are to be brought to St. Mary's by Sunday, December 1.  

Please contact me if you have any questions.   Thank you to everyone for continuing to make this fun outreach ministry so meaningful and successful!

Cate Becker,
2019 Christmas Basket Ministry Coordinator

Diaper and Wipe Drive

My name is Michael Mauger and I am doing my Eagle Project for Boy Scouts.  For my project I have chosen to run a diaper and wipe drive to benefit the Northern Illinois Diaper Bank.  Please consider bringing diapers and wipes to St. Mary's during the month of November to help me meet my goal of 500 packages.   I chose this organization because they have helped my family with diapers, since my brother uses so many for his gastroparesis. There will be a collection bin at church.  Thank you!                               
Crystal Lake Food Pantry

Volunteers: The next food pantry volunteer opportunity is  Friday, November 8 (tomorrow) .   Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.   Contact Cate Williams 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!!
29th Annual Community Harvest

The Crystal Lake Community Harvest combines the efforts of the Crystal Lake Chamber and the Crystal Lake Food Pantry to collect food and funds throughout the Fall to be distributed to local families during the winter months.

Grocery bags can be found in the Narthex, with a list attached of needed items.   Please take a bag, fill it with your donations, and return it to church on Sunday, November 24th.   For monetary donations, checks may be made payable to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry , with notation " Community Harvest". All donations will be blessed and then taken to the Food Pantry.

On Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 8:00-10:00 a.m., volunteers will help organize the donations . If you would like to volunteer, sign-up here.    Please help the pantry reach it's 2019 goal of 75,000 pounds of food, and $75.000.   No donation is too small. Thank you!!
November Community Meal

Please join us this  Saturday, November 16 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 to volunteer at future meals, please contact Tracy Higgins.  
November's Menu: 
Salad,  Southwest Chicken Chili, 
Homemade Cornbread, Dessert

Leaf Raking Service Project

Do you know someone that needs help with their Fall leaf raking? The National Honor Society at Crystal Lake Central High School can help!! Contact the Crystal Lake Central NHS here.  
15th Annual Free
Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 28
12:00 Noon (one seating)
Our friends at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington, are once again hosting a Free Thanksgiving Dinner, open to anyone. There will be plenty of food, music, entertainment and fellowship for the entire family.   If you are interested, please call the office so they can be prepared with enough treats for everyone!
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
647 Dundee Ave.     Barrington, Il
Annual McHenry County Santa Run for Kids

Benefiting: Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, CASA of McHenry County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls on the Run NWIL, and Turning Point

When:    December 1, 2019    ~  9:00 am start 
Where:    Raue Center for the Arts
               26 N Williams Street
               Crystal Lake, IL. 60014

To register, volunteer, or donate online, click here.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |