The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                           January 2, 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)
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

We Pray For
Parishioners: Elizabeth, Cindy, John, Glenice, John, Amalia, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Amy, Gladys, El, Carol, Lorraine,
 Margaret, Judy,  John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends Neil and Des, Genevieve, Ashley, Kyle, 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, Tom, Tom,  Pat, Billy, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, Carole, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Sue, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Who Have Died
Bob Taylor
Those Who Mourn
Lorraine Taylor and the family of Bob, including WJ, James, Janelle, Alex, Venessa, John, and Benae
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy




Quick Links


News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Sunday we will gather to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany , a celebration that marks the arrival of the Magi to the crib of the baby Jesus. The celebration is traditionally celebrated on January 6, and also commemorates the physical manifestation of the Christ to the gentiles.   Dr. Karol Sue Reddington will be our guest organist, and adults and children of all ages are invited to be part of our Epiphany procession. Please come to the school wing between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. to get a part. All are welcome to participate as we mark this occasion and continue to sing our Christmas carols.

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the news that parishioner Bob Taylor died this past Monday December 29 th at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Bob and his wife Lorraine have been active members of our parish since Christmas of 2015. Many of you know that during the past several years Bob has been ill, but he continued to be active here in his own way, and was received into the Episcopal Church in October of 2018 when Bishop Lee visited him at his home. In addition to Lorraine, Bob leaves behind his sister Janelle, a brother James, his father WJ, and a step-daughter, Benae, as well as nieces, nephews and many friends. A service to celebrate Bob's life will be held in the summer. Please continue to keep Lorraine in your prayers.

Thank you to all who served and helped with our Christmas services, and with the funeral of Marion Dillon this past Saturday. I especially want to thank the choir and Beau Surratt for the outstanding Christmas music and all those who have provided music for our services over Advent and Christmas, including Margaret Wood, Del Smith and Gail Head, as well as Peter Carroll and El Nyberg. Thank you also to Amy Koegel, who did a lovely carol at our 5:00 p.m. Christmas service. We have been very blessed with wonderful talent.

See you all on Sunday,
Poinsettia Plants Available / Help Needed

If you  ha ve  given a  poinsettia plant  for the Christmas services and  would like to take it home with you , the plant may be picked up  after  the  10:00 a.m.  services  this Sunday, January 5. 

In addition, the Christmas greens will be taken down after the 10:00 a.m. service, and your help will be greatly appreciated ! The "greening" of the church went very quickly after the December 22nd service; the "ungreening" will go just as quickly with your help. Many hands make light work!! Thank you!
Sunday, January 26
Annual Parish Meeting and Brunch

The morning will begin with a single, combined Eucharist beginning at 9:00 a.m. , followed by a wonderful pot-luck brunch, and then the Annual Parish Meeting, beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m.

The brunch sign-up sheet is posted in the Great Hall.   Please indicate if you would like to prepare a dish, shop for additional items needed, or help with set-up and clean-up.

Make it a point to attend this year's meeting as we reflect on 2019, and look forward to great opportunities in 2020!

Ministry Leaders : A request for your annual reports was recently sent out.   Please email them to the office by Friday, January 17 at the very latest, so the packets can be put together. Questions? Contact Amy in the office.
2020 Flower Chart

The 2020 Flower Chart is now posted. Members are encouraged to select a Sunday closest to a significant date in one's life, i.e. the anniversary of the death of a loved one or friend, a birthday or wedding anniversary, or perhaps on the occasion of blessings received, and underwrite that Sunday's flowers.   Donation amount is $30.
January Community Meal

Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 18 5:00-7:00 p.m. for our next Community Meal .    In January we begin our fourth year of offering a free meal on the third Saturday of every month! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, share a night out with friends, or just stop in if you've had a busy day and don't feel like cooking. Let us do the work!! Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. Bring your family and friends! There is no  charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated.

There are post cards available on a Narthex table with all the dates for 2020. The menu is posted on our website a week or two prior to the meal.   If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Tracy Higgins.
Diaper Drive a Success!

During the months of November and December, youth parishioner, Michael Mauger, headed up a diaper drive as part of his Eagle Scout project. His goal was to collect 500 diapers and/or packages of diaper wipes, to be donated to the local diaper bank.  Collections were being taken at St. Mary's, as well as local area schools. 

On Saturday, December 22, all the of donations were sorted and packed into vans, to be delivered to the Northern Illinois Diaper Bank.   Congratulations, Michael!!   And thank you, St. Mary's for your support!

A Bit of Epiphany Humor

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