The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                      December 5, 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, December 6.  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, December 21.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Marion,
Cindy, John, Glenice, John, Amalia, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Cate, Amy, Gladys, El, Carol, Lorraine, Margaret, Judy,  Bob,  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
Bill, dear friend of John Williams;
Mary, sister of Peter Becker; Mark, brother of Cameron Robert
Those Who Mourn
John Williams and friend, Cathy;  Peter Becker and the family of Mary; Cameron Robert and the family of Mark
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthday December 5-11
12.9  Jennifer Kolarczyk

Anniversary Dec. 5-11
12.10  Herbert & Amalia




Quick Links


News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Sunday, on the Second Sunday of Advent, you are invited to join us for a service of Advent Lessons and Carols at 10:00 a.m. This service is the most quintessential Anglican service we offer throughout the year.  It is based on the Advent Lessons and Carols service that began at Christ Church, Cambridge.  While being very traditional, in its time it was considered a new liturgical style of worship, a reimagining if you will of what liturgy for Christmas could look like. This year we will hear some familiar anthems as well as some new surprises. Beau Surratt, who is a very skilled liturgist, choir director, pianist and organist, will be directing this service. Beau and the Choir have been working very hard these past several weeks and I know this is a service not to be missed. This Sunday we will also bless and dedicate the grand piano in honor and memory of Sandy Molyneux, who served as our Choir Director and Organist for close to 25 years.

Following our 10:00 a.m. service you are invited to attend the St. Nicholas Festival, which begins at coffee hour and goes until 1:30 p.m. This is an event for all ages complete with crafts, homemade cookies, a special visitor and lunch. Please join us.

A special thank you to everyone who purchased gifts and gift cards for families in need through the Revive Gift Program. All of the packages were picked up this past Wednesday so they can be given to the families in time for Christmas. Thank you to Cate Becker and also to Lorraine Taylor for organizing the project and making sure it all got packed up and ready to go! The Revive Gift Program is an Episcopal Charities Program and it reaches hundreds of families in need throughout the Chicagoland area.
See you Sunday,
Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Families or individuals are needed on December 15 and 22 to light the Advent wreath at the beginning of the service.   The sign-up sheet is located on a table in the Narthex.
St. Nicholas Festival 

Sunday December 8
11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Advent is here and   St. Nicholas is coming!  Don't miss this event!

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.  You may RSVP here, and also indicate if you'd like to bring cookies to share.  

Please contact Amy Koegel if you have any questions or are interested in helping!   Thank you!
Advent Devotional Available

Copies of Living Well Through Advent 2019 , are available on a Narthex table.  If you wish, please pick up a copy and take it home with you. The booklet is being provided by Living Compass, a faith-based wellness ministry founded by the Rev. Scott Stoner.  

You can also download a copy from the Living Compass website.   Here you will also find several Advent resources, including archived readings, discussion groups, and the opportunity to sign up for daily email messages.

ReVive Christmas Basket Joy

THANK YOU for participating in the ReVive Center's Christmas Basket Program! St. Mary's provided Christmas gifts and grocery gift cards for 8 families made up of 28 individuals. Participation was wonderful; 25 parish families and individuals donated 15 boxes filled to the brim with gifts and 18 grocery gift cards. The gifts were very generous and the grocery gift cards will be very much appreciated.

Thank you to those who helped with my ReVive computer files, publicized the event, organized and counted gifts and loaded the ReVive truck. Thank you Amy, Fran, Lorraine, Marge and Peter.

Thank you St. Mary's!
Cate Becker, Coordinator 2019
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 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 is a collection bin at church.  
Thank you!                               
Creating Sacred Space in Advent
A Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, December 14
9:30 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary's Great Hall
For this walk, we will gather on the second Saturday of December, pausing in our outward preparations to share time creating sacred space. No previous experience is needed.

Walking together on the labyrinth pattern creates a symbolic outward journey that tunes us in to our inward journey. The path for both our outward and inward journey toward the coming of Jesus, will be framed by story, music and sacred scripture.

You are invited. Come on December 14th to walk and to listen, and to share the gifts our loving God has prepared for us this Advent season.

Fundraiser for St. Mary's Deadline Extended
Tomorrow, December 6, is Your Last Chance to Shop!
A reminder that you have only 1 day left to purchase some wonderful Christmas gifts, 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 by December 6,  100% of her proceeds 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. 

Note:   There are a few "Act Fast" items which are available for immediate purchase.  See the display in the Great Hall!

Graduate News!!   Congratulations, Tate!

Tate Davis , former Acolyte and Lay Reader at St. Mary's, will graduate  December 14 from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Music Business, where he was on the Dean's List. He hosted the Tate Davis Experience Radio Program on WMTS FM, where he interviewed local performers, played new releases and classic rock. He has just completed an internship with Heart Song Records in Nashville, where he attended new recording releases and posted interviews and reviews on their website. He plans on staying in the Nashville area to pursue a career in the music industry. He said that he will miss his St. Mary's Family and to keep him in your prayers.

End of the Year Pledge Payment Information

Statements were sent out this week to all pledging members of the parish, indicating how much they have given as of Sunday, December 1. This is done as a courtesy as some lose track of their giving, a nd this reminder seems to be greatly appreciated by many. Please check your statement, and contact the parish office if you have any questions.   Any donations designated for 2019, must be received in the parish office by 10:00 am on Sunday, December 29 .   Pledges received after that date will be posted to 2020.

In addition, if you are paying any of your 2020 pledge before December 29, please indicate that it is for 2020 .   The treasurer will greatly appreciate it!   Thank you!!

Statements for tax purposes will be sent out in January, to ALL members who have made donations during the year 2019.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |