The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                      December 19, 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 in January 2020 will be posted soon. 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: Elizabeth, 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
Marion Dillon;
Bill, dear friend of John Williams;
Mary, sister of Peter Becker; 
Mark, brother of Cameron Robert
Those Who Mourn
Harry Dillon and his extended family; 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

Birthdays Dec. 19 - Jan. 1
12.19  Jackie Wayne
12.25  Emmett Kenyon
            Lydia Kenyon
12.26  Alec Thune, Kris Thune
            Chris Russell
12.27  Mike Higgins
            Tanious Massoud
1.1       John Mason

Dec. 19 - Jan. 1
12.20  Fran Holliday,
            anniversary of
            her ordinatrion
12.21  John & Lois Kemp




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News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Sunday we will gather to celebrate The Fourth Sunday of Advent. Following the service join us for another holiday themed coffee hour and grab a cup of wassail and some delicious goodies.   We are also decorating the church for Christmas and we could use some help. Included in this newsletter is our Christmas schedule.   We have three services: 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and one 9:00 a.m. service on Christmas Day. We are very blessed to have Beau Surratt joining us at the 10:00 p.m. service to lead the choir. I am also so grateful to Gail Head, and Del Smith for playing at our other Christmas services.  

I hope that you will be joining us to celebrate this most holy time of year. I pray that you and your family will have a very blessed Christmas season, and that you will welcome the Christ child again into your heart and into your life.
December Community Meal

The next Community Meal is  this  Saturday, December 21 .   The meal is served from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and ALL are welcome.  Bring your family and friends! There is no RSVP required.   Free will donations will be accepted.
Salad, Rolls, Chicken Pesto Pasta, 
Honey Carrots, and Dessert!

If you'd like to volunteer to help next week, or at future meals, please contact Tracy Higgins.  
Advent Through Epiphany Service Schedule

Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 22
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Eucharist, with Choir
Christmas Eve - December 24
5:00 p.m. Children's Candlelight Communion Service with  a special visitor, building the crèche, and carols. For the young and the young at heart.
10:00 p.m. Christmas Carols led by the Choir followed by  a Festive Choral Eucharist.
Christmas Day - December 25
9:00 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist with Carols
Sunday after Christmas - Dec. 29
9:00 a.m. Eucharist with carols (Only ONE service this day)
Feast of the Epiphany - Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Eucharist with Epiphany Procession, celebrating the Three Kings' visit to the Cr é che
Rest in Peace, Marion

A reminder that the service to celebrate Marion Dillon's life will be held on Saturday December 28 at 10:30 a.m., with a lunch following in the church hall. Marion passed away on Monday, December 9, and is survived by her husband of 71 years, Harry Dillon. Marion was the organist here at St. Mary's from 1946-1987, in addition to numerous other church activities.   In addition to her husband Harry, Marion is survived by her adult children, Lynn, Jan, Mike and Lori and their spouses. Please keep the entire Dillon family in your prayers.

Marion's complete obituary can be read here.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed  by the mercy of God rest in peace.
End of the Year Pledge Payment Information

A reminder that any donations designated for 2019, must be received in the parish office by the end of the 10:00 am service this Sunday, December 29 .   Pledges received after today 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.

Please Note - Office Holiday Schedule

The Parish offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1.

The next issue of The Magnificat newsletter will be published on Thursday, January 2.

Christmas Message

The Christmas message from our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, can be viewed here.

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