The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                             August 1, 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.


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

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Friday, August 30.  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.  Now on summer break, the next Taize service will be held on Tuesday, September 24.

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, August 17.

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

Those Who Have Died
Sandy Molyneux

Those Who Mourn
Gail Head, and the family and friends of Sandy Molyneux, including her sister, Anne

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays August 1-8
8.3  Tracy Derbas
        Sandra Green

Anniversaries Aug. 1-8
8.7  Steve & Judy Tracy

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 Sunday I will be leading prayers for our late Choir Director and Organist, Sandy Molyneux. We will be retiring her Choir vestments and they will remain on a table in the church next to the lit paschal candle through Sunday, August 18.   These prayers will occur at the beginning of both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services.  A service to celebrate Sandy's life will be held in the fall, most likely in October when her family can be present. Sandy will be interred here at St. Mary's in the Churchyard.  As soon as I have information about Sandy's service I will share it with you.

Sandy has been the organist here at St. Mary's for approximately 25 years, and eventually took over the Choir about 22 years ago.  She was gifted and highly trained.  I will always remember her lovely Christmas music and the many anthems that she taught the Choir.   She was also a dear parishioner and friend to many.  Sandy had a quick wit and great smile.  She leaves behind her dear friend Gail, her sister Anne, and nieces and nephews. Please keep all of them in your prayers.

I am aware that this is a big loss to our community, particularly to the members of the choir, many who have worked with Sandy for a number of years. I am sorry for this loss to our community, and I hope you will join me on Sunday to pay our respects to Sandy and to give thanks for her life in this place.  The choir and music program will continue here at St. Mary's, however it will be different without Sandy.  Right now it is time to pray, to grieve, and to remember Sandy.  As a wise chaplain once told me, "Grief denied is grief that keeps showing up over and over and over again" Grief is a sad and difficult part of life, but it must be felt and faced and worked through, not so one can "get over it" but so that one can incorporate it into one's life in a way that enables growth and a path forward.  This takes time of course.  So for now let us gather and pray and remember our dear friend Sandy.

This Sunday James Janssen will be here as our Supply Organist.  James is a friend and serves as the Organist at St. Matthew's in Evanston IL. He is off for the summer and I am grateful for his willingness to be with us.

This past Wednesday evening a group of us attended. "An Evening with Michael Curry" at St. James Cathedral.  Michael Curry is the current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and is a nationally recognized speaker, preacher and author.  It was a wonderful evening and St. Mary's was well represented.  I am so grateful for those who participated.

See you all on Sunday,
Thank You, St. Mary's!

I want to thank my parish family for the wonderful birthday celebration last Sunday. I knew there would be a cake, but your very, very generous gift was completely unexpected. Fran is pretty sneaky, it appears, as I had no clue anything was happening behind the scenes.   The gift certificates to my favorite local fabric store will be put to good use, I assure you.

I've said it before, but I truly believe it is a blessing and a privilege to work with, and for, my St. Mary's family.  Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.   I hope you realize what a special community St. Mary's is to so many people, and I am so very grateful to be a part of this family.

Amy Noe  

Altar Guild Conference 
"An Echo of the Path in the Future"

Saturday, September 14, 2019
St. Lawrence Church, 125 W. Church Street, Libertyville

Everyone in the Diocese is invited to attend; membership in the  altar guild is not required, and lunch will be provided.

Early Registration prior to August 14: $ 20 
Registration after August 14 or at the door: $ 25

Please see the ECW website for further details.
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Toberman
August Community Meal

Please join us on  Saturday, August 17 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, contact Tracy Higgins

Chef Tom is bringing back one of our favorite menus:   Pasta with a choice of 3 sauces (meat, marinara, alfredo), Salad , Rolls , and Dessert.
St. Mary's in the News!

and speaking of the Community Meal...
Advocate Healthcare publishes a quarterly online newsletter, and the newest issue features what is happening in McHenry County church communities.  Click here to view the latest issue;   click on the cover, and scroll down to article #9, "Let's Eat Together"!
Forward Day by Day

Forward Day by Day , the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of August-September , is now available on a table in the back of church , priced as marked. Please pick up a copy today .
Lawn Chair Theologians
Sharing Each Other's Faith Journeys  (& Snacks!)
Wedn esday,  August 21
          What to Bring...              
*   Questions          *   An Open Mind            *   Your Lawn Chair
*   Your Favorite Beverage        *   A Snack to Share        *   Friends

How it Works...
*   Write Your Questions or a Topic on a Slip of Paper
*   Place Your Questions in the Hat
*   A Question or Two will be Pulled Randomly from the Hat
*   Spend the Next Hour Socializing and Discussing the Topic
There are No "Right Answers"

Where We'll Be...
Normally on the lawn by the circle drive, but tonight, 
due to mosquitoes, we'll be in the Great Hall.  

Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago Search Committee -
Your Input is Needed
The Bishop Search & Nomination Committee invites all laypeople and clergy in the diocese to attend a bishop search listening session. Input from listening sessions will guide the committee as they write our diocesan profile, a detailed description of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago that helps applicants learn more about us. Listening sessions will focus on how you see God at work in the diocese, what challenges we face together, and what we seek in our next bishop.

Dates and Locations are as follows:
Saturday, August 3
10:00-11:30 a.m. St. Gregory's, Deerfield
1:00-2:30 p.m., Emmanuel, Rockford
Thursday, August 8
7:00-8:30 p.m., Church of the Ascension, Chicago
Saturday, August 10
10:00-11:30 a.m. St. Edmund's, Chicago
1:00-2:30 p.m., St. Paul's, Peoria
Sunday, August 18
3:00-4:30 p.m., St. Mark's, Glen Ellyn

You can follow the journey of the search for our next bishop here, including committee members, timeline, news, and profiles of candidates (Spring 2020).
An Evening With Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Amy Noe's 60th Birthday Celebration

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