The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church        
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                        November 1, 2018

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


Children's Worship, for ages  3 through 2nd grade, meets in the Education Wing every Sunday

 at 10:00 am


Clergy & Staff
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Marge Smith, Warden (1/19)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
(1/19)   John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20)  Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Friday, November 9. Contact Aimee Day if you can help.  Shift times are 8:30-11:30 am, and 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
CENTERING PRAYER meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. 
Contac Rev. Fran with any questions, or for more information.
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.  The next Taize service will be held on Tuesday, November 27, at 7:00 p.m.

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 17.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Cameron & Linda, Kristi, Jerry, Karen, Jack, Miles, Matthew, Rick, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth,  Mary, Gladys, Susan, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends Nancy, Joanne,  Lynn, Brian Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Virginia, Hunter, James, Cora,  Saul, Naomi, Aimee, Susan, Brian, Mark,  Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, 
Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Susie, Carole, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Darcy, Julie, Betty, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Who Have Died
Anna, sister-in-law of Dorothy Nyberg; former parishioners, Paul Lorenzo,  Eileen Greenwald

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy, Terry, Dan 

Birthdays November 1-7
11.5  Peter Carroll
11.6  Gail Head

Anniversary Nov. 1-7
11.3  Elmer & Roseann

If you would like your  name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the Parish Office.

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News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Sunday we are celebrating All Saints' Sunday .   All Saints' Day is a day that traditionally celebrates all the Saints of the church.  We are also remembering those who "we love but see no longer."   The prayer flags and pictures hanging in the church are the names and photos of our loved ones, friends and relatives who have graced our lives. This year we are also remembering and praying for the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. We have put up the names of the eleven people who were killed as they attended a baby naming ceremony at their synagogue. Let us pray for them and always be willing to stand firmly against anti-Semitism and hate of any kind that destroys the life that God intended for us and the world. The prayer flags will remain in the church throughout the month of November.

This Sunday, as is our tradition, we will also go out to the Churchyard and read all of the names of those buried in this sacred space. Following the 10:00 a.m. service, a bagpiper will lead us to the Churchyard. Our choir has prepared special music for this occasion.   The church considers the Communion of Saints to be the entire body of the faithful. Please join us for this day of remembrance and celebration.

We are now in the second week of our Stewardship Campaign for 2019. You are invited to join me in making a pledge to support the ministry of St. Mary's for the coming year. Our goal is to have 100% participation and have the pledge cards turned in no later than Sunday, November 18 , when we will celebrate Stewardship Sunday & Thanksgiving with one 9:00 a.m. service. A potluck brunch will follow the service in the Great Hall .  You will find a sign up sheet in the hall to sign up for the brunch.

See you on Sunday,
Fran +

Don't forget the time changes  this weekend!

Set your clocks BACK one hour  before going to bed 
this Saturday.
Want to find out more about the Episcopal Church ?
Join us for a Coffee Hour Conversation:
Sunday, November 11 after the 10:00 a.m. Service
What is General Convention and why do we have it?  Rev. Fran will be providing us with an overview of the General Convention, which was held this past summer in Austin TX.  Fran served as a deputy to convention along with three other clergy and four lay persons from the Diocese of Chicago. Come and hear more about General Convention as Fran shares with us some of the important highlights of the convention and some other interesting facts about the Episcopal Church. 


Every once in a while it feels like the "scheduling gods" like to have a little fun to see how much we can juggle at once - and the weekend of November 16-18 is that kind of weekend for St. Mary's. Here's a list of very important events to make note of. We expect to see YOU at most of them!!!

Fri-Sat, November 16-17: Diocesan Convention in Lombard. Rev. Fran, our three Delegates, and a few other parishioners will be attending the annual gathering of the Diocese.

Saturday, November 17:  
Free Community Meal
, 5:00-7:00 p.m.   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. If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Tracy Higgins
November Menu: SW Chicken Chili, Rolls, Salad, and Dessert

Sunday, November 18:
Thanksgiving Celebration -   Plan on joining us on as we celebrate our Thanksgiving service at ONE 9:00 a.m. service , followed by a potluck brunch in the Great Hall. You may sign up to bring a dish if you wish. The sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the Great Hall.

Stewardship Sunday We are asking that pledge cards be returned on or before November 18.   If you have not yet received your pledge card, there are additional cards available in the Narthex.

Community Harvest Donations Due  - Any food or monetary donations brought in will be blessed at the service on November 18. Please see the article in this newsletter for more details.

Serve the PADS Meal - For many years now St. Mary's is one of the churches that serve the evening meal three times a year at the PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) location at Bethany Lutheran Church. For the upcoming winter we need volunteers for November 18, January 20, and March 17.  If you can volunteer to shop or serve on November 18, please contact Mary Frake.

28th 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 18th . 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 22, 8:00-10:00 a.m., volunteers will help organize the donations . If you would like to volunteer, sign-up online.

Please help the pantry reach it's 2018 goal of 75,000 pounds of food, and $75.000.   No donation is too small. Thank you!!
14th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 22   ~   12:00 Noon (one seating)

Our friends at St. Michaels's Episcopal Church in Barrington, are once again hosting at 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

Sign Up for Christmas Basket Program Continues

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 and seniors of our metropolitan area. This year we have been asked to sponsor 14 seniors and 7 small families.

Sign up in the Great Hall.   See the display for more detailed information.

Please wrap and label gifts (new) and put them in a cardboard box for transport to the ReVive Center. Label the box with the family code number. Please leave the box unsealed, so that we may add gift cards to it.   Please bring gift cards to the office  and  gift items to the Nursery  by  11:00 a.m. Sunday, December 2.

Thank you to everyone for continuing to make this special outreach ministry so meaningful and successful!

Christmas Basket Ministry Coordinator 2018

St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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