The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      ~      Crystal Lake IL
The Season of Lent

Weekly E-Newsletter                                            March 28, 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


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)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
(1/20)   Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, April 3.  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.  The next Taize service will be held on Tuesday, March 26 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, April 20.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Harry, Margaret, Judy, Miles, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends Rick, Betty and Del, Virginia, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Rick, 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, Darcy, Julie, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Who Have Died
Those Who Mourn
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy, Terry

Birthdays Mar 28-Apr 3
4.2  John Williams

Baby Congratulations
Sally Van Vranken has welcomed her 3rd great-grandchild! Conor Jarrett Davisson was born last Friday, March 22 in Akron CO. Conor's parents are Danielle (Sally's granddaughter) and Logan Davisson.

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,

Holy Week and Easter will be here soon, and we have included a schedule of our services in this Newsletter. I hope you will be with us as we observe this holy and sacred time, which marks the death and resurrection of Jesus. This year on Palm Sunday I invite you to attend The Palm Sunday Festival Concert , at Shepherd in the Prairie Lutheran Church, located at 10805 Main St. in Huntley IL. The concert is from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (The Prelude music begins at 2:45 p.m.) This is an ecumenical gathering, which includes readings for Holy Week and Choral Anthems. Parishioner Del Smith is participating in the choir once again, and I will join other clergy doing a reading and processing. St. Mary's is one of 13 churches being represented and there will be 90 musicians taking part in this concert. This is a wonderful way to begin Holy Week.

Tonight we will gather in the Great Hall at 6:30 p.m. for dinner followed by our Lenten study.   We have been averaging about 20 people at our Lenten supper and study and you may come by even if you were not in attendance at previous sessions.   Our evening ends with Compline right around 8:30 p.m.
Fran +

Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series
Every Thursday, March 14-April 11 (6:30-8:15 p.m.)

Our annual Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series is underway!  Every Thursday during Lent we will meet for a light meal and study of the book/DVD, Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple.

We will begin the evening with a simple supper, followed by a short  DVD presentation, which will take us to the Holy Land and Rome, where we will follow Simon Peter's journey from simple fisherman to pillar of the church. We will follow-up with a group discussion.

If you are unable to attend every week that's ok! Please see the display on the bulletin board in the Great Hall for complete details, and sign up for the weeks you are able to attend. You may bring soup, salad, or bread if you wish.   Invite a friend to join you!!
George Lindberg Memorial Service

Long-time St. Mary's parishioners will remember George Lindberg, who was active in the parish for many years. George was baptized (1933), confirmed (1945), and married (1964) at St. Mary's.   He went on to practice law and served 23 years as a federal judge, US District Court, Northern Illinois.   George Lindberg died March 19, and Rev. Fran will preside at his memorial service on Saturday, April 13, at Davenport Funeral Home in Crystal Lake. His complete obituary can be read here.
Lenten Reflection Booklets
Copies of The Living Compass's Lenten booklet, Living Well Through Lent 2019, are now available in a basket on the Narthex table.   It is designed for use as an individual reflection, or for group study, providing a foundation for a deeper Lenten experience, in preparation for the true meaning of Easter.
There are also additional opportunities available at Living Compass online:

*   The booklet may be downloaded electronically 
   (English and Spanish)
*   A small group facilitator's guide is available for those doing     group study
*   You may sign up to receive each day's readings via email
*   Join the closed Facebook group moderated by two of the         contributors
"On the Way to Jerusalem"
Stories on the Labyrinth

         Saturday April 6, 2019        
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Join in walking with Jesus and  the stories  that lead us toward Jerusalem. 

Easter Flowers

The Easter Flower Chart is now posted in the church lobby. If you would like to help underwrite the flowers used for the Altar of Repose on Maundy Thursday and the lilies for Easter Sunday, please sign your name, and the intention of your gift (in thanksgiving, honor, or memory of someone). The requested donation is $20, and checks may be made payable to St. Mary's (note "Easter Flowers" on the memo line).   You may also send a check to the parish office with the donation information.
Baptisms during the Easter Season

The Easter Season is an appropriate time to receive and celebrate the sacrament of Baptism. The sacrament of Baptism will be offered on the Second Sunday of Easter, April 28, and on The Feast of Pentecost, June 9.   If you need to be baptized or have a family member who needs the sacrament of Baptism, be it a baby, older youth or adult, please contact Rev. Fran and she will set up a time for baptism preparation.   The sacrament of Baptism is a symbol of God's lavish love offered freely to us. It is a sacrament of initiation into the church and into the body of Christ. The sacrament of Baptism makes real what is already true, that we are beloved children of God.
April Community Meal
You're invited to join us on  Saturday, April 20th  for 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.  

Menu: Pasta with 3 sauces (meat, marinara, alfredo ),
Salad, Rolls, and Dessert
Sunday, April 14     3:00-4:00 p.m.

Shepherd of the Prairie  Lutheran Church
10805 Main St.             Huntley IL

This 22nd annual, ecumenical concert will feature nearly 90 musicians from 12 area churches, as well as clergy from Elgin, Huntley, Crystal Lake, and more!

Rev. Fran , and St. Mary's choir member, Del Smith , will be participating in this event!

Make plans to attend as this will be a wonderful way to begin Holy Week.
Diocesan News
Click  here  for the latest news and events happening in the Diocese of Chicago. You can browse newsletters, clergy news, Thrive Magazine, or videos from the Diocesan YouTube channel.

Holy Week Schedule  

Palm Sunday, April 14
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, Eucharist with choir
3:00 p.m. Ecumenical Palm Sunday Concert at Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley. 
Maundy Thursday, April 18 *
7:00 p.m. Eucharist with choir
Vigil, 8:00 p.m. to Midnight

Good Friday, April 19 *
11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross
12:00 Noon Good Friday liturgy
7:00 p.m. Good Friday liturgy with choir
Community Meal, April 20
5:00-7:00 p.m. Free monthly community meal in the Great Hall. Open to all.
Easter Sunday, April 21
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Eucharist with choir

* Sign up sheets for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
volunteers are available on a table in the church lobby.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |