The Magnificat  Weekly

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

Weekly E-Newsletter                                            March 7, 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, March 16.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Margaret, Judy, Cate, Elmer, Sue,  Miles, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends Rick,
Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Rev. Bill Beachy, Tina, Will, Mark, Gary, Joanne, Lauren, 
Lynn, Brian, Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Virginia, 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 Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy, Terry

Birthdays March 7-13
3.1  Kelley Frake
3.8  Art Maday
3.11  Mary Frake

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,

On Thursday March 14, we will begin our Lenten Soup Supper and Study Series. The series runs five weeks and the sign-up sheets for each week are in the Great Hall on the bulletin board.   If you plan to attend please sign up to bring something to share for the dinner. You do not need to be able to attend all of the evenings, but please consider coming on the dates that you are available. All are welcome and you may invite friends and neighbors if you wish. The more people we have, the richer the conversation. We are using the book Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple, by Adam Hamilton. It will be helpful to read the introduction and the first chapter by our first gathering. You can still get the book from Amazon or download it to your Kindle. The book is also accompanied by a short DVD presentation that we will watch each week, which will help guide and inform our discussion. I know this will be a rich time for us and I look forward to our time together as we prepare for Easter over this Lenten season.

This Saturday March 9, the vestry and I will be attending the first ever "Vestry School", which is being hosted by the Evanston Deanery. It is a time for vestries to get together to discuss issues of leadership, money, church growth and other topics as they apply to the role of the vestry. Our Bishop, Jeff Lee, will also be with us giving the Key Note address. Additionally, we will have time to meet and talk with other vestry members on a number of topics.   The School will meet from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at Techny Towers Retreat and Conference Center in Northbrook Illinois.   Our entire vestry is attending and I am grateful for their commitment to St. Mary's.
S ee you all on Sunday,
Fran +

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday at 2:00 a.m.   Please remember to set your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR before going to bed on Saturday evening.
Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series Returns
Every Thursday, March 14-April 11 (6:30-8:15 p.m.)

Next week Thursday, March 14, we begin our annual Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series. 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 ordered a book, it can be picked up in the parish office .  Also, if you have not yet paid for the book, please do so at your earliest convenience.  

See the display on the bulletin board in the Great Hall for complete details and the supper sign-up sheets.   If you wish, you may sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread to one or more of our evenings.   Invite a friend!

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 through the Living Compass website (
*   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
March Community Meal
You're invited to join us Saturday, March 16th  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: Lasagna, Salad, Rolls, and  Dessert
Evensong for the Feast of the Annunciation
Sunday, March 24 at 4:00 p.m.
St. Ann's Episcopal Church
503 W. Jackson St.

Join our friends at St. Ann's for and evening of music, including Taize, led by the St. Ann's choir. Guest preacher will be Sophia Twaddell. Stay after the service for dessert and a presentation on the art of the Annunciation.  
Photos From Shrove Tuesday
A big "Thank you" to Coordinator, Mike Higgins, and his team for another delightful and tasty Pancake Supper put on by the men of the parish. A good time was had by all!!

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