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
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22) Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
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,
Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
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,
Those Serving in the
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
in the Parish Office.
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.
TIME TO "SPRING AHEAD"
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
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 (www.livingcompass.org):
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
You're invited to join us
Saturday, March 16th
for our next
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
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!!
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