The Magnificat   Weekly

St. Mary's  Episcopal Church,  Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                February 1, 2018
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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 meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.


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 Wednesday, February 7. 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.  Contact 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 service will be  held Tuesday, February 27.

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, February 17.

February Menu
Tossed Salad
Meatloaf & Gravy
Mashed Potatoes

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Thelma, John, Judy, Kristi, Dorothy, Susan,Pat, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, Matthew, John, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends : Don, Mark, Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Cheri, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Nanci, Carole, Donna, Sue, Mary, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah, Judie
Those Who Have Died
Dn. Barbara Bishop; Richard, father of Bill Collingbourne; Joan Abernethy, former parishioner; Martha Fairbrother

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey

Birthdays February 1-7
2.4  Sandy Plate
2.6  Carol Dingle
        Charles Shanlever
2.7  Doug Dlesk
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 at both our 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services I will be leading prayers for our deacon, Barbara Bishop who died this past Tuesday, January 30.  Barb, as many of you are aware, was on hospice care after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma almost four years ago.  Barb died in peace at her home just as she had wanted.  A celebration of her life and ministry will be held in the Spring when we can carry out the interment in the churchyard.  We will keep you informed and let you know the date of the service as soon as we have that set.

Barb was ordained to the diaconate on December 7, 1991 and she was active right up until her death.  In addition to her service to St. Mary's she worked for the Diocese of Chicago, and was involved on a national level with the Association of Episcopal Deacons.  Barb was a "deacon's deacon," a friend and wonderful colleague.  She loved St. Mary's and each and every time I visited her she asked me how all the people here at the parish were doing. 

On Sunday we will light the paschal candle and carry Barb's deacon stole and alb into the sanctuary, where it will remain for the next three weeks, as a tribute to her dedicated service.  I will then conduct prayers for her at the beginning of both services.   Please keep Barb's family in your prayers.  I know that so many of you will deeply miss her.  Let us take the time to grieve her loss and let us not forget the hope of Christ.

The words from the Orthodox Easter service seem the most fitting to me. "Christ has trampled death by death and to those in the tombs has bestowed life."

See you all on Sunday,

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Deacon Barbara Elaine Bishop
June 26, 1942   ~   January 30, 2018

Congratulations to Our 
Newest Vestry Members

The parish's Annual Meeting was held last Sunday, following a single service, and a delicious brunch.  If you were unable to attend the meeting, there are copies of the 2017 Annual Report available in the Narthex.  The report contains a wealth of information about St. Mary's, including the activities of all our ministries.  

Congratulations to our newly-elected Vestry members: Tracy Higgins (Co-Warden), Amy Koegel (2-year term), and Steve Brooks , Stacy Cook , and Jane Helmboldt (3-year terms).    Their biographies can be found in the 2017 Annual Report.

And we thank the following parishioners who have completed their time of service:  Cate Williams , Co-Warden, and Vestry members Mike Choquette , Mark Cornelissen , and Dan McLaughlin .
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: February 13

The Pancake Supper, traditionally put on by the men of the Parish, wi ll be chaired again this year by Mike Higgins, and we thank him for volunteering to guide this annual event.  The meal will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. Cost will be very reasonable: $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for children 6-12; or $10.00 per family. C hildren 5 or under eat at no charge As usual, tickets are purchased at the door. Along with delicious pancakes, sausage and applesauce will be served, along with an assortment of beverages.

We encourage all parishioners to stop by for a great meal and wonderful fellowship!

MEN: Volunteers are needed for set-up, cooking, stirring, flipping, grilling and clean-up! If you helped out last year, Mike will be expecting to see your smiling faces again this year!  If you haven't helped previously, please come and see what fun you've been missing!!  Please call or email the parish office and let Amy know what shift you are interested in working: 4:00-6:30 pm, or 6:00-8:30 pm.  Thanks!
Ash Wednesday Schedule
February 14

6:00-8:00 a.m. at the downtown Crystal Lake Metra station

Ash Wednesday Services
12:00  Noon: said Eucharist with imposition of ashes
7:00 p.m.: Choral Eucharist with imposition of ashes.
Please note the 7:00 p.m. service is one half-hour earlier than in prior years.

Forward Day By Day

Forward Day by Day , the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of February - April , is now available on a Narthex table , priced as marked.  Please pick up a copy today .   

Did You Know?

This weekend we recognize Four Chaplains Day in the USA. This day commemorates the events of February 3, 1943, when the troop ship USAT Dorchester sank. Dorchester left New York on January 23, 1943, carrying 4 chaplains and about 900 others as a part of convoy of three ships.  It was torpedoed by the German submarine U-223 off Newfoundland at 12:55 a.m. When Dorchester began to sink, four chaplains of different religions, George L. Fox (Methodist), Alexander D. Goode (rabbi), Clark V. Poling (Baptist) and John P. Washington (Catholic) organized an orderly evacuation.  They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out . The chaplains joined arms, said prayers, and sang hymns as they went down with the ship.
Bishop Lee's 10th Anniversary!

Friday, February 2 will be the 10th anniversary of Bishop Jeff Lee's ordination as Bishop of Chicago. Friends from the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and beyond are invited to share photos, well wishes, memories and thanks using an online "kudoboard".  Help us celebrate ten years of shared ministry by posting at this link by February 2.


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