The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                            April 25, 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 Friday, May 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, May 28 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, May 18.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Dorothy, Marge, Harry, Margaret, Judy, Miles, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends Jess, 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 Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy, Terry

Birthdays Apr. 25-May 1
4.26  Chris French
4.30  Lorraine Taylor

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,

This Sunday we will continue to celebrate the season of Easter, which is fifty days, and culminates on the Feast of Pentecost. On Sunday at our 10:00 a.m. service we will baptize Grace Grounds the daughter of Alecia and Ryan Grounds. Alecia and Ryan have another daughter, Evelyn, and have been attending St. Mary's over the past year.  

Thank you to everyone who made our Holy Week and Easter Sunday so wonderful. To Sandy and the choir, to all of our servers, ushers, lectors and acolytes, and to the altar guild. It takes a lot of people to put together all of the moving parts to make holy week so wonderful. I especially want to give a shout out to Claudia and Steve Siler, who provided a festive coffee hour on Easter Sunday and thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes. I am truly grateful.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Community Meal program over Easter weekend so successful. We served 82 meals and had many new people attend, including several families. It was a wonderful night and we covered all of the costs through our donations.

This Sunday we will be taking down all of our Easter flowers following the 10:00 a.m. service, and you may take a plant home if you wish.   Thank you to everyone who made a donation for these lovely plants to decorate our Easter altar.

I will be away from Tuesday, April 30 th through Monday, May 6th attending a "CREDO" conference, which is a program put on by the Church Pension Group designed to give clergy a chance for spiritual renewal, and to help them set goals regarding, vocation, finances, education, personal and spiritual growth. The cost is covered by the pension fund and I am grateful for this opportunity. You may contact Amy in the office or one of our Co-Wardens, Tracy Higgins or Steve Brooks, should you have an emergency. We will have on call clergy whom they can contact if the need arises.

See you all on Sunday,
Easter Flowers

If you have given flowers for the Easter services and would like to take a plant home with you, it may be picked up after the 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday, 4/28.

Forward Day by Day

Forward Day by Day , the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of May-July , is now available on a Narthex table , priced at 80 cents.   If you've never used this wonderful guide, you are encouraged to begin with this new, quarterly issue.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry 

Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry on Friday, May 3 . Shifts times are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Aimee Day if you can help.  

Paper Please . . . Donations of paper goods are greatly needed at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. The pantry is not able to buy paper goods through the food bank , and clients are not able to use their SNAP benefits to purchase any paper goods such as toilet paper , Kleenex , paper towels , and napkins . Bring them to the church any time, and your Board members will get them over to the pantry. Paper goods are items that are lightweight, easy to carry and low cost that can be donated and will be appreciated by the clients. Thank you!!

Bishop Search & Nominating Committee
null The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago is now accepting applications for lay leaders and clergy to serve on the  Search & Nomination Committee for the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago . Applications are due by May 6, 2019 , and the  Standing Committee expects to announce the members of the committee on May 22.  If you are interested in serving on the committee, complete details and the link to the application can be found on the Diocesan website.
The Defiant Requiem

The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín , tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Terezín Concentration Camp during World War II who performed Verdi's Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation.   It combines the magnificent music of Verdi with video testimony from survivors of the original Terezín chorus.

This Sunday, April 28, The Defiant Requiem will be performed at Northern Illinois University, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall on campus.   Over 100 musicians will be performing and will include members of Northern Illinois University, McHenry County College, and McHenry County's Voices in Harmony.

Tickets are $10/adult, $5/student, and are available here.

To learn more about this amazing story, please visit the website of The Defiant Requiem Foundation.

Photos From the April 20 Community Meal
Easter Sunday Coffee Hour
(Rev. Fran's birthday fell on Easter Sunday this year!
Thanks to Steve & Claudia Siler,  for hosting a very festive Coffee Hour!!



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