The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
  Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                         February 5, 2020

In This Issue

Worship Times
Sundays, 8 & 10 am
A Nursery is available 
during the 10:00 a.m. service.   Coffee Hour fellowship  follows both services;  join us for treats, and conversation.


Clergy & Staff
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Mike HIggins, Warden (1/22)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
(1/21)   Stacy Cook, Amy Koegel
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
(1/23) Cheri Dudek, Dorothy Nyberg 

We Pray For
Parishioners: Galen & Betsy, Cindy, Elizabeth, John, Glenice, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Gladys, El, Carol, Margaret, Judy,  John, Matthew, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: S arah, Janice, Dave, Brynn, Neil and Des, Genevieve, Ashley, Kyle, Sarah Margaret, Rick, Sylvia, Jess, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Joanne, Lauren,  Lynn, Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Cora,  Saul, Susan, Brian, Tom, Billy, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, Kurt,  Sue, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Who Have Died
Robert, son of Jane McLean

Those Who Mourn
Jane McLean and her extended family

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays February 5-19
2.6    Carol Dingle
         Charles Shanlever
2.7    Doug Dlesk
2.8    Amy Koegel
2.12  Maya Massoud
2.13  John Kuykendall
2.17  Dave Russell
2.18  Ted Thornton
2.19  Judy Thornton
          Peter Becker

Anniversaries Feb. 5-19
2.12  Ted & Judy 
2.16  Galen & Betsy
2.19  Del & Marge Smith

Quick Links

News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Sunday please welcome our guest preacher and celebrant, the Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts . Eileen has been with us before and she is looking forward to being with everyone and seeing you again. I will be in the Diocese of Michigan this weekend attending the Consecration of the Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry as the Eleventh Bishop of Michigan. Bonnie, as some of you know, is a dear friend, colleague, and mentor. Please contact Co-Warden Steve Brooks should you have an emergency. 

Thank you to everyone who made Harry Dillon's coffee hour reception so wonderful. Peter Carroll provided a wonderful overview of Harry's involvement in the parish since his childhood, and a video clip of the USO show in which Harry played Bob Hope. This was a fundraiser at St. Mary's many years ago.  Thank you also to Missy Spengel for the wonderful cake, and Bill and Jackie Wayne for another great coffee hour. Thank you also to Amy Noe who put together a great collage of pictures that Harry will take with him.

Harry has moved to MN and we will provide you with an address to send him cards and notes. Thank you all!

Please mark your calendars for our next Community Meal on Saturday February 15 th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Join us for great food and wonderful hospitality.

Parish Administrator Out of the Office

Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be out of the office Thursday, February 6, through Monday, February 17 . Many thanks to Marge Smith, who will be putting together the Sunday bulletins, and checking messages in Amy's absence. If you have any articles or updates for the February 16th bulletin, please get them to the office by Wednesday, February 12th. Thanks!   If you are planning to stop in the office during the week, please call first, as the office will be open limited hours.

Note: The newsletter will NOT be published next week. The next issue will be dated February 20, 2020.
19th Annual Men's Pre-Lenten Retreat
THIS Friday/Saturday, February 7-8, 2020

The 19th Annual Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Men's Pre-Lenten Retreat will be held on February 7 and 8 at the Dekovan Center in Racine, Wisconsin.   The Rev. Patrick Raymond, rector of Church of the Ascension, Chicago, will lead the retreat.  Complete details and registration information is available here.
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 the next time you're in church.

Where Are My Envelopes??

Many people are wondering why they haven't received their box of offering envelopes for 2020. More and more parishioners each year do not want envelopes, as they send in their pledges quarterly, yearly, or have checks sent directly from their banks, and we find ourselves throwing out many boxes of unclaimed envelopes at the end of the year.   In light of this, beginning last year, we included a line on the pledge card where you may indicate whether or not you would like envelopes.   If you did not check the "yes" box on your pledge card, you were not assigned a box.   If this was an oversight, and you would like a box of envelopes, please contact Amy in the parish office. We have plenty of boxes still available .
February Community Meal

Mark your calendars for  Saturday, February 15 5:00-7:00 p.m. for our next Community Meal .    This month we began our fourth year of offering a free meal on the third Saturday of every month! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, share a night out with friends, or just stop in if you've had a busy day and don't feel like cooking. Let us do the work!! Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. Bring your family and friends! There is no  charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated.

Our menu for February is a Community Meal favorite:   Pasta with Choice of Sauce (Alfredo, Meat, or Marinara), Salad , Garlic Bread , and Dessert . Delicious!!
There are post cards available on a Narthex table with all the dates for 2020. The menu is posted on our website a week or two prior to the meal.   If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Tracy Higgins.

Please Note

The parish offices will be closed President's Day, Monday, February 17.

USO Variety Show

About 30 years ago, St. Mary's had a lot of musical and acting talent.  A lot .  We produced some excellent musical reviews (fund-raisers) in our own Great Hall.   Join us on Saturday, February 22, at 4:00 p.m. , when we will watch the 1991 production of our USO Variety Show, featuring Harry Dillon as Bob Hope !   There will be many other familiar faces you will recognize as well!   Popcorn, movie candy, lemonade and iced tea will be provided. You may bring other treats or beverages if you wish.  Thanks to Peter and Catherine Carroll for putting this event together!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Mark your calendars now for our annual pancake feast, on  Tuesday, February 25 , from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 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. 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 haven't helped previously, come and see what fun you've been missing!!  A sign-up sheet is in the Great Hall.  
Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series Returns
Every Thursday, March 5 - April 2 (6:30-8:15 pm)

Lent is fast approaching, beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 26, and we are making plans for our annual Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series. On Thursdays during Lent we will meet for a light meal and study of the book/DVD, Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week.

In this study, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story.   She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.

We will begin the evening with a simple supper, followed by a short DVD presentation, which will introduce our study for the evening.  We will follow up with a group discussion.

If you wish to participate please sign up by February 23 , so that we will have enough books.   We are asking for a donation of $10 to help defray the cost. (If you prefer a digital copy, the Kindle edition is available on for about $8.00). If you are unable to purchase a book, please speak to Rev. Fran, as scholarship money is available.

In addition, please sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread to one or more of our evenings .   Invite a friend! All sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Great Hall. Questions? Speak with Rev. Fran.  
Crystal Lake Food Pantry

Volunteers: The next food pantry volunteer opportunity is Friday, February 28 .   Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Contact Cate Williams.
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!!
Free Musical Opportunity for Seniors

Prairie Ridge High School Humanities Division, and the Fine Arts Parents Boosters are hosting a FREE  Senior Citizens performance of their Spring musical - Crazy for You . This is a zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, featuring memorable Gershwin tunes, including "I Got Rhythm", and "Someone to Watch Over Me", just to name a few. Following the performance, you will have the opportunity to stay for dessert/coffee, and mingle with the student performers.

The free performance is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, at 1:30 p.m. Since this is a school day, you are asked to park at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on Walkup Ave, just across from Veteran's Acres Park. A shuttle bus will be running to the high school beginning at 12:00 Noon, until showtime. The bus will make return trips afterwards until everyone is accommodated.     The ticket hotline is now open, until Noon on February 25th. This event is completely free, but please call to let the school know how many will be attending . The number is 815-893-5888 : leave a message after the tone.   Don't miss this wonderful event!!
Candlemas Liturgy
 and Harry Dillon's Farewell Reception

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