The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                             September 21, 2017
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 meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

 Stay tuned for further information regarding Sunday School.


Clergy & Staff
Rev. Barbara Bishop, Deacon
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Marge Smith, Warden (1/19)
Cate Williams, Warden (1/18)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
 (1/18)  Michael Choquette, Mark Cornelissen, Dan McLauglin
(1/19)  John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20)  Tracy Higgins, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is  Wednesday, September 27.  Contact Chris Bednaroski if you can help.  Shift times are 9:30-Noon, and Noon-2:30.
A LABYRINTH WALK is normally held on the second Saturday of every month, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, in the Great Hall.   All are welcome.  The next scheduled walk is Saturday, October 14 .
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, September 26. 
We Pray For
Charity, the family of Pamela, including David, Lindsey, Jessica, and Joshua; Carole, Edna Jean, Donna, Johnny, Cheri, Jeremy, Sue, Mary, Diana, Kelly Marie, Alyssa, Thelma, Sharon, Cameron and Linda, Lori, the Wayne family, Matthew, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Phyllis, Raven, Peter, Sue, John, Carol, Susan, Meg, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Dn. Barb, Karen, Ann, Galen, Betsy, Bob, Harry, Marion, Don, Brian, Sarah, Judie

Those Who Have Died and Those Who Mourn Them
Pamela, dear friend of Jane Helmboldt; Tom, brother of Roseann Gilbertson; Fran, friend of Sue Anderson

Thanksgiving for Healing and Recovery
Char, Gladys, Bryan, Joanne

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

Birthdays Sep. 21-27
9.22  Miles Koegel
          Cate Becker
9.25  Anna Stefaniak
Anniversaries  Sep. 21-27
9.22  Jim & Carol Dingle
9.24  John & Cate                       Williams

Quick Links


News from The Episcopal Cafe
From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

I ask your continued prayers for the people of Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well as those who have died in hurricanes in the Caribbean and other areas of the country.  I want to thank all of you who have donated to the Episcopal Relief and Development fund (ERD) to help the people of these areas in crisis.  St. Mary's to date has raised $1,740.00 for the victims of these natural disasters.  Thank you for your generosity.
Thank you to all of the volunteers and diners who continue to support our monthly Community Meal.  Once again we had a great meal and offered wonderful hospitality to people from the parish and the community. I am also happy to report that we continue to cover all our expenses with free will offerings. I want to give a big shout out to the youth of our community and to our young families who have truly stepped up to volunteer and participate in this important ministry.  Our next meal is October 21st and our menu will be out shortly.  

See you Sunday
Fran + 

Rev. Fran Away This Weekend

Rev. Fran will be out of town this weekend, from Friday until Sunday evening.  If you have a pastoral emergency during this time, please contact Co-Warden, Cate Williams, at 815-455-281 (home) or 815-354-4313 (cell); or Co-Warden, Marge Smith, at 224-569-6179 (home) or 630-817-0908 (cell).  They can contact the on-call priest if needed.    You may also contact Amy Noe in the office during the day on Friday at 815-459-1009.

While Rev. Fran is away, we welcome back The Rev. Tommy Rogers as our supply priest this Sunday, September 24.  Rev. Rogers is the Executive Director of Bishop Anderson House, and was most recently with us on May 14.
October 8 is "Blue Jean Sunday"
We NEED all of you to join the parish in a Fall Yard Clean-Up on Sunday,  October 8th, immediately following the 10 a.m. service. Wear your blue Jeans, bring gardening equipment (if you have, otherwise, we will share) and plan to spruce up our grounds.  We plan to work for 2 hours and then all will join in a rewarding lunch!  There are many bushes to trim and weeds to pull, so don't worry if you think you don't know weeds from trees.  You will have guidance.

Take pride in your church so it presents a loved and cared-for appearance. Many hands make light work.

Please let me know if you plan to be with us.

Tracy Higgins
815-459-4787, or

McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, October 1st
Walk Start: 1:00 pm
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
42 East Street, Crystal Lake

For more information contact Mike Choquette

To join or donate, click here , and look for St. Mary's Episcopal Church!  Donations support International and Local Charities that serve the hungry, including the Food Pantries of McHenry County.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the Food Pantry, Wednesday, September 27 .  Shifts are 9:30 am to Noon, or  Noon to 2:30 pm.  Contact Chris Bednaroski at 815-444-9122, or, if you can help out!  

If you currently volunteer on St. Mary's service days, please consider helping on other days, too.    The pantry's online SignUp Volunteer Calendar has been updated with many new opportunities to volunteer!  Visit their website for more information.   If you are interested in assisting clients, stocking shelves, helping sort food and even helping to receive perishable food (dropped off from the grocery stores throughout the week), we've got a spot for you!    If you have friends that may want to volunteer, please be sure to share this information with them, too!  We are truly grateful for your support!   
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
42 East Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
 4th Tuesday of the month*, at 7:00 pm
First congregational Church
461 Pierson Street, Crystal Lake Il.60014

What is Taize?
Taize takes its name from a village in the south of Burgundy, France, the home of an international, ecumenical  community founded in 1940. The brothers are committed to a lifetime of sharing, to celibacy and to simplicity of life.  Today the community is made up of over a hundred brothers from more than 23 nations.   At the heart of daily life is the call to community prayer. 
What can I expect at a Taize Service?
The Taize prayer service is a meditative common prayer. The community sings uncomplicated, repetitive songs with simple words allowing the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity.  Candles are lighted and distributed throughout the gathering as a symbol of the light of Christ, followed by readings from scripture.  An extended period of silence allows the community to listen to the voice of God deep within. Prayers of petition are offered, and the community is united by the Lord's prayer.
Who attends a Taize service?
Anyone who seeks a deeper experience in prayer.  Anyone who seeks peace in the world.  Anyone who seeks reconciliation among friends, churches and nations. The service is simple, non-denominational and prayerful. Music and the Word are central to the evening.  All are welcome.
Sponsored by the congregations of McHenry County.   
For further information call 815-459-6010   

 Sept 26      Oct 24       Nov 28     *Dec 19 (3rd Tuesday)     

Jan 23      Feb 27      Mar 27        Apr 24       May 22 

St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |