The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      ~      Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                        February 14, 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 Wednesday, March 6.  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, February 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, February 16.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Judy, Cate, Elmer, Sue,  Miles, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends:   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, Sarah

Those Who have Died
Jean, relative of Andrew Wild

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy, Terry

Birthdays Feb. 14-27
2.17  David Russell
2.18  Ted Thornton
2.19  Judy Thornton
          Peter Becker
2.20  Char Maday
2.24  Marge Hess

Anniversaries Feb. 14-27
2.16  Galen & Betsy
2.19  Del & Marge Smith

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 Saturday is our next Community Meal from 5:00-7:00 p.m. It is a great opportunity to break bread with each other and with friends outside the walls of St. Mary's.   Come for the great food, invite friends and neighbors, and stay for the warm hospitality.

Please remember that the deadline to purchase the book for our Lenten is study is fast approaching. We will be using the book Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple . The book will be supplemented by a short video each week, which will guide our conversations about the life of the disciple Peter, and what his faith life may have to say to our own faith journey. You may purchase the book on your own or get it on Kindle. If you wish to purchase it through us the deadline to sign up is February 20th . The Lenten Soup Supper & Study will happen five Thursdays in Lent, beginning with dinner at 6:30 p.m. You may attend all sessions or come to the sessions that your schedule allows.

Many of you have heard the news by now that our Bishop, Jeff Lee , is retiring in August 2020, and the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago will begin to prepare for an election for the next Bishop of Chicago. We have included a link so you can read the Bishop's Letter. More information will be shared as it unfolds over the next year and a half.  Until that point Jeff will continue to faithfully serve and lead us.
S ee you all on Sunday,
Parish Administrator Out of the Office

Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be out of the office beginning tomorrow, Friday, February 15, through Friday, February 22 . 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 24th bulletin, please get them to the office by Wednesday, February 20th. 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 28, 2019.
February Community Meal

Join us this  Saturday, February 16 5:00-7:00 p.m. for our next Community Meal .   We're kicking off Mardi Gras a little early, with a wonderful menu of Chicken & Sausage Gumbo , Salad , Rolls , and Dessert !   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.

There are post cards available on a Narthex table and the Great Hall, with all the dates for 2019.   If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Tracy Higgins.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Mark your calendars now for our annual pancake feast, on Tuesday, March 5 , from 5:30-7:00 p.m. It will 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. 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, Chairperson, Mike Higgins, 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 email Mike and let him know you'd love to help!  Thanks!
Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series Returns
Every Thursday, March 14-April 11 (6:30-8:15 p.m.)

Lent is fast approaching, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 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, Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple.

Simon Peter: Poor, uneducated, quick-tempered and full of doubts, he left everything to follow his teacher, and possessed a passion that would change the world.   This 5-week study will focus on how an ordinary person heard and followed God's extraordinary call.   Discover how our own gifts, talents, and abilities can make a difference in today's world.

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 wish to participate please sign up by February 20 , so that we will have enough books. We are asking for a donation of $15 to help defray the cost. (If you prefer a digital copy, the Kindle edition is available on Amazon for about $9.00). 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.
Bishop Jeffrey Lee Announces His Retirement

Today, The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of Chicago, announced his intention to retire in August of 2020. He has put forth a call to search for the thirteenth Bishop of Chicago.

Bishop Lee was elected at the 2007 Diocesan Convention, and consecrated in February 2008.   You may read his letter to the Diocese on their website.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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