Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation.
Clergy & Staff
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22) Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, July 31. 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. Now on summer break, the next Taize service will be held on Tuesday, September 24.
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, July 20.
We Pray For
Parishioners: Gladys, Sandy, El, Carol, Edwina, Harry, Lorraine, Steve, Marge, Margaret, Judy,
Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
and Keith, Sylvia, Jim and Sue, Jess, Rick, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Trudy, Rev. Bill Beachy, Will, Mark, Joanne, Lauren,
Lynn, Brian, Rachel, Maria,
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, Julie, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci,
Those Serving in the
Birthdays July 18-24
7.20 Bob Taylor
7.22 Mike Choquette
7.23 Carlos Zapata
7.24 Amy Noe
If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact
in the Parish Office.
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
Please join us this Saturday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for our next community meal. Turn your oven off in this heat and let us do the cooking. Chef Tom will be smoking BBQ pulled pork with some great sides. I know it will be another wonderful meal with great hospitality.
Thank you to all who attended the human rights vigil last Friday to protest the atrocities that are happening at our borders. We had about 14 people from St. Mary's at the vigil here in Crystal Lake, and I know others attended the vigils in Arlington Heights and in Chicago. Let us continue to stand against hatred and bigotry in all of its forms. The good news of the church is needed more now than ever and I thank you for stepping up.
July Community Meal
Mark your calendars for this
Saturday, July 20
the date of our next
Meals are served between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated. Bring your family and friends!
Chef Tom is preparing a special treat for July. He'll have a smoker here, and will prepare
Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Smoked Mac & Cheese
! To round out the meal, we'll also have
Corn on the Cob
Sherbet / Cookies
for dessert. YUM!!
Lawn Chair Theologians
Sharing Each Other's Faith Journeys
*Please note new July date
What to Bring...
An Open Mind
Your Lawn Chair
Your Favorite Beverage
A Snack to Share
How it Works...
Write Your Questions or a Topic on a Slip of Paper
Place Your Questions in the Hat
A Question or Two will be Pulled Randomly from the Hat
Spend the Next Hour Socializing and Discussing the Topic
There are No "Right Answers"
Where We'll Be...
On the Lawn at St. Mary's by the circle drive
210 McHenry Ave.; Crystal Lake IL
If it is raining, or too hot, we will meet in the Great Hall.
Birthday Cake, Anyone?
Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, is celebrating her 60th birthday this month. Please join us for birthday cake on
nday, July 28
following the 10:00 a.m. service.
Presiding Bishop in Chicago July 31
St. James Cathedral in Chicago is hosting
An Evening with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Wednesday, July 31
, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online for $22, and the price includes a signed copy of his book,
"The Power of Love: Sermons, Reflections, and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire".
If you are interested, please get your tickets ASAP, as they will likely sell out. Rev. Fran and a few parishioners have already expressed an interest in attending, so perhaps a group could get together and car pool, or take the train. Contact Fran if you're interested. Tickets can be purchased online here.
Organ Concert Opportunity
Last Fall, several parishioners attended two organ concerts at
Church of the Holy Communion in Lake Geneva
, which benefitted the restoration of their
1883 Pipe Organ
. This Spring, the organ was disassembled and underwent a complete restoration. On
Sunday, August 4
, at 6:00 p.m., the church will present a
Gala Concert to celebrate the return of the organ
. If you are interested in attending this concert, there are
flyers on the Narthex table with a ticket order form, as well as many other details
. There is also a poster and additional order forms on the bulletin board in the hallway.
You may also see the information, and print a ticket order form here. Just click on the photo of the Gala Concert.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry News
The next food pantry volunteer
Wednesday, July 31
. Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Contact
if you can
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
. 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 th
. Thank you!!