The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                             August 8, 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.


Clergy & Staff
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
(1/20)   Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Friday, August 30.  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, August 17.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Gladys, El, Carol, Edwina, Harry, Lorraine, Steve, Marge, Margaret, Judy, Miles, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Judie, Gina 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,  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, Julie, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Who Have Died
Judy, mother of Bill Collingbourne; Sandy Molyneux

Those Who Mourn
Bill Collingbourne and his maternal family; Gail Head, and the family and friends of Sandy Molyneux, including her sister, Anne

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays August 8-14
8.8    Lois Kemp
8.12  Chuck Meter
8.14  Steve Brooks

Anniversaries Aug. 8-14
8.9   Peter & Catherine

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 be celebrating the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin , the patronal feast day of our Parish. This feast day is always August 15 th , and as is the tradition here at St. Mary's, we will be transferring it to this Sunday so that we can mark this occasion. Del Smith will be leading our hymns on piano this Sunday.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Crop W alk, and once again St. Mary's will be involved with the McHenry County Crop Walk. The walk is Sunday, September 29 and it begins at 2:00 p.m. at First Church here in Crystal Lake. As in years past there is a one mile and a four mile walk. Please sign up to walk with St. Mary's or make a donation on the website. St. Mary's is also hosting a rest stop for the participants and I will be looking for volunteers to staff this on the day of the walk. There is more information in this newsletter about the walk. Please help us reach our 2019 goal of $1,500; join us in our efforts to eradicate hunger.

On Saturday, October 12 at 10:30 a.m. we will celebrate the life of our late Choir Director, Organist, parishioner, and friend Sandy Molyneux . We will be giving Sandy a grand goodbye and celebrating her new life in the risen Christ. Sandy's ashes will be buried in the churchyard and we will have a catered lunch following the service. I hope you will join me for this celebration.

I will be away this coming week from Sunday night August 11, returning on Monday, August 19 . You may contact Amy Noe in the office or our Co-Warden Steve Brooks after hours if you have an emergency. They can contact the on call clergy if needed.

See you all on Sunday,
Altar Guild Conference - Register Now
"An Echo of the Path in the Future"

Saturday, September 14, 2019
St. Lawrence Church, 125 W. Church Street, Libertyville

Everyone in the Diocese is invited to attend; membership in the  altar guild is not required, and lunch will be provided.

Early Registration prior to August 14: $ 20 
Registration after August 14 or at the door: $ 25

Please see the ECW website for further details.
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Toberman
August Community Meal

Please join us on  Saturday, August 17 the date of our next free , monthly Community Meal . 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! If you would like to volunteer, contact Tracy Higgins

Chef Tom is bringing back one of our favorite menus:   Pasta with a choice of 3 sauces (meat, marinara, alfredo), Salad , Rolls , and Dessert.
St. Mary's in the News!

and speaking of the Community Meal...

Advocate Healthcare publishes a quarterly online newsletter, and the newest issue features what is happening in McHenry County church communities.  Click here to view the latest issue;   click on the cover, and scroll down to article #9, "Let's Eat Together"!
Forward Day by Day

Forward Day by Day , the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of August-September-October , is now available on a table in the back of church , priced as marked. Please pick up a copy today .
Lawn Chair Theologians
Sharing Each Other's Faith Journeys  (& Snacks!)
Wedn esday,  August 21
          What to Bring...              
*   Questions          *   An Open Mind            *   Your Lawn Chair
*   Your Favorite Beverage        *   A Snack to Share        *   Friends

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 by the circle drive; in the Great Hall
in case of bad weather.  

Join St. Mary's Team, or Make a Donation!

This year's crop walk is Sunday September 29th, kicking off at 2:00 p.m. and there are three ways you can help out St. Mary's Episcopal Church:
* Register and Walk with the St. Mary's team (There is a 1- mile walk or a 4-mile walk). The walk begins at 2:00 p.m. from First Methodist Church on Dole Avenue.)
* Make a donation to the St. Mary's team. Our goal is $1,500.00
* Help us staff the fun/rest stop here at St. Mary's from 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (Both the 4-mile and the 1-mile walk will pass our church.)

To register to walk or to make a donation click here
and look for the St. Mary's team. 
  For more information please speak to Rev. Fran.


Tuesday, August 20, all day; Lou Malnati's, Lakewood
Lou Malnati's will donate 20% of every order received, all day Tuesday, August 20.   This includes Dine-In, Carry-out, and Delivery (not online orders). You MUST mention the McHenry County CROP Walk at the time of order.

Tuesday, September 24, 5:00-8:00 pm; Culver's, Crystal Lake
Culver's will donate 10% of every order received from 5:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 24.   You MUST mention the McHenry County CROP Walk at the time of order. Stop by and say hello to Rev. Fran, who will be serving tables from 6:00-7:00 pm.
Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago Search Committee -
Your Input is Needed
The Bishop Search & Nomination Committee invites all laypeople and clergy in the diocese to attend a bishop search listening session. Input from listening sessions will guide the committee as they write our diocesan profile, a detailed description of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago that helps applicants learn more about us. Listening sessions will focus on how you see God at work in the diocese, what challenges we face together, and what we seek in our next bishop.

Upcoming Dates and Locations are as follows:
Thursday, August 8
7:00-8:30 p.m., Church of the Ascension, Chicago
Saturday, August 10
10:00-11:30 a.m. St. Edmund's, Chicago
1:00-2:30 p.m., St. Paul's, Peoria
Sunday, August 18
3:00-4:30 p.m., St. Mark's, Glen Ellyn
Thursday, September 5
7:00-8:30 p.m., Grace, New Lenox
Saturday, September 7
1:00-2:30 p.m., St. Peter's, Sycamore

An online survey will be conducted later this summer, and candidates will be announced in April. A special convention to elect the new bishop will be held in June.  Please visit the bishop search website for all the latest news and information.

Flea Market & Craft Show
St. Paul's Episcopal Church 
3709 W. St. Paul Ave.   *   McHenry IL

Saturday, August 24, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine!    ADMISSION IS FREE!

T here will also be an awesome RAFFLE and BAKE SALE!!
Contact Lisa at St. Paul's for more information.

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