The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                              July 25, 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
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
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 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, August 17.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Gladys, Sandy, 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 Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays July 25-31
7.27  Edwina Case Skyles
7.31  Mike DeThorne

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,

Please join me tonight at St. Mary's for our Lawn Chair Theologians Gathering from  7:00-8:30 p.m.    For those of you who may not be familiar with these gatherings, it is a time for interesting and compelling discussions about various spiritual and religious topics. All participants are invited to write down a question or a topic of interest and then the topics are placed in a hat and drawn randomly. We will discuss as many topics as we have time for. There is no right or wrong answers and there is no need to prepare anything, no assigned reading and no experts. Just bring an open mind and an open heart. Come and join the conversation or just listen. All are welcome. Bring a snack or beverages to share if you wish. Although it is a very nice night to sit out, we will use the hall because I am told the land is full of mosquitoes. I hope you will join me!

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in our Free Community Meal this past Saturday. Chef Tom made an outstanding meal and we served 93 people. We had many new people and saw some returning guests as well. Thank you to all of our volunteers, most especially the Boy Scout Troop from Huntley who were so very helpful. We could not do this dinner without our servers, bussers, shoppers, greeters, clean-up crew, set up crew, and kitchen help. Thank you one and all!

This Sunday Del Smith will be leading our hymns on the piano in Sandy's absence. I am so grateful to him for volunteering his time to enhance our worship. I asked your continued prayers for Sandy for health and healing.

You are all cordially invited to attend our Coffee Hour Celebration this Sunday following our 10:00 a.m. worship service. We will be celebrating Amy Noe's 60 th Birthday with a special cake. Please stop in and help us celebrate our wonderful administrator, friend and parishioner. I cannot say enough about how much Amy does for the parish and what a wonderful person she is.   Happy Birthday Amy!

Lawn Chair Theologians
Sharing Each Other's Faith Journeys  (& Snacks!)
7:00 pm: TONIGHT, July 25
and Wednesday,  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...
Normally on the lawn by the circle drive, but tonight, 
due to mosquitoes, we'll be in the Great Hall.  

Forward Day by Day

Forward Day by Day , the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of August-September , is now available on a table in the back of church , priced as marked. Please pick up a copy today .
Crystal Lake Food Pantry News
Volunteers: The next food pantry volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, July 31 .   Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Contact  Aimee Day if you can  help.
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 th e clients . Thank you!!

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.

Dates and Locations are as follows:
Saturday, August 3
10:00-11:30 a.m. St. Gregory's, Deerfield
1:00-2:30 p.m., Emmanuel, Rockford
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

You can follow the journey of the search for our next bishop here, including committee members, timeline, news, and profiles of candidates (Spring 2020).
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.  

Photos From July 20 Community Meal

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Mac and Cheese, Salmon, and Corn on the Cob....ALL from the Smoker!  DELICIOUS!!
And thank you to our awesome Boy Scout volunteers, who were the servers for the evening.

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