The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                          August 22, 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, September 21.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Amy, 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: 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
Judie, cousin-in-law of Heather Horeled; Bob, cousin of Karen Meter; Judy, mother of Bill Collingbourne; Sandy Molyneux

Those Who Mourn
Heather and the family of Judie; Karen and the family of Bob; Bill  and his maternal family; Gail and the family and friends of Sandy Molyneux, including her sister, Ann

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays August 22-28
8.23  Bill Wayne
8.25  Catherine Carroll
          Warren Dahn
          Jane Boburka
8.26  Missy Spengel
          Daphne Starr
8.27  Jodi Wilson

Anniversaries  Aug 22-28
8.22  John & Kathleen
8.27  John & Josephine
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,

I wish to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers from the parish and the wider community who continue to make our Free Community Meal Program a reality here at St. Mary's. This past Saturday we served 83 dinners and saw many returning patrons, as well as some new people. In addition to Tom our chef, it takes a lot of volunteers to make this meal happen each month and I am deeply grateful for all of you who are so committed to this ministry. As a parish I hope you are proud of the success of this program and the opportunity it gives all of us to live out the gospel of Christ in this place. Thank you one and all!

This Sunday Eileen Shanley-Roberts will be our supply priest. Eileen has been with us before and she is looking forward to seeing all of you. James Janssen, the organist from St. Matthews in Evanston, will be with us again to play the organ and lead our singing of hymns. At our 10:00 a.m. service there are two baptisms, Adalee Reinwald and Max Hallaert. Please welcome them and their families to St. Mary's. I will be attending my cousin's wedding and visiting with family in the western suburbs on Saturday and Sunday.

Many of you know that Judy Tracy and her husband, Steve, are closing on their home this Friday and moving to Ely Minnesota over the weekend. This is a plan that is finally coming together, as Judy grew up in Ely. I am so grateful for all that they have done for St. Mary's and wish them well. Steve and Judy, "May God Bless you and Keep you."  

St. Mary's in the News!

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"!
Episcopal Church Foundation Consultant
 to be with us  on Sunday September 15
after the 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. services,
to discuss the Kick-Start Capital Campaign Process.

I am excited to announce that with vestry approval, the Parish of St. Mary's is engaging in a Kick-Start Capital Campaign Process with the Diocese of Chicago, and the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF). The ECF Campaign Method has three phases. The first is one of Discernment , in which we as a congregation answer the questions "What is God calling us to do?", and "Who are we called to be?" This is an opportunity to gather ideas from each member of the congregation in house or cottage small-group meetings, regarding what projects and ministries you believe we should be engage in, if we had the funds.

The second phase is Feasibility , in which we determine, "Is a capital campaign feasible for our parish?"   Is our congregation willing to support our mission, ministry and areas of financial need?"

The third phase of the campaign is one called Solicitation , in which we ask what will people commit to financially. "Will you commit to a capital campaign to complete the projects and raise funds for the ministry we as a congregation have chosen?" It is only after completing all three phases that we would decide if we will engage in a capital campaign and raise the money for our goals.

We have a consultant from the Episcopal Church Foundation, and he will be with us to explain the entire process on Sunday September 15, after the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. coffee hours. Please make it a point to be here, as this is your opportunity to learn about this process. Our consultant, Joe Merlino, who is working with several congregations in the Diocese of Chicago, will be here to present the program and to answer all of your questions. This is a parish wide process and your input is needed. I think you will find this a very engaging and helpful way for us to address some of goals, projects, and hopes for St. Mary's.

Crystal Lake Food Pantry News

Volunteers: The next food pantry volunteer opportunity is next  Friday, August 30 .   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 the clients .  Thank you!!

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, 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.

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.

Are You Called to Serve?

As summer winds down, the various ministry leaders are putting together the volunteer schedules for the Fall.  There are so many ways for parishioners to become involved in parish life, and in many cases, the commitment is only once every month or two!  C'mon...what are you waiting for?  If you've ever considered joining one of the many volunteer ministries we have at St. Mary's, now is the time to speak up!  No experience necessary; you'll get all the help and support you need.  Contact any of the ministry coordinators below for more information:

AcolytesAltar Guild:   Rev. Fran
Crystal Lake Food Pantry Aimee Day
Coffee Hour Hosts;  Greeters;  Welcome Bakers Tracy Higgins
Lectors and  Ushers:   Amy Noe
Lay Eucharistic Ministers Lay Chalice Bearers John Amrein
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.

Registration online  or at the door: $ 25

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

Please join us this  Saturday, September 21 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.     The menu will be announced soon - check our website, and future newsletters and bulletins.
Services for Sandy Molyneux

The Celebration of Life service for St. Mary's beloved organist and choir director, Sandy Molyneux, will be held on Saturday, October 12 , at 10:30 am.  Interment in the St. Mary's Churchyard will immediately follow the service.   A catered luncheon will be held in the Great Hall, and all family and friends of Sandy are invited.   Sandy's complete obituary, including memorial donation information, can be found on the Davenport Funeral Home website.
Choir Gathering to be Held Wednesday, September 4

On Wednesday evening, September 4, Rev. Fran will be hosting a dinner for all current members of the Choir; appetizers at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:00 p.m. This will be a time to be together and remember our dear friend, Sandy, and to discuss plans for her funeral, and our overall music program going forward.   If you have not already RSVP'd to the parish office, please do so no later than Wednesday, August 28.
Harmony for Habitat

On Saturday, September 7, 4:00-8:00 p.m. , Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is hosting an event to benefit Habitat for Humanity.   There will be worship, a bonfire, and concerts from 5 local church bands. A free will offering will be taken. Bring your own lawn chairs and snacks.   Prince of Peace is located at 932 McHenry Ave.   See the poster on the bulletin board near the office for complete details.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
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