The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                            May 16, 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, June 5.  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, May 28 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, May 18.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Lorraine, Steve, Marge, Harry, Margaret, Judy, Miles, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Jim and Sue, Jess, Rick, Betty and Del, Virginia, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Rick,  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, Darcy, Julie, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Who Have Died
Dorothy Pierce
Edward, cousin-in-law of Catherine Carroll
Those Who Mourn
Catherine Carroll, and her cousin, Elizabeth
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy, Terry

Birthdays May 16-22
5.16  Linn Hamilton
5.21  Stacy Cook
5.22  Jane Shanlever

May 16-22
5.17  Randall & Mary
5.19  Mike & Tracy 
5.22  Mike & Sue 

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 stop in at our Community Meal this Saturday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We have a great meal planned. This is a perfect opportunity to meet up with friends and make new friends. Invite your neighbors and family; come for the food and the wonderful hospitality.

This Saturday at 10:30 a.m. we will hold the churchyard burial for former parishioner, Bob Drayton. This is a brief but lovely prayer service and you are welcome to attend. His family members will be with us.

On Sunday June 2 nd we are holding "Blue Jean Sunday". You are asked to come in your work clothes and help us do some weed pulling and gardening work on the land. We will begin after the 10:00 a.m. service and work until 1:00 p.m., at which time you are invited to join us for lunch in the Great Hall. Please sign up in the Great Hall so we know how many to expect for lunch. As most of you know we have five acres of land to care for and your help is very much needed and appreciated.

Upcoming Churchyard Interments

Former long-time parishioner, Robert Drayton , who died on December 1, 2018, will be interred in The Churchyard on Saturday, May 18 , at 10:30 a.m.   Bob was a member of the first Churchyard Committee, and was also the designer of the wrought iron gates at the entrance of the Churchyard.

The interment for Linda Robert , late wife of Cameron Robert, will be held on Saturday, June 1 , at 10:30 a.m.   Linda passed away on November 4, 2018.
Stuff the Duffel

In response to the AJ Freund tragedy, a local mom has started a Stuff-the-Duffel campaign to honor AJ's memory.   Items collected will be given to local and state foster care agencies. Quite often children arrive at their new homes without personal belongings or necessities. The campaign will run through May 21.   There is flyer on a table in the back of church with complete information,  including items requested, and drop-off sites throughout Crystal Lake and McHenry County.  

There is also a public Facebook page , and a website where this information can be accessed.
May Community Meal

You're invited to join us this  Saturday, May 18th , for our next Free Community Meal. Meals are served between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are always appreciated. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. This meal is free to ANYONE. If you would like volunteer, please contact Tracy Higgins.

May Menu: Caramel Chicken with Sticky Rice and Broccoli , Asian Lettuce Mix with Ginger Dressing Dinner Rolls , and Dessert. Hope to see you on May 18 th !
Share Your Graduate News

Parents/Grandparents: If there is about to be a new graduate in your family, we'd love to share the good news! Please let us know all about your graduate (Junior High, High School, College, Grad School), the school they're graduating from, and the school (or job) that will be the next step. You may include other information as well, such as scholarships or awards received. A simple write-up can be submitted to the Parish Offic e; the good news will be included in upcoming issues of The Magnificat Weekly .  
St. Mary's Blue Jean Sunday
Parish Clean-Up Day with Lunch

Sunday, June 2 following the 10:00 a.m. Service! 
Your Help is Needed!
On Sunday, June 2  from  11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m . we will hold a parish clean-up day of our grounds. We need people to weed and pick up branches, and do a basic clean-up of our 5 acres.  Lunch will be served in the Great Hall as soon as we finish up.  Please wear your yard work clothes to church and spend sometime helping, as "many hands make light work."  Please RSVP for lunch with Amy in the office or sign up in the Great Hall.  We want to make sure we have enough food on hand for all. Volunteers of all ages are welcome! There will be something to do for any age. For questions or more information, contact  Tracy Higgins.

Sunday, June 9 , is the Feast of Pentecost, which marks the coming of the Holy Spirit and the Birthday of the church in the world.  In celebration of the day,  everyone is encouraged to wear red.  
There will be a renewal of our Baptismal vows at the 8:00 a.m. service, and we will celebrate the baptism of Alesandra Enriqueta Rivera at the 10:00 a.m. service.

Do you speak or read another language in addition to English?   Then we could use your help at the 10:00 a.m. Pentecost service! As you may or may not know, we have a wonderful Pentecost tradition here at St. Mary's. The Pentecost reading of the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-21 is read in several different languages simultaneously, to illustrate the scripture passage: "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability." (Acts 2:4)

In the past we've had speakers in Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, German, Greek, and even Russian! Any language is welcome!!!!   If you are interested, please contact Amy in the office. She will get you a copy of the reading in your preferred language, or you may use your own foreign-language Bible if you have one.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |