The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                     September 12, 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
(1/20)   Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Stacy Cook
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, September 18.  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, 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: Shirley, Cate, 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 Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays Sept. 12-18
9.13  Bob Ferraro
          Barbara Wasilk
   Justine Wood-Massoud
9.16  Kristi Morris
9.17  Mark Vernsten
          Dan Davis

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 welcoming Joe Merlino, our consultant from the Episcopal Church Foundation. He will be joining us at both our coffee hours to explain the Capital Campaign Process. This is an opportunity for you to learn about this program and to ask all of your questions. The program is a wonderful opportunity for us to consider projects and programs that we wish to engage in here in the parish and then to plan how we will fund them. Please join us as we need your input and your engagement in this process.

This year CROP WALK is celebrating its 50 th Anniversary! St. Mary's will once again have a team of walkers to raise money for the walk, and we will also host a rest stop for the one-mile and four-mile routes. Please go on our team page and make a donation or sign up to walk, help us eradicate hunger in our community!

See you all on Sunday
Crystal Lake Food Pantry News

Volunteers: The next food pantry volunteer opportunity is next  Wednesday, September 18.   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!!
Episcopal Church Foundation Consultant
 to be with us  this Sunday September 15
after the 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Services

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. services. 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.

September Community Meal

Please join us on  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.     
September's menu: 
Caesar Salad , Chicken Pesto Pasta , Garlic Bread
Vegetables , and Dessert .

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.

2019 McHenry County CROP Walk Chairpersons

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