The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                     September 19, 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, October 16.  Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Contact Aimee Day if you can help.  

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, Margaret, Judy,  Bob,
John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Sarah Margaret, Rick, Sylvia, Jess, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Trudy, Rev. Bill Beachy, Mark,  Joanne, Lauren,  Lynn, Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Cora,  Saul, Susan, Brian, Mark,  Tom, Tom,  Pat, Billy, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, Susie, Carole, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Sue, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays Sept. 19-25
9.20  Jack Thune
          Teagan Thune
9.22  Miles Koegel
          Cate Becker

Anniversaries Sep. 19-25
9.22  Jim & Carol Dingle
9.24  John & Cate 

If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact  Amy  in the Parish Office.




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News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Saturday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. plan on joining us for our Community Meal. Chef Tom has a great meal planned and this is a good opportunity to meet up with friends old and new. I am grateful to everyone who supports this ministry; our numbers have grown and the meal program has always been self-sustaining. We have many wonderful volunteers from the wider community and the parish who feel strongly about this program and help support it. I think for me the most important part of this program is the relationships we are forging with the people outside of our parish who value this program and come for dinner and to volunteer. I want to give a special shout out to Tracy Higgins who coordinates our volunteers, shops for the food, and is involved in so many other aspects of this program. Thank you to all help make a difference to so many!

Thank you to everyone who attended the coffee hour conversations regarding the Kick Start Capital Campaign. As many of you know there have been numerous hopes that people have expressed to me over the past five years regarding the use of our building space. People have expressed to me some of the following desires regarding our building: making the circle drive truly handicapped accessible, remodeling the school wing so we can rent it to not-for-profit businesses, replacing the flat roof on our building so we don't have to patch and repair it every three years, and doing some repairs in Tarpley House because we have a couple hundred people using it weekly.   All of these projects are worthy, however they are all projects that we must raise capital funds for if we wish to do them. There are no funds available in our operating budget for these types of projects and they are properly covered by a capital campaign.

I throw these projects out to you as examples of things people have continually requested, and there can be so many other ideas out there that need to be expressed.   In the old school world of church, a rector and vestry may tell you what the project is and then ask you for money.   In the new world, you are being asked what you want to see accomplished in your parish and what you may be willing to fund. This could also include non-brick and mortar projects, such as funding a music program or creating another outreach program. Churches have in fact done this with capital funds.

Please note that raising funds for a capital campaign is not a foregone conclusion. It is possible for the parish to decide as a community that we do not wish to raise funds for any projects or new programs. The first step in the capital campaign process that we are undertaking is one of "Discernment". Your input is needed. The discernment phase involves conversations with each other in "Cottage Meetings". These are meetings whereby everyone is asked to give their input and to help us find out what you are thinking in terms of projects and programs for St. Mary's if we had the funds.

Cottage meetings will be scheduled throughout October and early November, and you will be hearing more about them very soon. Everyone's input, opinions, and ideas are needed. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come in and meet with me if you wish to discuss any aspect of the Kick-Start Capital Campaign. I would be happy to discuss it further with you.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our vestry who met with our Capital Campaign Consultant on Saturday morning, and to all those who are hosting, taking notes, and facilitating the Cottage Meetings, as all of these persons were here on Sunday afternoon attending a training with our consultant in preparation to hold these meetings. It is a commitment of time and I truly appreciate your leadership.

Hope to see you all on Saturday for our community meal,
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.     
September's menu: 
Caesar Salad , Chicken Pesto Pasta , Garlic Bread
Vegetables , and Dessert .

Parking Lot Closed  Monday-Wednesday

Please note, the parking lot is being repaired this coming Monday, September 23.   The aprons at both the north and south ends of the lot will be replaced, pot holes will be filled, and the lot will be restriped.   The parking lot will not be accessible Monday through Wednesday .  Please park on either Grove St. or Church St. if you plan on stopping by during the next three days.   Thank you!   And thanks to Co-Warden, Steve Brooks, who has been working with the city and the contractor to coordinate this project.
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.

Donate When You Dine at Culver's!
Next Tuesday,  September 24 , Culver's, Crystal Lake will donate 10% of their proceeds  between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m . Let Culver's do the cooking and support CROP Walk at the same time!!   Stop by and say hello to Rev. Fran, who will be serving tables from 6:00-7:00 p.m. You must mention McHenry County CROP Walk when placing your order.
Taiz é is an ecumenical, meditative common prayer, incorporating song, chant, scripture readings, and silence. People of ALL faith traditions are welcome to participate in this candlelight service, held at First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake , 461 Pierson St.   For the last few years, the services have been held monthly.  This year, there will be four specially themed services held during the program year, between September and May.  

The first Taizé service of the season will be held this Tuesday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m., with the focus on international peace.   For a video about Taizé please click here.  In addition, more information about the International Day of Peace can be found here.  
St. Ann's Lobster Fest

St. Ann's Episcopal Church, our sister congregation in Woodstock, is planning its 35th Annual Lobster Fest , to be held on Saturday, October 19th , from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Once again they are going to offer fresh, whole, New England lobsters (flown in fresh to Chicago that morning!), either live or cooked (average size of 1 1/3 pounds), for only $22.00 each ! There is also a quantity discount of 10 for $200.00.

Also available to order are Allen Brothers USDA Prime steaks (fresh, not frozen): $18 for a 6 oz. filet mignon, or $16 for an 8 oz. rib eye.

For more information, and to order online please visit the Lobster Fest website. You may also order by phone at 815-338-0950. All orders must be received by Tuesday, October 15 . And, most importantly, 100% of the proceeds benefit a local service organization, TLS Veterans (Transforming Lives Through Service to Veterans). Start planning your lobster party now!
Crystal Lake Food Pantry News

Volunteers: The next food pantry volunteer opportunity is next  Wednesday, October 16.   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!!
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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