Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation.
Clergy & Staff
, Parish Administrator
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/22) Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
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,
Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
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,
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,
Those Who Have Died
Judie, cousin-in-law of Heather Horeled;
Bob, cousin of Karen Meter;
Judy, mother of Bill Collingbourne;
Those Who Mourn
family of Kevin
and the family of Judie;
and the family of Bob;
and his maternal family;
and the family and friends of Sandy Molyneux, including her sister,
Those Serving in the
Birthdays Aug. 29-Sep. 4
8.29 Elizabeth Mauger
9.2 Declan McLaughlin
Aug 29-Sep 1
9.1 Bill & Jackie Wayne
If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact
in the Parish Office.
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
Sunday September 15
, after the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services, Joe Merlino, our consultant from
The Episcopal Church Foundation,
will be with us to discuss the
Kick Start Capital Campaign Process
with you. He will lead us through an understanding of the three phases of the process: discernment, feasibility, and the solicitation of funds for parish projects. The first phase is one in which you will be invited to a house or cottage small group meeting to brainstorm, dream, and share your hopes for projects here at St. Mary's. This is an opportunity for you to give your input. It is important that you understand the process that we are undertaking as a parish, and Sunday September 15 is a time for you to learn about the process as well as ask questions that you may have. Please plan to be with us!
at 2:00 p.m., which is right around the corner. There are several ways to be involved which will help the St. Mary's team. You may go online right now and make a donation to help us reach our goal of $1,500. You may sign up to walk with our team, or you may help staff our rest stop
here at St. Mary's from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. Our church is a rest stop on both the one-mile and four-mile route. We will have some snacks, games, and water, and have our rest rooms available to all the walk participants. If you are interested in the ministry of hospitality on the day of the walk please let me know. This is the fifth anniversary of CROP Walk and the efforts of Church World Services to eradicate hunger in our communities. Please see more information in this news letter to support the cause.
I hope that you have a safe and blessed holiday weekend.
See you Sunday
Long-time parishioners may remember
, who was a member of St. Mary's from 1977-1985. Kevin passed away on August 22, and his memorial service will be held here tomorrow, Friday, August 30, at 11:00 am. Rev. Fran will preside at the service.
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
, 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
, 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
, 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
The next food pantry volunteer
Friday, August 30
. Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Contact
if you can help.
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
and look for the St. Mary's team.
For more information please speak to Rev. Fran.
DONATE WHILE YOU DINE!
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
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.
or at the door:
September Community Meal
Please join us this
Saturday, September 21
the date of our next
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.
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.
Harmony for Habitat
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.