The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      ~      Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                         January 24, 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)
Marge Smith, Warden (1/19)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
(1/19)   John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20)  Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, February 6.  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, February 26 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, February 16.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Cate, Elmer, Sue,  Miles, Matthew, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth,  Mary, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends:   Gary, James, Joanne, Lauren,  Christi, Lynn, Brian, Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Virginia, Cora,  Saul, Naomi, Aimee, Susan, Brian, Mark,  Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim,  Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Susie, Carole, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Darcy, Julie, Betty, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy, Terry, Dan 

Those Who Have Died
Mary, friend of Jose & Marci Cantu; 
Deacon Chere Bates;
Janice, aunt of Tom Koegel

Those Who Mourn
Jose & Marci Cantu; 
Family and friends of Dn. Chere Bates; Tom Koegel and the family of his cousin, Erik

Birthdays January 24-30
1.25  Carol Dlesk

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 January 27, 2019 is our Annual Meeting . Most Episcopal Churches across he country are holding their annual meetings this Sunday, or the first Sunday in February. The Canons of the Episcopal Church require that all parishes hold an Annual meeting to conduct the business of the parish, which includes approval of a budget, and elections of vestry members and delegates to Diocesan Convention. The annual meeting is also a time to celebrate the ministry that is carried out here at St. Mary's from week to week. It is a meeting for new people and old timers alike to become informed about the joys of this parish as well as the challenges we are facing going forward into 2019. The meeting will open with one 9:00 a.m. Eucharist. (Please note there is no 8:00 or 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday) . It is common for the Rector of the Parish to have an address, which I will do in my sermon at our Eucharist Celebration.   We will also have a parish wide brunch in the Great Hall. We are still in need of brunch items, so please consider bringing beverages, an entrée, or a side dish to share. I am looking forward to our time together.  

Snow, freezing temperatures, and gusting winds could not keep people away from our community meal this past Saturday. We served 62 dinners and also provided 40 meals for PADS. Mary and Randall Frake and their crew of volunteers served the PADS dinners on Sunday. Thank you Chef Tom for a fantastic dinner, and thank you Tracy Higgins for shopping and organizing our volunteers. A special shout out to Twisted Stem for donating the lovely flowers for our tables, and a big thank you to Heather Horeled who organizes our flower donations month to month. Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out in the cold and stepped up to the plate. It was such a great time and once again we saw a group of new people as well as many of our returning guests.
S ee you all on Sunday,
Forward Day By Day

Forward Day by Day , the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of February - April , is now available on a Narthex table , priced as marked. 

2019 Flower Chart

The 2019 Flower Chart is now posted. Members are encouraged to select a Sunday closest to a significant date in one's life, i.e. the anniversary of the death of a loved one or friend, a birthday or wedding anniversary, or perhaps on the occasion of blessings received, and underwrite that Sunday's flowers.   Donation amount is $30.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary's date at the  Food Pantry, Wednesday, February 2 . Shifts are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm.  Please contact  Aimee Day if you can  help.

Also keep in mind that we are always collecting donations of paper products as the pantry is not able to purchase paper goods through the food bank.  Items such as toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, napkins, etc., may be dropped off in the basket in the Narthex. You will also find envelopes there for monetary donations. St. Mary's is one of the founding churches of the pantry and it is up to us to help those less fortunate.  Thank you for your continued support!
January 19th Community Meal

January 20th Baptism
This past Sunday we had the pleasure of baptizing the granddaughter of parishioner, Sandy Plate. Margot Lillian Plate is the daughter of Sandy's son, Martin, and his wife, Jessica. Sandy's daughter Emily was also here with her family, and it was wonderful to welcome them both back to St. Mary's, as they grew up here. Many other extended family members were here also, despite the weekend snowstorm.

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