The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church         Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                      September 6, 2018

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, will resume in September.


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, October 10. Contact Aimee Day if you can help.  Shift times are 8:30-11:30 am, and 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
CENTERING PRAYER meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. 
Contac Rev. Fran with any questions, or for more information.
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 25, 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, September 15.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Kristi, Jerry, Karen, Jack, Miles, Matthew, Rick, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth,  Mary, Gladys, Susan, Cameron & Linda, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends:  Pat, Chris, Virginia, Hunter, James, Cora,  Saul, Naomi, Aimee, Susan, Brian, Mark,  Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Carole, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Darcy,  Julie, Betty, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah, Judie

Those Who Have Died
Eleanor,  cousin of Catherine Carroll

Those Who Mourn
Catherine Carroll,
John, and  Margaret

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

Birthdays Sept. 6-12
9.6  Ryan Grounds
9.7  Randall Frake

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 Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,

It's hard to believe that Labor Day weekend has come gone and the kids are back in school. This Sunday we are welcoming back our full choir at the 10:00 a.m. service. I know that Sandy and the choir are already working hard to bring us rich music for our worship services this program year.   Please mark your calendars for our next community meal, coming up on Saturday, September 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.   This is a great opportunity to join with new and old friends for wonderful food and hospitality.

Please mark your calendar for this year's CROP Walk, which is taking place on Sunday, September 30. In addition to having a team of walkers, St. Mary's is also a rest and fun stop on both the one and four mile walk routes. I am seeking a few volunteers to help hand out water and popcorn, and oversee a few carnival type games in the circle drive from 1:00- 3:00 p.m.

See you all on Sunday,
September Community Meal

You're invited to join us on Saturday, September 15 5:00-7:00 p.m. for our next free , monthly Community Meal Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. Bring your family and friends! There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated. If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Tracy Higgins at 815-459-4787, or

Menu:  Chicken Pesto Pasta   with Rolls Salad , and Cupcakes for dessert! YUM!
Historic Organ Concert
Sunday, September 23   ~   6:00 p.m.

In case you missed the concert in August, here is another opportunity!! The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in Lake Geneva, will be holding a concert to benefit their historic 1883 Pipe Organ - Opus 1144. The concert will be performed by Mark Brampton Smith, and will include works by Sweelinck, Bach, Mendelssohn, John Knowles Paine, and many others.

Advance Tickets OR Free Will Offering Options:
Advanced tickets may be purchased by mail (send payment and self-addressed stamped envelope to the church) or reserved by phone. $25 advanced tickets include a dinner voucher for the same day to Tuscan Tavern and Grill.

You may also attend without the advanced ticket dinner option; a free will offering will be taken the night of the concert.

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion
320 Broad St; Lake Geneva WI 53147

For more information, including further details about the organ, and musical biography of Mark Brampton Smith, please pick up a flyer from the table in the church Narthex.

McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, Sept. 30
Start: 1:00 pm
First Church
236 W. Crystal Lake Ave.
Crystal Lake

For Information contact Mike Choquette
To Join or Donate visit the Crop Walk website
and look for St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Donations support international and local charities that serve the hungry, including the food pantries of McHenry County

Another Way to Help
St. Mary's will be a Fun Stop along the route!
To volunteer or learn more contact St. Mary's Parish Office 
via email, or  815-459-1009
Confirmation / Adult Inquirers Class Schedule

In preparation for Bishop Lee's visit on October 7, Confirmation Classes and Adult Inquirer's Classes are now underway.   As a reminder to those attending the classes, below are the remaining class dates:

Youth Confirmation
Sunday , September 16, 11:40 am to 1:15 pm
Service project at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.  Parents are asked to drop off/pick up their child at the food pantry, 42 East St., Crystal Lake.  
September 23, 11:40 am to 1:15 pm, final class at the church

Adult Inquirers
Mondays,  7:00-8:30 p.m.
September 10 September 24

Flea Market Opportunity

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in McHenry is looking for vendors to participate in their flea market on Saturday, September 29 , from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.   If you have any items you'd like to sell, new or used, this is a great opportunity.   The fee is $20 for a 10'x10' indoor space, or 20'x20' outdoor space.  You are responsible for your own set-up, take-down, tables, canopies, chairs, etc. Registration forms are available on the back table or they may be downloaded here.  Fees are to be paid in advance.
German-American Fest

If you love everything German, the First Congregational Church in Crystal Lake will be hosting a German-American Friendship Fest on Saturday, October 6 , from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.   This is an all-ages event, benefiting Prairie Ridge High School German-American Partnership Program Exchange families.

Advance tickets can be purchased online ($10 children; $7.50 adult meal) or at the door ($11.50 children; $9 adult meal). In addition to an authentic German meal, the children's ticket also includes a craft to take home, prizes, and a German language lesson.

Click here for the Online ticket link.   Flyers are available on a Narthex table.
Importance October Dates

Sunday, October 7:  Bishop Jeffrey Lee will be presider and preacher at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services.  There will be 17 Confirmations/Receptions, and a special Coffee Hour reception will follow.  Don't miss this exciting day!!

Sunday, October 14:  
We NEED all of you to join the parish in a Fall Yard Clean-Up  immediately following the 10 a.m. service. Wear your blue Jeans, bring gardening equipment (if you have, otherwise, we will share) and plan to spruce up our grounds. We plan to work 1:00 and then all will join in a rewarding lunch! There are many bushes to trim and weeds to pull, so don't worry if you think you don't know weeds from trees. You will have guidance. 
Take pride in your church so it presents a loved & cared for appearance.  Many hands make light work.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |