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
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22) Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, April 3. 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, March 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, March 16.
We Pray For
Parishioners: Margaret, Judy, Cate, Elmer, Sue,
Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Rick, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Rev. Bill Beachy, Tina, Will, Mark, Gary, Joanne, Lauren,
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,
Those Who Have Died
, brother of Sally Van Vranken;
, cousin of Amy Noe;
, husband of a dear friend of Judy Thornton
Those Who Mourn
Sally, Sue, and the family of Michael;
extended family of Jason Lisko;
Max, dear friend of Judy Thornton
Those Serving in the
Michael, Jeremy, Terry
Birthdays March 14-20
3.16 Tami McLaughlin
3.17 Dorothy Nyberg
3.19 Rick Noe
3.20 Shirley LeGare
Anniversary Mar. 14-20
3.18 Doug & Carol Dlesk
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,
Tonight we begin our Lenten Soup Supper & Study on the life of Simon Peter. I hope you will consider joining us as this is sure to be a rich time together with great food, and good conversation. My hope is that by looking at Peter's life together we can find a deeper direction for our own faith journey with Christ.
This Saturday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. is our Free Community Meal. This is another wonderful opportunity to connect with friends both old and new and to have a great meal. For those of you who do not know, we are in the third year of this dinner and we have many volunteers and diners from outside our community. This meal has been such a gift for us as it is an opportunity to connect with others beyond our walls, and I thank those of you who have given of your time, talent and treasure to make it happen each month.
It is not too soon to think about Easter flowers. We are seeking donations to decorate our altar for the Easter season. There is a signup sheet at the back of the church and donation envelopes. You may make a donation for Easter lilies in memory or honor of someone and we will print all of these names in our Easter bulletins.
This Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, and the first day of spring is not far behind!
Rev. Fran out of the office March 19 - 21
Rev. Fran will be in Chicago attending her continuing education classes for ministry. She will be back in time for the Lenten Soup Supper & Study on Thursday. If you have a pastoral emergency you may contact Amy in the office, or one of the Co-Warden's, Tracy Higgins or Steve Brooks.
Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series Returns
Every Thursday, March 14-April 11
Our annual Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series begins tonight! Every Thursday during Lent we will meet for a light meal and study of the book/DVD,
Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple.
We will begin the evening with a simple supper, followed by a short
DVD presentation, which will take us to the Holy Land and Rome, where we will follow Simon Peter's journey from simple fisherman to pillar of the church. We will follow-up with a group discussion.
If you are unable to attend every week that's ok!
Please see the display on the bulletin board in the Great Hall for complete details, and sign up for the weeks you are able to attend. You may bring soup, salad, or bread if you wish. Invite a friend to join you!!
Lenten Reflection Booklets
Copies of The Living Compass's Lenten booklet,
Living Well Through Lent 2019,
are now available in a basket on the Narthex table. It is designed for use as an individual reflection, or for group study, providing a foundation for a deeper Lenten experience, in preparation for the true meaning of Easter.
There are also additional opportunities available at Living Compass online:
The booklet may be downloaded electronically
(English and Spanish)
A small group facilitator's guide is available for those doing group study
You may sign up to receive each day's readings via email
Join the closed Facebook group moderated by two of the contributors
You're invited to join us this
Saturday, March 16th
for 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.
Menu: Lasagna, Salad, Rolls, and
Evensong for the Feast of the Annunciation
Sunday, March 24 at 4:00 p.m.
St. Ann's Episcopal Church
503 W. Jackson St.
Join our friends at St. Ann's for and evening of music, including Taize, led by the St. Ann's choir. Guest preacher will be Sophia Twaddell. Stay after the service for dessert and a presentation on the art of the Annunciation.
Baptisms during the Easter Season
The Easter Season is an appropriate time to receive and celebrate the sacrament of Baptism. The sacrament of Baptism will be offered on the Second Sunday of Easter, April 28, and on The Feast of Pentecost, June 9. If you need to be baptized or have a family member who needs the sacrament of Baptism, be it a baby, older youth or adult, please contact Rev. Fran and she will set up a time for baptism preparation. The sacrament of Baptism is a symbol of God's lavish love offered freely to us. It is a sacrament of initiation into the church and into the body of Christ. The sacrament of Baptism makes real what is already true, that we are beloved children of God.
Last Saturday, our Vestry attended the first ever "Vestry School", hosted by the Evanston Deanery. It was held at Techy Towers Conference Center in Northbrook.
Front row: Lorraine Taylor, Sally Van Vranken,
Tracy Higgins (Co-Warden),
Jane Helmboldt, and Rev. Fran
Back Row: Amy Koegel, Steve Brooks (Co-Warden),
and Stacy Cook
PALM SUNDAY FESTIVAL CONCERT
Sunday, April 14 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Shepherd of the Prairie
10805 Main St. Huntley IL
This 22nd annual, ecumenical concert will feature nearly 90 musicians from 12 area churches, as well as clergy from Elgin, Huntley, Crystal Lake, and more!
, and St. Mary's choir member,
, will be participating in this event!
Make plans to attend as this will be a wonderful way to begin Holy Week.
for the latest news and events happening in the Diocese of Chicago. You can browse newsletters, clergy news, Thrive Magazine, or videos from the Diocesan YouTube channel.
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday, April 14
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, Eucharist with choir
3:00 p.m. Ecumenical Palm Sunday Concert at Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley.
Maundy Thursday, April 18 *
7:00 p.m. Eucharist with choir
Vigil, 8:00 p.m. to Midnight
Good Friday, April 19 *
11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross
12:00 Noon Good Friday liturgy
7:00 p.m. Good Friday liturgy with choir
Community Meal, April 20
5:00-7:00 p.m. Free monthly community meal in the Great Hall. Open to all.
Easter Sunday, April 21
8:00 a.m. Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Eucharist with choir
* Sign up sheets for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
volunteers will soon be available on a Narthex table.