The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
  Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                        February 27, 2020

In This Issue

Worship Times
Sundays, 8 & 10 am
A Nursery is available 
during the 10:00 a.m. service.   Coffee Hour fellowship  follows both services;  join us for treats, and conversation.


Clergy & Staff
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Mike HIggins, Warden (1/22)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
(1/21)   Stacy Cook, Amy Koegel
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
(1/23) Cheri Dudek, Dorothy Nyberg 

We Pray For
Parishioners: Galen & Betsy, Cindy, Elizabeth, John, Glenice, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Gladys, El, Carol, Margaret, Judy,  John, Matthew, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Scott, Rev. Bill Beachy, Angela, Sue, S arah, Janice, Dave, Brynn, Neil and Des, Genevieve, Ashley, Kyle, Sarah Margaret, Rick, Sylvia, Jess, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Joanne, Lauren,  Lynn, Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Cora,  Saul, Susan, Brian, Tom, Billy, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, Kurt,  Sue, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays Feb. 27-Mar. 4
3.1  Roseann Gilbertson
Quick Links

News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

As we begin the season of Lent, please plan on joining us for our Soup Supper & Study series , which begins Thursday March 5th  and runs through Thursday April 2 nd .  We will meet each week and have dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by our study of the Holy Week scriptures. This year we will read "Entering the Passion of Jesus" by Jewish scholar and author, Amy Jill Levine. We will be watching a short video discussion with her at the beginning of our program each Thursday.   Join us as we go deeper into the stories of holy week for study, learning and conversation. The sign-up sheets for the pot-luck are up in the Great Hall. Please come to the sessions that you can attend.  If you need a book, it is available on Amazon in both hard copy and Kindle formats.

Thank you to everyone who assisted with our Ash Wednesday services, and thank you to the men of the parish for another wonderful Shrove Tuesday pancake supper.   A shout out to Chuck Meter for shopping and organizing this year's dinner, which was very well attended.  

Please consider making a donation for our Easter flowers.  It's not too soon to start thinking about decorating our altar. The sign-up sheet and donation envelopes are at the back of the church. Please indicate if you would like to donate the flowers in memory or in honor of someone. We will print all names in our Easter bulletins.

On Saturday I will be attending the Vestry Leadership Day at Techny Towers Retreat and Conference Center in Northbrook. I am grateful that our entire vestry will be in attendance. This event is sponsored by the Evanston Deanery and is a great way to connect with vestry members and leadership teams from other parishes around the diocese, and to learn from one another.

See you all on Sunday,
Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series Returns
Every Thursday, March 5 - April 2 (6:30-8:15 pm)

Next week we begin our annual Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series. On Thursdays during Lent we will meet for a light meal and study of the book/DVD, Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week.

In this study, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story.   She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.

We will begin the evening with a simple supper, followed by a short DVD presentation, which will introduce our study for the evening.  We will follow up with a group discussion.

If you wish to participate, books (both hard copy and Kindle formats) are available on  Amazon

If you wish, please sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread to one or more of our evenings .   Invite a friend! All sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Great Hall. Questions? Speak with Rev. Fran.  
Lenten Reflection Booklets

Copies of The Living Compass's Lenten booklet, Living Well Through Lent 2020, 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 through the Living Compass website:
*   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
Easter Flowers

The Easter Flower Chart is now posted in the Narthex. If  you would like to help underwrite the flowers used for the Altar of Repose on Maundy Thursday and the lilies for Easter Sunday, please sign your name, and the intention of your gift (in thanksgiving, honor, or memory of someone). The requested donation is $20, and checks may be made payable to St. Mary's (note "Easter Flowers" on the memo line).   You may also send a check to the parish office with the donation information.

Former Parishioner News

Harry Dillon is settling in nicely in his new home in Minnesota.   His new address is:
Norris Square - Room 211
6993 80th St. South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016-5035
Ann McCraw (Betty Buenning's Mom) will be celebrating her 100th birthday next Thursday, March 5!! There will be a birthday celebration in her honor on Saturday, March 7, at the facility where she resides. No gifts please, but cards are appreciated.   Ann's address is:
Sacred Heart Home
5805 Queen's Chapel Rd.
Hyattsville, MD 20782-3898
Another Free Musical Opportunity for Seniors

Crystal Lake Central High School is hosting a FREE Senior Citizens performance of their Spring musical - Fiddler on the Roof .   The free performance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, from 1:30 - 4:45 p.m. This event also includes a dessert reception immediately following the performance. This event is completely free, but please call to let the school know how many will be attending . The number is 815-459-2505 .

Performances for the general public run March 12-15.  Tickets are $10, and can be purchased online here.

Local Episcopal Lenten Events

In addition to our own Lenten Study series that we are having at St. Mary's, our sister churches in McHenry County - St. Ann's Woodstock and St. Paul's McHenry - are also holding events in Lent.

Lenten Labyrinth Walks
Lent is a time of reflection and soul searching. The labyrinth is a perfect prayer experience to help accomplish this.   A labyrinth is a circle with a single path to and from the center. It has been used as a walking meditation to assist us in finding inner peace, managing stress, and healing us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The labyrinth invites us to quiet the mind, calm the body, and stir the spirit on a journey of presence and deep transformation.
St. Paul's invites you to experience a journey through their indoor Labyrinth  every Wednesday during Lent, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

March 4  ~   March 11  ~   March 18   ~   March 25   ~   April 1

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
3706 W. St. Paul Ave, McHenry IL 60050

                           A Taizé Service for Lent  
St. Ann's invites you to an evening of Taiz é music and prayer, led by the St. Ann's choir:   Sunday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m.

"I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness."                                                                  John 12:46

St. Ann's Episcopal Church
503 W. Jackson St.,  Woodstock IL 60098
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |