The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church         Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                          October 4, 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, 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, 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, October 23, 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, October 20.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  Cameron & Linda, Kristi, Jerry, Karen, Jack, Miles, Matthew, Rick, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth,  Mary, Gladys, Susan, Galen & Betsy, Harry & Marion, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends Joanne,  
Lynn, Brian,  Rachel, Cathy, Maria, 
Kay, Pat, Virginia, Hunter, James, 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, Judie

Those Who Have Died
and Those Who Mourn
Johnny, brother of Suzanne Anderson

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

Birthdays October 4-10
10.4  Sandra Molyneux
10.5  Andrew Wild
10.7  Cameron Robert
10.9  Tracy Higgins
10.10 Ann Tlstovic

Anniversaries Oct. 4-10
10.10  Charles & Jane

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,

This Sunday our Diocesan Bishop, Jeffrey D. Lee, will be preaching and celebrating at both our 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services. Jeff will also confirm and receive seventeen members of the church at our 10:00 a.m. service. He will be eager to meet with all of you and speak with you following the services. Everyone is cordially invited to attend a festive reception in the Great Hall following the 10:00 a.m. service.   The Vestry will also have a brief gathering with Jeff after attending the reception. Jeff is a wonderful preacher and I think you will find his message very compelling.   Our Sunday open plate collection will be for the Bishop's Discretionary Fund and I ask you to be generous. If you would like to donate by check please write it out to St. Mary's and place "Bishop's Discretionary Fund" on the memo line. It is customary for each parish to collect for the fund when the bishop visits.   Newt Carpenter, the deacon from St. Mark's in Barrington Hills, will also be with us as it is customary for the Bishop to have a deacon on the altar for the liturgy.   Please join us this Sunday for a wonderful celebration.

You will find colored prayer flags on the table at the back of the church along with markers.   We invite you to give us the names of all those who have died whom you would like remembered during the month of November. The flags will be hung beginning All Saints' Sunday November 3. You may also give us pictures to hang of all of the loved ones and friends you want to be remembered.   You may scan the pictures and send them to Amy or she can scan the photos for you if you wish.

Just a reminder that our "Blue Jean Sunday" work day is coming up on Sunday October 14. We will be doing some outdoor work and weeding from about 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and then have lunch together in the Great Hall. Please wear your work clothes, and bring your work gloves and/or any yard tools that you may have. We are asking people to sign up on the sheet in the Great Hall so that we have enough food for everyone.

If you ordered a copy of Michael Curry's book, "Crazy Christian's, A Call to Follow Jesus" the books have arrived and you may get your copy from Amy in the office. You can also get the book on Kindle if you wish. On Sunday October 28 th we will have a book group discussion in  the church wing after we grab some coffee and coffee hour goodies.   All are Welcome!

Thank you to everyone who made our CROP WALK participation so successful.   We had a wonderful crew hosting the Rest/Fun Stop, as well as a group of walkers on the St. Mary's team.   Thank you to all who donated to the cause of ending hunger in our communities. St. Mary's raised a total of $1,636.58. Our goal this year was $1,600.00.   Thank you to Mike Choquette for being our team leader with the McHenry County Crop Walk.   Well done!

I will see you all on Sunday,
Fran +
"One Congregation, One Book" Discussion

On Sunday, October 28 , following our 10:00 a.m. service, we will be discussing Crazy Christians, A Call to Follow Jesus , written by our Presiding Bishop, The Rt. Rev, Michael B. Curry.   For those of you who have ordered the book, they have arrived and can be picked up in the Parish Office.   Please see Amy or Rev. Fran.

All Saints' Sunday - November 4

This year in preparation for our All Saints' Sunday Celebration on Nov. 4 th , we are once again inviting people to make  prayer flags for those who have died Colored paper prayer flags and markers will be available at the back of the church throughout the month of October.  Please make a flag for anyone and everyone whom you would like us to remember this All Saints' Sunday.  You may make as many flags as you wish.  The flags will be hanging in the church throughout the month of November.  You may write the person's name, dates, and/or a note about them. 

In addition to the prayer flags, you are also invited to bring in photos of those family members and friends to be remembered. We'll scan and print them in the office, and they will be displayed in the church, along with the flags.   Be sure to put your name on the photo so it can be returned to you.

* If you have digital copies of the photos you'd like to use, please email them to the parish office.   If you submitted photos last year, no need to resubmit them - we will use them again, unless you tell us otherwise .
St. Mary's Blue Jean Sunday

We NEED all of you to join the parish in a Fall Yard Clean-Up on Sunday, October 14 immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service. We plan to work for 2 hours 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.   Please sign up in the Great Hall so we can plan for lunch.  Thank you!!

Saturday, October 6
2:00-5:00 p.m.
Join us for our
Anniversary Celebration
The whole community 
is invited!
Crystal Lake 
Food Pantry
42 East Street
Crystal Lake
Free Food, Fun, Prizes, Tours, and Music
Concert to Benefit the
Crystal Lake Food Pantry featuring
Bourbon Country & Slim's Garage
Saturday, October 13, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

$10 Admission! 50/50 Raffle! Cash Bar!

Bring Food Donations 
to fill the Food Pantry Truck!

Park Place Banquets
406 Woodstock St.
Crystal Lake
October Community Meal

You're invited to join us next Saturday, October 20 , 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.
Fall Schedule at a Glance!
Sunday October 7 - Bishop Lee Visit
Confirmations and Receptions at the 10:00 a.m. service;
A catered festive reception will follow in the Great Hall
Sunday October 14 - Blue Jean Sunday
Help with the outdoor work following the 10:00 a.m. service;  Lunch will follow in the Great Hall at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday October 28th - Book Discussion
"Those Crazy Christians " by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry;  Join us for the discussion following the 10:00 a.m. service - there will be time to get some coffee hour snacks. We will meet in the school wing.
Sunday November 4 - All Saints' Sunday
Celebrate with us as we remember all of our loved ones, family, and friends who have died. Make prayer flags with the names of those who you would like to remember and we will hang them for the month of November. Materials for flags will be available during the month of October.
Sunday November 18 - Thanksgiving Celebration and Stewardship Sunday
Join us for one 9:00 a.m. service as the choir leads us in singing many wonderful Thanksgiving hymns. A parish potluck celebration will follow the service.   We are asking you to return your pledge card for 2019 at this service. More information will be coming.

2018 McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk

St. Mary's raised $1636.58, exceeding the goal of $1600.00!  Thank you!   And, despite the weather, we had a good group of walkers, and a wonderful crew that hosted our Rest/Fun Stop!!   Great Job!!


St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |