The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                              July 3, 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.


Clergy & Staff
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
(1/20)   Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Friday, July 5.  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.  Now on summer break, the next Taize service will be held on Tuesday, September 24.

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, July 20.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Sandy, El, Carol, Edwina, Harry, Lorraine, Steve, Marge, Margaret, Judy, Miles, Bob, Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Sylvia, Trayton, Jim and Sue, Jess, Rick, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Trudy, Rev. Bill Beachy, Will, Mark,  Joanne, Lauren,  Lynn, Brian, Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Cora,  Saul, Susan, Brian, Mark,  Neil, Desmond,  Will, Tom, Tom, Tim,  Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Susie, Carole, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Julie, Sue, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Baby Congratulations
Missy Spengel became a grandmother for the first time, with the recent arrival of Rebecca Helan Spengel , in California.   Becca was born on Saturday, June 22, and weighed 8# 11 oz.   She is the daughter of Missy's son and daughter-in-law, Brian & Jessica Spengel.
Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays July 3-10
7.4  Sam Baker
7.10  Marion Dillon

Anniversaries July 3-10
7.10  Tom & Amy Koegel

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 summer, by popular demand, we are bringing back "Lawn Chair Theologians" . Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 24 and Wednesday, August 21 , from 7:00-8:30 p.m.   Bring a lawn chair if you wish and a beverage and snack to share.   We will meet out on the lawn of the circle drive.   If it rains or is too humid or uncomfortable we will meet in the Great Hall. This is an opportunity to have conversation on any number of religious or spiritual topics. There is no pre-reading or preparation needed, just bring an open mind and a willingness to listen to others. All participants will be invited to write down some suggestions for discussion, and we will place them in a hat and pull them out randomly.   We will spend time discussing as many topics as we have time during each session. There are no right answers, and you may discuss the topics chosen or just sit and listen.   In years past we discussed many different topics, such as "Was Mary really a Virgin?"; "Should the Church offer communion to the non-baptized, why or why not?"; "If God created everything, did God create evil?"   Come with your ideas, as all of us can be a "Lawn Chair Theologian."

Many of you know that our Organist and Choir Director Sandy Molyneux is recovering from a heart attack. She is currently in rehab so please keep her in your prayers. Sandy is a tough Texan but she needs our patience as she needs time to recover. We will keep you updated on her progress.   I am thankful to our in house talent who have stepped forward to provide music at the 10:00 a.m. service: Margaret Wood, Peter Carroll, EL Nyberg, and Del Smith.  

Please Mark your calendar for our next Free Community Meal on July 20 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.   Chef Tom has planned a great menu of smoked BBQ pulled pork, smoked mac and cheese, potato salad, with a dessert of sherbet and cookies. If you wish to volunteer for this month or in the future please contact Tracy Higgins .

May you have a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday,
Holiday Office Hours

The parish offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4 and 5, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.   Whether you are staying in the area, or traveling, please have a SAFE and HAPPY 4th of July.

Crystal Lake Food Pantry News
Volunteers: The next food pantry volunteer opportunity is this  Friday, July 5 .   Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Contact  Aimee Day if you can  help.

Paper Please: Donations of paper goods are greatly needed at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. The pantry is not able to buy paper goods through the food bank , and clients are not able to use their SNAP benefits to purchase any paper goods such as toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, and napkins . Bring them to the church any time, and your Board members will get them over to the pantry. Paper goods are items that are lightweight, easy to carry and low cost that can be donated and will be appreciated by the clients . Thank you!!
July Community Meal

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 20 the date of our next free , monthly Community Meal . 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 volunteer, please contact Tracy Higgins .

Chef Tom is preparing a special treat for July. He'll have a smoker here, and will prepare Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches , and Smoked Mac & Cheese ! To round out the meal, we'll also have Potato Salad , and Sherbet / Cookies for dessert. YUM!!
Lawn Chair Theologians
Sharing Each Other's Faith Journeys  (& Snacks!)
7:00 pm: Wednesdays, July 24 August 21
          What to Bring...              
*   Questions          *   An Open Mind            *   Your Lawn Chair
*   Your Favorite Beverage        *   A Snack to Share        *   Friends

How it Works...
*   Write Your Questions or a Topic on a Slip of Paper
*   Place Your Questions in the Hat
*   A Question or Two will be Pulled Randomly from the Hat
*   Spend the Next Hour Socializing and Discussing the Topic
There are No "Right Answers"

Where We'll Be...
On the Lawn at St. Mary's by the circle drive
210 McHenry Ave.; Crystal Lake IL

If it is raining, or too hot, we will meet in the Great Hall.
Presiding Bishop in Chicago July 31
St. James Cathedral in Chicago is hosting  An Evening with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry , on Wednesday, July 31 , at 6:30 p.m.   Tickets may be purchased online for $22, and the price includes a signed copy of his book,   "The Power of Love: Sermons, Reflections, and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire".    If you are interested, please get your tickets ASAP, as they will likely sell out.   Rev. Fran and a few parishioners have already expressed an interest in attending, so perhaps a group could get together and car pool, or take the train. Contact Fran if you're interested. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Organ Concert Opportunity
Last Fall, several parishioners attended two organ concerts at Church of the Holy Communion in Lake Geneva , which benefitted the restoration of their 1883 Pipe Organ . This Spring, the organ was disassembled and underwent a complete restoration.   On Sunday, August 4 , at 6:00 p.m., the church will present a Gala Concert to celebrate the return of the organ .   If you are interested in attending this concert, there are flyers on the Narthex table with a ticket order form, as well as many other details .   There is also a poster and additional order forms on the bulletin board in the hallway.

You may also see the information, and print a ticket order form here.   Just click on the photo of the Gala Concert.  

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