The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                         October 10, 2019

In This Issue

Worship Times
Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Coffee Hour fellowship  follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation.


Clergy & Staff
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
(1/20)   Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Stacy Cook
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, October 16.  Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Contact Aimee Day if you can help.  

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 19.

We Pray For
Parishioners: John, Amalia, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Cate, Amy, Gladys, El, Carol, Lorraine, Steve, Margaret, Judy,  Bob,  John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Sarah Margaret, Rick, Sylvia, Jess, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Rev. Bill Beachy, Mark,  Joanne, Lauren,  Lynn, Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Cora,  Saul, Susan, Brian, Mark,  Tom, Tom,  Pat, Billy, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, Carole, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Sue, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Who Have Died
Monica, aunt of Sharon Duffy; George, son-in-law of Roseann & Elmer Gilbertson; Trudy, neighbor of El & Dorothy Nyberg

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays October 10-16
10.10  Ann Tlstovic
10.13  John Kemp
10.15  Jim Dingle

Anniversaries Oct. 10-16
10.10  Charles & Jane
10.11  Fran Holliday &
            Eileen Flynn
10.12  Mike & Terry 

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 Saturday, October 12 at 10:30 a.m., we will celebrate the life of our friend, parishioner, gifted choir director, organist, and pianist,
Sandy Molyneux.   Sandy has been involved in the music program at St. Mary's for approximately 25 years, first as the organist and then also taking on the role of Choir Director. The choir has been practicing and will be singing hymns and anthems that Sandy taught them over the years. I would encourage you to get here early and listen to the sung prelude music that the choir has prepared. I know it will be a wonderful tribute to Sandy. My colleague and friend, Beau Surratt, will be playing the organ and leading the choir for the funeral. Beau has over 20 years of church music experience and I am grateful for his willingness to be with us. The service is immediately followed by the inurnment of Sandy's ashes in the churchyard, and a catered lunch in the Great Hall to which everyone is invited.

This Sunday I would invite you to sign up for one of the cottage meetings, which will be happening during the months of October and early November. The signup sheets are found at the back of the church. These meetings are part of the Kick Start Capital Campaign Program. The cottage meetings are part of the discernment phase, where you have the opportunity to let us know what projects and programs you would like to see here at St. Mary's, if we had the funds. Please sign up and engage in the conversation.
Schedule Next Week

The parish offices will be closed on Monday, October 14.   
In addition, Rev. Fran will be out of the office Monday-Wednesday, October 14-16.   

All Saints' Sunday - November 3

This year in preparation for our All Saints' Sunday Celebration on Nov. 3rd , 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.  Make 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 at:   If you submitted photos in prior years,  there is no need to resubmit them  we will use them again, unless you tell us otherwise.
October Community Meal

Please join us on  Saturday, October 19 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 to volunteer, contact Tracy Higgins.     
October's Menu: 
Lasagna, Salad, Rolls, Dessert

Bishop Search Survey

The Search & Nomination Committee has launched an online survey to collect data about what qualities and characteristics the people of the diocese seek in the next bishop. Candidates will be announced next April, and the special election will take place in June 2020. Once the data collection is complete, the committee will use what it has collected to prepare the diocesan profile, a detailed description of the Diocese of Chicago that will help those who may be discerning a call to be bishop learn more about the diocese and its people.

The survey will take about ten minutes to complete and asks questions about the diocese and characteristics to seek in the next bishop. The survey is anonymous, and demographic questions are optional.   The link to the survey, as well as updated search information can be found here    Please take the survey  by this Sunday, October 13.
St. Ann's Lobster Fest

St. Ann's Episcopal Church, our sister congregation in Woodstock, is planning its 35th Annual Lobster Fest , to be held on Saturday, October 19th , from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Once again they are going to offer fresh, whole, New England lobsters (flown in fresh to Chicago that morning!), either live or cooked (average size of 1 1/3 pounds), for only $22.00 each ! There is also a quantity discount of 10 for $200.00.

Also available to order are Allen Brothers USDA Prime steaks (fresh, not frozen): $18 for a 6 oz. filet mignon, or $16 for an 8 oz. rib eye.

For more information, and to order online please visit the Lobster Fest website. You may also order by phone at 815-338-0950. All orders must be received by Tuesday, October 15 . And, most importantly, 100% of the proceeds benefit a local service organization, TLS Veterans (Transforming Lives Through Service to Veterans). Start planning your lobster party now!
Crystal Lake Food Pantry News

Volunteers: The next food pantry volunteer opportunity is  Wednesday, October 16.   Contact  Aimee Day if you can help.    Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

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!!

Upcoming Concert Opportunities: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Voices in Harmony : This local community choir will be performing at 4:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church ; 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake. Tickets for the One Voice: For Peace concert are available online here, or by calling 815-356-7464. Prices are $20 adult / $15 senior.   More information can be found on the bulletin board in the office hallway.

Historic Organ Concert: Holy Communion Episcopal Church in Lake Geneva, will be presenting an award concert at 5:00 p.m. , followed by a reception.   Tickets are $15/concert, or $35/concert and dinner. Ticket order forms and complete concert information are available on the bulletin board in the office hallway.
St. Mary's "official" team photo from the recent
 CROP Walk. Thanks to all the volunteers who walked,
and also staffed our rest stop. And thank you to all who made donations. We raised nearly $1800!! 
Great job, St. Mary's!!

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