Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation.
Clergy & Staff
, Parish Administrator
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/22) Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
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,
John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
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,
Saul, Susan, Brian, Mark,
Pat, Billy, Gary, Kevin,
Kelly, Carole, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Sue, Maggie, Nicci,
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
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 &
10.12 Mike & Terry
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,
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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
! 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
The next food pantry volunteer opportunity is
Wednesday, October 16
if you can help.
Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
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
, 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!!