Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Nursery available at 9:45
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation.
Clergy & Staff
, Parish Administrator
, Organist and Choir Director
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt
(1/22) Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
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, June 15.
We Pray For
Parishioners: El, Carol, Edwina, Harry, Lorraine, Steve, Marge, Margaret, Judy,
Carol, John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Gladys, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Darcy, Trayton, Jim and Sue, Jess, Rick, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Rick, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Trudy, Rev. Bill Beachy, Will, Mark, Joanne, Lauren,
Lynn, Brian, Rachel, Maria,
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,
Those Who Have Died
Olivia Lynn, infant daughter of Kevin and Carrie, relatives of Barb Wasilk
Those Who Mourn
Barb, Kevin, and Carrie
Those Serving in the
Birthdays June 5-12
6.6 Eileen Flynn
6.9 Harry Dillon
6.12 Meg Cordell
6.8 Chris & Tracy Derbas
6.10 Dan & Kris Davis
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 Sunday we will be celebrating the
Feast of Pentecost
, which marks the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples following the ascension of Jesus. It is a day in which we also acknowledge the Spirit of the risen Christ present and working in our own lives and in the life of the church today. The Feast of Pentecost is known as the birthday of the church, because it was the power of the Holy Spirit that drove the disciples out behind locked doors of fear, into the streets to boldly proclaim the gospel. This Sunday we will renew our baptismal vows at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services, and we will baptize Alessandra Rivera at the 10:00 a.m. service.
Please wear red
for this occasion and plan to join us for a festive coffee hour following the 10:00 a.m. service, as we celebrate the birthday of the church.
This will be the final Sunday of having the choir
sing before they begin their much needed summer break. I wish to thank them for all their hard work and all the rich and wonderful music that they have offered throughout the year. I know they have been working hard and have some very special music for Pentecost that you will not want to miss.
St. Mary's seniors
and their friends will gather for
their annual summer luncheon
Saturday June 22
, at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall. This year we will have an old fashioned picnic (inside) along with bingo games and door prizes. Please RSVP to Amy in the office so that we may have enough food on hand. All seniors and their friends are invited. More information is provided in this news letter regarding the menu.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in our
"Blue Jean Sunday"
workday. We had 31 volunteers and accomplished a great deal of work on the land. We also had a wonderful lunch. A big shout out to Co-Warden Tracy Higgins who organized the event, and to Marge Smith who prepared our lunch. And last but not least a big thank you to God for the most gorgeous day possible. Thank you all, we are grateful for your help. Everything looks wonderful!
This Thursday, June 6, marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, marking the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. On this day we pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of veterans who fought to liberate Europe, and remember those who did not return.
Parish Administrator Away
Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be out of the office Thursday, June 6 through Tuesday, June 11. Since Friday is Fran's day off, the
parish offices will be closed Friday, June 7
Thank You Adults Who Work With Our Youth
As the school year ends I would like to thank and acknowledge all of our adults who work with and support our youth. I would like to thank Amy Noe who schedules our Acolytes, and Ushers, and EL Nyberg who works with our Acolytes. In addition I would like to thank EL Nyberg and Peter Carroll for jumping in and doing Sunday school classes as they arise, and Marge Smith and Tracy Higgins for covering our nursery at various times of the year. I truly appreciate all that you do to support our youth.
Last but by no means least, I wish to thank Catherine Carroll for her tremendous ministry with the Children's Worship. This has been such a wonderful and important ministry in the life of St. Mary's over the past ten years.
Please join me in thanking Catherine this Sunday at our 10:00 a.m. service
as she completes her time with Children's Worship. I cannot think of a more important ministry then forming and supporting our young people. So many of our young people have come up through the Children's Worship program, and it has been so central to their growing up. Catherine has discerned that it is time for her to move on from this ministry and I am grateful for all that she has done for our youth. Thank you Catherine! And thank you to all who have assisted Catherine in Children's Worship over the past decade.
If anyone feels the nudge of the Holy Spirit to help continue or to create a space or program for our young people, please speak to me this summer as we will be exploring some options.
June Community Meal
Mark your calendars for our next Free Community Meal, on Saturday, June 15. Meals are served between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are always appreciated. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. This meal is free to ANYONE. If you would like volunteer, please contact Tracy Higgins.
BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Homemade Coleslaw,
Baked Beans, and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Senior Lunch in June
On Saturday June 22 at 11:30 a.m
., St. Mary's Seniors and their friends are invited to an Old Fashioned Picnic (indoors of course), to kick off the first weekend of Summer. Lunch will be served in the Great Hall followed by door prizes, and Bingo games with prizes. Gather at 11:30 a.m. for refreshments. Lunch will be served at 12:00 Noon. The menu is Deviled Eggs, Fried Chicken, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Watermelon, Pie a la mode for dessert, Summer Sangria, Lemonade and Ice Tea. Please RSVP to Amy in the church office so we have enough food on hand.
Please invite friends, neighbors, and family members to attend.
Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry
, Rector of All Saint's, Chicago, and dear friend and colleague of Rev. Fran. Bonnie was just
elected the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
. She will assume her new duties in November, and will be ordained and consecrated on February 8, 2020, in Detroit. The official announcement can be found here. There was also a nice article in the Chicago Tribune last Sunday.
St. James Cathedral in Chicago is hosting
An Evening with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
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.