The Magnificat   Weekly

St. Mary's  Episcopal Church,  Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                January 25, 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 meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.


Clergy & Staff
Rev. Barbara Bishop, Deacon
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Marge Smith, Warden (1/19)
Cate Williams, Warden (1/18)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
 (1/18)  Michael Choquette, Mark Cornelissen, Dan McLauglin
(1/19)  John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20)  Tracy Higgins, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, February 7. 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.  Contact 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 service will be  held Tuesday, February 27.

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, February 17.

We Pray For
Parishioners :  John, Dn. Barb, Judy, Kristi, Dorothy, Susan,Pat, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, the Wayne family, Matthew, John, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends Will, Tom, Tom, Tim, Pat, Billy, Kay, Gary, Cheri, Kevin,  Kelly, David, Johnny, Susie, Nanci, Carole, Donna, Sue, Mary, Diana, Kelly Marie, Lori, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Katie, Darcy, Irene, Julie, Betty, Barb, Raven, Sue, Susan, Nancy, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah, Judie
Those Who Have Died
Martha Fairbrother

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Jeremy, Ryan, Terry, Dan, Corey

Birthdays January 25-31
1.25  Carol Dlesk
1.27  Bill Scruggs
1.31  Butch Hess
If you would like your  name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the Parish Office.

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From the Rector

Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Mary's,

Last weekend we celebrated the one year anniversary of our "Let's Eat Together" meal program.   This free meal program offered on the third Saturday of every month from 5:00-7:00 p.m., has helped St. Mary's begin to reach out into the community and to make a difference in the lives of people beyond our walls.  Our one year anniversary is something to be celebrated.   We have new people from the community attending every month and we have a number of older seniors on fixed incomes who attend on a regular basis.   They have communicated to us that they look forward to this dinner because it is a great meal that they would not be able to afford, and they have felt very welcome here.  In addition, many of you have gathered for dinner and have invited friends and neighbors.  We have had people from the Crystal Lake Chamber as well as other business people in the community support and attend our program.   Our volunteer base has grown and we have a number of the high school students who enjoy coming to our meal program to complete their service hours.  We also have a base of volunteers from the community, people who feel this is a place where they can make a difference in the lives of others.     I want to thank all of you for your presence, participation, volunteer work and monetary donations.  This program has become the face of St. Mary's out in the community.   On Saturday members of the vestry will be staffing a table at the "People in Need Fair" at McHenry County College in order to help get the word out further about our meal program.

This Sunday as we gather for annual meeting following our 9:00 a.m. Eucharist, we will celebrate the anniversary of our meal program and the other ministries that we are engaged in here at the parish.  We will be electing our new vestry members, and approving our 2018 budget, as well as taking care of other parish business.  Please plan on joining us and bring a dish to share for our parish wide brunch.  If you are a newcomer this is great way to find out more about the parish. 

See You on Sunday
Sunday, January 28,
Annual Parish Meeting 
and Brunch

DON'T FORGET!!!  This Sunday there  will be ONE SERVICE ONLY , beginning at 9:00 a.m. , and followed by brunch and the annual meeting.  We will be celebrating the ministry that we have been engaged in as a parish, approving our 2018 budget, and electing new Vestry members.   See you there!!
Youth Concert Opportunity

On Sunday, January 28 , over 150 children and youth from various faith traditions will gather at the Raue Center for the Arts  (26 N. Williams St. in Crystal Lake) , for a day of interfaith music and dance.  The day will  culminate in a public concert, "The Sounds of Faith", beginning at 4:00 p.m. , which will include song, dance, recitation, and chant from Islamic, Jewish, Christian, and Hindu traditions. 

Co-sponsors for this event are Faithbridge, a local interfaith consortium in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, and the Harran Productions Foundation.    Tickets are $15 and may be purchase onlined through the FaithBridge website.
Flag Display

Every year, on the Sunday before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, our y outh  plan the 10:00 am service, which is designed a r ound a particular theme of their choosing.  In 2018 the theme was gun violence, and the focus was praying for peace.   With  the help of Rev. Fran and youth leader, Mike Choquette, several youth and their families created 928 flags, which bear the names / ages of all those people who were victims of gun violence in the state of Illinois in 2017.  The display is sobering, both in number, and in the ages of the victims.   We thank our youth for calling our attention to this epidemic, and for creating such a wonderful service, where the focus was peace, and love.

The flags will remain on display through February 11, the Last Sunday after Epiphany.   Please take the time to take a good look at the display the next time you're in church.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: February 13

The Pancake Supper, traditionally put on by the men of the Parish, wi ll be chaired again this year by Mike Higgins, and we thank him for volunteering to guide this annual event.  The meal will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. Cost will be very reasonable: $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for children 6-12; or $10.00 per family. C hildren 5 or under eat at no charge As usual, tickets are purchased at the door. Along with delicious pancakes, sausage and applesauce will be served, along with an assortment of beverages.

We encourage all parishioners to stop by for a great meal and wonderful fellowship!

MEN: Volunteers are needed for set-up, cooking, stirring, flipping, grilling and clean-up! If you helped out last year, Mike will be expecting to see your smiling faces again this year!  If you haven't helped previously, please come and see what fun you've been missing!!  Please call or email the parish office and let Amy know what shift you are interested in working: 4:00-6:30 pm, or 6:00-8:30 pm.  Thanks!
Ash Wednesday Schedule
February 14

6:00-8:00 a.m. at the downtown Crystal Lake Metra station

Ash Wednesday Services
12:00  Noon: said Eucharist with imposition of ashes
7:00 p.m.: Choral Eucharist with imposition of ashes.
Please note the 7:00 p.m. service is one half-hour earlier than in prior years.

Forward Day By Day

Forward Day by Day , the Episcopal devotional guide to Bible reading, for the months of February - April , is now available on a Narthex table , priced as marked.  Please pick up a copy today .   

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