Sundays, 8 & 10 am
A Nursery is available
during the 10:00 a.m. service.
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
We Pray For
Parishioners: Elizabeth, Cindy, John, Glenice, John, Amalia, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Amy, Gladys, El, Carol, Lorraine, Margaret, Judy,
John, Matthew, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Neil and Des, Genevieve, Ashley, Kyle, Shannon and family, 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,
Pat, Billy, Gary, Kevin,
Kelly, Carole, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Sue, Maggie, Nicci,
Those Who Have Died
Those Who Mourn
Lorraine Taylor and the family of Bob, including WJ, James, Janelle, Alex, Venessa, John, and Benae
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
Please mark your calendar for our
Annual Meeting on Sunday January 26th. We will hold one 9:00 a.m. service on this day, and have a potluck brunch and our meeting in the Great Hall following the service.
We are in need of many more dishes and items for our brunch so please sign up in the hall, or contact Amy in the office. The Annual Meeting is important in the life of St. Mary's. We will elect new vestry members, and delegates to the Diocesan Convention. We will also discuss and approve our operating budget for 2020, discuss the future of our music program, and the next phase of capital campaign, as well as celebrate the ministry we have carried out over this past year together. Your presence is requested and needed at this meeting. If you are new to the parish this is a good time to join us to find out more about what is happening at St. Mary's. All are Welcome!
This Sunday we will celebrate the Baptism of the Lord and Steven Szalaj will be with us as our guest pianist. I am so grateful of Steve's willingness to be with us. You may read more about Steve in this newsletter.
See you on Sunday,
2020 Offering Envelopes
If you requested to receive offering envelopes by checking "yes" on your pledge card, your assigned box is now available for pick-up on the table in the back of church. If you didn't receive a box and would like one, please contact Amy in the parish office.
2020 Flower Chart
The 2020 Flower Chart is now posted. Members are encouraged to select a Sunday closest to a significant date in one's life, i.e. the anniversary of the death of a loved one or friend, a birthday or wedding anniversary, or perhaps on the occasion of blessings received, and underwrite that Sunday's flowers. Donation amount is $30.
Guest Pianist This Sunday
This Sunday we welcome back Steve Szalaj as our guest pianist at the 10:00 a.m. service. Steve was most recently with us this past October. Steve, and his wife Monica, have called Crystal Lake their home since 1978 and they have been an active part of the area's music community since that time. Steve is currently an adjunct instructor at McHenry County College, and the Artistic Director of Voices in Harmony. Along with those things, he has been a church choir director for many years, and a music teacher. Steve and Monica have two grown sons and four granddaughters.
Sunday, January 26
Annual Parish Meeting and Brunch
The morning will begin with
single, combined Eucharist beginning at 9:00 a.m.
followed by a wonderful
pot-luck brunch, and then
the Annual Parish Meeting, beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m.
The brunch sign-up sheet is
posted in the
if you would like to prepare a dish, shop for additional items needed, or help with set-up and clean-up.
Make it a point to attend this year's meeting as we reflect on 2019, and look forward to great opportunities in 2020!
: A request for your annual reports was recently sent out. Please email them to the office by Friday, January 17 at the very latest, so the packets can be put together. Questions? Contact Amy in the office.
January Community Meal
Mark your calendars for
Saturday, January 18
5:00-7:00 p.m. for our next
In January we begin our fourth year of offering a free meal on the third Saturday of every month! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, share a night out with friends, or just stop in if you've had a busy day and don't feel like cooking. Let us do the work!! Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. Bring your family and friends! There is no
charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated.
There are post cards available on a Narthex table with all the dates for 2020. The menu is posted on our website a week or two prior to the meal. If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Tracy Higgins.