The Magnificat   Weekly

St. Mary's  Episcopal Church,  Crystal Lake IL
Weekly E-Newsletter                                                                February 8, 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
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Sandra Molyneux, Organist and Choir Director
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Marge Smith, Warden (1/19)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Peter Becker, Treasurer
Judy Tracy, Clerk of the Vestry
(1/19)   John Amrein, Peter Carroll, Jerry Kolarczyk
(1/20)  Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Steve Brooks, Stacy Cook, Jane Helmboldt

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, March 14. 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 :  Gary, Thelma, John, Judy, Kristi, Dorothy, Susan,Pat, Charity, Sharon, Cameron & Linda, Matthew, John, Karen, Galen & Betsy, Bob, Harry & Marion
Family/Friends Mark, Neil, Desmond,  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
Don, father of Cameron Robert; Dn. Barbara Bishop; Richard, father of Bill Collingbourne

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

Birthdays February 1-7
2.4  Sandy Plate
2.6  Carol Dingle
        Charles Shanlever
2.7  Doug Dlesk
If you would like your  name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact Amy in the Parish Office.

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News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Wednesday February 14, is Ash Wednesday , which is the beginning of the 40 day season of Lent.  Our Ash Wednesday services will be held at 12:00 Noon and at 7:00 p.m.  Both services will have a Eucharist, a homily, and the imposition of ashes.   The choir will be at the 7:00 p.m. service.   In addition to our services, Mike Choquette and I will be doing the imposition of ashes at the Crystal Lake train station through the morning rush hour from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  As we begin this holy season and prepare for Easter, I hope that you will take time out for prayer and worship.  Please join us as we enter this holy time in which we acknowledge our true dependence on God.

Next week Saturday, February 16 is our next free  monthly community dinner .  This is a great opportunity to have meal with friends new and old.  Please join us from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. 

The deacons stole and alb belonging to Barb Bishop will remain in our sanctuary near the lit paschal candle for the next two weeks as a tribute to her dedicated service here at St. Mary's.   A service to celebrate her life and ministry will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m.  The service will be followed by the interment of her ashes in the Churchyard.  The Bishop of Chicago, Jeffrey D. Lee, will preside over the funeral.   I hope that you will all be in attendance as we celebrate the life of our wonderful deacon. 

Don't forget to stop by the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 13 from 5:30 - 7:00 a.m.  The men of the parish will be preparing the meal, serving and cleaning up the kitchen leaving it absolutely spotless following the meal.

May you have a blessed rest of your week and I will see you on Sunday,
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: February 13

Time:   5:30-7:00 p.m.
Tickets:   $4/adults; $2/children 6-12; $10/family
                Children 5 and under eat free

The Pancake Supper, traditionally put on  by the men  of the Parish, is chaired again this year by Mike Higgins, and we thank him for volunteering to guide this  annual event.  We encourage all parishioners to stop by for a great meal and wonderful fellowship!  Along with delicious pancakes, sausage and applesauce will be served, along with an assortment of beverages.

MEN: It's not too late to volunteer!  If you've already signed up, thank you!! Please contact Mike Higgins or the parish office, and let us 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.

5-Week Lenten Soup Supper & Study Series

  24 Hours
That Changed the World

Every Thursday, February 22-March 22
6:30-8:15 p.m.

What a difference a day makes.   It could not be  truer than when talking about the last day of Jesus' life.  I 24 H ours That Changed the World, by Adam Hamilton, we will focus o n the  final hours of Jesus' life, from the Last Supper thr ough the Crucifixion. 

We will begin the evening with a simple supper, followed by a short DVD presentation, which will take us to the Holy Land sites where those earth-shaking events took place.  Through history, archeology, geography, and the Bible, we will have a deeper understanding of the most amazing day in history.

Adam Hamilton is an award-winning author, and senior pastor of the 22,000 member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, in Leawood KS.  The Church Report named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in America.   In 2016, Hamilton was appointed as a member of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships by President Obama.

We will use the CD and book together 
in our discussions each week.

If you wish to participate please sign up so that we will have enough books.  We are asking for a donation of $10 to help defray the cost.  (If you prefer a digital copy, the Kindle edition is available on ($7.55).

In addition, please sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread to one or more of our evenings.   Invite a friend!  Questions?  Speak with Rev. Fran.

All sign-up sheets are located on the display in the Great Hall.
February Community Meal

You're invited to join us Saturday, February 17 th  for 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.

February Menu: 
Tossed Salad with Croutons and Dressing,
Meatloaf and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, 
Vegetable and Rolls.

PADS Volunteer Opportunity
St. Mary's is once again supporting the PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) program by providing meals at the PADS Shelters during the winter months.  Our next Sunday to provide meals is February 18. We are looking for volunteers, including older youth, who would like to cook, shop, and/or serve the evening meal at Bethany Lutheran Church.   Thank you to Mary Frake who is coordinating the PADS Ministry for St. Mary's.  Please contact Mary and let her know how you can help.  Thanks for your support!
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
815-459-1009    |