This Sunday we will continue our fifty day celebration of the Easter Season. You are invited to join us for worship in person at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and at 9:00 a.m. on Zoom for Morning Prayer and a virtual coffee hour. Please join me in welcoming Gloria Peetz, who will be our pianist at the 10:30 a.m. service. I invite you to read her bio below.
Michael Curry, our Presiding Bishop, had a very inspiring Easter message for the entire church and I invite you to listen to it here.
Thank you to Gail Head who played the piano and organ on Easter, and to all who donated money for the altar flowers. We had a lovely Easter and we saw many friends and members of St. Mary’s who are starting to return as they receive vaccines. I am grateful to everyone who has been here and so involved with the church during this pandemic. I especially want to thank Cate Williams our treasurer, Mike Choquette our deacon, and Amy Noe our administrator, for their presence and continued support and all they have done for the parish over this past year.
See you all on Sunday on Zoom or in person,
Rev. Fran +
Sunday, April 11 Service Schedule
8:00 a.m. in-person Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Zoom Morning Prayer. To participate by phone only: 312-626-6799; phone meeting ID: 826 0737 1151. Click hereto view the service on your computer.
10:30 a.m. in-person Eucharist
Guest Pianist on Sunday
This Sunday, at the 10:30 a.m. service, we welcome Gloria Peetz as our guest musician. Gloria has been playing piano and organ in church since she was in her twenties, both in California and here in Illinois. She also has played piano for many musicals at the Woodstock Opera House. Gloria is retired from a career in the mortgage and title industry and now spends her time spoiling her 7-year-old granddaughter. She is thankful to be able to play for the people of St. Mary's Episcopal Church and join you in worshipping our Lord and Savior.
2021 Flower Chart
The 2021 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. There are donation envelopes under the chart, and the donations may be placed in the offering plate, or brought to the parish office. Thank you!!
Confirmation Class Schedule for Youth 6th Grade and Up
Rev. Fran and Dn. Mike will be holding confirmation classes at St. Mary’s for youth, 6th grade and up. If your son or daughter wishes to attend the classes please contact Rev. Fran. She will be in contact with the Bishop’s Office to determine when the Waukegan Deanery Confirmation service will be scheduled in 2021. For now, let us know if you’re interested. More details will follow.
Adult Inquirers’ Classes
The Adult Inquirers’ class prepares adults who wish to be Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church. (Those adults who have been confirmed in the Roman Catholic or ELCA Lutheran faiths, do not need to be re-confirmed, but are “received” into the Episcopal Church by the Bishop.) This class is open to any adult wishing to learn more about the Episcopal Church, even if they do NOT wish to be confirmed or received. The classes promise to be engaging, fun, and informative. Please let Fran know if you are interested or have any questions. More details regarding the schedule of classes will be posted as the information becomes available.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry Opportunity
Volunteers are needed for the next St. Mary’s date at the Food Pantry on Wednesday, April 14. Shifts times are 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 12:30 –2:30 p.m. If you’d love to help, please contact Cate Williams.
Paper Please. . . 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. Thanks!!
Bishop-elect Clark to Be Consecrated,
Seated on April 24
On April 24, Bishop-elect Paula Clark will become Bishop Paula Clark when she is ordained and consecrated the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago in a service at St. James Cathedral. Bishop Mark Hollingsworth of Ohio, the president of Province V of the Episcopal Church, will be the chief consecrator. Bishop Mariann Budde of Washington will preach. The service will also include the seating of the bishop at the cathedral.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person attendance at the service will be limited to participants and members of the bishop-elect’s family. The entire service will be streamed online at the diocese’s website, and the Diocesan YouTube channel. The prelude will begin at 10:40 am Central Time, and the service will begin at 11:00 a.m.
The Diocese has put out an invitation to participate in aVirtual Consecration Choir. Choirs, or individual singers may participate in two virtual choir projects for the Consecration.Detailed instructionsare posted on the Cathedral’s website. Submissions are due by April 12 at Noon.