The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Crystal Lake IL

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Service for Sunday, July 3

Summer Schedule Continues

9:00 a.m Holy Eucharist, led by Fr. James Swarthout

NOTE: Our Summer schedule of

ONE 9:00 a.m. Sunday service will continue through

September 4 (Labor Day Weekend.)

Thank You is Just Not Enough

To my St. Mary’s family:

Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for the amazing retirement brunch that was held for me last Sunday. From the delicious food, to the very, very generous gifts, and the fellowship of parishioners – it was wonderful, and so very much appreciated.  To Tracy and Mike Higgins, who coordinated the event; to all who provided the tasty brunch fare and desserts; to all who contributed to the very unexpected gifts; and to all who attended to share in this special day – thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

I started working in the office part-time 19 years ago, as a way to earn some extra money as my first child was getting ready for college, never imagining the path I had set myself on.   Over the years it has become so much more than just a “job” in the office.  I’ve always viewed myself as the “support person” – what can I do to make things easier for all those around me – the Rector, Vestry, various committees and ministries, and parishioners.  At the same time, I have also always had total support of the parish, especially during times of transition. And parishioners have always stepped up to fill in during vacations, times of illness, and times when the workload became too much for one person (can you say Christmas? Holy Week?)   Many thanks to all those helpers – if I start to list names, I will surely forget someone. 

The bottom line: I have become so ingrained in the fabric of St. Mary’s, that it has become very clear in these past months how hard it is going to be to step away. But it will be gradual, as I will continue to work with Lisa as she transitions into the position.  And, Rick and I will be around for another year, before retiring back to Wisconsin in 2023.

Thank you again - it has been a privilege to work all these years with, and for, my family at St. Mary’s. 

Peace, love and many blessings,


Our exciting summer partnership with the Raue begins Saturday, July 9

with a performance by Bourbon Country, at 7:00 p.m.  Bring a picnic, chairs, blankets, and beverage of your choice (including alcohol for those 21+).

Get your tickets on the Raue website

Complimentary tickets are also available for all shows.

Contact Deacon Mike or the Parish Office.

Raue Center School For the Arts invites you and your family to see our July productions of Seussical Kids and Seussical Jr.! Join us at Raue Center For the Arts, located at 26 N. Williams St. for one of these fun and entertaining shows! Please RSVP to the parish office to claim your complimentary passes. Your tickets will be waiting for you at the box office on the day of your chosen show.  

Seussical Kids is a 30 minute performance from our younger kids (grades 2nd - 5th)

Friday, July 8th @ 7pm

July 9th @ 1pm & 4pm

Seussical Jr. is a 1 hour long performance from our older kids (grades 6th - 12th)

Friday, July 15th @ 7pm

July 16th @ 1pm & 4pm

(If you've stopped by the office during the week, no doubt you've seen and/or heard the enthusiastic rehearsals going on in the Great Hall and education wing. We are so happy to be able to share our space with the Raue!!)

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Office Hours

Monday, 7/4  Office Closed

Tuesday, 7/5 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm      

Wednesday 7/6 12:30 - 4:00 pm      

Friday 7/8 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bulletin Bloopers!

"The peacemaking meeting originally scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict."

"Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don't forget to bring your husbands!"

"Our youth basketball team is back in action Friday night at 8 in the Rec. hall. Come out and watch us stomp Sacred Heart of Mary."

"Don't forget next month's Prayer and Fasting conference. Registration is only $50, and that price includes all meals and snacks."

Diocesan News

The Diocesan newsletter has a wealth of information regarding news and events throughout the Diocese and Episcopal Church. Please click here to access the newsletter online. You may also subscribe so you are always informed.   


Mask Mandate Update

Per the Diocese of Chicago, masks will no longer be required in the building, although they are recommended, especially for the vulnerable or unvaccinated. We ask that you please be respectful of any individual who chooses to continue to wear a mask.


The Rev. Mike Choquette, Deacon: Email Dn. Mike

Amy Noe / Lisa Strandberg, Parish AdministratorsEmail the Parish Office

Parish Vestry (term expires)

Co-Wardens Mike Higgins (1/23) and Doug Murphy (1/24)

Treasurer, Cate Williams

Dorothy Nyberg, Andrew Wild (1/23)

Stacy Cook, Bill Wayne (1/24)

Peter Carroll, Gail Head (1/25)

Prayer Requests

Parishioners: Karen, Stacy, Sharon, Ruth, Kristi, Cindy; Edward, John, and Matthew.

Family/Friends: John, Fr. Bill Beachy, father of Catherine Carroll; Ethan, great-nephew of El & Dorothy Nyberg; Dan; Joey; Ted and Ginny; Andi; Chris; Brent; Eric; Laura; Dawn; Betty; Jean; John; Pamela; Mark, Douglas, Greg, Wayne, Scott, Sue, Sarah, Dave, Neil and Des, Brian, Sarah.

Those Serving in the Armed Forces

Jeremy, son of John & Carolyn Kuykendall

Birthdays July 3 - July 9

7/4 Samuel Baker