You are invited to join us for worship this Sunday at our 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in-person services. We will once again have an outdoor coffee hour, weather permitting. Our coffee hours in the courtyard have been well attended and it is our hope that we can do them well into the Fall. We are also continuing our Sunday Morning Prayer Service on Zoom at 9:00 a.m., followed by our virtual coffee hour. Our next live-streamed Eucharist service is Sunday August30th, as we are live-streaming our 10:30 a.m. services twice a month. Thank you to everyone who has assisted with all of these services both in person and virtually. Please remember that Mike Choquette and I have been bringing people home communion and if you wish to start receiving communion you may contact me. I am also visiting people in hospice, hospitals, and having outdoor visits on porches, at nursing homes, and assisted living facilities, so please do not hesitate to call if you need or wish a visit.
I would like to extend my thanks to our Deacon Candidate, Mike Choquette, for organizing our “Conversations that Matter” session on Immigration 101 with Claudia Marchan, the Executive Director of Northern Illinois Justice for ourNeighbors. We learned a great deal about immigration and the difficulties people face in trying to find a path to citizenship, as well as some of the issues immigrants face in our own state and county. Thank you Claudia and Mike for an informative conversation.
On Friday August 21, Rev. Fran will officiate at the graveside service for former Parishioner Patricia Griffin, at Crystal Lake Memorial Cemetery. We have made her obituary available for those of you who knew her and her family.
The funeral for Harry Dillon will be held on Saturday August 29that 11:00 a.m., with an inurnment for both Harry and his wife Marion in the St. Mary’s Churchyard following the church service. This service is for Harry’s family only because of the precautions we musttake during this pandemic. However, Harry’s grandson Neal is videotaping this service, including the churchyard burial, and it will be available later in the afternoon on August 29th. We will provide you with a link for the service next week as well as a copy of the service bulletin. Once it's uploaded, you will be able to watch this recording at any time that is convenient for you.
As most of you know, our long time Parishioner Gladys Dockery, passed away on Saturday August 8 at the home of her niece Ruth, while she was on hospice care. A service to celebrate her life will take place next year when her family can travel and attend services. Gladys will be interred in the St. Mary’s churchyard next to her husband, Thomas Dockery. Gladys was such a wonderful person and she will be dearly missed. Her obituary can be viewed here.
We ask your prayers for all of these individuals and their families.
CROP Walk Fundraiser
The annual CROP Walk will be held on September 27 (safely, in small groups), and there is a fundraiser coming up in a few weeks. Even if you can’t join the walk, you can be part of this important ministry. On Wednesday, August 26, Lou Malnati’s is donating 20% of their sales to the McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk. This includes dine-in, carry-out, or delivery options, from both the Cary and Lakewood locations. On August 26, let Lou do the cooking, and enjoy a great meal while helping a good cause – it’s a win-win for everyone! Please click here to download a flyer with all the details. The flyers may also be picked up in the back of church.
Interested in Being a Lector?
Beginning in September, we would like to start scheduling lectors to read the lessons at the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services. During this trying time, we’re aware that many people may prefer online worship only, which is perfectly understandable. However, if you will be attending in person, and would like to join our current group of lectors, please contact Amy in the Parish Office. Thank you!!
If you are participating by phone, you can access the same service document that Zoom participants can see. Click here to view the service on your computer. (The Zoom link, phone number, and ID will remain the same every Sunday.)
10:30 a.m. In-Person Eucharist
In-Person Worship Guidelines
Maximum of 40 person in the pews.
Stay home if you feel sick.
Masks are required.
Sanitize and wash hands (sanitizer is available throughout the building).
Keep a distance of 6 ft from people you are not quarantined with at this time.
No singing is allowed in the church.
No Coffee hour at this time; you may visit outside wearing masks, and keeping properly distanced.
Communion will be available in a pre-sealed cup with bread / wine, or gluten free bread / juice.
One person in the bathrooms at a time in order to be distanced.
Rev. Fran will be on the altar with one LEM. We will not be using lectors, ushers, acolytes, or the altar guild at this time.
Disinfectant is being used to clean the church and bathrooms.
Prayer Shawls Needed – Large or (very) Small
The chaplain at Stroger Hospital, Deacon Rose Cicero, is requesting prayer shawls for the patients and staff at the hospital where she serves. Prayer shawls need to be a minimum of 20"x 60", but she also has use for tiny squares, or circles, 3" to 5" square, suitable for a pocket or on a desk. If any of you have the knitting, crocheting, or even quilting skills and want to be part of the project, please contact Margaret Wood. Thank you!!
Chair Yoga Time Change
The weekly Chair Yoga group has resumed meeting in-person, weather permitting. Participants will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. on the grass by the circle driveway (south side of the property). If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Carroll.
Online Resources Available for Worship / Devotions
Parishioners: Elmer; Gail, Galen & Betsy, Heather, El, Dorothy, Matthew, Emmett, Kristi, Elizabeth, Cindy, Glenice, Shirley, and Margaret
Family/Friends: Douglas, brother-in-law of Heather Horeled; Cheryl, daughter of Sharon Duffy, and her family; Rob, brother of Amy Noe, his wife Missy, and daughter Cassie; Brenda, friend of Daphne Starr; Tom, brother-in-law of Missy Spengel; Mark, friend of Peter Carroll; Andi, Chris, Sue, Angela, Bill; Ryan, Maria, Greg, Wayne, Scott, Rev. Bill, Sue, Sarah, Dave, Brynn, Neil and Des, Sarah Margaret, Rick, Sylvia, Jess, Betty and Del, Peggy, Denise and Gabriel, Lauren, Lynn, Rachel, Kay, Cora, Saul, Brian, Billy, Gary, Kelly, Sue, Nicci, Sarah
Those Who Have Died
Patricia Griffin, former parishioner; Gladys Dockery; John Wharton
Those Who Mourn
The Griffin family; Ruth and the family of Gladys Dockery; Kathleen and the Wharton family