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The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Crystal Lake IL

Thursday June 9, 2022

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Service for Trinity Sunday, June 12

Summer Schedule Continues

9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

led by Dn. Mike Choquette

NOTE: Our Summer schedule of

ONE 9:00 a.m. Sunday service will continue through September 4 (Labor Day Weekend.)

Staff and Office Updates

With the Spring, comes new life and new beginnings, and nowhere is that more evident than at St. Mary’s, during this time of transition.  Long time Parish Administrator, Amy Noe, will be retiring at the end of the month, and a new administrator, Lisa Strandberg, will be taking over.  In addition to the staff change, the in-person office hours will change as well.  The position is now part-time, with the office being open half-days, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Amy and Lisa are currently working together as Lisa transitions into the position.  (As Lisa is also currently working as an administrator at the Episcopal church in McHenry, the transition should be seamless.)  Amy and Lisa also have remote access, so emails can be checked daily, and work can be done from home if necessary.  The actual office hours will vary, and we will try to keep you updated each week. 

In addition to a new Parish Administrator, we are pleased to announce that we have a new Organist/Choirmaster!  Isaac Rhea is our supply organist during the month of June, and will officially be on staff as of July 1.   He has already met with the choir, and both Isaac and the choir are very excited to work together. 

Welcome to St. Mary's, Isaac and Lisa!!!

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Meet Lisa Strandberg,

Our New Parish Administrator!

I am currently serving as Parish Administrator for St. Paul’s Episcopal as well as First United Methodist in McHenry, and I’m really looking forward to working with Amy to become a part of St. Mary’s as well. You might have seen me here in church last year as a substitute organist, which I greatly enjoy. I’m a resident of Crystal Lake, where I live with my two cats, Benny and Jim. I enjoy quilting, and I also teach piano lessons in my home.

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Meet Isaac Rhea, Our new Organist/Choirmaster!

Ever since I was young, I was obsessed with ‘making’, whether making food or making my siblings upset. Some people make money, something at which I am less fortunate, but I knew that was never my calling. Instead, I love to make music. When I first visited the Episcopal Church of St. Luke’s, Dixon, I experienced the enrapturing sound of the organ. I was hooked immediately, writing my first composition at the age of 13 and accompanying choirs at 14; Diademata being the first. The obsession to create has opened many doors in my life, such as studying with Gregory Gyllsdorff, a fellow of the AGO (American Guild of Organists), and maintaining friendships with organ designers and keyboard enthusiasts alike.

Today, I attend North Park University in Chicago, but I visit home and St. Luke’s as frequently as I can. If there were one thing I could say about the organ, it would be that it is alive and thriving. However, it is a gift which can only be shared from one generation to another.

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Office Hours

Friday, 6/10  9:00 - Noon

Monday 6/13 1:00-3:30 pm      

Wednesday 6/15 12:30-3:30 pm      

Friday 6/17 1:30-3:30 pm

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.    

A few of this week's articles include:

  • A Season of Prayer for Revival: 30 days of prayer leading up to and including the 80th General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • General Convention Update
  • March for Our Lives: June 11 - there are marches against gun violence taking place in Chicago and several suburbs, including Crystal Lake.

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 Administrators: Email 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: Stacy, Dorothy, Sharon, Ruth, Kristi, Cindy; Edward, John, and Matthew.

Family/Friends: Ethan, great-nephew of El & Dorothy Nyberg; Frances, aunt of Catherine Carroll; Dan, colleague of El Nyberg; Joey, step-mother of Heather Robert; Ted, brother-in-law of Jane Helmboldt, and his wife, Ginny; Andi, friend of Carissa Nyberg Stanich; Chris, colleague of Rick Noe; 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 June 9-15

6.9  Sally Taylor

6.12  Meg  Cordell

Anniversaries June 9-15

6.13 John & Sara Amrein