The Magnificat Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Crystal Lake IL

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Service for Sunday, July 31

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

The Feast of Saint Mary Dinner Church

With Celebrant Fr. Scott Zaucha 

Sunday, August 14th 


St. Mary’s Great Hall 


Please Join Us as We Share a Meal and Celebrate the Feast of Saint Mary 

Food and Beverage will be Provided 

RSVP with the Church Office by August 8th or see the signup sheet in the Narthex

E mail: 

Phone: 815-459-1009

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The Ordination and Consecration of the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago:

An Update on the Invitation Process from the Standing Committee

Anticipation and excitement is building as we get closer to celebrating the ordination and consecration of the Rev. Paula E. Clark as the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago on Saturday, September 17. The Consecration Committee has been working hard to plan an event that will be inclusive and representative of our diocese. 


Although the venue, the Grand Ballroom at the Westin Hotel in Lombard, is larger than St. James Cathedral, the originally proposed venue, it is still not large enough to seat our entire diocese. With that in mind, the Standing Committee is inviting each congregation to send up to eight individuals as representatives to the service. Please be aware that this will be a well-attended event, with up to 1,500 people in the space. COVID precautions dictate that all attendees and liturgical participants must be masked at all times. Additional precautions may include a security check upon entering the building. 

For those who are unable to attend in person, the Ordination and Consecration Service will be livestreamed. Information will be forthcoming.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the church office.

Thank you for faithful service at the Food Pantry

Outreach to the community has always been core to the work at St. Mary’s. Starting in 1982 St. Mary’s was one of the eight founding churches of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Over those years, so many of the parishioners have taken time out of their day to come and help stock, collect, and most important, distribute food to those in need in our community.

We currently have 11 people that give of their time to help at the pantry every month. And we have several more that come in as often as they can. I want to recognize those helpers but I don’t want to miss someone. So Thank you St. Mary’s for your support and a special Thank you to those that serve on a regular basis.

Cate Williams

Board Member representing St. Mary's

Crystal Lake Food Pantry

New Roof in the works!

You have no doubt heard over the years about our leaking roof in certain parts of the church. While we have been able to patch and have repairs made, this past Tuesday July 19, the Vestry voted to enter into a contract with Copley Roofing for a total roof replacement of the Great Hall and Education Wing.

This is a major step for our church and an investment in our property. Many details will need to be discussed and resolved but we are moving forward with this project. The time frame is still unknown given supply chain for materials. So, watch for additional information over the next few weeks.

As always direct any questions to your Wardens, Mike Higgins or Doug Murphy.

Forward Day by Day

The Episcopal devotional guide, Forward Day by Day, for the months of August through October, is now available on a Narthex table, priced as marked. Please pick up a copy today. 

Spiritual Care Visitor Training Opportunity 

Spiritual Care Visitor Training is geared toward individuals who want to learn the art of being a healing presence through basic skill of active listening. Bishop Anderson House offers an innovative online Spiritual Care Visitor Training program that includes topics such as the role of faith, sacrament and prayer in spiritual care; addiction; ministry to the cognitively impaired; advanced directives; cultural diversity; and serious illness, death and loss. 

The next Spiritual Care Visitor Training begins September 24, 2022.  More information can be found hereFinancial assistance is available; please contact Deacon Mike at 815-793-9187 or by email for more information.  

On the Calendar

Sunday, July 31 - Holy Eucharist with Rev. James Swarthout

Sunday, August 7 - Holy Eucharist with Rev. James Swarthout

Wednesdays, August 10 and 31 - Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunity (see below)

Friday, August 12 - Shirley LeGare visitation and funeral

Sunday, August 14 - Holy Eucharist with Rev. Judith Doran

Sunday, August 14 - Feast of St. Mary Dinner Church, 5:30 pm

Tuesday, August 16 - Vestry meeting, 7:00 in person

Sunday, August 21 - Morning Prayer/guitar service

with Deacon Mike and Peter Carroll

Sunday, August 28 - Holy Eucharist with Fr. Scott Zaucha

Crystal Lake Food Pantry Information

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 paperKleenexpaper 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!!

If you were unable to help out this month, there is another opportunity to volunteer at the Food Pantry next month, on August 10 and 31. Shifts times are 8:15 to 10:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, or 12:00 Noon –2:15 p.m. If you’d love to help, please contact Cate Williams.

Our exciting summer partnership with the Raue continues Saturday, August 6

with a performance by recording artist Derrick Procell 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.

Upcoming Office Hours

Friday, 7/29   9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Monday, 8/1  9:00 am - 1:00 pm      

Wednesday 7/27  12:30 - 4:00 pm      

Friday 8/5  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

101 More reasons to be an Episcopalian!

#11 - At our best, Episcopalians can respectfully disagree about a great many things--and still break bread together. Barbara Tensen Ross, Diocese of Oregon

#47 - In the Episcopal Church doubt is so okay that we name some parishes "St. Thomas." Louie Crew, Diocese of Newark

#64 - God loves you, and there's not a thing you can do to change that! The Rev. Tom Van Culin Diocese of Hawaii

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.   


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

Lisa Strandberg, Parish AdministratorEmail 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, 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

Those Who Have DiedFr. Bill Beachy, father of Catherine Carroll

Those Who Mourn: Peter & Catherine Carroll, and the extended family of Fr. Bill Beachy

Birthdays July 31 - August 6

7/31 Michael De Thorne

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