May Newsletter - St Mary Episcopal Church

The Magnificat
ST. MARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Crystal Lake, Illinois
May, 2014
Vol.39, No.5
"Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us…”
– from the Collect of the Third Sunday of Advent
A Joyful Eastertide to the St. Mary's family!
I am using this edition of Stirrings to tell you about some new and some ongoing ministry initiatives that are a part
of my ministry as your Interim Rector. You have heard me talk about lay leadership in collaboration with clergy as
the preferred model of building a stronger mission oriented community. This Stirrings is intended to reinforce that
message with information about specific plans and actions to be implemented.
First, the website is being totally transformed under the leadership of Alison Wild and the team consisting of Amy
Noe, Mike Higgins and me. The planning of a new website has evolved into a new Communications Team, chaired
by Alison, and including those just named. This group is entrusted with the work of keeping the St. Mary's
community fully informed (thus more fully involved). This group will also have the responsibility of strengthening
our current efforts to communicate to McHenry County and beyond what's going on at St. Mary's, the Diocese of
Chicago, and the Episcopal Church.
Our Stewardship Ministry Team is, as a way of keeping us aware of our ministries and opportunities, is planning to
install a large flat-screen TV monitor in the Great Hall. The TV will also provide a format for adult education as well
as youth education, family movie nights etc.; it will also be used to connect us with diocesan and Episcopal Church
news and events. Watch for it...coming soon!
The new Outreach Team, chaired by Cate Williams, is in the beginning stages of becoming a powerful expression of
the best energy of this good St. Mary's community, bringing the generosity of God's abundance to those most in
need.
Youth ministry leadership has been in communication with St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Wilmette looking for
"best practice" ideas to learn and share. Youth ministry will be meeting regularly over the summer working to
create a stronger program for the fall semester.
Pastoral Care, already strengthened by the addition of a qualified lay chaplain, Chris Moore, will be expanded to
offer a wider variety of services; this team is just now being formed; its members will be provided necessary
formation opportunities, specific training as required, and will be a great addition to our life together. This group
should be operative by this coming autumn.
A word of appreciation to John Amrein and the Transition/Search leadership team; they play a critical role in
implementing the core vision for St. Mary's future as outlined clearly in the parish Profile.
My notion of Interim Ministry is not about maintenance and survival; it’s about building community, facilitating
growth, creating opportunities for lay leadership.....change at St. Mary's, has, for the most part, been accepted
generously as I have come to expect here.
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A note about Confirmation: we will be celebrating Confirmation at St. Mary's this autumn on Sunday, September 14.
Bishop John C. Buchanan will be the confirming bishop. Confirmation 'classes' will be available to all interested in
taking this step toward leadership in the parish and in the Episcopal Church. Adults who have not been previously
confirmed are most heartily invited to be confirmed; please let me know of your interest, or if you would like to talk it
over before committing, just give me a call/e-mail.
Grace and Peace,
Jack+
Easter Celebration
The 2013-2014 Adult Formation Forum on
Anglican Spirituality concludes May 4 with the
focus on “Being Easter People”. A wonderful
Easter Celebration (“Cuatro de mayo”) will
follow the 10:00 a.m. service. There will be a
delicious taco bar lunch, accompanied by plenty of
entertainment.
If Mother Nature cooperates, the
celebration will be held outside in the
Courtyard. In case of rain (or snow!), we’ll
move to the Great Hall. Please plan to
attend this special event, as we continue to
celebrate the joy of our risen Lord!
22nd Annual
National Letter Carrier’s Food Drive
There are two ways you can help the
Crystal Lake Food Pantry make this
annual food drive a success. First,
please collect and bag non-perishable
food items, and place the bag by your
mailbox on Saturday, May 10. Your
letter carrier will collect and deliver the
bags to the food drive.
Secondly, you and your family/friends/neighbors can stop
by the Algonquin Township Building (3702 Rte 14 in CL)
in the afternoon, Saturday, May 10th. All donated food
will be transported there, and we hope for many hands
to help lighten the load of sorting and boxing the food.
If you’d like to volunteer, please stop by at 3:30 p.m.
(in the back building) to be part of the action.
Questions, call the pantry at 815-455-0961. Thanks for
your support in feeding those in need.
Memorial Day
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
Thanks to all our parishioners who continue
to step forward each month to staff the
Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Your support
is very much appreciated!
The next date St. Mary’s is scheduled to
staff the pantry is Wednesday, May 14.
Shift times are 9:30 a.m. to Noon, and
Noon to 2:30 p.m. If you are interested in helping,
please contact Heather Horeled at 815-455-3596.
Future staffing dates are Monday, June 16, and Friday,
July 18. Please mark these dates on your calendar. If
you are unable to help in May, perhaps one of these other
dates will fit your schedule.
And don’t forget, there are donation envelopes for the
Food Pantry located in the Narthex. When the pantry
makes purchases through the Northern Illinois Food
Bank, they can s-t-r-e-t-c-h your dollars much further
than purchasing groceries at a local retailer.
Many Thanks
MANY THANKS TO YOU ALL for
your prayers, thoughts,
concerns, phone calls, cards,
flowers and other gifts. And, I
was humbled by your gracious
welcome back to me on Palm
Sunday. It's no fun having a broken leg, but knowing you
are rooting for me helps a lot. While some healing has
taken place, there is still a ways to go and I will be using
a walker for quite some time. It means so very much to
have your support. I will be reappearing in the liturgy as
my healing progresses. I have missed being at the altar
and serving you.
Blessings,
Dn. Barb
The Parish Offices will be
closed on Monday, May
26 in observance of
Memorial Day.
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Annual Spring Clean-up Day
All hands on deck!! We will have our
annual Spring work day on Saturday,
May 17, from 9:00 a.m. until Noon.
After such a long, cold, harsh winter, our
buildings and grounds need a little TLC!
There will be plenty of tasks for all ages,
both inside and out.
We know
everyone’s lives are very busy, but if you can even spare
just an hour, it would be greatly appreciated. The more
hands we have, the quicker our tasks will be.
If you have any favorite gardening tools, or other tools
that you like to use, feel free to bring them along.
Afterwards, Junior Warden, Bill Wayne, promises a tasty
lunch for a job well done! Contact Bill Wayne with any
questions / suggestions.
Bee Gees
The Altar Guild does a wonderful job maintaining the
sanctuary and altar at St. Mary’s. We have some
opportunities to follow their example and be good
stewards of our buildings and grounds. We are forming a
group to work these opportunities.
Did you think the only place for fellowship at
St. Mary’s is the Great Hall on Sundays? We
have a new opportunity for you to meet and
get to know our fellow parishioners. We are
forming a new group, Bee Gees – Building
and Grounds Guild. Bee Gees will maintain and improve
our buildings and grounds while giving us
the opportunity to work together and get to
know each other better. While a small
team mows our lawn and the garden club
tends to the gardens, there are many more
opportunities to pitch in. Many hands make
light work. Bee Gees activities will not be limited to
Spring and Fall Clean Up days. We will get together
occasionally in small groups and large ones to tackle
general clean ups to big improvements.
What’s your favorite tool? Paint brush,
vacuum, mop, hammer, rake, shovel,
spade, transit? Is your inner Tim (Tool
Time) Taylor looking for an outlet? St.
Mary’s projects, inside and out, large
and small require tools from a broom
to a ditch witch. Come join us.
Do you have some Tupperware to spare?
As you know, St. Mary’s is very
generous when it comes to
potlucks, special event dinners
and yes, funeral luncheons. Many
times after those meals there is
food left, and many people want
to take home a "bite or two".
Could you check your cupboard and see if you have a
few extra plastic containers that you could donate?
Sorry they won't be able to be returned, but you will
know that someone is enjoying our hospitality. Just drop
off your donations in the kitchen and mark the bag
“plastic ware to share”. Thank you.
Attention St. Mary’s
Youth Christian Education Volunteers
On Sunday, May 18, 2014, all of our SUNDAY
SCHOOL
TEACHERS,
SUBSTITUTES,
ROOM
ASSISTANTS, SMART MINISTRY PARTICIPANTS,
CHILDREN’S WORSHIP LEADERS & ASSISTANTS,
YOUTH GROUP LEADERS, and NURSERY STAFF will be
recognized during the 10:00 a.m. Choral Community
Eucharist in honor of your ministries on behalf of our
parish children and youth. Please plan to attend
worship on this Sunday.
MAY 18, 2014 Last Day of Sunday School
Before Summer Break
On Sunday, May 18, immediately following Sunday
School dismissal and the SMART program activities at
11:30 a.m., there will be an ice cream social in the
Great Hall for our children, young adults, and their
families. We hope to see all of you on Sunday, May
18, 2014!
Please sign up in the Great Hall or contact Bill Wayne.
Heads Up: Summer Schedule
The Summer service schedule will
begin on Sunday, June 1, with ONE
combined service at 9:00 a.m. What a
terrific way to get to know the folks
that usually attend the “other service”.
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Art Gallery News
Many, many thanks to Marge Smith,
Carol and Jim Dingle for putting up
and contributing to the lovely fabric
arts exhibit. And, thanks to all of you
who brought items to share – such a
variety of works. It is a beautiful array
of different kinds of fabric arts, so if
you've not taken a closer look please
do so. Amazing what our hands can
create!
Deacon Barb
Senior Luncheon
St. Mary Seniors (SMS) please
remember to mark your calendars
for Saturday, May 31, 11:30
a.m. in the Great Hall, to meet for a
tasty lunch and great conversation.
Please contact Amy Noe at 815/4591009, (email [email protected]) to let her
know you will be attending. We look forward to seeing
you on May 31st!
Deacons’ Challenge Update
'Brother can you spare a dime?'
Yes, we did!
The Deacons'
Challenge on behalf of our Bishop
brought in $535.44 as of April 27,
to help our own Crystal Lake Food
Pantry.
Thanks to all who
contributed.
Lives are being touched by your generosity. Special
thanks, also, to Janet Stiff for coordinating this project
and to Hannah Stiff for her creative art work in preparing
the posters and collections jars.
Blessings – Dns. Barb & Diane
Forward Day by Day
The booklet, Forward Day by Day, provides daily bible
readings and meditations, which many parishioners find
very helpful. The next quarter’s edition, for the months
of May/June/July, is now available on a Narthex table,
priced at a very reasonable 85 cents. If you haven’t
previously used this daily devotional guide, please pick
up a copy and try it.
The Picnic
A Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the
town's annual 4th of July picnic. Old friends, they
began their usual banter.
"This baked ham is really delicious," the priest
teased the rabbi. "You really ought to try it. I know
it's against your religion, but I can't understand
why such a wonderful food should be forbidden! You
don't know what you're missing. You just haven't
lived until you've tried Mrs. Hall's prized Virginia
Baked Ham. Tell me, Rabbi, when are you going to
break down and try it?"
Stained Glass Window of the Month:
THE HOLY SPIRIT WINDOW
St. Mary’s is blessed to have several, very beautiful
stained glass windows in our church. They were designed
by Robert Bak of Michaudel Studios, Chicago, in 1958.
Each month, we will feature one of the windows, and we
thank parishioner, John Munson, who photographed
them.
The Holy Spirit window is located above the main
entrance to the church, facing McHenry Ave. In many
churches and cathedrals this large, round window is also
known as the great rose, or wheel window.
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The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and
said, "At your wedding."
It’s almost here!
We’ve been working hard,
behind the scenes, to bring
you a fresh, new St. Mary’s
website, which will go “live”
this month. Watch for announcements in the
bulletin, and your email.
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FLOWERS WORD SEARCH
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In the St. Mary’s Community
PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED FOR:
PARISHIONERS: El Nyberg; Harry and Marion Dillon; Mike Retz; Abbey Kolarczyk; Ann McCraw; Fr. Marx
Jones; Sue Anderson; Dn. Barbara Bishop; Dn. Diane Koenig; Char Maday; Gladys Dockery; Don Miksch;
Karen Meter; Mary Hoelzel, Fr. Bill, and their family; Heather McDougall; Irene Enright; Sig Morvaji; and
Patricia Chard.
RELATIVES AND FRIENDS: Vic, father of Carolyn Kuykendall; Nancy, sister-in-law of Cate Williams; Bud, cousin of
Lynda Drake, and his wife, Sherry; Rosemary, friend of Daphne Starr and Thelma Chesterfield; Bobby, friend of
Daphne Starr; Lukas, great-great nephew of Deacon Barb Bishop; Tom, friend of Betsy Vargason; Carissa,
daughter of El and Dorothy Nyberg; Maggie, friend of Daphne Starr; Joanne, stepmother of Heather Horeled; Ann,
friend of Mike and Sue Retz; Amanda and Louis, friends of Noella Torgerson; Doris, friend of Daphne Starr and
Thelma Chesterfield; Jake, and his family, student of Steve Buenning; Pete, friend of Tami McLaughlin and Sue
Anderson; Mark, friend of Sandy Molyneux and Gail Head; Karen, friend of Susan McCoy; Mark, son of a good
friend of Catherine Carroll; Mother Jackie Schmidt, formerly of the Diocese of Chicago; Hank, his wife, Vickie
and their family, friends of John and Sara Amrein; Samuel, Godson of Chris Moore; Katherine, daughter of Jack
and Jo Oliver; Kaki, friend of Sue Anderson and Aimee Day; Andrew; Jack, brother of Roseann Gilbertson; Jim,
friend of Chuck Meter; Martha, friend of Dave Palmer; Mary Beth, friend of Sue Anderson and Tami McLaughlin;
Delores, and Jonetta, friends of Sue Anderson; David, great-grandson of Mary Kennedy; Maureen, friend of
Marge and Del Smith; Janel, friend of Stacy Vearil; Marc, friend of Kurt Streib; Nathan, son of Noella Torgerson,
and Nathan’s stepbrothers, Aaron and Timmy; Betty, sister of Dorothy Nyberg; Loukia, friend of Galen and Betsy
Vargason; Natalia, friend of Betty Buenning and Ann McCraw; Ed, brother of Marci Haas; Leo, friend of Betty
DelPalazzo; Ella, grandmother of Chris Russell; Virginia, mother-in-law of Missy Spengel; Marion, cousin of Sandy
Plate; Lori, daughter of Art and Char Maday; Mike, friend of Dave Palmer; Sandy, friend of Sue Anderson; Linda
and Mike, cousins of Caroline Jenkins; Maja, mother of Nan Palmer; Bryan, son of Lynda Drake; Lisa, daughter of
Art and Char Maday; Debbie, friend of Char Maday; Eleanor, mother of Glen Last; Jane, sister of Glen Last; Phil,
friend of El and Dorothy Nyberg; Max, friend of Art and Char Maday; Tom, friend of Art Maday; Bill, brother-in-law
of Pam Erickson; and Nick, young friend of Carissa (Nyberg) and Terry Stanich.
THOSE WHO MOURN – THE SYMPATHY OF THE PARISH IS EXTENDED TO:
Gladys Dockery, at the death of her sister, Harriet Wilson, on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Wonder Lake, IL
Carolyn Kuykendall, at the death of her cousin Bobby Lehn, on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Iowa.
Peter Carroll, at the death of his cousin, Grant Phelps, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Colorado.
Into paradise may the angels lead thee; and at thy coming may the martyrs receive thee, and bring thee into
the holy city Jerusalem. Amen!
THOSE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES AND THEIR FAMILIES: Terry, son-in-law of El and Dorothy Nyberg; Trent, grandson
of Jean Huismann; Scott, brother of Ron Stiff; Dan, grandson of Sue Anderson; Andy, son of David and Christine
Russell; Corey, son of Rick and Amy Noe; Nicholas and Ryan, sons of Chris Moore; Dallas and Ross, niece and
nephew of Chris Moore.
THANKSGIVING FOR CONTINUED HEALING/RECOVERY: Stephanie, niece of Carolyn Kuykendall, and her husband,
Crawford; Bob, friend of Carolyn Kuykendall; Terry, son-in-law of El and Dorothy Nyberg; Annie, in-law of El and
Dorothy Nyberg; Shirley LeGare; Christi Peete; Jim, brother of John Kuykendall; Kelly, daughter of Mike and
Sue Retz; Justine Massoud; Sarah, daughter-in-law of Peter and Catherine Carroll.
BABY CONGRATULATIONS: Mark and Noella Torgerson welcomed their first child, Ethan Michael Torgerson, on April
14, 2014. Ethan was 6” 14 oz, and 18” at birth. Mom, dad and baby are all doing fine, and settling in to life with a
newborn!
MAY BIRTHDAYS
The next issue of
The Magnificat
will cover news and
events for the month
of June, 2014.
The deadline for
submitted materials
will be Tuesday,
May 20.
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5.1
5.3
5.5
5.9
5.12
5.14
5.21
5.22
5.24
5.26
Kathleen Wharton
Mary Bednaroski
Betsy Vargason
Barbara Dick
Robert Rasner
Tate Davis
Judy Olson
Jim MacLean
Jane Shanlever
Alison Davis
Chris Moore
MAY ANNIVERSARIES
5.2
5.17
5.18
5.19
5.21
5.29
5.30
Art & Char Maday
Randall & Mary Frake
Roger & Barbara Dick
Mike & Tracy Higgins
Mike & Sue DeThorne
Matthew & Stacy Vearil
Jack & Kristine Thune
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Sun
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MAY
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5
8 am: Rite 2
10 am: Rite 2
11 am: Sunday
School
11:30 am: Easter
Celebration in the
Courtyard
10:45 am:
Chair Yoga
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10 am: Rite 2
Supply priest
11:30 am: YCEC
mtg.
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10:30 am:
Deacon Diane at
The Springs
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Bible Study
10 am: Women’s
Bible Study
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8 am: Men’s
Bible Study
10 am: Women’s
Bible Study
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the Food Pantry
7 pm: Choir
rehearsal
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10:30 am:
Deacon Diane at
The Springs
8 am: Men’s
Bible Study
9 am: SPRING
WORK DAY
10 am: Women’s
Bible Study
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8 am: Rite 2
10:45 am:
10 am: Rite 2, with Chair Yoga
recognition of all
youth volunteers
11:30 am: Ice
Cream Social, last
day of Sunday
School
11:30 am: Vestry
9 am: Staff
Noon:
Meeting
Newsletter
7 pm: Choir
deadline
rehearsal
2 pm: Book Club
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10 am: Rite 2
Memorial Day,
offices closed
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Bible Study
10 am: Women’s
Bible Study
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Meeting
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11:30 am:
Senior Luncheon
Intercession List Updates
Please let us know if any of your information in the Intercessions list has changed. Are there people who should be
moved to Thanksgiving or that need to be removed from the list? Please contact Amy in the Parish Office at
[email protected], or 815-459-1009. Thank you!
Is Your Contact Information Up-to-Date?
Please contact the Parish Office if any of your contact information has changed, including phone numbers, home
and/or email address, and newsletter preference (email vs. hard copy). In addition, if your name doesn’t appear on
our monthly birthday/anniversary listing, we don’t have that information! Please contact the office at 815-459-1009,
or [email protected]
Also, if you want to be removed from our mailing list, or want to change the way you receive the newsletter (email
vs. hard copy), please let us know that as well.
Thanks for your help!!
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St. Mary Episcopal Church
210 S. McHenry Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014-6009
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Return Service Requested
OUR PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
To proclaim Hope and reveal God by
Forming and equipping disciples of Christ,
Giving thanks, and
Reaching out to those in need through service and hospitality.
Parish Office
Hours:
Mon – Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Address: 210 S. McHenry Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014-6009
Phone: 815 459-1009
Fax: 815 459-1027
Fr. Jack: 815 459-2170 (H) 314-517-1714 (C)
Website: www.stmaryepiscopal.org
Emails: [email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Diocese: www.episcopalchicago.org
Sunday Schedule
8:00 a.m. Community Eucharist, Rite 1 *
Coffee Hour follows the service
10:00 a.m. Choral Community Eucharist, Rite 2
“Children’s Worship Time”
Nursery available; Sunday School at
11:00 a.m.; Coffee Hour follows the
service.
* On the third Sunday of the month, the 8:00 a.m. service will
have hymns, accompanied by the organ; the 10:00 a.m. service
will have guitar/keyboard accompaniment.
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MINISTRY CONNECTIONS
The Rev. Jack Fleming, Interim Rector
The Rev. Barbara E. Bishop, Deacon
The Rev. Diane L. Koenig, Deacon
Mrs. Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Ms. Sandra L. Molyneux, Organist/Choirmaster
Ms. Christine Moore, Parish Lay Chaplain
VESTRY MEMBERS (term expires)
Mr. Michael Higgins – Sr. Warden (1/16)
Mr. William Wayne – Jr. Warden (1/16)
Mr. Peter Becker – Treasurer
Mrs. Judy Tracy – Clerk of the Vestry
Mr. Peter Carroll (1/17)
Mr. Jeremy Kemp (1/15)
Mr. Jerry Kolarczyk (1/16)
Mr. James Krueger (1/17)
Mr. Dan McLaughlin (1/16)
Mrs. Nan Palmer (1/17)
Mr. Michael Retz (1/15)
Mrs. Marjorie Smith (1/15)
Mrs. Judy Tracy (1/16)
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