The Christian Education team is very appreciative of the parents and volunteers who have spent many hours preparing and teaching our children this year. Please join us this Sunday, May 20 after the congregational meeting to show our appreciation. Our children are blessed to be led by such an amazing team.
Pentecost Offering - May 20th
The 2nd Special Offering of the PCUSA is the Pentecost Offering. A gift to this Offering helps the church encourage, develop and support it's young people. 60% of the offering will go to support ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency such as young adult volunteers, Ministries for Youth and the needs of at-risk children. A wonderful aspect of this offering is that 40% of it will remain at RCLPC and go to youth in our own church and community. The exact way this offering will be used will be decided by RCLPC's Mission Outreach Team.
Each year on Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the birth of the Church. The Holy Spirit remains with us still, connecting us with the church of the past, continuing to inspire the church of today, and pointing us to the church of the future. There are envelopes for gifts in the bulletin. Thank you for your support of this future church!
Youth Choir to Visit RCLPC
On Sunday, June 10, the youth choir from Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta will join us in worship for both the 9:00 and 11:00 services! They are directed by Emily Floyd, who was the children's choirs director at RCLPC from 2004-2008. Shallowford's Chapel Choir (grades 6-12) are touring from Atlanta to Chicago, singing a concert tour based on the theme "Tell God's Story". The choir has been touring for over 30 years, and this year's group will have put in 80 hours of preparation during the school year for this concert tour. You can hear them in concert Friday, June 8th, at 7pm at First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake.
Share Your Gifts During Worship this Summer
If you sing, play an instrument, dance, create visual art, or like drama, 2018 summer worship is perfect for your expression as a "face of our faith". Please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board next to the choir room door. If you want to participate, but aren't sure how, contact Sherri Dees. We'll work it out! You have all summer to find an available Sunday. As a congregation during worship, we'll be learning some new songs to common tunes using the newly published book, "Known Unknowns" by John L Bell.
Parent's Night Out - Camp In
Well, the weather did hold off just long enough on Saturday night for us to enjoy a nature hunt and worm walk for our parent's night out camp in event. Forest berries, twigs, logs, lake water, sleeping bags and some dirt was gobbled up by our campers before settling into our homemade tents for a movie on the big screen. Thank you to Allison Larsen and Ann Poremba for their kitchen help and to our camp counselors: Anna Larsen, Rylan and Hayden Sanders, Naomi Stange, Iona Dillon and our junior counselor, Nevan Sanders. You are all very much appreciated!!!!
Mother May I? What a night the middle school youth had this past Friday learning to cook a Mother's Day feast and making a special keepsake to give to a mother in their life.
Save the Date: June 10th is Graduate Sunday
Join all the graduates in Fellowship Hall at 10am for cake and fun.
"The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps."
On June 10 we will be celebrating our graduates and we need your help. Please take a moment to leave a memory or a wish for our graduating high schools seniors in the journals located in the Gathering Space. This will be a wonderful way for our college kids to feel connected to their church family wherever they go. Our seniors: Emma Iddings, Christopher Blakely, Teddy Price, Ben Zacher, Noah Viner, Rylan Sanders and Katie Sowa. Join us on June 10 during the 10am hour to honor all of our graduates from 8th- 12th grade with a fun celebration.
Offering of Letters
"God has filled the hungry with good things." Luke 1:53
During May 1st's Offering of Letters, 28 letters were written to congressional Representatives, and 29 to our Senators, for a total of 57 letters. Thank you to all who used their pens to write as people of faith, asking our legislators to support funding for key programs that will reduce hunger and poverty. Bill Eich, president of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, brought us a challenging Moment for Mission that presented local and nationwide hunger needs.
If you missed the opportunity to write, Information and a model letter are available in Fellowship Hall for your use at home. We pray that our letters, along with thousands of others, will help to bring about changes that will end hunger in our lifetimes. ~ CPJ Team
McHenry County Taize Service - Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm
First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson, Crystal Lake
Taize worship is an ecumenical, meditative service of common prayer. A simple lay-led service, it lasts about an hour and consists of songs (using the beautiful chants of the Taize community), scripture, candle lighting, a period of silence for meditation, and concludes with prayers for the world. It is meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Fourth Tuesdays, First Congregational Church, Crystal Lake. Visit www.taize.fr for more information.
Forgiven Quartet in Concert - Free Admission
Southern Gospel at its best! Everyone Welcome!
Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 6:30pm
First Presbyterian Church of Harvard, 7100 Harvard Hills Rd. Harvard, IL.
Free will offering will be taken.
Do You Like Coffee and Cookies?
The Sunday morning fellowship hour needs volunteers to make coffee and provide snacks on an occasional basis. If you can help one Sunday, please add your name to the sign-up sheet near the coffee station. Directions will be sent to you the week before your date to host. Questions? Call or e-mail Cindy Harvey. Thanks!!
Coffee, Flower Dedication Sign-up Sheets
Please take a look at the Fellowship hour coffee sign-up sheet near the coffee station in Fellowship Hall. Your chance to make lots of people very happy on Sunday mornings! Also, the flower dedication sheet is hanging in the window of the staff office. Sign up now to dedicate blooms in honor, memory or in celebration of a special person, date or ... just because! Flowers may be then taken home after the last Sunday service, or will be brought to someone on our prayer list.
Fair Trade Coffee Cart
Check out our new spring arrivals. Gourmet coffee stock has been replenished, new teas are available, and Ecuador and Dark Chocolate Orange bars, both 65% cacao, are a summertime treat. Self-serve directions on the cart. For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods Presbyterians purchase through the Interfaith Coffee Project, 15 cents per pound goes to the PCUSA's Small Farmer Fund. That fund amounted to $10,718.36 in 2017. Our purchases help small farmers worldwide to send their children to school and have an income they can count on.
Bernotas Middle School Update
Thank you, RCLPC, for all your contributions to the Bernotas Middle School. They have a new request for their Rewards Store. They are asking for small wrapped candy of any kind (Skittles, small Tootsi Rolls, Tootsi Pops, gum, etc.). They also need mechanical pencils, folders, pencil pouches, Stress Squishies, and other "prizes". Check the Mission Bulletin board in Fellowship Hall for more details. You can leave your donations in the big container marked Bernotas School under the bulletin board. Thanks again, Mission Team
Mission Outreach Ministry - Care for Children Overseas
If you were inspired by the moment for mission on January 21 or if you would simply like to contribute to the life of students overseas, there is no need to fill out a commitment form. Just write your check to RCLPC and write in the memo "Student Sponsorship" if you want your contribution to go to the scholarship for Sofi at the Colegio Americano of Apartado, Colombia. If you would like to help support the Fairhaven School for special needs students in Alexandria, Egypt, simply write in the memo "Fairhaven." You may make a one-time, monthly or quarterly contribution. Thank you.
Collection for Old Firehouse Assistance Center
In addition to our PADS lunch program, the Missions team will be collecting donations for the Old Firehouse Assistance Center in Woodstock. The OFAC provides meals, showers, and other social services to McHenry County's homeless population. A drop-off box will be located next to the stairwell in the Connecting Link. A list of most frequently needed items will be posted near the box. OFAC is also in need of volunteers. If you can help or have any questions, please call Donna Doll. Thank you for your support.
Scrip Gift Cards
Help raise funds for our PADS lunches by simply ordering Scrip cards from your favorite restaurant, grocery store, pharmacy, gas station, Movie Theater, or any store you frequent. Just by ordering, our PADS lunches receive a cash rebate from each business. It is easy to order and you will receive your cards in a few weeks. The next deadline dates for ordering are Sunday, May 20th, June 17th, and July 15th. If you have any questions you may contact Nancy Blakely or Joan Jensema. Thank you for supporting RCLPC PADS lunches.
2017 Church World Service School Kit Distribution
Last fall we collected items for Church World Service school kits. Where in the world did they go? Click on the link for the 2017 Impact Report. Thank you, once again, for your efforts to normalize life for children in the midst of natural disasters or wars. ~ Mission Team
RCLPC Living Waters for the World
Check the RCLPC Living Waters Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rclpclww/ for daily prayer requests and photos. If you "like" the page, you will receive the posts. The RCLPC blog at
https://rclpc.wordpress.com/category/rclpc-in-mission/ has daily updates on the health and hygiene education and installation work that was done in Jerez.
Check Out the Fair Trade Cart
At RCLPC we have an opportunity to purchase fair trade products from the self-serve coffee Cart and Zatoun olive oil display in Fellowship Hall. Coffee, tea, and olive oil are regularly available. A new order will be placed in October, and we are always glad to order your favorite tea, chocolate, or coffee. Send an email to Lois Johnson if you'd like us to stock something particular. Each purchase helps ensure that fair prices are paid to farmers, allowing them to send their children to school and plan for a more certain future. ~ Mission Team
Palestinian Olive Oil
We have 750 ml bottles for $20 and 500 ml bottles for $15. Try it with Za'atar (thyme herb mix). Za'atar is $5 a package. Enjoy the delicious taste and the pleasure of helping Palestinian farmers. Look for it in Fellowship Hall near the Fair Trade coffee cart.
Food Pantry Work Schedule 2018
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays:
June 6, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 21 (day before Thanksgiving), December 26
A way to share the good news about what's going on at RCLPC are Calling Cards listing church contact information and a sampling of our missions. These cards are available for the congregation. Look for them in holders around the church. Please take a few and hand them out whenever you find an opportunity. ~ Mission Team
You will find a directory of Mission Partners in the pew racks. It offers a central place to read about RCLPC's missions and their role in our common life. The directory introduces you to the many ways "we go in grace... to serve God's people in every place life leads us." A digital version of this booklet, including links to our partners' websites, can be found here on our church website - just click on the "Mission Partners" button, or you can scan the QR Code here to view at your convenience. ~ Mission Outreach Ministry
I Gave On-Line
Notice the giving cards in the pew racks? The cards describe the different ways you can give online to RCLPC. They also act as a tangible item to place in the offering plate for those who elect to give online. If you make financial gifts directly to RCLPC by check or cash, you are encouraged to continue. But if online giving is more convenient, please note that you can set up online banking, or go through the church website at www.rclpc.org, or use the QR code. Whichever you choose, please be sure to include your RCLPC contributor number with every gift.
RCLPC now offers an on-line giving opportunity.
Scan the QR Code to take you to our web page to donate on-line at your convenience.
Please use your contributor number in the note box.
Guide to Giving at RCLPC
At Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church (RCLPC), we live in a circle of generosity. Whether it's serving, leading, sharing in fellowship, or placing financial gifts in the offering plate, the evidence is all around us. Time, talents, financial resources all given freely in response to God's gift of grace. Because a new avenue is available for giving to meet financial needs, the variety of ways to give to the General Fund are listed here:
- Personal checks/cash directly to RCLPC
- Online banking (billpay) - Your bank sends a check drawn from your funds.
- Online giving through church website at www.rclpc.org - Click on "Giving to RCLPC" to be directed to the General Fund through our partnership with Presbyterian Mission Exchange.
- QR code - Readable barcode directs givers to RCLPC's General Fund through Presbyterian Mission Exchange
Using Presbyterian Mission Exchange:
- A receipt, which you need to keep for tax purposes, will be emailed to you directly by the Exchange.
When giving online, direct transfer is preferred.
If you are interested in giving online, look for a how-to handout on the ushers' tables. Contact the church office if you need more information. Whatever way you choose to give, please include your RCLPC contributor number. It serves as your account number. Let's continue the journey in RCLPC's circle of generosity. You are invited to give as you are able. Stewardship and Finance Teams
WORSHIP AIDS AVAILABLE
There are new hearing assistant devices and large print bulletins available to those who may need them. Please ask an usher for assistance.
Outside the double doors and down at the bottom of the stairs from the sanctuary, there are some beanie babies for children to take in with them to worship. There are also some clipboards with coloring pages and crayons attached. We hope that the beanie babies and clipboards will help your children be excited about coming to worship.
PRAYER CHAIN REQUESTS:
Prayer chain requests are now being done through the office. Please call the office at 815-459-1132 or email the request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify whether the request is confidential or can be shared with the congregation.
Many announcements and sign-up opportunities can be found in the Connecting Link, the hallway inside the front glass doors leading to the Fellowship Hall. It serves to connect you with resources and opportunities. Check out the Connecting Link!.
The Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church
8505 Church Street in Ridgefield
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
email@example.com ~ 815.459.1132 ~ www.rclpc.org
Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday