RCLPC in Ministry This Week
Sunday, September 17 - Saturday, September 23


10:00Christian Education & Fellowship

10:00Deacons' Meet n' Greet


12:00Jubilation Youth

12:00New Confirmation Class Info Mtg
Monday10:00Staff Meeting


Tuesday10:00Book Discussion Group
Food Pantry Work Day

6:00Band Practice

7:15Adult Choir Rehearsal
Thursday6:00Action for a Better Tomorrow
Friday7:00MS Lock-In
Saturday9:00amMS Lock-In ends

9:00Session/Deacons Retreat

Slides for Announcements

News Now
Statement on Charlottesville
from the
Office of Public Witness

Presbyterian Disaster Relief
for Hurricane Harvey Appeal: How Can You Help?

Call to Prayer after Hurricane Harvey

Please remember these people in your prayers

for healing and recovery from Hurricane Harvey
For all the members' families and friends who are residents of Houston and surrounding areas

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
John Dillon's daughter-in-law, Sheila Dillon; Ngirine Parish, our partner parish in Kenya; Bruce Randall's mother; Leanna and Ron Miller's son-in-law, John; Bruce Randall; David Theobald's father, Tom; David Theobald's brother, Tom Jr.; David and Cindy Theobald's friend, Sandy Ferrer; Micky Woodruff; Dave Steele's cousin, Rick and his wife Chris; Karl Dencker; Cheryl Brinks; Marge Stewart's son, Thomas; Cindy Borre's son, John; Ann Poremba's friend, Barb; Ken Miller; Cindy Borre's friend, Joan Larkin; John and Dorothy Fankhauser; Olivia Harrison's granddaughter, Abby; Glenn Bereiter; Carol Hoefer's mother, Edith; Jim Iddings

for families dealing with difficult life choices:
immigrant detainees and their families

for our troops:
all of our troops and their families

for our friends around the world:
El Saray Church; Fairhaven School; Rev. Hani Jack and family; Christians and Muslims in community together; Ngirine Parish, our partner parish in Kenya; Living Waters partners in Guatemala

PC(USA) News and Announcements
To keep up with the latest news and announcements of the PC(USA), please check out the PCUSA News link from our church website: click on "Other Links of Interest" from our homepage, then "PCUSA News" link or go directly to http://www.pcusa.org/news/. To read the letter from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II in response to the president's decision to end DACA program, please read full story here.

In and Around Our Community...

Come Meet Your Neighbor: "A Gathering to Support, Honor, and Respect All People"
September 24 - 4:00 PM
Potluck, Drumming, and Building Community
Bring a Vegetarian Dish to Pass
McHenry County College, Conference Center, Building B, 8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake, Il 60012

McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk - Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
Crystal Lake Food Pantry, 42 East Street, Crystal Lake

The sponsor of our Walk, Church World Service (CWS) has assured us that they are there for the victims of Harvey and Irma. Your donation to our Walk will help CWS respond by:

  • Providing blankets and Hygiene Kits to shelters.
  • Providing Emergency Cleanup Buckets and School Kits to families in need.
  • Coordinating assessments and emergency response needs with FEMA, the Red Cross and other national and state emergency response groups.
  • Providing training in disaster preparedness and long term recovery to state VOAD groups. (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).
  • Providing long-term recovery efforts that aid beyond the immediate crisis.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events which continue to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Won't you go on the Web now and make your donation: www.crophungerwalk.org/mchenry county

Challenge to Fill 35 School Bags Has Been Met
A big thank you to everyone who donated supplies to the Blackhawk Presbytery challenge to fill 35 school bags. We have all the supplies collected, now the next step is to fill the bags on October 8 at 10 o'clock. Please join us for fellowship and refreshments as we put the kits together.

School Supplies Still Needed for Bernotas Middle School
We have also been collecting supplies for Bernotas, our local middle school. There are still several opportunities to fill that need. Please consider taking a post-it note (or 2) from the poster and buy a few supplies for those less fortunate students. Thank you again for all your generosity! ~The Mission Team

Everybody has a motivation to stay healthy. What's yours?
We at Life Line Screening understand that sometimes we put others in front of our own needs. But we also know that having a healthy body enables us to enjoy more life experiences that are important to us. Our screenings allow for patients to be proactive about their health. The preventative health screenings we conduct go beyond regular checkups to provide you and your doctor with valuable information about your health. You'll be able to get information you need to take action to prevent chronic disease before it's too late.
    Location: Christian Fellowship of Crystal Lake, 3419 Walkup Rd.
  Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  Pre-registration is required. Call 888-653-6450
(For additional information, please consult the flyer on the bulletin board.)

Calling All 3rd Graders!
This Sunday is Bible Sunday. That's right; you will receive your very own Bible during either service. We hope you will join us for this special day!

Welcome to The God Squad!
Hello and welcome to The God Squad (aka: The Squad). The Christian Education Team has been busy planning an exciting new education hour that is going to be full of great lessons, activities and spiritual growth. The teachers look forward to being with your child as they learn together about our faith and God's word. Regular Sunday school starts on September 17th and will meet weekly from 10:00 to 10:50. Also, on September 17th the 3rd graders will be presented with their bibles during worship. Classes will be divided as follows: PD; Preschool through 5th grade; FBI: middle school and our high school students will be part of the CIA. Details will be presented on the 10th.

We will continue to use the Spill the Beans new curriculum for our Sunday school this year. This curriculum follows the narrative lectionary which is the guide for our weekly worship time (Pastor John and the worship team uses Spill the Beans too). It is our hope by learning the story in worship together and then building on that lesson in our classroom, parents will be able to continue the conversation at home. Check it out: http://spillbeans.org.uk/.

A new change this year is the involvement needed from our parents. Parents will be required to sign up to assist in various capacities. Areas needed: TEACHING, weekly newsletter (done from home with content provided), and music leadership during Gathering Time. We will also solicit the help of volunteers throughout the year for special events. This request will be in addition to the above needs.

Deacons' Meet and Greet on September 17 in Fellowship Hall
Come to Fellowship Hall between services on September 17, from 10 to 10:45, to meet and greet your Deacon and other members in your Deacon Family Group. Cake and coffee will be served. The ministry of Deacons as set forth in Scriptures is one of compassion, witness, and service. With this calling in mind, our church has organized the Deacons for congregational service in welcoming, caring, and fellowship. We look forward to meeting you for a time of fellowship and sharing in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, September 17. ~ RCLPC Deacons

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.

Interested in joining the Living Waters team?
The next trip to Guatemala will be December 1-9. If you are interested in helping with the education portion of the implementation, please contact Cindy Theobald or Lois Johnson. Join us for a life-changing experience as we work together with our partners to bring pure water to the people of La Felicidad.

Giving to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. - Song of Solomon 8:7

Hurricane Harvey may have been downgraded, but the torrential rains are still pounding parts of Texas and Louisiana. Historic flooding has forced rivers and streams from their banks and submerged homes, churches, businesses and roads, stranding thousands of people. We are relying on the generosity of Presbyterians to provide financial and hands-on support to help the whole church stand with these communities and the Presbyterian family as it responds to its neighbors. The needs for the response are great. God's people are once again called on to stand in the "GAP" - Give. Act. Pray.

GIVE: Please give generously to support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's emergency response and long-term recovery work in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey.

ACT: Put together Gift of the Heart kits for survivors in the affected areas - hygiene kits and cleanup buckets are especially needed. For more information, go to pda.pcusa.org/page/kits/. Contact the PDA Call Center to be notified of volunteer opportunities. Call (866) 732-6121 or email pda.callcenter@pcusa.org.

PRAY: God, our Shelter, be a strong presence in the lives of neighbors who, having survived the winds and rains of Harvey, now face grief, uncertainty and weary days. May our generosity in prayer and in tangible signs of support overflow more than floodwaters, to sustain your work of healing and rebuilding and to bring comfort and strength to those who suffer. Amen.

Keep up to date on long-term recovery efforts at presbyterianmission.org/pda or facebook.com/PDACARES

__ $500 __ $125 __ $50 __ $25 __ Other $ ______

US Hurricane Response - Harvey - DR000169 __________________________________________

Name ______________________ Address_______________________________________

City __________________ State ______ Zip ______ Congregation/PIN___________________

Please make out check to "RCLPC" marked DR000169-Harvey in memo line; or enclose it in an envelope with your check and mail it to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

Scrip Card Orders...
If you would like to order Scrip cards and help raise funds for our PADS lunches, our next order deadlines are... Sunday, Sept. 17th, Sunday, Oct. 15th. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Blakely. Thank you for supporting PADS lunches!

Mission Committee Project - Sunday, October 8
The Mission Committee is requesting volunteers to have a congregational assembly line to assemble school supply bags for Church World Service at 10:00AM on October 8th. A reminder will be sent as we near the date.

Call to Prayer after Hurricane Harvey
God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in storm and distress, we welcome the restoring power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude, and hope: that those who have been spared nature's fury as well as those whose lives are changed forever by ravages of wind and water may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days of recovery and rebuilding that come.

We open ourselves to listen with compassion to the stories of those whom Hurricane Harvey has not spared: communities deeply affected, whose livelihood, homes and stability have been destroyed. We pray in grief, honoring the lives, shattered and the livelihoods, homes and businesses for whom recovery seems an insurmountable mountain. We lift our voices in sorrow and compassion for families who have lost loved ones, homes, or livelihood.

We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we, your people, respond to the deep human needs beginning to emerge in the wake of the storm.

In these days of relief, assessment and response, open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands to the needs of your children and the movements of your Spirit, who flows in us like the river whose streams makes glad the city of God, and the hearts of all who dwell in it, and in You. In the name of Christ the Healer we pray, Amen. (the Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)

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
In addition to coffee and tea, new arrivals to the fair trade cart are chocolate mint crunch bars and mango and pineapple cashew bars. Thanks for supporting fair trade as a way to affect positive change for farmers in the Global South with our purchases.

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 2017
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays
Sept 20, Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27

Calling Cards
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

Mission Partners
QR code to mission site 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.

QR Code for On-line giving

On-Line Giving 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

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 are now being done through the office. Please call the office at 815-459-1132 or email the request to office@rclpc.org. Please specify whether the request is confidential or can be shared with the congregation.

picture of the churchMany 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
office@rclpc.org ~ 815.459.1132 ~ www.rclpc.org

Church Office Hours are 9am - 1pm; Monday - Friday