RCLPC in Ministry This Week
Sunday, August 12 - Saturday, August 18


10:00CE & Fellowship

10:00Sunday School Kick-Off


12:00Fellowship Breeze the Freeze

Tuesday10:00Book Discussion Group

11:00Staff Meeting

Fundraiser for CROP Walk

7:00McHenry County Climate Lobby
Wednesday6:30Band practice



Slides for Announcements

Please remember these people in your prayers

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
John Rickard; Heather Sroka; Henry Quinn; Julia Baser; Jim and Carol Iddings; Cheryl Brinck's daughter, Sarah Loy; Cindy Nichols' sister, Diana; Dave Steele's cousin, Rick and his wife Chris; 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

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:
Living Waters partners in Guatemala; El Saray Church and Fairhaven School in Egypt; Rev. Hani Jack and family; Christians and Muslims in community together; Ngirine Parish, our partner parish in Kenya; PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker, Cesar Carhuachin, in Colombia

10 AM Sunday Adult Education Offering... "Tell Me More"
Pastor John leads an informal discussion on the Scripture of the day. Questions probed will be: What is the Scripture about? What does it mean to me? What is its relevance for today? ... And your questions. The scripture for the day will be: Judges 4:4-9 or 5:1-19 (Deborah - Powerful woman) Class Location? >> The Lounge (New Location!)

Sunday School Kick-Off
This Sunday we are back in the swing of things. Sunday School will start at 10am with K-5 having a celebration with parents while 6-8 gather for a lively discussion and 9- adult challenging our beliefs. I hope you will join us for Sunday School and the Breeze after at 12 pm! See you soon. Can't wait to get back to it! Paula

New Fundraising Opportunity for the CROP Walk
Mark your calendars for this Fundraising Giveback event at Lou Malnati's in Lakewood on Tuesday, August 14th benefiting the McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk. Lou Malnati's will donate 20% of the total sales from every order received from dine-in, carryout, delivery and even GIFT CARDS! You MUST mention the CROP Walk fundraiser at time of order to ensure credit towards the CROP Walk. (See flyer.) Questions? Contact Nancy Blakely. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/mchenrycountycropwalk

Faces Of Our Faith
As the "Faces of Our Faith" theme continues this summer, we would like to invite the congregation to share who represents their "Face of Faith". There will be circular paper, markers, and glue located in the gathering space as well as the area near the coffee maker. You can write something, draw a picture, attach a photo - anything to represent the person who is your 'Face of Faith'. We will hang these around the church common areas over the next couple of months to illustrate the many different ways faith can be represented. - Thank you, The Worship Enhancement team

Needed: People to Create and Present Power Points for Worship
We are in the process of setting up the power point schedule for the Fall and would appreciate finding more people willing to work in the power point ministry. A power point for the 9:00 service is absolutely necessary. Most of the slides are sent to the person doing the 9:00 service. A few slides need to be made and the power point needs presented at 9:00. If you enjoy being creative, the 11:00 service is for you. A few slides are sent to you, but most slides are made from the bulletin. Any help that you could give would be most appreciated. The power point enhances the worship experience and helps everyone in the worship service. Please contact Sarah Kelewae if you have interest. I would be happy to explain more details and help you.

Faces of our Faith
Will you be traveling this summer and want to still learn about the faces of our faith? Do you want to know more about Deborah, Adam and Eve, Joseph of Arimathea and others? We have study journals available for you on the tables outside the sanctuary. To help with printing costs we ask that you take one journal per family.

Giving Statements
If you would like a copy of your RCLPC giving statement for 2018 (through June), please let me know and I will get a copy to you. Kim Stewart

Thank You
In response to the recent Food Pantry SOS, RCLPC provided 270 pounds of condiments, personal care items, and soup. Thank you. Remember too, that the need for donations to the Food Pantry continues. "No one should go hungry"

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.

Emergency Contact Cards
The Deacons are encouraging our church families to fill out an Emergency Contact Card in the event an emergency should occur here at the church and we need to contact a family member or friend listed on the Contact Card. This is voluntary only. The Emergency Contact Cards are available on the tables as you enter or exit either side of the sanctuary. Fill it out and return it to the church office, your deacon, or place it in the box on the table where you picked up the card. Emergency Contact Cards will be kept on file in the church office, and will only be referred to in an emergency. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to any of the Deacons.

Sunday School Kick-Off
This Sunday we are back in the swing of things. Sunday School will start at 10am with K-5 having a celebration with parents while 6-8 gather for a lively discussion and 9- adult challenging our beliefs. I hope you will join us for Sunday School and the Breeze after at 12 pm! See you soon. Can't wait to get back to it! Paula

Calling ALL Students!
If you go to school we need your help. That's right, you are being challenged to help the student body of RCLPC provide school supplies for 50 children that need our support. When you do your back to school shopping, use the list provided* to shop for two other children and then bring your supplies on August 19 to our Blessing of the Backpacks worship service. The sales have started so shop now!

back to school supply drive

Blessing of the "Filled" Backpacks

On August 19, all students are invited to take their backpack to either service to be blessed. Instead of empty backpacks, students are encouraged to fill their backpack with the supplies needed* for two children who are in need through the Church World Service Organization. Backpacks will be emptied during worship and both supplies and backpacks will be blessed.

*School Supply List for Two Students:
(2) pair blunt (round tip) scissors; (6) 70-count spiral notebooks; (2) 12-inch rulers; (2) hand-held pencil sharpeners; (2) large erasers; (12) new pencils with erasers; (2) boxes of 24 crayons

School Supplies for 50 students in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings via the Church World Service Organization. Visit cwskits.org for more information

Compassion for Campers Lunch
RCLPC is providing a hearty lunch and needed supplies for the homeless people in our community at the McHenry County PADS Center on Monday, August 20th. Opportunities to help are available for volunteers of all ages to donate camping supplies, set-up, serve and eat with the guests on August 20th. We have the food and drinks needed to serve the 30-40 McHenry County homeless campers but could use your help with donating supplies these people are in need of. We have a small list of items in an envelope on the sign-up board. Feel free to take a list and choose any items you would like to donate and place them in the bags next to the sign-up board. You may drop those items off anytime up until Sunday, August 19th. Thank you. ~Mission Team~

It Takes a Village (or the RCLPC Congregation) to Put on a Show!
Thanks to all of you for a rewarding and enjoyable dinner theater experience again this year. RCLPC Theater could not offer such great dinners and wonderful shows without your help and support. Steve and I feel very fortunate to have such hard-working volunteers who joyfully: cooked and served dinners and desserts, stage managed and crewed, promoted the shows, made the costumes and props, worked the box office, organized volunteers, made donations, took down the set and, of course, purchased tickets! Together with the Mission Team, we were very happy to be able donate to the following:
Living Waters - $3442.00
Old Firehouse Assistance Center - $1482.00
The McHenry County Homelessness Project - $1604.00
We were also proud to welcome so many new people and returning patrons to RCLPC. Thanks again, RCLPC Family! Amy and Steve


Coordinator for Monthly Friday PADs Lunches Needed

Our church is in charge of lunches once a month from October through April. Usually there are about 45 lunches. The following dates need covered: Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Dec 28, Jan.25, Feb 22, March 22, and April 26. This opportunity would involve coordination of volunteers and/or shopping for the food, preparing the lunches, and taking the lunches to Christian Fellowship. No experience necessary. Training and support will be provided by the mission team. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Kelewae. or sign up in the Gathering Place and you will be contacted.

OFAC (Old Firehouse Assistance Center) is in need of volunteers to assist during daytime hours at the drop in center for the homeless in Woodstock. The center also needs volunteers to provide lunches for 25-40 people daily, Monday thru Friday. Simple meals can be provided at a very reasonable cost, you choose the menu, purchase the supplies, cook, and serve. Experience the joy of serving others in our community. Or, if you are not able to cook and serve, there is a volunteer available that will help with that. For more information or details, contact Cindy Theobald. A sign-up sheet is also available in the gathering place.

Volunteers Needed
The Old Firehouse Assistance Center (OFAC) is in need of additional volunteers at our day center that serves those who are homeless. We are looking for kind-hearted, patient adults, age 21 and over, who want an enriching, meaningful, and interesting volunteer experience.

The OFAC is open year-round, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each volunteer shift is three hours and fifteen minutes long, and there are two shifts available each day: 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 12 p.m.to 3:15 p.m. We also need lunch providers.

For more details please contact: Sue Rose, Community Services Director McHenry County Housing Authority 1108 N. Seminary, Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 338-7752 ext. 137 http://www.mchenrycountyhousing.org/

Anyone Interested in a Dinner Group?
RCLPC has had a variety of dinner programs over the years and some of us miss those events. This will be for adults who wish to cook and dine in our homes probably during the winter season; October through April. If you are interested in participating or being part of the planning team, please contact Karen Hutchings.

RCLPC Summer Fellowship Events

  • August 12: Join your RCLPC friends at The Freeze in Crystal Lake after the 11:00 AM service. Cost of food purchased is the responsibility of the individual families.
  • August 19: Ice Cream Social and Blessing of the Backpacks from 10:00-11:00 in the church courtyard.
  • August 26: Neighborhood potluck picnic at 11:00 (immediately following our one worship service at 10:00). Join us on the church grounds and share a potluck meal with your church family plus our neighbors in Ridgefield.

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.

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, August 12. If you have any questions you may contact Nancy Blakely or Joan Jensema. Thank you for supporting RCLPC PADS lunches.

News from Living Waters in Guatemala
Please remember the people of Guatemala as they deal with the effects of the eruption of Volcan de Fuego on June 3. Living Waters partners are for the most part safe. They are digging out from the sand and ash that the winds carried and rained down across the country. We ask that you keep the people of Guatemala and our partners who are producing clean water in your prayers as we work with our partners to help them be as effective as possible in helping Guatemala address this latest natural disaster.

CROP Hunger Walk
Mark your calendars! The McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk will take place Sunday, September 30, 2018! Our RCLPC family will gather with others in our community to fight hunger both here and around the world. To become a walker, a sponsor, or both, go to https://www.crophungerwalk.org/mchenrycounty/. Search for "RCLPC" in the "Find a Walker or Team" field and join in! We hope you will plan to support this year's CROP Hunger Walk to help feed the hungry both in our community and throughout the world!

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.

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.

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:
July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 21 (day before Thanksgiving), December 26

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 - Noon; Monday - Thursday