Birthing the Promise
The creation at the front of our sanctuary is intended to reflect the theme for Advent: "Birthing the Promise." In the brief time that it has been in place it has already inspired many responses. Who are those two imposing figures? God and humanity? God and Jesus? Mary and Joseph? Mary and the Holy Spirit? A person and an angelic messenger? Mary and Elizabeth? Two inspired members of the human family? Creator and creation? The answer to all these questions is the same: Yes. And is that an exploding star? an inspiring spirit? a divine force? a human impulse? in the center. Yes. And then there are the unintended images that we only see when the spot lights are on the piece: the thin and pointed shadows that remind some of a crown of thorns; the shadows that reach up from the base on either side of the figures, reminding some of two hands tenderly holding the figures. What do you see? If you ask, the answer will be "yes." It is the YES of God's promises coming to fulfillment in our lives... the YES of Advent... the YES of the birth of the Son of God... the YES of our brotherhood and sisterhood with him... the YES of Christmas. ~ Your Worship Enhancement Team
In Gratitude for the Arts & Talents of RCLPC
Thank you to all who shared their talents this past Sunday in worship. To the musicians, we are indebted for your gifts with your instrument and your ability to create a sound that lingers in the mind. To the choir, your unison, your power, and your softness all contributed to an incredible, unifying and harmonious message. To the PowerPoint designer, your images danced with the music, enhancing our understanding and emotions. To the artists, you captured us visually, seeing first the family and then the candle, the light and then the crown of thorns. Even the shadows added to your art. Thank you to all for the joy and tears you brought from us.
Intergenerational Advent - Possibilities
Join together at 10am for an all ages Advent learning and fellowship time in Fellowship Hall. Today we will enjoy a hot cocoa bar, create a friendship plate to share, make an ornament, and work on the Advent posters. How will you respond to God's promise of new possibilities that continues to be born among us this Advent season?
This week at 10am we will explore possibilities! Come join us as we make friendship plates (who knows who will get it next) and star cookies (a sign of the possibility to come and your first friendship plate treat). Enjoy also a baby picture guessing contest and hot cocoa bar. Will you come enjoy the holidays and possibilities to come with us?
Christmas Eve Poinsettias
If you would like to order flowers for our Christmas Eve services, please make sure to get your order in by December 9th, or you can call in at 815.459.1132 or email your flower order in to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on Monday, December 10th. Please see attached order form.
Christmas Eve Services - Monday, December 24
4:00 PM - Christmas Eve Family Service
7:30 & 9:30 PM - Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
1st Sunday of Christmas - Sunday, December 30
10:00 AM ONLY
The Giving Tree is Up and Ready to be "Undecorated"!
You can add a SPARKLE to someone's holiday season! Each angel tag has a Christmas wish for someone from a Mission supported by RCLPC. All you do is pick a tag off the tree, purchase the item listed on the back and return the gift as specified to the tree by December 9th. Thank you for making Christmas a happier one for someone!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Joan Jensema.
Don't forget to purchase your olive tree for Palestine! For $20 you will receive certificate of donation and a card which you can use as a Christmas gift. Through the simple action of donating an olive tree you will contribute to KEEPING HOPE ALIVE for a peaceful future in Palestine. See Alice Haznedl. Available through December 16.
Planting the Seeds of Community & Friendship - an Interfaith Program
Please join us for our next community meal:
The Faith of Mary, Friday, January 4, 2019, 6:00pm
Resurrection Catholic Church, 2918 S Country Club Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098
All ages are welcome! Children's activites and babysitting will be provided.
Delegation to Colombia
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will sponsor a delegation to Colombia from January 21 - January 31, 2019. This is an opportunity to meet fellow Presbyterians in the country and to accompany them in their struggles. Click here for details of the trip and to apply.
You're invited to celebrate... JESUS' BIRTHDAY with us!
When: December 15, 5:30 - 8:30pm
Where: RCLPC Fellowship Hall
Who: Children ages 6mos - 6th grade
What: Dinner, games, crafts and a movie
Please bring a package of diapers for the Diaper Bank.
RSVP to Raechel Sowa or sign up in the Gathering Place.
Calling ALL College-Aged RCLPCers Near and Far
Let's get together for dinner and an evening of catching up. Who knows, maybe we will even play a game or two.
December 28th at 6PM, Tom and Pepper LaFontaine's Home
RSVP so we know the best way of reaching you. Thanks, Tom and Pepper
A Time For Giving Thanks
This seems like a good time to express our gratitude to those who have faithfully and cheerfully contributed to the deacon efforts to provide hospitality through volunteering to make delicious treats and hot beverages during our fellowship time on Sunday mornings. We have all enjoyed the fruits of their labor and we are very thankful for their support. While numerous people have provided treats on an occasional basis, the following people/groups have been particularly generous: Cathy Christensen, the Hess family, Cheryl Brincks, Mike Harvey, CPJ team, Brewed Awakenings crew, and deacons' Special Events Committee. If your family/team is interested in providing snacks and coffee, a sign-up sheet is located near the coffee machine in Fellowship Hall. Questions? Please contact Cindy Harvey.
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.
Living Waters Team Goes to El Chico, Guatemala
We knew it would be a challenge. The heat was expected to be in the high 90's and it did not disappoint. The humidity would be high by the ocean. The village
of El Chico was the most remote that we had ever visited. There would be no restaurants to eat in, no markets to shop in and, as it turned out, the refrigerator was very half-hearted in its efforts to preserve the food we brought. And then there was the problem of electricity. We would have to install solar panels and all the paraphernalia that goes with it. (The first solar panel installation that Living Waters has done in Guatemala.) And, perhaps most critical of all, there would be no hardware store to save us if we forgot something.
There was one other thing we knew in advance: we were ALL in! There was no doubt that with the people of El Chico our mission would succeed.
What we didn't know, however, is what's really important. We did not know how enthusiastically we would be welcomed. We did not know how pervasive the need is in the village. We did not know how much work our Guatemalan partners had done in preparation for our visit. We did not know that there are men and women in El Chico who have a vision for health in their community which goes even beyond pure water. We did not know that we could not have asked for better partners, harder workers, more visionary leaders than those who awaited us in El Chico.
Five days after our arrival our solar driven water purification system was filling bottle after bottle and we saw the first one go home with a man who was determined to be one of the church's health partners. On that last day in El Chico, we worshipped together and thanked God for the opportunity he had given us. As the worship service began, one of the Living Waters teachers in El Chico stepped to the microphone and began to sing. Even though the words were in Spanish, my heart was filled to overflowing with a hymn that we all know: "Great is thy faithfulness, O God, our Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee." ~ Fred Neuschel
Are You an Amazon Shopper?
RCLPC is now listed as a charity on amazon.com. This means that Amazon will contribute 0.5% (1/2 of 1%) of each of your purchases to RCLPC if you so designate, at no charge to you! We are not asking you to shop on Amazon, but if you do, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the Amazon Smile program. Here's how:
Go to smile.amazon.com rather than to Amazon.com. To select a charitable organization, type in Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church. You will see two options... RCLPC, and Right - Center - Left Production Company, our in-house theater group. Choose the charity you want to benefit. You will then be able to browse or shop just like you usually do... the shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the organization you select. THERE IS NO COST TO YOU OR TO RCLPC.
Questions? Contact Mike Griswold, Finance & Stewardship. Happy shopping!
PADS Lunches - October through April
The mission of PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is to provide shelter for the homeless. RCLPC supports PADS by providing lunches for those without shelter. These lunches are an important part of the PADS program. RCLPC provides lunches on the second and fifth Sunday, as well as the fourth Friday of the month. Help is always needed to assemble the lunches. Funding is provided by individual donations and many RCLPC fundraisers. Please consider volunteering your time. There are sign-up sheets in the gathering place with dates and times. Questions, please contact Tom & Pepper Lafontaine or Karen Nelson. Thank you for your support of RCLPC PADS lunches.
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:
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 email@example.com. 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
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 815.459.1132 ~ www.rclpc.org
Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday