Appointment with the Spirit of Inspiration
Do you enjoy our worship? Do you admire the wonders which our Worship Enhancement Team bless us with?
Then why not join us to plan for September to Advent. Two or three times a year several of us gather in the Lounge for 1-2 hours, study the suggested scripture and brainstorm some ideas on theme, music, ministry, artistic representation. It is a lot easier than it sounds and is fun and often a spiritual highlight for those who attend. So, I would like to invite you to our next appointment with the Spirit of Inspiration. Mark your calendar!
Wednesday July 7 at 10:00am in the Lounge @ RCLPC
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20
The Growing Time Season - Intergenerational Summer Learning
This Summer the CE team will be hosting monthly learning opportunities for our ENTIRE RCLPC FAMILY. Come join us for these meaningful events to be moved by the Holy Spirit with friends young and old during the season of Pentecost. Sessions will be held on June 6, July 18, August 15 and September 12. We will gather for a time of connection beginning at 4:00 and conclude our time by 5:15pm. Drinks and snacks will be served along with friendly conversation, hands on activities, service work and more. Weather permitting, we will gather outside. This is a great time to get to know one another in a small group setting and to learn from each other by sharing our ideas, lessons, thoughts, prayers, etc. We’ve Got the Spirit Yes, WE DO…We’ve Got the Spirit How About YOU? Come Grow with Us!
Word on Wednesdays, Wednesday @ 4:00pm | through June 23
“The Heart of Christianity” by Marcus Borg
“World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith. For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Borg shows why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God. Emphasizing the critical role of daily practice in living the Christian life, he explores how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as authentically life-giving practices.
Borg reclaims terms and ideas once thought to be the sole province of evangelicals and fundamentalists: he shows that terms such as "born again" have real meaning for all Christians; that the "Kingdom of God" is not a bulwark against secularism but is a means of transforming society into a world that values justice and love; and that the Christian life is essentially about opening one's heart to God and to others.” (from publisher’s description). Although it is more than 10 years since its publication Borg’s challenge is as relevant as ever and I invite you to join me for a Word on Wednesday discussion of this important book.
You can read it in advance or just drop in and add to our weekly lively discussion.
Session Highlights - May 24, 2021
Financial Support - We are grateful for the continued offerings of financial support, which arrive via mail and online daily. If you haven't signed up for our online giving program, you may do so by clicking on the "Giving to RCLPC" link from the home page. (See instructions for setting up your on-line donations.)
- Rev. John Dillon Moderator
- Approved Session Meeting Minutes from April 26, 2021
- Approved CONGREGATION MEETING MINUTES of May 16, 2021
- Approved Janet Holub as Deacon candidate in the 2024 class for Congregation approval on May 16, 2021.
- Approved the use of the Noble family for a memorial service for Paul Nobel’s mother led by Pastor John Dillon on Saturday July 10th in the RCLPC sanctuary with an attendance of 25 max people. Noble family moving location for memorial to accommodate a larger group than RCLPC will allow.
- Approved with regrets and salutations for service the resignation of Elder Mike Harvey from Session.
- Approved Policy and Procedure Manual changes to comply with By-law change of number of serving Ruling Elders and Deacons
- Determined date for Ordination/Installation of newly elected Ruling Elders and Deacons
- Approved consent agenda for Worship, Deacons, Mission, CPJ, Building and Grounds, Christian Ed, and Vision Teams.
- Approved Scott Iddings and Anthony Houston to run the music program until we hire a music director. Compensation for Scott and Anthony will be provided as planned for the music director.
- Approved change in September Session meeting to Sept 20th to allow review of Confirmands
- Approved Confirmation Ceremony for Sept 26th.
- Session watched the video by Rev. Dr. Kathryn Threadgill's Presentation to Blackhawk. Will discuss more at June meeting.
- Next Session meeting is June 28, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom Conference
Helping Out Others In and Around Our Community Near and Far...
Matthew 25 Invitation from CPJ
You are Invited to Participate in Blackhawk Presbytery's Roundtable Discussions on Matthew 25 topics on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. 1 hour each, on Zoom. The schedule for June follows:
June 17 at 2 pm, Topic: Racial Injustice
While the zoom invitation for each roundtable will not change, please join our group list or contact Mike Rugh, CPJ Chair, to insure you receive the latest information and reminders.
You are welcome to just listen or contribute your thoughts. Each discussion is free-standing: that is, one does not have to have participated in prior discussions to gain insight. While the three foci of Matthew 25 are interrelated and mutually supportive, Congregation Vitality is particularly relevant to Ruling Elders, Deacons, and others concerned with visioning and forward thinking. The topics of Systemic Poverty and Racial Injustice would appeal to those interested in building on Mission outreach work and community development.
As part of the Mathew 25 movement, which we are proud to participate in, Blackhawk Presbytery M25 Committee invites each of us to use this Implicit Bias Toolkit and asks us all to consider this question: "In your relationships with others do you have bias which you are not even aware of? Even when we consider ourselves to be free of prejudice there can be underlying implicit bias which we do not recognize."
Presbyterians for Earth Care Announces Summer Educational Opportunity
You are invited to join in a free 4-part virtual program on the Climate Crisis. This program is taught by the southern Indiana group Presbyterian Climate Advocates, made up of the Rev. Dr. Trisha Tull and Carol Dunn of Scottsburg (Indiana) Presbyterian Church, Beth Snyder of Jeffersonville (Indiana) First Presbyterian, and Kristina Lindborg, an Indiana Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteer. It will be offered on four consecutive Sundays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 4-5:15 pm EDT as a Zoom meeting. We encourage several members of the same congregation to register together. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. A brief Zoom tutorial will be available for anyone expressing the need. To register and receive your Zoom invitation, please go to our website: https://www.presbyclimateadvocates.org/upcoming-classes/
Don’t Forget the Food Pantry!
During this time of food insecurity for so many, please don’t forget the ways you can donate to the CL Food Pantry: Bring donation to the Food Pantry at 42East Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 OR Donate to the Food Pantry by going to the Food Pantry website and clicking on “Donate” or sending a check to CL Food Pantry, CLFP, PO Box 1071, Crystal Lake, Il. 60039-1071. Needed:
Ramen soup, Canned Chili, Canned Beef Stew, Spaghetti, Other Pasta, Paper Towels,
Pancake Mix, Syrup, Flour,
Sugar, Rice, Dry Beans,
Canned Pasta, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables,
Laundry Soap, Dish Soap, Cat Food,
CL Food Pantry purchases from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. $1 can buy $8 worth of food. Thank you for your continued help!
Past-Due Rent Assistance Program
The Past-Due Rent Assistance program may provide assistance for those who are behind in their rent due to circumstances that are beyond the household's control. All applicants must be current McHenry County residents and must have lived in McHenry for at least all of the past 30 days. This program does not assist with mortgages or property taxes.
To verify the economic crisis, all applicants must provide documents that give evidence of at least one of the following conditions: job loss or reduced income due to COVID-19, loss of employment for other reasons, medical disability or emergency, loss or delay of some form of public benefit, natural disaster, victimization by criminal activity, illegal action by a landlord, displacement by a government or private action, or some other condition that was beyond the household's control and constitutes a hardship comparable to the other conditions listed above.
Household income cannot exceed 200% of the poverty level for the past 30 days (see our website for those amounts). Program availability depends on funding availability. Rents must fall within the local rent standards for the household's size.
The best way to contact the McHenry County Housing Authority is:
Contact us by email at
or Contact us by phone: (815) 338-7752
Help Us Dye Our Youth Leaders’ Hair All the Colors of the Rainbow
As you may or may not know, the youth are going on a mission trip to Niagara Falls on July 11th! We will be doing any work available to us. On past trips we’ve painted schools, cared for children, and helped finish Habitat for Humanity projects and we are all very excited for it. However, we need your help! We are asking you to please pitch in and help us reach the goal of $2,100 dollars. But there’s a twist! For every $150 donated, Raechel will dye her hair another color of the rainbow. If we raise $1,050 that means Raechel will have 7 colors and we will move on to Paula’s hair! And finally, if you are generous enough and we pass our goal of $2,100, Rob Baser will dye his head too! Donations accepted from June 13 – July 7. Checks should be made out to “RCLPC” with “Youth Mission” in the memo line, or you may donate online and write “Youth Mission” in the NOTES section. Thank you in advance for supporting the youth and the service they are doing for our neighbors near and far. If you have questions, please contact Iona Dillon or Samuel Viner. Thank you.
Coffee/Fellowship Hour Takes a Break: Sunday Mornings after Worship on Zoom
The Fellowship portion of Sunday’s events will take a “vacation hold” during the months of June and July. Future Fellowship opportunities may be either virtual or in person beginning in August.
With our busy, outside and healthy summer coming, we have decided to take a break on this. We will see what happens with the Session’s decision on opening the church. When that occurs, we can start “sign up” lists for coffee and treats.
Fellowship Time after Worship on Sunday
After worship please stay connected and join us for "virtual coffee & cookies" and real in person live chat! Help keep RCLPC connected! Would you like to volunteer to be host one Sunday? See old friends, keep up with the news, no skill required other than saying 'Hi! How are you doing?" Please contact Karen Hutchings to book your Sunday.
From the Earth Care Team:
Make some 2021 resolutions for the betterment of God's Earth!
2021 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
June 23, July 21, August 11, September 8 and 29, October 20, November 17, December 15
Help Wanted – Caring, Helpful Volunteers
Do you have a spare 3 hours once a month? Good Samaritan Ministries needs to replace some faithful volunteers who have severe health issues and a few who are wary of in-person contacts due to Covid-19. After a short training, you will have a chance to help community people in Crystal Lake who need extra assistance. Procedures are simplified; records are handwritten vs. computer generated and meeting with the public is by appointment only at Bethany Lutheran Church. Contact Marianne Anderson for more information at 815.455.5839, email@example.com.
You will find a new card in the pew racks that lists the missions RCLPC currently supports. It offers an overview of our mission outreach and directs you to the RCLPC web page with descriptions of each mission and mission partner, and their role in our common life. We invite you to join in any of these efforts. Our time, talents, and financial gifts, both as a church and as individuals, are needed. RCLPC's mission statement closes with these words: "We go in grace, challenged and strengthened by the Spirit to do God's work and show God's love in the world. We seek to look beyond our walls and beyond ourselves - to see God's image in every face, and to serve God's people in every place life leads us." A complete digital version of this booklet, including links to our partners' websites, can be found on rclpc.org. Click on the "Mission Partners" button. ~ Mission Outreach Ministry
Our congregation's Egyptian Connection began 40 years ago when an Egyptian pastor came to us as part of a "mission on reverse" program. The following summer 21 people from our church visited Egypt. While there, we met a young man who had a passion for children who were developmentally disabled. A couple in our group invited him to come and spend a year in Crystal Lake learning about special education. Later, when our friend Pastor Gendi was in Alexandria he grasped an opportunity to have some Swedish teachers come and train teachers and start a school for children with special needs in Alexandria. Some teachers from that school also came here for additional training.
Today, Fairhaven School provides rehabilitative services for 135 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Each student has an individualized educational program and is surrounded by a spirit of love by the teachers and staff. The students learn self-advocacy in regular meetings twice a week, visit schools for non-disabled students, and participate with them in sports activities and art and music classes. Siblings of the students meet monthly to build friendships and to share experiences of coping with their situations.
Students participate in Scouting activities, recreational activities, and shopping and community outings. Families of the students have monthly meetings to learn and discuss topics related to disabilities. Students celebrate national and religious occasions and holidays, as well as participating in singing in a chorus, physical exercise, computer training and handicrafts. Older students are trained in work skills such as carpentry, greenhouse farming, candle making, paper recycling and sewing skills. The school greatly appreciates our support and prayers. To help support Fairhaven School, you can make monthly or annual contributions to RCLPC and put Fairhaven School in the memo.
Mission Outreach Ministry - Care for Children Overseas
If you would 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.
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 hearing assistant devices and large print bulletins available to those who may need them. Please ask an usher for assistance.
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