What Happened in Guatemala?
If you're curious about what the Living Waters team did in Guatemala last December, plan to attend their presentation this Sunday (January 21st) in Fellowship Hall during the 10am Education Hour. There will be lots of pictures and explanations and chances to ask questions. You'll see the faces and places that made their successful trip also memorable and rewarding, including the church in La Felicidad, some of its members, and its new water purification system. You will hear how things are going at last year's site (Jerez) and get a preview of their next site in El Chico. And you'll also get a sense of what being in Guatemala is like for our traveling team, with pictures of the rugged, green landscape and perhaps stories of firecrackers, smoking volcanoes, van rides, marimba music, church singing, and their last night in the home of mission workers Brian and Sandi Thompson Royer (which included the stories and weavings of indigenous women who survived the civil war.) (See full report here.)
From your Compassion, Peace, and Justice Team
Awesome! The January 14 "Write for Rights" letter-writing event in Fellowship Hall generated 78 letters to officials in five countries and expressions of encouragement to the individuals who have been jailed, threatened, or abused. CPJ thanks everyone who participated in this year's Amnesty International campaign to right wrongs suffered by international prisoners of conscience. We pray that by adding our voices to many others that we might help effect change. For those interested in additional information on Amnesty's Write for Rights campaign, the campaign's website is a good place to start. Some in the congregation wondered if "Write for Rights" was replacing the Bread for the World Offering of Letters. The short answer is "no." CPJ has requested Sunday, May 6 for the Offering of Letters.
Flower Chart for 2018
The new flower chart for Sunday worship is up and ready to be filled in. Please sign up on the chart on the window next to the staff office. Thank you.
Battery Recycling Opportunity
McHenry County residents can recycle non-rechargeable batteries at the County Department of Health, Building A, 2200 N Seminary, Woodstock, 8am-4:30pm, through January 31. Battery sizes AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt are accepted. The batteries will be sent to a U.S.-based recycler, where they'll be recycled into such materials as zinc, manganese, steel, paper, and plastic. For more information, visit the department's website, www.mcdh.info, or call 815-334-4585.
Americans throw away more than 3 billion batteries, totaling about 180,000 tons each year. This pilot program gives residents a chance to recycle before batteries are headed to the landfill. ~ Earth Care Team
Come and Get It!
Skip breakfast on January 28th and eat at church. The HS Youth Group will be serving a pancake breakfast for you to enjoy during the congregational meeting. A free will donation will be collected and money raised will support the HS mission trip to Kentucky this July. Enjoy a hot breakfast, participate in the congregational meeting, and support the high school mission trip. Win! Win! Win!
Change the Game with Souper Bowl of Caring
Sunday February 4
Are you ready to kick hunger to the curb? Ready to score a touchdown and help RCLPC reach its goal of raising enough funds to feed over 80 people a month lunch for three months? Did you know that it costs over $350 per month to make those lunches?
Team RCLPC NEEDS YOU! Be part of this fun day by donating a bag of croceries and dropping a few bucks in the soup kettle on February 4. Can we raise $1,050 for our PADS lunch program? Can we donate over 200 lbs. of food to the CL Food Pantry? You bet we can! Let's Do This! We are a team of MVP's willing and able to change the world and we can't be stopped.
Parent's Night Out - Valentine's Edition
February 10, 5:30-8:30pm
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I need a night out
How about you?
Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Friends and Neighbors! Make plans now for a night out on February 10 and count on the RCLPC high school youth to babysit. Dinner, games, craft and a movie are planned for kids from 6 mos.-6th grade. Event is from 5:30-8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall and a free will donation will be collected for the High School Mission trip to Irvine, Kentucky. Sign up in the Gathering Space by February 8.
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.
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.
A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People
Join us Friday April 20th for Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day - a day of fellowship education and organizing with Presbyterians. Then, join our ecumenical brothers and sisters for a weekend of education and advocacy at Ecumenical Advocacy Days the evening of April 20th through the 23rd.
We live in a time of upheaval and uprootedness - a world in which each year millions of people cross borders in search of more secure and sustainable lives, while white supremacist ideologies continue to impede the fight for justice and peace for all of God's people. As people of faith, we know we can do more. We believe God is with Dreamers, the migrant and the outcast and calls us to create places of sanctuary; to offer hospitality to the stranger, to welcome all - regardless of faith, race, gender or nationality - and to break down the dividing walls that separate us.
More information on Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day coming soon! To register, click here. For more information about Ecumenical Advocacy Days and to register, click here! You may also contact Ann Legg for more information.
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:
January 24, February 21, March (no work day), April 4, May 2, 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