"Welcome Back, Billy Best!" A Roaring Parable of the Twenties
by Joe Cox and Jody W. Lindh.
Jubilation choir will present the story of the prodigal son in a 1920's musical setting, Sunday, April 29, during 9 and 11 o'clock worship. Based on Luke 15, the father, William Randolph Best, and his 2 sons, Bertram and Billy, are owners of a successful newspaper, The Best Times. You probably recall what happens next... or maybe not...
As the street corner preacher says, "Gather round... step right up and hear the Word of the Lord! Step right up, brothers and sisters, hallelujah!" We hope to see you on the 29th.
Welcome Pablo Perez
Pablo Perez, a Living Waters staff member in Guatemala, has been Presbyterian since the day he was born. He is a member of the New Jerusalem Presbyterian Church located in Villa Canales. He is completing his master's degree in Technology and Business Administration. A history and music buff, Pablo plays the drums at church and teaches Sunday School. He finds the USA to be a beautiful nation with lots of opportunities. Working for Living Waters has provided an education in mission work in developing countries. Pablo has served as an In-Country Coordinator for the last four years. The Guatemala Living Waters staff has a goal to install a water system with donations entirely from Guatemalans -- "Guatemalans Helping Guatemalans".
As RCLPC's Living Waters team coordinator, Pablo brings broad experience, knowledge, and understanding of Living Waters mission goals to the water projects. His guidance is central to a project's success. Please welcome him to RCLPC during the Fellowship Hour and join us for a potluck lunch at noon.
10 AM Sunday Adult Education Offering...
Ann Legg leads a new book study: The New Jim Crow.
"The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status-denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement... Civil-rights-lawyer-turned-legal-scholar [and author] Michelle Alexander demonstrates, it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways in which it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once labeled a felon, even for a minor drug crime, the old forms of discrimination are suddenly legal again. In her words, 'we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.'" (from The New Jim Crow web site)
Two previous Adult Education classes - Waking Up White and The Belhar Confession - examined racial tensions in America and the church's response to racism. With this third class, the links between racism, incarceration, and injustice will be explored.
This Sunday's class: Chapter 4 (The Cruel Hand) and Chapter 5 (The New Jim Crow). Class Location? >> The Lounge
Thank You for Supporting Fiesta Agua Viva!
Fiesta Agua Viva was a great success and raised more than $4000 to continue RCLPC's mission to bring pure, safe water to the people of Guatemala. We are so grateful for the efforts of the congregation. The people who supplied or served the food, those who put together or purchased the auction offerings, the youth who helped with the children, those who welcomed guests or made donations, the great entertainers, the wonderful people of all ages who came and stayed and played. Your generosity and that of friends from the community will purchase the water purification system for El Chico, plus two storage tanks and 100 five-gallon bottles. That is an enormous step along the way to funding this new partnership with the people of El Chico. For our partners there, it will mean clean water for a generation. Muchas gracias!
Session Highlights - April 23, 2018
- Rev. John Dillon Moderator
- Approved Session Meeting Minutes from March 26, 2018
- Approved member transfer of Melanie Peterson to New Hope Presbyterian in Castle Rock, CO.
- Approved the planning for a joint Session & Deacon meeting
- Accepted the formation of a team to assist in the recruitment of Session Team member openings. Team members are Kathy Rabe, Kim Stewart, Dorothy Vick and Dave Steele.
- Read into the minutes a historical fact that Simon Brinks oversaw the building the RCLPC original sanctuary as well as the Woodstock Opera House. Historical fact provided by Simon Brinks' great granddaughter, Marie Howell-Evans.
- Reviewed March Financial Report.
- Discussed and accepted the Financial Audit for 2017 report and action plans.
- Approved the call of a RCPLC Congregation Meeting on May 20, 2018 at 10 am in Fellowship Hall for the purpose to:
- Elect Ruling Elders
- Elect Session Youth Elder
- Elect Deacons
- Elect Audit Committee Member
- Elect Nominating Committee Members
- Elect JCB Endowment Member
- Approved Sunday July 8th to be one service at 10am.
- Approved the Consent Agenda format to streamline Session Meetings business items and make room for training and spiritual focus for the Session.
- Reviewed Job Descriptions for High School and Middle School leaders and referred job descriptions to CE Team.
- Recognized Tom and Pepper Lafontaine for their dedication and leadership for the high school youth group.
- Recognized Janet Kvam-Holub for her three years of dedicated service on session.
- Next meeting is May 21, 2018 at 7pm in the Lounge.
May 12 - 4:30-8:30 PM - Host Parent's Night Out Event.
Save the Date: June 10 - Graduate Sunday!
Parent's Night Out - Mother's Day Edition
On May 12 from 5:00-8:30pm the children of RCLPC (ages 6 mos. - 6th grade), friends, neighbors, grandchildren, cousins, and nieces/nephews are invited to a night of food, fellowship and fun. Dinner, games, a campfire, songs, stories and more! This is a way to give MOM a free night out and the kids a night of fun at church. RSVP in the Gathering Space by May 10th please! A free will donation will be collected to benefit our youth mission activities.
AWOL (A Work of Love)
On April 20-21, 8 Middle School Youth attended a mission event hosted by Fourth Presbyterian in Chicago. We had fun at a lock in on Friday night and then cleaned up two parks in the city on Saturday. 3,000 people throughout Chicago participated in the Earth Day event and we are glad to say we were part of the experience. Just ask Brynn LeFevre, she was jumping for joy while smashing leaves in a garbage can! More pictures will be added to the youth ministries page on the RCLPC.org website soon.
Life Line Screening Comes to RCLPC, Thursday, May 3rd
Do you know how to recognize the warning signs of a stroke? If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the below symptoms, call 911 right away. It is important to seek medical treatment immediately.
Protect your health by participating in the Life Line Screening health screenings that will be at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Through ultrasound we evaluate the carotid arteries for the buildup of fatty plaque, which is the leading cause of stroke. Register today for the Stroke, Vascular & Heart Rhythm package, which includes four screenings: carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and atrial fibrillation. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or text the word circle to 797979 or visit lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle and receive your "Community Circle" discount and your Preferred Appointment!
- Sudden Numbness
- Difficulty Speaking
- Severe Dizziness
- Loss of Coordination
- Sudden Loss of Vision
- Sudden Intense Headache
- Brief Loss of Consciousness
Help the NALC and the Crystal Lake Food Pantry
STAMP OUT HUNGER!
The National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive, Stamp Out Hunger, will take place at mailboxes on Saturday, May 12. We need MANY volunteers to help unload and sort donations. Families with children, groups and teams are welcome. Volunteer Service hours will be counted, too! Click for shift info and to Sign Up: http://signup.com/go/AKxTwB. To participate in the Food Drive, just set out your non-perishable food at your mailbox, well before your letter carrier's normal pick-up time on Saturday, May 12. The earlier the better! Thank you for your support - we couldn't do it without YOU!
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.
Offering of Letters - May 6, 2018
Faithful advocacy makes a difference. Last year Congress maintained domestic anti-hunger programs and prevented significant cuts to emergency international humanitarian assistance. An additional $1 billion addressed near-famine crises in Africa and the Middle East. But there's more to do this year.
You are invited to join thousands of Christians from all over the United States as we focus on critical foreign assistance and the domestic social safety net programs for this year's Offering of Letters. To take part, come to Fellowship Hall before, between, or after the worship services on Sunday, May 6, to use pen and paper to urge Congress to maintain funding for international development and domestic programs. ~ Compassion, Peace, and Justice Team
Bernotas Middle School Update
Thank you, RCLPC, for all your contributions to the Bernotas Middle School. They have a new request for their Rewards Store. They are asking for small wrapped candy of any kind (Skittles, small Tootsi Rolls, Tootsi Pops, gum, etc.). They also need mechanical pencils, folders, pencil pouches, Stress Squishies, and other "prizes". Check the Mission Bulletin board in Fellowship Hall for more details. You can leave your donations in the big container marked Bernotas School under the bulletin board. Thanks again, Mission Team
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.
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, May 20th, June 17th, and July 15th. If you have any questions you may contact Nancy Blakely or Joan Jensema. Thank you for supporting RCLPC PADS lunches.
2017 Church World Service School Kit Distribution
Last fall we collected items for Church World Service school kits. Where in the world did they go? Click on the link for the 2017 Impact Report. Thank you, once again, for your efforts to normalize life for children in the midst of natural disasters or wars. ~ Mission Team
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:
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