"Fill the Gap"
Just a reminder to please return the pledge card mailed out last week (or pledge now with the online version), and return it on or before Dedication Sunday, October 29th. Each Sunday, we will report our progress toward "Filling the Gap". Please join us on Dedication Sunday as we celebrate your generosity of time and money.
Blessings to each and all, Your Stewardship Team:
Pastor John Dillon Lee Ekstrom Mary Finch Mike Griswold
(The online pledge card may be found at: rclpc.org/pledgeCard2018.html)
Staff, Office & Notice Boards - Information from Pastor John
With regret we have accepted the resignation of our Administrative Assistant as of 9/29. While Personnel and Session review our staffing levels and consider all our budgeting challenges, please note the following interim arrangements:
- THANKS to our wonderful existing staff, particularly KIM, all the required TASKS are being addressed.
- E-MAILS and ANNOUNCEMENTS should continue to be sent to email@example.com. The OFFICE will be OPEN from 9-12, Monday - Thursday. If the office door is OPEN and the LIGHTS are on, COME ON IN! During the above hours Pastor John should be in and always glad to help you.
- Could you VOLUNTEER a couple of hours a month to be in the office? Mainly just to be present, perhaps to help fold Bulletins or other general tasks. Training is available and please let John know if you can help.
- PHONE CALLS should be answered most of the time. However, if necessary, please leave VOICEMAIL. We will reply and a voicemail is much better than repeat calls.
- REMEMBER Pastor John carries a cell phone 24/7 and if it really is URGENT, do call or TEXT 815-354-1848.
- NOTICE BOARDS. All the boards in the Gathering Area and Connecting Link are designated to TEAMS. However, in FELLOWSHIP HALL, immediately to the left of the door as you enter (next to the wonderful Coffee Cathedral!) there is a new GENERAL BOARD. All members of the congregation are welcome to post on it, and all we ask is that you remove items when they are no longer valid.
The banner that adorns our sanctuary was created by the Worship Enhancement Team after study of the scripture lessons for this season. In each lesson God speaks and people respond in faith and action. God commands Abraham to bind his son Isaac as a sacrifice. God reveals his name to Moses. God calls Samuel and David. People respond, sometimes with clarity and courage, sometimes with ambivalence and doubt. The orb on our banner represents the ever-present Word of God which moves the people below to do works of faith.
News from your Compassion, Peace and Justice Team...
- Action Alerts: These are periodic calls from PCUSA to let your legislators and other officials know your faith-based views on significant social witness issues. Contact Ann Legg if you would like to be added to our mailing list.
- Paola Schellenbaum, a PCUSA international peacemaker from Italy, will be participating in worship on Sunday, October 15. Between services she will host a presentation on "Mediterranean Hope," a project that works to resettle refugees from Africa and the Middle East. Ten o'clock in the library/lounge. Mike Rugh has more information.
- CPJ's next meeting is Monday, November 6 at 7 p.m.
PC(USA) News and Announcements
To keep up with the latest news and announcements of the PC(USA), please check out the PCUSA News link from our church website: click on "Other Links of Interest" from our homepage, then "PCUSA News" link or go directly to http://www.pcusa.org/news/. To read the letter from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II in response to the president's decision to end DACA program, please read full story here.
RCLPC Grounds Clean-Up Rescheduled for: Saturday, October 21st at 9:30 AM
On Saturday, October 21st at 9:30 AM, you're invited to partake in the RCLPC Grounds Clean-Up Event -- the autumn landscape spruce-up around the church. What to bring?... Kathy Rabe suggests: "...rakes and pruners (small handheld ones as well as larger ones), hedge trimmers (Lou plans to take down a tree with a chain saw which he will bring with him.), ...buckets to haul yard waste. Really, any tools that you would find helpful for your own yard and fall cleanup will be good." If you are available to help, your participation will be greatly appreciated. Pray for good weather.
Connecting Our Faith
Pastor John with International Peacemaker Paola Schellenbaum
10 AM Sunday Education Offering... Mediterranean Hope Project
Paola Schellenbaum, a PCUSA-sponsored visitor from Italy, talks about the Mediterranean Hope Project which "is divided into four closely related units: 1) analysis and information on migration flows via the Mediterranean; 2) reception and orientation of migrants and asylum seekers; 3) integration programs; 4) actions aimed at promoting effective migration policies that respect human rights."
Location: The Lounge
In and Around Our Community...
Wrap Up of the McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk
It was a wonderful day for the Walk: the weather was perfect, no Bear game to compete with, and almost 250 adults, children, and pets walked the Walk. At least 43 walked for RCLPC. Another 14 remained at the Food Pantry to meet and greet the Walkers. As of today the Walk has raised $21,001. This is a new record for the Walks. RCLPC members, friends, and family, also have set a new record with donations of $4915. RCLPC, you are so special. What a pleasure it is for me to represent you. Thank you from MJ and all the CROP Team Members. No one should go hungry!
Faith in Place Sponsors: Green Team Summit
Sunday, October 15th, 9AM - 5PM
Join people of diverse faiths from across Illinois for an action-packed day of connecting and learning about climate justice. We'll give you the tools, resources, and inspiration needed to spark meaningful change in your community.
Check here for more info on the workshops being presented. (opens a PDF file)
Location: The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Lunch Provided | Free General Admission to Museum
Join us when you can! Please see website for detailed schedule.
Event is FREE but space is limited! Please register online:
Questions? Contact Veronica Kyle
312.733.4640 Ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stress and Anxiety: Managing Both for a Healthy Lifestyle
Woodstock Public Library, Tuesday, October 17th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Your mind deserves better than to be loaded down with the never-ending job of worrying! Some stress can be beneficial and may lead to actual problem-solving, but a
lot of our stress is unnecessary and even harmful. Learn about the different types of stress, how to manage and to challenge yourself to view things differently for a balanced life. Presentation will include facts and symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as provide a discussion on how to effectively cope with life situations and have effective communication with family friend and colleagues.
Elisha Mairet will focus on identifying concerns regarding mental health while providing facts on typical symptoms and risk factors. An open discussion on self-care will be included. Elisha will share resources and tips to manage and address mental health concerns.
815.338.0542 (Register Today), Email: Suzanne.Martinez@advocatehealth.com
Workshop: Helping Older Adults Use Medication Safely
Where: McHenry County Jewish Congregation, 8617 Ridgefield Rd, Crystal Lake
When: Wednesday, October 18th at 1pm
Who: Nina Henry, LCPC, CADC
Many older adults take multiple medications on a regular basis. It is critically important to understand how to use these commonly prescribed medications safely in order to avoid unintentional misuse. Together we will learn how to identify signs of medication misuse, how medications and alcohol interact, and tips for using prescribed medications safely and effectively. This presentation is appropriate for older adults, senior care workers, and adult children with aging parents. Email: email@example.com for more information.
Prayer Vigil in Woodstock for Immigrants and Trust Act
There is a prayer vigil planned for October 22nd at Bates Park, Woodstock at 7pm. It will be about an hour long. The vigil is to show support and solidarity for immigrants in detention, especially those detained recently in apparent violation of the IL Trust Act. Please contact Pam Shearman, Program Director Jail Ministry - Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, 847-867-4375 for more information, or more information can be found at icdichicago.org/
Everybody has a motivation to stay healthy. What's yours?
We at Life Line Screening understand that sometimes we put others in front of our own needs. But we also know that having a healthy body enables us to enjoy more life experiences that are important to us. Our screenings allow for patients to be proactive about their health. The preventative health screenings we conduct go beyond regular checkups to provide you and your doctor with valuable information about your health. You'll be able to get information you need to take action to prevent chronic disease before it's too late.
Location: Christian Fellowship of Crystal Lake, 3419 Walkup Rd.
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Pre-registration is required. Call 888-653-6450
(For additional information, please consult the flyer on the bulletin board.)
The God Squad
Who knows best - a grownup or a child? Who would God speak to if God had something to say - to someone aged 60 or someone aged 6? Grownups know best, right? God would want to talk to a 60-year-old rather than a 6-year old, right? Come to the Squad Room to learn about Samuel and how God spoke to him. Do you know how old Samuel was when God awoke him from his slumber to chat? Karen Nelson is our game and music leader and Tiffany Hess will be leading the story and craft.
FBI - Apple Orchard Extravaganza - Sunday, October 15
Meet at the All Seasons Orchard (14510 IL Rt. 176, Woodstock) from 1:30-4:30pm for hay rides, apple picking, corn maze, apple cannon, pig races, trampoline, zip line and more. This event is open to all MS youth and their families. Youth group will pick up the cost of the combo ticket, but if your youth wants to shoot the canon, buy a pumpkin, or purchase a snack at the concession stand, that is an additional expense.
CIA - Sunday Supper Club, October 22
Sunday Supper Club is October 22nd from 5-6:30pm at the Sowa home. Food, fellowship and fun to be had. Let Mrs. Sowa know if you will be able to make it. We dare you to join us for our Haunted House trip on October 28th. Check the website for details. Reformation Sunday in the city! Fourth Presbyterian Church, blessing bag distribution and lunch at Water Tower. Plan on leaving the train station in Cary at 9am and returning on the 4:30pm train. Details to follow closer to the 29th.
Sunday Morning Fellowship Time
Sunday mornings, from 10:00-10:50am, the deacons sponsor a coffee hour fellowship opportunity for all congregation members in Fellowship Hall. It's a good time to relax and socialize, both for those who attended the 9:00 service and for those arriving early for the 11:00 service. Once a month during the school year, a wonderful team graciously hosts Brewed Awakenings during this fellowship time. That leaves lots of opportunities for others to volunteer to make coffee and provide a snack. All of the coffee-making supplies are provided, and cleanup is done at 10:50 to allow volunteers to attend the 11:00 service if they wish. We truly appreciate those who regularly volunteer! Can you help out one Sunday? A sign-up sheet is located in the basket next to the coffee machine in Fellowship Hall, with available dates through the end of December. If you have questions, please feel free to 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.
Call to Prayer after Recent Hurricanes
God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in storm and distress, we welcome the restoring power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude, and hope: that those who have been spared nature's fury as well as those whose lives are changed forever by ravages of wind and water may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days of recovery and rebuilding that come.
We open ourselves to listen with compassion to the stories of those whom these hurricanes have not spared: communities deeply affected, whose livelihood, homes and stability have been destroyed. We pray in grief, honoring the lives, shattered and the livelihoods, homes and businesses for whom recovery seems an insurmountable mountain. We lift our voices in sorrow and compassion for families who have lost loved ones, homes, or livelihood.
We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we, your people, respond to the deep human needs beginning to emerge in the wake of the storm.
In these days of relief, assessment and response, open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands to the needs of your children and the movements of your Spirit, who flows in us like the river whose streams makes glad the city of God, and the hearts of all who dwell in it, and in You. In the name of Christ the Healer we pray, Amen.
(the Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)
Our prayers for all those affected by the two major earthquakes in Central America recently. As best we can learn, our partners in Jerez and La Felicidad experienced the temblors of the first quake, but all were safe.
RCLPC's clean water team plans to be in Guatemala from December 1-9. In Jerez, nearly a year and a half after implementation, we will be learning about their work to provide safe water and education about its use to all who need it in the village, assisting with any maintenance needs, and celebrating their progress. La Felicidad is now finishing the preparation of the room that will house the system and beginning their community outreach. Over the last 7 months, they have raised the money by selling food in the community to hire a local man and his sons to dig--by hand in rocky, volcanic ground--a well that will provide a year-round water supply. In December the installation of the water system and education for the community will be taking place. We also hope to sign a covenant for future work with another Presbyterian church in the area.
Here at home, preparations are underway. The teacher team is meeting regularly to prepare the lessons for adults and children on the appropriate uses of pure water and the importance of hand washing. The install team has the water system in hand and inventory completed. The support of RCLPC--through your prayers, music, your gifts, your encouragement and interest--continues to underpin this mission. Indeed, you are full partners in Living Waters for Guatemala.
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.
Scrip Card Orders...
If you would like to order Scrip cards and help raise funds for our PADS lunches, our next order deadlines are... Sunday, October 15th and Sunday, November 19th. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Blakely. Thank you for supporting PADS lunches!
Food Pantry Work Schedule 2017
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays
Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27
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 - 1pm; Monday - Friday