REMINDER: Bake Sale on Saturday, August 1st!
Set your alarms so you don't miss out on the best bake sale in McHenry County. That's right, the youth of RCLPC will be selling delicious treats to benefit the Pioneer Center Homeless Shelter. Sale starts at 9am and will end at 11am or when we sell out. Cash and checks (made out to RCLPC with "Pioneer Center" in the memo line) accepted. We are doing our very best to make this a safe and fun event for all. We will even deliver if you need us to, but will need your order in advance. Just email Raechel at email@example.com. We can't wait to see you and will have big smiles underneath our masks. See you on Saturday at 9am!
Why Donate To McHenry County PADS?
Every person is valued and deserves an equal opportunity. This is the core mission Pioneer Center operates upon each and every day. By focusing on people, we are able to create tailored experiences for each and every person that walks through our doors. They get the opportunity to shine bright, and it is in thanks to your contribution.
Healthy Practices at RCLPC
Please be aware that at each entry point into the church building there are Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer for your use. Each person who enters the church should use the sanitizer and then take a wipe with them to clean any surfaces they might come into contact with. Also, please use the sanitizer upon leaving the building. With your help, we can keep each other safe and healthy.
Reminder: There are several checks coming through the mail from on-line bill pay that do not have correct current contributor numbers. Please make sure the bank is using your current contribution number, which would be on your giving statement at the top right-hand corner. You can also call me or email me to find out what your current contribution number is at any time. Thanks, Kim Stewart
Notice: Our long time treasurer, David Woodruff, would like to turn his responsibilities over to someone new. He reports the job is 4-5 hours monthly and additional time to answer requests for information. If you might like to serve the church in this way, please contact Nancy Delware at 815-459-4729. She can provide additional details to assist with your decision.
If you would like to receive a copy of your giving statement (which includes your on-line giving), please email me and I can get you a copy. ~ Kim Stewart, Office and Website Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Session Highlights - July 27, 2020
- Rev. John Dillon Moderator
- Approved Session Meeting Minutes from June 22, 2020
- Approved creating an Ad Hoc team to review Session e-vote process
- Approved continuation of Zoom Worship Service at 9am for the foreseeable future. Worship service will return to 10am on Sunday, September 13th. Session will review future Zoom Worship offerings at August Session meeting.
- Approved Consent Agenda items from Building and Grounds, Deacons, Finance, Stewardship, Communications and Vision Teams
- Reviewed status of Treasurer replacement search
- Presentation by Mike Rugh on Matthew 25 responsibilities, and Presbytery, GA, and RCLPC CPJ Team positions/actions
- Reviewed Earth Care Team concern over the two vehicles located in RCLPC West parking lot. Building & Grounds is aware of vehicles and will look into actions.
- Next Session meeting is August 24, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom Conference
Calling All Gardeners and Volunteers
Calling all gardeners and anyone willing to volunteer a little time around the church property keeping things looking tidy. While we've all been gone the weeds have thrived and the church grounds need some loving care. If you can volunteer just a little of your time doing some cleanup, then please contact Mike Harvey. He's keeping track of when people have volunteered and coordinating assignments. You can do this on your own time and won't be a part of a group.
Summer Worship Series - Comfort Food
RCLPC loves, respects and honors all our younger members! Raechel Sowa, who does such wonderful work with them, asked each of our youth to pick a Bible verse in which they find comfort and say what it means to them. The answers were heartfelt and inspiring and on your behalf I thank Raechel for the initiative and all concerned for their thoughtful replies.
Each Sunday in June, July and August those texts and thoughts will be the focus of our Worship. Please see the schedule below and join us in worship as witness the Prophet Joel's words quoted by peter at Pentecost: "your sons and daughters shall prophecy"
2 - Hebrews 11:23-29 "Moses was seen by some as weak but he was strong"
9 - Matt 7:1-5 "be humble not critical"
16 - Blessing of backpacks Proverbs 21:24-31 "horse was ready for battle but the victory was God's"
23 - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 "Jesus's forgiveness and sacrifice shows how much we mean to God"
30 - Genesis 37:14-28 "every variety of human emotion"
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.)
Helping Out Others In and Around Our Community Near and Far...
Can You help?
Once again, Church World Service has challenged us to supply 10 hygiene kits and 2 emergency cleaning buckets. This is a very big request and your help provides much needed hope for people at home and around the world. There will be two covered bins for your donations outside the Connecting Link from August 1 to August 8. One will be marked "Hygiene Kits" the other will be marked "Cleaning Buckets."
Hygiene Kit and Emergency Bucket Update
We are blessed to have received a donation of the supplies for all the hygiene kits. If you already purchased items for a hygiene kit, please still drop at church; we will use them! We are still in need of all the items for the emergency kits and the shipping costs ($2 for hygiene and $3 for emergency kits) for both. What a generous congregation you are. Thank you!!
Items for the emergency cleaning buckets include:
1. One 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
2. Four scouring pads
3. Seven sponges, one large
4. One scrub brush
5. Eighteen reusable lightweight dry cleaning towels (ex. Handi-wipes)
6. One 50-oz. or two 25 oz. bottles of liquid laundry detergent
7. One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
8. One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water
9. One package of 48-50 clothespins
10. Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
11. Five dust masks
12. Two pairs of heavy-duty waterproof dishwashing gloves (latex-free, non-surgical)
13. One pair of work gloves (cotton with leather palm or all leather)
14. 24-28 heavy duty 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
15. One 6-9 oz. bottle of insect repellent
If you have any questions please contact Mary Finch or Raechel Sowa.
Thank you, The Mission Team
Bake Sale for Pioneer Center Homeless Shelter
is a One Stop Shop
That's right, drop off your items for the hygiene kit and emergency bucket, grab a tasty treat or two, and help the homeless. Sounds like a perfect service centered Saturday morning!
Help Make Face Masks
One way you can help fight the covid-19 pandemic is to sew face masks for the Senior Care Volunteer Network. Bev Kerman and her team have made hundreds upon hundreds of masks already, and the need is still there. Directions and a very good video are available on Deaconess.com. The only tricky part is finding 1/4 inch elastic, but now that the retail stores are opening, it may be easier to obtain. Please join us in this worthy project. Bring your masks each week to Bev Kerman by the week-end. She brings them to SCVN on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Thank you! The Mission Team
Coins for Kenya
All those wishing to put the coins they have been saving to put in the Coins for Kenya jars at the church are encouraged to either send a check made payable to RCLPC with Coins for Kenya in the memo line or make a donation online and make a note that you want that amount to go to Coins for Kenya.
Prayers and Donations Requested for Guatemala
While cases of Covid continue to increase in Guatemala, God's work continues. RCLPC's Living Waters for the World partners are reaching out to help people in their communities by providing needed food staples. They are using water project and church funds, plus raising additional money, to reach as many as they can.
We can assist their efforts. We ask that you pray for our partners and their communities and invite you to make a donation to provide them with funds for further hunger relief. Please write your check to RCLPC, memo Living Waters. All monies received for Living Waters in August will go toward food assistance in our partners' communities. Francisco and Feliciano, food distribution leaders in Santiago Atitlan, are happy to be collaborating with us to provide food assistance. They have created a logo for use on the bags of food, recognizing RCLPC's partnership with them.
Thank you for extending your hands in prayer and friendship. ~Living Waters Team
Back to School Family Worship
Children, youth, and college age adults should check their emails for information regarding our outdoor family worship on August 9 at 5 pm. Questions? Contact Raechel Sowa at email@example.com
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.
2020 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
August 19, September 16, October 7, November 4 & 25, December 23
2020 Scrip Gift Cards Order Due Dates
August 16, September 13, October 11, November 15, December 6
Fair Trade for a More Just World
A new supply of Equal Exchange products, purchased through the Interfaith Coffee Project, is available on the fair trade cabinet shelves in Fellowship Hall. You'll find plenty of whole bean and drip regular coffees, plus new teas. There are chocolate bars and minis for your sweet tooth, and we're trying out the organic Tamari Roasted Almonds and Natural Pecans.
The fair trade station in Fellowship Hall is always open, self-serve, with current prices posted on a sign by the products or sticker on the product itself. No change is provided, and both checks (written to RCLPC, memo "fair trade") and cash are accepted. Place your payment in the small box with the products. To learn more, look for pamphlets about chocolate production and the partnership PC(USA) has with Equal Exchange. It makes a world of difference to small farmers in Africa and Latin America.
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!.
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Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday