NOTICE about NEW MASK REQUIREMENT...
Per CDC guidelines, masks are required in the building. So, if you are attending the worship service in person, please wear a mask. Thank you.
Our Theme in Worship and Ministry this Fall is: I AM: we are.
We will explore this by looking at topics such as:
I AM listening: we are praying
I AM creating: we are grateful
I AM here: we are seeking
To assist and inspire us, our wonderful Worship Enhancement Team have created a new banner to grace our worship space and are erecting a large spiral. We ask that you become directly involved and also add to our worship by producing your own spiral to join with others. The spiral to write on and cut out is attached here. http://rclpc.org/Spiral.pdf
Faith at Home Book Bundles –
An Activity for the Whole Church
In conjunction with our Matthew 25 initiative and our Faith Formation theme of Neighbors, we have created 10 book bags to be read throughout our congregation. These Faith at Home Book Bundles are a gift from the PCUSA and we are thrilled to share them with you.
Each bag contains four books: God’s Big Plan, Who is My Neighbor? For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe In A Better World and Growing in God’s Love A Story Bible. The bag also contains a foam person and a journal.
How the bags work:
1. Receive a bag from a church neighbor or pick one up from the book station in front of the church office.
2. Schedule a time before the next Sunday to read a book or all the books (including the Bible stories for Matthew 25 and the Good Samaritan) to a child or children of your choosing. Friends, neighbors, grandchildren, nieces/nephews, etc. etc. Children don’t live at home or near you? Schedule a Zoom meeting or FaceTime. Parents: have your children read to an adult!
3. Using the prompts provided in the included journal, talk about the books and write your thoughts for others to see. Don’t forget to share your name so we can see who read the books before us.
4. Decorate a foam person for our “foam doll chain” and return to the book station in front of the office. This can be elaborately decorated using fabric scraps, yarn, etc. or you can just color using markers. We will connect the cutouts and hang them in the church for all to see.
5. Within ONE week share the bag with another RCLPC neighbor. This doesn’t have to be someone you know; in fact, we hope you need to introduce yourself to a new neighbor at church. Let’s use this time to get to know one another.
*Wipes will be provided at the book station to wipe down the books prior to sharing. We suggest you wash your hands after touching the books to keep yourself and others healthy.
That’s it! A simple and fun way to get to know one another and enjoy a few stories. The bags will make their rounds from October 24-November 21 so grab one today and share it the following Sunday. Questions? Contact Raechel at email@example.com.
Word on Wednesday (AND Sunday too!)
Word on Wednesdays, a learning and discussion opportunity, will resume on Wednesday October 20 at 4:00pm on Zoom. AND the same class will be repeated in person the following Sunday from 10:30-11:15am in a corner of Fellowship Hall. AND, as this is the same time as Sunday School, I would particularly invite parents to join in while the children are increasing their knowledge, you can increase yours! AND you can bring your Fellowship coffee and cookies!
Subject: A Basic Introduction to the Old Testament.
1) Wed Oct 20 4:00pm on Zoom AND Sunday Oct 24 in person:
An introduction to the OT. Who chose which books to include? When was it decided? Do all Christians agree or not?
2) Wed Oct 27 on Zoom AND Sunday Oct 31 in person:
The Pentateuch: The First Five Books. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
3) Wed Nov 3 on Zoom AND Sunday Nov 7 in person:
The Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the 12 Minor Prophets.
No classes on Wed Nov 10 or Sunday Nov 14 due to previous commitments.
4) Wed Nov 17 0n Zoom AND Sunday Nov 21 in person:
The Writings: Poetic Books. Psalms, Proverbs, etc.
I hope you will be able to join one of the classes and after Christmas we will turn our attention to: A Basic Introduction to the New Testament.
From Your Stewardship Team...
During the next few weeks, we will hear from some of our members sharing their experiences with key programs at RCLPC. Their objective is to express how these programs have accomplished their goals differently yet the same under the challenges at hand. Knowing that everyone’s situation is different, you are invited to consider how you might continue your faith journey through your giving of time, talent, and financial pledge to RCLPC. You can complete your pledge card on line at http://rclpc.org/pledgeCard2022.html or pick up a pledge card in the church office.
Your Stewardship Team
Vicki Brown, George Steffen, Kayleigh Jensen, Lee Ekstrom, John Dillon
From the Admin Team
As we welcome Ron to RCLPC as Director of Music Ministry, we continue our search for an accompanist. Personal referrals have brought our best candidates. If you know someone who might be interested in this part time job, please contact an administration team member - Al Popp, Lisa Krchak, Debbie Ehlenburg, or Nancy Delware
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.)
Ron Fredriksen is getting to know all of us at RCLPC. He would especially like to know who has musical talent they might share occasionally with the congregation. If you play an instrument or would sing, please tell Ron in person or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you love to enjoy the music but not present it, did you know you can support the ministry with a donation to the music ministry gift account? This is used for extras not in the budget, and usually contains small donations. ~ The Administration Team
Helping Out Others In and Around Our Community Near and Far...
MCC comes to RCLPC
We are so happy to welcome the MCC Theater Department’s production of PUFFS to our Fellowship Hall in November! Because the theater at the college is being used as a COVID test and vaccination site, the fall production was left with no place to perform. MCC’s Jay Geller, knowing of RCLPC Theater’s use of the FH for its summer “Eat, Play, Give” productions, approached Steve Connell about a temporary move to our FH. Session most graciously and generously approved! Rehearsals have begun and performances start on Nov 4 and end on Nov 20. More info is available on their website: https://www.mchenry.edu/blackbox/index.html
Read Mission Newsletters from PCUSA Mission Co-Workers in Colombia:
Sarah Henken (Sarah preached at RCLPC from Colombia via Zoom on Sunday, October 3, 2021 and led a discussion after the service.)
César Carhuachín (César visited RCLPC twice in recent years and participated in worship services and Adult Ed.)
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
We are in need of teachers for our PreK-4th grade class. If you would like to teach a unit (or two or three) this year contact Raechel. Units are typically 3-4 weeks in length. All materials are provided and the classroom will be set each week. All you need to do is review the materials and then facilitate the lesson. They are eager to learn and enjoy being together; it is always a fun 45 minutes. Did I mention you will have an assistant too? How about finding a friend and then teaching together. Now that is an even better time! Please consider sharing your time and talents with the children of RCLPC.
Fellowship Hour to Follow New Worship Time
Coffee and tea will be available after worship, which means we are looking for volunteers to set up these beverages to be ready by 10:30am, meaning preparation would need to begin by 10:00am. Also included would be any clean up. There is a sign-up sheet at the coffee/tea station in Fellowship Hall with a place for your name, email address and phone number. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call. Thank you.
From the Earth Care Team:
Make some 2021 resolutions for the betterment of God's Earth!
2021 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
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