RCLPC in Ministry This Week
Sunday, September 20 - Saturday, September 26

(All meetings & Worship services are via Zoom
unless noted otherwise.)

Sunday9:30-9:45Sunday School via Zoom

10:00Worship via Zoom
Tuesday7:45amStaff meeting

10:00Book Group

7:00Deacon Family Group Meet n' Greet

7:45Stewardship Team
Wednesday4:00Word on Wednesdays

7:00Task Force Team
Thursday10:00Women's Bible Study

7:00Finance Team


NOTICE: Calendar Updates
I will be on vacation from September 24-October 4. If you have a Zoom calendar request, please contact Kim Stewart at admin@rclpc.org. Thanks! Raechel Sowa
Slides for Announcements

Please remember these people in your prayers

for dealing with the death of a loved one:
Lynn and Naomi Stange and family, loss of husband and father, Don Stange

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
Raechel Sowa's mom, Sandy; Nancy Blakely's mom; Kim Stewart's brother, Don; Darryl Bessant; Jodi Iddings' sister, Lisa; Sharon Ray; Deb Steele's sister-in-law, Linda; Amy Connell's friend, Debbie Hermansen; Deb Steele's brother-in-law, Bob; Raechel Sowa's sister, Sarah; Jac Kelewae's brother, Ken; Steven Walton, friend of Jac and Sarah Kelewae; Bill Blakely's mother, Gerry Blakely; Glenn Bereiter; Barb Harhen, friend of Ann Poremba; Raj Dencker; Marge Stewart's son, Tom; Linda Popp; John Fankhauser; Joy Martin and family; Jim and Carol Iddings; Carol Hoefer's mother, Edith

for families dealing with difficult life choices:
immigrant detainees and their families

for our troops:
all of our troops and their families

for our friends around the world:
Living Waters partners in Guatemala; El Saray Church and Fairhaven School in Egypt; Rev. Hani Jack and family; Christians and Muslims in community together; Ngirine Parish, our partner parish in Kenya; PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker, Cesar Carhuachin, in Colombia

Spread the Word!
Matthew 24:14 - This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world.
You are invited to spread the word about RCLPC by placing one of these signs in your yard. During this ongoing crisis and while our building is closed it is even more important to reach out to our communities and to welcome people into our fellowship. So, you are invited and encouraged, to collect one of our new signs and place it in your yard. You can collect one from the front of the building. Spread the Word!

Season of Peace Daily Devotions
Beginning September 6, and continuing through World Communion Sunday, October 4, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations will begin observing a Season of Peace, a four-week spiritual journey of daily devotions designed to deepen our pursuit of peace. The Season of Peace is a time for congregations to focus on what it means to be a peacemaking congregation and what it means to be people of peace. It is a chance for us as a congregation to reflect on our identity and consider what we can do to promote peace in our communities, our nation, and in the world. To begin receiving the daily reflections, written specifically for this year, simply start by signing up here.
Focus of the reflections will be:
September 20-26: Peace in community
September 27-October 4: Wholistic peace

Living Waters News
Our correspondence with our four partners, we learned of the desperate need for food in Guatemala. Each partner had been using their available resources to fund support and food distributions in their own communities. We are blessed to be partnered with such an amazing group of people that are truly showing God's love in their communities. In response to their outreach, all donations to the RCLPC Living Waters Project during July and August were specially marked for food donations. RCLPC answered that call and we were able to send $4,000 to Guatemala to provide additional funding for the food distributions in our partner communities. They all expressed their gratitude with videos, photos and reports of their August food distributions. The love and generosity of the RCLPC congregation continues to reach out whenever there is a need in so many ways. Thank you so much! Join us for the Zoom Fellowship following service on September 20th for an update and pictures.

Food Distribution Details:
An emphasis was on providing for widows, the elderly, and the neediest people.

  • Jerez-55 families served, plus 25 more sponsored by the Water Committee
  • La Felicidad-56 families served - 28 from the church and 28 from the community
  • El Chico-70 bags for 40 church families and 30 community families
  • Santiago Atitlan-145 families from the community and nearby villages; they received a larger gift due to the indigenous population and the size of the community

Pastor John's 10th anniversary
An important moment in the history of RCLPC is coming up soon. October 17th will mark the 10th anniversary of Pastor John's installation. The deacons are planning a recognition for this special event to express our love and appreciation. Plans include giving gifts on behalf of the congregation, putting together a memory book and slideshow, and having a car parade. Here's how you can help put together the memory book and slideshow along with the car parade-

  • Save the date Sunday, October 11th for the car parade (rain date will be Sunday, October 18th). We will parade past John's house at 3:00pm.
  • Put together words of appreciation, memories and photos and send them to photosforjohn10@gmail.com for inclusion in the memory book and slideshow. Please have all contributions sent in by September 18th.
  • Send greeting cards to John by October 17th.
If you would like to send a personal gift, please send it directly to John. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Blakely.

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. She can provide additional details to assist with your decision.

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.

McHenry Co. Recycling Events 2020
Saturday October 3rd 9:00am to Noon
McHenry County College, 8900 US Route 14, Crystal Lake
Elgin Recycling will be accepting electronic devices. Fees apply for TV's and Monitors. The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will be accepting textiles/clothing, Fluorescent tubes and bulbs ($) and clean Styrofoam. Paper Tiger will be providing onsite document shredding. Available until the truck is full. For additional information please check our website. www.mcdh.info or contact Kelli Boeckmann, Solid Waste Manager for McHenry County at 815-334-4585. NOTE: The McHenry Co. Health Dept. is not taking batteries at the upcoming recycling drives. Elgin Recycling takes batteries at their location in Crystal Lake on Rt. 176 across from Countryside Nursery.

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...

McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk 2020
According to a July 13 World Health Organization news release, "another 83 million people, and possibly as many as 132 million, may go hungry in 2020 as a result of the economic recession triggered by COVID-19." But you can make a difference in local and global hunger by supporting the McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk. Each donation and each person who walks matters now more than ever!

THE WALK: Help RCLPC reach our goal of raising $3,000+. In just one week, RCLPC youth, members, friends and families will participate in the annual, community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service (CWS). 25% of the funds raised go to our local food pantries in McHenry County. The remaining 75% will be distributed by CWS to areas of the world with the greatest hunger needs.

WALK DAY: To keep everyone safe, each participating church is creating its own walk, stepping off at 2pm on Sept. 27. For those who would like to walk as a group, RCLPC walkers will meet Sunday, Sept. 27 at the "AL" baseball diamond at the Crystal Lake Main Beach parking lot at 1:45pm. Step-off will be 2:00pm, and we will all walk 1 or 2 miles together (your choice). Masks required. All other walkers may step off at a location of your choosing at 2:00pm. Take pictures along the way, post them on social media, and tag them with #VirtualCROPHungerWalk, #EndHungerNow. You may also post here: https://www.facebook.com/McHenryCountyCROPWalk.

DONATIONS / REGISTRATION: Even if you are walking independently, please click "Join Our Team" at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/mchenrycounty/RCLPC so we have an accurate count of RCLPC CROP walkers. Donations are also being collected there (preferred), or checks may be written out to "Church World Service" with "CROP Walk" in the memo line, and mailed to Allison Larsen.

QUESTIONS? Connection to other churchs' walkers may be virtual but the need is definitely real! Thank you for your CROP Walk support! Allison Larsen or Nancy Blakely.

RCLPC's CROP Hunger Walk Home Page (sign-up and donations):
Main McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk Home Page:
CROP Walk Facebook Page:

World Communion Sunday - Peace and Global Witness Special Offering
In God's house, there are people of every background. In God's house there are people of every race, age and gender. In God's house, people who are different from each other in almost every way live together and seek ways to bring about Christ's peace in every part of our lives.

On World Communion Sunday, we celebrate that Christ's peace extends throughout all creation. We celebrate that we are all together at the table in God's house. We celebrate that we are offered what we need to continue the work of building the household of God with active peacemakers here at home and in a world increasingly destabilized by global market economies based on greed.

Through our participation in the Peace & Global Witness Offering, our church is extending Christ's peace throughout our community, addressing systems of conflict and injustice across the world; 25% of the gifts received will stay right here.

This year, we will send all we receive to our peacemaker in Cameroon, Jaff Bamenjo, our 2019 International Peacemaker whom you may remember visited RCLPC last year. Our gifts will support work-scholarship programs that provide affordable access to secondary education, balancing declining Cameroon government subsidies for education.

There are two ways you can contribute to the Peace and Global Witness Special Offering: If you give on-line, clearly mark "Peace and Global Witness Offering" in the Notes section. If you send a check, use the memo line to designate your intention.

Food Pantry Needs Donations
Items that the Food Pantry is currently in need of due to short supply from the Food Bank and other vendors are as follows:
Ramen Soup (all flavors), Canned Chili, Canned Beef Stew, Spaghetti, Other Pasta, Paper Towels, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, Flour, Sugar, Rice, Dry Beans, Canned Pasta, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Laundry Soap, Dish Soap, Cat Food
Additional Items that the Food Pantry seldom purchases, but can always use: crackers, cooking oil, canned tomatoes, cake mixes, condiments such as ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, salad dressing, spices, salt, pepper
Bring food items to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry or put them in a labeled box in front of the Connecting Link in front of the church. Thanks, Sarah Kelewae

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 srose@mchenrycountyhousing.org
or Contact us by phone: (815) 338-7752

Interested in Helping to Provide Clean Water for Communities in Guatemala?
Join our Living Waters Team at RCLPC and get trained to educate communities, install systems, or organize and plan projects. The October Clean Water U will be coming virtually for the very first time. Because this is a pilot, they are putting two things in place: First, class size will be limited more than usual. Second, in a spirit of true collaboration, they want to offer a 40% discount for this first virtual training. This first virtual Clean Water U class runs Oct. 6 -10. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Kelewae.

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

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.

Sunday School Update
Connectedness is the theme for the 2020-21 SS year and we can't wait to connect with all the kids each week on Zoom (before worship) and the 1st Sunday of each month at 5:00pm at RCLCP for our family gathering. Details were emailed to our families this past week and information will be on our website. Questions? Contact Raechel Sowa.

Youth Group
This year brings about change for our Middle School group. We are giving a big shout out of thanks to Tiffany and Daniel Hess for their years of service as our leaders. They truly went above and beyond to guide our youth and to help them feel connected to each other and our church. Due to their busy schedules at home and work they have decided to take a break this year from leading, but we are hoping we can lure them back every now and then for a game night or bonfire. We will miss your leadership, Tiffany and Daniel. Thank you for everything.

I think we can all agree that 2020 offers a new way of doing things around every corner; this is true for our youth groups as well. This year we will be combining the MS and HS groups and Paula Viner and I will be leading. We are excited for the opportunity and look forward to connecting the youth in different ways. With that said, we are ready to start and hope the weather cooperates this week!

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
October 7, November 4 & 25, December 23

2020 Scrip Gift Cards Order Due Dates
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.

Mission Partners
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

Fairhaven School
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.

Calling Cards
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

Mission Partners
QR code to mission site 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.

QR Code for On-line giving

On-Line Giving 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

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 are now being done through the office. Please call the office at 815-459-1132 or email the request to office@rclpc.org. Please specify whether the request is confidential or can be shared with the congregation.

picture of the churchMany 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
office@rclpc.org ~ 815.459.1132 ~ www.rclpc.org

Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday