A Season of Gratitude
Session has designated October as a Season of Gratitude during which we will remember that:
Gratitude is a way of looking at life.
Gratitude is a profound awareness of God's many gifts.
Gratitude is recognizing our radical dependence on God.
Gratitude is appreciating every good thing in life, not just the big things.
During the next few weeks each of you will receive a personal phone call from one of our elders. Their objective is to express how much each of you is valued and how important and appreciated your support is. Knowing that everyone's situation is different, they will also invite you to consider how you might continue to be a disciple of Christ through your giving of time and talent to RCLPC.
Please click here to make your pledge on-line.
Early voting has begun and ballots are being mailed to those who requested them. You can still register on line until October 18 or check that you are registered at McHenry County Clerk or McHenry County Elections. Our democracy depends on our participation. If you want politicians to listen to you, you need to speak up by voting on or before November 3 for local, state, and national issues.
Just a Reminder About RCLPC Yard Signs
Matthew 24:14 - This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world.
Please pick up a yard sign from the front of the church. Plant it in your yard and show the world that you are proud to be a Riclpicker!!
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.
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.
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.
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...
The Youth Invite You... To Help Feed the Hungry
The youth at the Presbyterian Church of Barrington and RCLPC will be putting together holiday gift bags for the food pantry filled with all things baking. We are collecting: flour, sugar, powdered sugar, baking soda, baking powder, oil, and sprinkles. There will be a "Food Collection Parade" at RCLPC on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 - 10:30am. Can't make the parade donation drop off will be Nov. 1 - Nov. 6 at RCLPC.
Fighting Global Poverty Through Fair and Ethical Trade
(SERRV, a non-profit organization)
Please plan to Join the Mission Team for Coffee hour after worship next Sunday, November 1st.
For those of you who look forward each year to the Global Gift Shop, we have good news! We will once again celebrate our commitment to artisans working around the world by offering their hand-made items and food for sale. The purchases we make support the artisans and farmers who are paid fairly and employed under safe conditions. We benefit by being able to shop for hand-made gifts for others as well as a little something for ourselves. As with most of our activities this year, this will be a virtual event.
Here's how it will work: Go to SERRV.org, and you'll see items for the kitchen, home, garden, fashion, gift baskets and food, including chocolate! Choose the items you wish to purchase and write them down, along with the prices, and send your order and check to Mary Ellen at the address listed below. Please make out the checks for all items purchased to "RCLPC" and indicate "Fair Trade" in the memo line. There is no charge for tax or shipping! Our deadline is November 10. Because of COVID-19, SERRV needs more time to process and ship our items. We expect to receive our orders by the first week in December. Send your orders and checks made out to "RCLPC" to:
Mary Ellen Shine
Good Samaritan Ministry volunteers usually meet once a month; Monday and Friday mornings 9-11am to give Crystal Lake residents limited emergency assistance. Due to Covid-19, a few volunteers are no longer active. Will you be a Good Samaritan volunteer? Training is provided and computers are not involved in recording client visits. If you or someone you know wishes to help, please call 1-815-477-2489 to make an appointment.
Important to Know:
Good Samaritan Ministry provides emergency financial assistance to Crystal Lake residents for utilities and rent. If you or someone you know needs aid, please call 1-815-477-2489 to make an appointment.
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
Sunday School Update
Anthony can't wait to see you at 9:30am Sunday to continue our chat about Moses. Check out the parting of the Red Sea science activity on our website: rclpc.org/sundaySchool.html. Looks like a fun activity! Mark your calendars for our family SS on November 1st at 5pm. There are marshmallows and sling shots. Don't miss out on the fun!
Youth Group Update
Our next event is tomorrow, October 24th from 6:30-8:30pm. It will be a spooky night filled with fun! A pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, and treats to finish the evening. More importantly we will gather together to reconnect and enjoy one another's company. Parents, if you would be willing to stay and help with the carving that would be great. We will need an extra hand or two.
Our Fall Retreat is Fast Approaching!
I am excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Barrington Presbyterian Church for this fun retreat. Mark your calendars for 6:30-8:30pm on Friday, November 6 and 9am-2pm on the 7th. Details will be emailed and posted on our website. ~ Raechel Sowa, Youth Coordinator
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
November 4 & 25, December 23
2020 Scrip Gift Cards Order Due Dates
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!.
The Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church
8505 Church Street in Ridgefield
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
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Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday