Word on Wednesdays at 4PM
You are encouraged to carve out some space to reclaim and rearticulate what you believe about who God is and who you are so the pattern of your life embodies the liberating love and grace of Jesus Christ. Pastor John will lead this 6-week video and discussion series: Testimony: A Vocabulary of Faith beginning February 17th at 4PM on Zoom. Click here for more information to get to the Zoom link for Word on Wednesdays.
Are you interested in participating in worship in the sanctuary?
Session are pleased to announce that each week we are now able to welcome back a limited number to in-person worship in the Sanctuary. Space is limited to a maximum of approx 30-35 and masks and distancing are required. The situation is evolving fast and you will be fully informed of any changes. Our principal concern is for everyone to be safe and to limit any possible spread of infection. I appreciate that some are anxious to return while others prefer to remain isolated. However, the choice is yours and we will continue to offer an online worship so you can join us from home. Those who do wish to attend in-person worship are required to SIGN UP IN ADVANCE so that we can monitor numbers. Go to the church website at RCLPC.org, click on the “Worship” icon, then click on the “Sign Up Button” at top right corner of the Worship page. Please contact Elder Mike Wilson with any questions.
Book Discussion Workshop
A book discussion workshop sponsored by the Synod of Lincoln Trails has been scheduled for Thursday, March 18, from 10:00-noon. The book is "How to Lead when you don't know Where You're Going", and the workshop will be led by the author, Susan Beaumont. This will be a good resource and guide for us as we begin opening up to a "new normal", which will most likely be different from our pre-COVID "normal." All are welcome to participate, and you don’t have to read the book. To register, go to: Lincolntrails.org. There's no charge.
Easter Flowers for Worship - On-Line Order Form
These flowers will beautify the sanctuary on Easter morning and will be available for you to pick up after the service on Easter Sunday. Please mail in a check made out to RCLPC with "Easter flowers" on the memo line, or make your payment on-line with "Flowers" in the NOTES section. Flower orders are due by March 15.
One Great Hour of Sharing - Self Development of People (SDOP)
What are these fish banks? Do our coins make any difference?
Believe it or not, the coins that you are using to fill your fish banks, added together with those of congregations around the country, have a huge impact in aid and opportunities given to people who are hungry, devastated by natural disasters, and are oppressed by oppression and injustice. Through your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, over 5,000 projects in economically poor communities in the United States and around the world have had an opportunity to develop their own solutions to their problems. Here’s one example:
Self-Development of People helps amplify voices of youth in Detroit
from Presbyterian Mission Agency
Please keep adding coins to your fish banks and bring them to the church during Holy Week!
The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People, all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities who are struggling. Each program receives one-third of all One Great Hour of Sharing gifts. It is the single, largest way Presbyterians come together every year to serve the least of us. Please prayerfully consider your support for those in need. Every small gift, when combined with other small gifts, makes a huge difference in their lives. If you should choose to mail your donation, use one of the envelopes included in the materials. Please write “One Great Hour of Sharing” (OGHS) on the memo line. You may also send an on-line donation to the church. Please make sure to put “OGHS offering” in the NOTES section.
Two (or More) Church Techs Are Better Than One
"If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
- Ecclesiastes 4:8-10
We are beginning to get our YouTube (and Zoom) streaming (sort of) figured out. So far, Steve Connell has been running the video and sound boards on Sunday mornings but he also likes to sing and he can’t be all over the place, as much as he would like. We need a few volunteers to offer some help or possibly take the lead on occasional Sundays. Ideally, it would mostly involve switching from one camera to the next occasionally and possibly tweaking the sound to improve the YT/Zoom experience. Sight and sound will never be as good as in person in the sanctuary but we’d like to come as close as possible. What do you think? Contact Steve Connell to discuss what you might be comfortable with when you get a chance. No experience necessary!
Session Highlights - February 22, 2021
- Rev. John Dillon Moderator
- Approved Session Meeting Minutes from January 18, 2021
- Approved Congregation Meeting Minutes from January 24, 2021
- Approved consent agenda for Worship, Administration, Deacons, Mission, Building and Grounds, Christian Ed, Communication and Vision Teams.
- Nominating Committee report search for candidates for open positions is going well.
- Reported that RCLPC Liability Insurance would cover RCLPC working cleaning a section of the Ridgefield Trace Trail
- Approved Al Esche for maintaining the RCLPC Fidelity account
- Session recognizes Raechel Sowa, Kim Stewart and Brian Sanders for their terrific work for Lent communication materials
- Elder Mike Wilson provided an update on members attending sanctuary services as going well
- Approved the spending for Music streaming licensing fee
- Next Session meeting is March 22, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom Conference
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...
Diaper Bank in Need of Size 5 Diapers
Phyllis Mueller has informed us that there is a desperate need for size 5 diapers. The manufacturers cannot fill their order until May. If you can help, please drop diapers off inside the church in the Connecting Link. They will be collected and taken to the Diaper Bank. Thanks for your support, The Mission Team
Virtual Easter Basket Donations for Home of the Sparrow
During this Lenten season where again, we are invited on this walk with Jesus, please consider helping to donate to the “Virtual” Easter Basket this year with a free will donation. Donations will be used to purchase gift cards for the Home of the Sparrow families through the RCLPC “Scrip” program. During these challenging times your support carries a greater need than ever. Home of the Sparrow greatly appreciates your help for their families. There are currently 11 women and 13 children residing in the shelter and subsidized apartments. Deadline for donations is March 15th (because cards will be purchased through “Scrip” soon thereafter). Donations can be sent to church by check made payable to “RCLPC” with “Home of the Sparrow” in the memo line, or put “Home of the Sparrow” in the NOTES section if giving online at “Giving to RCLPC.” Any questions, please call Karen Nelson. Thank you.
Don’t Forget the Food Pantry!
During this time of food insecurity for so many, please don’t forget the ways you can donate to the CL Food Pantry: Bring donation to the Food Pantry at 42East Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 OR Donate to the Food Pantry by going to the Food Pantry website and clicking on “Donate” or sending a check to CL Food Pantry, CLFP, PO Box 1071, Crystal Lake, Il. 60039-1071. Needed:
Ramen soup, Canned Chili, Canned Beef Stew, Spaghetti, Other Pasta, Paper Towels,
Pancake Mix, Syrup, Flour,
Sugar, Rice, Dry Beans,
Canned Pasta, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables,
Laundry Soap, Dish Soap, Cat Food,
CL Food Pantry purchases from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. $1 can buy $8 worth of food. Thank you for your continued help!
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
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.
Let’s Boost the Mission Fund!
Please consider buying a Scrip card – It’s an easy way to give!
Buy cards from Scrip for anywhere you shop, i.e. Meijer, Jewel, Target. Menards, Home Depot, ACE, etc., etc. etc. there are tons of choices. All cards bought will bring in more money for RCLPC Missions! How great is that? An easy way to SHOP AND GIVE at the same time without any extra money coming out of your pocket! Simply send Joan Jensema an email with the cards you wish for her to order from Scrip. Send a check or pay on line to RCLPC for the amount you purchased with “Scrip” written in the memo line. RCLPC gets a % from Scrip of that amount…. it’s THAT easy!! - A WIN-WIN for RCLPC Missions! Please consider making a contribution without making a contribution!! Next Order – Sunday, March 14
If you have any questions, contact Joan Jensema.
New Training Opportunity Available for Living Waters
Living Waters is about to conduct another Clean Water U to train new team members to lead, educate, and install water systems and the correct use of clean and safe water. LWW tried conducting Clean Water U in a virtual forma last Fall and the feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. Another virtual Clean Water U will be conducted April 20-24, and 25 students have already signed up. RCLPC Living Waters team is looking for new members of the team to be 101s (organizing and overseeing), 102s (educating on hygiene and proper use of clean water), and 103s (preparing and installing the water system). Our local team plans to help fund the tuition. Students will attend from their homes and recordings of the training sessions will allow for flexibility, if needed. We encourage any member thinking of being involved in this mission to contact Sarah Kelewae. She can answer any questions you might have and help with registration. We are going to be doing at least several follow-up visits with our four sites and are possibly considering another installation in the near future. We could use your help. Please give this prayer and active consideration.
From the Earth Care Team:
Make some 2021 resolutions for the betterment of God's Earth!
2021 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
March 10, April 7, May 5 and 26, June 23, July 21, August 11, September 8 and 29, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 815.459.1132 ~ www.rclpc.org
Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday