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RCLPC in Ministry This Week
Sunday, February 23 - Saturday, February 29


10:00Faith Encounters in Lounge


4:00 - 5:45MS Youth Group at RCLPC
Monday12:15Staff Meeting

Tuesday10:00Book Group


7:45Choir practice
Thursday6:30 - 8:30N.O.W. Group in F.H.
Friday4:00PADS Lunches
Saturday8:00set up in F.H. for Lent

Slides for Announcements

Please remember these people in your prayers

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
Phyllis Mueller's husband, Quentin; Barb Harhen, friend of Ann Poremba; Raj Dencker; Sarah Metivier Schadt's husband, Aaron; Kathy Novak; Sarah Elam; Nancy Blakely's mom; Naomi Stange; Marge Stewart's son, Tom; Linda Popp; John Fankhauser; Joy Martin and family; Paula Viner's mother, Barb Ferguson; Cindy Borre's grandniece, Maggie; Jim and Carol Iddings; Glenn Bereiter; 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

Adult Education During Lent
In Adult Education, we will be studying the book Entering the Passion of Jesus, and diving into the history behind the texts of the Passion. John and Paula will teach this class on both Sunday mornings at 10am and Wednesday evenings from 6-7:15pm. If you would like to attend Wednesdays, we will provide dinner and have a freewill offering. If you would like to attend either Sunday or Wednesday, grab your copy of the book so that we can delve together into the richness of the Gospels.
Books for Adult Education will be available beginning February 23rd in Fellowship Hall during Gathering Time at 10am. Sign-ups for Wednesday study will be available there as well as in the Gathering Place.
Would you like to know a little bit about the book we will be studying? Check out what the author says in her introduction:
"The Passion accounts in all four Gospels speak to my heart. They are stories of failure and courage, despair and hope, political machination and theological inspiration. I want all readers of the Gospels to read the Passion stories with compassion: to see how much more meaningful they become when we learn the history behind the texts and study the texts themselves to see what brilliant writers the Evangelists were." (Entering the Passion of Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine).

Let's Go Fishing... One Great Hour of Sharing Fishing Derby
It's O-fish-ial! RCLPC is REEL excited to participate in the Blackhawk Presbytery One Great Hour of Sharing Fishing Derby. No license or fishing gear required, just fill your fish banks with coins, currency and checks and RCLPC may win bragging rights for: the largest fish (the fish bank that contains the most money), the heaviest fish (the fish bank that weighs the most), and total catch (overall gifts from a congregation). Don't let this opportunity be the one that got away. Take the bait and dive into this challenge to help RCLPC win the One Great Hour of Fishing Derby.
Derby Rules and Regulations:
To enter: Pick up your fish bank on (or after) March 1. Throughout Lent you are asked to fill your bank with coins and currency and then report your catch on April 5 at the weighing station outside Fellowship Hall. It is the responsibility of the contestants to report their earnings (no exaggerating the size of your fish). Internal results will be posted by April 16th and overall results will be announced after the Presbytery's May Mission Meeting.

Intergenerational Activites - March 1st - Wilderness Devotion Tree
Join us as we open the Lent season with creating a Devotion Tree. Like the Advent wreath during Advent, the Devotion Tree will help you to stay vigilant on the Lenten season. We will enjoy some special treats and a chance to make a tree that can be used throughout your own 40-day journey of Lent.

***Emergency Contact Information***
It has come to our attention that we need to update every family's emergency information. We want to be prepared in case of a true emergency. The information will be kept in Pastor John's office. The cards can be picked up at the Usher stand, and either dropped into the offering plate or left in the church office.

Coming Soon
Spring really is coming and it is time to refresh your knowledge of church emergency and protective programs. Expect short presentations on tornado, fire and child protection in the near future. Following the lead of other area churches, we will be writing an active shooter policy. If you have thoughts to share, please contact Nancy Delware or Linda Peel.

Food Pantry Workday
Join Pastor John at the Pantry this Wednesday, February 26, beginning at 9:00am. We set up and stock the shelves in the morning and then serve clients from 10:00-2:00 before cleaning up. Will you join our RCLPC team for this much needed service. Questions? See MJ Towne or Pastor John

Faith Encounters Adult Ed Class Continues
The Adult Ed class is discussing "Reading the Bible from the Margins." We are exploring how our "standard" understanding of Scripture is not always acceptable to people or groups "on the margins" of our community. We will be guided by the writings of Miguel De La Torre, a Cuban American who teaches at the LLiff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado. Please join us at 10am in the Lounge.

Middle School Youth
Mark your calendars and plan on being at the following gatherings. Friends are always welcome (and encouraged!)
February 23 - 4:00-5:45pm: MS Youth- Make a Difference
March 7 - 7:00-9:00pm: Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville - Family Event
March 15 - 4:00- 5:45pm: MS Youth- Self Control

Prairie Ridge Hosts Free Musical to Senior Citizens
I would like to invite you to attend this year's spring musical Crazy for You. A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, this show is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Memorable Gershwin tunes from the score include "I got Rhythm," "Naughty Baby," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Embraceable You," "But Not for Me," "Nice Work if YOu Can get It," and "Someone to Wathc Over Me." The Prairie Ridge Humanities Division in conjunction with the Fine Arts Parent Boosters will be hosting a free senior citizens performance and desserts on Thursday, February 27th at 1:30p.m.

As this performance occurs during the school day, parking is very limited at the school. Therefore we will be running a shuttle bus from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to the High School starting at 12:00pm up until show time (The church is located on Walkup, directly across from Veteran's Acres Park.) The bus will then make return trips to the church immediately following the show, and continuing throughout the dessert time, until everyone is accommodated.

Our Ticket Hotline is open at this time, so feel free to call up until 48 hours before the performance (the hotline will shut down at Noon on February 25th). Please let us know how many will be attending the show, and if your party would like to stay for the desserts. Remember, both the show and desserts are completely free. The number is 815-893-5888 and leave a message after the tone. We look forward to seeing you soon! Daren Dusenske, Musical Producer

Crystal Lake Central High School Provides Free Musical Matinee
Crystal Lake Central High School is once again providing a free musical matinee for senior citizens. This year's musical is "Fiddler on the Roof." Fiddler on the Roof is a 9 Tony winning musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Imperial Russia around 1905. It is a musical that, since its debut in 1964, has played every single day somewhere in the world, and it's now time for Crystal Lake to help continue that Broadway theater tradition. The complimentary matinee performance will be on Wednesday, March 11, at 1:30pm in the Central High School Auditorium. The show's running time is approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes.

The story revolves around Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his efforts to maintain his cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives. He must cope both with the independent-minded actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love/and how each one's choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of their Jewish faith and heritage), and an edict of the Tsar that is evicting the Jews from their villages across Russia.

We also offer a free dessert social following the musical. Cast members and Senior Class Mentors will serve the desserts and be available for questions and conversation. Reservations are necessary, as seating is limited.

We encourage you to provide group transportation, because parking is limited. If you drive, Bethany Lutheran Church has offered the use of their parking lot. It is located across the street from the church at 76 W. Crystal Lake Ave. A shuttle bus will be provided to transport our guests between the high school and parking lot beginning at 12:30pm. No one should park on the streets where signs are posted because the police will ticket and/or tow your car. Parking in the school's circle drive is strictly prohibited by the Crystal Lake Fire Department.

To make a reservation for individuals or groups, please call Kim Rozner at Central High School (815-459-2505 x2200). Reservations are required. Kimberly Scherrer, Producer

Coffee, Flower Dedication Sign-up Sheets
Please take a look at the Fellowship hour coffee sign-up sheet near the coffee station in Fellowship Hall. Your chance to make lots of people very happy on Sunday mornings! Also, the flower dedication sheet is hanging in the window of the staff office. Sign up now to dedicate blooms in honor, memory or in celebration of a special person, date or ... just because! Flowers may be then taken home after the last Sunday service, or will be brought to someone on our prayer list.

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 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.

2020 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
February 26, March 25, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 1 & 22, August 19, September 16, October 7, November 4 & 25, December 23

2020 Scrip Gift Cards Order Due Dates
February 16, March 15, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 16, September 13, October 11, November 15, December 6

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, 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 - 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 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 ~ 815.459.1132 ~

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