RCLPC in Ministry This Week
Sunday, May 24 - Saturday, May 30

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

Sunday10:00Worship Live via Zoom
Monday4:00Staff meeting

Wednesday10:00Fire Alarm inspection

4:00Word on Wednesday
Thursday4:00Worship rehearsal


Slides for Announcements

Please remember these people in your prayers

for dealing with the death of a loved one:
Phyllis Mueller and family, death of her husband, Quentin
Dave and Allison Larsen and family, on the passing of Dave's father, Dan Larsen
Karen Salman and family, on the passing of her brother, Dan Larsen

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
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; Nancy Blakely's mom; 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; 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

Apart But Connected!
We have created an opportunity for us all to participate in a fun and safe event at church. That's right, you get to go to church. Actually, you get to visit outside the glass doors of RCLPC to prepare for Pentecost and celebrate our Graduates. Head to church and grab your pinwheel to be used in Zoom worship on May 31, tie a prayer ribbon to the railing for our graduates, then take a selfie and send your picture to office@rclpc.org to be incorporated into our worship services. All is ready and waiting for you. We can't wait to see your selfies.

Session Highlights - May 18, 2020

  • Rev. John Dillon Moderator
  • Approved Session Meeting Minutes from April 27, 2020
  • Approved Special Session Meeting Minutes from May 11, 2020
  • Approved Congregation Meeting Minutes from May 17, 2020
  • Welcomed our new Ruling Elders Brian Sanders, Mike Wilson, Vicki Brown, Lisa Krchak and Mary Ellen Shine
  • Thanked for their service as a Ruling Elder Pam Palmer, Mike Griswold, Patrick Cameron, Paula Viner and Youth Elder Naomi Stange
  • Session offers sincere thanks for the extra efforts from our staff members Sherri Dees, Anthony Jay Houston, Raechel Sowa and Kim Stewart for service preparations, recognition of our 2020 graduates, making Zoom work for RCLPC and more... Thank You So Much.
  • Set Installation and Ordination of New Elders and Deacons for June 14th during 10am worship service via Zoom.
  • Discussed Ad Hoc group looking into steps toward Opening the Church
    • Approved purchase of USB camera and new laptop to support Zoom worship services
    • Approved not holding small groups in the church building until Phase 4 is approved by Gov. Pritzker
    • Authorized that the Building and Grounds team upgrade bathrooms with no-hands fixtures
  • Special thanks to Rick and Lois Johnson for their extensive service to Mission. A 40-car parade was held on May 16th celebrating Rick and Lois as they prepare for their move to Colorado
  • CPJ reported that the virtual offerings of letters as terrific and effective. The House funding bill includes a 15% increase in SNAP funding. Also that RCLPC will not be participating in the 2020 International Peacemaker program due to the pandemic.
  • Next Special Session meeting is June 8, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom Conference
  • Next Session meeting is June 22, 2020 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...

McHenry County Housing Authority is Open for Business!
Our LIHEAP staff is back to work, but our office will remain closed to the public. We will be working with families remotely (phone, email, drop box, etc...). We currently offer assistance with gas, propane and electric bills through the LIHEAP Program.

We want to re-assure the families of McHenry County that we are here and continuing to process applications. Phone appointments can be booked by going online to our website: www.mchenrycountyhousing.org and clicking the link to book your LIHEAP appointment or call 1-815-338-7752 ext. 237

Stay safe and stay well, Pepper Lafontaine, LIHEAP Coordinator McHenry County Housing Authority plafontaine@mchenrycountyhousing.org 815-338-7752 ext. 132

The Senior Care Volunteer Network (SCVN)
As we face the COVID-19 challenge together, we need to ask you for your help in protecting the most at-risk population-our seniors.

SCVN continues the majority of our programs, with a few modifications for the safety of our staff, volunteers and the seniors of McHenry County. As a non-profit organization with roots in the county for over 21 years, we heavily rely on personal donations and the support of local businesses.

Because of the pandemic, we needed to cancel our Spring Fundraiser on March 20th, making the need for outside support that much greater at this time. Your gift will help ensure that our transportation, durable medical equipment loan closet, friendly visits & calls, grocery delivery, food box delivery, seasonal yardwork, incontinence products, birthday flower delivery & minor home repair continue into the future.

This is an unsure time for businesses, organizations, families and individuals. SCVN is a family and we take care of our family... and yours.

If you are able to give, please click here: https://scvnmchenrycounty.org/donate-today/

Graduate Sunday - June 7, 2020
We will celebrate all of our graduates in worship on June 7. How fun would it be if we all made a cake and a fancy coffee drink and had a little celebration! See you on the 7th. Congratulations to our High School graduates... Caroline Dayon, Jack Koenig, Mitchell Dec, Daniel Sowa, Naomi Stange and Congratulations to our College graduates... Neil Ray, Katy Holub, and Alex Sowa.

Fellowship Time after Worship on Sunday
Everyone is invited to stay after worship (via Zoom) to visit virtually with one another.

Pentecost Offering: Educate a Child, Transform the World
Take a look back at your early life. Do you remember searching for something that would change you? For the tools by which you could develop your God-given gifts and share with the world? At Pentecost, we look especially to the children, youth and young adults with whom God has called us to live. Supporting the Special Offering at Pentecost is a way to give youth those opportunities. Forty percent of your contribution stays with RCLPC for our youth programs. The balance is sent to PCUSA to support programs such as the Young Adult Volunteer Program and Triennium. Of those who participate in these programs, 32% go on to become church leaders and 66% go into a life of service.

There are two ways you can contribute: If you give on-line, clearly mark "Pentecost Offering" in the Notes section. If you send a check, use the memo line to designate your intention. May God's house bustle with the energy and leadership expressed by young people as we work together to share God's love with the world.

2020 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
June 10, July 1 & 22, August 19, September 16, October 7, November 4 & 25, December 23

2020 Scrip Gift Cards Order Due Dates
June 14, July 12, August 16, September 13, 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