NOTICE about NEW MASK REQUIREMENT...
Per CDC guidelines, masks are required in the building. So, if you are attending the worship service in person, please wear a mask. Thank you.
An Advent Pause
Have you put time aside to honor Advent, or will it once again be swallowed up by Christmas frenzy? Advent is our opportunity to prepare for the coming of the Christ child, but it is difficult for most of us to respond to the opportunity and receive the peace that comes with the Advent promise.
An Advent pause is offered for four Tuesday evenings beginning on Nov. 30, from
7—8 pm. Together we'll read A Surprising God: Advent Devotions for an Uncertain Time, by Thomas G. Long and Donyelle C. McCray. They have written two-page meditations for each day of Advent. We'll reflect on their words and add our own experiences to the texts. This event will be in-person at RCLPC, and led by Debra Bendis. Please consider joining us! Contact Raechel Sowa to sign up and get a book.
Calling All Bakers to Create Festive Cookies for the Cookie Walk
Please drop off your cookies on Friday the 10th between 10:00am and 8:00pm
Volunteers are needed for:
* Baking Cookies
* Set up on Thursday, the 9th
* Receiving Cookies on Friday, the 10th
* Helping with Sales on Saturday, the 11th
Please sign up (on the sheets above our name tags or by contacting Vicki Brown or Anne Marie Provenzano) so we know we can count on you and have enough cookies.
All Volunteers - please enter Saturday through Fellowship Hall kitchen door; all other doors will be locked! Our customers will be purchasing cookies of choice for $10 a pound.
Bakers - please label your trays and tins as they will be on a table for you to pick up on Sunday, Dec. 12. Also, please make a sign for your cookies especially if they have nuts or are non-dairy, non-sugar or gluten free. Any questions, please call Vicki Brown or Anne Marie Provenzano. Thank you for supporting the Cookie Walk so Cookie Walk 2021 can support our church budget, church youth, Home of the Sparrow and CASA of McHenry County.
Our 29th Annual Cookie Walk - December 11, 9am to 11am
It is exciting to picture the variety of platters filled with delicious cookies that are waiting for community people to see, select and enjoy. What a wonderful way to reach out to our neighbors and encourage them to visit our sanctuary and enjoy lovely music, good messages, and friendship. Tables of delicious cookies seem to magically appear on the night before Cookie Walk. Where do they come from? Who bakes all those cookies?
It becomes a leap of faith every year with hopes that RCLPC bakers will pull out favorite recipes and fill their kitchens with the delightful aromas of vanilla, butter, and other magical flavors. This year, more than before, we look for your participation and anxiously await discovering traditional and new cookies. Sign up for baking or decorating or any of many parts to making this a memorable day to support our church, our youth, CASA of McHenry County and Home of the Sparrow.
RCLPC Christmas Pageant, December 12
Las Posadas y Las Pastorelas Written By St. Gregory of Nessa Church
Join us for worship on December 12 for a Las Posadas y Las Pastorelas mash up. The shepherds story meets Joseph and Mary’s story in a funny and heartwarming Christmas Pageant. This all-ages pageant will also include familiar Christmas carols sung by the Adult Choir. AND, our church breakfast will follow in Fellowship Hall immediately following worship. So, come and be part of the pageant and then spend time with your family and friends for breakfast. This is a DON’T MISS SUNDAY WORSHIP aka FREE BREAKFAST AND A SHOW, so mark your calendars now. What a beautiful way to spend the third Sunday in Advent.
What is Las Posadas?
“Posadas” is Spanish for “lodging” or accommodation” and Las Posadas is a traditional play enacted 9 days before Christmas telling the story of Joseph and Mary on their journey looking for a place to stay before their baby Jesus was born. Each day corresponds to one month that baby Jesus was carried in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
What is Las Pastorelas?
Pastorelas are plays that recreate the biblical passage where the shepherds follow the Star of Bethlehem to find the Christ Child. In order to reach the birthplace of the Redeemer, they have to experience a series of changes in fortune and confront the Devil, who will do everything possible to prevent them from completing their mission. It is at that moment that the Archangel Michael intervenes to defend the shepherds on their journey.
Update to the Book Bundle Bags
****If you have a bag, please make sure to share it with a new friend within a week.
We want to make sure the bags make it around to as many RCLPCers as possible by November 21. Thank you!****
Session Highlights - November 22, 2021
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.)
- Rev. John Dillon Moderator
- Approved Session Meeting Minutes from October 25, 2021
- Approved membership status changes
- Announced that Mike Rugh was elected as a Blackhawk Presbytery Commissioner to the General Assembly
- Approved consent agenda for Worship, Deacons, Mission, CPJ, Building & Grounds, Communications, and Congregation Vitality Teams
- Approved 2022 Communion Dates
- Approved Rev. John Dillon can provide communion in 2022 at his discretion during member visits
- Approved reinstating Scott Iddings and Anthony Jay Houston as interim music directors during Ron Fredriksen’s health leave
- Offering our sincere thanks to the B&G volunteers for all their seasonal decorating work outside and inside the church
- Approved 3% salary increase in 2022 budget for staff
- Approved Finance Account changes in Appendix E of Policy & Procedure Manual
- Approved spending Organ Woofer replacement cost of $3500 and TBD expense for Organ keyboard maintenance from the Unscheduled Maintenance Dedicated Account
- Reviewed the Preliminary 2022 Budget
- 2022 Pledges received as of November 17th is 56 for $179,068
- Next Session meeting is December 20, 2021 at 7pm in person in Fellowship Hall
Helping Out Others In and Around Our Community Near and Far...
YES, the RCLPC Giving Tree LIVES and Needs YOU to be an Angel!
Our Mission Agencies always have many needs for their clients and YOU can add a SPARKLE to someone who needs it this Christmas. This year we will be doing our Giving Tree “Different but the Same.” Here’s what you do:
You will find that many of the gifts this year are once again Gift Cards as there is still limited contact within many organizations. **** Please Note: Buy the gift cards yourself, and then drop off the gift cards at church. There will be a wrapped gift box in the office for you to put them in. Please put them in an envelope marked with your name and who the gift card(s) are for on the outside of the envelope before dropping it in the box. For the Pioneer Center, their clients make out an extensive “wish list”. If you choose to sign up for this tag, Joan will send you their wish list and you may shop and choose the gifts you’d like to give this person. You will be the only one shopping for them. Please wrap these gifts. Please return all gifts to the church by Sunday December 12. If you have any questions, OR need help purchasing or delivering your gift to the church, feel free to contact Joan Jensema and we’ll figure out a way to make it happen.
- Take a tag on the tree from church with the information you need, or you can just go to the church website (http://rclpc.org/) and click on the “Angel Giving Tree” link. From there click on the “take a tag” to fill in your name.
- Choose an angel tag or tags by typing your name into the yellow column of the gift or gifts you’d like to give.
**ALSO - Feel free to pass along this information to anyone you know that may be looking for a way to give to others this Christmas. Thank you for showing the RCLPC Christmas Spirit by making this Christmas brighter for someone!
Wonder Lake Food Pantry Needs Our Help!
Please consider bringing boxed and canned goods to RCLPC during the month of November to help out our neighbors at the Wonder Lake food Pantry. A recent article in the Northwest Herald reported they are seeing empty shelves and a reduction in monetary donations. We can all help make the holidays a little nicer. Thank you, the Mission Team
Suggested Items: boxed dinners (like Hamburger Helper, etc), canned meat, canned soup,
canned fruit, canned veggies, pancake mix, and syrup, juice, coffee, fresh produce
Ramen noodles, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, canned chili, beef stew, cooking oil, flour, sugar, cake mixes, dressing, salt & pepper, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, olives, pickles, relish, BBQ sauce, canned tomatoes, tea, crackers, spices, paper products: toilet tissue, Kleenex, paper towels, paper napkins, bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies, bath gels, body wash, dish soap, laundry detergent
Living Waters Team
Want to make a real difference in the lives of others? Have planning and organizing skills? The RCLPC Living Waters team invites you to consider joining us. Several 101 team members have moved away and we are in need of additional team members to serve in the 101 Role. To learn more about being a 101, contact Cindy Theobald. Cindy says that “serving in this role over the past 5 years has been extraordinarily rewarding and is an honor to serve with a team that has so much enthusiasm and compassion for others. I joined the Living Waters Team so that I could “give back”; but instead, I have actually “received” so much more!” Thanks for your consideration.
~ Thanks from your Mission Team
This past weekend a group of 6 youth and 2 leaders embarked upon our first retreat at Stronghold in 2 years and it was worth the wait. We worshiped, participated in small group discussion, played a few intense games of spoons, went on a night hike, took the Leap of Faith, crushed a super fun scavenger hunt, talked Matthew 25, and played a giant game of Clue in the castle. Yes, all that and more in just 40 hours!
When you bake and/or buy cookies from the Cookie Walk, donate to the Pentecost offering or support a youth fundraiser, you are allowing us to actively engage in our faith and connect with other youth walking their faith journey too. You provide the opportunity for us to click yes when asked, "Would you like to continue watching (streaming) this show". We are streaming Jesus in our lives and weekends like these deepen our desire to know him more fully. Thank you! ~ Raechel Sowa, Youth Director
Faith Formation at Home
How can you stay focused on the importance of the season? Create a NOT TO DO LIST!!! In her book, Faithfull Families for Advent and Christmas, Traci Smith suggests making a list of things you and your family want to be intentional about not doing this Advent season. Maybe your not-to-do list will include "spend too much time shopping," or "worry," or "schedule." You can make this list collaboratively or ask each person to make their own. End your list with a quick reminder that God is with us throughout the season, no matter we do (or not do!).
Advent by Candlelight
To all the women of RCLPC: Please join us for an evening of music, celebration, and togetherness as we begin the Advent season. Our Advent by Candlelight will be on Friday, December 3, at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Please sign up by Thanksgiving (November 25) to let us know who will be participating so we can share the Zoom link. You can let Kathy Rabe know you will attend, or you can sign up at church on the bulletin board near the church office. Please come and be a part of this wonderful evening.
Fellowship Hour to Follow New Worship Time
Coffee and tea will be available after worship, which means we are looking for volunteers to set up these beverages to be ready by 10:30am, meaning preparation would need to begin by 10:00am. Also included would be any clean up. There is a sign-up sheet at the coffee/tea station in Fellowship Hall with a place for your name, email address and phone number. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call. Thank you.
Palestinian Olive Oil is Back!
Just in time for holiday cooking, and giving! All bottles are the large 750 ml size, and you can find them in the Gathering Place near the office and brown doors. Each bottle is $20, and, if you write a check, please make it out to “RCLPC”, and put “Fair Trade” on the memo line. Cash is also welcomed! Place your money in the red box. Questions? Call Mary Ellen Shine.
Fair Trade Market is open!
The Mission Team invites you to visit the market Sunday in Fellowship Hall. By offering handmade goods and food items from around the world, we support the artisans who support themselves and their loved ones. You’ll find items from SERRV, whose mission is to empower small-scale global artisans and farmers, helping them build sustainable employment, and a vision of hope in their communities. New this year are items from Re:New a faith-based, Christian, nonprofit organization that serves refugee women resettled in and around Dupage County, Visit the market and hear their story. Don’t miss the wonderful Divine chocolates, the Palestinian olive oil and the coffee for you to take home! See you in Fellowship Hall!
From the Earth Care Team:
Make some 2021 resolutions for the betterment of God's Earth!
2021 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
2022 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC (all Fridays)
January 7,28, February 18, March 11, April 1, 29, May 20, June 10, July 1,22, August 12, September 2,23, October 21, November 11, December 9
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, Wednesday & Thursday