Virtual Earth Day Presentation - Thursday, April 22 at 7:00pm
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to learn more about God's earth and what we can all do to contribute to it.
Please join us on Thurs. April 22 (Earth Day) as, Richard Tobias, a Master Gardener, Composter, Preserver, educator and storyteller and MCC faculty member will speak at 7:00p.m. In this fast-paced presentation, Rich explores the possibilities of regenerating and improving the soil on your city or suburban lot. And as a part of the presentation, he will discuss sequestering carbon and other ways you and your garden can help reduce the effects of climate change and the damaging effects of stream pollution. Zoom login link can be found at our church website at http://rclpc.org/earthCareProgram.html.
Saturday, April 24, 8-9AM
Join us for breakfast from 8-9am (in your pjs if you wish!) for a viewing and discussion afterwards of the short movie Monte and Rose which tells the story of a pair of endangered Piping Plovers attempting to nest on a busy beach in Chicago in June, 2019. The short, independent documentary chronicles these special birds and an unpredictable series of events including a proposed music festival that propelled them to national headlines. Monty and Rose became the first piping plovers to nest within the city limits of Chicago since 1955. That is where the "Monty and Rose" story begins.... Zoom login link can be found at our church website at rclpc.org/earthCareProgram.html or see link below.
Looking for Answers to Your Recycling Questions?
Here is your chance to get them answered. Kim Hankins, Director of MCC Sustainability Center, will be on the RCLPC Zoom call on Sunday, April 25 during the Coffee Hour and will respond to questions you e-mail ahead of time. She will also answer questions asked during the presentation as time permits. Please e-mail your questions to Ann Legg at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 23, at noon, and she will forward them to Kim Hankins.
The 2021 Green Guide is set to be published on April 17, 2021. Paper copies are available by emailing email@example.com. The Guide can be accessed and downloaded by visiting the Center’s website at www.mchenry.edu/green/. The Green Guide has the latest recycling information for appliances, batteries, electronics, motor oil, paint, Styrofoam and more. New this year is a special section “What do I do with all the rest of this stuff?” that tries to address many items that don’t fit in our traditional categories. There is also a segment on how to recycle take out containers. The Guide is updated with this year’s county-wide collection days, and area drop off sites.
Virtual Fiesta Agua Viva!- Begins May 1
Would you like to help send another clean water system to Guatemala?
You can get involved in many ways: Donate items for Amy's fabulous baskets. Or help cook the pre-ordered meals in one of two ways. Either cook the enchiladas (we will furnish the recipe) at your home and bring them, hot and fresh, to church on June 5th. Or cook at church with Andrea in May so the meals can be frozen. We also need bakers for the brownies and cookies. Or volunteers are needed to hand out the food from 4 to 6pm that Saturday, June 5th. Look for the virtual fiesta RCLPC webpage coming soon. You CAN make a difference! Join us! Sign Up Here to Volunteer to Help with Fiesta. ~ The Living Waters Mission Team
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.
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!
Would You Be Willing to Help?
As we are having limited in-person worship we need more volunteer liturgists. I appreciate that not everyone is comfortable being in the sanctuary with others. So, instead of using our list of existing Liturgists I am arranging a temporary list of willing volunteers. Would you be willing to help? Please email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will list your name and invite you in advance with a suggested date.
Matthew 25 Invitation from CPJ
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.)
You are invited to participate (contribute, or just listen) in Blackhawk Presbytery's Roundtable Discussions on the PCUSA Matthew 25 Initiative. Visit the Blackhawk Presbytery website for more information and Matthew 25 resources.
May 6 at 2 pm
Topic: Racial Injustice
May 20 at 2 pm
Topic: Congregational Vitality
1 hour each, on Zoom
While the zoom invitation for each roundtable will not change, please join our group list to insure you receive the latest information and reminders. Clicking on the preceding link will generate an email to the Presbytery Office (Loreen). Simply indicate your interest in the roundtables and you will receive a Zoom link a day or two before the roundtable date.
Helping Out Others In and Around Our Community Near and Far...
Adopt a Trail Clean Up
May 1 at 10:00 Adopt A Trail Clean Up
We will meet at church at 9:30 to collect supplies, then head on over to the trail by 10:00. Trail Location: Ridgefield Rd. From Lord and Savior Lutheran Church, along Rt. 14 to Lily Pond Road. Organizer: Laura Bauman Call or email her if you have questions.
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
Graduate Sunday - June 6, 2021
We are celebrating our graduates during worship on June 6. If you have a child graduating from 8th grade, high school, or college and you did not receive an email from me, please reach out. We don't want to miss anyone on their special day. Thank you,
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.
From the Earth Care Team:
Make some 2021 resolutions for the betterment of God's Earth!
2021 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
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, email@example.com.
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
email@example.com ~ 815.459.1132 ~ www.rclpc.org
Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday