We all know that Lent and Advent are "seasons of the church." Well did you know that Pentecost is a season as well? Church practice and tradition reminds us that we do not just celebrate the coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, but celebrate that having "come down in tongues of fire and as a rushing wind," the Spirit remains active. To help us all keep that in mind, and make it a living part of our faith, our Sanctuary will remain decorated for several more weeks, with the wonderful and colorful signs and symbols provided by our excellent Worship Enhancement Team. May the Spirit always be with you. Amen.
Notes from the Office
Road closing -- please note: The Patriot race run will be held at McHenry County College on Sunday June 25 and will start at 7:30 A.M. The southern portion of Ridgefield Rd., from the corner of Market St. to Rte 14. will be closed from 7:25 - 8:30 A.M. at the latest. The corner of Rte. 14 where The Breakers is located will be closed and the corner of Market St. and Ridgefield Rd., on the college side of the road will be closed. If driving from the church toward Ridgefield Rd, you will not be able to turn right onto Ridgefield Rd. Market St. will not be closed.
Special Note: There will be only one service at 10:00am on July 2.
Reduce, Reuse, Less Recyclables
To help us be more responsible stewards of our paper usage and to cut down on our recycling, hard copies of the bulletin inserts will no longer be printed for each worship bulletin. For visitors and those of you who would prefer to have a printed insert in hand, a handful of printed announcements will be made available on the tables outside the entrances to the sanctuary. Feel free to take one with you, or please leave behind to share after you have read them. Announcements can also be found here on-line, in the weekly email, and on the monitor inside the Connecting Link.
10:00am Sunday Adult Education Offering...
Ann Legg will talk about her recent trip to Kenya with members of the Blackhawk Presbytery. For 20 years, the Blackhawk Presbytery has had a partnership with the Imenti Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Africa in Kenya. Ann will speak about RCLPC's new partnership with the Ngirinti Parish, and she will show photos of the safari that presbytery members joined. Location: Fellowship Hall
Sunday School News
Sunday school will resume in the fall. Stay tuned for information to follow about the exciting programs that will be offered in the fall.
Save the Dates
June 25 - at 10AM- HS Youth present their mission trip highlights
August 13 - Blessing of the Backpacks
September 10 - Kick-Off Sunday
September 24 - Confirmation Sunday
Soaring Through Summer with Bible Super Heroes
July 9th - August 20th, 9 - 11 AM for Pre-K to 5th grade
This year instead of one week of Vacation Bible School we are trying out a program on Sunday mornings. The kids will have a chance to soar at Hero Central. They will get to enjoy learning about Bible heroes, learning new songs, playing energizing games, taking on hero missions, experimenting with science and eating super hero snacks. There will be no cost for this program.
Don't Keep God's Promises a Secret ... Spill the Beans!
The Christian Education Team is excited to announce that Spill the Beans will be our new curriculum for our Sunday school this year. This curriculum follows the narrative lectionary which is the guide for our weekly worship time (Pastor John and the worship team uses Spill the Beans too). The Spill the Beans Resource team believes, "story is the lifeblood of faith. In story we can tell the truth and speak with honesty about things for which there are not yet words. Story contains mystery and is the poetry that forms faith. Stories grow as we grow and can reveal new truths at different times in our lives. So we believe giving stories to people is one of the most important things we can do in sharing our faith. Our culture is stored in story. The same is true for our faith." It is our hope by learning the story in worship together and then building on that lesson in our classrooms, parents will be able to continue the conversation at home. Check it out: Spill the Beans.
RCLPC 1+ Options Group Outing to Cantigny Park
Rescheduled for Wednesday, June 28
9:00am meet at church
We will walk through history, enjoy nature, and enjoy a lovely lunch. Reservations: Please contact Sue Neuschel.
Take Us out to the Ballpark - Join us for some Family Fun at a Kane County Cougar's Game
At Northwestern Medicine Ballpark in Geneva, Illinois!
Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Cougars versus Burlington Bees
Gates Open at 3:30 PM ~ Game time at 6:30 PM
The Men's group invites you to join your friends for some fun and baseball!
Tickets are limited, contact Mike Harvey soon to reserve your seats or sign up on the bulletin board in the lounge.
- Come early to enjoy a pre-game concert at 4:45 in the Concert Garden. The first 1500 fans to arrive at stadium will receive a free cap!
- Kids can enjoy the Kid Zone!
- Tickets are $22 each and include a $10 Ozzie Dollars coupon to spend at the ballpark on food or drinks
- Enjoy the ballgame from the comfort of a Box Seat right behind home plate.
- Stick around post-game to see the Jesse White Tumblers, a fabulous Fireworks Show, and even Run the Bases!
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 for 2016 is hanging in the hallway across from the lounge. 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.
Compassion for Campers -- July 10
Every Monday from early May through September, an area church group provides a hot meal for homeless people at the McHenry County PADS center in Woodstock. Organized by the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry, the program is beginning its 6th season, helping to fill the gap between winter season services. RCLPC's Mission Team has offered to provide lunch and some needed items on Monday, July 10. There will be opportunities for volunteers of all ages to plan the meal, prepare it, serve it, and share it with about 20 campers. We will be inviting donations of small items such as insect repellent, sun screen, and small flashlights, as well. If you'd like to assist with this mission project, watch for more information coming soon.
Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!
RCLPC Theater will be performing the weekends of July 14 through August 6. The first weekend of the performances benefits the Diaper Bank. The second and fourth weekends benefit Living Waters. The third weekend benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI.) Tickets on sale now at www.rclpctheater.com, or by phoning 708-26-RCLPC.
Wondering how you can help make RCLPC Theater Festival a success this year? Just take a look at our list and let us know how you might enjoy supporting this wonderfully entertaining event:
Please contact us if you would like to learn more about helping all of us putting together the shows. Your support and encouragement are greatly appreciated! Amy & Steve Connell
- Buy a ticket, or two, or a table for eight. It's a great evening/afternoon of entertainment and fun for you and your friends and family. Tickets on sale now at www.rclpctheater.com, or by phoning 708-26-RCLPC.
- Let all of your friends know about our show in person or via social media.
- We're looking for young adults (and older) to help serve the dinners. No need to commit to all of the performances; just as many as you can, would be great.
- Are you an amateur photographer? We could use publicity shots during rehearsals, especially at the dress rehearsals.
Check Out the Fair Trade Cart
In addition to coffee and tea, new arrivals to the fair trade cart are chocolate mint crunch bars and mango and pineapple cashew bars. Thanks for supporting fair trade as a way to affect positive change for farmers in the Global South with our purchases.
Palestinian Olive Oil
We have 750 ml bottles for $20 and 500 ml bottles for $15. Try it with Za'atar (thyme herb mix). Za'atar is $5 a package. Enjoy the delicious taste and the pleasure of helping Palestinian farmers. Look for it in Fellowship Hall near the Fair Trade coffee cart.
Scrip Card Orders...
If you would like to order Scrip cards and help raise funds for our PADS lunches, our next order deadlines are... Sunday, June 18th, NO ORDERS IN JULY!, Sunday, August 20th, Sunday, Sept. 17th, Sunday, Oct. 15th. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Blakely. Thank you for supporting PADS lunches!
RCLPC Living Waters for the World
Check the RCLPC Living Waters Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rclpclww/ for daily prayer requests and photos. If you "like" the page, you will receive the posts. The RCLPC blog at
https://rclpc.wordpress.com/category/rclpc-in-mission/ has daily updates on the health and hygiene education and installation work that was done in Jerez.
Food Pantry Work Schedule 2017
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays
June 21, July 26, August 16, Sept 20, Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27
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 new hearing assistant devices and large print bulletins available to those who may need them. Please ask an usher for assistance.
Outside the double doors and down at the bottom of the stairs from the sanctuary, there are some beanie babies for children to take in with them to worship. There are also some clipboards with coloring pages and crayons attached. We hope that the beanie babies and clipboards will help your children be excited about coming to worship.
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 - 1pm; Monday - Friday