RCLPC in Ministry This Week
Sunday, February 19 - Saturday, February 25


9:30Sounds of Joy Children's Choir

10:00Fellowship & Education for All Ages

10:00Group Photo in F.H.

10:00THIRD Sundays class


12:00HS Q&A Mission Trip Planning Meeting
Tuesday10:00Book Group

11:00Staff Meeting

1:00Fiesta Agua Viva Planning Meeting
Wednesday11:45RCLPC 1+ Options Group Outing

7:15Adult Choir
Thursday10:00Women's Bible Study

7:00Band Rehearsal
Friday9:00PADS Lunches

Confirmation Leave for Stronghold

7:45MS Mega Fun Friday (off site)
Memorial Service

Slides for Announcements

Please remember these people in your prayers

for dealing with the death of a loved one:
Alice Haznedl and family on the death of Alice's husband, Ron

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
Ann Poremba; Ken Miller; Ann Poremba's friend, Barb; Cindy Borre's friend, Janet Smith; John Fankhauser; wife of Dave Steele's father, Iris; Friend of Steve and Amy Connell, Abigail; Marge Stewart's son, Tom; Bill Moll; Deb Steele's brother-in-law, Bob Shea; Olivia Harrison's granddaughter, Abby; Glenn Bereiter; Joan Black; Carol Hoefer's mother, Edith; Jim Iddings; Jac Kelewae's brother, Gene.

Men in the Mirror Prayer Request
A "Men in the Mirror" workshop will be held in Guatemala on February 21-22. Scholarships are supporting the attendance of men from the Pacífico Presbytery, where our partner churches in Jerez and La Felicidad are located. Brian and Sandi Thompson-Royer, PC(USA) mission co-workers in Guatemala who visited with RCLPC in May 2016, have asked that we pray that God will guide the workshop leaders, and that those who attend will commit to teaching the class back in their home churches and Presbyteries, and that they will become better participants in their families. This workshop is a major undertaking in leadership development based on the servant leader model and the call of Christ's love across cultural and racial lines. ~ Living Waters Team

Say Cheese!
As we prepare to transform the worship space and church for Lent, we need your help. Please join us at 10AM on February 19 in Fellowship Hall for a quick group picture. We will be creating the shape of a heart using RCLPCers as models. All ages are needed and welcome. Mark your calendars now and join us on February 19th. Questions? Contact Raechel Sowa.

RCLPC Theater Needs YOU!
Plans are already underway for RCLPC Theater's summer show. Please consider being the publicity point person. It's a wonderful way to be involved and your help will be greatly appreciated. Contact Steve or Amy Connell.

Lost and Found
Do you think you might have lost a piece of jewelry, misplaced a coat, or left containers in the kitchen? Please take a moment to check the Lost and Found items on display on the pew outside of Fellowship Hall. Any items not claimed by the end of February will be donated to a local charity.

10 AM Sunday Adult Education Offering:
THIRD Sundays Class continues...

Pastor John leads the sixth class of a new education series for Adults, High School students, and Confirmands. All are heartily invited to attend. The Intergenerational class meets every 3rd Sunday, and its theme will be - "Those BIG Words." This Sunday's BIG Word is FORGIVENESS. Forgiveness can be defined as "giving up my right to hurt you... [and]... forgiveness is not granted because a person deserves to be forgiven. Instead, it is an act of love, mercy and grace." Pastor John will direct the class in exploring the Christian view of forgiveness. Class Location? Fellowship Hall

Bioneers Speaker Series
Each February the Sustainability Center of McHenry County hosts the Bioneers* Speaker Series. This is a unique opportunity to connect us to cutting edge environmental topics that directly impact our local economy and community. The speaker series is free and open to the public. No registration is required. All sessions are at 7pm in MCC's Luecht Conference Center in Building B located on the main campus. ~ Earth Care Team

Feb. 21 - Engaging Citizens in Civic Ecology Practices -- Tania M. Schusler, Ph.D.
Feb. 28 - Building the Social Justice Narrative on our Environmental Crises -- Shalini Gupta

Souper Bowl of Caring Final Score
Team RCLPC does it again! We tackled hunger in a big way on Souper Bowl Sunday and many people in McHenry County will be fed. RCLPC donated 504 lbs. of food to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry and $1,260.39 to the PADS lunch program. Thank you to everyone for being part of this big day.

Heros VBS

Hero Central -- Vacation Bible School (June 12th-16th)
This year 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. Please save the dates; more information will follow.

Hero Central -- Call for Volunteers and Supplies
Right now, we need Hero Central volunteers and we are starting to need some supplies. There will be an information meeting planned for March 5th at 12:15 PM in Fellowship Hall. If you think you might like to help during the week of VBS or can help us with some of the preparation tasks, please join us for 45 minutes to learn more. We also need to start collecting some supplies. Please save large cereal boxes and oatmeal containers. We need it to start some of our decorating projects. Please place them on the shelf in the Youth Office marked for VBS.

Sounds of Joy Children's Choir
Sounds of Joy Children's Choir, meant for children age 3 through grade 5, meets each Sunday from 9:30-10:00am. An usher will escort children to the choir room after WEe Worship during the 9:00 service.

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
RCLPC 1+ Options group is a social group for adults; widows, widowers, divorced and caregivers, church members and friends, who wish to socialize with support and community. Are you ready for a delightful visit with wonderful friends at a gourmet restaurant?

Lunch at Retro Bistro
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:45 am
83 North Williams Street, Crystal Lake

Sometimes the food CAN be the highlight of the event. Let's plan to enjoy lunch together and afterward. You may want to visit some of the shops nearby. Let Sue Neuschel know if you plan to attend by February 17 so she can make our reservations. Dream of chocolate and call Sue.

growthVision Team "Get Involved" Opportunities
The Vision Team has received several ideas for working on our vision. We are looking to see if we have people interested in helping with two ideas that were suggested from the congregation. Each has its own sign-up sheet in the Gathering Place. Right now, we are only looking to see if we have enough interested volunteers.

  • The first idea is our participation in the Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade, July 2nd. If you are interested in this idea and would like to get involved, please sign up on the sheet above the name tags.
  • The second idea is our participation in the Crystal Lake Blast at the Beach, August 5th. If you are interested in this idea and would like to get involved, please sign up on the sheet above the name tags.

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.

Home of the Sparrow Women's Luncheon
Reserve a spot at the Women's Luncheon on Friday, February 24, 11-2pm. Call and reserve a place or, a whole table, for this special, annual event by Feb. 17th if possible. And bring a friend or more to Boulder Ridge Country Club. (815-271-544 HOS)

Go to Guatemala without Leaving Fellowship Hall at RCLPC
On Sunday 2/26 the Living Waters for the World Team will present a review of their most recent trip to Guatemala. It will be during the Adult Education hour (10:00 a.m.) in RCLPC's Fellowship Hall. Photos and video will help to portray the work we are doing with our partner churches in Jerez and La Felicidad, small towns in southwestern Guatemala. We were warmly welcomed and richly blessed with new friendships, gastronomic adventures, and cultural revelations. But, most of all, we experienced anew the meaning of brotherhood and sisterhood in Christ. Come and hear the good news.

Soup and a Sack
What: Winter Food Distribution and Soup Lunch
When: Saturday, March 11, from 11 AM to 1 PM
Where: Fellowship Hall

The Mission Committee is hosting a winter food distribution and soup lunch on Saturday, March 11. Volunteers are welcomed to sort the groceries into sacks, make soup, serve the lunch and do the dishes. Please sign up if you would like to join us! All are welcome. For more information, contact Mary Finch.

SCRIP Gift Cards
Have you ever ordered Scrip cards? If you have, thank you and if you have not please try it out and see how you like it. It is so easy and every order helps our PADS lunches. Order forms are in the Connecting Link. Fill this out along with a check to RCLPC and Scrip written on the Memo line. Place them in the Scrip mailbox (near the front door, down the stairs) and we will let you know by e-mail when they have arrived. It usually will take about 2 weeks to receive them. We place orders once a month and the dates they are due should be on the Mission bulletin board. Here are some of the next deadline dates to order by... March 19, April 16, May 14 and June 18. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Blakely. Thank you for supporting PADS lunches!

Living Waters for the World
The most precious natural resource on earth is clean, safe water, especially for children, and many don't have it available. Nearly one billion people around the world lack access to safe water, and 5,000 children die each day from preventable, waterborne illnesses. We urge you to prayerfully consider supporting RCLPC's Living Waters for the World mission projects to La Felicidad and Jerez, Guatemala. Visit the display in Fellowship Hall where you can sponsor a part of the water purification system for La Felicidad, give a gift of bottles to be used to distribute clean and safe water to the people of La Felicidad, or purchase 2 replacement filters for our system in Jerez. A group from RCLPC will be visiting these churches in February. Thank you for your support.

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.

Fair Trade Cart
A new shipment of products from Equal Exchange has arrived. Check the fair trade cart in Fellowship Hall for the Ecuador dark chocolate bars, pineapple-cashew bars, and green tea, in addition to our coffees. If you haven't purchased from the cart, it's self-serve, with instructions posted. Join in working toward a more just food system by empowering small-scale farmers to support themselves, their families, and their communities.

Food Pantry Work Schedule 2017
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays
Feb 15, March 22, April 19, May 24, June 21, July 26, August 16, Sept 20, Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27

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.

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 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 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 - 1pm; Monday - Friday