RCLPC in Ministry This Week - KICK-OFF SUNDAY
Sunday, September 16 - Saturday, September 22


10:00Faith Encounters & Fellowship

10:00Faith Formation Prayer Class

10:00Inquirer's Class in John's office

10:00 - 2:00Blood Drive in F.H.


Noon - 1:00Jubilation Youth Choir

5:00 - 6:30HS Sunday Supper Club

7:00Session w/Confirmand class in F.H.
Tuesday10:00Book Discussion Group

11:00Staff Meeting
Wednesday6:00Band practice

7:15Choir practice
Thursday6:00 - 8:00Action for a Better Tomorrow


Slides for Announcements

Please remember these people in your prayers

for dealing with the death of a loved one:
Debi Keyzer and family, death of Debi's father, Richard Mueller

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
Margie Natividad's friend's daughter, Ellie; Dave Larsen's father and Karen Salman's brother, Dan Larsen; Micky Woodruff; Sara Elam's daughter, Elizabeth Burton; Heather Sroka; Jim and Carol Iddings; Dave Steele's cousin, Rick and his wife Chris; Ann Poremba's friend, Barb; Ken Miller; John and Dorothy Fankhauser; Olivia Harrison's granddaughter, Abby; Glenn Bereiter; 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

NOTE: The elevator may still be under repairs on Sunday. However, please feel free to worship with us in the Lounge where the service will be broadcasted on the monitor screen.

Faith Formation Class
Join Iona Dillon this Sunday as she walks you through her 30 day prayer journaling experience and learn how you can begin to journal. Iona will teach you different ways to journal and will answer your questions. No experience necessary - just a willingness to learn. Class will be in the Lounge at 10AM.

Parents Night Out - Save the Dates
The youth groups will once again be offering parents night out events. Please mark your calendars now and watch for details as we get closer to the dates. Remember, these nights are open to all kids ages 6 mos.- 5th grade and friends are encouraged to attend. Dates:
October 12 - 6:00-8:30PM
December 15 - 5:30-8:00PM
February 15 - 6:00-8:30PM

Youth Mission Fundraising Update
Thank you so much for your generous support of our youth. Because of your generosity we raised $378 towards our mission work, trips, and retreats. We hope you enjoyed your tasty treats.

On September 6, the confirmation class presented their projects to their mentors, parents, and peers. On September 9, the class spent the day planning worship for September 23, talking with Pastor John and asking him some great questions, and quietly working on their faith statements. On September 17 they will read their statements to Session and if Session agrees, they will be confirmed on September 23 at 11AM. Please pray for them as they continue their faith journey and prepare to become adult members of the church.

Welcome Back to Youth Group
On August 11 the youth of RCLPC and their friends gathered for a night of big games, food on a stick, great conversation, and a sneak peek of what's to come. This year our theme is the fruit of the Spirit and each month we will focus on one of the virtues. August's virtue is Love and in September we will focus on Joy. Here is what we have planned for September:
    September 16- Sunday Supper Club
    September 29- Pre-Crop Walk Pasta Party and Interfaith Dinner
    September 30- Crop Walk

Check the youth page often for details and how to sign up. Your youth leaders are looking forward to a fun year and hope you are too!

Raise Your Spirits and Save a Life
Sunday, September 16, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

8505 Church Street in Ridgefield on Heartland's Mobile Coach
PHOTO ID is required. Appointments matter, both to us and to our blood donors who make them. While walk-ins are welcome, we will preference donors with appointments and ensure that they are always at the front of the line. For questions or to schedule your preferred appointment time, please call or text Carrie at 815-271-2910 or sign up online at www.versiti.org/.

Mark your calendars, and register for the The McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk taking place Sunday, September 30, 2018!
CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith events that build community while raising funds to end hunger in our own community and around the world. 25% of the funds raised go to our local food pantries in McHenry County. The remaining 75% will be distributed by Church World Service to areas of the world with the greatest hunger needs. On September 30th, our RCLPC walking team will step off from First United Methodist Church (236 W. Crystal Lake Ave.) at 1pm. Choose to walk the one-mile or four-mile family fun route through downtown Crystal Lake. Fun activities are planned along the way! Register online to walk and/or to donate! www.CropHungerWalk.org/mchenrycounty

Colonial Cafe contributes $1 per walker, so be sure to sign up online if walking! At www.CropHungerWalk.org/mchenrycounty, search for "RCLPC" in the "Find a Walker or Team" field and join in! Questions? Email Allison Larsen or Nancy Blakely.

OFAC (Old Firehouse Assistance Center) is in need of volunteers to assist during daytime hours at the drop in center for the homeless in Woodstock. The center also needs volunteers to provide lunches for 25-40 people daily, Monday thru Friday. Simple meals can be provided at a very reasonable cost, you choose the menu, purchase the supplies, cook, and serve. Experience the joy of serving others in our community. Or, if you are not able to cook and serve, there is a volunteer available that will help with that. For more information or details, contact Cindy Theobald. A sign-up sheet is also available in the gathering place.

Olde English FaireOlde English Faire - October 6th & 7th, 2018
During the first weekend in October, Stronghold transforms itself from a modern retreat and meeting facility to the site of the Olde English Faire. Wandering players perform both onstage and off as crafters and merchants display their wares. Minstrels fill the pathways and stages with melodies while children gather in the Gremlin's Garden for stories and other children's activities. These and many more delights await you at the Olde English Faire!
The revelry of the faire shall occur from 9:00am - 5:00pm. The Faire shall conclude at 5:30pm.

Anyone Interested in a Dinner Group?
RCLPC has had a variety of dinner programs over the years and some of us miss those events. This will be for adults who wish to cook and dine in our homes probably during the winter season; October through April. If you are interested in participating or being part of the planning team, please contact Karen Hutchings.

Do You Like Coffee and Cookies?
The Sunday morning fellowship hour needs volunteers to make coffee and provide snacks on an occasional basis. If you can help one Sunday, please add your name to the sign-up sheet near the coffee station. Directions will be sent to you the week before your date to host. Questions? Call or e-mail Cindy Harvey. Thanks!!

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 is hanging in the window of the staff office. 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.

SCRIP Gift Card Orders
Help raise funds for our PADS lunches by simply ordering Scrip cards from your favorite restaurant, grocery store, pharmacy, gas station, Movie Theater, or any store you frequent. Just by ordering, our PADS lunches receive a cash rebate from each business. It is easy to order and you will receive your cards in a few weeks. The next deadline dates for ordering are Sundays, September 16, October 21 and November 18. If you have any questions you may contact Nancy Blakely or Joan Jensema, Thank you for supporting RCLPC PADS lunches.

Challenge for 75 Hygiene Kits Needed
This year PCUSA has challenged us to donate 75 hygiene kits to be sent anywhere in the world where disaster has struck. Would you be able to donate money, buy any of the materials listed below, or even put together a few kits of your own? We will need them by the end of September. A collection bin will be set up in Fellowship Hall under the big bulletin board. Please contact Mary Finch at finch2@oawl.net for more information.

Needed Items:

  • One 15" by 28" or 16" by 32" hand towel (no fingertip, bath, dishtowel or micro-fiber)
  • One washcloth
  • One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
  • One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package
  • One bath size bar of soap in the original package
  • One toothbrush in the original package
  • Ten standard size Band-Aids
All items need to fit inside a one-gallon Ziploc type bag. Please do not add toothpaste, that will be added just prior to the kit being sent out. Thank you so much, Mission Team

Church World Service's Mid-Year Shipping Report
Church World Service Kits and Blankets are more than a package of supplies. Each one is a tangible reminder that no matter what challenges a family may be facing, they aren't facing them alone. And in the first half of 2018, CWS shipped out over 75,000 of these reminders to families across the United States and in Haiti, Syria, Lebanon and the nation of Georgia. RCLPC participated by collecting and assembling 50 school kits, 10 hygiene kits, and 8 emergency buckets. They were delivered to CWS in November 2017 and are part of the supplies that were delivered January-June 2108. Thank you for helping to meet these emergency needs. ~ Mission Team

Good Pizza and Support for Good Samaritan Ministries
Just ordering delicious pizza gives money to Good Samaritan Ministries. A percentage of the sale is donated by Lou Malnati's, so all we need to do is mark our calendars for October 10, take the flyer with us and enjoy a delightful meal. Thanks everyone for helping, Karen Hutchings.

News from Living Waters in Guatemala
Please remember the people of Guatemala as they deal with the effects of the eruption of Volcan de Fuego on June 3. Living Waters partners are for the most part safe. They are digging out from the sand and ash that the winds carried and rained down across the country. We ask that you keep the people of Guatemala and our partners who are producing clean water in your prayers as we work with our partners to help them be as effective as possible in helping Guatemala address this latest natural disaster.

Fair Trade Coffee Cart
Check out our new spring arrivals. Gourmet coffee stock has been replenished, new teas are available, and Ecuador and Dark Chocolate Orange bars, both 65% cacao, are a summertime treat. Self-serve directions on the cart. For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods Presbyterians purchase through the Interfaith Coffee Project, 15 cents per pound goes to the PCUSA's Small Farmer Fund. That fund amounted to $10,718.36 in 2017. Our purchases help small farmers worldwide to send their children to school and have an income they can count on.

Mission Outreach Ministry - Care for Children Overseas
If you were inspired by the moment for mission on January 21 or if you would simply 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.

Collection for Old Firehouse Assistance Center
In addition to our PADS lunch program, the Missions team will be collecting donations for the Old Firehouse Assistance Center in Woodstock. The OFAC provides meals, showers, and other social services to McHenry County's homeless population. A drop-off box will be located next to the stairwell in the Connecting Link. A list of most frequently needed items will be posted near the box. OFAC is also in need of volunteers. If you can help or have any questions, please call Donna Doll. 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.

Check Out the Fair Trade Cart
At RCLPC we have an opportunity to purchase fair trade products from the self-serve coffee Cart and Zatoun olive oil display in Fellowship Hall. Coffee, tea, and olive oil are regularly available. A new order will be placed in October, and we are always glad to order your favorite tea, chocolate, or coffee. Send an email to Lois Johnson if you'd like us to stock something particular. Each purchase helps ensure that fair prices are paid to farmers, allowing them to send their children to school and plan for a more certain future. ~ Mission Team

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.

Food Pantry Work Schedule 2018
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays:
September 26, October 24, November 21 (day before Thanksgiving), December 26

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 - Noon; Monday - Thursday