The Annual High School Pancake Breakfast is January 27th!
Hot pancakes dripping with syrup, bacon, sausage, hot coffee and OJ. YUM-O! Don't forget to skip breakfast at home on January 27th and eat at church. The HS Youth Group will be serving a pancake breakfast for you to enjoy during the congregational meeting. A free will donation will be collected and money raised will support the HS mission trip this June. Enjoy a hot breakfast, participate in the congregational meeting, and support the high school mission trip.
10AM Sunday Faith Encounters Class...
Revelation: Is the Book of Revelation controversial?
Here's what Martin Luther wrote in 1522: "About this book of the Revelation of John... I miss more than one thing in this Book, and it makes me consider it to be neither apostolic nor prophetic... I can in no way detect that the Holy Spirit produced it... Again, they are supposed to be blessed who keep what is written in this book; and yet no one knows what that is, to say nothing of keeping it. ... Christ is neither taught nor known in it." Was Martin Luther correct that Revelation is useless for feeding our faith? Should it have been removed from the Bible as Luther argued? What does it say? Come join Pastor John on the first three Sundays in January as he explores this perplexing tome. Class Location? The Lounge
You've Got Mail
End-of-year giving statements were mailed out today. Please take a look at these to make sure they are correct. If you do not receive a statement showing your contributions in 2018, or if any changes need to be made, please let the office know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, Kim Stewart
Closet Cleaning -- Can You Help with Items for El Chico?
El Chico, the Guatemalan village of our most recent Living Waters partner, has many people living in extreme poverty. The children (and some of the adults) lack shoes, and therefore contract parasites and fungal infections. Many adults can't see well enough to read.
We invite you to help us gather items this month to meet these needs. You'll find baskets in Fellowship Hall for gently used (or new) children's sandals and sneakers, and for used (or new) reading glasses in a variety of strengths. No light-up shoes or flip-flops, please, but instead sturdy, summer-type shoes. Perhaps your friends and family will have these items to share, as well.
A Living Waters team will be returning to Guatemala in February for follow-up visits with RCLPC's partners. That will be a perfect time to deliver shoes and glasses to the Monte Los Olivos Presbyterian Church in El Chico. Thank you for your help.
~ Living Waters Team
Battery Recycling Drive during January
Here's a great way to get rid of the used batteries in your home--at no cost. The McHenry County Department of Health is accepting single-use alkaline batteries through January 31. Spent AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt batteries are accepted from 8am-4:30pm, Monday - Friday, at both health department locations: Annex A building, 2200 N Seminary Av, Woodstock; and the Crystal Lake Clinic, 100 N Virginia St. Please take advantage of this convenient, no-cost means to recycle your batteries. ~ Earth Care Team
Offering Envelopes for 2019
Please pick up your assigned offering envelopes in the Connecting Link. Only those having a contributor number from 1-99 have envelopes. If you would like a set of boxed envelopes for 2019, please let me know and we can reassign you a new contributor number. Kim Stewart
Flower Chart for 2019
The new flower chart for Sunday worship is up and ready to be filled in. Please sign up on the chart on the window next to the staff office. Thank you.
Reminder: Cookie Walk Items Still Need to Be Picked Up
Thank you all for your continued support. Trays, boxes, and tins left from the Cookie Walk are ready for pick up on the tables and pews outside Fellowship Hall.
Change the Game with Souper Bowl of Caring
Saints or Rams? Kansas City or Colts? RCLPC feeding the hungry or the hungry going unfed? RCLPC for the win, but we need YOUR help to score a touchdown for the The Old Firehouse Assistance Center and the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Team RCLPC NEEDS YOU! Be part of this fun day by donating a bag of groceries (grab a grocery list from the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall) and dropping a few bucks in the soup kettle on February 3. Can we raise $1,100 for the Old Firehouse? Can we donate over 200 lbs. of food to the CL Food Pantry? You bet we can! Together we can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors. Let's do this! *Food collection begins January 27. Drop off needed items in Fellowship Hall.
This week we are listening to a parable in Luke about mixing the old with the new. If you get a hole in your pants and your mom sews a new piece of cloth over the hole, will it match the old pair of pants? Will it shrink when you wash it? A long time ago, Jesus reminded people not to mix old and new cloth, but he didn't do it just for the clothes repair advice! He was trying to help people understand that following him was doing something new, and if you mix that new thing with the old it could get messy. Jesus was warning people that you can't always just patch things up and hope for the best, you have to expect that it might get harder and harder to keep to the old things and do the new things. We will unpack the rest of the story at 10am in the God Squad room.
Mark Your Calendars for the RCLPC Chili Cook-Off!
We are bringing back the RCLPC Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, March 2 at 5:30pm. The Living Waters group is hosting this potluck and will be sharing updates from their February Guatemala trip. Look for signups in the Connecting Link as we get closer.
A Time For Giving Thanks
This seems like a good time to express our gratitude to those who have faithfully and cheerfully contributed to the deacon efforts to provide hospitality through volunteering to make delicious treats and hot beverages during our fellowship time on Sunday mornings. We have all enjoyed the fruits of their labor and we are very thankful for their support. While numerous people have provided treats on an occasional basis, the following people/groups have been particularly generous: Cathy Christensen, the Hess family, Cheryl Brincks, Mike Harvey, CPJ team, Brewed Awakenings crew, and deacons' Special Events Committee. If your family/team is interested in providing snacks and coffee, a sign-up sheet is located near the coffee machine in Fellowship Hall. Questions? Please contact Cindy Harvey.
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.
News from your Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) Team...
- Mark your calendars for all four Sundays in February and Sunday, March 3, 10-11 in the church library. CPJ's Alice Haznedl will lead a five-part discussion and learning adventure on "Why Palestine Matters," a project of PCUSA's Israel Palestine Mission Network. Purchase of the accompanying study guide is highly recommended, and is an invaluable resource even if you can't attend all five sessions. The study guide is available from CPJ chair Mike Rugh for $12. See the church directory or the church office for Mike's contact information.
- Words do matter! Last spring RCLPC letter writers penned scores of letters to our legislators advocating for compassionate action on two important pieces of food legislation: the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act and the 2018 farm bill. Letters from RCLPC and hundreds of other caring congregations do help shape public policy: both these bills received bipartisan support and were signed into law by the President in October and December respectively. CPJ will again sponsor the annual Bread for the World Offering of Letters (urging common-sense food policies) on May 5.
- In December CPJ signed on to a petition circulated by other faith groups to request the closure of the Tornillo (Texas) detention facility. This facility held over 2,000 minors who had been caught up in the administration's zero tolerance policy for immigrants; Tornillo's tent city has been widely condemned as inhumane and dehumanizing. In mid-January, Tornillo was shuttered, and all the children have been released to their families, sponsors, or other facilities.
PADS Lunches - October through April
The mission of PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is to provide shelter for the homeless. RCLPC supports PADS by providing lunches for those without shelter. These lunches are an important part of the PADS program. RCLPC provides lunches on the second and fifth Sunday, as well as the fourth Friday of the month. Help is always needed to assemble the lunches. Funding is provided by individual donations and many RCLPC fundraisers. Please consider volunteering your time. There are sign-up sheets in the gathering place with dates and times. Questions, please contact Tom & Pepper Lafontaine or Karen Nelson. Thank you for your support of RCLPC PADS lunches.
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 Charlie 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 2019
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays:
January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 19, July 24, August 21, September 11, October 9, November 6, December 4
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 - Noon; Monday - Thursday