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.
Our Challenge is to "Go the Extra Mile"
As the Fall weather sets in and we witness the beautiful oranges and browns of October, we are going on a Faith Journey together... a journey of dedicating ourselves and our corporate self as RCLPC, to continue to be faithful disciples through both Stewardship and Acts of Kindness. Our challenge is to "Go the Extra Mile." Together exploring new ways we can impact the world, its people and ourselves through our generosity and obedience, not just financially, but in our everyday words and actions. I encourage each and every one of us to take time at this season to consider how our Treasure, Time & Talents can best be used in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us travel the road together. Peace & Blessings, Pastor John
10 AM Sunday Faith Encounters Education Offerings -
A Case for Kindness
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But . . . the Good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" Martin Luther King Jr.
How are your acts of kindness coming? Do you find yourself seeking ways to help? Are you changing your mindset? What do you have to add to the road this week?
Add your kindness to our road to Jesus. Pick up a brick for each act and write down how you showed kindness to others so that we might all be inspired with new ideas. Add them to the truckload of kindness, and we will get them on our path.
We will start 10am Faith Encounters in Fellowship Hall where we will make blessing bags for the homeless and write notes of encouragement. We will then head to Squad Room 2 where we will be talking about seeking God's guidance and how He is leading us now. "Faith involves risk." Are you willing to take a risk and join me?
From 1922-1936 the Presbyterian church was torn by conflict. Fundamentalists, modernists and moderates struggled over how to approach the issues of the day: Darwinism, divorce, birth control, foreign mission, ordination, Princeton Seminary, and more. Harry Emerson Fosdick, William Jennings Bryan, Henry Sloane Coffin and others wrestled with how to interpret the Bible and what should the Presbyterian position and teaching be on these crucial topics .Their struggles made our denomination what it is today. Come to one or come to all and learn about when the Presbyterian Church almost imploded but survived! Location: The Lounge
The 3rd quarter giving statements were mailed out this week along with the letter from the Stewardship Team. Please take a look at your statement to make sure it is correct. If any changes/corrections need to be made, please let me know. Thanks, Kim Stewart
A Note from the Counters
Please note that the bank has requested that all checks be written with regular black or blue ink. Recently one or two checks have been written with gel pens, or similar, which cannot be processed by the bank's equipment. We thank you for your continued support of RCLPC. ~ Counting Team
Last week in class we talked about Psalm 104, learned what a Psalm is, and what this particular song means. This week we get to dream, just like Joseph. Are you a dreamer? Do people say you live with your head in the clouds? What's interesting about Genesis 37:2b-36 is that God isn't mentioned. So, why are we talking about it in class? See you Sunday and we will unpack the story of Joseph and his brothers. At home this week think about your dreams. If you are older, what dreams did you dream as a child about the future? Did they come true or what dashed your dreams? What are your dreams for the next 5 years? What steps might you take to make those dreams a reality?
Hearts, hearts, and more hearts. There isn't anywhere in the church I don't see hearts and that is thanks to our high schoolers. Cupcake wars and spreading kindness is what they did this past Saturday, with a few games and great discussion too. Keep spreading kindness for the next 40 days and beyond. What a great habit to create!
SAVE THE DATE- December 15 from 5:30-8:30 pm is Parent's Night Out - Jesus' Birthday Party Edition
Don't forget to turn in your retreat registration this weekend. Stronghold here we come November 9-11! Questions? See Raechel or give her a call.
Join Us in Celebrating World Food Day and the Global Food Week of Action!
Since we have been certified as a Hunger Action Congregation by the Presbyterian Mission Agency, we want to celebrate World Food Day on October 16 and the Global Food Week of Action on October 14-21.
To kick-off this celebration, join us in Fellowship Hall on October 14 at 10:00 o'clock to help fill blessing bags and write notes of encouragement for the homeless. This is a combined project with our youth and in conjunction with both the Global Food Week of Action and the Christian Education focus of "A Case for Kindness."
The church invites all to work toward building more equitable and ecological food and farm systems:
Your Mission Team (including Earth Care and CPJ) will be exploring how RCLPC can best continue and grow its interest in alleviating hunger by examining our current activities and looking for new opportunities along the lines outlined above.
- Claiming Rights: Claim the right to food, freedom from want, and an end to racialized systems of oppression.
- Fair Compensation: Demand fair prices for farmers, fishers and other producers, and fair wages for everyone.
- Food Sovereignty: Resist harmful practices and policies; and build just and sustainable local and regional food economies.
Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution - Thursday, Oct. 18 700pm
Luecht Auditorium McHenry County College
Filmmaker Jamie Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the U.S.
Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while James' discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences' discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, "Happening" explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival. The screening will take place Thursday, Oct. 18 at Luecht Auditorium, McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake. Doors will open at 630pm and film showing will begin at 7pm. A panel discussion will follow looking at what exciting things are happening with solar in Illinois. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, the MCC Sustainability Center and the McHenry County Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.
Let's Talk About Immigration
Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee at the Tree of Life Unitarian
Universalist Congregation - Panel discussion and Q&A session
Friday, October 19, 2018 7-9pm
Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050
A co-founder of the National Immigrant Justice Center and member of the board of the Immigration Project. Randy has experience in organizing representation of and directly representing immigrants on pro bono basis, at first in claims for political asylum starting in the 1980's.
A volunteer with the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants. Sue has worked tirelessly with providing pastoral care to detained immigrants for many years.
A United Methodist church Minister and the National Immigration Chair with the League of United Latin American Citizens.
For more information: Phone (815)322-2464 Email: email@example.com
Delegation to Colombia
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will sponsor a delegation to Colombia from January 21 - January 31, 2019. This is an opportunity to meet fellow Presbyterians in the country and to accompany them in their struggles. Click here for details of the trip and to apply.
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.
Meet Your Deacon Family - October 21, 2018
Please join us in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 21 from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. to meet your Deacon and other RCLPC families in your Deacon family group. If you have questions about who the Deacons are and what they do, this is the place to get answers. If you have no have questions, but would like to meet and talk with some great RCLPC folks (you may or may not know), please join us for some lively conversation. And, of course, there will be CAKE and beverages.
Calling the Ladies of RCLPC...
Plans are in the works for this year's Ladies Advent Evening to be held on Friday, November 30. Your committee of Carol Richardson, Paula Viner, and Linda Rosquist is working on the hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and an inspiring season related program for you. BUT, we do need some help with decorating and setting tables. This is the opportunity for you to get out some of your Christmas decorations and china early and to share it with other women of our church and their guests. It is a fun way to challenge your creative abilities and inspire your friends. Please think about it. We will have a list of what you may need to set your table so let us know if you are willing. You may contact Linda Rosquist to sign up. If you are hesitant, consider joining with a friend or family member to share the duty. In any event, do put the date on your calendar and plan on being there for a lovely candlelit evening.
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.
A Message and Photos from Our Partners in Kenya, the Ngirine Parish
I am well with my family. We are moving on well as a parish. When you were here, you left us being 7 congregations, now there are 8 of them. The work is great. As you mentioned, I am very busy and regret my delay in responding to your messages and sharing our experience and activities in the parish. I will look for someone to assist in updating you on our progress as a parish. I will ask elder Obadiah, but it is subject to confirmation.
Being the moderator of our presbytery and the person spearheading a mission project to a zone in Uganda twinned with 9 presbyteries in this region, I am almost overwhelmed by work. All the same, though pressed, I am not crushed. God will help us to overcome. Below are some photos of recent events in our parish.
In addition to the photos I sent, the following activities also took place recently though I don't have photos of them: commissioning of church school teachers at Ngongo Church and commissioning of men to the men's fellowship at Gangara.
Regarding the dispensary we are anticipating that we need about 200,000 ksh (Kenyan Shillings) to continue equipping it. We are conducting interviews to hire a medical laboratory technician to improve service delivery to the community.
Thank you and have a good day. Pray for us as you thank God for his favor to be our portion. We continue to pray for you and our partnership. Good day!!
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, 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.
Are You an Amazon Shopper?
RCLPC is now listed as a charity on amazon.com. This means that Amazon will contribute 0.5% (1/2 of 1%) of each of your purchases to RCLPC if you so designate, at no charge to you! We are not asking you to shop on Amazon, but if you do, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the Amazon Smile program. Here's how:
Go to smile.amazon.com rather than to Amazon.com. To select a charitable organization, type in Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church. You will see two options... RCLPC, and Right - Center - Left Production Company, our in-house theater group. Choose the charity you want to benefit. You will then be able to browse or shop just like you usually do... the shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the organization you select. THERE IS NO COST TO YOU OR TO RCLPC.
Questions? Contact Mike Griswold, Finance & Stewardship. Happy shopping!
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:
October 24, November 21 (day before Thanksgiving), December 26
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 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