NOTICE about NEW MASK REQUIREMENT...
Per CDC guidelines, masks are required in the building. So, if you are attending the worship service in person, please wear a mask. Thank you.
IT’S CONFIRMATION DAY!!!!
We hope you will celebrate with us this Sunday as we welcome Brynn LeFevre and Brendan Baser as our newest members. Congratulations to both of you!
Session Highlights - September 20, 2021
Financial Support - We are grateful for the continued offerings of financial support, which arrive via mail and online daily. If you haven't signed up for our online giving program, you may do so by clicking on the "Giving to RCLPC" link from the home page. (See instructions for setting up your on-line donations.)
- Rev. John Dillon Moderator
- Approved Session Meeting Minutes from August 23, 2021
- Confirmands approved for confirmation at September 26th worship
- Approved MCC use of Fellowship Hall and some classrooms for Theater Performances in November
- Approved Blackhawk Commissioner to GA Request for Mike Rugh
- Approved January 30, 2022 date for Congregation Meeting
- Approved Nominating Committee to seek Deacon replacement for Nancy Blakely
- Approved John’s vacation on October 11-18 & November 8-15 with authorization for pulpit supply and Elder coverage (Lisa Krchak -October; Mary Ellen Shine November).
- Approved consent agenda for Worship, Deacons, Mission, Finance, Stewardship, Building & Grounds, Communications, and Congregation Vitality Teams.
- Approved discontinuing the nursery service and inform employee of discontinuance of her service.
- Approved employment of Ann Legg as Interim Accompanist with back payments from June through August 2021
- Next Session meeting is October 25, 2021 at 7pm in person in Fellowship Hall
Helping Out Others In and Around Our Community Near and Far...
McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk - this Sunday, Sept 26
Please join us and support this year's McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk
(https://tinyurl.com/RCLPCwalk). Our team is going to step off from Living Waters Lutheran Church at 2pm Sunday, Sept. 26, and we are asking for donations and for people to walk with us on our 4-mile trek! Help us reach our church's goal of raising $3,000! All contributions big and small are greatly appreciated!
Information about the CROP Hunger Walk is displayed at church in the Connecting Link (glass doors). Donations are being taken online, but a collection envelope is affixed to this display for those who do not donate online.
To contribute, sign up to walk, and for additional information, please go to:
- Direct link to donate and/or join our RCLPC walking team: (https://tinyurl.com/RCLPCwalk)br>
- Link to general McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk page: (https://tinyurl.com/McHenryWalk)
- - Visit our 2021 Facebook page for CROP Walk updates!
The CROP Hunger Walk is a community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations to raise funds to combat hunger at home 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.
Thank you for your support of this year's CROP Hunger Walk!
Blessings, Allison Larsen and Nancy Blakely, RCLPC CROP Walk organizers
P.S. Here's a brief video to show you how past CROP Walks have supported those in need worldwide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTveY1aR4U8
Peace and Global Witness Special Offering, Sunday, October 3.
PEACE is active not passive. PEACE is doing not waiting.
With our share of the Peace and Global Witness Offering, we support peacemakers around the globe. You may remember Jaff Bamenjo, peacemaker from Cameroon, who serves with the Presbyterian Hunger Program. Jaff coordinates the advocacy and food sustainability campaigns, and was here to tell of his work with our partner, The Network for the Fight Against Hunger in Cameroon. We begin at the communion table on World Communion Sunday, October 3, with our offering. We celebrate the peace we find there and commit to building a more just and peaceful world.
2021 Illinois Solar Tour
Save the Date: Saturday, September 25th from 10AM to 3PM
The 2021 Illinois Solar Tour will take place on Saturday, September 25th from 10:00am to 3:00pm in a hybrid format! Home and business owners with renewable energy installations will open their homes to the public and share their passion, knowledge, and experience of owning, maintaining, and living with renewable energy. The hybrid format means that some sites will be available for in-person tours or outside viewing, some sites will offer video tours, and some sites will provide both! Sign up here. https://illinoissolar.org/event-4398021
Adopt a Trail Clean Up – October 9
RCLPC Volunteers Needed for Bike Path Clean-Up...
When: On Saturdays September 11, and October 9 meet in the parking lot at the Lutheran Church on the corner of Ridgefield Road and Rte.14 at 9:45am to sign a waiver and get your equipment. In case of severe heat or stormy weather contact the organizer for alternate dates.
Where: Our portion of the trail runs from the intersection of Ridgefield Road and Rt. 14 (by the Lord and Savior Lutheran Church) to Lily Pond Road. The round trip distance is 1.5 miles.
Equipment: Safety vests, garbage bags and buckets will be provided, if you have garbage pokers or long handled grabbers, please bring them. Each worker must bring their own heavy duty work gloves.
Why: The Earth Care Committee asked the Conservation District if we could be part of the effort to keep the bike trails clean. A sign will be erected to denote RCLPC as maintaining that stretch of the path.
How Often: The 2nd Saturday of each month through October or November to clean up the path.
Organizers: Contact the organizer of the event if you have questions:
October 9 - Laura Bauman
Past-Due Rent Assistance Program
The Past-Due Rent Assistance program may provide assistance for those who are behind in their rent due to circumstances that are beyond the household's control. All applicants must be current McHenry County residents and must have lived in McHenry for at least all of the past 30 days. This program does not assist with mortgages or property taxes.
To verify the economic crisis, all applicants must provide documents that give evidence of at least one of the following conditions: job loss or reduced income due to COVID-19, loss of employment for other reasons, medical disability or emergency, loss or delay of some form of public benefit, natural disaster, victimization by criminal activity, illegal action by a landlord, displacement by a government or private action, or some other condition that was beyond the household's control and constitutes a hardship comparable to the other conditions listed above.
Household income cannot exceed 200% of the poverty level for the past 30 days (see our website for those amounts). Program availability depends on funding availability. Rents must fall within the local rent standards for the household's size.
The best way to contact the McHenry County Housing Authority is:
Contact us by email at
or Contact us by phone: (815) 338-7752
Faith Formation - PreK-5th Grade
Last week in class we discussed how to welcome a stranger and this week we will talk about helping a stranger or friend. There is gauze and music involved so all of our children should join us in Squad Room 4 (next to the nursery) at 10:30am.
Fellowship Hour to Follow New Worship Time
Coffee and tea will be available after worship, which means we are looking for volunteers to set up these beverages to be ready by 10:30am, meaning preparation would need to begin by 10:00am. Also included would be any clean up. There is a sign-up sheet at the coffee/tea station in Fellowship Hall with a place for your name, email address and phone number. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call. Thank you.
From the Earth Care Team:
Make some 2021 resolutions for the betterment of God's Earth!
2021 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
September 8 and 29, October 20, November 17, December 15
Help Wanted – Caring, Helpful Volunteers
Do you have a spare 3 hours once a month? Good Samaritan Ministries needs to replace some faithful volunteers who have severe health issues and a few who are wary of in-person contacts due to Covid-19. After a short training, you will have a chance to help community people in Crystal Lake who need extra assistance. Procedures are simplified; records are handwritten vs. computer generated and meeting with the public is by appointment only at Bethany Lutheran Church. Contact Marianne Anderson for more information at 815.455.5839, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will find a new card in the pew racks that lists the missions RCLPC currently supports. It offers an overview of our mission outreach and directs you to the RCLPC web page with descriptions of each mission and mission partner, and their role in our common life. We invite you to join in any of these efforts. Our time, talents, and financial gifts, both as a church and as individuals, are needed. RCLPC's mission statement closes with these words: "We go in grace, challenged and strengthened by the Spirit to do God's work and show God's love in the world. We seek to look beyond our walls and beyond ourselves - to see God's image in every face, and to serve God's people in every place life leads us." A complete digital version of this booklet, including links to our partners' websites, can be found on rclpc.org. Click on the "Mission Partners" button. ~ Mission Outreach Ministry
Our congregation's Egyptian Connection began 40 years ago when an Egyptian pastor came to us as part of a "mission on reverse" program. The following summer 21 people from our church visited Egypt. While there, we met a young man who had a passion for children who were developmentally disabled. A couple in our group invited him to come and spend a year in Crystal Lake learning about special education. Later, when our friend Pastor Gendi was in Alexandria he grasped an opportunity to have some Swedish teachers come and train teachers and start a school for children with special needs in Alexandria. Some teachers from that school also came here for additional training.
Today, Fairhaven School provides rehabilitative services for 135 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Each student has an individualized educational program and is surrounded by a spirit of love by the teachers and staff. The students learn self-advocacy in regular meetings twice a week, visit schools for non-disabled students, and participate with them in sports activities and art and music classes. Siblings of the students meet monthly to build friendships and to share experiences of coping with their situations.
Students participate in Scouting activities, recreational activities, and shopping and community outings. Families of the students have monthly meetings to learn and discuss topics related to disabilities. Students celebrate national and religious occasions and holidays, as well as participating in singing in a chorus, physical exercise, computer training and handicrafts. Older students are trained in work skills such as carpentry, greenhouse farming, candle making, paper recycling and sewing skills. The school greatly appreciates our support and prayers. To help support Fairhaven School, you can make monthly or annual contributions to RCLPC and put Fairhaven School in the memo.
Mission Outreach Ministry - Care for Children Overseas
If you would 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.
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 hearing assistant devices and large print bulletins available to those who may need them. Please ask an usher for assistance.
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