Have you been missing a small purple iPod? Please contact the church office.
Harambe is a Swahili word meaning "let's all work together" and on Sunday, July 14th we will be remembering that, through Blackhawk Presbytery, we are "all working together" with the Imenti Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa in Kenya. We will celebrate our partnership in worship and in collecting "Coins for Kenya." Please come join us. ~ Pastor John
And... Come join Ann Legg in a Faith Encounters class between services. She will present a Power Point presentation about our partner parish in Kenya, Ngirine, which is made up of 8 churches. Class Location: The Lounge
A Time to Celebrate
On Saturday, July 13, please come join Louise & John & family at their home in Crystal Lake, from 2:00 onwards in celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary! Burgers, brats etc. will be provided. Please bring a side dish if you wish. No gifts - donations of diapers (newborn to #4) for some friends in need would be wonderful. Thank you.
Share Your Gifts During Worship this Summer!
Do you sing, play an instrument, create visual art, enjoy the dramatic arts? The sign up on the sheet is located next to the choir room. That's all there is to it. We'll get together to plan and share your talent in worship. Contact Sherri Dees, at email@example.com with questions.
Eat, Play, Give!
Tickets are now available for Morning's at Seven which runs July 12-28. Did you know that RCLPC Theater's dinner portion of each ticket sold is donated to a nonprofit organization? Our first weekend benefits Pioneer Center for Human Services and the second and third weekends benefit Living Waters for the World. Purchasing tickets is a great way to enjoy a wonderful show and to give to very worthy charities! You can go online (www.rclpctheater.com/) or, if you would like to avoid paying the credit card service charge, we've made it very convenient for you to purchase your tickets right here at church with cash or a check. Just fill out one of the order forms located in the office and place it in the RCLPC Theater ticket envelope. You'll receive a confirmation email or phone call to let you know you're all set and ready to enjoy the show. Don't delay, order today! Please contact Amy if you have any questions. For more information visit www.rclpctheater.com/
Do You Sew? Let Me Know!
Once again Church World Service has challenged RCLPC to make and fill 75 school bags, 10 hygiene kits, and 3 cleaning buckets. Please sign up at the display table in the lobby if you can help sew the bags or wish to donate toward the cost of this project. Material and directions will be provided for you. Please contact Mary Finch for more information at 815-653-0596 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much! The Mission Team
An Interfaith Initiative
Please join us for our first annual Ladies' Breakfast
on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9:00-10:30am
at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church
Come for the food (pastries and coffee), fellowship, and find out about our interfaith initiative! This is a great opportunity to meet other women from the American Muslim Community Organization (AMCO), the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, Resurrection Catholic Church, and Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church.
All ages are welcome! Children's activities will be provided.
Please direct all questions to Cindy Theobald (RCLPC) or
Danielle Cairoli (Resurrection Catholic Church), and please sign up for this event in the Gathering Place (we need an idea of how many people will be attending in order to provide food).
Members of Resurrection, AMCO, Ridgefield Presbyterian Church, the Jewish Congregation of McHenry County, are coming together to find ways to build bridges and plant the seeds of community, friendship, and harmony among all faiths. We will be planning quarterly fellowship events at the various places of worship for adults, youth, and children. The culmination of this year's theme "Planting the Seeds of Friendship" will be the planning and planting of a vegetable garden this summer and providing a meal for the Old Firehouse Assistance Center.
Immigration and Detention Resources
Many Presbyterians have been asking how they can get involved in advocating against family separation and detention policies. In response, the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness has created a guide of Immigration and Detention Resources. This resource guide includes links for resources concerning:
- Background information on current immigration and detention policies
- Information regarding child detention
- Assistance for persons facing deportation or detention
- Worship resources
- Ways to take direct political action
- Other organizations you can become involved with who are advocating for the rights of immigrant people
School Supply Drive
Back to school shopping is right around the corner (I know, say it isn't so) and you are encouraged to participate in our One for Me, Two for You program. This year we have been asked to collect 75 school supply kits through Church World Services. 75 is a big number but we are confident that the children and youth of RCLPC can help us reach our goal. Supplies will be collected on AUGUST 18th during the Blessing of the Backpacks. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Giving Thanks for Coffee and Cookies!
It's time once again to express gratitude for the generous volunteers who have made Sunday morning fellowship time a success in 2019. Thanks to the Hess family, Cathy Christensen, Andrea Pracht, the Harveys, CPJ team, Earth Care team, Raechel Sowa, the Wilsons, and last, but not least, the Brew Crew! Brewed Awakenings will be taking a break for the summer months, so we have many opportunities for new volunteers to help out with making coffee and providing a snack. The sign-up sheet can be found near the coffee machine in FH. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Harvey.
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.
What's New at the Fair Trade Station
Did you know RCLPC offers fairly traded Equal Exchange products for sale and for Fellowship Hour use? The PC(USA) is a church partner with Equal Exchange, whose mission is "to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world". As a denominational partner of 18 years, PC(USA) receives 15 cents per pound of products purchased in churches for the PCUSA's Small Farmer Fund. That fund amounted to $10,022.85 in 2018.
The fair trade station in Fellowship Hall is always open, self-serve, with current prices posted on a sign by the products. No change is provided, and both checks (written to RCLPC, memo "fair trade") and cash are accepted. Just place your payment in the small box with the products.
A new order of coffee, tea, and chocolate arrived recently. If you enjoy chocolate, you'll find bars of 55% cacao with almond and sea salt, 80% cacao Panama, and 92% cacao Total Eclipse. The last is a brand-new bar from Equal Exchange's first partner from the "cocoa belt" in Togo, West Africa. Those bars would make fantastic baking chocolate. Thanks for purchasing fair trade. It makes a world of difference to small cacao farmers in Latin America and Togo.
Our congregation has a long history of relationship with Fairhaven School in Alexandria, Egypt. The school serves children of all ages with a variety of special needs. Students participate in community and artistic activities as well as academic pursuits. Take a look at some recent photos on the mission bulletin board in fellowship hall. Your support is welcome. Simply write a check to RCLPC with "Fairhaven" in the memo.
Good People Needed
Emergency Funds are available to people in need through Good Samaritan Ministries. Sometimes a little can make a big difference when it comes to rent, utilities and food. People in Crystal Lake and who attend Crystal Lake Churches may apply. Now, Good Samaritan needs your help. We are looking for volunteers for a couple hours every month or two to assist in giving funds to people with very serious needs. You will be working with another volunteer and with vouchers, not cash. For example, if someone needs $100 to make a rent payment, Good Samaritan will write a check to the landlord. Are you interested in helping? You will be trained by wonderful people who, like you, care about others. The Good Samaritan Ministries offices are located in Bethany Lutheran Church. For information, contact Marianne Anderson, email@example.com. You will be glad you did.
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.
Scrip Cards Order Sunday Deadlines:
June 9, July 7, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
Food Pantry Work Schedule 2019
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays:
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 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