RCLPC in Ministry This Week
Sunday, March 24 - Saturday, March 30


10:00Faith Encounters & Fellowship

Tuesday10:00Book Group

11:00Staff meeting

6:00Band practice

7:15Choir practice
Thursday10:00Women's Bible Study

6:30 - 8:30N.O.W. meeting in F.H.


Slides for Announcements

Please remember these people in your prayers

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
Bill and Nancy Blakely's sister-in-law, Patty Blakely; Marie Randall; Darryl Bessant; Paul Nelson; Cindy Borre's grandniece, Maggie; Margie Natividad's friend's daughter, Ellie; Micky Woodruff; Heather Sroka; Jim and Carol Iddings; 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

Help Wanted for Fiesta!
Fiesta Agua Viva is planned for April 13 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Come out and bring the family to enjoy music, a silent auction, Latin food, children's activities, and a fun family event. We need help with food donations for our taco bar, greeters, youth helpers for children activities, and donations for extra costs for the fiesta. Please take a moment and sign-up in the Gathering Place to help. This fundraiser, which is our main way to raise funds for our water treatment systems in Guatemala, is only successful with your support and help.

Palm Sunday Coat Drive - April 14
Spring is right around the corner and it is time to clean your closets. On Palm Sunday bring your gently used and clean coats to worship. We will use the coats as part of our worship experience and then the coats will be donated to a local organization(s). Let's put our love into action with the donation of a coat and shouts of "Hosanna".

Maundy Thursday - April 18 at 6:30pm
Everyone is invited to join us in Fellowship Hall on Maundy Thursday as we share a meal together, worship and pray together, and consider God's promise and call to abundant life. The main part of the meal will be provided, and there will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the Gathering Place. We ask that you please sign up with the number of people attending to help us with food preparation. We also need a few people to bring a salad (recipe provided) or cookies or cookie bars. Please indicate if you can help with that by signing the appropriate sheet.

Prayer Labyrinth through Lent
As you journey through Lent and look for ways to grow closer to God, you may want to make time to walk the labyrinth, a tool for prayer and meditation for those seeking God. In walking the labyrinth, mind, body, and spirit are together focused on following a single path that leads to and returns from the center. The path we follow becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. It touches our sorrows and releases our joys and creativity. It is also a place to create space, which can help us listen to our inner wisdom and gain new understandings. Each time we walk the labyrinth we may find ourselves led further to discover and do that toward which our soul is drawn. You are invited to walk the labyrinth located in the Library/Lounge. Come and just be.

Invitation to Journey through Lent Using the RCLPC Passport Book
You are invited to dig deeper in your relationship with Jesus during this Lenten season by participating in our passport program. During these 40 days we encourage you to challenge yourself to do something different; to increase the white space on your calendar and spend time on your relationship with Christ. You are urged to practice something new as a way to cultivate your relationship with God. This may be attending the Faith Formation class on Sunday mornings, journaling your prayers, reading the Bible, or attending all Holy Week services. It may simply be to spend 40 seconds a day in meditation. Whatever you choose to do this Lent we hope you create some space to let God in. How does it work?

  1. Pick up a passport book at the passport station in the Connecting Link or in your pew. You may pick up your book at any time during Lent.
  2. Complete Walk His Way activities and receive a sticker. Stickers are located in the Passport Station on the appropriate shelf. You will also find a picture in your bulletin that will count as your Worship sticker.
  3. Your weekly challenges will not receive stickers.
  4. Turn in your Passport Book with at least 15 stamps on April 28 to collect your gift. Attend all worship services through Lent and Holy Week and you will receive an extra gift.

Planting the Seeds of Community & Friendship
Lenten Fellowship Opportunity!

Please join us and members of AMCO, Resurrection, and the Jewish Congregation of McHenry County for our next community interfaith potluck at 6PM on April 6th in Fellowship Hall. All ages are welcome! A McHenry County Master Gardner will join us as we introduce our community garden plan for the summer and we are also very excited to introduce a children's curriculum that will run during the presentation and panel discussion. The lesson for this session is: Growing in the Soil of God's Love. The children will join the adults for the meal. Please bring a dish to pass and your questions to submit for the panel discussion. Let's dig deeper to find ways to build bridges and plant the seeds of community, friendship, and harmony among all faiths. Make this your first dinner, or your 2nd or 3rd; and remember to get a sticker for your passport. Sign up in the Gathering Place and direct questions to Cindy Theobald.

Sunday Morning Faith Encounters - 10AM in Fellowship Hall
Digging Deep for Love in Four Forms

In the Greek of the New Testament, they use four different words for love: Eros (intimate), Philia (friendship), Storge (empathy), and Agape (God's unconditional love). Come join Pastor John as he explores passages and people in the Bible that illustrate these forms of love. Class Schedule:
March 24 - "Philia" - Luke 5:17-26
March 31 - "Storge" - Romans 12:9-21
April 7 - "Agape" - John 3:16-17

McHenry County Taize Service
Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 pm

First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson, Crystal Lake
Taize worship is an ecumenical, meditative service of common prayer. A simple lay-led service, it lasts about an hour and consists of songs (using the beautiful chants of the Taize community), scripture, candle lighting, a period of silence for meditation, and concludes with prayers for the world. It is meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Fourth Tuesdays, First Congregational Church, Crystal Lake. Visit www.taize.fr for more information.

The Human Race
Please consider joining the McHenry County Human Race. This family friendly 5K walk/run supports over 70 charities helping McHenry County.
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 8AM (done before 9AM)
Place: McHenry County College
There is also a nonprofit expo that begins at 7AM. For more info visit mchumanrace.org or call 815-344-4483. Thank you so much.

New Children's Worship Bags
We have a new addition to our worship space and it is for the kids and youth. As you enter the space you will see some hooks with colorful bags hanging from them. Take a bag and use the materials inside to enhance your worship experience. When worship is over, just return the bag. Thank you to the team that made these bags possible: Paula Ekstrom for sewing our children's worship bags, Gordy Richardson for building the tree holders for the bags, Margie Natividad for assembling bags, and Jim and Laura Bauman for laminating the worship journals.

God Squad
We are working our way through the different types of love and Lent. This week we are talking about the type of love called "philia." Friendship, philia, is not just about the relationship between fellow travelers through life: it is a closer bond than that, and as such it flourishes where it is tended. Music is an important part of our class and we have been learning songs we will hear throughout Lent. This week Miss Sherri will be teaching us songs about friendship. What do your friendships mean to you?
At home this week write down your friends and what their friendship means to you. Call a friend and set a time to meet. Talk about your friendship and remember why you became friends. Value your friends this week!

Let's worship together at 9am and then gather together at 10am for some fun. Don't forget to turn in your AWOL RSVP to Raechel. AWOL is April 5-6 at RCLPC and promises to be a great weekend of building friendships, service, and a ton of fun. Don't miss out - register today!

Sunday School Easter Basket Mission Project
As we are Digging Deep for Love during this Lenten season, let us remember to help those in need. It is time again for the annual Sunday school mission project of collecting donations for Easter Baskets for families of Home of the Sparrow. The children's Sunday school classes will be helping to put the baskets together and fill eggs on Sunday, April 7th, followed by an Easter egg hunt in Fellowship Hall. Donations will be needed by Wednesday, April 3rd. No baskets or grass is needed.
There are approximately 16 children ranging from newborn to 15 years old. There are presently 10 moms who would love some pampering with lotions, shower gels, etc. along with $10.00 gift cards for (Target, Walmart, Meijer, etc.). Children donation ideas: individually packaged candy/snacks, fast food gift cards, crayons/markers, card games, small toys, jump ropes, balls, bubbles, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste. Donations can be dropped off in Fellowship Hall. Gift cards can be placed in my mailbox near the stairs. Monetary donations can be dropped in the offering plate or church office and marked "Easter Baskets" and will be used to purchase additional items. Thank you for your consideration in helping with this annual mission project. Any questions, feel free to contact Karen Nelson.

Parents Night Out - May 4
It's a parable party and all kids ages 6 mos.-6th grade are invited! Join us on May 4 from 5:30-8:30pm for dinner, lots of games, crafts, and fun. Friends, neighbors, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins are invited! This is our last one until Fall so make sure to save the date and sign up today! Questions? Contact Raechel Sowa youthleader@rclpc.org. Sign up in the Gathering Space. May the 4th be with you!!!!

New Book Group
Want to create some space just for you? Want to meet new friends or spend time with friends you have known for a while? Whatever your reason, beginning April 8 and then the second Monday of each month beginning in May, you will have an opportunity. A new book club is forming and the first book we will read is Everybody Always by Bob Goff. If you are interested in joining us for good conversation, lots of fellowship, and hopefully a lot of laughter, come. We will read one book a month and each take turns choosing the book. We can decide the logistics at our first meeting. Join me, Raechel Sowa at my home at 7PM on April 8. Get yourself the book, start reading and let me know if you would like to be part of the discussion. Sign up in the Gathering Space, email me, or let me know when you see me.

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.

Please Help our PADS Lunches by Just Buying a Scrip (Gift) Card!
Order forms are on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or on the table in the Connecting Link. Fill out the form, write your check to RCLPC with Scrip in the Memo line, then place in the Scrip mailbox at the front door (close to the window).We will e-mail you when your order arrives, which is usually about 2 weeks. Please write these deadline dates on your calendar... Sundays, April 7, May 5, June 9, July 7. The deadlines are usually the second Sunday of every month. The exceptions are April, May and July, those are on the 1st Sunday. Thank you in advance for your support! Questions? e-mail Nancy Blakely or Joan Jensema.

Fairhaven School
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, mapadutch@sbcglobal.net. You will be glad you did.

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.

Scrip Cards Order Sunday Deadlines:
April 7, May 5, 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:
March 27, April 24, May 22, June 19, July 24, August 21, September 11, October 9, November 6, December 4

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