Call of Congregation Meeting - January 24, 2021
The Session has called an Annual Congregation Meeting on January 24, 2021 immediately following the 10:00am service via Zoom to present and approve the annual report; and present and approve the Pastor’s 2021 Terms of Call.
Stay Connected – Learn More About Fairhaven School
Be sure to stay on Zoom after the service on Sunday to learn more about Fairhaven School in Alexandria, Egypt. This has been an important connection and mission of our church for forty years. We will have a discussion of this history and two short videos of the school. You can also learn how you may be able to make a difference in the life of an Egyptian child with special needs.
Offering Envelopes for 2021
Boxed sets of your offering envelopes are available to be picked up in the church office. Only those having a contributor number from 1-50 have envelopes. If you would like a set of boxed envelopes for 2021, please let me know and we can reassign you a new contributor number. Kim Stewart
It is once again time to prepare for changes to the groups that support us at RCLPC. We will be looking for candidates to serve as elder, deacon, nominating and audit committee members, and J.C. Button Endowment Group member. If you know someone you feel could perform one of these duties well, please ask them if they would serve, and then submit their name. Contact Nancy Delware or Lisa Krchak can accept your suggestions.
Word on Wednesdays will begin on February 17th at 4PM. Pastor John will be leading the six-week series about the Vocabulary of faith. Starting TODAY, you are encouraged to build upon your spiritual practice. One place to start is on our Education page on the RCLPC website. We have provided excellent videos for you to watch and learn from.
Statement from the PCUSA Office of Public Witness
Wednesday, January 6, marked the day of Epiphany, Día de Los Reyes, as the end of the Christmas season. Sadly, on that same day, at 2:15 pm EST, the United States Capitol building was stormed by a mob of insurrectionists intent on disrupting the certification of Joe Biden as president of the United States. This was an alarming and sobering reality of the divisions within our country and the danger posed by those who are guided by extremist ideology.
The chaos of the Trump administration, a term filled with lies and hateful fearmongering, came to a violent climax. Domestic terrorists attempted to intimidate our nation’s leaders in an attempt to halt the certification. Using guns, clubs, and other weapons, terrorists overran the police and broke into the Capitol Building. They broke windows, spray-painted walls, ransacked offices, and left threatening notes. Two pipe bombs were left outside of the DNC and RNC local offices. A cooler of Molotov cocktails was discovered in a parked car. Members of both houses were ushered into safe locations for their well-being knowing that their lives were at risk. Many are still shaken by what happened.
The Office of Public Witness mourns the loss of life that occurred and we pray for the four families now in mourning.
The Office of Public Witness strongly condemns the actions of President Donald J. Trump and his followers. These actions were not just an attack on the Capitol Building, but an attack on American democracy. There must be a demand for accountability on the part of the president, or else the rule of law means nothing. It cannot be applied to some, but not to all. This demand is being proclaimed around the country. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger has called for invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. Seven members of the administration have resigned. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has called for full prosecution of all responsible. Former Attorney General William Barr condemned the president’s role in the attack and accused the president of orchestrating a mob and called his actions a “betrayal of his office.” Senator Mitt Romney charged his fellow Senators who object to the election results as “complicit” to the riot saying, “What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States.”
Epiphany proclaims hope in the midst of despair. Let not the destructive events of January 6 derail us from our goal of liberty and equity for all. No amount of resistance will quell our resolve to fight for freedom, justice, and democracy for all people.
A Season of Gratitude
Please click here to make your pledge on-line.
Thank you for your continued support of our mission and ministries. To provide you with a current status of pledges for 2021, we have received 54 pledges. If you are planning to pledge for 2021, but have forgotten to do so, please take a moment to record you pledge on-line or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.)
Helping Out Others In and Around Our Community Near and Far...
CHANGE the GAME with Souper Bowl of Caring
If the BEARS can make the playoffs, we can crush our goal of raising $1,650 for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Team RCLPC NEEDS YOU! Be part of this fun day by dropping a few bucks in the virtual soup kettle on February 7. Can we raise $1,650** for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry? We WILL with your help. Together we can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors. Let’s do this!
**You may mail your check made out to RCLPC with Souper Bowl in the memo line OR donate online at http://rclpc.org/givingToRCLPC.html (Don’t forget to designate Souper Bowl in the Notes section.)
Although we will not be collecting food for the Souper Bowl, donations are always accepted at the pantry or in the cooler on the church porch.
Don’t Forget the Food Pantry!
During this time of food insecurity for so many, please don’t forget the ways you can donate to the CL Food Pantry: Bring donation to the Food Pantry at 42East Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 OR Donate to the Food Pantry by going to the Food Pantry website and clicking on “Donate” or sending a check to CL Food Pantry, CLFP, PO Box 1071, Crystal Lake, Il. 60039-1071. Needed:
Ramen soup, Canned Chili, Canned Beef Stew, Spaghetti, Other Pasta, Paper Towels,
Pancake Mix, Syrup, Flour,
Sugar, Rice, Dry Beans,
Canned Pasta, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables,
Laundry Soap, Dish Soap, Cat Food,
CL Food Pantry purchases from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. $1 can buy $8 worth of food. Thank you for your continued help!
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
Children's Sunday School
Our College Adults
Join us in celebrating the following January birthday. John is studying for his master's degree at the University of Michigan.
During the month of January we will not meet on Zoom each Sunday. Note: The materials will be on our SS page as well for all to use. Beginning on February 7 we will once again meet from 9:30-9:45am on Zoom. We will prepare our hearts for Lent and then lead the children through Lent with stories, songs, and fun.
Fellowship Time after Worship on Sunday
After worship please stay connected and join us for "virtual coffee & cookies" and real in person live chat! Help keep RCLPC connected! Would you like to volunteer to be host one Sunday? See old friends, keep up with the news, no skill required other than saying 'Hi! How are you doing?" Please contact Karen Hutchings to book your Sunday.
2021 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
January 20, February 17, March 10, April 7, May 5 and 26, June 23, July 21, August 11, 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, email@example.com.
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 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