RCLPC in Ministry This Week
Sunday, August 18 - Saturday, August 24

Blessing of the Backpacks


10:00Fellowship & Ice Cream Social

Monday1:00Staff meeting
Tuesday10:00Book Group
Thursday6:30 - 8:30N.O.W. in F.H.

Saturday9:00 - 10:30Planting the Seeds
Interfaith Ladies' Breakfast

Slides for Announcements

Please remember these people in your prayers

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
Margie Natividad; Allison and Dave Larsen's nephew, Michael Deschenes; Bruce Randall; Raj Dencker; Paula Viner's mother, Barb Ferguson; Joy Martin and family; Bill and Nancy Blakely's sister-in-law, Patty Blakely; Marie Randall; Paul Nelson; Cindy Borre's grandniece, Maggie; Margie Natividad's friend's daughter, Ellie; Micky Woodruff; Jim and Carol Iddings; Ann Poremba's friend, Barb; John and Dorothy Fankhauser; 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

August 25 - one worship service only at 10:00AM, followed by our church potluck picnic.
September 1 - one worship service only at 10:00AM. The church office will be closed on Monday, September 2, for Labor Day.
September 8 - KICK-OFF Sunday!! We return to our regular two worship services at 9 and 11AM.

RCLPC Picnic 2019 - Sunday, August 25th
Hello All, I hope you can make it to the church picnic on Sunday, August 25th after the 10:00 service. It will be held in the far parking lot for better shade. Please note that there is only one service that day. Sign up in the Gathering Place and bring a dish to pass and lawn chairs if you would like. Even if you can't make a decision until the last minute or don't get signed up, please come for fun, fellowship and good food. I hope to see you there. Sincerely, Carol

Time to Say "Thank You!"
Thanks so much to all of you RCLPC-lers who helped make RCLPC Theater a success this year. Thank you to the dedicated kitchen staff, Mission Team and church members, who worked so hard to organize and prepare all of the delicious dinners. It's not dinner theater without you! Thank you to the church members who volunteered to be the box office greeters, remote ticket sellers and meal servers, program writers and prop procurers. Thank you to all of you who promoted the shows and helped sell tickets through your own media outlets and displaying banners and dropping off fliers. Finally, thank you all for coming to see our wonderful shows, many of you even saw both Morning's at Seven and Present Laughter!
Finally, Steve and I can't thank you enough for the good wishes, positive feedback and enthusiastic embracing of the RCLPC Theater experience. We are so proud to have welcomed church members along with so many community members to RCLPC.
Amy and Steve Connell
RCLPC Theater Non-Profit Donations:
Pioneer Center for Human Services--$1500.00
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)--$1637.00
Living Waters for the World--$2774.00 (which includes free-will donations and grocery expenses)

Stewardship Message
It has been a special time for us to review and search out the 180 Year timeline for RCLPC. Our journey was highlighted by a challenge to "Go the Extra Mile" and bring forth the people of this Presbyterian Church who contributed to its FAITH journey for 180 years. This church contributed to local and international missions from its very start. The earliest record of global missions (1870's/1880's) were Alfred Walkup of the Micronesian Mission, in the Gilbert Islands and Carrie Downs in the Lodiana Mission, India. More recently RCLPC global outreach has been to Fairhaven School in Egypt, Colombian School Children, Mission Co-Worker in Guatemala, Mission Co-Worker in Kenya, and Living Waters for the World. We also serve many local missions like Home of the Sparrow, Senior Care Volunteer Network, Family Health Partnership, Good Samaritan Ministries, Diaper Bank, Pioneer Center, Crystal Lake Food Pantry, and Family Alliance. Over the 180 year timeline RCLPC has had 3 names, 4 church locations, 3 Presbytery assignments, and 27 called ministers. Our membership has fluctuated from a low of 22 in the 1950's to a high of 365 in early 2000's.
Our FAITH has kept RCLPC focused on HOPE and the commitment to continue to "Go The Extra Mile". At the RCLPC picnic August 25th, you can participate in an OLD TRADITION of the RCLPC church. It was the tradition to visit the Ridgefield Cemetery and the graves of those departed members. At the picnic, a map and names of some early members in the cemetery will be provided. Take the time to locate and highlight on the map the families you find. More instructions will be provided on August 25th. Thank you for your continued generosity in time/talent and financial contribution.
Stewardship Team: Pastor John Dillon, Mike Griswold, Mary Finch and Lee Ekstrom
Matthew 5:41 "If anyone asks you to go one mile, then go the extra..."

Congratulations Cindee!
Cindee Robinson, our church custodian for many years, was recently welcomed into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. Our congratulations and recognition for her mentoring of the next generation of Illinois farmers.

The McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk Committee is having a Lou Malnati's fundraiser
to help offset the cost of the CROP Walk event.
We invite you to join us...
Tuesday, August 20th 11am-10pm (all day)
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - Lakewood, 8515 Redtail Dr. (815)477-8100
Dine-in, Carry-out and Delivery along with frozen pizza for later and Lou's delicious bottled salad dressings are included in the fundraiser. See you there! *Please be sure to mention the Crop Walk Fundraiser when ordering.

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.

Living Waters
A small group will be in Santiago Atitlán in Guatemala from September 3-7. We've been invited to meet possible new partners at Centro Educativo Parroquial, a Catholic school that teaches children ages 7-15. A city of nearly 50,000 with a primarily indigenous population, Santiago's economic conditions are poor, and 75% of the children attend school on scholarships. The principal and teachers are eager to begin work together to bring clean water to the students, their families, and the surrounding community. Please keep this partnership in your prayers as we meet with the newly formed water committee.

Mission Co-Worker to Visit September 15
Rev. Dr. César Carhuachín, a PCUSA mission co-worker in Colombia, will visit us on Sunday, September 15. César teaches Bible and Theology at the Reformed University of Colombia, the country's first Protestant university. He will assist John in both services that Sunday and during the 10:00 Education Hour, he will talk about God's work in Colombia and the political/social reality of the country. Following the 11:00 service, everyone is invited to have lunch with César at Duke's in Crystal Lake. Please contact Ann Legg.

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

Statement from PC(USA) Office of Public Witness on New Public Charge Regulation
Yesterday, a new "public charge" regulation was announced. This new criteria, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, will take effect on October 15th and will greatly expand the definition of Public Charge. Those attempting to legally migrate to the United States will now face more stringent requirements in terms of wealth, education, age and English-language skills. The new rule will also make it harder for immigrant persons with legal status in the United States to obtain a green card if they use benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps or other public benefits.

The Office of Public Witness is extremely concerned with this new attempt to punish those whom we are called on as Christians to aid. The rule sets up a cruel choice for low wage workers who are immigrant persons. They will now be at risk of losing their status if they apply for public benefits and be at more risk for homelessness, hunger, and malnutrition. Additionally, the new rule will hurt those immigrant persons coming from Africa and Latin America where people historically have lower incomes, as well as those in the United States on Temporary Protected Status from regions where there have been conflicts and natural disasters. Deportations are likely to increase as those already here with legal temporary status are denied permanent status in the United States because of the use of public benefits.

HELP Needed at the Food Pantry
Looking for help at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry for a couple of hours every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 8:30am til 11:00am to sort and display food being delivered from our partnering grocery stores. Boxes and carts of food brought in must be separated and refrigerated as quickly as possible. No need to "hit the gym" in the mornings... you can get quite a workout and helping others at the same time!!! High School Students Welcome!! Log on to the CL Food pantry website: clfoodpantry.org and click on the volunteer tab. Click "SignUp" or just stop by! 42 East Street, Crystal Lake (near train tracks and Crystal Lake Ave)

Blessing of the Backpacks THIS SUNDAY
On Sunday August 18, we invite all those headed back to school (and those that just started) to bring in their bags of all shapes and sizes to worship. We'll bless your backpacks and briefcases - and you! - and add a tag to your bag to remind you that God (and RCLPC!) is with you in both sorrows and joys this school year. Don't forget to bring your donated school supplies to worship too! We will collect the supplies during the backpack blessing. Remember, we need to fill 75 bags for Church World Services. Please see the supply list below or you may find it on our youth page at rclpc.org/youth.html.

Save the Dates
August 18- We will bless all our students and teachers as they head back to school. Join us in either worship service and don't forget your school supplies for donation. These will be blessed as well.
September 8- God Squad resumes at 10AM!

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.

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.

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

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 hearing assistant devices and large print bulletins available to those who may need them. Please ask an usher for assistance.

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