Thank You "Soup and a Sack" Volunteers
Thank you to everyone who made our "Soup and a Sack" food distribution such a success. If you were a soup maker, cookie baker, food sorter, busboy, dishwasher or general helper, your time was truly appreciated by all those who were served. We gave away 25 bags of food, and we had a delightful morning getting to know each other and our neighbors better. All remaining groceries were brought to our local food pantries. Gratefully, the Mission Team
Snap, Share, and Send It!
Please continue taking and sharing your photos for our Lent project: Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord: Where Did You See God in Your Life this Week? We are printing the photos and then displaying them in various places throughout Lent, but we will not be sharing where they came from. We hope the displayed pictures will help generate significant spiritual conversations about Jesus and where you see God in your life. Throughout this Lenten season, please just snap and share your photos by emailing them to email@example.com, so that we may print and display them.
Session Highlights - February 27, 2017
- Rev. John Dillon Moderator
- Approved Session Meeting Minutes from January 16, 2017
- Approved Congregation Meeting Minutes from January 29, 2017
- Approved Special Session Meeting Minutes from February 5, 2017
- Approved Cindy Henrickson as Church Administrative Secretary starting March 6, 2017
- Reviewed January financial report
- Approved acceptance of the Audit Report of 2016 financial procedures
- Approved changes to Policies & Procedure Manual:
- As amended for Financial Policies Appendix E
- Update to Communications Team (Community Awareness)
- Approved the purchase of new furnaces funded through the Meyer Bequest
- Approved Rev. Brian Sauder Director of Faith in Place to preach at both services on May 7th
- Approved Living Waters of the World expense report from February 5-9, 2017 Sustainability & Development trip to Guatemala
- Approved Church Service & Picnic at Veterans Acres on August 27th at 10am
- Discussed Columbarium Procedures
- Discussed Pastor John Dillon vacation March 20 - 29
- Next meeting March 27, 2017
Offering of Letters - March 19, 2017
You are invited to join thousands of Christians from all over the United States as we focus on critical foreign assistance programs and the domestic social safety net programs for this year's Offering of Letters. Funding decisions made this year can put our country and world on track to end hunger by 2030. What a day that will be! To take part, come to Fellowship Hall before or after worship on Sunday, March 19, to use pen and paper to urge Congress to maintain funding for international development and domestic programs. ~ Compassion, Peace, and Justice Team ~
10 AM Sunday Education Offering...
THIRD Sundays Intergenerational Class continues...
Pastor John leads the seventh class of an education series for Adults, High School students, and Confirmands. All are heartily invited to attend. The Intergenerational class meets every 3rd Sunday, and its theme is - "Those BIG Words." This Sunday's BIG Word is RESURRECTION. One definition of Resurrection in Christian belief is "the rising of Christ from the dead." With Easter just a few weeks away, Pastor John will direct the class in exploring the Christian view of Resurrection. Class Location: The Lounge
Prayer and Heart Petitions
As part of our Lenten devotions, during worship each week, there will be a moment to write a "Petition" on your "Heart": perhaps a name, an issue, a situation, or a symbol. As you leave, please place your "Heart" in the container at the back of the Sanctuary. They will then be used to further enhance our Sanctuary and to represent our "Petitions" and "Hearts" being given to God.
In and Around Our Community...
Women's History Month at McHenry County College
Information on upcoming events can be found at: http://www.mchenry.edu/women/
Concert for Peace: We're Still Here
Sunday, March 19 at 3:00pm
To benefit "Hands of Peace"
Members and friends of Glenview Community Church will explore the theme of "Peace" through a wide variety of styles and ensembles. Katherine Hughes, Kevin Kizer, Jade Maze, Kent Wehman, Gary Wendt and others perform in this annual concert favorite! A free-will offering will be taken to benefit Hands of Peace - an interfaith organization developing peacebuilding and leadership skills in Israeli, Palestinian and American teens through the power of dialogue and personal relationships.
Film Screening - Our Last Stand
On Wednesday, March 22, at 7 PM, the film Our Last Stand will be shown at Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry. It provides an in-depth look at the plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria. An Assyrian American school teacher from New York travels through Iraq and Syria learning about the plight of the Christian communities threatened by civil wars and ISIS. The producer of the film will be present for a question and answer period at the end.
Join Us as We Worship in Solidarity and Hope!
FaithBridge Interfaith Worship
Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 pm
McHenry County College Conference Center
For more information contact Phyllis Mueller. Thanks, and call with any questions.
Children's Easter Basket Mission Project
The Easter season is filled with hope because it's Spring time, which means new beginnings. The Sunday school children want to spread the message through the annual tradition of collecting donations for Easter baskets for families of Home of the Sparrow. The Sunday school children need your help with filling the baskets. The numbers are smaller this year so no baskets or grass is needed. There are approximately 18 children and their ages range from two months to 17 years old. There are presently 13 moms who would love some pampering with lotions, shower gels, etc., along with $10.00 gift cards for (Target, Wal-Mart, Meijer, etc.). Thank you so much for your consideration in helping with this wonderful mission project and for helping to make a joy-filled Easter for the Home of the Sparrow families.
Feel free to be creative with your donations. Ideas could be: individually packaged candy and snacks, fast food gift cards, reading/coloring books, markers/crayons, card games, small toys, puzzles, bubbles, jump ropes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, playing cards, socks, along with fast food gift cards. The children's Sunday school classes will be helping to put the baskets together and fill eggs on Palm Sunday, so donations are needed by Wednesday, April 5th.
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 and marked "Easter Baskets" and will be used to purchase items for the baskets. Any questions, feel free to contact Karen Nelson. On behalf of the children's Sunday school classes, thank you in advance for your compassion and generosity.
Jr High Youth News: April 1 - Where Do You See God?
Photo Scavenger Hunt & Picnic
12pm - 2PM: Meet at RCLPC with a camera (phone or otherwise). We will have a picnic lunch and then break off into teams to search for God based on a list of words as well as clean up the yard.
Hero Central -- Vacation Bible School (June 12th-16th)
This year kids will have a chance to soar at Hero Central. They will get to enjoy learning about bible heroes, learning new songs, playing energizing games, taking on hero missions, experimenting with science and eating super hero snacks. Please save the dates; more information will follow.
Hero Central -- Call for Volunteers and Supplies
Right now, we need Hero Central volunteers and we are starting to need some supplies. If you think you might like to help during the week of VBS or can help us with some of the preparation tasks, please contact Pam Palmer to learn more. We also need to start collecting some supplies. Please save large cereal boxes and oatmeal containers. We need it to start some of our decorating projects. Please place them on the shelf in the Youth Office marked for VBS.
Sounds of Joy Children's Choir
Sounds of Joy Children's Choir, meant for children age 3 through grade 5, meets each Sunday from 9:30-10:00am. An usher will escort children to the choir room after WEe Worship during the 9:00 service.
Don't Keep God's Promises a Secret ... Spill the Beans!
The Christian Education Team is excited to announce that Spill the Beans will be our new curriculum for our Sunday school this year. This curriculum follows the narrative lectionary which is the guide for our weekly worship time (Pastor John and the worship team uses Spill the Beans too). The Spill the Beans Resource team believes, "story is the lifeblood of faith. In story we can tell the truth and speak with honesty about things for which there are not yet words. Story contains mystery and is the poetry that forms faith. Stories grow as we grow and can reveal new truths at different times in our lives. So we believe giving stories to people is one of the most important things we can do in sharing our faith. Our culture is stored in story. The same is true for our faith." It is our hope by learning the story in worship together and then building on that lesson in our classrooms, parents will be able to continue the conversation at home. Check it out: Spill the Beans.
RCLPC 1+ Options Group - Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Hydroponics is an in-depth, hands-on study of hydroponic systems for growing horticultural crops and plants in indoor environments. A tour is scheduled at McHenry County College for us at the green house. We plan to have an early lunch then drive to the college. At 10:45am we will meet in Woodstock for an early lunch at Mixteca, 1390 E Eastwood (Route 47). This delightful Mexican restaurant is small and gets busy, so we are planning to be there by 11am when they open, so they can accommodate our group. (It is between Lake St and Route 14 on the west side of 47). After a delicious lunch, we will head for MCC and meet at the SE/corner of the college complex, then enter together.
Contact Sue Neuschel if you can join us by March 26th to confirm reservations.
Vision Team "Get Involved" Opportunities
The Vision Team has received several ideas for working on our vision. We are looking to see if we have people interested in helping with two ideas that were suggested from the congregation. Each has its own sign-up sheet in the Gathering Place. Right now, we are only looking to see if we have enough interested volunteers.
- The first idea is our participation in the Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade, July 2nd. If you are interested in this idea and would like to get involved, please sign up on the sheet above the name tags.
- The second idea is our participation in the Crystal Lake Blast at the Beach, August 5th. If you are interested in this idea and would like to get involved, please sign up on the sheet above the name tags.
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 for 2016 is hanging in the hallway across from the lounge. 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.
Needed: Cooks and Kitchen Help
Our annual Fiesta Agua Viva is coming up on April 29 from 4:00-7:00 PM. There will be a silent auction, food, music, and games for the children. This is our main fundraiser and provides funds for the installation of a water treatment system for our new site in La Felicidad. Last year we had an attendance well beyond our expectations, and realized we needed much more help. We are hoping that you will mark this date on your calendar and help to make it a success. If you can help, please consider cooking (recipes will be provided) or helping in the kitchen. There will be a sign-up in the Connecting Link or contact Sarah Kelewae. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Living Waters Training Opportunity
Are you interested in being part of a future team that partners with a community in Guatemala to provide clean water for a generation? Living Waters' Clean Water U is offering a special rate for the training event planned for April 26-30 at Hopewell Camp and Conference Center in Oxford, Mississippi. It's not necessary to take the training to participate on a trip, but it helps assure that Living Waters will be a sustainable mission of RCLPC. Contact Lois Johnson or Sarah Kelewae for more information.
PADS Lunch Program
It has been a wonderful and rewarding experience to coordinate the PADS lunches. It is NOW the time for me to step aside and allow one or two others to take over this Mission. October through April the RCLPC volunteers make lunches on the 2nd Sunday and 4th Friday. An excellent crew of assemblers are ready to assist, but a new organizer is needed. Will you step up? Will you take on this Mission to provide lunches for some of the homeless in our community? MJ Towne
SCRIP Gift Cards
Have you ever ordered Scrip cards? If you have, thank you and if you have not please try it out and see how you like it. It is so easy and every order helps our PADS lunches. Order forms are in the Connecting Link. Fill this out along with a check to RCLPC and Scrip written on the Memo line. Place them in the Scrip mailbox (near the front door, down the stairs) and we will let you know by e-mail when they have arrived. It usually will take about 2 weeks to receive them. We place orders once a month and the dates they are due should be on the Mission bulletin board. Here are some of the next deadline dates to order by... March 19, April 16, May 14 and June 18. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Blakely. Thank you for supporting PADS lunches!
Living Waters for the World
The most precious natural resource on earth is clean, safe water, especially for children, and many don't have it available. Nearly one billion people around the world lack access to safe water, and 5,000 children die each day from preventable, waterborne illnesses. We urge you to prayerfully consider supporting RCLPC's Living Waters for the World mission projects to La Felicidad and Jerez, Guatemala. Visit the display in Fellowship Hall where you can sponsor a part of the water purification system for La Felicidad, give a gift of bottles to be used to distribute clean and safe water to the people of La Felicidad, or purchase 2 replacement filters for our system in Jerez. A group from RCLPC will be visiting these churches in February. 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.
Fair Trade Cart
A new shipment of products from Equal Exchange has arrived. Check the fair trade cart in Fellowship Hall for the Ecuador dark chocolate bars, pineapple-cashew bars, and green tea, in addition to our coffees. If you haven't purchased from the cart, it's self-serve, with instructions posted. Join in working toward a more just food system by empowering small-scale farmers to support themselves, their families, and their communities.
Food Pantry Work Schedule 2017
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays
March 22, April 19, May 24, June 21, July 26, August 16, Sept 20, Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27
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.
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
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Church Office Hours are 9am - 1pm; Monday - Friday