GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!
The Gift of the Heart Store Opens this Sunday
We are once again participating in the Church World Services (CWS) and Blackhawk Presbytery school supply, hygiene kit and emergency cleaning bucket collection this year, but instead of you standing in line at the store, we are bringing the store to you. So, skip searching for a parking space and come shopping at RCLPC.
You can purchase the individual items necessary for each kit or you may purchase the entire kit. We are offering SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS FOR $5.00, THE HYGIENE KIT FOR $9.00 AND THE EMERGENCY CLEANING BUCKET FOR $63.00. Shipping is included in the cost. We have items for as little as $.75 and for as much as $6.75 so everyone can find something to buy (donate). With your help, we are excited to reach our goal of school supplies for 35 children, 20 hygiene kits, and 3 emergency cleaning buckets. Store will be open August 1-August 15th or until we sell out. If you would like to make a purchase and can’t make it into the store, you may send in a check made out to “RCLPC” and to the attention of Brynn LeFevre. Please note “CWS” in the memo line. Questions? Contact Brynn LeFevre, Mary Finch or Raechel Sowa
Notice from the Admin Team
This is a short update about our search for a music director. We have had several viable candidates who decided church director would not advance their career in the way they wanted to grow. We are currently in the process of interviewing three other candidates, and we continue to advertise. Church member referrals have been very helpful. We are grateful to Scott and Anthony for their dedication to providing music for our services. We would like to add that we are also looking for an accompanist for the music program. We have had few inquiries regarding that need. We did not expect this would be a quick search, and we are as anxious as you are to have a director in place who can fulfill the needs of this position. If you have questions or suggestions, please call a team member - Nancy Delware, Al Popp, Lisa Krchak, or Deb Ehlenburg. ~ The Administration/Personnel team
Office Hours Return after Labor Day
The office will re-open after Labor Day and Pastor John will be there from 9-12 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive a PDF copy of your giving statement. If you made a donation to the youth mission trip and it doesn’t show up on your statement, please let me know so that we can get that corrected. ~ Kim Stewart
Matthew 25 (M25) News from Your CPJ Team – You Are Invited!
The Presbytery’s M25 Committee continues its series of one-hour Zoom roundtables to discuss, on a rotating basis the three foci of this program: combatting racism, systemic poverty and congregational vitality. The roundtables are open to all, and typically feature a presentation by an M25 Committee representative followed by open discussion. Attendees are a rich mix of pastors, elders, and laypersons.
Tune in to any of these upcoming roundtables, all at 2 p.m.
Thursday, August 5: Discussing Racism
Thursday, August 19: Congregational Vitality
Thursday, September 2: Discussing Poverty
For more information and login specs, contact CPJ Chair Mike Rugh or visit the Matthew 25 tab on the Blackhawk Presbytery website.
Guns Into Garden Tools
Is this like “Swords into Plowshares”? Well, sort of. The language of Isaiah is always enriching, but we’d like to acquaint you with “Guns into Garden Tools.”
Raw Tools, Inc. (https://rawtools.org) is an organization dedicated to addressing gun violence and peace. One of their missions is to encourage and support gun-donation events; they then convert the guns into garden tools, such as mattocks, small spades, hand plows, tilling forks, etc. These can be purchased online – all purchases support the work of RAWtools and their efforts to forge peace and disarm hearts. The activities of Raw Tools are supported by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Gun Violence Prevention Program. ~~ The Compassion, Peace and Justice Team
Calling All Cookie Lovers!!
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.)
I have led the Cookie Walk for a number of years and have enjoyed every one of them. It is such an important and exciting event. The Cookie Walk is all about giving of our time, sharing in Fellowship, helping others and showing Gods love in our community. By leading this meaningful event, I have been blessed by getting to know so many in our wonderful RCLPC family but now I feel it is important for me to give my parents the help that they need so I will be giving up this rewarding position. I plan to lead the Cookie Walk this year and would be happy to mentor alongside a future leader or two. This position always had two leaders until a number of years ago and it would be nice and more fun to have two. It is very easy to run this since it has been sponsored by the church for almost 30 years along with so many willing RCLPC volunteers and a folder with specific details to help along the way. It is fun, easy and very rewarding! Please consider volunteering to help lead this incredible event. Thank you.
For more information, please contact Nancy Blakely
Helping Out Others In and Around Our Community Near and Far...
Back to School? Need a Backpack(s)?
The food pantry will have a limited supply of children’s backpacks available in early August. PLEASE SIGN UP. Donated by several local businesses, caring REALTORS, and Individuals for the food pantry children in McHenry County.
Adopt a Trail Clean Up – August 14; September 11; October 9
RCLPC Volunteers Needed for Bike Path Clean-Up...
When: On Saturdays August 14, September 11, and October 9 meet in the parking lot at the Lutheran Church on the corner of Ridgefield Road and Rte.14 at 9:45am to sign a waiver and get your equipment. In case of severe heat or stormy weather contact the organizer for alternate dates.
Where: Our portion of the trail runs from the intersection of Ridgefield Road and Rt. 14 (by the Lord and Savior Lutheran Church) to Lily Pond Road. The round trip distance is 1.5 miles.
Equipment: Safety vests, garbage bags and buckets will be provided, if you have garbage pokers or long handled grabbers, please bring them. Each worker must bring their own heavy duty work gloves.
Why: The Earth Care Committee asked the Conservation District if we could be part of the effort to keep the bike trails clean. A sign will be erected to denote RCLPC as maintaining that stretch of the path.
How Often: The 2nd Saturday of each month through October or November to clean up the path.
Organizers: Contact the organizer of the event if you have questions:
August 14 - Ann Legg
September 11 - Barb Dolmon
October 9 - Laura Bauman
Presbyterians for Earth Care Announces Summer Educational Opportunity
You are invited to join in a free 4-part virtual program on the Climate Crisis. This program is taught by the southern Indiana group Presbyterian Climate Advocates, made up of the Rev. Dr. Trisha Tull and Carol Dunn of Scottsburg (Indiana) Presbyterian Church, Beth Snyder of Jeffersonville (Indiana) First Presbyterian, and Kristina Lindborg, an Indiana Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteer. It will be offered on four consecutive Sundays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 4-5:15 pm EDT as a Zoom meeting. We encourage several members of the same congregation to register together. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. A brief Zoom tutorial will be available for anyone expressing the need. To register and receive your Zoom invitation, please go to our website: https://www.presbyclimateadvocates.org/upcoming-classes/
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
Calling all Students (college students too!), Teachers and School Staff
Join us August 15th for our annual Blessing of the Backpacks. We will set aside a time during worship to pray over you and the new school year. All students, teachers, and support staff are invited to come forward. Mark your calendars now to attend.
Youth Mission Trip Photos are Up
The pictures from our youth mission trip are now up on the church website. Check them all out at http://www.rclpc.org/RCLPCphotoAlbums.html
Coffee/Fellowship Hour Takes a Break: Sunday Mornings after Worship on Zoom
Fellowship Note: June and July - there will not be a Virtual Fellowship time after the Sunday service. Fellowship with coffee and treats is scheduled to return in August. Look for the signup sheet in Fellowship Hall next to the coffee machine.
From the Earth Care Team:
Make some 2021 resolutions for the betterment of God's Earth!
2021 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
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