RCLPC in Ministry This Week    (See current newsletter)
Sunday, June 26 - Saturday, July 2

Sunday10:00Worship in the Sanctuary
(and via Zoom and livestreaming)

Tuesday6:00am -
Primary Elections in F.H.

10:00Book Group
Wednesday9:00amNewsletter articles due into the office

Saturday8:00Men's Breakfast Group

Worship Leaders:
July 3 Tom Lafontaine
July 10 Jac Kelewae
July 17 Sue Neuschel

June 26 Anne Marie Provenzano and Vicki Brown
July 3 Aage and Cathy Christensen
July 10 Jodi Iddings and Jason Nosbaum
July 17 Pam Palmer and Karen Nelson

June 26 Sue Neuschel and Cara Vandermyde
July 3 Karen Nelson and Laurie Jensen
July 10 Linda and Al Popp
July 17 Bev and Dick Kerman

Please remember these people in your prayers

for death of a loved one:
Kim Stewart's mom, Connie Sue Wigger

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
Cindy Theobald’s sister, Cheryl Kirchner; Aage Christensen’s sister-in-law, Loretta; Aage Christensen’s friends’ daughter, Angela; Tom and Pepper Lafontaine’s son in law, Kyle; Tom and Pepper’s granddaughter, Addison; Marjorie Natividad; Deb Steele’s, sister-in-law Linda and family; Chris Pickett’s brother, Mark; Nancy Blakely’s mom, Sally and dad, Tom; Kim Stewart’s brother, Don; Sharon Ray; Glenn Bereiter; Jim and Carol Iddings

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

Prayers and Support for Ukraine
May we undergird our prayers with tangible resources to help.
May we reach deeply, give generously, and welcome extravagantly.
May we lift our voices in a strong and unified advocacy.
May we all, even as we breathe in lament, breathe out mercy, hope and peace.
And in this Lenten season, when we walk the way toward death and resurrection, repent our complicity in cultures of violence and renew our efforts toward justice and peace.
-Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Woodstock Pride Fest 2022
On Sunday, June 12, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake,Woodstock First Pres and several other faith groups participated in Woodstock’s Pride Fest on Woodstock’s historic town square. The well-attended event featured a parade, food trucks, live music, and booths from a variety of churches, social-service agencies, and vendors. Pictured are RCLPC volunteers with the bench that was temporarily relocated from the church to the RCLPC Pride Fest booth.

Session Highlights - May 20, 2022

  • Rev. John Dillon Moderator
  • Approved Session Meeting Minutes from May 20, 2022
  • Approved Congregation Meeting Minutes from May 15, 2022
  • Acknowledged that June 28th Fellowship Hall will be a polling place with equipment setup June27th and equipment removal June 29th
  • Mike Rugh and John Dillon were installed as GA representatives from the Blackhawk Presbytery
  • Commissioner Resolutions to GA
    • Mike is co-sponsor of On Violence and Hate Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
    • John co-sponsor of On Addressing Mental Health Challenges at Every Level of the Church
  • Elder coverage while John out (GA & Vacation)
    • Louisville – Mary Ellen Shine
    • July 11th - 17th – Lisa Krchak
    • July 18th – 24th – Vicki Brown
    • July 25th – 31st – Vicki Brown
  • Approve outdoor worship on July 10th, August 14th (backpack Sunday) and outdoor worship and picnic on September 11th (Kickoff Sunday & Communion) at the church
  • Accepting the 2021 Financial Audit
  • Assigned elder 2022/2023 team and committee responsibilities
  • Approved 2022/2023 RCLPC officers
    • President – Lisa Krchak
    • Vice President – Vicki Brown
    • Treasurer – Linda Peel
    • Secretary/Clerk – Lee Ekstrom
    • Financial Secretary – Laurie Jensen
  • Next Session meeting is August 22, 2022 at 7pm in Fellowship Hall

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...

Offering of Letters
The Compassion, Peace, and Justice Team extends a hearty “Thank You” to the many who took up the invitation to visit Fellowship Hall and ask our representatives in Washington to support global and domestic programs that address hunger. Many of you successfully completed the “3 for 3” challenge as well! And, we have a request for those who either did hand-written letters from home or used the bread.org website to send your thoughts electronically. Please contact Mary Ellen Shine or Mike Rugh with the number of letters you wrote (and to whom) so that we can include your efforts in our reporting to Bread for the World. Note that we only report the number of letters. – no other information. In peace, the CPJ Team

Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) News
The Immigrant Transit Assistance (CITA) Program is a branch of ICDI. CITA volunteers supply asylum seekers in transit with many basic supplies like fresh changes of t-shirts, underwear, and socks. To read more about how you can assist this program, click here.

Prayers and Support for Ukraine
As the violence in Ukraine continues, the number of people being displaced internally and fleeing to neighboring countries increases by the day. And in the midst of the chaos, there are sibling churches and ecumenical partners who are already providing assistance with basic items for survival. Our first priority is to provide funding to these partners on the ground. While the scale of this crisis is new, receiving refugees from Ukraine and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe is not, which means we have trusted, established partners with the knowledge and expertise to carry out this important work. Our response will include both financial and technical assistance as the network of faith communities providing humanitarian assistance grows in the months ahead.
GIVE: To support emergency relief for those fleeing Ukraine, designate gifts to DR000156. You can also text PDAUKR to 41444 to donate. Gifts can be made online at pcusa.org/UK22, by phone at (800) 872-3283, or by check to:
    Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    P.O. Box 643700
    Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
ACT: Urge the U.S. government to support generous aid for refugees and civilians suffering in Ukraine, and call for engaging a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
PRAY: May we undergird our prayers with tangible resources to help.
May we reach deeply, give generously, and welcome extravagantly.
May we lift our voices in a strong and unified advocacy.
May we all, even as we breathe in lament, breathe out mercy, hope and peace.
And in this Lenten season, when we walk the way toward death and resurrection, repent our complicity in cultures of violence and renew our efforts toward justice and peace.
-Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

RCLPC Volunteers Needed at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry
We are only serving on Fridays in 2022 and would happily welcome more assistance. If you are interested, please sign up in the Connecting Link with your name, email or phone number or contact MJ Towne.

Fellowship Hour to Follow New Worship Time
Coffee and tea will be available after worship, which means we are looking for volunteers to set up these beverages to be ready by 11:00am, meaning preparation would need to begin by 10:30am. Also included would be any clean up. There is a sign-up sheet at the coffee/tea station in Fellowship Hall with a place for your name, email address and phone number. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call. Thank you. Karen Salman

Palestinian Olive Oil is Back
The Palestinian people have depended on olive trees to survive for generations under many challenging conditions. The trees have been cultivated across Palestine for thousands of years and have become a symbol of Palestinian resilience against Israeli occupation. About 80,000 to 100,000 Palestinian families rely on the olive harvest for their income, including more than 15 percent of working women. Due to harsh climate conditions, tight Israeli restrictions and intentional destruction of more than 1700 trees during the 2021 harvest season alone, the supplies of olive oil available to us have been threatened. Because of limited supplies, there has been a modest increase of $3.00, bringing the total cost to $23.00 per bottle. You’ll find the olive oil in Fellowship Hall. Please make out checks to RCLPC, and indicate Olive Oil in the memo line.

From the Earth Care Team:
Make some 2022 resolutions for the betterment of God's Earth!

2022 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC (all Fridays)
July 1,22, August 12, September 2,23, October 21, November 11, December 9

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, mapadutch@sbcglobal.net.


Mission Partners
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

Fairhaven School
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.

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, Wednesday & Thursday