Congregation Meeting - January 26, 2020
The Session has called the Annual Congregation Meeting on January 26, 2020 at 10:00am in Fellowship Hall to present and approve the annual report and present and approve the Pastor's 2020 terms of call.
Flower Chart for 2020
The new flower chart for Sunday worship is up and ready to be filled in. Please sign up on the chart on the window next to the staff office. Thank you.
Reminder: Cookie Walk Items Still Need to Be Picked Up
Thank you all for your continued support. Trays, boxes, and tins left from the Cookie Walk are ready for pick up on the tables and pews outside Fellowship Hall.
Prayer Calendars for Mission Trip Participants
Please keep our members who are on mission trips this month in your prayers. Ann Legg is on a mission trip to Kenya with the Blackhawk Presbytery. Our Living Waters Team (Mary Finch, Jonathan Hall, Lois and Rick Johnson, Karl Natschke, Fred Neuschel, Isabel Ocampo, Andrea Pracht, Cindy and David Theobald, and Bill Weller) is on their mission trip to Guatemala.
Planting the Seeds of Community & Friendship -
A Community Interfaith Initiative
Please join us for our next Community Potluck Meal
Friday, January 24, 2020, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Resurrection Catholic Church, 2918 Country Club Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098
Leaders from Resurrection Catholic Church, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, McHenry County Jewish Congregation, and American Muslim Community Organization will be joining us for the panel discussion! Please bring a dish to share! All ages welcome! (Kid-care available)
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. Please direct all questions and RSVPs for this event to Cindy Theobald.
People in Need (PIN) Forum at MCC - January 25, 8am-1pm
Encourage Registration! Everyone who is coming through the doors at MCC should be registering. That means you will get a PIN Resource Directory, a flash drive, a folder of info as well as makes sure we have a pretty good idea of the crowd we can expect. If you or your team and those manning your table for the day haven't registered - make sure to do so here and encourage everyone who is planning to attend to register to get the perks! It's FREE to attend!
From Our Far-Flung Correspondents:
Note: The following article was submitted to us by Jaff Bamenjo, the international peacemaker who visited RCLPC last October. Jaff is a senior official with RELUFA, a Cameroonian NGO mentioned in the article.
Humanitarian Assistance to Internally Displaced People
Affected by the Crisis in Cameroon
Since 2017, when the crisis in the Anglophone regions of the Northwest and Southwest of Cameroon morphed into an armed conflict between the Cameroon military and separatist movements, internally displaced people have gravitated to towns and cities in the Francophone regions. These internally displaced people have considerable humanitarian needs but are faced with many difficulties. Generally, there are few employment opportunities for them to generate income to cover their basic needs and living expenses because of the economic climate in Cameroon.
In addition to food assistance to internally displaced people, RELUFA is providing start-up grants for small-scale businesses so that people can take care of their basic needs through the revenues they generate themselves.
With support from the Presbyterian (PCUSA) Disaster Assistance Program, on January 10 RELUFA awarded start-up grants to a group of 22 internally displaced people, the majority of whom are women, to start or continue small business activities in various areas of Yaounde.
Your Special Fiesta Auction Donations
Make a Difference!
Do you have a hobby or special interest that you would be interested in sharing? Do you have a basket theme idea that might be fun for me to try? Would your work place or business care to donate a service or item? Do you love to shop? How about donating items to a themed basket? Would you enjoy joining our donation-collecting team and be willing to drop in at assigned local businesses? Please let me know if you have any questions. I'd love to have your help and support!
Amy Bernardi Connell
Pancake Breakfast and Congregational Meeting
The youth will once again be flipping flapjacks for mission on January 26th. That's right, pancakes with all the trimmings will be served from 9:45am-11:00am and a free will donation will be accepted. Money raised will be put towards our mission work, including our trip this June. Also on January 26th is our congregational meeting at 10:00am. All members are encouraged to attend. You get to eat during the meeting and we all know meetings are better with food, right? See you on the 26th!
Souper Bowl of Caring - February 2
It started with a simple prayer and 30 years later the Souper Bowl of Caring has raised over $153 million nationally. 100% of what is raised in our community stays in our community. This year the RCLPC youth will be raising funds for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Will you help us reach our goal of $1000? Let's Tackle Hunger together. "Lord, even as we enjoy this Super Bowl game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat." Raechel Sowa, Youth Coordinator
Prayer Board in the Gathering Space
Did you see the ASAP (Always Say a Prayer) Board above the water fountain in the Gathering Space? Thank you to our Middle School youth for creating a space for us to share our prayers. All you have to do is write your prayer on the paper provided and attach it to the board with the clothespin. Please stop by the board each week to either add a prayer or see who you can be praying for.
Chili Cook Off & Living Waters Update
February 8, 6-9 pm, Fellowship Hall, RCLPC
Join us for an update on the recent Living Waters trip to Guatemala. Sign up to bring chili, sides, or just yourself - everyone is welcome! Chilis will be judged in the following categories: Tastiest, Most Creative, Spiciest.
Activities will be provided for children. Questions? Contact Andrea Pracht
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.
Care for Children Overseas - 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.
Fair Trade Products
A new supply of Equal Exchange products, purchased through the Interfaith Coffee Project, has been received and is available on the fair trade cabinet shelves in Fellowship Hall. Chocolate bars, tea, and coffee purchases support small farmers in Africa and Latin America. The products are self-serve, and checks (written to RCLPC, memo Fair Trade) or cash are placed in the box on the cabinet.
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.
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.
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.
2020 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
January 8 & 29, February 26, March 25, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 1 & 22, August 19, September 16, October 7, November 4 & 25, December 23
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.
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