It's Time to Celebrate our Graduates
We will be celebrating all our graduates on June 2 during worship and with cake during the 10am hour. As we have done in the past, we do a little something extra for our high school graduates and we need your help. Please visit the graduate bulletin board in the Connecting Link to learn about our high school graduates and to take some time to write a note in their journal. Write a favorite memory, a word of encouragement, or a note of best wishes for each of our graduates: Anna Larsen, Abby Nelson, Sophia Newman and Neil Dillon. The journals will be on the table under the graduate bulletin board until June 2 (graduates, no peeking). These books are a way for us to remind our youth that we are always with them no matter where life takes them.
Living Waters Information Meeting
Have you thought about joining the Living Waters team? We will be offering two information meetings for any and all interested. The meetings will be your opportunity to get an overview of the mission, an understanding of the different roles involved, and many of the travel details. We are moving into a new phase of Living Waters as we sustain current partners while also adding other partners. New team members will be needed to continue this growing ministry of clean water for God's children in need. Join us for one of the meetings if you'd like to know more. Attendance does not commit you to Guatemala travel. Information meetings will be offered on:
Thursday, May 30, 7pm
Sunday, June 2, noon
Please let Sarah Kelewae or Lois Johnson know if you will be attending.
RCLPC has Been Recognized as a Matthew 25 Church!
What is a Matthew 25 church?
Matthew 25:31-46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 222nd and 223rd General Assemblies (2016 and 2018) exhorted the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.
How the Vision Unites All Presbyterians
By accepting the Matthew 25 invitation, you can help our denomination become a more relevant presence in the world. We recognize Christ's urgent call to be a church of action, where God's love, justice and mercy shine forth and are contagious. And we rejoice how our re-energized faith can unite all Presbyterians for a common and holy purpose: our common identity to do mission.
Blackhawk Presbytery Presents GOD'S MISSION HAS A CHURCH
Doing Church Differently in Our Changing Times
Monday, June 3, 2019; 10am - 5pm
Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center
Special Guest Speaker Rev. Katy Steinberg
I hope you are planning on attending the June 3rd workshop: "God's Mission Has a Church". If you are, our leader, Katy Steinberg, has a preparation exercise for you to help make the day as productive as possible. If you are unable to participate on June 3rd, I encourage you to consider this exercise as a means of increasing your own missional outreach. Katy has called this Site Visit exercise a "Neighborhood Exegesis". We invite you to go out into your community-however you define that-one day, or on several days and do the exercise described on the attached sheet. Bring your results with you on June 3rd as we continue the conversation about ministering in our context.
Peace, John Rickard,
General Presbyter/Stated Clerk
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.
Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!
Thank you very much to all of the RCLPClers who have already volunteered to help RCLPC Theater get rolling again this year! We have so many people working behind the scenes: the kitchen leads, prop suppliers and publicity helpers. We also have help taking care of the tickets sales and volunteers as greeters at the box office, all set and ready to go! Even with all of this wonderful help, we still need your support as well. Please take a look at the following list and consider helping us with whichever looks like fun to you. Our theater experience offers something for everyone!
Please contact Amy Connell if you would like to learn more about helping us put on these entertaining shows. Your support and encouragement are greatly appreciated!
For more information visit www.rclpctheater.com/
- Buy a ticket, or two, or a table for eight. It's a great evening/afternoon of entertainment and fun for you, your friends and family. You may purchase online (click here) or if you prefer to use cash or a check, we have order forms in the office for your convenience.
- Let all of your friends know about our shows in person or via social media.
- We're looking for church members and their friends to help serve the dinners. No need to commit to all of the performances, just as many as you can would be great. (Even volunteering for one dinner is so helpful!) All of the meals are prepared in the kitchen so serving is easy and you can see the show for free!
- Would you prefer working behind the scenes? Please consider signing up to help in the kitchen to prepare the meals. Our kitchen leads are experienced and will appreciate your help very much! (Kitchen crews from the previous shows have all had a lot of fun working together!)
- Consider buying an ad in our program for your business or a personal ad celebrating a birthday or anniversary. (See bulletin board in the Gathering Place for pricing and sizes.)
- Do you enjoy writing? Please consider writing articles about RCLPC Theater that can be submitted to local publications. (We've got the Herald covered but would like to expand.)
- Finally, consider donating gift cards to local food stores to help the missions being supported: Pioneer Center, Living Waters for the World and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to help purchase the groceries they need for the dinner and dessert.
Interfaith Garden and Reflections
We are planning a community garden at the American Muslim Community Organization this summer. If you would like to donate materials for the community garden, or signed up to donate materials, you may sign up in the Gathering Space. Look for the big brown collection box. Used working items are perfect.
Peace, Raechel Sowa and Cindy Theobald, RCLPC Steering Committee
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.
Please Help Our PADS Lunches by Just Buying a Scrip (Gift) Card!
Order forms are on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or on the table in the Connecting Link. Fill out the form, write your check to RCLPC with Scrip in the Memo line, then place in the Scrip mailbox at the front door (close to the window).We will e-mail you when your order arrives, which is usually about 2 weeks. The next deadline dates... Sunday, June 9. Thank you in advance for your support!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 email@example.com. 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
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 815.459.1132 ~ www.rclpc.org
Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday