Welcome to Rev. Wil Howie, Founder and Executive Director (ret.) of Living Waters for the World
The Rev. Wil Howie served as Executive Director of Living Waters for the World. Now as their volunteer Ambassador, he helps LWW to serve as a resource for churches and service organizations, training and equipping people with the skills necessary to bring good news and clean water to those in need throughout the world.
Prior to this, Rev. Howie served as pastor of two PC(USA) churches in northern Mississippi. He is a second-career minister, having worked in the counseling and mental health sector prior to his ordination in 1990. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, a Masters degree in Education/Counseling Psychology, and a Masters degree in Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
Living in the hills and woods outside of Oxford, Mississippi, he is married to the Rev. Michele Howie. They have three children and four grandchildren.
In addition to being our guest speaker at both worship services this Sunday, June 24, please join Wil for coffee and conversation in Fellowship Hall from 10-11am.
News from Living Waters in Guatemala
Please remember the people of Guatemala as they deal with the effects of the eruption of Volcan de Fuego on June 3. Living Waters partners are for the most part safe. They are digging out from the sand and ash that the winds carried and rained down across the country. We ask that you keep the people of Guatemala and our partners who are producing clean water in your prayers as we work with our partners to help them be as effective as possible in helping Guatemala address this latest natural disaster.
Vulcan de Fuego Disaster Relief
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is using One Great Hour of Sharing funds to provide aid for volcano disaster relief in Guatemala. PDA has committed $10,000 initially. If you wish to contribute further, you can write a check to RCLPC with Guatemala on the memo line. Those funds will go to Blackhawk Presbytery, which will allocate all monies to the disaster relief fund. While our Living Waters partners were not directly affected, the need for clean-up and recovery aid is great.
Online donations can be made at http://pda.pcusa.org, Guatemala Volcanic Eruption, account DR000139-Guatemala.
Faces Of Our Faith
As the "Faces of Our Faith" theme continues this summer, we would like to invite the congregation to share who represents their "Face of Faith". There will be circular paper, markers, and glue located in the gathering space as well as the area near the coffee maker. You can write something, draw a picture, attach a photo - anything to represent the person who is your 'Face of Faith'. We will hang these around the church common areas over the next couple of months to illustrate the many different ways faith can be represented. - Thank you, The Worship Enhancement team
10 AM Sunday Adult Education Offering...
Book/DVD Study: MOSES-In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet by Adam Hamilton
Come along with Adam Hamilton as he ventures to the prominent sites of Moses' life - "from the Nile River to the Reed Sea, from Mt. Sinai to the desert wilderness." Hamilton uses historical, archeological, and biblical information to resurrect and to amplify Moses' story. This Sunday's class: Chapter 6 - Don't Forget... Pass It On ("The final days of Moses' life and his parting words found in Deuteronomy") Class Location? >> The Lounge
Hamilton is "senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in the Kansas City area, cited as the most influential mainline church in America."
Share Your Gifts During Worship this Summer
If you sing, play an instrument, dance, create visual art, or like drama, 2018 summer worship is perfect for your expression as a "face of our faith". Please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board next to the choir room door. If you want to participate, but aren't sure how, contact Sherri Dees. We'll work it out! You have all summer to find an available Sunday. As a congregation during worship, we'll be learning some new songs to common tunes using the newly published book, "Known Unknowns" by John L Bell.
Emergency Contact Cards
The Deacons are encouraging our church families to fill out an Emergency Contact Card in the event an emergency should occur here at the church and we need to contact a family member or friend listed on the Contact Card. This is voluntary only. The Emergency Contact Cards are available on the tables as you enter or exit either side of the sanctuary. Fill it out and return it to the church office, your deacon, or place it in the box on the table where you picked up the card. Emergency Contact Cards will be kept on file in the church office, and will only be referred to in an emergency. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to any of the Deacons.
Session Highlights - June 11, 2018
- Rev. John Dillon Moderator
- Approved Session Meeting Minutes from May 21, 2018
- Approved Congregation Meeting Minutes from May 20, 2018
- Session awareness of Interfaith Dinner on September 29, 2018 at RCLPC
- Approved Deacon request to remove Deacon representative on Mission Team
- Approved George Schieler's request to be removed from church membership due to move to Wilmington NC area
- Agreed at July Session meeting to discuss starting future capital investment needs to Church property
- Approved Consent Agenda items: Administration (no report), Finance Team (no report), Worship Team Report, Building & Grounds Report, Communication Team (no report), Mission Team Report, Vision Team (no report), & Deacons (no report).
- Discussed Food Pantry need for RCLPC workers
- Approved Youth Mission Bake Sale Fundraiser
- Approved Homelessness Project Fundraiser and creating a Dedicated Account for donations
- Discussed Christian Ed College Group and inclusiveness of all people in this age group not attending College. Session approved a direction for Christian Ed to consider renaming Group to be more inclusive
- Approved Session Liaison assignments to Teams, Committees, and Corporate Officers
- Pastor John conducted training and discussion on Prayer
- Next meeting is July 23, 2018 at 7pm in the Lounge.
Mission Not Impossible!
We are excited to tell you that not only has the van left Crystal Lake, but it is on I-65 in Indiana. That's right, because of your generosity we have loaded one van with mission workers, but we still need your help to get the other van on the road. With one week left, will you accept our NOT impossible mission of helping us get to Kentucky to spread love to our neighbors while growing in our faith? Your investment in our trip will pay off tenfold. Consider donating any amount today (our collection is located across from the coffee area near the courtyard). Thank you.
Now through June 30 you will have the opportunity to financially support our youth with a donation. The display is in Fellowship Hall and each Sunday at 10 am you may speak with an attendee and ask questions and share words of encouragement. Questions? Contact Raechel Sowa in the church office.
Mark your calendars and please join us on July 22 at 10am to hear about our trip and to see what we did, what we learned, and all the fun we had.
Faces of our Faith
Will you be traveling this summer and want to still learn about the faces of our faith? Do you want to know more about Deborah, Adam and Eve, Joseph of Arimathea and others? We have study journals available for you on the tables outside the sanctuary. To help with printing costs we ask that you take one journal per family.
Who is your face of faith? Is it a teacher? Your mom? Your grandfather? Want to see who the confirmands and some mentors have chosen for their face of faith? Head on down to the hall by the courtyard and look up and take a moment to see what we have written.
Proud to be a Presbyterian
Mike Rugh has returned from the PCUSA General Assembly in St. Louis, and shares one of the highlights of his visit there. "Sunday worship was unforgettable. When I registered for the GA, we were given the option of attending Sunday services at any of the dozens of PCUSA churches in the St. Louis area. Transportation and lunch would be provided. After some thought and looking at the many choices, I gravitated toward something in my comfort zone: a smallish, non-urban church (hmmm... not unlike RCLPC). Little did I realize that the service would be held in a building that was probably close to the beginnings of RCLPC! Our host congregation (Faith and des Peres) had eschewed using their newer building and opted to use 'the old church,' the carefully restored original one-room structure built in 1833. The only concession to modern times is electricity and two window a/c units. (Apparently the restoration project did not include the outhouse, as a port-a-potty was set discretely in a corner of the churchyard.) The service was excellent, the music grand, and the hospitality and native food awesome. Proud to be a Presbyterian!" ~~ Mike Rugh
Another Openin' Another Show! July 13th-August 4th
Yes, it's that time of year again when RCLPC's Fellowship Hall is transformed into RCLPC Theater! We are proud to announce our two shows, Once Upon a Mattress (a musical based on the fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea) and Tartuffe (the classic comedy by Moliere). Thank you in advance for your support and patience as the stage is being built, the actors rehearse and so many more preparations are made to make this our most successful year yet. The charities that will benefit from the dinner proceeds are Living Waters for the World, The Old Firehouse Assistance Center and the McHenry County Homelessness Project.
Thanks to all of you who have already volunteered to join this unique and enjoyable experience. Are you wondering how you can help? Please consider choosing from the following options:
Thanks so much for your support and encouragement! Contact Amy or Steve Connell for more details.
- Purchase a ticket or two or make it a party and purchase a whole table!
- Assist in the set building, painting or making props.
- Join our kitchen staff.
- See the show for free and join our serving team.
- Share the rclpctheater.com website with all of your friends and family members.
Tickets on Sale Now!
Be one of the first to purchase your tickets to RCLPC Theater's summer shows. This year we will be presenting, Once Upon a Mattress, a delightful musical version of the fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. We will also be presenting Tartuffe, Moliere's classic comedy, starring Steve Connell in the title role. You won't want to miss seeing Steve in tights and a long, curly wig! There are three ways to purchase tickets:
Once Upon a Mattress: 7/13, 14 and 15, 7/27, 28, 29, 8/3-4
Go to the website rclpctheater.com, and follow the links for ticket purchasing.
- Check: Be sure to make your check payable to RCLPC Theater. Also include the number and type of tickets along with the performance date on the memo line. There are ordering forms and envelopes in the office for your convenience.
- Cash: Please put the exact amount with your name, the number and type of tickets and the performance date in an envelope or use the ordering forms and envelopes available in the office.
Tartuffe: 7/20, 21, 22
See flier in the office or online for the ticket pricing. We seat on a first purchase, first tables basis, so don't delay, get your tickets today! Thanks so much for your support, we couldn't do this without you! Amy and Steve Connell, Living Waters for the World, The Old Firehouse Assistance Center and the McHenry County Homelessness Project
RCLPC at the Beach - June 26!!
Join us for a fun evening as we meet the faces of our community at Crystal Lake Main Beach and an evening of music! On June 26 we will be entertained by a group called 1976 who will perform classic rock music beginning at 7:00 PM. Look for a table with the "RCLPC" sign, bring your own refreshments and drinks (and lawn chairs if you wish). Have some summer fun and fellowship! Questions? Contact Kathy Rabe.
Fellowship/Social Hour has a New Summer Location
While Fellowship Hall is being staged for our wonderful summer theatre productions, the deacons would like to encourage you to make your way out to the courtyard to enjoy coffee, cookies and socializing on Sunday mornings at 10:00. Weather permitting, what a lovely environment in which to catch up with old friends and welcome new members and visitors!
Anyone Interested in a Dinner Group?
RCLPC has had a variety of dinner programs over the years and some of us miss those events. This will be for adults who wish to cook and dine in our homes probably during the winter season; October through April. If you are interested in participating or being part of the planning team, please contact Karen Hutchings.
RCLPC Summer Fellowship Events
- June 26: Musical evening at Crystal Lake Main Beach featuring classic rock music. Attendees bring own food and drinks and lawn chairs.
- July 8: Pack-a-Sack-and-Play at Veterans Acres in Crystal Lake, following the 10:00 AM service. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the splash pad and playground.
- July 17: Musical evening at Crystal Lake Main Beach featuring Rosie & the Rivets ('50s & '60s). Attendees bring own food and drinks and lawn chairs.
- Aug. 7: Musical evening at Crystal Lake Main Beach featuring Feel Good Party Band (Top 40's). Attendees bring own food and drinks and lawn chairs.
- August 12: Join your RCLPC friends at The Freeze in Crystal Lake after the 11:00 AM service. Cost of food purchased is the responsibility of the individual families.
- August 19: Ice Cream Social and Blessing of the Backpacks from 10:00-11:00 in the church courtyard.
- August 26: Church potluck picnic at 11:00 (immediately following our one worship service at 10:00). Join us on the church grounds and share a potluck meal with your church family plus our neighbors in Ridgefield.
Do You Like Coffee and Cookies?
The Sunday morning fellowship hour needs volunteers to make coffee and provide snacks on an occasional basis. If you can help one Sunday, please add your name to the sign-up sheet near the coffee station. Directions will be sent to you the week before your date to host. Questions? Call or e-mail Cindy Harvey. Thanks!!
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.
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.
Bernotas Middle School Update
Thank you, RCLPC, for all your contributions to the Bernotas Middle School. They have a new request for their Rewards Store. They are asking for small wrapped candy of any kind (Skittles, small Tootsi Rolls, Tootsi Pops, gum, etc.). They also need mechanical pencils, folders, pencil pouches, Stress Squishies, and other "prizes". Check the Mission Bulletin board in Fellowship Hall for more details. You can leave your donations in the big container marked Bernotas School under the bulletin board. Thanks again, Mission Team
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 Donna Doll. Thank you for your support.
Scrip Gift Cards
Help raise funds for our PADS lunches by simply ordering Scrip cards from your favorite restaurant, grocery store, pharmacy, gas station, Movie Theater, or any store you frequent. Just by ordering, our PADS lunches receive a cash rebate from each business. It is easy to order and you will receive your cards in a few weeks. The next deadline dates for ordering are Sunday, July 15th. If you have any questions you may contact Nancy Blakely or Joan Jensema. Thank you for supporting RCLPC PADS lunches.
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.
Food Pantry Work Schedule 2018
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays:
July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 21 (day before Thanksgiving), December 26
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