A Season of Gratitude
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Ladies Advent by Candlelight is On!
That's right, we have found a way to bring this annual event to you in 2020. No, we won't be together in Fellowship Hall, but we will be together on Zoom and together is what is important. We hope to see you on December 4 @ 7PM for a memorable start to Advent. Set up a cozy spot, light some candles, and join us. Space is limited, so your RSVP is needed by November 23. Questions? Please contact: Kathy Rabe, Bev Kerman, Carol Richardson, or Raechel Sowa. Please click here to RSVP for this special evening.
Making Your Own Advent Wreath
Advent provides us a wonderful opportunity to create a homelife worship space by simply having an advent wreath to light each week. An advent wreath doesn't have to be fancy or elaborate; it can simply be 4 candles of similar color and a Christ candle in the center. Why not make one yourself? Materials for your wreath can be found on the porch at church and you are welcome to what you need. Questions? Contact Raechel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cookie Walk Cancelled
The Mission team has been planning an alternative Cookie Walk, a Cookie Drive-thru. We, however, believe with Covid numbers rising and the need to keep our Congregation and Community safe, we felt it necessary to cancel. We hope to have a successful Cookie Walk or Cookie Drive-thru next year. Thank you for your continued support.
New Advent Series...
WORD on WEDNESDAY Returns for Advent at a NEW TIME
Please join me on Zoom from 7:00-8:00pm on Wednesdays: 11/25,12/2,12/9 & 12/16.
During our Advent worship we will be celebrating the season using material from Dr. Marcia McFee's "I Believe" Advent series. Accompanying this, I invite you to join me as we consider a collection of documentaries all about the power of music in difficult times.
Word on Wednesday @ 7 PM
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The Power of Music in the Midst of Difficult Times
Week #1 November 25th - "Defiant Requiem"
Chosen because the theme song for our worship series "I Believe" is based on an anonymous poem, believed to be written by a Jewish person hiding from the Nazis in the 1940's. This week's documentary is also about that time period.
Week #2 December 2nd - "Girls on the Wall"
The teenage girls of Warrenville Prison are not your average delinquents. Having "graduated" from juvie to prison, these are the kids most likely to remain in the correctional system their whole lives. They are also some of the sharpest and most irrepressible young women you'll meet. When the girls of this heartland prison are given an unlikely shot at redemption - the chance to write and stage a musical based on their lives - they must relive their crimes, reclaim their humanity, and take a first step toward breaking free of the prison system.
Week #3 December 9th -
"Beethoven's Ninth Symphony"
Filmed on four continents, this documentary film looks at the global impact of Beethoven's hymn to humanity, his battle cry of freedom, his Ninth Symphony. The Ninth was at Tienamen Square in the Spring of 1989 during the student revolt. The same year, when the Berlin Wall came down, the Ninth was there to amplify the celebrations. Under the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, women marched on torture prisons with the Ode To Joy as inspiration. And in Japan, the Ninth was there to repair and heal after the devastating Tsunami of 2011. Following The Ninth is both inspirational and hard-hitting, and a testament of hope.
Week #4 December 16th - "Sweet Honey in the Rock"
Emerging from the strong tradition of Freedom Singers, Sweet Honey in the Rock is a group that is as soulfully rich as it is provocative. Using song to stand in unison, five African American women sing solely a cappella, along with a sign language translator. Their music evokes stories from the past, encourages introspection in the present, and inspires progress for the future. Since it was founded in 1973, over twenty different women have contributed to the Grammy Award-winning group's distinct sound, which embraces semblances of gospel, blues, and hip hop, all with a political tone. The film features a trove of concert and rehearsal footage as it follows the group on their thirtieth anniversary tour, which is also coincidently when founder Bernice Johnson Reagon announces she will retire. Through a variety of interviews with members, historians, and fellow artists, the film explores the roots of Sweet Honey in the Rock's existence and influence.
Notice: Our long time treasurer, David Woodruff, would like to turn his responsibilities over to someone new. He reports the job is 4-5 hours monthly and additional time to answer requests for information. If you might like to serve the church in this way, please contact Nancy Delware. She can provide additional details to assist with your decision.
If you would like to receive a copy of your giving statement (which includes your on-line giving), please email me and I can get you a copy. ~ Kim Stewart, Office and Website Administrator.
Healthy Practices at RCLPC
Please be aware that at each entry point into the church building there are Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer for your use. Each person who enters the church should use the sanitizer and then take a wipe with them to clean any surfaces they might come into contact with. Also, please use the sanitizer upon leaving the building. With your help, we can keep each other safe and healthy.
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...
Angel Giving Tree
YES, the RCLPC Giving Tree LIVES and needs YOU to be an Angel, more than ever this year. Our Mission Agencies always have many needs for their clients, but this Christmas the needs are greater than ever. Without the ability for RCLPCers to physically choose a tag from the tree, we found a way for you to still add a SPARKLE to someone who needs it this Christmas. Here's what you do:
Join us after the November 15 church service for further explanation of the Giving Tree. If you have any questions feel free to contact Joan Jensema. Thank you for showing the RCLPC Christmas Spirit by making this Christmas brighter for someone!
- Go to the church website and click on the "Take a Tag" icon at bottom right corner of home page, or click on the link sent out each week.
- Choose an angel tag by typing your name into the highlighted column next to the gift or gifts you'd like to give.
- If it's a gift card, it will be purchased via Scrip and you will send a check made out to "RCLPC" for that amount to the church, with "Scrip" or "Giving Tree" in the memo line. Do not purchase the gift card yourself.
- If it's a wrapped gift, you may drop it off at the church (more details to follow).
How Can YOU Shop AND Give Money to the Church at the Same Time?
By Using SCRIP Cards ... that's how!!
Buy cards from Scrip for anywhere you shop or for cards you are giving for gifts. Both will bring in more money for RCLPC Missions! How great is that? An easy way to SHOP AND GIVE! Simply send Joan Jensema an email with the cards you wish for her to order from Scrip. Send a check to the church made out to "RCLPC" for the amount you purchased with "Scrip" written in the memo line. RCLPC gets a % from Scrip of that amount... it's THAT easy!! - A WIN-WIN for RCLPC Missions! Please consider making a contribution without making a contribution!!
Last order before Christmas is Sunday November 29
Cards will be available for you to pick up from church or delivered to your door... your choice! If you have any questions, contact Joan Jensema.
Good Samaritan Ministry volunteers usually meet once a month; Monday and Friday mornings 9-11am to give Crystal Lake residents limited emergency assistance. Due to Covid-19, a few volunteers are no longer active. Will you be a Good Samaritan volunteer? Training is provided and computers are not involved in recording client visits. If you or someone you know wishes to help, please call 1-815-477-2489 to make an appointment.
Important to Know:
Good Samaritan Ministry provides emergency financial assistance to Crystal Lake residents for utilities and rent. If you or someone you know needs aid, please call 1-815-477-2489 to make an appointment.
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
The Youth Retreat was a HUGE Success!
17 youth from RCLPC and the Presbyterian Church in Barrington gathered this past weekend to discover all the ways people are fed. Around our non fire bonfire Friday night (apparently this youth leader can't build a fire) we recounted many places in the Bible that talk about feeding people and it wasn't just with food. On Saturday, with your help we collected and packaged 60 gift bags of baking goods for the FISH Pantry and CL Food Pantry. The bags also included a drawing, recipe, cookie cutter, and a note from the youth. We then prayed over the bags before packing up and heading home. Our spirits, minds, and bodies were fed this weekend and we hope these bags feed others in much the same way. ~ Raechel Sowa, Youth Coordinator
Fellowship Time after Worship on Sunday
After worship please stay connected and join us for "virtual coffee & cookies" and real in person live chat! Help keep RCLPC connected! Would you like to volunteer to be host one Sunday? See old friends, keep up with the news, no skill required other than saying 'Hi! How are you doing?" Please contact Karen Hutchings to book your Sunday.
2020 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
November 25, December 23
2020 Scrip Gift Cards Order Due Dates
Are You an Amazon Shopper?
RCLPC is now listed as a charity on amazon.com. This means that Amazon will contribute 0.5% (1/2 of 1%) of each of your purchases to RCLPC if you so designate, at no charge to you! We are not asking you to shop on Amazon, but if you do, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the Amazon Smile program. Here's how:
Go to smile.amazon.com rather than to Amazon.com. To select a charitable organization, type in Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church. You will see two options... RCLPC, and Right - Center - Left Production Company, our in-house theater group. Choose the charity you want to benefit. You will then be able to browse or shop just like you usually do... the shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the organization you select. THERE IS NO COST TO YOU OR TO RCLPC.
Questions? Contact Mike Griswold, Finance & Stewardship. Happy shopping!
Fair Trade for a More Just World
A new supply of Equal Exchange products, purchased through the Interfaith Coffee Project, is available on the fair trade cabinet shelves in Fellowship Hall. You'll find plenty of whole bean and drip regular coffees, plus new teas. There are chocolate bars and minis for your sweet tooth, and we're trying out the organic Tamari Roasted Almonds and Natural Pecans.
The fair trade station in Fellowship Hall is always open, self-serve, with current prices posted on a sign by the products or sticker on the product itself. No change is provided, and both checks (written to RCLPC, memo "fair trade") and cash are accepted. Place your payment in the small box with the products. To learn more, look for pamphlets about chocolate production and the partnership PC(USA) has with Equal Exchange. It makes a world of difference to small farmers in Africa and Latin America.
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 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!.
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Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday