Message from Pastor John...
The recommendations surrounding COVID-19 are changing daily and because of these recommendations we have had to think about new ways to do church. Our teams, staff, and Session are seeking and discovering opportunities to connect with you. If you have an idea, please share. We are all in this together.
Below you will find all the new ways we are gathering this coming week. You will receive updates, as this list changes. Session will meet weekly on a conference call to reassess the situation and update you on decisions.
Deacons are reaching out to members and will assist in arranging for grocery and prescription med. delivery.
Pastor John - I am here at all times for you. If you are feeling isolated, are quarantined, or ill, please let me know. You may text or call me.
Worship - we will gather together via Facebook Live on Sunday at 9am (recording will be up on Facebook for those that wish to worship at a later time.) If you are not on Facebook this is a wonderful time to join. Make sure to follow Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church (RCLPC). Copies of John's sermon and prayers will continue to be emailed to you weekly.
Christian Education will continue to offer Sunday School to our K-8th grade students via email. Each week Raechel will send our parents a lesson plan with ideas for crafts and games that fit our theme. The email will also include a list of songs that work well with our readings. (Thank you, Sherri)
Adult Ed will continue using a web based system, each Wednesday from 6:15-7:15pm to discuss the book, Entering the Passion of Jesus, by Amy-Jill Levine and on Sundays at 10am to have a chat about a scripture verse. How to connect will be announced asap.
Buildings and Grounds are taking steps to secure the property and to make sure it is clean and disinfected.
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.)
Missions - Your continued financial support allows our Mission Team to follow through on their commitment to local organizations. This month we will be sending a $750 check to Family Health Partnership Clinic in Woodstock. They provide free and low-cost medical care to those in need and I can think of no better place to send our March "Big Check".
Don't forget our One Great Hour of Sharing Fishing Derby, which is still on. Fill those banks!!!
We will continue to update you on opportunities for you to be Ricklepicklers. I leave you today with this prayer which I find particularly relevant to our present situation. I would ask that we all use it daily to pray together for all our families, friends, community, and world.
"Gathered or scattered, God is with us.
In suffering and hope, God is with us.
Now and always, God is with us. Amen."
Peace, Pastor John
***Emergency Contact Information***
It has come to our attention that we need to update every family's emergency information. We want to be prepared in case of a true emergency. The information will be kept in Pastor John's office. The cards can be picked up at the Usher stand, and either dropped into the offering plate or left in the church office.
2020 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
March 25, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 1 & 22, August 19, September 16, October 7, November 4 & 25, December 23
2020 Scrip Gift Cards Order Due Dates
April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 16, September 13, October 11, November 15, December 6
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 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!.
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