RCLPC in Ministry This Week
Sunday, April 23 - Saturday, April 29

Sunday8:00Human Race


9:30Sounds of Joy Children's Choir

10:00CE & Fellowship

10:00THIRD Sundays


12:00Jubilation Youth Choir

7:00FaithBridge Worship at MCC
Tuesday10:00Book Group

11:00Staff Meeting
Wednesday9:00RCLPC 1+ Options Group Outing

9:30Set up for Fiesta

7:15Adult Choir practice
Thursday10:00Women's Bible Study

7:00Band practice
Friday9:15PADS Lunches
Saturday4:00Fiesta Agua Viva

7:30Youth Groups to EscapeQuest

Slides for Announcements

Please remember these people in your prayers

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
Karl Dencker; Barb Turley; Cheryl Brinks; Bill Morefield; Marge Stewart's son, Thomas; Ann Poremba; Cindy Borre's son, John; Ann Poremba's friend, Barb; Ken Miller; Cindy Borre's friend, Janet Smith and Joan Larkin (Janet's mother); John Fankhauser; Olivia Harrison's granddaughter, Abby; Glenn Bereiter; Carol Hoefer's mother, Edith; Jim Iddings; Jac Kelewae's brother, Gene

for families dealing with difficult life choices:
immigrant detainees and their families

for our troops:
all of our troops and their families

for our friends in Egypt:
Rev. Gendi and Samiha; El Saray Church; Fairhaven School; Rev. Hani Jack and family; Christians and Muslims in community together

Ridgefield Road Closed - April 23 from 8-9 am
Due to the Human Race, please know on Sunday, April 23, Ridgefield Road (East of the church) will be closed from 8-9 a.m.

Reduce, Reuse, Less Recyclables
To help us be more responsible stewards of our paper usage and to cut down on our recycling, hard copies of the bulletin inserts will no longer be printed for each worship bulletin. For visitors and those of you who would prefer to have a printed insert in hand, a handful of printed announcements will be made available on the tables outside the entrances to the sanctuary. Feel free to take one with you, or please leave behind to share after you have read them. Announcements can also be found here on-line, in the weekly email, and on the monitor inside the Connecting Link.


Session Accepts Gift of a Bench
Session has accepted a gift of a bench from our Compassion, Peace & Justice Team. The bench is intended as a tangible sign of welcome to RCLPC, where, as our Mission Statement expresses it, "We seek to open our hearts as we open our doors - with room for everyone." We strive to be a House of Worship for all peoples, regardless of race, nationality, political persuasion, socio-economic status, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. After discussions with Building & Grounds about placement, the new bench will be outside the doors of the Connecting Link and the existing benches from there will be moved to the Courtyard.

In and Around Our Community...

Join Us as We Worship in Solidarity and Hope!
FaithBridge Interfaith Worship
Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 pm
McHenry County College Conference Center
For more information contact Phyllis Mueller. Thanks, and call with any questions.

On Sunday, May 7, Please Welcome Rev. Brian Sauder
In conjunction with RCLPC's Green Living Fair on Sunday, May 7, Rev. Brian Sauder, President and Executive Director of Faith in Place, will deliver the sermon at both services.

Faith in Place empowers Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities. Since 1999, Faith in Place has worked with over 1,000 houses of worship throughout Illinois to protect our common land, air, and water. With outreach staff working across the state and offices located in Chicago, Lake County, and Central Illinois, Faith in Place inspires faithful people to care for the Earth through four program areas: Energy and Climate Change, Sustainable Food and Land Use, Water Preservation, and Advocacy. To learn more about Faith in Place, do visit their table at the Green Living Fair or the Faith in Place website.

Rev. Sauder grew up in Illinois in rural Tazewell County and received his B.S. from the University of Illinois in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, M.A. in Religion from Urbana Theological Seminary, and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. Rev. Sauder is ordained by the Mennonite Church U.S.A. He is also an Adjunct Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary and serves on the Board of the Illinois Environmental Council.

Celebrate Creation! - Earth Care Classes
Sundays: April 30 - May 14, 10:00 Education Hour

God saw everything God had made, and indeed, it was very good. Genesis 1:31A The earth and all creation are God's. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect it and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. We celebrate the marvels of God's creation -- right here, close to home. Several classes have been planned. Please join us if you are free at that time. You are welcome to come to whichever topics interest you -- come to one or all! ~ Earth Care Team

Monarch Butterflies - April 30, 10-11am
Please join us for a presentation by Debbie Groat, an expert on monarch butterflies and a member of the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee, on Sunday, April 30, during the education hour at 10:00 a.m. Monarch butterflies are in danger of extinction because of the destruction of their habitat. Come learn what you can do at home to save the monarchs and to learn about the monarch garden the Earth Care Team at RCLPC has planted.

Green Living Fair - May 7, 10-11am
The RCLPC Earth Care Team is looking forward to our fourth annual Green Living Fair on Sunday, May 7 10am-11am. We will have eleven displays on a variety of eco-topics! Learn more about: Monarch butterflies, opportunities for RCLPC thru Faith in Place (plus LED bulb give-away!), natural lawn care, baby chicks, vegetarian cooking (always good!), canning & using a pressure cooker, recently passed Illinois Future Energy Jobs legislation, copies of 2017 Green Guide, opportunity to vote for Your Favorite Eco-Project for this year, sample Equal Exchange chocolate and find out more about Eco-Justice. Plus much more! ~ Earth Care Team

Smart Energy Workshop - May 14, 10-11am
Understanding incentives, rebates, hourly pricing, and alternative suppliers can be confusing. Come clear the fog with Faith in Place staff as we learn how to take advantage of these programs to save money and maximize energy efficiency.

Thank You!
A huge thank you to everyone who generously donated to another successful Home of the Sparrow Easter Basket Mission Project. RCLPC provided 31 abundantly filled Easter baskets for families of Home of the Sparrow. In addition to the baskets, the moms were each given three gift cards to local stores like Meijer, Target and Walmart to help with their shopping needs. Special thanks to the Sunday school children who helped to fill eggs with candy and write messages in the Easter cards for the moms on Palm Sunday. Also, the Sunday school kids had a great time going on an Easter egg hunt outside and around the church. Again, thank you so very much for your loving and generous donations and for helping to give the families of Home of the Sparrow a blessed Easter.

Hero Central -- Vacation Bible School (June 12th-16th)
This year kids will have a chance to soar at Hero Central. They will get to enjoy learning about bible heroes, learning new songs, playing energizing games, taking on hero missions, experimenting with science and eating super hero snacks. Please save the dates; more information will follow.

Sounds of Joy Children's Choir
Sounds of Joy Children's Choir, meant for children age 3 through grade 5, meets each Sunday from 9:30-10:00am. An usher will escort children to the choir room after WEe Worship during the 9:00 service.

Don't Keep God's Promises a Secret ... Spill the Beans!
The Christian Education Team is excited to announce that Spill the Beans will be our new curriculum for our Sunday school this year. This curriculum follows the narrative lectionary which is the guide for our weekly worship time (Pastor John and the worship team uses Spill the Beans too). The Spill the Beans Resource team believes, "story is the lifeblood of faith. In story we can tell the truth and speak with honesty about things for which there are not yet words. Story contains mystery and is the poetry that forms faith. Stories grow as we grow and can reveal new truths at different times in our lives. So we believe giving stories to people is one of the most important things we can do in sharing our faith. Our culture is stored in story. The same is true for our faith." It is our hope by learning the story in worship together and then building on that lesson in our classrooms, parents will be able to continue the conversation at home. Check it out: Spill the Beans.

RCLPC 1+ Options Group Outing to Cantigny - Wednesday, April 26
9:00am meet at church - and we will have a lovely lunch.

Robert R. McCormick died in 1955 at age 74. His will established the Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust and designated Cantigny as a public space for education and recreation. This extraordinary gift, now part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, enriches our community every day and is enjoyed by more than 300,000 visitors each year. We invite you to enjoy the Colonel's gift! Visit Cantigny Park and walk through history, enjoy nature, and create lasting family memories. Reservations, Contact: Sue Neuschel.

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 for 2016 is hanging in the hallway across from the lounge. 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.

Pizza for Good Samaritan Ministry, Tuesday, April 25th from 4-10pm
Coupons are in the Connecting Link for Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria & Pub. Georgio's is located across from the train station in Crystal Lake. Have a delicious and fun evening, while helping support one of our missions.

Fiesta Aqua Viva - April 29, 4-7pm
Ways to Become Involved

Our annual Fiesta Agua Viva is coming up on April 29 from 4-7 pm. There will be a silent auction, food, music, and games for the children. This is our main fundraiser and provides funds for the installation of a water treatment system for our new site in La Felicidad. There are several ways for you to become involved:
- Cooks and Kitchen Help is Needed (contact Sarah)
Last year we had an attendance well beyond our expectations, and realized we needed much more help. We are hoping that you will mark this date on your calendar and help to make it a success. If you can help, please consider cooking (recipes will be provided) or helping in the kitchen. There will be sign-up sheets in the Gathering Place. Contact Sarah Kelewae (helping in the kitchen). Your help is greatly appreciated.

Living Waters Update... Join us!
Fiesta Agua Viva! Saturday, April 29, 4-7pm ~ An Open House Celebration

  • Musical entertainment by John Morefield on the piano, McHenry County Youth Orchestra members on the marimba, and Bulmaro and friends playing their guitars
  • Activities and a piñata for the children
  • A silent auction featuring a variety of items
  • Plenty of Latin American food

Bring your friends and family to share in the fellowship, food, and fun. Fiesta Agua Viva is the main fundraiser for RCLPC's second Living Waters mission project, located in La Felicidad, Guatemala. Fiesta will raise funds for Guatemalan coordinators, a driver, a translator, health and hygiene education materials, 5-gallon water bottles, water filtration system parts, and more.

Donations, of which 100% go directly to the mission, will be accepted at Fiesta or can be placed in the offering. Checks may be written to RCLPC, with Living Waters in the memo. Thank you to all who have already signed up to assist with Fiesta. Please check current needs on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Place to help make Fiesta Agua Viva a success.

Why is this mission important?

  • 783 million people around the world lack access to clean water, and most of them are children.
  • 361,000 children under age five die each year from unsafe drinking water and inadequate sanitation and hand hygiene.
  • There is progress. The World Health Organization reports that, since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to an improved drinking-water source. We are part of the solution.
  • How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother in need and yet refuses to help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 1 John 3:17-18

Team news: seven RCLPC members will be attending Living Waters training in 2017, adding to the number who can lead teams in the implementation of a clean water project. Thank you to the congregation at RCLPC for all the ways you support this mission project. Your prayers, planning for and attending events, provision of food, financial gifts, and your time are important to grow Living Waters into a sustainable mission at RCLPC. We'll hope to see you at Fiesta Agua Viva on April 29!

Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) Team Meeting - Monday, May 1 at 7pm
The next meeting of the Compassion, Peace and Justice Team is Monday, May 1, in the Library/Lounge at 7:00pm. If you are curious about what we do, please join us! If you would simply like more information, please get in touch with Mike Rugh, chairperson. Mike's contact information is in the church directory or may be obtained from the office.

RCLPC Theater Needs You!
Join the fun and volunteer to help with RCLPC's Theater summer show. There's so much to do and so many different talents needed! Publicity, building, painting, sound and lights, onstage, backstage, in the kitchen, it goes on and on!

SCRIP Gift Cards
Have you ever ordered Scrip cards? If you have, thank you and if you have not please try it out and see how you like it. It is so easy and every order helps our PADS lunches. Order forms are in the Connecting Link. Fill this out along with a check to RCLPC and Scrip written on the Memo line. Place them in the Scrip mailbox (near the front door, down the stairs) and we will let you know by e-mail when they have arrived. It usually will take about 2 weeks to receive them. We place orders once a month and the dates they are due should be on the Mission bulletin board. Here are some of the next deadline dates to order by... May 14 and June 18. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Blakely. Thank you for supporting 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.

Fair Trade Cart
A new shipment of products from Equal Exchange has arrived. Check the fair trade cart in Fellowship Hall for the Ecuador dark chocolate bars, pineapple-cashew bars, and green tea, in addition to our coffees. If you haven't purchased from the cart, it's self-serve, with instructions posted. Join in working toward a more just food system by empowering small-scale farmers to support themselves, their families, and their communities.

Food Pantry Work Schedule 2017
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays
May 24, June 21, July 26, August 16, Sept 20, Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27

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.

Calling Cards
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

Mission Partners
QR code to mission site 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.

QR Code for On-line giving

On-Line Giving 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

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 are now being done through the office. Please call the office at 815-459-1132 or email the request to office@rclpc.org. Please specify whether the request is confidential or can be shared with the congregation.

picture of the churchMany 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
office@rclpc.org ~ 815.459.1132 ~ www.rclpc.org

Church Office Hours are 9am - 1pm; Monday - Friday