News from Your Compassion, Peace and Justice Team (CPJ)
CPJ is honored to take the lead on presenting during the next several adult education-faithful encounters sessions, as follows:
CPJ's mission is to advocate for, and to illuminate, social witness issues. We welcome suggestions from the congregation-at-large on topics for discussion and exploration at the 10:00AM Faithful Encounters education hour. Contact Mike Rugh with your ideas, either through the church office or by consulting the church directory. CPJ is open to all and meets every other month.
- October 20: Immigration - Part II of The Genesis of Exodus and discussion
- October 27: Pam Shearer, Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, makes a return visit to RCLPC to discuss detained immigrants and ICDI's jail visitation program.
- November 3: The third annual "Write for Rights" campaign, where all are invited to pen letters to international officials about prisoners of conscience. (Fellowship Hall)
A Welcoming Presence
RCLPC has been blessed with volunteers willing to work one morning a week to be a presence in the office. Duties are simple such as answering the phone and giving it to someone else to handle, and accepting deliveries that someone else has to put away! We are looking for new people to help on some Monday and Tuesday mornings. The hours are 9-12, and you will be paid in thank yous and gratitude. Please call Nancy Delware to inquire.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
I know, it isn't even Halloween but planning for Christmas is already under way and we need your help. Please wash and save your gallon size milk or water containers. We need them for our Intergenerational hour on December 22. There is a black collection bin in Fellowship Hall for you to place them in.
Thank you ~ CE Team
Earth Care Classes
- November 10: The U.S. Recycling Crisis and What We Can Do About It
As recyclables have started to pile up at U.S. ports and warehouses, many cities and towns are facing the loss of recycling programs. Come hear what is happening now since this "recycling crisis" began. There is a silver lining. Pat Dieckhoff, past MCC Sustainability Specialist, will share how we can assure that the future of recycling in the U.S. will remain viable.
- November 17: The Presbyterian Response to Climate Change
As a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation, we agree to the Earth Care Pledge "to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future." We'll discuss why our Christian response to climate change is a stewardship issue rather than a political position, and what we as people of faith can do individually and collectively to "protect and restore the earth."
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You!
The 6 for Life Health Assessment measures your risk of developing 6 chronic diseases, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, COPD and lung cancer. A customized report will determine which risk factors contribute most to your disease risk and are within your control to change. Finger-stick blood tests along with biometric measurements are included with this assessment. These are separate from our vascular screenings.
- If you are age 21-80 learn your risk for developing 6 different chronic diseases
- $3 out of every $4 spent on healthcare is for treatment of chronic disease
- Better lifestyle habits can help prevent 80% of heart disease and 90% of type 2 diabetes
RCLPC will be hosting a Life Line Screening preventive health event on Thursday, October 24. Protect your health by registering today for the 6 for Life Health Assessment for $79. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule your appointment. Take control of your health, knowledge is empowering.
Planting the Seeds Interfaith Programming
I'm really excited to say that a lot has taken place since our leader meeting in June, and we have a lot to look forward to. Here are some updates and calendar items:
Garden: We've harvested a freezer-full of tomatoes, green peppers, beans, and zucchini. We will be preparing the meal for the Old Firehouse Assistance Center later this month and delivering/serving the meal on Thursday, October 31.
Potlucks: We've had some conflicts with potluck scheduling, but we do have a potluck set for Friday, January 24, 6:30-8:00pm at Resurrection Catholic Church; and a potluck scheduled for Friday, March 13, 6:30-8:00pm at RCPLC. AMCO will be hosting a potluck, but date TBD.
Dessert and Dialogue: Because we will not be holding a potluck until January, we have decided to simplify a fall gathering to dessert. It will take place on Friday, November 15, from 7-8pm at RCLPC. The flier is attached. This will give us the opportunity to update everyone on what we've done this last year, our vision for 2019-2020, and a structured time for interfaith dialogue. Oh, and food!
Ladies' Breakfasts: We have started holding monthly ladies' breakfasts on the 4th Saturday of every month. This has been a wonderful success! People can drop by any month.
Community Calendar: I will be putting together a community calendar of events our faith communities are hosting that would be open to all of us. Please let me know of events within your communities I can add to the calendar.
Thank you for your continued support of this initiative! I am looking forward to this next year! Peace and Blessings, Danielle Cairoli. For questions, please contact Cindy Theobald
The HS Youth Service Saturday was a Great Success!
Thank you to Bob G. and Lou R. for spending their morning leading the youth in yard clean up. The woods look great and we can't wait for a bonfire. To all the members who stopped by to drop off food and to Laurie J. for staying to help; together we collected 324 pounds of food for the pantry. Speaking of the pantry, thank you to MJ for spending part of your day with us. It was a ton of fun dancing with you! The youth also packaged 4 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We have more boxes if you would like to make one too. Finally, when we were all tired and ready for a hot shower, the youth assembled 40 Winter emergency kits and baked 3 dozen cookies for the Old Firehouse Assistance Center. The items will be delivered on October 31 when we serve lunch using the food the Interfaith group will be making on October 27. Sam, Natasha, Bree, Daniel, Hayden, Samuel, Ryan, Conner, Paula and Brandon - YOU ROCK!
Soup Potluck - October 20th
As the weather gets colder, how about some comfort food? Please stay after the 11:00 service on October 20th for a soup potluck. It's a good opportunity to come together and relax with good food and even better company. Sign up in the Gathering Place. Hope you can make it. Any questions, please contact Carol Richardson.
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.
Fair Trade Products
A new supply of Equal Exchange products, purchased through the Interfaith Coffee Project, has been received and is available on the fair trade cabinet shelves in Fellowship Hall. Chocolate bars, tea, and coffee purchases support small farmers in Africa and Latin America. The products are self-serve, and checks (written to RCLPC, memo Fair Trade) or cash are placed in the box on the cabinet.
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.
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.
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!
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 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!.
The Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church
8505 Church Street in Ridgefield
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
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Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday