RCLPC in Ministry This Week
Sunday, March 18 - Saturday, March 24


10:00Education & Fellowship

10:00Confirmation Class


12:00Jubilation Youth Choir practice
Monday4:45set up for elections

Tuesday10:00Book Discussion Group

11:00Staff Meeting
Wednesday6:00Band practice

7:15Adult Choir practice
Thursday10:00Women's Bible Study
Friday9:00PADS Lunches

Slides for Announcements

Please remember these people in your prayers

for dealing with the death of a loved one:
Edith Pierson's family, on the death of Edith on March 10th;
Don Lewis, David McCreary and Tina Nystrom, and granddaughter Sharon Nystrom on the death of Barb McCreary Lewis on March 12th

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
Jim and Carol Iddings; Cheryl Brinck's daughter, Sarah Loy; Eileen Van Pelt; Cindy Nichols' sister, Diana; Lee Pickett, Chris Pickett's mother; Susan Randall, Bruce Randall's mother; Sarah DeRubis, daughter of friend of Cathy Christensen, John Dillon's daughter-in-law, Sheila Dillon; Micky Woodruff; Dave Steele's cousin, Rick and his wife Chris; Karl Dencker; Cindy Borre's son, John; Ann Poremba's friend, Barb; Ken Miller; Cindy Borre's friend, Joan Larkin; John and Dorothy Fankhauser; Olivia Harrison's granddaughter, Abby; Glenn Bereiter; Carol Hoefer's mother, Edith

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 around the world:
El Saray Church and Fairhaven School in Egypt; Rev. Hani Jack and family; Christians and Muslims in community together; Ngirine Parish, our partner parish in Kenya; Living Waters partners in Guatemala; PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker, Cesar Carhuachin, in Colombia

Flu Season
Some of our members have suggested that for the next weeks of the flu season, we should refrain from shaking hands with fellow worshippers during the "Sharing of the Peace" and at the end of worship. Some may also prefer not to partake of Communion for the same reason. Please respect their wishes and deepen our fellowship with a hearty "Peace be with you!"

Lenten Prayer Room
The confirmation class, as part of their retreat, set up prayer stations for you to use during Lent. These stations are based on their favorite scripture or a verse used in worship during the season of Lent. You will notice a book at each station. These books were created by our confirmands and contain their reflections on their favorite scripture. They also include pictures they took while spending time alone. The prayer room will be open Monday - Thursday from 9-1 and Sunday mornings from 8-12. Please take some time to see what has been created for you and to pray.

10 AM Sunday Adult Education Offering... The Belhar Confession
When ordained, every Elder, Deacon, and Pastor repeats an oath to be "guided by our Confessions." In this new Adult Education class, Pastor John addresses the following questions: What are the Confessions? Why has the Belhar Confession just been added? And, how can 12 Confessions written between 325 AD and 1986 be important today?
Back in October and November of last year, the Waking Up White adult education class explored racial tensions in America. In this upcoming class, learn how the Belhar Confession is a church response to racism. This Sunday's class: The U.S. Context . Class Location? >> Back in Education Wing Squad Room #2

News from your Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) Team

March for Our Lives
In response to incidents of mass shootings, PCUSA's Office of Public Witness invites concerned Presbyterians to participate in the "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C. on March 24 or in our own communities.

If you can't make it to Washington, D.C., local "March for Our Lives" events will also take place on March 24:

Our Denomination's Position on Gun Violence
The 219th General Assembly (2010) adopted the resolution, "Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God's Call." That document "Encourage[s] the church at every level... to become informed and active in preventing gun violence, to provide pastoral care for victims of gun violence, and to seek a spiritual response of grief and repentance, grace and courage to resist that violence and celebrate the Lord and Giver of Life." Learn more about Social Witness Policy and available resources through the PC(USA) here.

Palm Sunday - March 25, 9 and 11am
Processions come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. We can ask, 'who joins and why'? A single procession may be made up of different people, with different backgrounds, different experiences, hopes and objectives; yet something, the very nature and core of that particular procession draws these different people to participate. Come witness Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday - March 29, 6:30pm
Join us in Fellowship Hall on Maundy Thursday. In Jesus' redefinition of the Passover feast, we see God's abundance, the joy God desires for us, and the true meaning of love--to be broken and poured out for others. We'll share a simple meal, share Communion and explore the story together. Please sign up on the board in the Gathering area (by the church office) so that we know how much food to prepare.

Good Friday - March 30, 7:00pm
We gather in the Sanctuary to remember that sometimes the world prefers darkness to light.

Easter Services, Sunday, April 1 - 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00am

Easter Breakfast will be served by the Men's Group in Fellowship Hall from 8:45 - 11:00am.

Heart of HomeslessnessThe Heart of Homelessness: Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm @ WPL
Homelessness is a difficult and complex issue facing virtually every community in the U.S. and beyond. This Forum is an extension of Woodstock's efforts to provide both factual information and dialogue regarding the myriad of factors contributing to homelessness and the challenges of addressing the issue. Join us at the Woodstock Public Library to develop a better understanding of those who are homeless and to get to know local service providers. Explore what's possible, and what isn't, with an expert panel of local professionals.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Brian Sager, Mayor of Woodstock
  • Barbara Iehl, Home of the Sparrow
  • Sue Rose, McHenry County Housing Authority
  • Mike Neumann, Turning Point, Inc.
  • Denise Bowman, McHenry County Mental Health Board

Woodstock Public Library upstairs meeting area. Light refreshments will be served.

Community Clean UpCrystal Lake Community Clean-Up Day
Saturday, April 21st : 8:30am - 1pm

FREE Breakfast & Picnic Lunch for all Volunteers
Join us as we clean-up what Winter has left behind. Meet at the Chamber building to get your gloves & bags and after you've cleaned up your parks & neighborhoods, return for grilled hot dogs, pasta, sandwiches, chips, drinks and ice cream!
On-sight shoe recycling by Achieve Footwear, paper/document shredding by AMS Store & Shred, electronic recycling by JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, prescription drug take back by the Crystal Lake Police Department, Used motor oil, car batteries and tires (limit 4) will be accepted at Douglas Automotive. Visit clchamber.com for more information. Thank you to our Event Sponsor: Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.

The Human Race
Please consider joining the McHenry County Human Race. This family friendly 5K walk/run supports over 70 charities helping McHenry County. The Race takes place April 22 at McHenry County College at 8AM (done before 9AM - in time for church). There is also a nonprofit expo that begins at 7AM. For more info visit mchumanrace.org or call 815-344-4483.

Life Line Screening Comes to RCLPC
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be here at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY at lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle and receive your "Community Circle" discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Children's Sunday School Easter Basket Project
As we walk in the shadow of the cross this Lenten season, let us remember to help those that are in need. The Sunday school children need your help with the annual mission project of collecting donations for Easter baskets for families of Home of the Sparrow. Feel free to be creative with your donations. Donation ideas are: individually packaged candy and snacks, fast food gift cards, reading/coloring books, markers/crayons, card games, small toys, puzzles, bubbles, jump ropes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, playing cards, and socks. The children's Sunday school classes will be helping to put the baskets together and fill eggs on Palm Sunday, so donations are needed by Wednesday, March 21st. No baskets, eggs or grass is needed at this time. There are approximately 19 children and their ages range from 1 to 17 years old. There are presently 15 moms who would love some pampering with lotions, shower gels, etc., along with $10.00 gift cards for (Target, Wal-Mart, Meijer, etc.).

Thank you so much for your consideration in helping with this wonderful mission project and for helping to make a joy-filled Easter for the Home of the Sparrow families. Donations can be dropped off at the table in Fellowship Hall. Gift cards can be placed in my mailbox near the stairs. Monetary donations can be dropped in the offering plate and marked "Easter Baskets" and will be used to purchase items for the baskets. Any questions, feel free to contact Karen Nelson. Thank you in advance for your compassion and generosity.

Holy Week Boxes
Your family is invited to take a Holy Week Box from the Gathering Space or the Connecting Link this Sunday or next. What is a Holy Week Box? This box is a way for you to learn, remember, and reflect on Jesus' journey in the shadow of the cross. Beginning Palm Sunday and continuing each day through Easter, you will be asked do a simple activity. What do I need? A Palm leaf (the one given you on Palm Sunday is perfect) or construction paper to make one and either glue or tape. That's it! ...Great to take with you on Spring Break. I don't have kids, may I take a box? Yes, please. We have 50 available. This box is intended as a supplement to our worship during this week. We hope it helps you feel the events in a different way.

Maundy Thursday - March 29 at 6:30pm
Everyone is invited to join us in Fellowship Hall on Maundy Thursday as we share a meal together, worship and pray together, and consider God's promise and call to abundant life. The main part of the meal will be provided, and there will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the Gathering Place. We ask that you please sign up with the number of people attending to help us with food preparation. We also need a few people to bring a salad (recipe provided) or cut up fruit. Please indicate if you can help with that also on the signup sheet.

Arrive Hungry on Easter Sunday Morning
On Easter Sunday, April 1st, a Pancake Breakfast will be served in Fellowship Hall hosted by the Men's Breakfast Group. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, yogurt bar and mixed fruit. Your donations to the breakfast will benefit the Deacons Fund. Breakfast will be served just after the 8 AM service and will continue until just before the 11AM service.

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.

It's Fiesta Agua Viva Time again!
Fiesta Agua Viva is planned for April 14 from 4:00-7:00PM. Again this year we will have a silent auction, musical entertainment, games and entertainment for children, and Latin American food. We hope to have as lively and successful event as we have had the last two years.

Help Wanted for Fiesta!
Fiesta Agua Viva is planned for April 14 from 4:00-7:00 PM. We need people to help with the auction, to cook and work in the kitchen, to greet, and to help with the children's activities. Please take a moment and sign-up in the Gathering Place to help. This fundraiser, which is our main way to raise funds for the water treatment systems in Guatemala, is only successful with your support and help.

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 just ordering Scrip gift cards from your grocery store, pharmacy or restaurant that you frequently use. If you buy gas at SAMS, a Scrip card to SAMS is a great way of helping PADS lunches. If you buy groceries weekly at the Jewel, we have Jewel Scrip cards. If you occasionally go out to eat at Chilis, Panera or any other restaurant we most likely have that card too! Ordering is easy and you may put your order in the Scrip box any time. Check out the deadline dates on the Mission bulletin board and order forms should be in the cabinet below or on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. Our next order deadline date is: Sunday, March 18th. If you have any questions you may contact Nancy Blakely or Joan Jensema. Thank you for supporting PADS.

2017 Church World Service School Kit Distribution
Last fall we collected items for Church World Service school kits. Where in the world did they go? Click on the link for the 2017 Impact Report. Thank you, once again, for your efforts to normalize life for children in the midst of natural disasters or wars. ~ Mission Team

A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People
Join us Friday April 20th for Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day - a day of fellowship education and organizing with Presbyterians. Then, join our ecumenical brothers and sisters for a weekend of education and advocacy at Ecumenical Advocacy Days the evening of April 20th through the 23rd.

We live in a time of upheaval and uprootedness - a world in which each year millions of people cross borders in search of more secure and sustainable lives, while white supremacist ideologies continue to impede the fight for justice and peace for all of God's people. As people of faith, we know we can do more. We believe God is with Dreamers, the migrant and the outcast and calls us to create places of sanctuary; to offer hospitality to the stranger, to welcome all - regardless of faith, race, gender or nationality - and to break down the dividing walls that separate us. More information on Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day coming soon! To register, click here. For more information about Ecumenical Advocacy Days and to register, click here! You may also contact Ann Legg for more information.

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:
March (no work day), April 4, May 2, June 6, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 21 (day before Thanksgiving), December 26

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 - Noon; Monday - Thursday