"Fill the Gap"
Just a reminder to please return the pledge card mailed out (or pledge now with the online version). Pledges continue to be turned in. Please consider turning your pledge in ASAP. Current progress as of Nov 2nd for "Fill the Gap" is: Pledged Time: 1900 hours; Pledges Received: 82. Blessings to each and all, Your Stewardship Team:
Pastor John Dillon Lee Ekstrom Mary Finch Mike Griswold
(The online pledge card may be found at: rclpc.org/pledgeCard2018.html)
Staff and Office Notes - Information from Pastor John
Been in the office lately? Then you will have noticed some changes and seen some of our wonderful volunteers helping out by answering phones and greeting visitors. Session, with great joy and thanksgiving, is delighted to announce that Kim Stewart is (re-)taking responsibility for most of the office functions. However, she will not be "sitting at the desk" every day. That is why we now have office volunteers from 9-12 on Monday thru Thursday. Though we actually still need someone for Wednesdays! Session is also delighted to give a huge thanks to those volunteers: Donna Doll and her daughter Sarah Huyser (Mondays), Carol Richardson (Tuesdays), and Mike Rugh (Thursdays).
We would also like to thank Amy Connell who is volunteering her time to come in on Fridays to print, collate, and fold the bulletins. We hope to fill the Wednesday spot and build up a pool of other volunteers to spread the load, provide cover and be a joyful presence when people enter the building. Can you help?
The banner that adorns our sanctuary was created by the Worship Enhancement Team after study of the scripture lessons for this season. In each lesson God speaks and people respond in faith and action. God commands Abraham to bind his son Isaac as a sacrifice. God reveals his name to Moses. God calls Samuel and David. People respond, sometimes with clarity and courage, sometimes with ambivalence and doubt. The orb on our banner represents the ever-present Word of God which moves the people below to do works of faith.
News from Your CPJ Team...
- The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship seeks to send several young adults to the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis in June 2018 to help promote peace in the PC(USA) through advocacy and witness. Applications for these internships are due January 10. More information is available at the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship website, or contact Mike Rugh.
- Did you know? RCLPC is a member of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, which is dedicated to working for the unity of the church, furthering the inclusion of LGBTQ persons, seeking understanding and reconciliation, and joining with others seeking a still more just and inclusive church. Covenant just concluded their annual conference (theme: "Our Shared Humanity") earlier this month and also celebrated their twentieth anniversary.
- CPJ is sending letters to Rep. Hultgren and our two Senators on the situation in Colombia. Even after the signing of the Peace Accords, threats and assassinations have continued at an alarming rate. It is imperative that the voices of Colombian citizens are actively included - not repressed - throughout the implementation process of the peace agreement. We are asking our elected representatives to act now to support the just implementation of peace and encourage an end to this vicious cycle of violence. A copy of the CPJ letter may be found here.
10 AM Sunday Education Offering...
There'll be NO Sunday 10 AM Adult Ed. classes on the 19th and the 26th of this month.
The God Squad
Today in the God Squad we will read and learn from the book of Isaiah. We will talk about how we need to look for signs of doing things the way God wants them done, and not to rely on our world leaders alone being able to fix these problems. Isaiah, and many of the other prophets, looked for contemporary signs of where God is active, and used such signs to encourage and help people to see God's ways could be at work in the world if they chose to listen and follow these signs.
Allison Larsen is leading the games and Al Popp is leading the lesson.
Calling All God Squad Parents
Please plan on gathering at 10:10am in Squad Room 1 for a meeting to discuss the last semester, to go over possible improvements and their solutions, to share with you about the incredible Advent season and to sign up for next semester.
There will be no class on November 26.
A New Tradition has Begun!
This Sunday, we will honor our members who have been a part of RCLPC for 25 years or more. This is a wonderful opportunity for new members to say "thank you" for paving the way and for long time members to reminisce on the good works RCLPC has done for each other, our community and God's Word. Pastor John will acknowledge their commitment at both services and our youth and newer members will host a luncheon just for them at 12 PM in Fellowship Hall. The fellowship team believes it is important to celebrate those with 25+ years of committed service to this church and to Christ, and will do so every 5 years. ***Please note: Fellowship Hall will be closed on Sunday morning for set up. Please enjoy coffee and treats in the hallway outside the Fellowship Hall doors.
Sunday Morning Fellowship Time
Sunday mornings, from 10:00-10:50am, the deacons sponsor a coffee hour fellowship opportunity for all congregation members in Fellowship Hall. It's a good time to relax and socialize, both for those who attended the 9:00 service and for those arriving early for the 11:00 service. Once a month during the school year, a wonderful team graciously hosts Brewed Awakenings during this fellowship time. That leaves lots of opportunities for others to volunteer to make coffee and provide a snack. All of the coffee-making supplies are provided, and cleanup is done at 10:50 to allow volunteers to attend the 11:00 service if they wish. We truly appreciate those who regularly volunteer! Can you help out one Sunday? A sign-up sheet is located in the basket next to the coffee machine in Fellowship Hall, with available dates through the end of December. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Cindy Harvey
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.
27th Annual Community Harvest
Winter will be soon approaching, and it is time to restock the shelves at the FOOD PANTRY. Your generous donations will help feed those in need during the coming months. Please do pick up a bag from Fellowship Hall, check the list of most requested items and return at your earliest. Condiments, personal products, and diapers are never purchased by the Food Pantry, but always very much requested. At least 750 families a month rely on the Crystal Lake Food Pantry for some of their food needs. Thanks from all those you assist. No one should go hungry. The Harvest continues now until Sunday, November 19. SOME ITEMS NEEDED: chili, dinner helpers, toothbrushes/ toothpaste, pasta, ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, canned pasta, canned beans (any kind), sugar/flour, canned fruit, rice, cooking oil.
Thanks for Supporting Fair Trade!
There is so much more to fair trade than buying products. Essential equipment, training, and marketing assistance allow low-income artisans and farmers to design new products, find new customers, and increase their income. Artisan groups provide vital services to entire communities, including water wells, schools, environmental projects, and medical care. The products at the Global Gift Shop represented growers and artisans from around the world. Thank you to our shoppers and volunteers here for helping spread hope and justice to families in need through the Gift Shop. We have a good supply of new fair trade chocolate, coffee, tea, and olive oil. Check what's available in Fellowship Hall.
~ Mission Outreach Ministry
Get Your Christmas Shopping Started Here...
Order your Scrip gift cards at church and receive them in time for Christmas. You will not only feel the relief from knocking a few gifts off your list, but will have the joy of knowing you are in turn helping us make PADS lunches for those in need! Check out the information and order forms by the poster board in Fellowship Hall. Order by Sunday, Nov. 19th or Sunday, Dec. 3rd and receive your cards in time for Christmas. Thank you!
26th Annual Cookie Walk
December 9, 2017
9:00 am - noon
RCLPC Mission project for entire church -
all are encouraged to participate.
Help and Bake cookies, mmmmm good!
RCLPC is hosting its 26th Annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 9th. It is time to get ready to start those ovens. The Cookie Walk is just around the corner and we need your help! Volunteers are needed to bake, decorate Fellowship Hall, help with cookie drop-off and set-up, and Cookie Walk day.
Over 400 dozen delicious and homemade cookies and candies of all types are needed and thanks to our wonderful congregation of volunteer bakers we accomplish this every year! This year we ask that you please mark your cookies/candies with the name and/or if it is nut free, gluten free or sugar free. We will label each platter or box with that information for our buyers.
The proceeds will help our church budget, youth trips, the Diaper Bank, PADS lunches and our emergency fund to help people in immediate need. Please help and sign-up on the bulletin board outside the office. Thank you!!
Help RCLPC Living Waters for the World (LWW) Team
Fund a Water System for a New Community in Guatemala
Our Living Waters for the World team of ten people from RCLPC will be leaving for Guatemala on December 1st to install a water system in La Felicidad, do a follow up visit with Jerez, and build a covenant with the Estrella de la Mañana Presbyterian Church in Sibana. We would ask for your prayers as we make our journey. We will, also, need your financial support to fund the new water purification system. We will be setting up a table in Fellowship Hall to invite your contributions, starting on November 19th and running through Advent. Again, we are inviting you to make Christmas gifts to this project, honoring friends and family. We are providing gift cards to send to those you honor, helping them appreciate the gift you are giving in their behalf. Please help us give clean and safe water to these people, their children, and the communities to which they minister.
The Giving Tree is Up and Ready to be "Undecorated"!
You can add a SPARKLE to someone's holiday season! Each angel tag has a Christmas wish for someone from a Mission supported by RCLPC. All you do is pick tags off the tree, purchase the item listed on the back and return the gift as specified to the tree by December 10th. Thank you for making Christmas a happier one for someone! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Joan Jensema or Joy Martin.
Coins for Kenya
Your spare change can bring life-giving assistance to starving people in Kenya through Blackhawk Presbytery's Coins for Kenya program. Just bring any spare change you may have to church at any time and put it in one of the labeled jars which are located in Fellowship Hall, the Connecting Link and in the sitting area outside the church office. Those coins will then be sent to Blackhawk and combined with coins from other churches in the presbytery. Presbytery, in turn, sends the accumulated total from all their churches to the Imenti Presbyteries in Kenya.
The money is used to purchase food for starving people in drought stricken areas of the country. In January of 2017 Blackhawk sent a 9-person delegation to Kenya. At that time, Coins for Kenya had raised $4,154. So, the Blackhawk and Imenti volunteers purchased two truckloads of food, which they distributed in two different locations. The people who were given that food live in the Northern part of Kenya where severe drought has made it impossible to grow anything for a very long time. The recipients were extremely grateful not only for the nourishment, but also to realize that someone knows and cares about their plight.
Our prayers for all those affected by the two major earthquakes in Central America recently. As best we can learn, our partners in Jerez and La Felicidad experienced the temblors of the first quake, but all were safe.
RCLPC's clean water team plans to be in Guatemala from December 1-9. In Jerez, nearly a year and a half after implementation, we will be learning about their work to provide safe water and education about its use to all who need it in the village, assisting with any maintenance needs, and celebrating their progress. La Felicidad is now finishing the preparation of the room that will house the system and beginning their community outreach. Over the last 7 months, they have raised the money by selling food in the community to hire a local man and his sons to dig--by hand in rocky, volcanic ground--a well that will provide a year-round water supply. In December the installation of the water system and education for the community will be taking place. We also hope to sign a covenant for future work with another Presbyterian church in the area.
Here at home, preparations are underway. The teacher team is meeting regularly to prepare the lessons for adults and children on the appropriate uses of pure water and the importance of hand washing. The install team has the water system in hand and inventory completed. The support of RCLPC--through your prayers, music, your gifts, your encouragement and interest--continues to underpin this mission. Indeed, you are full partners in Living Waters for Guatemala.
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 2017
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays
Nov 29, Dec 27
Call to Prayer after Recent Hurricanes
God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in storm and distress, we welcome the restoring power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude, and hope: that those who have been spared nature's fury as well as those whose lives are changed forever by ravages of wind and water may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days of recovery and rebuilding that come.
We open ourselves to listen with compassion to the stories of those whom these hurricanes have not spared: communities deeply affected, whose livelihood, homes and stability have been destroyed. We pray in grief, honoring the lives, shattered and the livelihoods, homes and businesses for whom recovery seems an insurmountable mountain. We lift our voices in sorrow and compassion for families who have lost loved ones, homes, or livelihood.
We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we, your people, respond to the deep human needs beginning to emerge in the wake of the storm.
In these days of relief, assessment and response, open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands to the needs of your children and the movements of your Spirit, who flows in us like the river whose streams makes glad the city of God, and the hearts of all who dwell in it, and in You. In the name of Christ the Healer we pray, Amen.
(the Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)
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 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:
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!.
The Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church
8505 Church Street in Ridgefield
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 815.459.1132 ~ www.rclpc.org
Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday