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RCLPC in Ministry This Week
Sunday, December 1 - Saturday, December 7


10:00Intergenerational Advent
Activities in F.H.


4:00 - 5:45MS Youth Group at RCLPC
Monday12:00Staff meeting

7:00Mission Team
Tuesday10:00Book Group

5:45Dinner & Advent Study

6:00Band rehearsal

7:15Choir rehearsal
set up for Ladies' Advent
Friday7:00 - 9:00Ladies' Advent by Candlelight
Saturday8:00Men's Breakfast Group

Slides for Announcements

Please remember these people in your prayers

for healing and recovery of ongoing health concerns:
Marge Stewart's son, Tom; Linda Popp; John Fankhauser; Cheryl Brincks; Dorothy Vick; Joy Martin and family; Allison and Dave Larsen's nephew, Michael Deschenes; Bruce Randall; Raj Dencker; Paula Viner's mother, Barb Ferguson; Marie Randall; Paul Nelson; Cindy Borre's grandniece, Maggie; Jim and Carol Iddings; Ann Poremba's friend, Barb; Glenn Bereiter; Carol Hoefer's mother, Edith

Note from Linda Popp: To our church family, Thank you for your prayers, words of support and the knowledge that you are there for us at this very disorienting and scary time of our life. The surgery to remove a portion of my colon went very well. After Thanksgiving, we meet with the surgeon to decide our next move if and when needed. Hugs to all of you. Al and Linda Popp

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:
Living Waters partners in Guatemala; 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; PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker, Cesar Carhuachin, in Colombia

Intergenerational Advent - What Can't Wait? We Can't!
In our third year of intergenerational Advent, we have chosen to visit the four gospel homes and how they each write about the birth of Jesus. You'll venture into each house and do activities that reflect what is important about the manger for the gospel. Meet us in Fellowship Hall each week for a journey like no other. We can't wait to take this journey with you!

December 1, 10-10:50 AM
Welcome to the historical, Victorian home of Matthew. In its 42nd generation of ownership, pay special attention to the details and enjoy each nook and cranny. Spend time with all the ornaments on the tree, all the history that this home evokes. It is a story steeped in history and how we are each a part of Christ's birth. Look at the glorious family tree. When you visit this home, you'll notice the family heirlooms, the antiques, the photographs. At Matthew's house, what can't wait? Here at Matthew's house, hope can't wait.

Activities include:

  • Build a family Advent wreath
  • Hot Cocoa Bar
  • Whole Church Family Picture Around the Manger at 10:25
  • Sign cards for the college students.

What are You Waiting For?
The Advent study of Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes begins December 4. Dinner will begin being served in Fellowship Hall at 5:45pm and the discussion will start at 6:00pm. Please read the first two chapters and think about "What am I waiting for?" If you haven't signed up but would like to join the discussion, please email Raechel Sowa.

28th Annual Cookie Walk - December 14, 9am - Noon
"My cookie platter was beautiful last year, with a variety of Christmas and traditional selections added to our chocolate chip cookies." Attend the 28th Annual Cookie Walk, Saturday, December 14, 9am to noon. Bring your own containers or use our boxes to walk among platters of delicious breads, cookies and candies to select whatever will enhance your Christmas season. $9 per pound for sugar cookie cut outs, gingerbread men, fudge, jelly fills, nut breads and many delicious treats to share during the holidays. Proceeds benefit the Diaper Bank, Living Waters and church youth projects.

A Day for Dancing, Sunday, December 15
The adult choir will present A Day for Dancing, by Lloyd Pfautsch, Sunday, December 15, during 9:00 and 11:00 worship.
Carols are sung every year to celebrate the birth of Jesus. A Day for Dancing presents nine carols which recount the story told in the Christmas lessons. Most of the carols are English from the 15th century. Lo! How a Rose is Blooming is a 15th century carol from Germany, and What Shall I Bring to the Babe In the Manger? is a Spanish carol. Please invite family and friends to worship as we hearken to the story of Christmas with a spirit of joy and dancing.

Decorate Our Sanctuary on Christmas Eve with Your Flower Tribute
Flowers can be taken home after the last Christmas Eve Service. Orders are due by December 8. Order forms will be available in the worship bulletins on Sunday. Or, please email your order into the church office by noon on Monday, December 9.

Come and See - December 10, 7pm
Greetings - for quite some time the management of the church calendar has become more difficult as we get requests for overlapping dates, and in some cases, changes in commitments. Everyone is invited to attend a review of the 2020 church schedule and join us in a discussion of scheduling issues and requests coming for previously unknown events. This is a meeting to understand how church programs, fundraiser events, Team meetings, and any other events that might impact the church calendar get scheduled. So, please set the time aside and meet on December 10th at 7pm in Fellowship Hall. Let me know if you have questions. Lee Ekstrom (This meeting is also for those groups that have already scheduled dates for fundraisers and recurring meetings coming up in 2020.)

Reminder and Update on Continuing Our Quest
Thank you all for your support of "... Continuing Our Quest". As you heard from Mike Griswold, Mary Finch and Lee Ekstrom, your continued support in time and money is key for RCLPC ministries. At this point in time, we have received about 75% of the pledge count from last year. If you have provided your pledge, thank you very much. If you plan to, but have not yet provided your pledge for 2020, it will assist the 2020 budget planning if you could get your pledge in to the church office at your earliest convenience. You may also pledge on-line from our church website right here by clicking on the "Giving to RCLPC" link. If you need a new pledge card, they are on the desk in the church office. We all look forward to a wonderful 2020. Thank you for your support. Stewardship Team: Mike Griswold, Mary Finch, Lee Ekstrom and Rev. John Dillon

Nursery Help Needed
Our long time nursery attendant Denise, is moving out of the area. If you would be interested in a job 3 hours a week and rare other occasions, please contact Nancy Delware, Linda Peel, or leave a voicemail message on the church office phone. You can also refer a friend who may be interested. Click here to see job position description for nursery care.

13 Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Program
FaithBridge ( will host the 13th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Program for McHenry County on Sunday, November 24, 4pm, at Faith Community United Church of Christ in Prairie Grove. Please join us.

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 from a Mission supported by RCLPC. The tag may be for a specific individual or a family supported by that agency or the tag may be for general gifts that are given out by that organization. All you do is pick tags off the tree, purchase the item(s) listed on the back and return the gift as specified to the tree by December 11th. Thank you for making Christmas a happier one for someone! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Joan Jensema

Christmas Joy Offering
Special Offerings of PCUSA (Presbyterian Church USA) helps to bring together the diversity of PCUSA and to focus and take faith-based action on shared concerns. Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. We are currently supporting this offering. Please take note of the inserts in the bulletin and consider giving in the envelope provided or note "Joy Offering" on any envelope or check.

You're Invited to a Pancakes and Pajamas Party
Let's Celebrate... Jesus' Birthday, December 15, 4:00-6:30pm

Dinner, lots of games, crafts and more. ALL kids 6 months- 6th grade are welcome. Invite your friends, grandkids, nieces/nephews, cousins and neighbors. Let's fill Fellowship Hall! RSVP by December 8 to Raechel Sowa, or sign up in the Gathering Space. Please consider a gift of baby wipes for the Diaper Bank.

Hello Men of RCLPC,
The "RCLPC Ladies Advent by Candlelight dessert night" to be held on Dec. 6th is in great need of your help. There are openings for 6 waiters and 1 kitchen support guy. If you sign up to fill one of these roles, your assistance will make the event joyful and successful. To sign up, please email Al Popp or Jim Bauman. Thank you!

Calling All Bakers to Create Festive Cookies for the Cookie Walk
December 13 is delivery-day, so all is ready for our Cookie Walk on December 14. Deliver them on platters or in boxes. It is an amazing day where thousands of cookies are sold during the first half hour. We also need people to decorate Fellowship Hall and the tables on the 13th, creatively display the cookies on holiday plates, then on the 14th, make coffee for our guests, distribute cookie boxes, re-stock the tables, help people carry cookies to their cars, weigh the cookies ... and sometimes even eat the broken cookies... so much fun. Sign up so we know who we can count on.

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.

Order Your Scrip Gift Cards for the Holidays Now!
The next due date is December 8th. Order forms are hanging up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. A full list of retailers is on the board as well. Fill out the form and place the form and your check in the Scrip mailbox (at the front door down the steps). We will e-mail you when they arrive which should be a few weeks after deadline. Thank you for supporting PADS lunches.

Are You an Amazon Shopper?
RCLPC is now listed as a charity on 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 rather than to 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 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!

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.

Fairhaven School
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.

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 for daily prayer requests and photos. If you "like" the page, you will receive the posts. The RCLPC blog at 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:
December 8

Food Pantry Work Schedule 2019
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays:
December 4

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, 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 - 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 hearing assistant devices and large print bulletins available to those who may need them. Please ask an usher for assistance.

Prayer chain requests are now being done through the office. Please call the office at 815-459-1132 or email the request to 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 ~ 815.459.1132 ~

Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday