We gather in grace, connected by a sense of place and purpose with generations of faithful servant-leaders who journeyed before us. We seek to open our hearts as we open our doors - with room for everyone - and to open all our senses to God's life-affirming, life-changing presence through creative and diverse worship.
We grow in grace, not because we know all the answers - or even all the questions - but because we are drawn to God's word and Christ's example. We seek to be Christ's family here and now - to embrace each other as we are, to nurture who we might become, to celebrate with one another in good times and encourage one another in hard times, to listen and learn and lead.
We go in grace, challenged and strengthened by the Spirit to do God's work and show God's love in the world. We seek to look beyond our walls and beyond ourselves - to see God's image in every face, and to serve God's people in every place life leads us.
The journey continues in an ever-widening circle of grace.
Circle of Grace ©2011
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.
An open letter from Pastor John
Working on Our Vision
Now that the New Beginnings program is complete, the Vision team is launching a new program called "Working on Our Vision". The New Beginnings report was completed and approved by the Session in June. Working on our Vision is the program to make sure that we stay focused on where we want to take RCLPC in the future. Details about this new program and the role of the Vision team is covered in the report. Please click on the link below to read the full report.
A native of Glasgow in Scotland he started his career in production and sales and served with I.C.I. Ltd, a multi-national chemical company, before becoming a minister of the Church of Scotland. In 1993 he transferred to the PC(USA) and has served congregations in California, Arkansas, Florida, and Maryland.
John holds qualifications in Business Studies from Slough College of Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in History of Modern Design & Architecture from the Open University, Milton Keynes, and a Bachelor of Divinity, Joint Honors in Systematic & Practical Theology, from Trinity College, University of Glasgow. He has been a member of the Iona Community since 1988 and is President of the Iona Community - New World Foundation USA. He lives in Crystal Lake with his wife Louise and their four children.
John is passionate about building community and mutual understanding between disparate groups in our society; social justice; care and support of the bereaved and hurting. He believes that diversity is one of God's greatest gifts and that we tend to turn this into a barrier rather than a bridge. He is interested in classic rock, art and architecture and history and trying to keep up with his kids.
Raechel Sowa has been a member of RCLPC for 20 years and has participated in many areas of church life. She has been a SS teacher, nursery liaison, Confirmation leader, Elder, and most recently, our youth leader. After years in the non-profit world holding various positions, she has felt she could assist RCLPC by coordinating our Middle School and High School youth and she states she has "loved the experience." Her goal is to help our youth leaders create a dynamic youth program that our youth want to invite their friends to.
Kim Stewart has worked in the church office since October, 2005 and is now our part-time Database and Website Administrator. She holds a BS in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Information Systems and a special emphasis in Management Information Systems from Columbia College of Missouri. Prior to working in the church office, Kim volunteered as our Sunday School Coordinator for six years.
Kim has taught Java Programming classes at the McHenry County College, developed the database and data entry system for the Winnetka Congregation Women's Society, and prior to 2011, developed and maintained the website for the Lake County Teachers Association. Before moving to Crystal Lake, Kim owned and operated her own typesetting business that specialized in designing medical, business, and government forms. She had previously worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Company (in Evansville, Indiana) for 10 years in the Medical Department where she managed the Forms Design Group.
Her interests include reading Science Fiction and historical non-fiction books, watching the Science channel (especially about medical advances and new technolology), and keeping up with world news and politics. She secretly believes that one day she can become a cellular and molecular bioengineer, or at the very least design the next nanotechnology medical application. ;-)