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.)
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!
MARK'S HOME - PEACE CAN'T WAIT.
December 8, 10-10:50 AM
Are you in search of the real meaning of Christmas? Welcome to Mark's home; we think you'll like the view. Here at Mark's home we look to the future. The manger is important because of the cross, and for that reason, we reflect inwardly on the peace and grace of Jesus Christ. The home may appear sparse, but Mark has personally designed it that way so that you do not get lost in the "extras" of the story but rather return to the fact that Jesus is the reason for the season. As the first of the gospel homes, Mark chose to give just the facts, and we think you'll clearly see that reflected in his choices. What can't wait? At Mark's house, peace can't wait.
- Sign cards for the shut-ins
- Brewed Awakenings
- Make a bird feeder to help you find peace in nature
- Make foot salts to relax your weary feet
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.
RCLPC's 28th Annual COOKIE WALK
Saturday, December 14th from 9am-Noon
The Cookie Walk is next Saturday and we are hopeful for your help. Here are some important things you may need to know...
Cookie drop-off: Friday, 10am-8pm (glass doors) unless you have a key FOB
Cookie set-up: Friday, 7pm-8pm
Cookie Walk Day: Saturday, December 14th - volunteers needed from 8:30am - Noon
Cookie Walk cleanup: Saturday, Noon-1pm
All Volunteers - please use the Fellowship Hall kitchen door, all other doors will be locked!
Bakers - please label your trays and tins as those will be on a table for you to pick up on Sunday, Dec. 15. Also, please label your cookies especially if they are sugar or gluten free. Any questions, please call Nancy Blakely. Thank you for supporting the Cookie Walk.
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.
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 Volunteers Needed
The nursery is in need of volunteers and the Admin team is hoping you can help fill the gap. Do you enjoy working with children under the age of 5? Are you able to give one-three hours on a Sunday when needed to assist our child care staff? Are you looking for a way to participate in the life of RCLPC but don't have the time to dedicate on a weekly basis? Well, if you answered yes to any of the above questions then this is the job for you. Please contact Nancy Delware for more information.
PS- Do you know someone outside the congregation that is looking for a part time job? If so, please refer them to our website (under announcements) for more information. We are looking for someone for 3 hours per week and for special events.
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.
Global Gift Shop
Thank you to all who made possible this year's Global Gift Shop. Nearly all items were sold. Divine chocolate products that remain can be purchased at the fair trade cabinet in Fellowship Hall. We host such a shop at RCLPC to bring a measure of justice into the lives of poor people worldwide. Each fair trade project offers the workers fair pay and working conditions, as well as a direct partnership between producer and buyer. It helps create a sustainable local economy and leads to improved housing, healthcare, and schools. Step by step, the cycle of chronic poverty is replaced with meaningful work that brings dignity to artisans and farmers. Thank you for giving hope and relief to someone in need - fair trade for a fair chance. ~ Mission Outreach Ministry
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.
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 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!
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.
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:
Food Pantry Work Schedule 2019
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays:
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
email@example.com ~ 815.459.1132 ~ www.rclpc.org
Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday