Message from Pastor John...
As we move through another week of our "social distancing" response to the coronavirus, I wish you all the Peace of Christ, the Patience of Job and the Perseverance of Paul.
RCLPC is still a vibrant community of discipleship, constantly searching for new ways to serve, worship and connect. We do not know how long this situation will last, but we will follow the guidance of the CDC and the State. "This too shall pass."
Remember when you could go the supermarket and rush to check out the BOGO (buy one, get one) deal?
Remember when you, perhaps at college, would go to the BYOB (bring your own bottle/beer) party?
Well on Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday we are introducing BYOBW (bring your own bread & wine) Communion! I invite you during our Zoom worship to set before you a little bread and wine and to celebrate the Sacrament together in virtual communion. Perhaps on Maundy Thursday you might even plan your evening meal to finish with communion? PS. If you have ever dreamed of having a coffee and cake communion, rather than bread and wine ....then I can assure you Jesus won't mind!
Please share the following information with family, friends, and neighbors.
Sunday worship will be live by Zoom at 10:00AM. Please note the change of time from last week. I would ask that you connect about five or ten minutes before the start of the service time to ensure that you are "with us" and please use the "Chat" function to share a greeting or a prayer concern.
Here is the schedule for our Holy Week online worship services:
- Last Sunday, we had seventy households participating while we worshiped live. The video replay is available on the RCLPC FaceBook page. You do not need to be a member of Facebook to view, nor do you need to join.
- Then we had 35-40 stay connected and join in online fellowship and learning as Darryl Bessant led a conversation on favorite Bible verses. Thank you Darryl and look out for more after worship and midweek events and opportunities.
Please look out for information (by email and on calendar on website) for after worship opportunities to connect and learn, mid-week Bible Study, and other events in planning.
- Palm Sunday, April 5, at 10:00AM
- Maundy Thursday, April 9, at 7:00PM (with "virtual communion" - BYOBW)
- Good Friday, April 10, at 7:00PM (a brief service of prayer and scripture)
- Easter Sunday, April 12, at 10:00AM (with "virtual communion" - BYOBW)
All church meetings will be held online. We are convening a weekly Zoom meeting of our Session. Deacons continue to reach out to their groups and many people in the church are willing to make a run to the grocery store or collect prescriptions for anyone in need. Please contact your Deacon or me.
Need to talk to somebody? I am just a text or phone call away (815 354 1848), and would be glad to give you a call, or contact you visually on Skype or Zoom.
Some tips for keeping connected:
On a final note I wanted to share this poem with all of you. It uses the image of sheltering from bad weather, but its message is true to so much more:
- Check our church's website regularly for updates.www.rclpc.org
- The worship bulletin for every Sunday is also available on the church website and the weekly general information email that goes out on Fridays
- Use the Zoom Chat to share Joys & Concerns during worship. I will try to include them in in Prayers of the People.
- We have continued to receive offerings by mail and online and on behalf of Session, I give all of you a very heartfelt thank you for your generous support and faithfulness. We are aware that some are facing financial hardships and uncertainty and wish to assure you that we understand.
By John O'Donohue
This is a time to be slow,
Blessings to you, Pastor John
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginnings.
John Dillon, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake PC(USA)
Financial Support - We are grateful for the continued offerings of financial support, which arrive via mail and online daily. If you haven't signed up for our online giving program, you may do so by clicking on the "Giving to RCLPC" link from the home page. (See instructions for setting up your on-line donations.)
***Emergency Contact Information***
It has come to our attention that we need to update every family's emergency information. We want to be prepared in case of a true emergency. The information will be kept in Pastor John's office. The cards can be picked up at the Usher stand, and either dropped into the offering plate or left in the church office.
Staying in Touch with Family and Friends
If you want to stay in touch with family and friends while sheltering at home try ZOOM. It allows you to set up a free account for up to 10 people for 40 minutes. Go to ZOOM.US and follow the instructions. You do not need an account to logon with an invite from someone who has already set up the account.
The Fishing Derby is Still On
Yes, the derby is still on and we need you! Keep filling those banks with the opportunity to take home the prize for biggest fish or largest fish and to help RCLPC win the biggest overall catch. Let's not let the big one get away. One Great Hour of Sharing needs us to be patient and reel in a big one. We will host our collection site when we return to our building. Stay tuned for details.
Supporting Good Samaritan Ministry
Due to the COVID-19 virus we are being careful and still supportive of services such as Good Samaritan Ministry which is currently assisting people with emergency needs by appointment only on a limited basis. People are living differently now and supporting restaurants by doing carry-out where orders are delivered to your car, or by various services, delivered to your home.
On April 14 between 4 and 9pm, call 815.459.8888 to place an order, or go online at www.georgiospizza.com and select your yummy pizza, appetizers or other dinner items. Tell them you have a coupon for Good Samaritan and the restaurant will give 20% of dine-in or carryout sales to Good Samaritan. Your order will help our community and help Good Samaritan. Thank you for helping, Karen Hutchings
We can order delicious pizza to support Good Samaritan Ministry! Dine-in may or may not be an option by April 14, but carry-out and delivery are attractive alternatives.
God Squad, FBI, and CIA
All children and youth are invited to stay after worship to spend some time with Anthony. Grab a drum (be creative) and a palm branch and join in the fun. We will meet for a few minutes immediately following the worship service.
FBI (MS Youth)
Middle School Youth will gather at 6:30pm this Sunday for an hour of games and fun. Tune into Zoom and join us!
CIA (HS Youth)
We will gather at 7PM on Tuesday for a quick chat and game. If you haven't attended yet, you should. It is a ton of fun to hang out with each other on Zoom.
Wednesday, April 8 is our last discussion of the book, "Entering the Passion of Jesus". Book not required to join the discussion. Join us as we discuss the Garden of Gethsemane (Chapter 6 in the book). We will meet at 6pm for a time of Fellowship and the discussion will begin at 6:15pm for an hour. (check the weekly email "Message from Pastor John" next Tuesday for login information on Zoom)
Baking with Andrea
Join Andrea Pracht on Facebook next Wednesday (you don't need Facebook to watch her demonstration. Just click the link on our website) to learn how to make your own communion crackers for Maundy Thursday and Easter. What a wonderful way to prepare for worship. Here is the shopping list for the recipe: Flour, salt, black pepper, sugar, olive oil and water. Optional items: Fresh or dried herbs, such as rosemary or thyme, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, or Parmesan cheese.
2020 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
April 15, May 13, June 10, July 1 & 22, August 19, September 16, October 7, November 4 & 25, December 23
2020 Scrip Gift Cards Order Due Dates
April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 16, September 13, October 11, November 15, December 6
Fair Trade for a More Just World
A new supply of Equal Exchange products, purchased through the Interfaith Coffee Project, is available on the fair trade cabinet shelves in Fellowship Hall. You'll find plenty of whole bean and drip regular coffees, plus new teas. There are chocolate bars and minis for your sweet tooth, and we're trying out the organic Tamari Roasted Almonds and Natural Pecans.
The fair trade station in Fellowship Hall is always open, self-serve, with current prices posted on a sign by the products or sticker on the product itself. No change is provided, and both checks (written to RCLPC, memo "fair trade") and cash are accepted. Place your payment in the small box with the products. To learn more, look for pamphlets about chocolate production and the partnership PC(USA) has with Equal Exchange. It makes a world of difference to small farmers in Africa and Latin America.
You will find a new card in the pew racks that lists the missions RCLPC currently supports. It offers an overview of our mission outreach and directs you to the RCLPC web page with descriptions of each mission and mission partner, and their role in our common life. We invite you to join in any of these efforts. Our time, talents, and financial gifts, both as a church and as individuals, are needed. RCLPC's mission statement closes with these words: "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." A complete digital version of this booklet, including links to our partners' websites, can be found on rclpc.org. Click on the "Mission Partners" button. ~ Mission Outreach Ministry
Our congregation's Egyptian Connection began 40 years ago when an Egyptian pastor came to us as part of a "mission on reverse" program. The following summer 21 people from our church visited Egypt. While there, we met a young man who had a passion for children who were developmentally disabled. A couple in our group invited him to come and spend a year in Crystal Lake learning about special education. Later, when our friend Pastor Gendi was in Alexandria he grasped an opportunity to have some Swedish teachers come and train teachers and start a school for children with special needs in Alexandria. Some teachers from that school also came here for additional training.
Today, Fairhaven School provides rehabilitative services for 135 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Each student has an individualized educational program and is surrounded by a spirit of love by the teachers and staff. The students learn self-advocacy in regular meetings twice a week, visit schools for non-disabled students, and participate with them in sports activities and art and music classes. Siblings of the students meet monthly to build friendships and to share experiences of coping with their situations.
Students participate in Scouting activities, recreational activities, and shopping and community outings. Families of the students have monthly meetings to learn and discuss topics related to disabilities. Students celebrate national and religious occasions and holidays, as well as participating in singing in a chorus, physical exercise, computer training and handicrafts. Older students are trained in work skills such as carpentry, greenhouse farming, candle making, paper recycling and sewing skills. The school greatly appreciates our support and prayers. To help support Fairhaven School, you can make monthly or annual contributions to RCLPC and put Fairhaven School in the memo.
Mission Outreach Ministry - Care for Children Overseas
If you would 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.
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
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Church Office Hours are 9am - Noon; Monday - Thursday