BYOLCAM (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair And Mask) - July 19th
You all know about BOGO, BYOB, and BYOBW (Bring Your Own Bread & Wine)... now BYOCC (Bring Your Own Cookies & Coffee) as we introduce a short time of fellowship after every online worship service. Please join us for "virtual cookies and coffee" and real conversation. AND Now BYOLCAM (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair And Mask) on July 19th at 9:00am we will have our first open air parking lot worship service. You are invited to come join worship. All you have to do is turn up with your own chair and wear a mask. More details will follow. Mark your calendar now!! We will still provide a Zoom worship alternative on that day for those who prefer to stay at home.
If you would like to receive a copy of your giving statement (which includes your on-line giving), please email me and I can get you a copy. ~ Kim Stewart, Office and Website Administrator.
Healthy Practices at RCLPC
Please be aware that at each entry point into the church building there are Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer for your use. Each person who enters the church should use the sanitizer and then take a wipe with them to clean any surfaces they might come into contact with. Also, please use the sanitizer upon leaving the building. With your help, we can keep each other safe and healthy.
Session Highlights - June 22, 2020
- Rev. John Dillon Moderator
- Approved Session Meeting Minutes from May 18, 2020
- Approved Special Session Meeting Minutes from June 8, 2020
- Approved the endorsement of the General Assembly (2020) docket item 00-29, "On the Church in This Moment in History-From the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly" and prayerfully urged a favorable vote by Blackhawk General Assembly Commissioners.
- Approved that Church-affiliated groups may use the building for meetings provided IDPH guidelines and mandates (group size, social distancing, cleaning, behavior, and so forth) are adhered to. The Pastor and Office Administrator shall be notified in advance of all such meetings in order to avoid scheduling conflicts.
- Approved the offering to RCLPC employees the Benefit package defined the Board of Pension
- Approved the search for a replacement Church Treasurer
- 2020-2021 Elder Team Assignments
- Worship - Deb Steele & Mike Wilson
- Building & Grounds - Mike Harvey & Mike Wilson
- Finance & Stewardship - Mike Rugh & Tom Lafontaine
- Administration - Nancy Delware & Lisa Krchak
- Christian Education - George Steffen
- Mission - Mary Finch & Vicki Brown
- Communications - Brian Sanders
- Approved Elders for:
- Nomination Committee (2 year term) - Lisa Krchak
- Presbytery Voting Elder (2020-2021) - Mary Ellen Shine
- Columbarium Elder - Mary Finch
- JCBG - Tom Lafontaine & Mike Rugh
- Approved 2020-2020 Corporation Officers
- President - Mike Rugh
- Vice President - Mary Finch
- Treasurer - David Woodruff
- Secretary/Clerk - Lee Ekstrom
- Financial Secretary - Laurie Jensen
- Approved outside service in church parking lot on July19th
- Approved exploring service in church sanctuary with on-line presence with target date of end of August/early September
- Approved the Youth Bake Sale Fundraiser Request
- Pastor John on vacation June 29th through July 13th (While Pastor John is out of town, please contact your Deacon if you need pastoral assistance.)
- Next Session meeting is July 27, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom Conference
Summer Worship Series - Comfort Food
RCLPC loves, respects and honors all our younger members! Raechel Sowa, who does such wonderful work with them, asked each of our youth to pick a Bible verse in which they find comfort and say what it means to them. The answers were heartfelt and inspiring and on your behalf I thank Raechel for the initiative and all concerned for their thoughtful replies.
Each Sunday in June, July and August those texts and thoughts will be the focus of our Worship. Please see the schedule below and join us in worship as witness the Prophet Joel's words quoted by peter at Pentecost: "your sons and daughters shall prophecy"
28 - Jeremiah 29:11-13 "help through tough times"
5 - 1 Sam 17:4-7,42-45 David & Goliath " David has confidence in himself and his faith"
12 - Philippians 4:8-13 " anything is possible with faith in God"
19 - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 " faith, hope and love are the foundational gifts"
26 - 1 Kings 3:16-28 "the love of a true mother wins in the end.
2 - Hebrews 11:23-29 "Moses was seen by some as weak but he was strong"
9 - Matt 7:1-5 "be humble not critical"
16 - Blessing of backpacks Proverbs 21:24-31 "horse was ready for battle but the victory was God's"
23 - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 "Jesus's forgiveness and sacrifice shows how much we mean to God"
30 - Genesis 37:14-28 "every variety of human emotion"
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.)
Helping Out Others In and Around Our Community Near and Far...
SCRIP Gift Cards
In April RCLPC members purchased and donated $1,110 of Scrip Cards for The Diaper Bank, Pioneer Center, Turning Point and Family Health Partnership to distribute to those in need. These Agencies expressed their deep gratitude when the cards were delivered. Thank you! These agencies continue to have great needs at this time and we would like to continue to help support those in need. Please help by purchasing and donating cards. In addition, just by ordering Scrip cards, rebate money is added to our Mission Food Distribution Fund to find other ways to help those struggling with hunger.
If you would like to donate, please contact Joan Jensema or Nancy Blakely with your donation amount and we will get the appropriate cards ordered and delivered to these agencies. Then write your check out to RCLPC with "Scrip" written in the memo line and send directly to church. Also, you can also order Scrip cards for yourself, which also makes money for our Mission Food Distribution Fund! It's a WIN-WIN!! Deadline for orders will be July 12th. Thank you for your support!
Helping Out Others at the Food Pantry During this pandemic
One way you can help fight the covid-19 pandemic is to help the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. There has been about a 30% increase in neighbors (clients) and some increase in home deliveries and 1 time only shoppers. (Anyone can come to the Pantry once, even if they live outside of school districts 47 and 155) The Pantry is still blessed to have food to distribute to the neighbors. Purchases are made from NI Food Bank, local stores, and private donations. If you are able, you can donate to the Pantry by going to the following site to make a donation. https://www.clfoodpantry.org/content.cfm?id=3088
You can also volunteer at the Pantry. On RCLPC volunteer days, The Pantry has been very fortunate to have many RCLPC volunteers, and some new volunteers each month who sign up on line. Much time is spent pre-packaging food etc. Some pre-packaging is done on RCLPC work days, while some is done on Tuesdays and Thursdays. RLCPC is always happy to have new volunteers join the Wednesday team. Food Pantry dates can be found on the church website and choosing the correct month in the calendar. To find out more general information about volunteering, please go to the food Pantry site. www.clfoodpantry.org/. The pantry needs volunteers almost every day of the week and has information on volunteer slots available, task descriptions, and a convenient way to sign up online. Help serve our neighbors during this pandemic!
Help Make Face Masks
One way you can help fight the covid-19 pandemic is to sew face masks for the Senior Care Volunteer Network. Bev Kerman and her team have made hundreds upon hundreds of masks already, and the need is still there. Directions and a very good video are available on Deaconess.com. The only tricky part is finding 1/4 inch elastic, but now that the retail stores are opening, it may be easier to obtain. Please join us in this worthy project. Bring your masks each week to Bev Kerman by the week-end. She brings them to SCVN on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Thank you! The Mission Team
Good Samaritan Ministries
Good Samaritan has reopened their office at Bethany Lutheran Church on Mondays and Fridays, by appointment only; 815.477.2489, 76 West Crystal Lake Avenue. Helping people in our community has remained constant during this trying time and until the volume increases, we will be open 2 days a week beginning June 12, 2020. The church door will be locked, so push the button or use the keypad so church staff can open the door. We ask that everyone wear a mask or face covering.
Coins for Kenya
All those wishing to put the coins they have been saving to put in the Coins for Kenya jars at the church are encouraged to either send a check made payable to RCLPC with Coins for Kenya in the memo line or make a donation online and make a note that you want that amount to go to Coins for Kenya.
Living Waters Team Update
The Living Waters team recently sent out letters to Fiesta Agua Viva supporters from the community to update them about our work during 2020 and our thoughts about our future in Guatemala. Since we were not able to have the Fiesta in May, we wanted to let he congregation as well know what was done during our January trips. Attached you can read a copy of the letter that was sent. Our sincere thanks go to Fred Neuschel, Mary Finch, and Bill Weller for their contributions to the letter. Especially we want to thank Fred for putting the letter together.
An Opportunity to Contact Your Senators to Support the Justice in Policing Act!
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Office of Public Witness, supports this bill.
On June 25th, 2020, Congress passed the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 with a bipartisan vote of 236-181. The bill is now being debated in the Senate. The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is a comprehensive piece of legislation that seeks "to hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct in court, improve transparency through data collection, and reform police training and policies."
This legislation comes in response to the global outrage over the heinous murder of George Floyd by a police officer kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and many others, at the hands of law enforcement, is evidence of the visceral reality of police violence against Black and Brown communities for generations. Police brutality and the disregard for Black and Brown bodies must end!
This bill is a step toward transforming policing in America. The Justice in Policing Act would:
In 2016, the 222nd General Assembly of the P.C. (U.S.A.) named racism as the continuing legacy of white supremacy and said that Presbyterians must be engaged in anti-racism to live into the Good News of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, the General Assembly stated that Christians' "choice to align ourselves with love and not hate requires both a rejection of racism and a positive proclamation that God delights in Black Lives." As such, the P.C. (U.S.A.) believes that God calls Christians to relentlessly fight against the anti-Black racism that denigrates God's vision for the Beloved Community. Fighting against racism in our current context requires that we prevent the future murders of Black people at the hands of police by supporting the Justice in Policing Act.
- ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants;
- require local police departments to send data on the use of force to the federal government;
- give out grants to state attorney offices to allow for an independent investigation process to police brutality cases and;
- make lynching a federal crime.
While this bill is a step in the right direction, it is only the beginning. To truly reform policing, we must also acknowledge and address the anti-Black racism and white supremacy embedded in the culture of law enforcement.
You are invited to urge your Senators to support the Justice in Policing Act and be a champion for racial justice and equitable policing!
Click the link below to log in and send your message:
A Summer of Service
This week our youth (6th-12th grades) will embark on a Summer of Service. Instead of our typical one week mission trip, this summer our youth will have the opportunity to participate in different ways of serving throughout our community and beyond. Much of our service work will be on our own, but we are hopeful that as the summer progresses we will find ourselves able to do a project together (safely of course). Our first project is in memory of Paula Viner's mom, Barbara who passed away this May. We are making first day of chemo bags, cards, blankets, and pillows for Chemo Buddies. This organization was wonderful to Barbara and it just felt right to make this our first mission. Check out the website to see what they are all about: https://www.chemobuddies.org/student-buddies
Stay tuned for pictures and updates along the way. We are all looking forward to being the hands and feet of Christ this summer and hope you will pray for us. Thank you. Raechel Sowa, Youth Coordinator
Calling all College Age Adults
We are having a parking lot picnic on June 26th at 6pm. Bring your lawn chair and your own drink and we will provide you dinner. All social distancing guidelines will be followed, so this is going to be a fun and safe way to gather with your RCLPC friends. We miss you and can't wait to catch up. Just let us know you will be coming! Questions? Reach out to Raechel or Tom and Pepper
Fellowship Time after Worship on Sunday
Everyone is invited to stay after worship (via Zoom) to visit virtually with one another.
2020 Food Pantry Schedule for RCLPC
July 1 & 22, August 19, September 16, October 7, November 4 & 25, December 23
2020 Scrip Gift Cards Order Due Dates
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 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