News from your Compassion, Peace and Justice Team...
- Action Alerts: These are periodic calls from PCUSA to let your legislators and other officials know your faith-based views on significant social witness issues. Contact Ann Legg if you would like to be added to our mailing list.
- "Waking Up White": Pastor John will be leading a four-part examination of this book and the issues it raises on October 1, 8, 22, and 29, at 10:00 a.m. in Squad Room #4. All are welcome. For more information, please see PCUSA's study guide; the book is available from major online book retailers or see Pastor John.
- Paola Schellenbaum, a PCUSA international peacemaker from Italy, will be participating in worship on Sunday, October 15. Between services she will host a presentation on "Mediterranean Hope," a project that works to resettle refugees from Africa and the Middle East. Ten o'clock in the library/lounge. If you can't make that, she will be making a similar presentation in DeKalb Thursday evening (October 12). Mike Rugh has more information.
- CPJ is hosting a Bread for the World "Offering of Letters" table at this year's CROP Walk, October 1 at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Volunteers are welcome to help staff the table - contact Lois Johnson if you are able and willing.
- CPJ's next meeting is Monday, November 6 at 7 p.m.
PC(USA) News and Announcements
To keep up with the latest news and announcements of the PC(USA), please check out the PCUSA News link from our church website: click on "Other Links of Interest" from our homepage, then "PCUSA News" link or go directly to http://www.pcusa.org/news/. To read the letter from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II in response to the president's decision to end DACA program, please read full story here.
Session Highlights - September 18, 2017
- Rev. John Dillon Moderator
- Approved Baptism of Mitchel Dec on September 24th at 9am service
- Reviewed personal faith statements with 2017 confirmation class
- Approved confirmation on September 24th 11am service for:
- Caroline Dayon
- Mitchel Dec
- Jack Koenig
- Daniel Sowa
- Naomi Stange
- Approved Session Meeting Minutes from August 28, 2017
- Approved LWW Display/Fundraiser from Nov 19th to Dec 24th
- Approved the Building & Grounds proposal for parking lot repairs ($17,001)
- Reviewed and discussed Sept 12th Presbytery meeting
- Discussed Sept 23rd joint retreat with Deacons at Loyola University Conference Center
- Next meeting October 23, 2017
In and Around Our Community...
Come Meet Your Neighbor: "A Gathering to Support, Honor, and Respect All People"
September 24 - 4:00 PM
Potluck, Drumming, and Building Community
Bring a Vegetarian Dish to Pass
McHenry County College, Conference Center, Building B, 8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake, Il 60012
McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk - Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
Crystal Lake Food Pantry, 42 East Street, Crystal Lake
The sponsor of our Walk, Church World Service (CWS) has assured us that they are there for the victims of Harvey and Irma. Your donation to our Walk will help CWS respond by:
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events which continue to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Won't you go on the Web now and make your donation: www.crophungerwalk.org/mchenry county
- Providing blankets and Hygiene Kits to shelters.
- Providing Emergency Cleanup Buckets and School Kits to families in need.
- Coordinating assessments and emergency response needs with FEMA, the Red Cross and other national and state emergency response groups.
- Providing training in disaster preparedness and long term recovery to state VOAD groups. (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).
- Providing long-term recovery efforts that aid beyond the immediate crisis.
The Illinois Solar Tour
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 10am-3pm is a series of FREE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES.
Over 120 home and business owners with renewable energy installations from all over Illinois will have their installations on display. Many sites will have owners available to share with the public their passion, knowledge and experience of owning and living with renewable energy. Examples of renewable energy to see: solar electric, solar thermal, small wind, geothermal, passive solar design and electric cars and EV charging stations. Visit any site at any time between 10am and 3pm. For information about locations, types of renewables at a site and to register: illinoissolartour.org/ ~ Earth Care Team
Challenge to Fill 35 School Bags on October 8
Please join us for fellowship and refreshments as we put the kits together.
We have all the supplies collected; now the next step is to fill the bags on October 8 at 10 o'clock.
School Supplies Still Needed for Bernotas Middle School
We have also been collecting supplies for Bernotas, our local middle school. There are still several opportunities to fill that need. Please consider taking a post-it note (or 2) from the poster and buy a few supplies for those less fortunate students. Thank you again for all your generosity! ~The Mission Team
Everybody has a motivation to stay healthy. What's yours?
We at Life Line Screening understand that sometimes we put others in front of our own needs. But we also know that having a healthy body enables us to enjoy more life experiences that are important to us. Our screenings allow for patients to be proactive about their health. The preventative health screenings we conduct go beyond regular checkups to provide you and your doctor with valuable information about your health. You'll be able to get information you need to take action to prevent chronic disease before it's too late.
Location: Christian Fellowship of Crystal Lake, 3419 Walkup Rd.
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Pre-registration is required. Call 888-653-6450
(For additional information, please consult the flyer on the bulletin board.)
Yee Haw, Come One Come All to Fellowship Hall!
On Sunday we will celebrate our Confirmation Class at 10 AM with, you guessed it, cake. Join us in welcoming our newest members to our RCLPC family. Daniel, Naomi, Caroline, Jack and Mitchel will be confirmed at the 11 AM service, and we hope you will join in worship with them.
The God Squad
Children from 3yrs-8th grade will learn more about Jacob's dream and listening to God. Through the story, games and a fun craft, the kids will learn a bit more about a man who laid his head on a rock, fell asleep and was given a glimpse of Heaven in his dream. Has God ever talked to you in a dream?
Do You Like Coffee and Cookies?
The Sunday morning fellowship hour needs volunteers to make coffee and provide snacks on an occasional basis. If you can help one Sunday, please add your name to the sign-up sheet near the coffee station. Directions will be sent to you the week before your date to host. Questions? Call or e-mail Cindy Harvey. Thanks!!
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.
Mission Committee Project - Sunday, October 8
The Mission Committee is requesting volunteers to have a congregational assembly line to assemble school supply bags for Church World Service at 10:00AM on October 8th. A reminder will be sent as we near the date.
Interested in joining the Living Waters team?
The next trip to Guatemala will be December 1-9. If you are interested in helping with the education portion of the implementation, please contact Cindy Theobald or Lois Johnson. Join us for a life-changing experience as we work together with our partners to bring pure water to the people of La Felicidad.
Scrip Card Orders...
If you would like to order Scrip cards and help raise funds for our PADS lunches, our next order deadline is... Sunday, Oct. 15th. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Blakely. Thank you for supporting PADS lunches!
Call to Prayer after Hurricane Harvey
God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in storm and distress, we welcome the restoring power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude, and hope: that those who have been spared nature's fury as well as those whose lives are changed forever by ravages of wind and water may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days of recovery and rebuilding that come.
We open ourselves to listen with compassion to the stories of those whom Hurricane Harvey has not spared: communities deeply affected, whose livelihood, homes and stability have been destroyed. We pray in grief, honoring the lives, shattered and the livelihoods, homes and businesses for whom recovery seems an insurmountable mountain. We lift our voices in sorrow and compassion for families who have lost loved ones, homes, or livelihood.
We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we, your people, respond to the deep human needs beginning to emerge in the wake of the storm.
In these days of relief, assessment and response, open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands to the needs of your children and the movements of your Spirit, who flows in us like the river whose streams makes glad the city of God, and the hearts of all who dwell in it, and in You. In the name of Christ the Healer we pray, Amen.
(the Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)
Our prayers for all those affected by the two major earthquakes in Central America recently. As best we can learn, our partners in Jerez and La Felicidad experienced the temblors of the first quake, but all were safe.
RCLPC's clean water team plans to be in Guatemala from December 1-9. In Jerez, nearly a year and a half after implementation, we will be learning about their work to provide safe water and education about its use to all who need it in the village, assisting with any maintenance needs, and celebrating their progress. La Felicidad is now finishing the preparation of the room that will house the system and beginning their community outreach. Over the last 7 months, they have raised the money by selling food in the community to hire a local man and his sons to dig--by hand in rocky, volcanic ground--a well that will provide a year-round water supply. In December the installation of the water system and education for the community will be taking place. We also hope to sign a covenant for future work with another Presbyterian church in the area.
Here at home, preparations are underway. The teacher team is meeting regularly to prepare the lessons for adults and children on the appropriate uses of pure water and the importance of hand washing. The install team has the water system in hand and inventory completed.
The support of RCLPC--through your prayers, music, your gifts, your encouragement and interest--continues to underpin this mission. Indeed, you are full partners in Living Waters for Guatemala.
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.
Food Pantry Work Schedule 2017
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays
Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27
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 new hearing assistant devices and large print bulletins available to those who may need them. Please ask an usher for assistance.
Outside the double doors and down at the bottom of the stairs from the sanctuary, there are some beanie babies for children to take in with them to worship. There are also some clipboards with coloring pages and crayons attached. We hope that the beanie babies and clipboards will help your children be excited about coming to worship.
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 - 1pm; Monday - Friday