Youth Mission Trip Report
Please join us Sunday at 10am to hear about our trip and to see what we did, what we learned, and all the fun we had.
Bulletin Cover Art
Our Christian Ed team has invited our children and youth to provide illustrations of "faces of our faith" either in their own life or from our list of scriptural characters. These will be gracing our bulletin covers when possible. The artwork for the bulletin cover this week is provided to us by 7-yr old Anna Griswold.
Old Firehouse Assistance Center is in Immediate Need of Items
New men's boxer underwear -- sizes med, large and extra-large
New Athletic socks -- not over the calf type, but crew length
Paper plates -- not full size, but the size just smaller than that
The underwear and socks are critical right now. Thanks. Charlie Doll
Many items at the Food Pantry are not purchased, but are only filled by donations.
The Crystal Lake Food Pantry needs RCLPC help NOW to fill some shelves.
Condiments: example (ketchup, mayo, salad dressings)
Personal Items: example (toothpaste, shampoo, Kleenex)
Snacks: example (popcorn, chips)
Soups: any (Not Tomato or Chicken Noodle)
Will RCLPC fill the Food Pantry Bin (under the stairwell), before the end of July?
We can do it!
Thanks from your Pantry Board Members:
Dave Woodruff/MJ Towne
Faces Of Our Faith
As the "Faces of Our Faith" theme continues this summer, we would like to invite the congregation to share who represents their "Face of Faith". There will be circular paper, markers, and glue located in the gathering space as well as the area near the coffee maker. You can write something, draw a picture, attach a photo - anything to represent the person who is your 'Face of Faith'. We will hang these around the church common areas over the next couple of months to illustrate the many different ways faith can be represented. - Thank you, The Worship Enhancement team
Faces of our Faith
Will you be traveling this summer and want to still learn about the faces of our faith? Do you want to know more about Deborah, Adam and Eve, Joseph of Arimathea and others? We have study journals available for you on the tables outside the sanctuary. To help with printing costs we ask that you take one journal per family.
Share Your Gifts During Worship this Summer
If you sing, play an instrument, dance, create visual art, or like drama, 2018 summer worship is perfect for your expression as a "face of our faith". Please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board next to the choir room door. If you want to participate, but aren't sure how, contact Sherri Dees. We'll work it out! You have all summer to find an available Sunday. As a congregation during worship, we'll be learning some new songs to common tunes using the newly published book, "Known Unknowns" by John L Bell.
Emergency Contact Cards
The Deacons are encouraging our church families to fill out an Emergency Contact Card in the event an emergency should occur here at the church and we need to contact a family member or friend listed on the Contact Card. This is voluntary only. The Emergency Contact Cards are available on the tables as you enter or exit either side of the sanctuary. Fill it out and return it to the church office, your deacon, or place it in the box on the table where you picked up the card. Emergency Contact Cards will be kept on file in the church office, and will only be referred to in an emergency. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to any of the Deacons.
Helping the Church Remember Its Identity is at the Heart of the Session's Calling
Our denominational "head office" publishes a monthly article to encourage and assist Session members in their mission. I thought part of this month's message was well worth sharing with the whole congregation:
Helping the church remember its identity is at the heart of the session's calling. We do this not only by what we do but by how we do it. First, we do our work while remembering that we do not own the church. The Book of Order reminds us that "God has put all things under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and has made Christ Head of the Church, which is his body. The Church's life and mission are a joyful participation in Christ's ongoing life and work" (F-1.0201). No matter how much we love our church, it is not really ours. The church belongs to Christ. In making decisions, we must always be seeking God's will, not our own.
We also reflect the unique identity of the church by the way we act toward each other as we do our work. John's gospel tells us that during the last supper with his disciples, Jesus rose from the table and began to wash and dry his disciples' feet. In that day, household slaves usually did this rather distasteful task. When he finished, Jesus said to them, "So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you" (Jn.13:14-15). Paul tells the Philippians what this looks like: "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:3-5). Clearly, Jesus expected the quality of relationships in his body to be very different from the way people generally treat each other in the world.
Clarence Jordan, founder of the Koinonia Farm, is said to have remarked that the church should be a demonstration plot for the Kingdom of Heaven. A demonstration plot is a piece of ground planted with a particular kind of seed to show farmers what they would get if they planted it in their fields. Jordan meant that people should be able to look at our common life to see what God's reign looks like. This is quite a responsibility, but it also includes a promise. When we live into the church's unique identity as the body of Christ, everyone can experience a taste of God's will being done on earth as it is in heaven.
Being church in the 21st century is not always easy and our elected elders on Session do much of the heavy lifting so I would encourage all of us to show them our appreciation for all their efforts.
Peace & blessings to all, Pastor John
Youth Mission Trip
Mark your calendars and please join us on July 22 at 10am to hear about our trip and to see what we did, what we learned, and all the fun we had.
Calling ALL Students!
If you go to school we need your help. That's right, you are being challenged to help the student body of RCLPC provide school supplies for 50 children that need our support. When you do your back to school shopping, use the list provided* to shop for two other children and then bring your supplies on August 19 to our Blessing of the Backpacks worship service. The sales have started so shop now!
AUGUST 19 - ONE FOR ME ... TWO FOR YOU
Blessing of the "Filled" Backpacks
On August 19, all students are invited to take their backpack to either service to be blessed. Instead of empty backpacks, students are encouraged to fill their backpack with the supplies needed* for two children who are in need through the Church World Service Organization. Backpacks will be emptied during worship and both supplies and backpacks will be blessed.
*School Supply List for Two Students:
(2) pair blunt (round tip) scissors; (6) 70-count spiral notebooks; (2) 12-inch rulers; (2) hand-held pencil sharpeners; (2) large erasers; (12) new pencils with erasers; (2) boxes of 24 crayons
School Supplies for 50 students in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings via the Church World Service Organization.
Visit cwskits.org for more information
Villains and Lovers, Romance and Deception, and a Few Surprises...
See it all, wrapped up in one classic period comedy, Tartuffe, now playing at our own RCLPC Theater for this weekend only! (July 20-22) Reserve your seats today and see Steve Connell in his most despicable role ever. (Yes, even more of a villain than Scrooge!) There are plenty of great seats left, so purchase your tickets today! You can purchase online but if you prefer to pay with cash or a check, forms are available in the office for your convenience.
Thanks so much for your support! Steve and Amy Connell
Anyone Interested in a Dinner Group?
RCLPC has had a variety of dinner programs over the years and some of us miss those events. This will be for adults who wish to cook and dine in our homes probably during the winter season; October through April. If you are interested in participating or being part of the planning team, please contact Karen Hutchings.
RCLPC Summer Fellowship Events
- Aug. 7: Musical evening at Crystal Lake Main Beach featuring Feel Good Party Band (Top 40's). Attendees bring own food and drinks and lawn chairs.
- August 12: Join your RCLPC friends at The Freeze in Crystal Lake after the 11:00 AM service. Cost of food purchased is the responsibility of the individual families.
- August 19: Ice Cream Social and Blessing of the Backpacks from 10:00-11:00 in the church courtyard.
- August 26: Neighborhood potluck picnic at 11:00 (immediately following our one worship service at 10:00). Join us on the church grounds and share a potluck meal with your church family plus our neighbors in Ridgefield.
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.
Kenya Partnership Update - Ngirine Parish
RCLPC's partner parish in Kenya, Ngirine Parish, has plans to update its medical dispensary to meet government standards as soon as it has enough funds to do so. They are in the process of raising funds locally and are grateful for the $500 they received from us in January to support that project. They will send us photos of the renovation when it is completed.
Kenya Partnership Update - Coins for Kenya
Blackhawk Presbytery has had a partnership with the Imenti Presbytery in Kenya for over 20 years. Originally there was just one Imenti Presbytery, but since church membership grew in such great numbers, there are now 3 Imenti Presbyteries-Imenti North, Imenti Central and Imenti South. However, the 3 presbyteries continue to work together as one for some projects.
Coins for Kenya is an on-going project of Blackhawk Presbytery to provide funds to purchase food for drought-stricken areas in Kenya. Thank you to all who have put your spare change in the Coins for Kenya jars. Each November we will send all the coins collected to Blackhawk Presbytery which will then wire donations from all the churches in the presbytery to Kenya. The following is a report on food distribution at Tunyai in Imenti Central Presbytery on February15, 2018 by Rev. Joseph Mburu Ng'ang'a, Secretary of the Imenti Presbyteries, Clerk of Imenti South Presbytery and Blackhawk's contact person.
It is with great humility and gratitude to God as I present this report. It is with humility because God has not only made us servants but also stewards of the resources that are shared from our Blackhawk Partners as well as Imenti Presbyteries. It is with gratitude because lives are changed and hope to live given to all who benefit from the Coins for Kenya initiative.
After a full partnership committee meeting on 22nd January 2018, members agreed to visit the Tunyai area. This area neighbors Tharaka, an area that we, along with members of Blackhawk Presbytery, have visited through the Coins for Kenya Initiative and distributed food to the hungry and needy. On December 21st 2017, a wire for Coins for Kenya amounted to $1,572.81. This amount was exchanged to Kenya Shillings at the rate of $1=Ksh. 98 and therefore the whole amount for Coins for Kenya amounted to Ksh. 154,135.38. The Imenti Presbyteries also requested our church members to give additional food items. Members generously gave additional cereals, vegetables, potatoes, bunches of bananas and even a few clothes.
These photos show those who had come to receive their share. Before the exercise began, a brief sharing of the word of God was done as well as prayers. This was done by the partnership committee chairman and Moderator of Imenti North. There was also encouragement to join the church where spiritual nourishment would be provided. It was by the Moderator of Imenti South.
The exercise was very successful, and as the Imenti partnership committee we thank God for all in Blackhawk Presbytery and Imenti Presbyteries for your kindness and generosity. We pray that this partnership will continue to grow and bear more fruits for and in the Kingdom of God.
Vulcan de Fuego Disaster Relief
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is using One Great Hour of Sharing funds to provide aid for volcano disaster relief in Guatemala. PDA has committed $10,000 initially. If you wish to contribute further, you can write a check to RCLPC with Guatemala on the memo line. Those funds will go to Blackhawk Presbytery, which will allocate all monies to the disaster relief fund. While our Living Waters partners were not directly affected, the need for clean-up and recovery aid is great.
Online donations can be made at http://pda.pcusa.org, Guatemala Volcanic Eruption, account DR000139-Guatemala.
Scrip Gift Cards
Help raise funds for our PADS lunches by simply ordering Scrip cards from your favorite restaurant, grocery store, pharmacy, gas station, Movie Theater, or any store you frequent. Just by ordering, our PADS lunches receive a cash rebate from each business. It is easy to order and you will receive your cards in a few weeks. The next deadline dates for ordering are Sunday, August 12. If you have any questions you may contact Nancy Blakely or Joan Jensema. Thank you for supporting RCLPC PADS lunches.
News from Living Waters in Guatemala
Please remember the people of Guatemala as they deal with the effects of the eruption of Volcan de Fuego on June 3. Living Waters partners are for the most part safe. They are digging out from the sand and ash that the winds carried and rained down across the country. We ask that you keep the people of Guatemala and our partners who are producing clean water in your prayers as we work with our partners to help them be as effective as possible in helping Guatemala address this latest natural disaster.
CROP Hunger Walk
Mark your calendars! The McHenry County CROP Hunger Walk will take place Sunday, September 30, 2018! Our RCLPC family will gather with others in our community to fight hunger both here and around the world. To become a walker, a sponsor, or both, go to https://www.crophungerwalk.org/mchenrycounty/. Search for "RCLPC" in the "Find a Walker or Team" field and join in! We hope you will plan to support this year's CROP Hunger Walk to help feed the hungry both in our community and throughout the world!
Update on CWS Kit Drive
Well, we asked for the help of congregations and we have definitely received it! The preliminary total for this spring's Kit drive is already over 55,000, with more supplies coming in each day. It's overwhelming to think of the many people these Kits will serve over the course of the year - from flood victims to displaced peoples to those who face unanticipated struggles ahead. Because of congregations like yours, we can be at the ready to serve neighbors both near and far. Throughout the year, we'll be putting together CWS Kit distribution reports so you can see the impact these Kits have around the world. Thank you for sharing your blessings, gifts and talents with others!
Matthew Stevens, Director of Congregational Giving
Church World Service
Fair Trade Coffee Cart
Check out our new spring arrivals. Gourmet coffee stock has been replenished, new teas are available, and Ecuador and Dark Chocolate Orange bars, both 65% cacao, are a summertime treat. Self-serve directions on the cart. For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods Presbyterians purchase through the Interfaith Coffee Project, 15 cents per pound goes to the PCUSA's Small Farmer Fund. That fund amounted to $10,718.36 in 2017. Our purchases help small farmers worldwide to send their children to school and have an income they can count on.
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 Donna 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.
Food Pantry Work Schedule 2018
Please mark your calendars: These are all Wednesdays:
July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 21 (day before Thanksgiving), December 26
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 - Noon; Monday - Thursday