SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
Below is a list of the ways in which we strive to serve our community as well as ways to get involved.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
St. Paul’s UCC, one of the orginal founding churches of the Food Pantry, along now with 20 other area churches, support the mission of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry: that no one should go hungry. Once every month, St. Paul’s members volunteer at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry by distributing food to those in need. They also help weekly to unload a shipment of food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank and area stores that also provide food supplies. Church members support and work at annual food drives, such as Community Harvest, the Boy Scout Food Drive, and the Post Office Food Drive to serve our community members.
St. Paul’s member Bill Eich serves as the President of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Our church’s representatives to the Food Pantry Board are Laurie Revak, Brenda Wilson and Cheryll Triefenbach.
To contact the church regarding the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, click link.
You can also go directly the Crystal Lake Food Pantry’s webpage by clicking link.
Crystal Lake Area CROP Hunger Walk — Scheduled to run in the Fall
CROP Hunger Walk is an initiative of Church World Service.
The Crystal Lake Area CROP Hunger Walk is a public fundraiser for CWS and is a community event. Local churches and businesses can form teams of walkers. The walkers then ask for donations for their individual participation. St. Paul’s UCC has been a participant for 29 years.
25% of the funds raised are returned to our community.
Come WALK with us this year!!
Held on Sunday afternoon in the fall. Date to be announced.
Look for St. Paul’s United Church of Christ TEAM: ONLINE at crophungerwalk.org. Come join St. Paul’s Team or make a pledge to a team member (walker). Visit cwsglobal.org for more information about Church World Service.
Church location to be determined
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
St. Paul’s UCC has been participating in the Crystal Lake area CROP Hunger walk since 1988 on the committee level, as walkers, and have also been the host church numerous times. We enjoy sharing our facility and our lovely front lawn as we gathered together to “End Hunger One Step at a Time.”
This is an “everyone can participate” event, and not every participant needs to walk! We’ve seen strollers with infants, joggers, and even dogs participate in the actual walk. We even added an activity of putting together meals in a bag via assembly line production for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. This provided an opportunity for those who chose not to walk, and in the end the Crystal Lake Food Pantry was the recipient of 240 meals! All participants felt a real unity in community and global outreach!
Come “Walk” with US this Fall !!!
We will begin promoting this event in September.
Please contact Linda Ticknor for more information, through the CONTACT US page. If you are interested in serving on the CL Area CROP Hunger Walk committee as a representative for St.Paul’s UCC, please also contact Linda.
On behalf of St. Paul’s Mission Committee, “thank you!” We are grateful for all of your support for this important community-wide event.
Check out some photos from past CROP walk’s below!
Youth Mission Trip
Every summer, St. Paul’s youth attend a mission trip. In the past few years, we have been in partnership with the TeenServe organization, and traveling around the Midwest area to help those in need. This week-long trip includes home repair.
To contact the church regarding St. Paul’s Youth Mission Trips, click here.
Adult Mission Trip
An Adult Mission Trip – to be determined.
Check out some photos from past Mission Trip’s below!
Mentoring through the Kid’s Hope USA Program
St. Paul’s is in partnership with Crystal Lake’s North Elementary School to mentor at-risk children. We currently have six members who participate in one-on-one mentoring, for one hour each week.
For more information regarding Kid’s Hope, check out the Kid’s Hope USA website directly here.
To get involved or learn more about St. Paul’s involvement contact the church.