Worship on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/ravenscov/ 10:45 a.m. Sunday mornings.

If you missed it or just want to tune in late,
here’s our most recent Sunday Service:

Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church has been actively serving our neighborhood since 1887. 

We are a welcoming, inter-generational and diverse congregation that proclaims, responds to, and shares God’s Good News to each other, our community, and the world.

Many of our community announcements, events postings and the like are available on our facebook page (note: for now, to play videos on mobile devices you may need to log into a facebook account):

Greetings from the Leadership Team. 

While we have held virtual meetings during the past few months, on July 8th, the Leadership Team held its first in-person meeting in almost 4 months!  In addition to taking action on some matters of the church, much of the conversation was around reopening Ravenswood and what that may look like.

At this time, we have decided that we will remain closed for in-person worship for the time being and will continue to virtually worship together on Sunday mornings.

We are continuing our discussions and planning for when we feel it is safe and appropriate to resume in-person worship.  We’re reviewing the guidance from both the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, as well as seeing how other churches are proceeding.  Deb Auger has been helpful on this front as she is part of the team that is going through all of this for North Park University and the Seminary.

Along with all of the normal safety precautions that we are looking at (masks, social distancing, using prepackaged communion elements, eliminating after service fellowship time), we’re also looking at other creative ways to serve the whole church including setting up socially distant chairs in the lounge, gym, or fellowship hall and projecting the live-streamed service there to accommodate all who wish to attend as well as possibly resuming Zoom Sunday School.

Phil Hoden

As of 8/2/2020:
COVID-19 & Ravenswood Covenant Church update

As a community of faith we continue to pray for the health and welfare of our church and community. We are trying to stay current with best practices — please stay tuned as these are changing regularly. If you or a neighbor needs anything, please call or email the church office and we’ll see if we can assist in any way. We will communicate by email, our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ravenscov/), and most comprehensively, here, on our website.

In-Person Sunday services remain cancelled for the time being, though now in Phase IV of Chicago’s reopening plan restrictions begin to loosen. On Sundays at 10:45 a.m., a small worship team is leading us in a time of worship by way of our Facebook Live broadcast.  We have added a few folks to our worship team. If you are interested, here’s a link to advice for churches from the Calvin Institute of Worship.

If you have any concerns, questions, or ideas, let us know. Our Leadership team is continuing to work on our own plan and best practice.

Know that we are communicating with other churches and city officials during this time.

There is helpful community and COVID information on the 40th Ward website

Sunday School for all ages including Faith Forum (our adult Sunday school class) is being planned for the fall.  We will continue to offer something for kids at the beginning of our worship time on Sundays. If you have questions or ideas check in with Pastor Denise. Speaking of which, here’s our latest Buddy Video:

Monday Evening Prayer Group is cancelled until further notice. The women’s “lunch bunch” is praying daily, by way of text messaging, for our church and for our neighbors and world. (Thank you Maria for organizing all this.) If you want to join them, start by emailing Gregory in the office for more information. If you’re in the neighborhood you’re welcome to add prayers and prayer requests to our prayer fence.

Thursday Night Dinner and Programming has moved to a modified, every other week, schedule and delivery system. It’s been so Good! Thanks Marlene, Mary, Bobby & Hannah. (We will take a break after August 13 restarting in mid September. Our crew needs a break! 🙂 )

Gregory Sager, our office manager and one of our Bible teachers at Ravenswood has started an online Bible Study. They meet weekly via Zoom. If you are not conversant with Zoom, don’t let that stop you! We can teach you how to work with Zoom so that you can take part. There are also a limited number of spaces available for those who wish to attend the Bible study in person in the lounge using social-distancing protocols. If you’re interested, please contact Gregory Sager in the church office at office@ravenscov.org or at 773-784-7091.

Our farmers market is open for the seaon. The most up-to-date information about the market can be found on our Ravenswood Farmers Market Facebook page.

The Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce continues to be amazing partners in our neighborhood presence.

Our office continues to be staffed. Please call or email with any questions, needs, or concerns. (773-784-7091) (office@ravenscov.org)

Fellowship and Connection: Check in on each other by phone, text, or email.  For the welfare of our community we are discouraging getting together, however, we are attempting to connect needs to willing volunteers in the life of the church. If you are healthy and can help, let us know. If you need anything, please let us know. Call or email with any questions, needs, or concerns. (773-784-7091) (office@ravenscov.org)

Continued Giving : Folks have been asking how to continue their generosity as part of worship. You can always mail tithes and offerings: 4900 North Damen, Chicago, IL, 60625. Options for electronic giving can be found at https://ravenscov.org/giving. In this unique time if you’d like to give an extra gift specifically to our benevolence fund, make a note of that on your gift. There will be many needs to be met.

Thanks to all who helped with the adopt a garden project.

Resources we have found helpful:

Our Mission Statement: Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church exists to love and worship God, and love and care for others. By God’s grace, we commit to help people find and follow Jesus Christ through the guidance of his Spirit and his word.
(Adopted March 8, 2006.)

Our Denomination: The Evangelical Covenant Church:  Ravenswood Covenant Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination, a rapidly growing multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through a faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.
The Evangelical Covenant Church is:

  • Evangelical, but not exclusive
  • Biblical, but not doctrinaire
  • Traditional, but not rigid
  • Congregational, but not independent

The ECC is a non-creedal church built around key evangelical, reformation, Protestant principles such as being biblical, relational, devotional, and missional. These four aspects of our ecclesiology are represented in the Covenant Church logo. Our denomination also holds to six core affirmations that unite us across our diversity: Centrality of the Word of God, Necessity of New Birth, the Whole Mission to the Whole Church, the Fellowship of Believers, Reliance on the Holy Spirit, and Freedom in Christ.

"With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." (Mark 4:30-32 NRS)