Sunday Worship: Facebook Live
10:45 a.m. with kids music at 10:35

Bulletin for 4.5.20

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.

Worship: Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/ravenscov/

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.

As of 3/28/2020:

In-Person Sunday services are cancelled for the time being. On Sundays at 10:45 a.m., a small worship team will lead us in a time of worship by way of our Facebook Live broadcast. It seems that the virus is still peaking, so for the next few weeks we’ve made our team at church even smaller. Pastor Phil met with our 40th ward Alderman, Andre Vasquez, and a dozen other church leaders from our part of Chicago by way of Zoom on Friday, 3.27.20. There is helpful community and COVID information and resources on their web site. Know that we are communicating with other churches and city officials so as to share best practices in this unique time.

Sunday School for all ages including Faith Forum (our adult Sunday school class) is cancelled until further notice.  There will be a kids singing time at 10:35 a.m. as folks gather for our live-stream service. Pastor Denise is also keeping a weekly Facebook conversation going with art projects (see the comments section for art uploads) and puppet shows and fun stuff for kids.

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. 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 is cancelled until further notice. If you know of people in our neighborhood that need help with food please connect with our office and also know that the Friendship Center continues to operate. Visit their page for information and if you would like to help financially. They need our help.

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.

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)