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

This Sunday, June 7th, we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together during the live stream worship service at 10:45am on Sunday morning. As you join us online, please prepare in your homes beforehand by having bread and juice/wine ready nearby. We will partake together, at the same time, while in our own homes. You may also prepare your hearts between now and then through prayer and confession .

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

Adopt a Garden/Adopt a Project

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If you have a mask and some extra time (or just need to get out of the house) please adopt a mini-garden or a project at church. Over the years Ray & Bryan & Roger & Craig & Sandy & Max & Marlene & Dan & Hodge (and others I’m sure) have taken care of a lot of our gardens and landscape. Thank You! These gardens are a blessing to the neighborhood. Ray & Bryan are still our point people on our gardens and grass and landscaping but we need your help too. From weeding to planting to watering to trimming here and there we need to do this together. Call or email the office if you’d like to adopt a project for this Spring-into-Summer time at church.

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.

As of 5/24/2020:
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. 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.  Pastor Phil is meeting with our 40th ward Alderman, Andre Vasquez, and a half dozen other church leaders from our part of Chicago by way of Zoom every other week. 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 done for the season.  There will be something for kids at the beginning of our worship time on Sundays. Pastor Denise is continuing a weekly Facebook conversation going with art projects  and puppet shows and fun stuff for kids. Check out the 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. 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.

Gregory Sager, our office manager and one of our Bible teachers at Ravenswood is starting an online Bible Study. If you would like to join a study connect with him at office@ravenscov.org.

They need our help.

ON GOING: Invitation to volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Friendship Center has asked us to volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository in their name–this helps feed all of Chicago during this time and also gets our pantry credits with the depository to feed our neighborhood. Go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository website to sign up. Let us know you’re going, we’d love to encourage others to get involved with our own story.

We are regularly updating our farmers market Facebook page, especially as we try to support our community and businesses in this time. 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.

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)