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.

As of 6/30/2020:
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 have any concerns, questions, or ideas, let us know. Our Leadership team will be meeting on July, 8.

Know that we are communicating with other churches and city officials so as to share best practices in this unique time.

There is helpful community and COVID information on the 40th ward web site.

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. (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 schedule and delivery system. (Fried Chicken on Thursday, July 2–order now.) When our team can get together to cook we’ll let you know and you can order a meal for pickup. So far we’ve had Bobby’s Deconstructed Pot-Pie & Home-Made Stroganoff–both meals with sides and treats. So Good! Thanks Marlene, Bobby & Hannah.

Gregory Sager, our office manager and one of our Bible teachers at Ravenswood is starting an online Bible Study. Beginning Thursday, July 1st, RECC will once again offer an adult Bible study. It will meet weekly via Zoom, time, and topic yet to be determined. If you are not conversant with Zoom, don’t let that stop you! We can teach you how to activate 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.

Adopt a Garden/Adopt a Project

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.

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)