IMPORTANT NOTICE: For now Sunday worship in the sanctuary is open for up to 35 people. If you plan on attending any given Sunday, you MUST reserve a spot with the church office by the Friday directly before that Sunday. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: (773) 784-7091. Gregory Sager, our office manager, will send out a follow-up note with all our guidelines for worship during the pandemic.
COVID UPDATE: as of 4/12/2021
Until further notice, worship attendance is by reservation the week before a given Sunday and is limited to 35 people. Even as we welcome more people into our worship space we are committed to and will continue with our online presence in worship and Christian education.
The COVID dashboard we are following can be found HERE. This is what it looked like on 4/12/21:
Note: numbers are slowly trending towards a possible resurgence. Please continue to mask up, wash hands frequently and work toward your own vaccination as soon as it is possible.
If you need help with signing up for the vaccine, please let us know and we’ll find someone to help you.
As we’ve done throughout this time, we’ll update this website with any new information and other announcements.
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):
As of 4/12/2021:
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.
Our leadership team is paying special attention to guidance from the city, positivity rates for our area given by the CDC, and the restrictions under which our neighborhood businesses are operating.
Sunday School for all ages including Faith Forum (our adult Sunday school class) is happening. (Here is a link to that meeting.) We will continue to offer something for kids at the beginning of our worship time on Sundays–and have regular online offerings for kids of every age. If you have questions or ideas check in with Pastor Denise. Speaking of which, here’s one of our latest Buddy Videos:
Monday Evening Prayer Group is back. The church’s biweekly prayer meeting that gathers every second and fourth Monday night each month has returned! After being shut down due to the city’s pandemic guidelines, the city’s reduced infection rate and the upswing in vaccinations has led the church’s leadership to once again allow the prayer meeting to convene. The first meeting will be at 7 pm on Monday, April 12. Masks and social distancing will still be required, as before.
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 continues to happen with a modified, every other week, schedule and delivery system. It has been so Good! Thanks Marlene, Bobby & Hannah. NOTE: Our next Dinner will be on April 22nd.
Gregory Sager, our office manager and one of our Bible teachers at Ravenswood, is leading an online Bible Study. The study group meets 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 email@example.com or at 773-784-7091.
Our farmers market is starting to gear up for this 2021 summer. We are looking forward to seeing our farmers and vendors and neighbors all together again. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. If you’d like to help at the market this summer check in with Pastor Phil. The most up-to-date information about the market and its vendors can be found on our Ravenswood Farmers Market Facebook page.
The Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce continues to be amazing partners in our neighborhood presence.
We continue to staff our office. Please call or email with any questions, needs, or concerns. (773-784-7091) (firstname.lastname@example.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) (email@example.com)
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:
- For local updates, visit: https://40thward.org/ and www.chicago.gov/coronavirus
- For national updates, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
- If you have other questions, please call CDPH’s general
COVID-19 inquiry line at 312-746-4835, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.