PRAYER WEEK January 17-23
Let’s Join in Prayer
COVID UPDATE: as of 1/18/2021
Until further notice we’re asking everyone to worship at home. The “Stay at Home Advisory,” that began Monday, November 16 in Chicago is still in place. “Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up food, or receiving deliveries.” We are committed to our online presence in worship and Christian education. Courage everyone. We’ll see you online this Sunday.
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 1/18/2021:
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.
In-Person Sunday services remain cancelled for the time being, though a small worship team is leading us in a time of worship, 10:45 am, every Sunday by way of our Facebook Live broadcast and on our YouTube channel. We continue to be conservative in regard to inviting more people into our sanctuary. (Right now only the worship team is present.) That being said, we are keeping aware of trends and continue to hope for the day we welcome each other back into our building. For now, if you are interested, here’s a link to advice for churches from the Calvin Institute of Worship. (Here are more guidelines from Duke University’s online resources for Christian leaders.) If you have any concerns, questions, or ideas, let us know.
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 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 continues to serve us with a modified, every other week, schedule and delivery system. It has been so Good! Thanks Marlene, Mary, Bobby & Hannah. NOTE: Thursday, January 21 is our next meal. Happy Epiphany Everyone!
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 done for the year. We are looking forward to next year’s market already. 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.