Lent and Holy Week Observances

Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, 7 PM

Although our worship is more in the “free church” than “liturgical” tradition, we at Elgin Covenant do mark the traditional seasons of the church year. Lent begins on “Ash Wednesday,” which falls this year on February 22nd. We will celebrate the beginning of Lent at 7 PM with a service of prayer and preaching. Dr. Daryl Rahfeldt will bring the message, “Are You Ready for Jesus?”

Lent Preaching Series

On Sunday mornings during Lent, Pastor Jonathan Wilson will preach at the 10:30 service based on the words Jesus spoke from the cross.  A Children’s Message is a regular part of the worship, early in the service. A staffed nursery is available. Children’s Church dismisses to their classroom during the offering.

February 26th, “Father, forgive them.”                                                                                    

March 4, “Today you will be with me in Paradise”   (This service will include Communion)

March 11th , “Here is your son.”

March 18th, “Why have you forsaken me?”

March 25th, “It is Finished.”    

Family Lent Devotional Circle                                                               

On Sunday evenings during Lent, please join us at 6:30  for the Family Lent Devotional in our Fellowship Hall. An informal time of music will be followed by a devotional study, Jesus and the Great Story of God. The booklets are available for free. This study begins February 26th and runs through March 25th.

Rather than staffing a nursery or child-care, this devotional circle is intended to include the whole family, without judgment or frowns at “disruptions.” Jesus instructed his followers to be patient with children (Matthew 19:13-15).  A play area in the same room will be available if children get too antsy to sit. Our goal is to show the young by example  that going to church can be a quality “family” time.

Holy Week

We will have more announcements about Holy Week, Easter celebrations and spring programming as we get closer to Palm Sunday.  This year Palm Sunday is April 1. Our Youth Pastor, Braden Britton, will preach at the 10:30 service. Communion will follow.

On Thursday of that week, April 5, Elgin Covenant will gather for a special worship service at 7 PM. This will also include communion in a special format. We practice “open” communion. This means that all who believe that Jesus Christ is their savior from sins and look forward to eternal life in his presence are invited and welcome to take communion in a Covenant Church.

 Stay tuned for details about Good Friday worship. Elgin Covenant plans to participate in a joint service with other churches from the area.

Hearts of Love

There are three events coming up that reflect our heart of love for you, and the community we all share.  One is for Moms, one is for people who like to go for strolls in the weather and care about those less fortunate than themselves, and one is for people who enjoy listening to music performed from the “romantic” side of Valentine’s Day.

First, if you are a mother of young children and you would like to make new friends and be supported in this stage of life, please come on out to our MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) get-together on Tuesday, February 7th. The event lasts from 10-11:30 AM. We provide child-care here on-site in rooms just a few feet of where you will be seated with other mothers of young children, along with older mentoring women who have “been there” and are present to listen and encourage. MOPS has a dedicated page on this website.

Second, as posted below and announced on Moody Radio, we are the rallying point for the Wayside Center Walk-a-thon on Saturday, February 11th, starting at 8:30 AM. After a walk of just under 1.5 miles beginning at your church, you will be received at Wayside Center with refreshments. Shuttles will return you to our parking lot. We have pledge sheets available at our church or you can contact Wayside Center directly at 847-695-4405 or www.waysidecross.org.

Our third special event to show our love for our community, is that we are hosting a free concert of love songs presented by noted soloist Solange Sior. This is ON VALENTINE’S DAY, February 14th, beginning at 7:30 PM. This concert is free, and YOU are invited.