Summer Plans

The summer schedule is upon us: Long evenings, vacations, a different pace — perhaps a slower, or a “more relaxed” pace. This is also true at our church, where many programs are on hiatus. But it does not mean we are hibernating until the fall. With the summer comes the opportunity to do different things during the week and on Sunday morning.

Take a look under the different paragraph headers below to get a handle on what to expect through the summer: “Sundays in Summer” describes our program schedule and music; “Midweeks in Summer” lets you know which programs are still running and which are on break; and under “Special Events” you will find information about a Jeorge Holmes concert, Wednesday movie nights, Camp Sunday, Vacation Bible School, and the Church Picnic.

Sundays in Summer:

The adult breakfast Sunday School will continue, under the leadership of Chester Studkzinski, with a study of the Gospel of Mark. Worship will continue to be offered at 10:30 AM, with a staffed nursery available for children up through age 3, as usual. A fellowship hour of light refreshments will follow worship, as usual, in the fellowship hall.

Children’s Church is on hiatus until “Rally Sunday” in September (check this site for more details as summer progresses). Activity and coloring sheets will be available for children between the ages of 4 and 11.

Music

Choir is on hiatus until October 21. We are scheduling a rotation of special music involving our own regular participants and also special guests. Our praise team “Redeemed” as a group is on semi-hiatus; we will continue to blend our congregational singing with acoustic-led praise music on second and fourth Sundays.

Preaching Schedule:

June 3, Jonathan Wilson; June 10, Braden Britton; June 17, Daryl Rahfeldt, June 24th -July 1st, Jonathan Wilson.  On July 8 there is a special Camp Sunday where we will join Covenant Harbor in worship (see above).  Daryl Rahfeldt will lead a service here for those who are unable to make the trip.

Please return to this site for more details concerning August through Labor Day.

Inquirer’s Class

There will be an Inquirer’s Class for those interested in learning more about the Evangelical Covenant Church, on July Sundays after fellowship hour, July 15, 22, 29, and August 5.

Midweeks Through Summer

The Ladies’ Tuesday afternoon Bible study will continue to meet at 1:30 on a weekly basis. Please call the church ahead of time in case of a cancellation.

The Men’s Flannel Shirt breakfast fellowship will meet the first Tuesday mornings of every month through the summer, 8 AM at Paul’s Restaurant.

Dorcas Lunch Group will meet the first Thursday afternoon of every month through the summer, 1 PM at Big Skillet.

MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers, a trade-marked program for mothers of young children, see tab on this site for details) will arrange play-dates every first and third Tuesday of the summer months, until regular programming resumes in the fall.

On summer break: Wednesday Dinner for $2/plate, Youth Group, Movie Group, Choir Rehearsal.

Summer Special Events

Jeorge Holmes Sing-along, June 10 6 PM

We are big fans of the Rev. Jeorge Holmes who is a voice-trained tenor and a well-known Christian entertainer in the Elgin area. Please come out for a hymn-sing with Jeorge, accompanied by Murna Hansemann. Refreshments will follow. Also, Jeorge will have a cd available for purchase.

Wednesday Movie Nights

June 20th and July tba. Stay tuned to this site for details concerning titles and start-times.

Camp Sunday

July 8 is our Camp Sunday. We hope that everyone who can will join us at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva (www.covenantharbor.org).

Vacation Bible School: Child Evangelism Fellowship

Pastor Wilson and family will be hosting this year’s “Back-Yard Club,” a Vacation Bible School Program from the Child Evangelism Fellowship. Tentative dates are July 16-20. Two groups will meet; pre-readers ages 3 through Kindergarten, and readers from 1st grade through 6th grade. Parents of Kindergarten graduates heading into 1st grade can choose the group for their child. Call the church at 847-888-2302 for more details and to register your children.

Church Picnic, August 26th

This is a special “informal/casual” Sunday experience that we have on location at the church. Grilled meat and beverages are provided; participants are asked to bring their own tableware, plus a side, a salad, or a dessert to share. Stay tuned for more details concerning activities and entertainment.

Marriage, Gay Marriage, and Faith

On Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 President Obama declared “unequivocal support” for gay marriage. This made front page news on both the Chicago Tribune and The Daily Herald Kane County edition on Thursday morning. This is an historic pronouncement. There will be people asking about it, talking about it, and wondering where the Church and all the many different churches stand. The Evangelical Covenant Church as a denomination teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman, and that marriage so described is the only appropriate setting for a sexual relationship. This is our position as the Evangelical Covenant Church of Elgin, Illinois, and it is my personal conviction as its pastor. A Covenant Pastor who performs a solemn union or a marriage of same-sex persons would be subject to discipline and censure.

As for what governments and empires must or must not legislate concerning individuals who bind themselves to common domestic interests, the Evangelical Covenant has taken no position.  The interests of the secular power and the historic faiths of the religious bodies present in the United States will come into conflict on this matter if and when:

1. Government begins to insist that certified pastors who enjoy clergy tax benefits, and churches that enjoy exemptions, must perform such unions and marriages under “equal access” provisions.

2. The government defines the preaching of a religious body’s authoritative scriptures on sexual behaviors as “hate speech.”

Such things might never occur. It might be that all levels of government in the United States will continue to respect the long-standing presence and witness of religious fellowships in their communities, and continue to extend the freedoms which are both guaranteed by the nation’s constitution and constrained by the religious conscience.

Nevertheless believers in Jesus are called to stand up for our faith when the pervasive culture makes it easy to do, and we are called to stand up for our faith when the pervasive culture makes it hard to do. For more thoughts on this issue, please go to the “Hot Topics” page.