Accessibility Ramp Approved

At the congregational meeting on September 23rd, 2012, the members voted overwhelmingly to approve the construction of a new wheelchair-accessible entrance to our church.  As seen in this artistic rendering, the plan is for a new door to be built which will open into the sanctuary level. This is meant to assist any and all who are challenged by curbs and stairs. The sanctuary level also has access to the church offices and library, and to the main restrooms including a wheelchair-friendly family restroom.

We will still be short of accessibility to the entire facility. We do have a chair-lift to help persons up the half-flight of stairs to the dining room level. The basement classrooms and youth room do not yet have alternatives to stairs. Our vision at Elgin Covenant is that the ramp into the sanctuary is an important and affordable step in the process of creating a friendlier, more accessible church. The first stage was the chairlift, the second stage was the restroom renovation. This ramp is the third stage. However, additional improvements for complete accessibility will require generous resources; our church has explored grant-writing options and we continue to keep this vision in front of us.

The benefit of accessibility for our church is not only to welcome into our worship service persons who have trouble with curbs and stairs, it is also a benefit for the community organizations that use our facility as they would be able to welcome new participants who are excluded by our facility’s limitations. Charitable organizations and recovery and health groups use our church for weekly, monthly, or occasional events.

If you would like more information about this community-serving vision of complete accessibility and how you can contribute to it, please call Pastor Jonathan at 847-888-2302.

Family Ministry, City Mission, Global Reach

This fall of 2012 finds our energy for worship, ministry and mission all on the rise. On September 5th the Daily Herald Kane County edition published an article on Lena Jakoby, a German university student who stayed for a month with one of our church families in order to help at Elgin Wayside Center for the Homeless.
Then this past Sunday September 9th we heard Lena’s farewell testimony, received six new members to the church, and celebrated the installation of our new Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry, Greg Johnson. Pastor Greg launched the regular Fall programs for youth on Wednesday the 12th. Over 75 kids came to our Highschool Student Breakfast Outreach (the Donut Club) at 7 AM. 7 PM found kids on the front lawn of the church playing single-pitch softball before heading indoors for Bible Study.

September 16th we are welcoming Tom and Janice Kelly, missionary guests on home assignment from Mexico. They are good friends of the church as we have supported them for many years. The theme they are bringing is on the call to mission to the whole church.
There can be no better way to prepare Elgin Covenant for this season in ministry and mission right now, as we step up our involvement in outreach to families, to the poor of Elgin, and to those around the world who need the good news of Jesus Christ.

1. TLC Life Center Walk for Moms and Babies
Our church has partnered with Elgin TLC Life Center in many ways through the years. On September 22nd two of our members will be part of the fundraising walk, being held this year at Festival Park from 9 AM – Noon. For details on sponsoring Nancy Franklin and Kathy Eckhaus, who raise funds as a team, please contact the church at 847-888-2302.

2. Men Working, a service arm of the church, helped with a painting project at Wayside Center in August. A team from the church also provides meals for Wayside about four times a year. We are hoping to increase that commitment to once per month. Can you help?

3. The Evangelical Covenant Church denomination is partnering now with World Vision to sponsor impoverished Congo kids. Elgin Covenant will be sponsoring a “Hope Sunday” to sign up sponsors on November 11.

4. Covenant World Relief has been among the first responders in the world’s worst disasters, be they gulf hurricanes, the earthquake in Haiti or the Indian Ocean tsunami. This year people will be invited to take materials home with them to make collection cans, and on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to make the offering of what they have set aside in their cans.

5. Stay tuned for more details as our Pastor of Outreach, Henoch Fuentes, is coordinating a community-wide thanksgiving dinner in East Dundee. There will be opportunities to donate, to serve, and to participate.

We are truly blessed by our opportunities to reach out to others with the touch of God in the name of Jesus Christ, both locally and globally.