World Relief, World Vision, global reach for Christ.
With autumn upon us many stores are looking past the fall celebrations and decorating for Christmas. At Elgin Covenant we value especially the Thanksgiving Season; this uniquely American holiday gives believers in our land an opportunity to remember God with gratitude for our abundance, and to remember our mission from God to show compassion to those around the world and on our streets who are struggling.
We have two special opportunities to remember the poor through our missional partnership with the Evangelical Covenant denomination (covchurch.org). First, is a long-standing tradition to participate in the Covenant World Relief offering. Second, is a new opportunity made available through a new alliance with World Vision to sponsor children in the African nation of Congo, the poorest nation in the world.
Covenant World Relief, November 18.
1.The Covenant World Relief Offering is being taken this Thanksgiving Season with a worship moment and dedication on Sunday November 18, and opportunities extended on Thanksgiving Eve November 21 and the final opportunity on November 25.
This year we have ordered “soup can labels” and lids (designed with permission of Campbell’s (R) Soup Company). Take an empty soup can, apply the new label and the lid on top, which has a slit to received bills and coins. This is your collection can. A good place to set it is on your dining room table, as part of the center-piece until Thanksgiving season arrives. When you think of it, drop money in the collection can as you sit to eat. The label is also printed with a dinner prayer. Give a little, give a lot, the can serves as a reminder to us all of the blessings that we enjoy and the needs experienced by others. Then bring the full can to church on November 18, or 21, or 25. Cans and labels will be visible and available to pick up from the church starting Wednesday evening October 17.
2. World Vision Congo Kids, Hope Sunday November 11.
The World Vision poster hangs above the water fountain in the main corridor between the restrooms. We are scheduled to have a “Hope Sunday” on November 11th. The church is being sent 10 (ten) profiles of children in areas of Congo being served by Evangelical Covenant missionaries. Our hope is that individuals, families and groups will choose to “adopt” a Congo child at the cost of $40/month. The council has approved the adoption of one child by the Missions Budget for 2013, to be supported by the whole body in various ways– for example the Children’s Church can make an emphasis to the children, write Christmas cards to the sponsored child. We also intend to place a special collections box near the water fountain which can be available throughout the week to all members, worshipers, and guest-users of the facility.
The relationship of the Evangelical Covenant to Congo reaches back to the 1920′s. It is hoped that through alliance with World Vision, 15,000 children in Congo will be given the unique opportunities of gospel-oriented redemption that sponsorship provides. If you would like to participate, our Hope Sunday for distributing the children’s profiles is on November 11th.