500 Years of Reformation: Celebrate, Learn, Discuss

2017 marks 500 years of the beginning of the Reformation of Western Christianity.  To commemorate this event I am making two resources available on this site which the Elgin Covenant Church will be using. First, is a lectionary supplement designed to be a companion to the Revised Common Lectionary Series A for a year-long emphasis on the Reformation. That can be downloaded from the “Reformation 500 Years” tab or here:

2017 Celebrating the Reformation

Second, the adult Sunday School is working through a paper written by me, the church’s  pastor, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Wilson, on “Repentance is the Whole Life of the Christian: Some Points on the Ongoing Need for Reform.” All are invited to download this paper and to respond to it. The full text can be found on the “Reformation” tab as well.

The paper describes various ways that the heirs of the Protestant Reformation are ourselves in need of ongoing reform, and treats Repentance as the premise of ongoing reform and the Christian life. The paper is a critique of many errant customs and beliefs across the spectrum of the Protestant Faith: Liberal, Fundamentalist, and “Middle Way.” It does not engage the Anabaptist tradition, and only discusses the Pentecostal/Charismatic traditions insofar as they are participants in the Protestant spectrum.

The purpose of the paper is to challenge, discuss, and where conviction has been aroused, to call to repentance.


Christmas 2016 at Elgin Covenant Church

Our calendar of Christmas events is in this post, see below.

Thank you for looking us up! Advent is well under way with our annual Santa Lucia breakfast coffee, and our Gingerbread House decorating workshop, already behind us. We are looking forward to special concerts, worship services and celebrations to see us into the New Year. If you are looking for a heritage-honoring blended worship experience with a congregation that worships Jesus Christ as Lord and God, looks to him alone for salvation, celebrates traditional values, and teaches Biblical doctrine, take this season to check out Elgin Covenant. Here is Our Advent and Christmas Holidays Schedule:

December 11, 10:30 AM. Worship with Benevolence Offering. There will be a special emphasis given to the need of one of the victims of the Oakland “Ghost Ship” fire whose father worships with us. A “gofundme” page has been opened at https://www.gofundme.com/help-after-the-ghost-ship-fire for donations. The Children’s Church program (kids through 6th grade dismiss before the sermon) will feature rehearsal for the pageant that comes next week (see below).

December 11, 5 PM: Annual Night of Christmas Music featuring Murna Hansemann, Jorge Holmes and friends. A cookie reception follows.

December 18, 10:30 AM: Our regularly scheduled worship service will feature the Adult Choir presenting a program in cooperation with the Children’s Church.

December 24, 7 PM: Christmas Eve candlelight worship service. That night’s offering is designated for Orda, our World Vision Congo Child whom our church has supported for four years.

December 25, 10:30 AM. Sunday worship on Christmas Day features Pastor Henoch Fuentes, our Outreach pastor, with the message for the morning.

December 31, 6 PM. New Year’s Eve Come and Stay/Go.

6 PM, potluck;  7 PM, worship; 8 PM, dessert buffet and games.

Come when you can, stay as long as you like.

January 1, 10:30 AM, New Year’s Day worship and communion service.