Welcome to Elgin Covenant Church
Welcome to the Elgin Covenant Church website. We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the word of God. The Elgin Covenant Church has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community. We hope you will join us for service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.
A Message from Our Pastor
On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. – Genesis 2:2-3 (NLT)
But of all there were none he liked so well as those of the famous Feliciano de Silva’s The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. – Mark 6:30-32 (NLT)
We come to the time of the year when the calendar and the weather forecaster finally agree – it’s hot! The summer months bring about a welcome change for many. It’s a time when our homes get full with our children and grandchildren (and the neighborhood children) that are on break from school who seemingly eat everything we own. It’s a time when we fire up the barbeque grill and spend long hours into the night lounging and catching up with family and friends. Certainly when it’s hot enough we’ll spend hours on end until our fingers are wrinkled from the pool or creek water. Summer is also the time when some of us are fortunate enough to be able to “get away from it all” and take a long-overdue vacation.
Over the next few months I would like to personally encourage you to take a break, to go on a weekend getaway, or even indulge in a week-long vacation. We work long hours, dedicate time and energy to seemingly everything and everyone else, and often find ourselves penned up indoors. Too much work and not enough play (and relaxation) brings about stress and a pitfall of other problems.
So… take a break; even Jesus took a break! God rested after His hard work, and He encourages us to do the same. This isn’t an invitation to become slothful over the next three months, but rather an opportunity to reinvigorate your body, mind, and spirit. When we take time to balance the work and play in our lives, our professional and personal selves, we follow in the steps of Jesus and the commands of God. He wants us to be balanced. He doesn’t want us to be stressed out and tired from over-exerting ourselves.
Please, find time this summer to take a break. Get outdoors and enjoy God’s beautiful creation. Take a day, a week, or even more to “get away from it all.” Explore new places, or visit a familiar one. Meet new people, or catch up with treasured ones. Splurge on a fancy date night with your loved one, or curl up for some quiet alone time with a book. Just find something you love doing (preferably doing it with someone you love) and invite God into your selves as your enjoy His creation (the world and people around you). Take some time this summer to take a break and reinvigorate yourselves.
Peace and blessings to you and yours! Have a safe and blessed summer – as I still hope to see you each Sunday! God bless.