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CCM campus chaplain, C. John Weborg, featured in the Covenant Companion

Covenant Children’s Ministries is pleased to announce that campus chaplain C. John Weborg was featured in the October issue of the Covenant Companion. The article, “Accessory to the Word” is written by Stan Friedmana nd explores Dr. Weborg’s deep and continuous engagement with community and Scripture. Below is an excerpt from that article, along with links to several accompanying pieces.


John Weborg slowly and deliberately made his way across the podium and took his seat on the stool behind the lectern as he prepared to preach at the opening service of the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The theme of the gathering that year was the centrality of the word of God, the first of six Covenant affirmations.

“If the word of God is central, I would think this is the first thing we would ask: What does it say?” he said that evening. “We’re not looking for an email message from God. We’re looking for a biblical perspective, and you’re not going to get it in one night. The book takes a while to read. This is a long story.”

The point is one Weborg returns to again and again: the Bible is not a commodity to be consumed quickly and thoughtlessly. It is capital that gives us “a resource on which to draw and a perspective with which to look at questions and at life.” And it is capital for everyone, including the socially separated and the spiritually silenced.

In the span of that one sermon he referenced the philosopher Aristotle, early church father Athanasius, Reformation theologian John Calvin, contemporary Scottish hymnologist John Bell, and the arrest of several hundred undocumented workers at a meat plant in Iowa. He was prophetic and pastoral, erudite and plain-spoken. The occasion was but one example of why the North Park Theological Seminary emeritus professor of theology has been so influential in shaping how Covenanters engage the sacred text.

> Click here to read the full article.

Click here to read a featured interview with John Weborg entitled “Doing Theology: A Conversation with John.”
Also, click here to read Stan Friedman’s article, “Weborg Photo Shoot a Daylong Event” about the photos taken for the article “Accessory to the Word.”

Marvene Roos, former Children’s Home resident, passes away

roosMarvene Roos (1920-2013) was born on April 8, 1920, to Arvid and Lillian Marner of Ogema, WI. At age 5,after her mother died, she moved with her two sisters, Adele and Myrtle Marner, to the Covenant Children’s Home in Princeton,IL, where she lived from childhood through high school.

She graduated from North Park Junior College in Chicago, class of 1940, and entered nurses’ training at Swedish Covenant Hospital in the city. She took further training at Cook County Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hospital.

She attained her Registered Nurse credentials and in 1944 married North Park Theological Seminary graduate C. Theodore Roos. The couple made their home at Erie Neighborhood House social service agency on Chicago’s near north side. Marvene worked as an industrial nurse at Whitecap Company while her husband Ted pursued graduate studies and served as “boys’ worker” at the settlement.

Marvene was a model mother and homemaker and beloved “minister’s wife” as Ted pursued his calling in Half Day and Princeton,IL. As the children grew older, she took refresher training at Macon County Hospital in Decatur, IL,and returned to work to help pay for college. She later worked, until retirement, at Hinsdale Sanitarium & Hospital and Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview.

Marvene’s confidence in her calling was marked by a calming and cheerful disposition which gave encouragement, inspiration, and a sense of well being to grateful patients, their families,and all who worked with her. All who knew her in the churches and communities where she lived lauded her sweet, self-effacing spirit. Her cooperative and constructive contribution could also be counted on in such service organizations as ChildServe (Second Time Around Thrift & Gift Shop) and Meals on Wheels, to which she devoted countless hours over the years.

She was the loving mother of Linda Lissauer (Dr. Jack) of Shaker Heights, OH, Adonna Ogilvie (Peter H.) of Buffalo Grove, IL, and (the late) Carol Louise Steeb; cherished grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of five; devoted sister of Myrtle (the late Dale) Levinson of Bloomington, MN and (the late) Adele (the late Virgil) Anderson; and is survived by loving cousins, nieces and nephews who hold her in their thoughts and prayers, with thanksgiving.

Peace be to her blessed memory.

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Memorial donations may be made to The Benevolent Fund of Covenant Village, 2625 Techny Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062, or to Covenant Children’s Ministries, P.O. Box 518, Princeton, IL 61356. Memorial cards are located in the narthex.

The Roos family offers their sincere thanks to James Smith, Director of Music at NCC, and to the NCC Sanctuary Choir. Thank you also to NCC’s Deacons and Memorials’ Committee members for their kind assistance this afternoon.