Carlson Inspired Holmgren, Other Covenanters, in Mission Work

By Stan Friedman

MERCER ISLAND, WA (November 26, 2014) — The martyrdom of Paul Carlson played a key role in Kathy Holmgren becoming a missionary to Congo she told a capacity crowd at Covenant Shores Retirement Community on Tuesday night, the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the Covenant missionary and physician. Continue Reading »

Enrollment Open for Bethany Benefits Insurance

CHICAGO, IL (November 25, 2014) — Enrollment in the Bethany Benefit Service health insurance program is open until February 15, 2015. The time frame coincides with the government Marketplace deadline to enroll in coverage. Continue Reading »

Our Hope: A Message from Gary Walter on the Ferguson Decision

CHICAGO, IL (November 25, 2014) — Below is a message from ECC president Gary Walter regarding last night’s announcement of the decision from the Ferguson grand jury. Continue Reading »

Executive Minister Nomination Deadline Approaching

CHICAGO, IL (November 24, 2014) — The deadline to make nominations for executive minister of Love Mercy and Do Justice is Friday, December 4. Names may be submitted to Self-nominations may be made as well. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Colonizing Worship, What Would You Say to Bill Cosby, the Bible in a Facebook Post

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 21, 2014) — Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos with one another that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

News Report Highlights Anti-Trafficking Ministry, Life of Church Member

ROCKFORD, IL (November 21, 2014) — A two-part news report by local TV station WIFR on human trafficking featured interviews with a former prostitute who is a member of First Covenant, and Genevive Dibley, leader of the church’s anti-human trafficking group the Society for the Abolition of Modern-day Slavery. Continue Reading »

A Pastoral Letter Regarding Ferguson

Dear Covenant Family,

One consistent promise throughout Scripture is that God weaves redemptive purposes even out of distressing and troubling circumstances. That bedrock promise and premise means we ultimately are bearers of hope to the world. This letter is a call for all of us to seek God’s redemptive purposes out of the pain and dilemmas presented by the saga of Ferguson, Missouri. Continue Reading »

Covenant Minister Caught Up in Mideast Melee

By Stan Friedman

SEATTLE, WA (November 19, 2014) — The killings of four rabbis and a police officer at a synagogue in Jerusalem on Tuesday as well as subsequent reprisals, “represent a horrific chapter in the cycle of violence between the extreme factions in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” said Covenant minister Andy Larsen, who was caught in the middle of the conflagration earlier this month while filming a documentary, ironically, about peacemakers in the region. Continue Reading »

Voices: The Cult of Family

WAYNE, PA (November 18, 2014) — Covenant minister Al Tizon is co-president of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) and Ronald J. Sider Associate Professor of Holistic Ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. The article was first published earlier this month on the ESA website. Continue Reading »

River City Celebrates New Building with Grand Opening

By Megan Herrold

CHICAGO, IL (November 17, 2014) — River City Community Church, a Covenant congregation on the West Side of Chicago, celebrated the grand opening of its new building on Saturday, November 8, with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Continue Reading »