Umanos Desired to Be ‘Hands and Feet of Christ’

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (April 25, 2014) – The widow of Dr. Jerry Umanos, a Covenant pediatrician who was one of three Americans slain by a member of the Afghan security force in Kabul on Thursday, said she and her family “don’t hold any ill will toward Afghanistan in general or even the gunman who did this. We don’t know what his history is.” Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Grace at the Gallows, Tacky Clothing at Church

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (April 25, 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 of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

Anderson: More Focus on CAR Violence Needed

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (April 24, 2014) — Leith Anderson, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals and one of the speakers at the 2014 Annual Meeting, recently returned from a “peace-seeking” trip to the war-torn Central African Republic and published an article in TIME magazine calling on Christians to pay attention to the violence there. Continue Reading »

Bylaw Amendments Reflect Denominational Office Reorganization

CHICAGO, IL (April 24, 2014) — Delegates to the Covenant Annual Meeting, held this June in Chicago, will vote on Covenant bylaw amendments that reflect a structural reorganization of the denominational office. Continue Reading »

Covenanter among Three Slain in Afghanistan

By Stan Friedman

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (April 24, 2014) — Covenanter Dr. Jerry Umanos was one of three Americans shot and killed by a member of the Afghan security forces at a children’s hospital in Kabul this morning. Continue Reading »

Children’s Book Features Characters Based on Church Members

By Stan Friedman

YAKIMA, WA (April 24, 2014) — Anne McEwen hopes her new book, Miss Marian and the Bunnies from Wiley Heights, will help children—especially those in crisis—to better understand and experience God’s love. Continue Reading »

Bandage Rolling for Congo Suspended

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (April 22, 2014) — Women Ministries has asked participants in its “Rip ’N Roll” ministry to stop making bandages, baby goods, and midwife kits due to the high cost of transporting them to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and violence in Central African Republic (CAR), which is along the shipping route. Continue Reading »

Faith Covenant’s Centennial Hymn Echoes History

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (April 21, 2014) — Jerry Jacoby says the hymn he wrote in honor of Faith Covenant Church’s centennial celebration, “It Is Written,” is meant to reflect the congregation’s commitment to the gospel and draws on the denomination’s foundational question, “Where is it written?” Continue Reading »

News Briefs: Cross Walk, Samarkand Dedication

Churches Participate in Good Friday Cross Walk

ATTLEBORO, MA (April 21, 2014) — More than two dozen youth and adult attendees of the Attleboro Covenant Church and several other local congregations traced the Stations of the Cross as they walked through streets in their community Friday. Continue Reading »

Voices: Re-Membered

By Evan Wilson

Austin, TX (April 18, 2014) — Editor’s note: From time to time, we come across articles by Covenanters in church newsletters, individual blogs, and other media that we believe may interest our readers. Evan Wilson has been a part of Vox Veniae Church in Austin, Texas, for nine years. This reflection originally appeared in a church zine published for Holy Week. Continue Reading »