Walk Raises Funds for Economic Empowerment

WHEATON, IL (October 12, 2011) – More than 100 people participated in the recent Walk for Economic Empowerment, a fundraiser co-sponsored by Covenant World Relief (CWR) and other international organizations to benefit development work. Continue Reading »

Asia Event Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Thai Church

ROI ET, THAILAND (October 11, 2011) – A team of Evangelical Covenant Church ministers from across Asia crammed into the small house that is the meeting space for the Thailand Covenant Church congregation, which is located in a rural village with fewer than 50 homes. It sits at the intersection of the lone asphalt road and surrounding mud. Continue Reading »

Exotic Animals – A Way to Reach Out to Kids

By Stan Friedman

ALEXANDRIA, MN (October 10, 2011) – Catalyst Covenant Church’s latest outreach to the community was a little wild. Fortunately nothing got out of hand. Continue Reading »

Pastors Back Bill to Ban Alcohol Self-Serve Machines

By Stan Friedman

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 6, 2011) – Walter Contreras, director of outreach and Hispanic church planting for the Pacific Southwest Conference, is one of many signatories to a petition by religious leaders asking California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill that would ban alcohol sales through self-serve checkout machines in California. Continue Reading »

Making a Joyful Noise—with Toy Piano and Ukulele

CHICAGO, IL (October 6, 2011) – Brenden Smith, the worship leader at Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish, Washington, has incorporated such unusual instruments as a stroh violin, mbira, mandola, and toy piano during Sunday morning services. Continue Reading »

In Wake of Fire, Pastor’s Family Moves to Temporary Housing

SAGINAW, MI (October 5, 2011) – Brad Shannon, pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Saginaw, Minnesota, and his family plan to move into a mobile home that has been delivered to the property where his former home, which burned to the ground last month, stood. Continue Reading »

CWR Partners with Habitat to Build Shelters in Haiti

LEOGANE, HAITI (October 4, 2011) – After the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, millions of Haitians were left without homes. The problem of homelessness was further exacerbated by the unfulfilled need for clean water and proper sanitation, leading to even more disease and death. Continue Reading »

Pastor’s Home Destroyed by Fire Tops Most-Read List

CHICAGO, IL (October 4, 2011) – Stories about a pastor’s family losing their home in a fire and another pastor reflecting on long-term ministry were the most-read news items for the month September. Continue Reading »

Briefs: Covenanter Awarded, NPU Concert, Conference Office Moves

Mason City Covenanter Named Distinguished Citizen

MASON CITY, IA (October 4, 2011) – The Mason City Chamber of Commerce presented Jim FitzPatrick, a member of First Covenant Church, with its Distinguished Citizen Award during the organization’s annual meeting last Thursday. Continue Reading »

Faith in the Midst of Tragedy

By Stan Friedman

SLOAN, IA (October 1, 2011) – Volunteer firefighter Don Jorgensen was filling his car with gas before he drove to Westwood High School, where he teaches English, to help with a fundraiser. But then a phone call summoned him to a horrific two-vehicle head-on collision outside of town, near the town of Hornick. Continue Reading »