Vitality Process Draws Congregants Closer Together

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (October 27, 2011) – No one conceived of the changes that would happen to the worship services at First Covenant Church in Rockford, Illinois, when the congregation began its journey through the denomination’s vitality process, but the outcome has been a deeper sense of community and numerical growth. Continue Reading »

Pharmacy Squabble Could Affect Some Covenanters

CHICAGO, IL (October 27, 2011) – Unless last-minute negotiations produce a different outcome, effective January 1, Walgreen pharmacies will no longer be part of the Express Scripts network that covers all Bethany Benefit Service medical enrollees, which include Evangelical Covenant Church pastors, missionaries, and employees of Covenant offices and some affiliated entities. Continue Reading »

Funeral Services Conducted for Hazel L. Dokken

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN (October 27, 2011) – A memorial service was conducted Monday for Hazel L. Dokken, 94, who died October 18. She was the widow of retired Evangelical Covenant Church pastor Justin Dokken. Continue Reading »

Canada Covenant Assisting Haiti Clinic

By Stan Friedman

HAUTE LIMBE, HAITI (October 26, 2011) – The Ebenezer Clinic, which is partially supported by the Covenant Church of Canada, is treating a rapidly increasing number of cholera patients, reflecting a national trend as the disease spreads following the rainy season. Continue Reading »

Briefs: Advocacy for Homeless, Abuse Victims

New Harvest to Participate in ‘Tent City’

OREGON, OHIO (October 26, 2011) – New Harvest Christian Church, a Covenant congregation, is collecting white athletic socks to help the homeless. The church will participate this weekend in a “Tent City” to raises awareness of the plight of the homeless. Continue Reading »

Post-Tsunami – Need for Assistance Continues

TARO, JAPAN (October 25, 2011) – Good fortune isn’t always what it seems, as Evangelical Covenant Church missionary Gary Carlson learned during a relief trip to a tsunami-devastated region of Japan. Continue Reading »

Rolling Bandages – ‘Alive and Well’ in the Covenant

By Stan Friedman

RED WING, MN (October 24, 2011) – Girls in the AWANA program at First Covenant Church had no idea they could save lives just by tearing up bed sheets. Continue Reading »

Alaska Christian College Accepts Keys to New Van

SOLDOTNA, AK (October 24, 2011) – Keys to the van that Alaska Christian College won in a contest – thanks to Covenanters around the country who voted online – were handed to the school’s president, Keith Hamilton, during a recent special ceremony in Anchorage. Continue Reading »

Covenant Leaders React to “Legalizing” Domestic Violence

By Stan Friedman

TOPEKA, KS  (October 21, 2011) – Evangelical Covenant Church leaders say recent political gamesmanship that led Topeka, Kansas, to decriminalize domestic violence points to the need for public officials to be held accountable to protect victims as well as to balance the budget. Continue Reading »

Webcast to Feature Congregational Vitality

CHICAGO, IL (October 21, 2011) – Congregational vitality will be the focus of the next installment of Take One, a roundtable webcast that enables Covenanters to dialogue with participants. Continue Reading »