Monstrous Storm Threatens Bahamas, U.S. Coastal Areas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS (August 23, 2011) – Residents are bracing for the anticipated onslaught of Hurricane Irene that is predicted to increase to a category four storm and pass through the central islands sometime Wednesday before moving on towards the southeastern coast of the United States. Continue Reading »

News Briefs: Covenanters Making Headlines

Free Workshop for Town and Country Leaders

ALEXANDRIA, MN (August 23, 2011) – The Town and Country Commission will sponsor a free leadership workshop October 9-10. It will precede the Ministerial Association Retreat. Continue Reading »

Funeral Service Tuesday for Evangeline Dennis

ALBERTA, CA (August 22, 2011) – A funeral service for retired Evangelical Covenant Church missionary Evangeline “Vangie” (Ericson) Dennis will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Malmo Mission Covenant Church. Continue Reading »

Book Offers Insights for Doing Benevolence Well

By Stan Friedman

HICKORY, NC (August 19, 2011) – With apologies to the writer of Ecclesiastes, “Of the making of books and articles about compassion, mercy, and justice, there is no end.” Yet most might as well be titled Ditto because their content varies little from one to another. Continue Reading »

Briefs: Conference Realigns Leadership; Building Remodeled

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (August 19, 2011) – The Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church has restructured its staff and redefined roles among the leadership to better advance its three priorities of congregational vitality, church planting, and children, youth and family ministry, says new superintendent Mark Stromberg. Continue Reading »

New Building Changing Landscape Around SCH

CHICAGO, IL (August 18, 2011) – The skyline along Foster Avenue heading east near California Avenue is undergoing a dramatic transformation as the new Swedish Covenant Hospital Foster Medical Pavilion takes shape. Continue Reading »

Renting Schools to Churches – Controversy Continues

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (August 17, 2011) – A recent decision by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has re-ignited discussion on the constitutionality of public schools renting their facilities to churches. Continue Reading »

Taking Former Kansas Parsonage for a Ride

LINDSBORG, KS (August 16, 2011) – The former parsonage of the Lindsborg Covenant Church was hauled through town this morning as movers transported the building to a new location. Continue Reading »

Briefs: Prime Real Estate, Fireworks, and Great Camps

EDINA, MN (August 15, 2011) – Developers keep calling the Edina Covenant Church trying to persuade the congregation to sell their property, but so far, the answer has always been “no.” Continue Reading »

Worship Choir – A Place Where Everyone Can Join In

LOVELAND, CO (August 15, 2011) – Editor’s note: closing ministries in a church can be difficult – re-launching them can be difficult as well. Jessica Perez, worship arts director at Crossroads Church, an Evangelical Covenant Church in Loveland, Colorado, recently did just that, but it meant making some changes. The following is a slightly edited version of an article she wrote for the denomination’s Worship Connect Blog. Each week, the blog posts an article by someone involved in worship planning. Continue Reading »