Applicants Sought to Lead Covenant Youth Ministries

CHICAGO, IL (December 5, 2013) — The search for a new leader of youth ministries for the Covenant is underway, and officials hope to fill the position by Midwinter 2014. Continue Reading »

Marti Burger Picked to Be Director of Covenant Events

CHICAGO, IL (December 5, 2013) — Marti Burger, who has served 14 years as leader of youth and family ministries for the denomination, has been named director of Covenant Events. Continue Reading »

Swedish Covenant Named Among Nation’s 55 Top Urban Hospitals

CHICAGO, IL (December 4, 2013) — Swedish Covenant Hospital was honored as one of 55 Top Urban Hospitals in the country Tuesday at the Leapfrog Group’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. It was the only hospital in Chicago to earn what is widely considered to be the nation’s most competitive annual hospital quality award this year. Continue Reading »

Advent Chapels to Be Webcast

CHICAGO, IL (December 3, 2013) — Throughout Advent, Covenant pastor Kari Lindholm-Johnson will speak at weekly chapel services at Covenant Offices on the theme of turning swords into plowshares. The first service is Wednesday at 9 a.m. (CST), and each service will be live-streamed. Continue Reading »

Housing Allowance Decision Most-Read November Story

CHICAGO, IL (December 2, 2013) — The decision by a District Court judge who ruled that housing allowances for ministers are unconstitutional was the most-read Covenant News Service article in November. The story is far from over, however, as the ruling probably will be appealed. Continue Reading »

Week of Prayer Material Available for Download

CHICAGO, IL (December 2, 2013) — Week of Prayer material is now available for free download.

Truly Praying: Shaped by the Scriptures can be downloaded in English, Spanish, and Korean in two formats and may also be enlarged for the sight-impaired. It is only available as a download and will not be available in print form. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Links Covenanters are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 29, 2013) – 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 will post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

In-Law’s Question an Answer to Prayer Not Prayed

CHICAGO, IL (November 27, 2013) — Editor’s note: The following reflection was written by Cathy Norman Peterson, features editor for the Covenant Companion, and appears in the December issue of the magazine.

It’s Advent, our season to reflect on the coming of Christ and his coming again and the hope that should inspire. But in truth, it serves to point out how much time we spend waiting. The analogy of pregnancy is familiar here—that long wait for something wonderful an apt metaphor for our anticipation of Christ. Yet our own experiences of waiting are often much more complicated. What about the seasons of longing for a pregnancy, for meaningful work, for healing? Continue Reading »

Court Decision on Housing Allowance Could Have Major Impact

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 26, 2013) — A ruling issued by a U.S. District Court last Friday that declared a minister’s housing allowance to be unconstitutional could have wide-ranging effects, including whether a congregation can afford a minister, if the ruling is allowed to stand. Continue Reading » Christmas Sale Benefits Covenant World Relief

CHICAGO, IL (November 26, 2013) — A Christmas sale will offer customers an opportunity to give a portion of the purchase price to the ministry of Covenant World Relief. Continue Reading »