Repeat of History for ECCSS

By Stan Friedman

GAMBELA, ETHIOPIA (MAY 12, 2014) — Amid the cycle of hopes for peace repeatedly raised and dashed in South Sudan, the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan continues to expand its ministry to refugees while temporarily operating out of headquarters here—where it was founded by others who had fled previous violence in the 1990s. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: MVP Durant, Kierkegaard, What’s Up with Happiness

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (May 9, 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 »

NWC Families Find the World When They Go: Serve

By Kara Stromberg

Brooklyn Park, MN (May 9, 2014) — Nearly 200 children and family members from throughout the Northwest Conference converged on Redeemer Covenant Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, recent for NWC Family Go: Serve, a day of service and experiential learning. Continue Reading »

Second Victim of Afghan Attack an NPU Grad

CHICAGO, IL (May 8, 2014) — Gary Gabel, one of three Americans shot to death at a hospital in Afghanistan last month, graduated with a business degree from North Park University in 1978. Continue Reading »

Human Chain Transfers Library Books to New Site

STANTON, IA (May 8, 2014) — Kristin King of the Stanton Covenant Church, was the first in line to the local library’s books along a chain of more than 400 people who were transferring the volumes from the facility’s old location to its new more spacious site on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Obituary: William Waters

SAN JOSE, CA (MAY 8, 2014) — The funeral service for Covenant pastor William Waters, 58, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Alum Rock Church. He died April 12. Continue Reading »

Obituary: Alton Peterson

SPRING VALLEY, CA (May 7, 2014) — Retired Covenant pastor Alton Peterson, 85, died Monday, May 5. The service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 at Mount Miguel Covenant Village Bailey Center. Continue Reading »

Benefits Group Files Brief to Overturn Housing Allowance Ruling

CHICAGO, IL (May 7, 2014) — The Church Alliance, a coalition of chief executive officers of 38 denominational benefit programs including the Covenant’s, has filed an amicus curiae—friend of the court—brief seeking to overturn a decision by a circuit court judge last year that declared clergy housing allowances to be unconstitutional. Continue Reading »

Pastors’ Campout on Roof Draws Attention to Youth Homelessness

BROOKLYN PARK, MN (May 7, 2014) — Todd Kardell, youth pastor of Redeemer Covenant Church, and Tim Ruscher youth pastor for Blue Oaks Covenant Church, camped on the roof of a local congregation with nine other area youth pastors for 48 hours to raise awareness and funds to build a shelter for homeless youth.

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Umanos Article Most-Read in April

CHICAGO, IL (May 6, 2014) — The slaying of a pediatrician Jerry Umanos in Afghanistan was the most-read Covenant News Service story in April. All four Five for Friday features also made it into the Top 10. Continue Reading »