Church Dedicates New Sanctuary after Arson

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (March 7, 2014) — Eight months after an arsonist destroyed the sanctuary of Community Covenant Church, the congregation dedicated the restored worship space on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Gun Giveaways, Four Things Jesus Didn’t Say

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (March 7, 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 »

GMA Throws Michigan Boy Surprise Party

By Stan Friedman

NEW YORK, NY (March 7, 2014) — Good Morning America threw 10-year-old Colin, who attends New Hope Covenant Church in Richland, Michigan, an international surprise birthday party live on its broadcast this morning. Continue Reading »

CHET, Conference Partnership Could Be Model

By Stan Friedman

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (March 6, 2014) — A new partnership between Centro Hispano de Estudios Teologicos (CHET) in Compton, California, and the Northwest Conference could prove to be a model for expanding leadership training for Hispanics in the denomination, say leaders. In January the CHET Northwest Conference Pre-Ministerial program graduated its first class of students. Continue Reading »

Home Altar Devotionals Available Online for Lent

CHICAGO, IL (March 5, 2014) — Today the church begins Lent, a six-week journey that carries us into Easter. Throughout this season, Covenant Publications is making the Home Altar devotionals available online at no cost as a trial offering. Continue Reading »

Birthday Story Most-Read in February

CHICAGO, IL (March 5, 2014) — When Jennifer, a mother of a 10-year-old boy with a disorder similar to Asperger’s, wanted to give her son a special gift for his birthday, she created a Facebook page and asked people to “Like” it. She was overwhelmed when more than 2 million people from around the world responded. Covenant News Service stories about the phenomenon were two of the three most-read for February. Continue Reading »

Online Lenten Art Series: Questions God Asks

CHICAGO, IL (March 5, 2014) — We often don’t hesitate to come to God with our questions. But how much do we take the time to consider the numerous questions God asks of us throughout Scripture? He asks, not because he doesn’t know the answer of course, but rather to lead us to reflect on our lives and communities. Continue Reading »

NLR exhorts Russian, Ukrainian Christians to Pursue Peace

By Stan Friedman

JAMESTOWN, NY (March 4, 2014) — New Life Radio (NLR) which transmits religious programming in Russia and surrounding countries has been encouraging Christians on both sides of the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia to pursue peace, says Dan Johnson, president of Christian Radio for Russia. Continue Reading »

Ukraine Conflict Hits Home for Texas Congregation

By Stan Friedman

DALLAS, TX (March 4, 2014) — Leonid Regheta says members of his congregation here are strongly divided about the turmoil in Ukraine, and moderating them can be “challenging.” The Ukraine-born Covenant project missionary now pastors River of Life Church, a non-denominational congregation that ministers to Russian-speaking area residents. Continue Reading »

CEUM Camp Closed for Years Reopened, Includes Discipleship Center

KARAWA, DR CONGO (March 3, 2014) — After many years of little use, Camp Zulu outside of Karawa was re-opened, and the semi-remodeled facilities also inaugurated as a new discipleship center during a six-hour ceremony that attracted 750 people. Continue Reading »