First Alaska Native Pilot Joins Aviation Ministry

SOLDOTNA, AK (September 12, 2013) — Joel Oyoumick of Unalakleet has become the first Alaska Native pilot for Missionary Aviation Repair Center (MARC), where he begins serving this fall. Continue Reading »

Briefs: Roma Baptisms, Upcoming Lund Lectures

Baptisms Mark First Anniversary of Spanish Congregation

MALAGA, SPAIN (September 11, 2013) — A church plant, Iglesia de Filadelfia La Cala el Moral (Church of Philadelphia La Cala El Moral) celebrated its one-year anniversary of ministry among Roma people with a large baptismal service in the Mediterranean Sea. Continue Reading »

Covenanters Weigh in on Syria

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (September 10, 2013) — A question on Facebook asking Covenanters to share their thoughts on whether the U.S. should respond with military action in Syria highlighted the complexity of the issue and a range of opinions throughout the denomination. Continue Reading »

Efrem Smith Leaving PSWC for World Impact

CONCORD, CA (September 9, 2013)—Efrem Smith, superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference, will leave that position to become president and CEO of World Impact, a ministry that focuses on urban needs. Continue Reading »

New Facility, New Services at Former Children’s Home

By Stan Friedman

CROMWELL, CT (September 9, 2013) — Ädelbrook Behavioral & Developmental Services (formerly Children’s Home of Cromwell) will expand its educational offerings to children with autism spectrum disorders after purchasing a new building recently.

The school will serve children ages three to 10, says Garrell Mullaney, president and CEO. It will include a pre-kindergarten class for children with autism as well as those without special needs.

The integrated classroom will give the children with special needs the opportunity to model their behavior after peers, and the other students a chance to get to know children with autism, Mullaney says.

The first two teachers have been hired, and classes will start in October, Mullaney says.

The nearly 9,000-square-foot building sits on 2.5 acres. “We’ve outfitted the classrooms with the best furnishings for kids in this age group,” Mullaney says.

Ädelbrook also has developed a three-year plan to develop a playground for children with special needs.

Mullaney says the building became available when another nonprofit residential program went bankrupt. Purchasing the building represents a turnaround for Ädelbrook, which the Covenant founded in 1900 as the Swedish Christian Orphanage and is now affiliated with Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, when its own future was threatened in recent years.

The state had decided to start placing children with families instead of in residential programs such as Ädelbrook’s, Mullaney says. That slashed nearly all of the nonprofit’s income.

The organization then began to focus on its services to children with autism and other special needs. Since that time, it has continued to grow.

Ädelbrook still provides residential care and schooling, but it now is home to young people ages 12 to 21 with autism or other intellectual and development disabilities. That growth also has included adding community support homes for people up to age 23 as they transition out of state institutions and into the general population. Each of the homes is designed for three people.

Ädelbrook opened five homes between May and June. It is scheduled to open at least three more in October.

“That is why we changed the name in 2012,” Mullaney says. “It no longer fit what we were doing.”

Ädelbrook is a blended word that honors the agency’s Swedish heritage. “Ädel” means precious and “brook” represents the ever-changing path of life, according to Mullaney.

Klassen Painting Most-Read News Story in August

CHICAGO, IL (September 9, 2013) — The auction of To Such Belongs the Kingdom of God by retired Covenant pastor and artist Randy Klassen was the most-read online Covenant News Service story in August. Continue Reading »

Creating a Safe Place to Talk about Immigration

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (September 6, 2013) — Two members of the Covenant’s Commission on Christian Action (CAC) and a local pastor stressed the need for people to truly listen to one another’s stories and opinions during a roundtable discussion on the proposed Resolution on Immigration.
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Handcuffed, Imprisoned, a Pastor Finds Peace

CHICAGO, IL (September 6, 2013) — Editor’s note: This week Covenant News Service is highlighting stories of immigration and the proposed Resolution on Immigration to be voted on at the 2014 Annual Meeting. As part of this coverage we are posting letters from people who have immigrated to the United States without documentation and from pastors who regularly minister to undocumented people.

Margarita Monsalve is a church planter for the Evangelical Covenant Church in the Pacific Southwest Conference. She currently is in the country legally on a temporary basis while waiting to hear whether she will be allowed to remain in the United States. For a previous story on Monsalve that highlighted her case and the support she received from denomination leaders, click here. Continue Reading »

Longtime NY Pastor Eldon H. Johnson Dies

JAMESTOWN, NY (September 5, 2013) – Retired Covenant pastor Eldon H. Johnson, who served Zion Covenant Church here for 31 years, died Wednesday. A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Continue Reading »

New Collaboration Offers Free Medical Care, Legal Advice

DETROIT, MI (September 5, 2013)—City Covenant Church and Covenant Community Care have partnered with two legal assistance organizations, a local health system, and several colleges to offer four-day health fairs and free legal services. Continue Reading »