South Sudan Situation Remains Precarious

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (February 3, 2014) — Leaders of the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan (ECCSS) and their families have arrived in safe locations as fighting continues in their native country despite what is supposed to be an ongoing ceasefire, Mathew, a member of the church’s leadership team wrote in an email on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Obituary: Margaret Swanson

DES MOINES, IA (January 31, 2014) — A memorial service for Margaret Linnea (Dahlstrom) Swanson, 102, widow of Covenant pastor Milton Swanson, was conducted Sunday at Valley View Village, where she had lived. She died January 23. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: R-Rated Films, Slumlords, Heroism

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 31, 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 »

Seattle, Denver Retirement Communities Wager on Super Bowl

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 30, 2014) — The residents of Covenant Shores Retirement Community in Mercer Island, Washington, challenged the residents of Covenant Village of Colorado in Westminster to a friendly wager over Sunday’s Super Bowl, in which the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will duel for NFL supremacy. Continue Reading »

End of Fiscal Year Contributions Needed

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 30, 2014) – The Covenant’s fiscal year ends Friday, and congregations are asked to make sure their contributions to the denomination and regional conferences are up to date. Continue Reading »

Owens Honored with First NPTS Distinguished Service Award

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 29, 2014) — Robert Owens, the superintendent of the Southeast Conference, barely made it to the Midwinter Conference evening reception honoring him as the first recipient of the North Park Theological Seminary Alumni Award for Distinguished Service on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Annual Meeting Re-imagined and Renamed ‘Gather’

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 28, 2014) — The Covenant’s Annual Meeting is being re-imagined and renamed to provide more opportunities for attendees to minister and worship together, President Gary Walter announced during his report today at the Midwinter Pastors Conference. Continue Reading »

Despite Temps, Pastor Still Set on 1,500-Mile Fundraising Trip

By Stan Friedman

TWIG, MN (January 28, 2014) — Even with the United States suffering the big chill, Brad Shannon, pastor of New Life Covenant Church here, is still determined to embark on his 1,500-mile fundraising snowmobile journey to Churchill, Manitoba, on February 9. Continue Reading »

Ciccone Named Leader of ECC Youth Ministry

CHICAGO, IL (January 27, 2014) – Tim Ciccone has been named the Covenant’s team leader for youth ministry it was announced at the denomination’s Youth Workers Convention here on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Ben Kerns: ‘Not the Answer I Was Hoping For ’

Editor’s note: From time to time, we come across articles in church newsletters, individual blogs and other media that we believe may interest our readers. Today’s offering comes from Ben Kerns, pastor of youth and children at Marin Covenant Church in San Rafael, California. This article first appeared on his blog, Average Youth Ministry. Continue Reading »