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With Homeless Guests, Our Worship Changed

EUGENE, OR (December 30, 2013) — The Register-Guard ran an article last week by author Kay Marshall Strom, a member of Valley Covenant Church. She recounts what happened earlier this month when the church hosted a warming shelter for the homeless, but then things didn’t go as planned. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (December 27, 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 post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

South Sudan Covenanters Displaced Amid Violence

By Stan Friedman

WUBEL, SOUTH SUDAN (December 27, 2013) — Leaders of the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan (ECCSS) have fled to this village 27 miles south of Malakal, where the denomination has its headquarters. Continue Reading »

I Wasn’t Looking When Jesus Appeared

By Cathy Norman Peterson

CHICAGO, IL (December 24, 2013) – A few years ago I participated in a silent three-day retreat in early December. I was discovering new/ancient spiritual practices, and it seemed like a good way to enter into Advent and prepare for Christmas. As an introvert, I eagerly anticipated three days with nothing to do but sit and be still. Continue Reading »

Clarice Stark Service January 3

TURLOCK, CA (December 23, 2013) – Clarice Stark, 86, widow of Covenant minister Wayne Stark, died Thursday. Continue Reading »

Covenant Pastor John Wilkens Dies, Services Pending

MOUNT VERNON, WA (December 23, 2013) – Retired Covenant pastor John C. Wilkens passed away on December 21, 2013, at the age of 90. He was active through the last day of his life, and died peacefully in his home in Mount Vernon, Washington. Continue Reading »

Phelan: Christmas Is ‘Quintessential Eschatological Holiday’

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (December 20, 2013) — Eschatology has nothing to do with Christians going to heaven but everything to do with heaven coming to earth and the current mission of the church, declared Jay Phelan, senior professor of theological studies at North Park Theological Seminar, during the first-ever COVTalk on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Gee Article Challenges Community to Honesty, Solutions for Racism

By Stan Friedman

MADISON, WI (December 20, 2013) — In a lengthy op-ed piece published by the Capital Times, Covenant pastor Alex Gee laments that racism is as widespread and insidious in his city as elsewhere despite Madison’s long-held reputation of being “progressive.” Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (December 20, 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 post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

Giving Supports Business Supplying Food to Refugees

CHICAGO, IL (December 19, 2013) — Refugees and other displaced persons who have not been able to return to their homes for years due to ongoing violence and natural disasters lined up with their bags at a Burmese camp to receive food from The Border Consortium (TBC). Continue Reading »