Last Year for Churches to Receive Health Care Tax Credit

CHICAGO, IL (November 20, 2013) – A tax credit that has returned an estimated $2 million to Evangelical Covenant Church congregations over the past three years will end this filing season. Continue Reading »

Midwinter Early Registration Deadline Is Friday

CHICAGO, IL (November 20, 2013) — The early registration deadline for the 2014 Midwinter Conference as well as the Youth Workers Connection is Friday. Continue Reading »

Briefs: Holy Land and NPU Tennis

Trip to Holy Land Will Highlight Pursuit of Peace

CHICAGO, IL (November 20, 2013) – Covenant ministers Wayne Smith and Andy Larsen will lead a tour of Israel and Palestine as part of a trip that will include participating in the Christ at the Checkpoint conference, which focuses on pursuing peace and reconciliation. Continue Reading »

Cadillac Church Celebrates Building’s Centennial

CADILLAC, MI (November 19, 2013) — National Football League teams wear “throwback” uniforms from decades at least one Sunday a season. First Covenant Church Pastor Gregory DuBois and his wife, Kathy, decided to wear their own throwback “Sunday best” when they greeted congregation members as part of the church building’s centennial anniversary. Continue Reading »

Marathoner’s Friends Run to Funeral, Cemetery

By Stan Friedman

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (November 19, 2013) — The friends of First Covenant Church attender Jim Kelley, who was killed earlier this month when a car struck him while he was on his nightly run, paid tribute at his funeral last Saturday in a way he would have loved. They wore their running gear to the funeral at the church and then ran behind the hearse to the cemetery. Continue Reading »

Athletic Director Creates Culture of Mentoring Leadership

By Stan Friedman

MASON CITY, IA (November 18, 2013) — Winning national athletic championships at any level of competition is a daunting task—as is retaining coaches in a small program for long stretches of time—but Covenanter Dan Mason, the athletic director for the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), has earned admiration and respect for his ability to accomplish both. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 15, 2013) — Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos 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 »

Gifts that Change Lives

REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON (November 14, 2013) – The villagers stood in their best clothes on the dirt road, some of them holding white chickens, and sang a song of effusive gratitude. Continue Reading »

Special Orders Being Taken for Ordinand Stoles

CHICAGO, IL (November 14, 2013) — Vicki Twigg, who sews the stoles presented to ordinands at the Annual Meeting, is taking special orders. Continue Reading »

Filipino Congregation Struggles to Make Sense of Tragedy

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 13, 2013) — Leofin Blanco had few uplifting words for his Filipino congregation, Community Covenant Church, on the Sunday after Typhoon Haiyan shredded much of their homeland. Continue Reading »