Minneapolis First Covenant ‘Rocks’ During Nearby Explosion

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (February 24, 2014) — The earth shook and the walls came crashing down before the worship service at First Covenant Church yesterday. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Jordan Davis, Covenant History, and Spock

CHICAGO, IL (February 21, 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 »

Colin’s Facebook Page Gets 2 Million “Likes”

RICHLAND, MI (February 21, 2014) — The “Happy Birthday Colin” Facebook page surpassed two million “likes” Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Washington to Leave CKC Leadership Post

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (February 20, 2014) — Reesheda Washington, who has guided Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision (CKC) for nearly two years, has resigned her position as project leader to become executive director of Communities First Association. Her resignation is effective March 3. Continue Reading »

Covenant Shores Savors the Taste of Victory

MERCER ISLAND, WA (February 20, 2014) — Some 100 residents of Covenant Shores retirement community adorned in their Seattle Seahawks colors savored the wonderful taste of victory on Tuesday as they sipped tea sent to them by Covenant Village of Colorado, the spoils of a wager on the Super Bowl. Continue Reading »

Tax Change Impacts Church Employee Health Care Reimbursement

CHICAGO, IL (February 20, 2014) — As of January 1 this year, money reimbursed to pastors and other church employees to cover medical expenses will be considered taxable income, says Elliott Johnson, controller for the Evangelical Covenant Church. Continue Reading »

Dunbars Begin Difficult Salvage Efforts After Fire

By Stan Friedman

CONCORD, NH (February 19, 2014) — Covenant minister Earl Dunbar says his family is “basically kind of frazzled” as they start the process of trying to recover from the fire that heavily damaged their home around 1 p.m. last Friday. Continue Reading »

Voices: To the (Probably White) Person Who Says It Shouldn’t Be About Race

PORTLAND, OR (February 18, 2014) — 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. Jelani Greenidge is interim worship leader at Kaleo Covenant Church in Beaverton, Oregon, and a regular columnist for the Covenant Companion. Continue Reading »

ACCW Award Nominations Being Accepted

CHICAGO, IL (February 18, 2014) — Nominations are open for the 2014 Advocates for Covenant Clergy Women Awards. The awards will be presented at the Covenant’s Annual Meeting. Continue Reading »

CNN Interviews Smietana about Snake Handler

NASHVILLE, TN (February 17, 2014) — Bob Smietana, former features editor of the Covenant Companion, was interviewed today on CNN about Kentucky pastor Jamie Coots and the practice of snake handling in churches. Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated for a snake bite. Continue Reading »