Gee Column Generating Widespread Discussion

By Stan Friedman

MADISON, WI (December 31, 2013) — Alexander Gee, pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church, hopes that the discussion on racism his 3,000-word Capital Times column sparked will continue on a new Facebook site and in community forums that media outlets and city government have said they would like to help sponsor. Continue Reading »

Wilkens Service to Be January 2

MOUNT VERNON, WA (December 31, 2013) — The memorial service for retired Covenant pastor John Wilkens will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bethany Covenant Church. Wilkens, 90, died December 21. Continue Reading »

Attacks in Congo Far from Covenant Congregations

KINSHASA, DR CONGO (December 30, 2013) — Congo Covenant Churches were unaffected by the attacks that occurred this morning in multiple areas of Kinshasa, which is located far from the region where the denomination ministers. Continue Reading »

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 »