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 »

Pastor Goes the Distance for His Church

By Stan Friedman

TWIG, MN (November 12, 2013) — Pastor Brad Shannon’s unusual fundraiser will demonstrate just how far he’s willing to go to help his small rural church construct a new building—1,500 miles through the snow. Continue Reading »

CWR Partners Delivering Relief

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (November 12, 2013) — Funds from Covenant World Relief will help plans to provide emergency food to 7,000 households on the Philippines island province of Leyte following the horrifying destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Continue Reading »

Inmate Who Spent 40 Years in Solitary Impacted Covenant

By Stan Friedman

NEW ORLEANS, LA  (November 11, 2013) — A 71-year-old man named Herman Wallace died of liver cancer at the Louisiana State University Medical Center on October 4. He had been released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary—Angola Prison—three days earlier after spending roughly 40 years in solitary confinement for the murder of a guard he most likely did not commit. Continue Reading »

CWR Responds to Storm Tragedy

CHICAGO, IL (November 11, 2013) – World Relief International is using funds from Covenant World Relief (CWR) to provide assistance in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan sliced through the central part of the nation and killed an estimated 10,000 people over the weekend Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 8, 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 are posting five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

Milwaukee Church Wins Zoning Lawsuit

MILWAUKEE, WI (November 7, 2013) — A lawsuit by Harvest Covenant Church against the city ended Monday when U.S. District Court Judge Charles N. Clevert entered an order approving Milwaukee’s settlement with the church. Continue Reading »

Rewind: A Conversation with Mark Hatfield

CHICAGO, IL (November 7, 2013) — This interview with the late Oregon Republican governor and senator Mark Hatfield was originally published in the August 15, 1972, issue of the Covenant Companion while he still was a member of Congress. Win Arn, then director of Christian education for the California Conference of Churches, interviewed his long-time friend. Hatfield was known for his strong Christian faith and a voting record that was not easy to categorize. He died in 2011 at the age of 89. This article is adapted as part of an occasional series featuring past Companion articles that retain particular relevance today. Continue Reading »