Leadership Changes Most-Read Stories in January

CHICAGO, IL (February 6, 2014) — Stories about leadership changes in the denomination were the most-read Covenant News Service postings for the month of January. Other stories drawing interest included a creative approach to youth ministry and a discussion on weapons in the church. Continue Reading »

Children Assisted by VOC Among Drowned South Sudanese

MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN (February 6, 2014) — Three children who participated in the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan’s Vulnerable and Orphan Children Center (VOC) project were among the 200 people fleeing fighting here who died when a ferry capsized last month. Continue Reading »

Covenant Shores Looks Forward to Tea Party

By Stan Friedman

WESTMINSTER, CO (February 5, 2014) — After Covenant Shores Retirement Community in Mercer Island, Washington, challenged their counterparts at Covenant Village of Colorado with a wager of apples on the Super Bowl, the latter responded in a fax, “Should the unthinkable happen, and your beloved team wins, we should like to offer you some of Colorado’s finest teas from Celestial Seasoning’s in Boulder, Colorado.” Continue Reading »

Nonagenarian Celebrates His Team Hands Down

By Greg Asimakoupoulos

MERCER ISLAND, WA (February 5, 2014 )— Ninety-seven-year-old Bert Pound was as thrilled as anyone at Covenant Shores Retirement Community watching the Seattle Seahawks thrash the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but he was getting tired as the game went on. Continue Reading »

Warm Hearts, Cold Hands at Wedding

By Stan Friedman

LEAD, SD (February 4, 2014) — Covenant minister Jeff Schirle was not comfortable performing a wedding here last Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Obituary: David McDowell

ELLSWORTH, WI (February 4, 2014) — Retired Covenant pastor David McDowell,  62, died Saturday.

McDowell was born September 7, 1951, in Iron Mountain, Michigan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Northern Michigan University and a master of divinity from North Park Theological Seminary. Continue Reading »

Four Chaplains Day Commemorates Fallen Heroes

CHICAGO, IL (February 3, 2014) — Editor’s note: In 1988, Congress declared February 3 Four Chaplains Day to commemorate the sacrificial heroism of four military chaplains that enabled many men on the USAT Dorchester to survive a torpedo attack. In honor of their sacrifice and the work of other military chaplains, we are republishing two stories that originally appeared in the Covenant Companion. Continue Reading »

South Sudan Situation Remains Precarious

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (February 3, 2014) — Leaders of the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan (ECCSS) and their families have arrived in safe locations as fighting continues in their native country despite what is supposed to be an ongoing ceasefire, Mathew, a member of the church’s leadership team wrote in an email on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Obituary: Margaret Swanson

DES MOINES, IA (January 31, 2014) — A memorial service for Margaret Linnea (Dahlstrom) Swanson, 102, widow of Covenant pastor Milton Swanson, was conducted Sunday at Valley View Village, where she had lived. She died January 23. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: R-Rated Films, Slumlords, Heroism

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 31, 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 »