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 »

Seattle, Denver Retirement Communities Wager on Super Bowl

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 30, 2014) — The residents of Covenant Shores Retirement Community in Mercer Island, Washington, challenged the residents of Covenant Village of Colorado in Westminster to a friendly wager over Sunday’s Super Bowl, in which the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will duel for NFL supremacy. Continue Reading »

End of Fiscal Year Contributions Needed

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 30, 2014) – The Covenant’s fiscal year ends Friday, and congregations are asked to make sure their contributions to the denomination and regional conferences are up to date. Continue Reading »

Owens Honored with First NPTS Distinguished Service Award

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 29, 2014) — Robert Owens, the superintendent of the Southeast Conference, barely made it to the Midwinter Conference evening reception honoring him as the first recipient of the North Park Theological Seminary Alumni Award for Distinguished Service on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Annual Meeting Re-imagined and Renamed ‘Gather’

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 28, 2014) — The Covenant’s Annual Meeting is being re-imagined and renamed to provide more opportunities for attendees to minister and worship together, President Gary Walter announced during his report today at the Midwinter Pastors Conference. Continue Reading »