News Briefs: Healing Group, NPU Preview Day

Cook Covenant Starting Abuse Healing Group

COOK, MN (October 23, 2013) — The Cook Covenant Church will hold its first healing group for victims of abuse on Sunday evening.

The Evangelical Covenant Women of Cook hosted an informative brunch for the community on October 5. They noted that one out of every four women has been abused, and many of them remain frightened to tell their stories and find healing. Continue Reading »

Evergreen Covenant’s New Name Reflects Major Changes

By Stan Friedman

MERCER ISLAND, WA (October 23, 2013) — Mercer Island Covenant Church formally changed its name to Evergreen Covenant Church earlier this month. Continue Reading »

Boesak: New Paradigm Needed for Pursuing Justice

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (October 22, 2013) — Reconciliation can only happen when those who seek it refuse to be by those who benefit from oppressing others, Allan Boesak, a former anti-apartheid leader told a gathering at North Park Theological Seminary on Monday night. Continue Reading »

Paxton Church Celebrates 135 Years of Ministry

PAXTON, IL (October 22, 2013) — Paxton Evangelical Covenant Church culminated its yearlong celebration of 135 years of ministry October 19-20 with a Saturday night dinner and a special Sunday morning service with Central Conference superintendent Jerome Nelson giving the message. Continue Reading »

Samaritan’s Purse Surprises Nome Church, Pastor

By Stan Friedman

NOME, AK (October 21, 2013) — Standing outside in the cold air, Pastor Harvey Fiskeaux was disheartened to hear that Samaritan’s Purse would not be able to help Nome Covenant Church build a new youth center. Continue Reading »

Fire Damages Missionary Home

KARAWA, DR CONGO (October 18, 2013) — A fire that damaged part of the house used by Covenant missionaries Paul and Sheryl Noren would have destroyed the structure if not for the efforts of local residents who used sand and basins carrying water from a local well. Continue Reading »

Covenanters Call for Dialogue on Asian American Stereotypes

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (October 18, 2013) — Earlier this week, a coalition of Asian American pastors and church leaders released an “Open Letter to the Evangelical Church” decrying the use of stereotypes that they say have hurt their community. Two Covenanters, Kathy Khang and Helen Lee, drafted the letter and sought the signatories. Continue Reading »

CHET Students and Grads Travel to Kenya on Mission Trip

By Stan Friedman

KITALE, KENYA (October 17, 2013) — Students and graduates from Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos (CHET), the Covenant’s Hispanic training center, have traveled here to work on a project with a Kenyan nonprofit to preach among slums in the city. Continue Reading »

Dean Lundgren to Retire in 2014

CHICAGO, IL (October 16, 2013) — Dean Lundgren, vice president of finance and director of pensions for the Covenant, announced today that he would retire after 22 years of service, effective July 31, 2014. Continue Reading »

Search Begins for New PSWC Superintendent

CONCORD, CA (October 15, 2013)—The search committee for the next superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference plans to begin seeking nominations by the end of October, chair William Davidson said this morning. Continue Reading »