In-Law’s Question an Answer to Prayer Not Prayed

CHICAGO, IL (November 27, 2013) — Editor’s note: The following reflection was written by Cathy Norman Peterson, features editor for the Covenant Companion, and appears in the December issue of the magazine.

It’s Advent, our season to reflect on the coming of Christ and his coming again and the hope that should inspire. But in truth, it serves to point out how much time we spend waiting. The analogy of pregnancy is familiar here—that long wait for something wonderful an apt metaphor for our anticipation of Christ. Yet our own experiences of waiting are often much more complicated. What about the seasons of longing for a pregnancy, for meaningful work, for healing? Continue Reading »

Court Decision on Housing Allowance Could Have Major Impact

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 26, 2013) — A ruling issued by a U.S. District Court last Friday that declared a minister’s housing allowance to be unconstitutional could have wide-ranging effects, including whether a congregation can afford a minister, if the ruling is allowed to stand. Continue Reading » Christmas Sale Benefits Covenant World Relief

CHICAGO, IL (November 26, 2013) — A Christmas sale will offer customers an opportunity to give a portion of the purchase price to the ministry of Covenant World Relief. Continue Reading »

CHET Close to Paying Off Mortgage Debt

By Stan Friedman

COMPTON, CA (November 25, 2013) — Just three years after purchasing its building, Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos (CHET) is close to paying off its mortgage, and a challenge grant could help put it over the top by the end of the year, President Ed Delgado says. Continue Reading »

Memorial Service Set for Patricia Olson

VANCOUVER, BC (November 22, 2013)—When Patricia Olson was in her forties, she went to college to earn a degree in early childhood education with a focus on children with special needs. When she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she participated in multiple research studies so others could be helped. Continue Reading »

VanDerVeer, First Executive Secretary of Board of Ministry, Dies

MERCER ISLAND, WA (November 22, 2013)—Earl M. VanDerVeer, retired Covenant pastor and the denomination’s first executive secretary of the Board of the Ministry, died this morning. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 22, 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 »

Covenant Schools of Discipleship Will Network Programs

CHICAGO, IL (November 21, 2013) — A newly formed Covenant Schools of Discipleship (CSD) will pull together initiatives from across the denomination, says Aune Carlson, who oversees the denomination’s early adult ministry area. Continue Reading »

New Residential Discipleship Program Begins in Summer 2014

LONG PRAIRIE, MN (November 21, 2013) — Lake Beauty Bible Camp (LBBC) will launch its first-ever nine-month residential discipleship program for young adults in August 2014. Continue Reading »

Conway Caps Successful Season with CCIW Coach of the Year Honor

CHICAGO, IL (November 21, 2013) — In his first year as head coach of the North Park University Vikings football team, Mike Conway became the first-ever coach in the school’s history to be named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Bob Reade Coach of the Year. Continue Reading »