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First-time Marathoners Help Crosstown Raise $30,000 for Water Projects

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (October 9, 2013) — A group of runners from Crosstown Covenant Church outpaced all others in fundraising for Team World Vision during the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon last Saturday, and one member of the congregation raised more money than any other individual. Continue Reading »

Speaking a Different Truth about Power

CHICAGO, IL (October 9, 2013) — Editor’s note: This is an edited version of a book review posted on a blog written by David Swanson, pastor of New Community Covenant Church in Chicago.

In his new book, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, Andy Crouch offers insights that are fresh, theologically nuanced, and utterly intelligible. Continue Reading »

Updated AVA Video Released

CHICAGO, IL (October 7, 2013) — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA) has just released an updated version of “Why AVA.”

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Erickson’s Lecture in Honor of Nyvall to Be Webcast

CHICAGO, IL (October 7, 2013) — A lecture in honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of early Evangelical Covenant Church leader and founding North Park University president David Nyvall by one of the school’s graduates, Scott Erickson, will be webcast live at 6 p.m. Thursday. Continue Reading »

Tribune Features New NPU Football Coach

CHICAGO, IL (October 4, 2013) — New North Park University head football coach Mike Conway was featured in a Chicago Tribune article that took up three-fourths of the back sports page in today’s newspaper. Continue Reading »

New Video Curriculum on Loving Mercy and Doing Justice Available

CHICAGO, IL (October 4, 2013) – The new video curriculum “Love Mercy, Do Justice: Responding Faithfully to God’s Call” is designed to help people take action and not just think about justice, says Bruce Lawson, who oversaw the project from its inception last November. Continue Reading »

Obituaries Dominate September News

CHICAGO, IL (October 3, 2013) — Five stories about the deaths of Covenant ministers and lay leaders were among the most-read Covenant News Service articles in September. Two stories about a unique church in Pittsburgh also were widely read. Continue Reading »

Bethany Benefit Grandfathered Under PPACA

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (October 2, 2013) — The decision by Bethany Benefit Service to be grandfathered under the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provides “significant advantages” for the people covered by the medical and dental health insurance plan, says Elliott Johnson, controller for the Evangelical Covenant Church. Continue Reading »

Ahlem Was ‘Instrumental’ in Shaping Covenant Identity

TURLOCK, CA (October 2, 2013) – Lloyd Ahlem, a psychologist who became the first lay president of North Park College and Theological Seminary and the administrator of Covenant Village of Turlock, died Sunday morning following an extended illness. Continue Reading »

Church’s ‘Serve Week’ Captures Attention of Oakland

By Stan Friedman

OAKLAND, CA (October 2, 2013) — An independent website that links to news stories involving the Oakland Police Department contains one item after another about criminals being sought, criminals being caught, crime statistics, and the victims who make up those statistics. Continue Reading »