Pastor: Church Closing Shows It’s Healthy

By Stan Friedman

RICHFIELD, MN (July 24, 2013) – The decision by the Bethany Covenant Church congregation to close after 109 years of ministry was actually a sign that it was healthy, says Pastor Greg Ellis. Continue Reading »

Briefs: Covenanter Awarded, NP Coach Hired

Smietana Earns First-Place Awards

NASHVILLE, TN (July 23, 2013) – The Tennessee Press Association recently awarded Covenanter Bob Smietana with first-place awards for articles he wrote for The Tennessean and which were picked up by national media. Continue Reading »

Covenant Village of Northbrook Begins New Construction

NORTHBROOK, IL (July 22, 2013) – More than 75 percent of the apartments at Covenant Village of Northbrook’s new $30 million residential building, The Evergreen, already are reserved even though groundbreaking was just last Wednesday, officials said. Continue Reading »

Triennial Regular Registration Date Pushed Back

CHICAGO, IL (July 22, 2013) – The regular registration deadline for Triennial XIV has been pushed back to July 31. Continue Reading »

Detroit Bankruptcy Is Call to Honesty, Ministry

By Stan Friedman

DETROIT, MI (July 19, 2013) – Semmeal Thomas, pastor of City Covenant Church, was walking the street where work teams participating in Mission Detroit had cleared mass amounts of debris and cut grass that had grown several feet tall. Then he kept going and discovered additional areas had been cleaned. Continue Reading »

After Blaze, Bronx Pastor Grateful ‘We Still Have Our Family’

By Stan Friedman

BRONX, NY (July 18, 2013) –Michael Carrion is out looking for a suit and pastor’s collar. Despite losing everything he owns to a fire that destroyed his New York home yesterday, he still intends to perform a wedding service on Friday. Continue Reading »

Services Held for Marion Franklin

BOURBONNAIS, IL (July 18, 2013) – Marion V. (Peterson) Franklin, widow of Covenant pastor Theodore Franklin, died June 6. She was 92. Continue Reading »

Covenant Pastor, Family Escape Morning Fire

BRONX, NY (July 17, 2013) – Pastor Michael Carrion, his wife, Elizabeth, and four children escaped uninjured from a fire that destroyed two multi-family homes shortly before 3 a.m. this morning. Continue Reading »

Anticipating Retirement, the Marks Reflect on 30 Years of Mission

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (July 16, 2013) – A friend of David and Wendy Mark suggested he become a chaplain on a cruise ship when the couple retires later this year. They currently serve as the regional directors of Latin America and the Caribbean for the Department of World Mission. Continue Reading »

Dorothy Train, Covenant Pastor’s Spouse, Dies

Dorothy J. Train, Covenant pastor Edmund Train’s wife and former teacher at North Park Academy, died Thursday, July 11. She was ninety-three. Continue Reading »