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 »

Community Covenant Pastor: God Is Good with Ashes

By Stan Friedman

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 15, 2013) – Members of Community Covenant Church have shed many tears surveying the destruction of their sanctuary from a blaze set by one or more arsonists last Thursday night. Continue Reading »

Arsonists Blaze Church Sanctuary

By Stan Friedman

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 12, 2013) – Arson is being blamed for a fire that destroyed the sanctuary of Community Covenant Church late Thursday night, but Pastor Luke Swanson said this afternoon that the incident will be an opportunity for the church to show how Christians can respond with love and resiliency. Continue Reading »

Covenant Point Offers Camp for Families with ASD Kids

By Stan Friedman

IRON RIVER, MI (July 12, 2013) – Covenant Point Bible Camp is offering its first-ever Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Family Camp August 6–10. Continue Reading »

Chaplains’ Work Extends Far beyond War Zone

By Stan Friedman

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX (July 10, 2013)—Within hours of learning that 20-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. John Farias had died while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, his parents were watching and re-watching a video their son had made from the war-ravaged country just weeks earlier. Gathered at his parents’ home, his extended family repeatedly watched the video on a laptop. Continue Reading »