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 »

Dignified Transfers Among Chaplains’ Most Important Duties

By Stan Friedman

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN (July 9, 2013) – More than 200 military personnel stood at attention along the tarmac at Kandahar Airfield as five vehicles, each carrying a casket draped with an American flag, slowly proceeded past them on the sweltering August afternoon. Continue Reading »

On the Front Lines Military Chaplains Engage in Unique Ministry

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (July 8, 2013) – U.S. Navy Chaplain Lt. David Kim had been asking himself whether he should no longer let himself get close to the men he ministered to in Afghanistan. Continue Reading »

Dahlberg Remembrance Most-Read News Story in June

CHICAGO, IL (July 5, 2013) – Stories about the life of Ray Dahlberg and churches offering “unsuspecting acceptance” were among the most-read Covenant News Service articles in June. Continue Reading »

Briefs: Holy Smoke BBQ Event Attracts 700 to Benefit Pantry

KEARNEY, MO (July 3, 2013) – The Holy Smoke BBQ contest sponsored by Community Covenant Church raised $1,700 for Kearney Food Pantry and provided an afternoon of entertainment and messy eating. Continue Reading »

Church Offers Unusual Outreach to Motorcyclists

TAVARES, FL (July 3, 2013) – After the band had played selections from rock groups such as the Moody Blues and the Animals, Jim “Alpha Dog” Pugh of the JC Road Dogs invited everyone to circle around for the blessing of the motorcycles. Continue Reading »

Johnston Ordination a Double Take from 30 Years Ago

By Stan Friedman

DETROIT, MI (July 3, 2013) – When Kelly Johnston was ordained Saturday night during the worship service at the 128th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church, it was a sense of déjà vu for her mother, Meagan Gillan. Continue Reading »