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 »

Celebrating 117 Years, Montclair Church Concludes Ministry

MONTCLAIR, NJ (JULY 2, 2013)  – The Evangelical Covenant Church of Montclair, New Jersey (ECCM), concluded 117 years of ministry on June 23.  Current and former members joined together in a celebration service, sharing what the church meant in their lives and all that will be accomplished through its legacy, as well as the faithfulness of God throughout its history. Continue Reading »

The Call of Ministry: Be Living Reminders

By Stan Friedman

DETROIT, MI  (July 1, 2013) – The primary call of ministry is to be “living reminders” of Jesus, Dick Lucco, executive director of ministry development, told ordinands at the closing worship service of the 128th Annual Meeting of The Evangelical Covenant Church on Saturday night. Continue Reading »

Delegates Approve $24.4 Million Budget for 2014

By Stan Friedman

DETROIT, MI (June 30, 2013) – Delegates to the 128th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church approved a $24.4 million budget during Saturday’s business sessions. Continue Reading »

Resolution of Sympathy Affirmed by Delegates

DETROIT, MI (June 30, 2013) – Delegates attending the 128th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church today approved a Resolution of Sympathy to honor the lives and ministries of Covenant pastors, missionaries, and spouses who went to be with the Lord during the past year. Continue Reading »