Outreach to Storm Victims a Powerful Witness

By Stan Friedman

NEW YORK, NY (November 21, 2012) – Ecumenical relief work led in part by Evangelical Covenant Church ministers continues providing essential assistance to survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Continue Reading »

Transforming Power of Love, Acceptance, Forgiveness

KEENE, NH (November 21, 2012) – When Carl Babbitt Jr. was released from prison in 2000 after serving 11 years of a 15-year sentence for manslaughter, he vowed to never return. Three years later, he was back in jail. He laughs about it. Continue Reading »

Wedding Gown Gift – One Way to ‘Pay It Forward’

NEW YORK, NY (November 20, 2012) – Alissa Walter, daughter of Evangelical Covenant Church President Gary Walter, gave away her wedding dress Monday on NBC’s TODAY Show to a woman who could not otherwise have afforded one of her own. Continue Reading »

CWR Partner HEAL Africa Treating East Congo Victims

NEWS UPDATEThe city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo came under the control of a military rebel group this morning following a series of clashes and a particularly hard-fought battle in the center of the city. The group of rebels called M23 are reported to be visible in every part of the city, with sporadic gunfire in outlying neighborhoods. The fate of displaced residents from the camp of Kanyaruchinya is unknown. Witnesses say residents were fleeing the camp in the direction of Mugunga (west of Goma), where gunfire also is reported. Covenant News Service will provide updates as information becomes available.

GOMA, DR CONGO (November 20, 2012) – Thirty victims of the renewed fighting in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo were being treated at the hospital run by HEAL Africa, a ministry partner of Covenant World Relief, as of Monday. Continue Reading »

Memorial Service to Celebrate Ministry of Marie E. Rojas

PLANTATION, FL (November 20, 2012) – Retired Evangelical Covenant Church missionary Marie Elizabeth (Cottrell) Rojas, 92, will be remembered during the quarterly Memorial Service at Covenant Village of Florida on January 20. Continue Reading »

A Biblical Perspective on Health and Healing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 19, 2012) – The country continues to be embroiled in debates on how to provide access to health care, but in his new book, Healthy Human Life, James Bruckner, a professor of Old Testament at North Park Theological Seminary, writes that we need to have a better biblical understanding of health and healing. Continue Reading »

‘Navigate’ Helps Churches Adapt to Changing Times

By Cathy Norman Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (November 16, 2012) – When immigrant farmers started Bethlehem Covenant Church in Waverly, Nebraska, 130 years ago, they never envisioned the changes that would take place in their community in the ensuing decades. Continue Reading »

Storm Sandy May Force Daycare Center Closure

LAURENCE HARBOR, NJ (November 15, 2012) – Hurricane Sandy has forced Laurence Harbor Covenant Church to close its daycare since the storm struck and threatens the jobs of its employees as the congregation may have to close it permanently, Pastor Ray Burnett said today. Continue Reading »

One-of-a-Kind Organ Debuts During Sunday Concert

MT. VERNON, WA (November 15, 2012) – Bethany Covenant Church will debut on Sunday its one-of-a-kind organ designed in part by its associate pastor of worship and the arts, patterned on instruments built by 19th century innovative French organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Continue Reading »

‘Hymnathon’ Raises Funds to Help Feed the Hungry

HILMAR, CA (November 14, 2012) – Choirs from different churches and audience members recently joined together to sing more than 50 hymns in less than two hours as part of a “hymnathon” to help Hilmar Covenant Church raise funds to feed hungry people around the world. Continue Reading »