Posts tagged ‘Newsmakers’

Dunbars Begin Difficult Salvage Efforts After Fire

By Stan Friedman

CONCORD, NH (February 19, 2014) — Covenant minister Earl Dunbar says his family is “basically kind of frazzled” as they start the process of trying to recover from the fire that heavily damaged their home around 1 p.m. last Friday. Continue Reading »

Voices: To the (Probably White) Person Who Says It Shouldn’t Be About Race

PORTLAND, OR (February 18, 2014) — Editor’s note: From time to time, we come across articles in church newsletters, individual blogs, and other media that we believe may interest our readers. Jelani Greenidge is interim worship leader at Kaleo Covenant Church in Beaverton, Oregon, and a regular columnist for the Covenant Companion. Continue Reading »

CNN Interviews Smietana about Snake Handler

NASHVILLE, TN (February 17, 2014) — Bob Smietana, former features editor of the Covenant Companion, was interviewed today on CNN about Kentucky pastor Jamie Coots and the practice of snake handling in churches. Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated for a snake bite. Continue Reading »

600 People Attend Madison Town Hall Meeting on Race

By Stan Friedman

MADISON, WI (February 17, 2014) — The multiracial crowd of nearly 600 people who turned out in below freezing temperatures to attend the “Justified Anger: State of Emergency” town hall meeting Saturday was evidence that change is possible, said Pastor Alex Gee. The meeting was held at Fountain of Life Covenant Church to address breaking down racial divides in the community. Continue Reading »

Fire Forces Dunbar Family from Home

By Stan Friedman

CONCORD, NH (February 16, 2014) — Covenant pastor Earl Dunbar and his wife, Marcia-Anne, as well as their son, James, escaped a fire that caused “significant damage” to their home around 1 p.m. Friday. Continue Reading »

Mom’s Birthday Wish for Her Son Goes Viral

By Stan Friedman

RICHLAND, MI (February 14, 2014) — Colin, a 10-year-old boy with a condition similar to Asperger’s syndrome, knows there’s a big surprise coming for his birthday. He has no idea that millions of people around the world are involved. Continue Reading »

“Justified Anger” Town Hall Meeting to Be Webcast Live

MADISON, WI (February 12, 2014) — A town hall meeting to be held at Fountain of Life Covenant Church on racial reconciliation will be webcast live on at 2 p.m. Saturday. Continue Reading »

Snowmobiling Pastor Makes Local News

TWIG, MN (February 11, 2014) — A local television crew was on hand to record Covenant pastor Brad Shannon embarking on his 1,500-mile snowmobiling journey to raise money for New Life Covenant Church’s building fund on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Warm Hearts, Cold Hands at Wedding

By Stan Friedman

LEAD, SD (February 4, 2014) — Covenant minister Jeff Schirle was not comfortable performing a wedding here last Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Despite Temps, Pastor Still Set on 1,500-Mile Fundraising Trip

By Stan Friedman

TWIG, MN (January 28, 2014) — Even with the United States suffering the big chill, Brad Shannon, pastor of New Life Covenant Church here, is still determined to embark on his 1,500-mile fundraising snowmobile journey to Churchill, Manitoba, on February 9. Continue Reading »