Posts tagged ‘East Coast’

Lifestyle Changes Lead to $19,000 for Covenant Kids Congo

BOSTON, MA (December 6, 2013) — By making changes in their own lives, six members of Cornerstone Church of Boston who participated in a Bible study on “economic discipleship” raised $19,000 for Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision. Continue Reading »

Carrion: After Devastating Fire, New House and Renewed Faith

By Stan Friedman

Michael and Elizabeth Carrion

YONKERS, NY (September 20, 2013) – Michael Carrion, pastor of Promised Land Covenant Church, and his family were able to move into a new house this week, exactly 60 days after barely escaping a fire that engulfed their home in the Bronx. Continue Reading »

New Facility, New Services at Former Children’s Home

By Stan Friedman

CROMWELL, CT (September 9, 2013) — Ädelbrook Behavioral & Developmental Services (formerly Children’s Home of Cromwell) will expand its educational offerings to children with autism spectrum disorders after purchasing a new building recently.

The school will serve children ages three to 10, says Garrell Mullaney, president and CEO. It will include a pre-kindergarten class for children with autism as well as those without special needs.

The integrated classroom will give the children with special needs the opportunity to model their behavior after peers, and the other students a chance to get to know children with autism, Mullaney says.

The first two teachers have been hired, and classes will start in October, Mullaney says.

The nearly 9,000-square-foot building sits on 2.5 acres. “We’ve outfitted the classrooms with the best furnishings for kids in this age group,” Mullaney says.

Ädelbrook also has developed a three-year plan to develop a playground for children with special needs.

Mullaney says the building became available when another nonprofit residential program went bankrupt. Purchasing the building represents a turnaround for Ädelbrook, which the Covenant founded in 1900 as the Swedish Christian Orphanage and is now affiliated with Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, when its own future was threatened in recent years.

The state had decided to start placing children with families instead of in residential programs such as Ädelbrook’s, Mullaney says. That slashed nearly all of the nonprofit’s income.

The organization then began to focus on its services to children with autism and other special needs. Since that time, it has continued to grow.

Ädelbrook still provides residential care and schooling, but it now is home to young people ages 12 to 21 with autism or other intellectual and development disabilities. That growth also has included adding community support homes for people up to age 23 as they transition out of state institutions and into the general population. Each of the homes is designed for three people.

Ädelbrook opened five homes between May and June. It is scheduled to open at least three more in October.

“That is why we changed the name in 2012,” Mullaney says. “It no longer fit what we were doing.”

Ädelbrook is a blended word that honors the agency’s Swedish heritage. “Ädel” means precious and “brook” represents the ever-changing path of life, according to Mullaney.

CT Churches Participate in 40 Days of Worship

BERLIN, CT (August 30, 2013)—Three Evangelical Covenant Churches are among more than 100 congregations and organizations sponsoring 40 Days of Worship across the state. Continue Reading »

Briefs: YouVersion, Summer Food Program, and Working Together

The New York Times: YouVersion Bible Changing Industry

EDMOND, OK (July 26, 2013) – The YouVersion Bible app published by reached 100 million downloads this month, a fact noted in a story on the front of The New York Times Technology page and highlighted on the publications website homepage. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Conferences Adapting Youth Leadership Training

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (May 30, 2013) – An intensive summer leadership program for youth that the Northwest Conference (NWC) of the Evangelical Covenant Church has led for more than two decades is being adapted by two other Covenant conferences this year, with a third conference exploring the idea. Continue Reading »

Church May Close, But Ministry Goes On

By Stan Friedman

WILTON, CT (May 23, 2013) – Louise Stabile had played the piano at United Covenant Church on Sunday mornings for 75 years, so playing the last notes before the church closed its doors permanently last month was especially emotional. Continue Reading »