Posts tagged ‘Local Church’

Briefs: Carlson Memorial, 125th Anniversary, and Name Change

CHICAGO, IL (August 12, 2013) – The video of the Richard Carlson Memorial Service is available for viewing at

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Community Covenant Grieving, Looking Forward After Fire

By Stan Friedman

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 29, 2013) – Two weeks after arson destroyed the sanctuary of Community Covenant Church, the congregation is living in the tension of grieving the past and looking forward with hope, says Pastor Luke Swanson. 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 »

Pastor: Church Closing Shows It’s Healthy

By Stan Friedman

RICHFIELD, MN (July 24, 2013) – The decision by the Bethany Covenant Church congregation to close after 109 years of ministry was actually a sign that it was healthy, says Pastor Greg Ellis. Continue Reading »

Detroit Bankruptcy Is Call to Honesty, Ministry

By Stan Friedman

DETROIT, MI (July 19, 2013) – Semmeal Thomas, pastor of City Covenant Church, was walking the street where work teams participating in Mission Detroit had cleared mass amounts of debris and cut grass that had grown several feet tall. Then he kept going and discovered additional areas had been cleaned. 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 »

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 »

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 »