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Incarcerated Men Reflect on Grace in Week of Prayer Guide

CHICAGO, IL (December 2, 2019) – All of the reflections for the 2020 Week of Prayer guide, “Reconciling Grace,” were written by men who are incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center and participate in North Park Theological Seminary’s School of Restorative Arts. Materials may be downloaded or ordered now. They are available in Spanish and English….

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Support Karawa Coffee Growers on #GivingTuesday

CHICAGO, IL (November 27, 2019) – Covenanters have the opportunity to help 2,000 coffee producers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by giving to the Karawa Coffee Project on #GivingTuesday, December 3. Paul Carlson Partnership (PCP) and its partners in the African nation are working with small-scale coffee producers to reduce extreme poverty, enhance…

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Midwinter Early Registration Deadline Is December 6

CHICAGO, IL (November 26, 2019) – Friday, December 6, is the early registration deadline for the 2020 Midwinter Conference, which will be held January 27-31 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Participants can register online. Registration also is open for pre-Midwinter events, including the Youth Workers Connection and Children’s Ministry Leadership Connection. Those…

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Covenant Offices Holds DACA Town Hall

CHICAGO (November 18, 2019) – Marla Salazar, a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, followed the arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court last week regarding whether President Donald Trump could rescind her DACA status and that of about 700,000 others with a mixture of emotion and pragmatism. “My hope is…

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SSC Announces Transitions in Vitality Team

CHICAGO (November 21, 2019) – Shaun Marshall, director of congregational vitality with the Start and Strengthen Churches (SSC) ministry priority, has been called to join the senior leadership team of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, a historic and influential congregation here.   Shelley Kurth, director of congregational vitality for the Great Lakes Conference, will serve…

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SSC Announces Transitions in Vitality Team

CHICAGO (November 21, 2019) – Shaun Marshall, director of congregational vitality with the Start and Strengthen Churches (SSC) ministry priority, has been called to join the senior leadership team of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, a historic and influential congregation here. Shelley Kurth, director of congregational vitality for the Great Lakes Conference, will serve as…

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‘Readiness Packet’ on Pension Changes Available Now

CHICAGO, IL (November 11, 2019) – A new “readiness packet” that contains information on changes to the Covenant Pension Plan (CPP) is available online and is being mailed to all Covenant pastors. The plan will close to new participants on December 31, 2019. As of January 2020, newly issued mandatory Covenant credentials will enroll directly…

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CWR Seeks Funds in Response to South Sudan Flooding

CHICAGO, IL (October 29, 2019) – More than 900,000 people in South Sudan are suffering as a result of massive flooding, and Covenant World Relief is seeking funds to help the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan and Ethiopia respond to the humanitarian crisis. The Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan and Ethiopia is working…

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Kara Stromberg Named NWC Associate Superintendent

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (October 25, 2019) – Kara Stromberg has been named the new associate superintendent for the Northwest Conference. Stromberg has served as the conference director of children and family ministry for seven years. Prior to that, she served as pastor to youth and families at Roseville (Minnesota) Covenant Church, director of training at youth…

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MENA Monday Fundraiser Far Surpasses Goal

CHICAGO, IL (October 25, 2019) – Donors contributed $19,000 on MENA Monday to provide freshwater filters to villages in Egypt. The Serve Globally Middle East North Africa region sponsored the daylong event on October 21. MENA partner Healing Grace International, which brings clean water to underserved communities in Egypt, will be the fund recipient. The…

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Midwinter Registration Now Open

CHICAGO (October 22, 2019)—Registration for Midwinter 2020 is now open! We’re excited for ministry leaders across the Covenant to connect in Chicago the week of January 27 – 31, 2020, and to encourage and inspire each other. We hope you will join us as we host an array of creative spaces and workshops and launch…

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ECC STAFF BEING CARED FOR AMID PROTESTS IN CHILE

  SANTIAGO, Chile (Oct. 20, 2019)—A proposed hike in metro fares triggered massive demonstrations in this Chilean capital city, and the discontent has spread to other major cities in the country, including the coastal city of Concepción, where a triennial meeting of Covenant churches across Latin America was scheduled to start Monday. The metro rate…

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