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A Full Cup

Embrace Church in Kirkwood, Missouri, partners with a local coffee shop and the special needs program at their local high school to move ministry outside their own walls.

Preparing to Draw Near

In anticipation of the annual Midwinter Conference for all Covenant ministers less than two weeks away, the Companion caught up with a few speakers to help us prepare.

Celebrando con CIPE

Covenant ministers and laypeople participated in La Confraternidad de Iglesias del Pacto Evangélico (CIPE) in Quito, Ecuador.

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The Beat, the Blood, and the Blessing: Part One

Gospel has always played a crucial role in the soundtrack of the struggle. Missional storyteller Jelani Greenidge traces his musical history through six decades of sacred music. Part 1: The ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

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The Beat, the Blood, and the Blessing: Part Two

Gospel has always played a crucial role in the soundtrack of the struggle. Missional storyteller Jelani Greenidge traces his musical history through six decades of sacred music. Part 2: The 90’s – Today.

The Beat, the Blood, and the Blessing: Part One

Gospel has always played a crucial role in the soundtrack of the struggle. Missional storyteller Jelani Greenidge traces his musical history through six decades of sacred music. Part 1: The ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

Dance of the Iron Heart

Global personnel Tammi and Jochy Hernández balance artistry, mission work, and family life to reach those who feel on the outside of the traditional church.

The Fullness of Emptiness

Decorating our home for Christmas took on a whole new meaning for me when we were living in Ecuador.

Shake Off Your Situation With a Shot of Epiphany

The day of Epiphany is our annual reminder that unintended consequences are no match for Jesus’ power to deliver what we need, right when we need it. He’s done it before, and He’ll do it again.

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Metaverse Church Is a Ministry Frontier

Is it possible for the church to meaningfully engage people in high-tech virtual environments?

Commentary

Our Most Critical Need

President Tammy Swanson-Draheim calls us to the collective, collaborative work of praying together.

Love Like Family

Are we aspiring to the ideal, imperfect community of God found in his Word?

Weekly updates from the Evangelical Covenant Church

Arts & Culture

State of the Church

Lifelong Covenanter Kurt Peterson reviews Reorganized Religion: The Reshaping of the American Church and Why It Matters by Bob Smietana.

As You Age

Ryan Eikenbary-Barber reviews Man Overboard: A Medical Lifeline for the Aging Male by Craig Bowron, M.D.

Christ-Shaped Solidarity

Covenant pastor Jesse Slimak reviews Michelle Sanchez’s new book, Color-Courageous Discipleship: Follow Jesus, Dismantle Racism, and Build Beloved Community.

Home Altar

A devotional guide written by Covenanters, the Covenant Home Altar invites us to take time in our day for God’s word, quiet meditation, and prayer. To receive printed copies of the Covenant Home Altar you may subscribe below. One subscription is for one year, which includes four quarterly issues.

Announcements

Seeking TW Anderson Award Nominees

The award is named in honor of the only lay president to serve the Evangelical Covenant Church. It is presented during each year’s Annual Meeting and honors a layperson who has demonstrated a life of commitment and dedication to Christ and the church.

Ann Wiesbrock Announces Retirement from Covenant Trust Company

Ann P. Wiesbrock announced her retirement as president of Covenant Trust Company effective in the spring of 2023. Wiesbrock has served as president of Covenant Trust Company and executive director of Covenant Estate Planning Services since 2010.

Podcast

Sankofa: Join Us on the Bus

Hear from leaders and participants, as well as Sankofa veteran Nilwona Nowlin, who walks us through the journey—and shares her reflections after years of getting on the bus. For more information visit covchurch.org/sankofa

We Are a Multiethnic Mosaic

Mary Chung March outlines our history of becoming a multiethnic mosaic, growing from our roots as a Swedish immigrant church. And Steve Wong, pastor of the first Asian American church plant in the Covenant, reflects on his journey into the Covenant, how he has seen the denomination change, and our call to continue becoming the beloved community.

We Seek Racial Righteousness

Covenant historian Hauna Ondrey and Dominique Gilliard join us to talk about the end of the 1960s, the Black Manifesto, the Covenant’s unique response to this call to white churches and synagogues—and where we witness similar themes in our culture today.

We Make Affirmations

In the Covenant we identify as non-creedal, meaning we do not adhere to a specific creed. But non-creedal does not mean we are without theology. The six Covenant affirmations address the question, “What does the Covenant believe?” Retired North Park Theological Seminary professor Klyne Snodgrass joins us.

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In Memoriam

Craig W. Nelson

Craig W. Nelson, retired Covenant pastor and former president of Minnehaha Academy, died on January 5, 2023, after a short illness. He was 90.

Robert E. Hirsch

Retired Covenant pastor Bob Hirsch passed away on December 25, 2022, at Covenant Living of Turlock, California. He was 91.

Harvetha “Ve” Woodson

Harvetha “Ve” Woodson, wife of Covenant minister Terrance Woodson, died from cancer on November 22, 2022. She was 67.

Clyde Harvey

Clyde Harvey, pastor of First Covenant Church of Superior, Wisconsin, died in Duluth, Minnesota, on November 18, 2022. He was 70.