Readers Share Their Thoughts

Post a Comment » Written on June 8th, 2010     
Filed under: News
By Don Meyer

CHICAGO, IL (June 8, 2010) – Hardly a week goes by that we do not receive a few comments from readers on stories published as part of the Covenant online news report.

We will share from time to time some of those responses generated through the “comments” link attached to each published story. This kind of feedback is very helpful to our Covenant News Service staff as we seek to identify and publish stories of great interest to a broad spectrum of online readers of this report.

Following are comments relating to recently published stories, edited in some cases for length. To read a particular story of interest, click on the headline.

Swedish Covenant Hospital Cited for Nursing Excellence

Louise Hedstrom of Elgin, IL, writes: Congratulations to Chief Nursing Officer Mary Sheehan and to Swedish Covenant Hospital President Mark Newton and to all those who worked hard for this very prestigious award! It is a great achievement!

Nashville: Flood Did Not Wash Away City’s Faith

Larry Sherman of Canton, MI, writes: If readers would like to help with the flood relief,’s Hendersonville campus is a staging area for relief efforts. Contact Tony Young who is coordinating the efforts at 615-579-8754 for information or go to

Vision, Little Blue Bucket Move Hearts to Give

Nancy Reed of Chicago, IL, writes: Jonah is a very special boy. Would that we all might say, “God talks to my heart, and my heart talks to my mind.” What a heartwarming story.

Lois Bridges of Spring Valley, CA, writes: Way to go Jonah! What a wonderful thought that God speaks to your heart and your heart speaks to your mind. God bless you for listening and responding to the need in Haiti.

Diane Jones of Ponca City, OK, writes: Isn’t it so amazing how God will use anyone who is willing to listen to his voice, even a young child like Jonah. We adults should be so willing. Jonah is my great-nephew whom I never get to see, except in pictures, but I’m going to be praying that God keeps his hand on Jonah and raises him up to be a mighty man of God. With a compassionate heart like that and his determination, how can he not be used by God? I’m proud of his parents, Tari and Derek Niemeyer (my nephew), who are sure raising him right.

Memorial Service Conducted for Arlene Johnson

Henry Oyoumick of Unalakleet, AK, writes: God sent special people like Arlene and Spencer – my memories are vividly placed and treasured. The gifts they shared were of great proportion and occasional thoughts go to both as we renovate the church we worship in.

Husby Experiences Dumpster Diving for a Meal

Ron Lawrence of Essex, VT, writes: What was left out was that David did a great job representing Covenant World Relief. They are doing great things – which is why we invited him.

Covenant Companion Receives Top Awards

Karen Palmatier of Quincy, MA, writes: Congratulations on these awards, confirming what all the readers of “The Covenant Companion” already know – that it is a great publication! Congratulations to Jane Swanson-Nystrom and her whole staff for their work on our behalf.

Michael Lynch of Redwood City, CA, writes: My roots go back to the Mission Friends in Sweden some 140-plus years ago. I am continuously inspired, blessed and informed with the stories and articles in the Companion. Thank you for blessing me and my family with excellent reading material.

Garden, Art Exhibit Helps Church Build Relationships

Eunice Johnson of Kansas City, MO, writes: I like what I see happening in this story. Keep it up.

SCH Pushes Edge in Robotic Surgery, Low-Dose X-ray

Roger Thorpe of Chicago, IL, writes: It is remarkable that, while embracing some of the newest technology in health care circles, SCH retains its reputation as a hospital where compassionate care is of top importance. I’m amazed at the ways in which SCH is much like the “big family” that I found it to be when I first worked there in 1949.

Facing Future Ministry Challenges Theme of Meeting in Sweden

Elder Lindahl of Minneapolis, MN, writes: I think they have dropped the word “Förbundet” (Covenant) from their title, so it’s the Swedish Mission Church.

CWR Assistance Provided for Victims of Attack in Sudan

Elaine Clauson of Williams Bay, WI, writes: This is horror beyond my imagination. How are the maimed being cared for? May the Lord and his people protect and care for these incredibly vulnerable people.

Memorial Service Planned for Wallace ‘Wally’ Cedarleaf

Diane Cedarleaf of Lusaka, Zambia, writes: The memorial service to celebrate Wally Cedarleaf’s life will be held on Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m. at First Trinitarian Congregational Church, Country Way, Scituate, Massachusetts.

Older Stories

Occasionally we receive comments about stories published some time ago. Most often, readers come across them while topically perusing search engines or when visiting the online Covenant News Archive maintained by Covenant News Service. We appreciate reader comments at any time about any story that has appeared as part of our online Covenant news report.

Castaway Kid: Some May Find It Hard to Believe

Arlene Schaefer of Tempe, AZ, writes: God does have a plan for our lives. It hurts my own heart when little children are hurt or cast away. However, that in itself could be a safeguard for the child – we do not know what harm might befall such a little person. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Production Offers Compelling Story of Mark’s Gospel

Dan J. Davis of Palos Heights, IL, writes: Great book of Mark. My question is, “How does one memorize word for word the book of Mark?” How did you do it? Story read over and over, or just old-fashion memorization? I would like to do something like that for our church.

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