Donations to Help Church Replace Stolen Equipment

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (April 19, 2006) – Evangelical Covenant Churches and congregations from other denominations already have been donating money to help Connection Covenant Church replace $12,000 worth of equipment stolen on Palm Sunday.

Pastor Ikki Soma is encouraged that donations also have come from churches of different ethnicities as well as denominations. “It’s been great for our church to see that because we’re a multiethnic church,” he says, noting that the congregation has been inspired seeing churches reach across denominational lines. “It’s also a witness for our community.”

On Palm Sunday, thieves stole a trailer that contained all the equipment for Connection Covenant Church, which meets at AMC Huebner Oaks Theater. The church stores its sound system and nursery equipment in the trailer, which was parked behind an apartment in a gated community.

The pastor of Embassy Family Church told the local news station that his congregation was eager to help. “They’re part of the body of Christ,” said Pastor Jose Rodriquez. “They’re family members. Because of that we felt compelled that we needed to help.”

Castle Hills First Baptist Church has donated money to the church. Life Covenant and Westmoore Community Covenant Church and Life Covenant Church in Oklahoma are among the churches that already have donated funds. Other Covenant churches have offered support, as well.

Those interested in learning more about the need and ways to help can call Soma at 210-833-0076 or Garth Bolinder, superintendent of the Southeast Conference, at 918-361-3531.

Donations can be directed to Connection Covenant Church, P.O. Box 701332, San Antonio, TX, 78270-1332. A special account has been established at a San Antonio bank where all donations will be deposited, Bolinder notes. “And should there be any excess funds donated, they will be re-directed to the conference church planting fund,” Bolinder says.

Editor’s note: to read an earlier story about Connection Covenant’s ministry, please see What Can Christians Learn from TV? Information about the church’s ministries also is available by visiting the church website at Connection Covenant.

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