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Post a Comment » Written on June 11th, 2007     
Filed under: News
By Don Meyer

CHICAGO, IL (June 11, 2007) – 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.

Hundreds Mourn Teen’s Death During Prayer Vigil

Marilyn Moore of Somerville, MA, writes: How beautiful . . . who preach the gospel of peace. We live in a world made so very difficult by horrendous acts beyond our knowledge or control. We pray for the Kelsey Smith family and the Hillcrest church family as they grieve, so they may find his peace and his healing in this great time of sorrow. How wonderful to know so many came to the prayer vigil, young and old alike, to care for a family. May Kelsey rest in his arms, whole and beautiful. God promises healing and we are grateful to receive.

Nancy Reed of La Coruña, Spain, writes: I don’t know when anything has affected me as much as this very sad story. I couldn’t help but think of our 18-year-old granddaughter. We want to send our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family.

Pentecost Forums Allow Churches to Question Candidates

Dick Lindberg of Manistee, MI, writes: Sorry to see politics being brought to our denomination. The Sojourners and Jim Wallis are political activists with a very specific political agenda. I’m not sure where in the U.S. Constitution the responsibility for poverty is given to the federal government. President Palmberg should not allow the Covenant to be associated with any political activist group on either the right or left. He should encourage the Covenant, its churches and members to individually and collectively address the issue of poverty. Let’s stay out of the political arena, please!

Director of “Educate the Girls” Program Denied Visa

Linea Lanoie of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, writes: I think it sounds like a real prayer effort is needed – for Lily and also for Wagbala. There is too much blanket labeling of visa applicants from the Congo. That is simply an injustice and we need to do what we can to fight against it. Maybe for now prayer is our best weapon.

Memorial Service Friday for Eugene A. Hagberg

Lois Pamp Swanson of Sacramento, CA, writes: Gene and Becky were good friends long ago. My husband, Wesley Swanson, Romain Swedenburg, Roger Pampquist, and Gene were the North Park seminary quartet in the years of 1944 to 1946. They traveled the East Coast giving concerts at churches in the summer of 1945. The stories of travel during wartime – driving and trying to buy tires and gas when it was rationed – were hilarious. Now that Gene is gone ,only Romain is left of that quartet – he lives at Mt. Miguel Covenant Village. Oh yes, Eijner Rask was the pianist-accompanist with the quartet. It is hard to realize that these good friends and hard workers in the church are leaving us for a better place, one by one. Fond memories of Becky and Gene are with me. I will not forget them.

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.

Covenant Bible College to Close

Clarke Tungseth of Mound, MN, writes: CBI/CBC played a very significant role in our extended family’s experience. Almost all of us went. Its ministry was unique. Times change. I’m sure many share the wish that there would be a ministry that would serve a similar need today. Not that it matters much, but in our class of 19 in 1963-64, it was still CBI. In many ways, CBI was probably the most important year of my life.

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