Teen’s Death, Annual Meeting News Top June Most-Read List

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CHICAGO, IL (July 5, 2007) – Coverage of events surrounding the abduction and murder of a Kansas teenager and the Evangelical Covenant Church’s 2007 Annual Meeting were among the most read stories in the denomination’s online news report for the month of June.

Readers were intensely interested in the prayer and memorial services for Kelsey Smith, the 18-year-old from a Kansas City, Kansas, suburb, whose murder captured national media attention. A prayer vigil was held at Hillcrest Covenant Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, where her family attends.

The congregation’s pastor, Mark Seversen, spoke during her memorial service, which was webcast live. A story about Smith’s parents seeking to encourage the murdered teen’s friends inspired many.

The special page hosting all of the news about the denomination’s 122nd Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, was the most accessed page during the month.

Friends recommended Covenant web stories by email roughly 1,000 times during the month, and video clips of key Annual Meeting events have been viewed more than 1,400 times.

Following are the 10 most-visited stories. To read a particular article, search for the headline.

  • 2007 Annual Meeting News
  • Hundreds Mourn Teen’s Death During Prayer Vigil
  • In Grief, Parents Reach Out to Encourage Others
  • Want to Access All Annual Meeting Content?
  • Prayer Vigil Tonight for Abducted Kansas Teenager
  • Pastor: How Will Kelsey’s Death Shape Your Life?
  • Professor’s Life Provides Lesson in Dying
  • ‘Ridicule’ Doesn’t Rile This Pastor
  • Director of “Educate the Girls” Program Denied Visa
  • Eleven Churches Removed from Member Roster
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