In Brief: Covenanters Making News

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ROCHESTER, MN (May 12, 2009) – NewDay Covenant Church will hold its first service this weekend at 9:30 a.m. at the Rochester Area Family Y.

Rochester Covenant Church is planting the new congregation. Rochester Covenant previously planted Salem Road Covenant Church in southwest Rochester 33 years ago.

John DuBall, who has served as pastor of youth and family ministries at Rochester Covenant for 14 years, is the pastor for the new congregation.

CovenantCare at Home purchases Emanuel’s Home Care Services

TURLOCK, CA – Expanding its reach to California’s Central Valley,
home health provider CovenantCare at Home recently completed the purchase of the Home Care Services of Emanuel from Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, California.

CovenantCare at Home is a subsidiary of Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC), which  operates 14 retirement communities nationwide, including Covenant Village of Turlock. CRC and Emanuel Medical Center are ministries of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

CovenantCare at Home, a licensed, Medicare-certified agency, will continue to provide a full range of home health and homemaker services, from light housekeeping to extensive round-the-clock nursing care. Its staff of nurses, dietitians, social workers, home health aides, and physical, occupational and speech therapists will remain the same.

Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 415-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 221-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, medical and surgical services, cardiology, hospice services and women’s health services.

For more information on CovenantCare at Home, call Diane Gomes, 209-664-2500, or visit the CovenantCare website.

Ceiling at North Park Church Collapses

CHICAGO, IL – A large section of the ceiling in the basement parlors at North Park Covenant Church collapsed recently, but no one was injured.

The collapse happened overnight on April 22. Had it happened a few hours earlier during the Wednesday Night Faithbuilders family event, many of those gathered could have been seriously injured, said one church member.

About one-fifth of the ceiling fell, according to Walt Schiller, the church’s business manager.

The church still had the original plaster ceiling dating to 1929, says Schiller. Acoustical tiles had been glued to the plaster in the 1950s and fluorescent lights also hung from the ceiling.

The collapse occurred when nails gave way due to decaying wood, Schiller says.

The church will reinforce the rest of the ceiling and replace the fallen section, Schiller says. He is unsure what the cost will be, but insurance will not cover the damage.

No one had ever considered the ceiling might fall, says Schiller. He adds that the incident should be a warning to other congregations to inspect their structures and know what is covered by insurance.

Gibbons and Carey at Leadership Summit

BARRINGTON, IL – Two Evangelical Covenant Church pastors will be among the main speakers at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit.

Harvey Carey, pastor of Citadel of Faith Covenant Church in Detroit, Michigan, and Dave Gibbons, pastor of NewSong Covenant Church in Irvine, California, will address the summit. Other speakers at the event scheduled for August 6-7 include former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bono, journalist David Gergen, and author Henry Cloud.

The summit will be broadcast live to more than 140 locations across North America. For more information, click here.

Student Family Left Homeless in Apartment Fire

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL – A nursing student at North Park University and her family were left homeless Thursday when a fire destroyed her apartment building.

Linda Green, 37, said her husband was at home with their four children – Angelica, 14; Lilly, 10; Angel, 12; and Yasmin, 8 – when the fire alarm sounded around 3:30 p.m. They wept as they stood in the parking lot watching the building burn.

“We saw smoke coming from the door at the end of the hall,” Angelica Green, 14, told the Daily Herald. “I ran inside and yelled for my little brothers and sisters, ‘Get out! There’s a fire!’

“I’m in shock because there’s so many valuable things in our home,” she adds. “We thought it was safe.”

The family ran out with no possessions. The newspaper reports that the Red Cross will provide initial assistance for families displaced from the three-story building that had about 30 units.

The fire started in a vacant apartment that was being remodeled, according to firefighters.

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