In Brief: Covenanters Making News

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NEW LONDON, MN (July 24, 2009) – The New London Covenant Church (NLCC) has no plans to use their newest building themselves. They bought it in order to help other nonprofit organizations.

BriefsThe congregation hopes the Community Building will be a statement to the area that the church is there to serve, says Pastor Paul Anderson.

The congregation purchased the building earlier this year from Affiliated Community Medical Clinics, which had moved to another location. The building, which is adjacent to the rest of the church’s property, should be ready for occupancy in August, Anderson says.

Much of the space already has been leased for “minimal rent” to several organizations, including the West Central Youth for Christ; the Willmar Area Food Shelf, which will use it as a satellite location; and The Link, a network for community care sponsored by area churches. NLCC also will dedicate a third of the space for a community meeting space.

The church held a dedication ceremony on July 12 (accompanying photo). “With a Main Street presence, the church and the other partnering agencies have a unique opportunity to extend a ‘value added’ presence to the greater community,” Anderson said during the ceremony.

North Pacific Accepting Registrations for Journey to Mosaic

MERCER ISLAND, WA – Registrations are being received for the North Pacific Conference’s next Journey to Mosaic trip November 5-8.

During the four-day trip, Christians from diverse backgrounds explore historical and present-day racial injustices and will witness a sampling of Christian ministries that seek to bring about reconciliation and develop a sense of community.

The journey includes dialogue, films, tours, and other interactive experiences. This is the third Journey to Mosaic sponsored by the conference.

For more information, visit the conference website or contact Krisann Jarvis Foss, director of conference ministries, by email or by telephone at 206-275-3903.

Newsweek Features Covenanter’s Controversial Video Game

CHICAGO, IL – The current issue of Newsweek magazine includes a feature on Covenanter Peter Tamte’s company, Atomic Games, which is seeking to develop a video game based on the battle for Fallujah during the Iraq War.

Military veterans, including troops who fought in the bloody battle, have contributed information to develop the game, Six Days in Fallujah. Relatives of some U.S. Marines who died there are objecting to the game, however.

Tamte tells the magazine that he started working with members of the Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment, in 2003 to make training simulators based on games he had helped develop. Those Marines wound up fighting in the Fallujah battle and were interested in turning their experiences into a video game when they returned.

Tamte says “game” does not do justice to what his company is trying to create, and he hopes it will serve to honor the Marines. The company’s website says Six Days in Fallujah “recreates the true stories of marines and soldiers who fought in the largest urban battle in nearly half a century.”
 Tamte has been reaching out to families of fallen soldiers who object to the development of Six Days.

For a previous Covenant News Service feature on Tamte, click here.

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