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Post a Comment » Written on December 10th, 2009     
Filed under: News
By Don Meyer

CHICAGO, IL (December 10, 2009) – 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.

Family, Community Mourn Death of 11-Year-Old

Heidi Winter of Palmer, AK, writes: My heart goes out to this Christian family who have lost their dear daughter so suddenly! May her loss – heaven’s gain – somehow bring many others into the kingdom!

Christmas Performance to Honor Covenant Artist’s Work

Keith Robinson of Rockford, MN, writes: Congrats to Martha on her fantastic work! As an alum and adjunct faculty at the school, I can safely say that we all share in the “pride” of her beautiful work. Tim Sawyer has Covenant connections also. He served as Minister of Music at Crossroads Covenant Church in Forest Lake Minnesota, for several years during the 80’s. Thanks for including this piece in the Covenant Newswire!

Special Prayer Service Saturday for Michigan Pastor

Robert Huse of Strathmore, AB, writes: Thanks for sharing. Please keep us all posted on Michael Van Horn’s condition. We will keep him in prayer.

Special Home Will Help Women in Transition

Liz Caraway of Issaquah, WA, writes: Thank you for telling us about this. There are so many opportunities to serve, we are often blinded to the seeds of opportunity. I am glad to hear about Tacoma’s boldness to go out in faith and take the seed and nurture it into a true gift from God. Blessings to all who participate in growing this project and to all who receive the fruit. May the Holy Spirit flow throughout the connections that come from this.

Covenant Food Pantry Receives Hunger Relief Grant

Daniel Corrs of Fort Worth, TX, writes: Amazing post!

Book Dropped Following Protest Sparked by NPTS Professor

Ron of Forest Lake, MN, writes: I did not read the new edition or see the new graphics. But, the original version of the book was excellent with a message American Christians, and especially business people, need to hear. Now that message is not available. And Satan continues to quietly target and kill off the character of many Christians.

Excessive Pastoral Demands Can Shorten Ministry Career

James Swanson of Warren, PA, writes: I think this is a great idea. I’ve been serving as a lead pastor for 10-1/2 years, and before that as a youth pastor. I had a good beginning to ministry and it is important to me that I finish strong. I am blessed to have a wife that serves as a good barometer, plus I have a Pastoral Relations Committee that is concerned about my self-care. I thank God for my colleagues in the area and our superintendent, Dick Lucco. May God bless this ministry.

Church Opens Doors as Warming Center for Homeless

Jeanne Hoyt of San Luis Obispo, CA, writes: In our town, 12 churches participate in sheltering the overload of homeless people all year long. The ministerial group started this many years ago and each church takes one month each year. Usually families come to the church each night.

Harvey Drake of Seattle, WA, writes: Another practical, shoe leather demonstration of the love of God. I love this. Go Valley Covenant.

CWR Unveils New Logo, Expanded Web Content

Thomas Robinson of Renton, WA, writes: I love what Dave had to say about the new presence of Covenant World Relief on the Internet – it’s great! The logo rocks. I’m a new CWR Facebook member and look forward in staying in touch more.

Children Asked to Help Stop Spread of Malaria in Congo

Michelle Hutcherson of Chicago, IL, writes: This story was moving. I am a Registered Nurse who is currently completing a masters program concentrating in education. Just last week I read a vignette about a doctor who was working in Sudan and was trying to raise funds for mosquito nets. This is a project I would be interested in implementing with the children of my church – Oakdale Covenant Church. I will speak to my children’s division director ASAP.

Don and Michele Houghton of Milford, MI, write: This is a simple and easy way to reach out across the world and help others! We will do this with the confirmation class we are teaching. We will match what they bring in. What a great service project for them! Thanks for providing the idea and materials.

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.

North Park University Professor Grew Up a ‘Slumdog’

Samuel Varghese of Trivandrum, Kerala writes: It’s a marvelous, heart-touching, truth-revealing story. I wonder whether you remember me as a UBS and UESI friend. I’m Samu (cousin of Mrs. Athyal). Recently I came to know about the Covenant Church and as I was browsing, your article appeared to me. I join with you in thanking God for his faithfulness in your life.

Drug Use, Prison Time Spark Recovery Ministry

Randall Bartley of University Place, WA, writes: I heard about this ministry from a mutual friend, Jerry Kenny, who lives in Orangevale, California. I wanted to look into your ministry as I work in mental health and make referrals to our addiction clinic, but I know that people need more than just addiction treatment, they need Christ.

Profile: Rev. A.R. Bernard Sr.

Ian Stewart of Sydney, Australia, writes: Dear Dr. Bernard: You’ve had a wonderful ministry to date and I can only imagine that it will grow stronger in time – God bless you. We were very disappointed that you were unable to make it to the Men’s Conference at Hillsong Church two weeks back. We are praying for you.

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