Briefs: Ethnic Tension Bridge, Holmstad Renovation

Church Transcends Historical Ethnic Tensions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 1, 2013) – An elder for Peace Fellowship Church, a largely African American congregation, said on the Easter broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning that he initially “really was hesitant” to hire Peter Chin, an Evangelical Covenant Church minister who is Korean American.

“I think the best thing to happen was I didn’t see any picture before I met him,” said Patrick Pete in the segment titled, “An unorthodox choice for pastor.” Peace Fellowship is a non-denominational congregation.

The segment focused on Chin’s pastoral ministry at the church. The story noted the “long tension of history between African American residents and Korean business owners.” It is a relationship that has been highlighted in several major movies, including “Do the Right Thing.”

Some 2,300 Korean-owned businesses were looted or burned during the Los Angeles riots, according to the report. African Americans have complained that they were discriminated against by Korean-owned businesses.

Holmstad Showcases $2.8 Million Renovation

BATAVIA, WA (April 1, 2013) – A 285-seat auditorium is the centerpiece of a $2.8 million renovation at The Holmstad, a Covenant Retirement Community.

The auditorium is located in a new 15,108-square-foot multipurpose center. The renovation of the 36-year-old building will enable the retirement community to host more events. It is equipped with a custom sound system that features induction loop technology to enhance sound quality for the hearing impaired. The control booth is also fully equipped for electronic presentations.

“The auditorium adds a key element to our retirement community – a place where we can all be together,” says Holmstad Executive Director Josh Anderson. “It’s perfect for the lectures, seminars, entertainment, classes and other programs that enrich the lives of Holmstad residents.”

Anderson added that the venue will be available to local groups and organizations. “We look forward to hosting our neighbors in our new space.”

The renovation also features a library, boutique, and a computer center. A fireplace lounge and living room are furnished in the community’s signature prairie style décor.

An open house was held March 20 and attracted more than 200 people.

The Holmstad is one of 14 retirement communities in eight states administered by Covenant Retirement Communities on behalf of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

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