Author: Renée Antrosio

Matching Grants

Our Family Fund assists folks we know with critical utility bills and rent payments. There are always more needs than we can meet, but this boost can make a huge difference in a tight spot. Matching grants help the Family Fund double that aid. Available funds are based on the percentage of our congregation utilizing faith-based Everence for

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music in my ears

The birds are amazing this time of year. I love hearing them in the background of our recent Welcome and Benediction videos. I am a long way from being able to identify their calls, and am just beginning to recognize the different varieties frequenting my yard. But my ability to notice and appreciate is increasing. 

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Revolutionary Love

Lawyer, filmmaker, and civil rights activist Valarie Kaur moved me to tears today with her 2017 TED talk. She speaks of seeing no stranger as our love for others. Wondering about their story. As a woman of color, she hopes that we may one day see her child as our son and brother.  I needed some inspiration to register for her

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A River of Life

I never tire of Ezekiel’s vision of the river that originates in the temple, water seeping under the threshold, increasing in depth the further it flows from the sanctuary. Ankle-deep, then to the knees, up to the waist, and finally too swift for swimming. Standing at the door, who knew how far it reached? He said

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statues & monuments

I am making my way through the Fordham Law Review article on the Ten Commandments. Dense reading, but fascinating. Courtesy of Paul Finkelman, when he heard I was teaching on Honor your father and mother. The first thing I learned is that even the numbering system of these laws varies between Jewish, Catholic, and various Christian texts. There

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owning it

Apparently, we have moved on from Black History Month to Women’s History Month. Something about the word “history” repels me, even as I find myself appalled by how little I (we?) know. Dynamic teachers abound, and I am friends with some of the best. Sadly, my classroom history experience neither excited me nor taught what

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letting go

My Lenten assignment was late this year. I wasn’t really listening for instructions; I was afraid to hear about giving up something else. Which I could hardly bear to consider.  Give us the bread we need for today. Matthew 6:11 (CEB) So it wasn’t until Sunday night that it came to me. When my guard was down.

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broken pieces

Water gushed into the newly renovated women’s shelter. Can they move (back) into NCF while they repair the damage? Of course! What a gift to be able to say yes. Our building has been a continuous resource to the community throughout the pandemic- housing Austin’s Place to be a year-round shelter for the first time ever, serving as

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financial insights

Twenty-two hours of driving allowed for a full book’s listening on the way to west Texas. Another twenty-two hours back, another book finished. I loved listening to the snippets of other languages and immigrant accents and that made these books by first generation American authors come alive. Some texts are meant to be read aloud for

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more access

I am spoiled (in many ways :). But especially that I get to listen to newly recorded NCF music- even before the musicians hear the final version- each Saturday night when Michael uploads music for me to insert into the service. And if I crave a previously-recorded song, I can search it out for worship. But I have

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