Carried by Love

During the last ten days of Lorna Engels’ life, three dear friends accompanied her on this final journey. Theirs is a gift that is truly priceless, being the body of Christ to her on behalf of all of us who cared about her. Below, Maureen Burch reflects lovingly on Lorna’s life. The Jim Croegaert song “What is this Love?”

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Challenged to Rise

Perhaps you remember Laura and Anders Wennstrom, or would like a personal viewpoint of NCFers who live 2 blocks from where George Floyd was murdered. Experience their family Benediction from this Sunday, and then read their update below. Be sure to read this news story for a witness of hope and an expanded look at what’s happening on their block. May

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Whose Property?

Planning a garden next to the house, on the sunny side, where the water was easily accessible. For me, the east side next to the chain link fence. This spring I invested in asparagus. I am cautiously optimistic. Gardening is not my strength. But what happens when powerful people want to plant next to their

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Enough for Today

Hanging out with the birds by the brook. Sounds pretty good actually. At least for a while. I’ve been fantasizing about a cabin in the woods. Some solitude.  Elijah needed to get away. Things looked bad, and they weren’t getting better soon. Ahab did more to anger the Lord than any previous kings. So Elijah

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Hasten the Day

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be? 2 Peter 3:11a (CEB) I hadn’t planned to march. My Black Lives Matter shirt was in the dirty laundry. But, I was already wearing If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. -Desmond Tutu. What sort

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Knowing, and Not Knowing

The extent to which I never imagined, or possibly anticipated, the life I am currently living boggles my mind. And the brain strain of trying to comprehend the variables and (lack of?) choices sometimes overloads. Conflicting reports seem to make no sense.  We rely on our reasoning, our abilities to sort through information, weigh the

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How do they do it?

Music moves us to dance, and allows us to cry. It opens the doors of our minds and hearts, preparing us for prayer and inviting us to worship. As each segment of our online service is carefully fitted together, we find the whole to be much more than the sum of the parts. How, in

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Highs & Lows

The pendulum swings widely in the course of a single day. Tender, beautiful moments to savor with deep gratitude. The sun shines gloriously. Spring has sprung. Lilacs are blooming and birds are singing. Kindness abounds, from strangers and family.  Because of the abundant presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives, the disciples were overflowing

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Friends of the Earth

As NCF pursues adding solar panels to the roof, Joyce Mast reflects on how this integrates into her life of loving the earth. May your love for creation also continue to expand.  -Renée “Abuela, you must be a friend of the polar bears,” this from my (about ten years old at the time) St. Louis

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Waiting

On the morning of his fourth birthday, our little one woke asking for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  The next day was Sunday again. The caterpillar ate through one nice green leaf, and after that he felt much better. Now he wasn’t hungry anymore, and he wasn’t a little caterpillar anymore. He was a big, fat caterpillar.

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