Author: NCF Office

Book Review: White Too Long

If you like to read, but your stack of “to read” is about to topple over OR you really can’t get through a book these days, but want to be in the know, then this book review is for you! Carolyn Vance, NCF Librarian, provides us with a detailed review of the book “White Too

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A Scarlet Thread

This week’s Blog contribution comes from Judson Chubbuck. Part of the lyrics of his song say, “but eyes of faith, can perceive, That through our lives this thread can weave, Garments of love and unity.” What a great recap of what Jeff Trask referenced in his teaching this past Sunday: the disciples coming together in

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Words to Deeds

And God SAID, “Let there be light”, and there was light. Genesis 1:3 God spoke things into existence 11 times in Genesis chapter 1: the heavens, the earth, day, night, vegetation, animals, us, and more.  I highlight this process of speaking things into existence because I want to encourage us that while speaking something up

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Jesus Knows Our Sorrows

Thank you to Vern Fein for finding this poem, “Descending Theology: The Garden” by Mary Karr. As you read this poem and reflect, know that Jesus relates to our struggles, knows our pain. May you feel the deep love of Jesus for you this week, and always! –Melissa Logsdon, NCF Associate Pastor “My soul is

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Prayer is Paying Attention

Have you ever found yourself hearing the same word in multiple places: songs, scripture, a word from a friend, a pastor…until you finally realize that maybe God is trying to get your attention to tell you something? Read on to hear Jeff’s story of a time God used multiple avenues to get a word to

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A Small Grief Observed

In this week’s pastor’s note, Judson Chubbuck shares with us lessons he’s embracing in this season of grieving the death of his dog. May these lessons encourage and comfort you as you grieve big and small losses in your life. -Melissa Logsdon, NCF Associate Pastor Twenty-one years ago, we told each other, “Never again!” But

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I’ll Just Say Yes

This week’s pastor’s note comes from Jeff Trask, NCF Adjunct Pastor. I especially appreciated Jeff bringing Fred Hampton’s story to us–a 20 year old who brought together unlikely alliances to work toward justice, and ultimately gave his life for what he believed in. May you and I be willing to live and die for what

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Planting Seeds of Reparations

Sharon Chubbuck, NCF Reparations Committee member, shares how our pilot project is planting seeds of reparations in our community. To learn more about this project, see the links attached in “Love Your Neighbor-An “Other” Way” online service. –Melissa Logsdon, NCF Associate Pastor Last Sunday, Pastor Renée invited NCF to support “Investing in African American Families”—a

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Eyes Lock

When I read this poem by Vern Fein, I thought it was so fitting to share as we focus on seeing the one. –Melissa Logsdon, Interim Associate Pastor EYES LOCK He said his wife weptas they walked down the aislelined by beds at the Children’s Homein Ethiopia, there to adopt.Row after row of smiling or

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trees and songs

I appreciate our poets who articulate our experiences when words elude us. May this poem by Gale Walden, Today, speak an aspect of truth to you in this mystery. -Renée  Today Here, late, middle, age,the trees mean moreand the sky means moreand some of the peopleI need to patch up with are dead. Mystery, that forest, is

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