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working for justice

I appreciate this story from Carolyn Vance about one way she was able to love her neighbor in the here and now. May it inspire you as well -Renée When immigrants live in your land with you, you must not cheat them. Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one

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the Family Fund

Karen Hogenboom has been serving on the Family Fund for many years. Enjoy this reflection on how your giving blesses our extended family and provides for their needs. -Renée New Covenant Fellowship is committed to caring for its family members, and one way we do that is through the Family Fund.  A small portion of the

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what I don’t know

I am delighted to share this update from Asha. May her reflections resonate and encourage you as well.  Much love. -Renée So what is it like when your dream comes true?  …Good question Hello family, I hope you’re doing well, or at least feeling well, through it. I have gone back and forth in my head

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different roads

Thinking about the diverse ways that people meet Jesus and live out the gospel faithfully. From mending nets to collecting taxes to chariots to desert roads to prayer meetings by rivers to jailers and earthquakes. This poem speaks of these different roads in our own time. May we recognize and celebrate each journey with Jesus.-Renée Two Couplesby

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what suffering?

One of the joys that I no longer take for granted is the resumed opportunity to reflect together on the scriptures- what I missed, what revelation transpired, how others heard differently. The process of community wrestling with the message is priceless. We teach each other, receive correction, learn new ways, and go forward changed by

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memorial stones

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, NCF was planning a pilgrimage to the Civil Rights sights of the South, including The National Memorial for Peace and Justice (aka the Lynching Memorial) and the Legacy Museum. Last week Carolyn Vance and Karen Hogenboom went to Montgomery, AL to experience the memorial and museum. I asked Carolyn to share

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Easter people

Worshiping with Sharon Chubbuck and Judson at NCF was a treat. May Sharon’s Easter reflection bless you as well.  -Renée Judson and I spent Easter weekend in Illinois.  We visited both our families, we saw old friends and met new people.  On Easter Sunday morning, we worshipped with the family of God at New Covenant Fellowship.

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SATURDAY

As we journey through Holy Week together, poetry expresses the intensity of emotions and articulates the confusion of triumphant parades paired with shocking betrayal. May Vern Fein’s poem below speak to you as well.  -Renée SATURDAY(AN EASTER POEM) He is dead now.He was so alive,Buried.We are scattered,Huddled in fearIn various haunts. Will we ever be fishermen again?Peacefully

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look up

I’ve been reading a bit about the science of awe, the effect of shocking beauty beyond ourselves, how it orients us to our place in the universe. Judson Chubbuck reflects on his experience of the stars, connecting us, and reminding us to look up.  -Renée The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the

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A Perfect Stranger

If you listen to NCF music, you’ve heard Asha’s voice, leading us in song. She is a gift to our community, and I am delighted that she agreed to share a recent experience of connection. Seek justice:help the oppressed;defend the orphan;plead for the widow.Isaiah 1:17b (CEB) May we increasingly learn to love each other, as

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