July 2020 Vital Signs

In This Issue:

  • July 28th Nurse Group Leaders’ Meeting: What Is Faith?
  • NCF Live!
  • Fall Resource Packet
  • July Journal Club
  • Candlelight Meditation
  • Watch for These Upcoming Events

July 28th Nurse Group Leaders’ Meeting: What Is Faith?

Recently I had the opportunity to enjoy a vitural retreat with the other leaders of NCF as we dug into the scripture of Hebrews 11-12. The time in the Word both challenged and encouraged me. 

If someone were to ask us, “What is faith?” how would we answer? My mind automatically goes to the scripture “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV). So often it’s easy for me to recall a verse of scripture without considering:

  • What does that mean for me in my day to day?
  • How do I live that out?

I’d like to encourage you to be a part of the discussion as we discuss these questions. Read Hebrews 11-12 with new eyes. Pick a “hero of faith” and see what the scripture has to say. Ask God to speak to your heart in a new way. I truly believe it will change the way we choose to live our lives and lead our groups.

We meet the last Tuesday of each month. I look forward to what God has to show us! 

Tuesday, July 28th at: 8 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central / 6 pm Mountain / 5 pm Pacific / 3 pm Hawaiian

Join Zoom Meeting: https://intervarsity.zoom.us/j/94732328779 / Meeting ID: 947 3232 8779

NCF Live!

Join us August 6th for NCF Live 3pm HST / 4pm AST / 5pm PST / 6pm MTN / 7pm CST / 8pm EST

NCF Live is a nationwide event to encourage and catalyze ministry for Fall 2020. We are gathering nursing students for a night of worship, testimonies and focus on self-care as a nursing student in these unprecedented times by entering into rest and renewal in Jesus.

While the night is geared towards students, everyone is welcome to tune in and join us for breakouts following the large group at our afterparty. We’ll be having a breakout group specifically for nurses who are already in their professional practice or may now be retired. Do you know a nursing student? Invite them! To register, email ncf@intervarsity.org

Fall Resource Packet

Each fall I plan to send materials to support your group for the new year. It would help to know what resources are of value to you. What are the needs you’re experiencing and seeing in your group? Please send an email to Christy.secor@intervarsity.org and let me know how I can support you.

For example, it would be helpful for me to receive resources focusing on:

  • Self-Care
  • Sabbath
  • Ethics
  • How to Lament
  • Finding Grace in Suffering
  • Small Group Resources
  • Other Needs (please share)

July Journal Club

Did you get the chance to participate in our online Journal Club earlier this month? It was a powerful discussion!  Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner (NCF’s Director) whose husband suffered a severe TBI, and certified rehab nurse, Kris Mauk, JCN Senior Editor, shared how we each can discover the deeper meaning of rehab and how to implement rehab in every aspect of your nursing work. Use this link to access the webinar and earn free CE. You’ll also find former Journal Clubs on Palliative Care, Clifton StrengthsFinders, an Ethical Analysis of Evangelism in Patient Care and more!

Nurse Group Leader Discount! Remember as nurse group leaders that you receive a 43% discount on the cost of your membership. Simply use the code NCFNL43 when you check out. Just one way we want to say thank you for all you do.

Candlelight Meditation

Thank you to all of you who were able to participate in last month’s Candlelight Meditation. I wanted to share this resource again with you for your groups. 

Please remember to give credit to these individuals / groups:

  • Paula Elliot, Catholic Charities Bereavement Program, 2002.
  • The Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program, Candle Meditation and Prayer Gathering: The Gift of Light, May 2020.

I pray this is a blessing for you as it has been to others!

Watch for These Upcoming Events

We’ve got some exciting things coming up in NCF! Mark your calendar for these events:

  • August 6th – NCF LIVE
  • August 25th – NCF Professional Leaders’ Zoom Call
  • September 29th – NCF Professional Leaders’ Zoom Call
  • October 15th – NCF Journal Club
  • October 27th – NCF Professional Leaders’ Zoom Call

Please be in prayer as we’re also planning a prayer event in August / September for nurses experiencing difficulty because of the pandemic.  

In Christ,

 Professional Ministries Director, Nurses Christian Fellowship/USA