NCF Connections, January 2021

In This Issue:

  • How Hope is an Anchor 
  • Join NCF!
  • Spiritual Care Resources
  • Weekly Prayer Night
  • Be Still Student Retreat

How Hope is an Anchor 

Katharine Provost, BS, MA • NCF National Campus Staff Minister

I don’t know about you, but as I compare the beginning of 2021 with 2020, it carries a very different feel. In January 2020, I was preparing for my dream vacation and doing well in my health goals, but I can’t imagine what the next vacation will look like and health goals have gone out the window. Things change, plans get cancelled, we hardly know what the next few weeks will hold. I heard a radio personality say that this year people seem to be missing a desire to dream...to hope.

Many of us have given up trying to plan and dream because we just can’t imagine what the future will look like. But isn’t that exactly what we are told about faith in Hebrews 11:1? “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

How do we put hope in something we do not see or understand? Read more on the NCF Blog.

Join NCF!

...and be a part of something incredible! Our members are raving about last week's January Journal Club event. In addition to receiving 1.5 free contact hours, here is some feedback we received: 

"Last night's journal club discussion really stimulated thought in light of current 'cultural norms.'"

"This talk was very enlightening."

"I so appreciated the NCF Journal Club virtual meeting last evening."

"I especially appreciated the very helpful personal examples given by the presenters."

We have also recently added a new members-only discount! At the InterVarsity Store, members now receive 15% off NCF products including water bottles, pens, sticky notes, t-shirts, charms, pins, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and brand new spiritual care cards.

NCF members always receive 40% off InterVarsity Press books, 20% off products at LWW.com, and 20-30% off nursing products from exlusive partners like Allheart, Blitzu, GO2, and SockWell. Check out a full list of member benefits and join NCF today!

Spiritual Care Resources

How do you care for the spiritual needs of your patients? Good spiritual care requires expertise and ongoing development and learning. Here are spiritual care resources, both free and for purchase, to help nurses and students care spiritually for patients and families. 

Weekly Prayer Night

Christy Secor, DNP, RN, CDWF · NCF Professional Ministries Director

Nurses are sharing with NCF the challenges they are facing -- personally and professionally. Daily life challenges such as encouraging their kids in hybrid/online learning environments, supporting the mental health of their teenagers, caring for sick family members, or grieving the death of loved ones. All this while coping with the ongoing challenges of providing nursing care, teaching nursing students, or serving as a faith community nurse through a pandemic. Sometimes you just don’t know where you’ll find the strength. Sometimes you just don’t know how or what to pray anymore.

If you could use some support or encouragement in your own life, we invite you to be a part of our Sunday evening times for prayer. No pressure. No requirements. Come when you can. Come as you are. Experience what it means to be encouraged in your faith and your practice.

Times: Each Sunday for an hour beginning at 7 pm Eastern / 6 pm Central / 5 pm Mountain / 4 pm Pacific. Email ncf@intervaristy.org and we’ll send you the Zoom link. We’d love to have you join us.

Be Still Student Retreat

Jen Wojtysiak, BS, ThM  •  NCF Student Ministries Director

Are you a nursing student or nurse faculty? Join us February 6th at 10:30 am CST for 2.5 hours spent in worship, Scripture, small group processing breakouts and individual reflection as we start off our semester being still, letting the Lord shape us and direct us this spring! Click here to register. It's totally free; please share with any student or faculty you think may be interested!