NCF Connections, March 2020

In This Issue:

  • A New Thing for Changing Times
  • March Prayer Calendar
  • Top Reasons to Join NCF
  • April Journal Club
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • On the NCF Blog

A New Thing for Changing Times

Jen Wojtysiak • BS, ThM, NCF Student Ministries Director

Isaiah 43:18-19 

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
 
Scary headlines in the news, rapidly changing culture, growing levels of anxiety and loneliness on campuses and in our communities around the US - all these real and hard issues can be overwhelming! With the development of technology, our culture changes more rapidly. Information spreads faster and farther causing us to be easily overwhelmed. As a follower of Jesus, it can be easy to wring our hands or throw them up in exasperation and cry “what are we to do?” 
 
The prophet Isaiah starts out Isaiah 43 with the command from the Lord to “fear not.” He continues in this chapter of Isaiah to remind the Israelites of the reasons to fear not; he reminds them of all God has already done and all he has promised to do. That brings us to verse 18-19 where he lets them know that the Lord is doing a “new thing.” 
 
As we look out into the world we may not be convinced of this. But rest assured, the Lord is not silent, distant, or absent from what is going on around us. He is at work, and is doing something new in our world and culture. Our God is so big and so powerful the changes around us might just be what ushers in a new movement of God. We can move forward with faith, trust, and hope in his ability to work all things for good amidst changing times! 

March Prayer Calendar

Christy Secor • DNP, RN, CDWF, NCF Interim Director & Professional Ministries Director

As we enter this season of Lent, we have the privilege of considering our faith through the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. His story of love and sacrifice gives us purpose and meaning in who we are and in all that we do.

Our lives of faith contain not only times of pain, struggle, and questions; but also hope, beauty, and healing found only in relationship with the One who loves us best. Click here to access the March Prayer Calendar and read a beautiful poem that encourages reflection during this special season. We'd also love to pray for you! Click here to submit a prayer request or praise.

Top Reasons to Join NCF

There are many reasons to consider becoming a member of NCF, the only Christian professional nursing organization. We want to share a few of our incredible members-only discounts with you:

1. Year-round CE discounts through Journal of Christian Nursing and Lippincott's NursingCenter.com! Take advantage of discounts that can save you $75 or more on CE for relicensure in your specific area of practice.

2. 30% off many award-winning books and Bible studies from InterVarsity Press, a leading publisher of thoughtful and enriching Christian materials. IVP provides resources that strengthen the church, encourage individuals, and shape the academic world.

3. Ongoing partnerships with top nursing brands like allheart! Receive 20% off online items, including sale and clearance, plust a 5% discount on Welch Alyn and Littmann stethoscopes.

Join NCF today!

April Journal Club

Another fabulous benefit of NCF membership is the opportunity to participate in quarterly Journal Club! Next month, on April 16th, Dr. Denise Ogorek will present via live webinar her article in the April/June 2020 issue of JCN on biblical counseling for depressive symptoms as an alternative or adjunct to traditional therapies. 

We'd love to have you join us for a lively discussion on this timely topic and earn 1 contact hour of ANCC approved continuing education, free to you!

Upcoming Conferences

Join other NCF members and friends for these conferences this spring & summer:

Faith Community Nurses: Westburg Symposium 2020

April 20-22, 2020 / Santa Fe, NM

How are you advancing spiritual care in your community? The Westberg Institute invites you to learn about Caring for the Human Spirit as you share your experience during the 2020 Westberg Symposium, the premier gathering and networking event for faith community nurses from across the globe! Click here for more information. 

Bioethics and the Body

June 25-27, 2020 / Deerfield, IL

Join for the 27th annual conference of Bioethics & the Body. Distinguished speakers will examine foundational concepts and bioethical considerations related to the myriad ways in which we view, interact with, manipulate, and analyze our physical bodies. Click here for more information.

On the NCF Blog

Have you visited the NCF Blog lately? There are a variety of posts ranging from Bible studies and devotionals to local and global missions to education and health. If you'd like to be notified via email about new posts once a month, click here to subscribe. Today, we're sharing a recent post by NCF Staff, Skip McDonald, who has a passion for mental health. It's called Choosing the Pain that Heals. We hope you enjoy reading!