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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2018:

July 20 Ultreya Hosted by Sleepy Hollow UMC w/Annandale UMC

Join us for our 19th Annual Community roBBQ Ultreya, at Sleepy Hollow UMC. Dinner will be at 6:30pm. The service will be at 7:30pm.

We'll bring the Q - You bring a side dish, drinks or dessert!



Schedule for 2018

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August 17 - First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City

September 21 - St. Johns UMC

October 19 - Bethel UMC


Wanted: Books and/or devotionals

Wanted: Books and/or devotionals to replace the books that are used for the Book Table on the mountain, starting with E184. If you have a book or devotional that you enjoyed and would like to pass on to the pilgrims we would greatly appreciate it. There will be a container at the February and March Ultreyas for you pass it on.


Our 2018 Weekends!!

E 186 ~ October 4-7 - Cindy Bireley
E 187 ~ November 1-4 - Jerry Wills

All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia


Need to get your Agape to the mountain?

For future weekends we will have a large box out front in the Ultreya church foyer so you can leave palanca or agape for the upcoming weekends - please label and put your stuff in alphabetical order, by last name.


From the Community Lay Director...

From the Lay Director

Fireworks are one of my favorite parts about the 4th of July. I love seeing the explosions of light against the dark night sky. It is magical to watch as the light shines down on all of the people looking up in awe. It seems like a perfectly fitting way to end a day full of celebrating our countries independence.

I’ve been thinking about how fortunate we are to live in a country that allows us to be Christians without persecution. How fortunate we are that Jesus Christ gave each of us freedom from sin when he died on the cross. I don’t know about you, but I strongly believe that is something worth celebrating every day.

This month I challenge you, brothers and sisters in Christ, to bring out the fireworks! Be the explosion in the world that brings light and shines it down on the darkness.

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Stay safe in all your celebrations and travels this month. Hope to see you at Ultreya and bring a friend or two. As we will be celebrating the 19th Annual roBBQ at Sleepy Hollow on July 20th. (more)


From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

We all know this is true, after all it comes straight out of the Bible, from Matthew 6:25-24. So of course we always pattern our lives after this bit of wisdom, right? If anyone said yes I must say I worry about you! I recently had a routine medical test performed. At my physical this spring my Dr. detected a heart murmur and she wrote an order for me to have an echocardiogram. I said sure but put it so far on the back burner that when I had my next 3 month visit she told me I could not leave until the appointment was made. The day arrived and I showed up for the test. The actual test was not painful and only lasted 30 minutes but something happened in the middle of the test that introduced me to fear and trembling in a stunning new way. Seemingly out of nowhere the technician asked me if I was experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath when climbing stairs. I replied that I did not, but the question made me panic just a bit.

When I got up from the table I began the long, slow journey to the land of worry. I had moments of fear and trembling as I imagined everything from needing more tests, perhaps a stent or, even worse, bypass surgery. I eventually convinced myself that I would be recovering from surgery this month when I am to officiate at our son’s wedding. We went on vacation in the midst of this and I was reluctant to go to the beach because that involved climbing 32 steps and what if my heart exploded on the top of the stairs. All because a technician asked if I had experienced any heart related issues.

Have you ever been there with some experience in your life? (more)

  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

Joy in song!! Psalm 126:5

“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy”

Blessings galore this summer as we praise Him. Between the Jammin’ men’s E-185 weekend and upcoming Chrysalis rocking tunes, we can have high expectations of great JOY. GOD IS GREAT!!

Thanks to Jerry Wills and super musicians for fantastic music provided for May Ultreya. With the thrill of having music Chas on 185 - Jim, Rich Wunderlin and the gang lead the May walk in music. They will also be handling music for June Ultreya.

Summer brings our love of youth to the forefront - with great tunes in July lead by Lydia Hugo and Sean Niehoff. BBQ galore and happy hearts!

If music is your gig, pls join us for practice and events. Contact us to get more details -


From the Chrysalis Lay Director

First of all, my apologies for bailing on you all last minute this last Ultreya. I am good, and little man is good, though I would still ask for prayers as I have become somewhat of a medical mystery in the past week. My liver has decided to try and spontaneously combust and nobody can seem to figure out why. But I’m not in any pain, I feel good (as good as you can in your third trimester of pregnancy anyway haha) and the baby’s still happily kicking away at me every chance he gets!

This month starts an exciting summer for the Chrysalis community, We have a Young Adult weekend happening this month, and a High School weekend happening next month, all at a new (to us) facility! As the community gets ramped up to serve together over the next few weeks, I pray that in the stress that sometimes comes along with these retreats that we will be overcome by the peace and grace of our awesome God, and that we can remember to do as we always tell the caterpillars – “let go and let God”.

The theme for the upcoming Young Adult weekend is “Every Giant Will Fall”, and this team has worked incredibly hard and faced so many giants already. (more)


Kairos Korner

Kairos Special Events: Find out more about Kairos and ways to serve.

Needed: New Team Members

We welcome new team members to serve on the GCC S-3 and Sussex 1 weekends. K-75 at GCC S-3 is October 11-14, 2018. K-8 at Sussex 1 is October 25-28, 2018. Information and team applications can be found in the Documents & Resources section at You may also contact the weekend leaders: K-75 - Tom Lambert, K-8 - TBD, contact Ed Tucker,

Virginia Kairos Outside Weekend will be held at Hat Creek Camp Brookneal, VA Spring 2019 Contact Linda Wickstrom for more information 540-798-8698

National KAIROS Annual Conference

Kairos of Northern VA is helping host the National KAIROS Annual Conference 2018 Annual Conference July 24th - 28th, 2018 Hyatt Regency Dulles, Herndon, Virginia For More Information Contact Steve: Steve@

Advanced Kairos Training (AKT)

2019 date to be announced in Richmond, VA For More Info:

As always you can learn more by contacting me at:


Community Palanca

Summer has arrived and so has vacations and summer fun!

We have two Chrysalis weekends, Young Adult and High School. The young adults are ages 18 – 25 and High School (14 – 18). These young people are the future of our Emmaus Community. They need your love and thoughts expressed agape and placemats that they receive each meal on the weekend.

Inspirational verses with pictures are needed. They also use the phrase Fly With Christ for their weekends. So who can help make this a special time for them?

Please see me at Ultreya and I will have placemats for you to decorate. 265 placemats are needed for each weekend..

Donna Morris



Weekend Fees - Take Note!

The Weekend Fees for 2018, as set by our Board of Directors, are:

Application Fee $35

Pilgrim Fee $250

Team Fee $250


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