Join Us at Clarendon September 15! *
* Our monthly Ultreyas for 2017:
September 15 Ultreya Hosted by Clarendon UMC
Join us at our first fall Ultreya at Clarendon UMC. Join us at 6:30 for supper, followed by worship at 7:30.
SEE YOU THERE!!
and the upcoming Utreyas...
October 20 - Bethel UMC
November 17 - Christ Church UMC
December 15 - Messiah UMC
Our 2017 Weekends!!
E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
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.
NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available
NEW – NCA Emmaus Car Magnets and Decals
Raúl Castillo at 703-307-8070 or email: 4DayJour@emmausnca.org
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
As a child I was always so excited when September rolled around. It meant new shoes, maybe a new dress or so that Mom made, fresh notebooks to fill and sharp new pencils to use, but more excitingly, it meant a new grade with opportunities to learn new and better “stuff” than last year!! I went to a small school so I knew all the students and we all progressed together each year, so friendships remained the same. But, I eagerly looked forward to a new teacher and new ways of doing things.
Our Emmaus Community is making a few changes, and learning from our Chrysalis Community, some new ways of doing things too. We are beginning to put our manuals for training in “the cloud”, paying our bills through Pay Pal, signing up on the “database”….so many ways to bring our community into the world of technology. I appreciate each board member who has taught me so much and given countless hours to make these things happen for our community. This board is filled with passionate warriors who are relentless in their efforts to make our community ever better. They are truly amazing! (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
I have often heard it said that some of the finest things in life have been scribbled on a cocktail napkin. In fact I have even heard that Abraham Lincoln scribbled the famous words to the Gettysburg Address on a napkin in route to Gettysburg. These days I think the whole napkin thing could be changed to say that some of the greatest things are posted on Social Media. I often find myself looking at the posts and seeing various nuggets of wisdom on there. That was the case yesterday. While scrolling I found, “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.” This resonated with me because I tend to try to reason through everything that I do and choose. As I do this I tend to overthink everything, especially the negative outcomes. This process goes on so long that sometimes I become paralyzed and frozen out of fear of making the wrong decision. Anyone else relate to that?
As I read the piece of advice yesterday I was reminded of the story told in Matthew about the disciples. Following the feeding of the 5,000 plus, Jesus put the disciples into a boat and told them to cross to the other side of the lake while he went up on a hillside to pray. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
“Rejoice Always” I Thess. 5:16
Choose JOY. Let a song express your heart’s concerns, hurts, joys, or praises. The 4th Day Packet you received when you walked had a list of Christian radio stations - a full page of local stations for your listening pleasure. Please accept the challenge to listen to Christian radio. Not only will you find it more positive, expressive, uplifting, and comforting, but the music you hear at Ultreyas and NCAE events will be familiar and you can sing along! You may also find a tune you are crazy about and ask us to play sometime for the community.
God is so good. Song: “He’s a good, good Father” I don’t understand, but I know He loves me. “ Even if” So glad I know you, Jesus. “What a beautiful name” Thank you, Lord, for being constant. “King of the World” (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
As it is my last month as Lay Director I would like to say thank you to everyone. It has been a blessing serving my community! But before I go I do have some last minute business to let you all in on. Our Board elections are happening this August Ultreya. Here is the list on nominees we have so far. We just need 2 more adults to be on the list.
Here is the list for the 2017- 2019 Chrysalis Board:
Spiritual Directors(s) Jessie Kerns
Youth Board Members Matt Critchly, Joey Goode, Emma Grammar, Judieclair Kinerney
Adult Board Members Jon Guest, Kirstin Smith
As we vote on them coming up please pray over these names! Speaking about praying, please pray over the new Lay Director for Chrysalis as it is a big job.
Thank you all again for this fantastic year. See you at the Ultreya this August and get ready to see some new Butterflies!!! (more)
Kairos Fall Weekends
The Kairos teams for Kairos #69 at Greensville Correctional Center and Kairos #6 at Sussex-1 State Prison have started teaming for their weekends on October 12 – 15 for K-69 and October 19 – 22 for K-6. So, that means it is Cookie Time and Prayer Chain Time!
Homemade cookies are a tangible and meaningful expression of God’s unconditional agape love for the incarcerated and are a very important part of each Kairos weekend. Each team will take approximately 2,400 dozen (!) cookies into the prison for a Kairos weekend, which includes enough to provide one dozen cookies to each inmate in each prison in addition to the participants and team over the weekend. Cookie instructions are available on the team website at: https://kairosnova.org . Also, instructions for delivering the cookies to each team will be available on the website as the weekends draw near.
While the cookies demonstrate God’s amazing love, the Kairos weekends are powered by prayer as we seek the Holy Spirit to watch over each weekend and touch each participant’s heart with God’s love and forgiveness in a new and powerful way. Links to the prayer chain sign-up list, divided into 30 minute slots, and prayer guides for both K-69 and K-6 will be posted to the team website in the near future. A paper prayer chain is then created by the team consisting of paper chain links with the name and State of the prayer partner for each 30 minute slot. This prayer chain is shared with the participants during one of the talks on Friday morning as a powerful demonstration that they are not alone on this new journey with Christ. Please join many others from around the world, including Kairos brothers on death row, in praying for the participants and team.
Please contact Bill Iwig (email@example.com) or Ed Tucker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any Kairos team member if you have any questions about Kairos.
Matt 25:36 “…I was in prison and you visited me.”
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2017, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Pilgrim Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $215
Team Fee $250
DeColores & Fly with Christ
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While we're not in the habit of distributing the large volume of internet-sourced Christian media, every now and then a message arises that is so clear and convincing that we feel compelled to share it.
Many of us have heard this story, but it bears repeating.
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