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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2016:

* July Ultreya Hosted by Sleepy Hollow UMC

Let's keep the spirit flowing - with a worship and fellowship experience at Sleepy Hollow UMC! Join us at 6:30 for our annual BBQ picnic, followed by worship at 7:30.

Your help is needed: bring sides and desserts or drinks. roBBQ provided!

You may want to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets - SEE YOU THERE!!

and the upcoming Utreyas...

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August 19 - Lake Ridge Baptist Church

September 16 - First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City

October 21 - St. Paul UMC - Woodbridge


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.


Our 2016 Weekends!!
E-178 ~ 10/6 - 10/9 - Bev Barthmeier
E-179 ~ 11/3 - 11/6 - Jeff Hetherington


NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available

NEW – NCA Emmaus Car Magnets and Decals
The NCAE, 4”x6” car MAGNETS and REMOVA-BLE DECALS are available for $5.00 donation or more for each decal. All proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund.
For more information, please contact:

Raúl Castillo at 703-307-8070 or email:


From the Community Lay Director...

From the Lay Director

Friends, Praises for so much Love & Joy. The song Good, Good, Father rings true “Love so undeniable I can hardly speak, Peace so unexplainable I can hardly think.” As we grieve, we also celebrate all we are in Christ. So much rain recently, yet so much SUNSHINE/SONSHINE in our souls. Nobody can steal this joy!! (John 16:22) E-177 brought new life to the NCAE community. The timing of having vibrant pilgrims introduced was uplifting and inspiring. The mix of honoring Gary McCluskey and welcoming new members stirred emotions and feelings of praise. The appreciation of being able to “Lean on Me” and experience the true fellowship and importance of the Body of Christ was felt by all. His peace and His joy makes our world a brighter place. Truly the Son does shine! (more)


From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

For the members of NCA Emmaus community and a host of others, the last few weeks have been very sad with deep pain and loss. We have been struck to the very heart by the passing of Gary McClusky, a Spiritual Director who in many ways and for many seasons reflected the face of our community.

We lost one of our own who had been a Spiritual Director on many Emmaus walks, Chrysalis weekends and Kairos ministries. Gary McCluskey was one of those rare children of God who always gave over and above to the work of the Lord, and he has left a gaping hole in our hearts and in the ministry of our Emmaus community here in Northern Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Debbie and his family. (more)

  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

April Showers Bring May Flowers! Well wonder what May showers will bring?

Seems it has just rained and rained this May, but the Son, our Lord and Savior, was shining on us at St. John's UMC, May 20th! Jerry Wills and Phil Wisner led worship and praise to His glory, and the weekend theme song "Lean on Me" was embraced. Romans 12:5 tells us, "in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." That's right! We are a family, and we belong to one another. Lean on me when your not strong. The Emmaus Community, the body of Christ exudes this!

We welcome all the new pilgrims of E177 to the flock, and praise God for each and every one as they now begin their 4th day journey with the community. Please join us on June 17th at Pender UMC as the NCAE Praise Band will lead us in worship and praise to get our summer going. Chrysalis teams C92 and C93 are preparing for a HUGE July! (more)


From the Chrysalis Lay Director

DeColores Brothers and Sisters,

Like many of you, I was shocked to learn of the passing of our brother Gary McCluskey. I served on two Chrysalis weekends as well as on the Chrysalis Board of Directors with him. I will always appreciate the passion he had for sharing God’s love with others. In days of struggle in my work, Chrysalis or personal life, I could always look to Gary for support and encouragement. I take great comfort in the verse Matthew 5:4 that says, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted”. While I am sad that I won’t get to be with Gary on this Earth anymore, I take great comfort in knowing we will be together for eternity in our Father’s Kingdom.

As we roll into May, it means summer is right around the corner. With summer, comes two of our Chrysalis weekends. Our young adult weekend will be July 7th-10th and our summer high school weekend will be July 28th - 31st. I humbly ask for you to prayerfully consider sponsoring someone on one of our two summer weekends. As an organization, we are dedicated to strengthening the faith of our youth and young adults, connecting them not only with our 3rd day community but with the greater body of Christ and empowering them to be the future leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ today. (more)


Weekend Fees - Take Note!

The Weekend Fees for 2016, as set by our Board of Directors, are:

Pilgrim Application Fee $35

Pilgrim Fee $200

Team Fee $250


Community Palanca

I am the Community Palanca Cha. I need volunteers to make placemats for me. We need 270 decorated placemats for each team that goes to the Mountain.

I will have blank placemats at the Ultreyas each month. You can create your own design, either free hand, trace from a coloring book, use markers, glitter and glue to create your designs. You can either do them yourselves or get your Sunday School classes to do them. The pilgrims really like them when they come from the children. There are two kinds needed: the ones that are decorated with cute pictures and words, and ones that specifically say “DeColores”. (more)


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