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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2013:

April Ultreya at Messiah UMC

Let's keep the spirit moving, at worship in April at Messiah UMC

Come on the 25th ("almost always" the third Friday of the month - BUT THIS MONTH THE FOURTH FRIDAY DUE TO EASTER!) at 7:30 - for worship, a Fourth Day message and communion. We hope to see you there.

It gets better and better and better... (More)

 

*Our 2014 Weekends!!

E-169 ~ May 01-04 - Paul Salbert
E-170 ~ Oct. 02-05 - Beth Mickey
E-171 ~ Nov. 13-16 - Sam Parris

All weekends will be held at the 4-H Training Center near Front Royal, VA

NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available

The 4x6-inch oval NCAE logo is available as a magnet or removable sticker. The NCAE Board of Directors has requested a donation of $5.00 or more to the Scholarship Fund for each. They will be on hand before and after each Ultreya.

Ultreya Schedule for 2014 - 2nd Quarter

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April 25 - Messiah UMC

May 16 - St. Paul's UMC - Woodbridge

May 16 - St. Paul's UMC - Woodbridge

 

 
         
 

From the Community Lay Director...

From the Lay Director

The Parable of the Sower

13 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 Let anyone with ears listen!

Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” (more)

 

From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

April arrives and we find the hope of warmer weather and the great celebration of Easter. Easter is the defeat of sin, death, and darkness. Easter is the promise of new life, eternal life, and hope.

As a pastor, I find that Easter and Christmas Eve are among the most challenging times to preach. The reason being, we all know the story and how do we top something that fantastic? Our words pale in comparison. Yet, in that very notion, we discover a great truth.

God’s love and grace are so wonderful, so large, so embracing, so comforting, so hopeful, so inclusive that we don’t have to worry about finding the right words to express our joy and our gratitude. We don’t have to worry about finding the right words to describe the peace and hope we have found. We don't have to worry about finding the right words to demonstrate the depth of our gratitude.

I think our best words are very simple words. First, we say “Yes!” to God. Secondly, we say “Thanks!” to God. And thirdly, we say, “I love you, too!” to God. In that great simplicity we have stated a major belief. (more)

 
         
  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

!!DeColores!!

Thess 5:16. Rejoice Always!!!

"The Only Name" is a great song which states - JESUS, Jesus, Jesus, just that name! We can testify there is power even in whispering His name. When we all praise His name together in song - it is so very powerful. This Ultreya, just pause and enjoy the shower of praise, rejoicing in Him. Jesus, just that name!
Praises! (more)

 

From the Chrysalis Lay Director

 

Luke 18:16 New Living Translation (NLT) 16 Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.

Here it is March already this has been one tough winter. There have been some highlights one of those highlights in our Chrysalis community has been C-85. We wel-comed 25 new Butterflies into the Chrysalis community back in January. After seeing the youth arrive on Friday evening looking all scared and not sure of themselves and then to see them again at closing was an amazing transformation. They became a family up on the moun-tain! Each one said that they now had a new family that they could lean on and depend on each other in the tough times that we all have. In my eyes there is no greater thing we as a community can do than to grow God’s family. I think of our NCA community as a family, a part of God’s family. I only hope we can grow His family more and more through our weekends.

C-86 is coming up July 10-13 this is our young adult weekend. Those young adults ages 18-25 are able to attend. Please get your teaming applications as well as those applications for the youth to walk! We are also starting to plan for our next high school weekend in Au-gust, so get those applications in soon. (more)

 
         
 

Weekend Fees - Take Note!

The Weekend Fees for 2014, as set by our Board of Directors, are:

Pilgrim Application Fee $35

Pilgrim Fee $175

Team Fee $225

 

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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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.

Watch and enjoy!