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* Our monthly Ultreyas for 2017:

July 21 Ultreya Hosted by Sleepy Hollow UMC w/Annandale UMC

Join us at our July Ultreya at Sleepy Hollow UMC. Join us at 6:30 for our annual Community BBQ, followed by worship at 7:30. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert!!


and the upcoming Utreyas...

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August 18 - First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City

September 15 - Clarendon UMC

October 20 - Bethel UMC



Our 2017 Weekends!!

E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
E-181 ~ 5/18 - 5/21 - Tom Geenty
E-182 ~ 10/5 - 10/8 - Glenda Lambert
E-183 ~ 11/2 - 11/5 - TJ Cuddy

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
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

Summer…..just the word brings back memories of long lazy days spent swimming at the lake, eating water-melon, making homemade ice cream, summer camps, and chasing fire flies with my friends. You may have similar sweet memories from your childhood of days spent lazing around. Throughout the year, as children, we would long for those days….when we could sing, “School is out!!!”.

As an adult, summer’s importance is just a little different. It is an opportunity for taking time to do a few things that refresh us. As families we try to take vacations or “stacations” and get away from the ordinary routines of life and just be together. It's a time to regroup and reorganize our lives and reconnect with those we love.

In our Emmaus community, summer is a super busy time!!! We have two Chrysalis weekends happening. We are busy writing agape for the young people that we love so much. We are sending “bugs” to the mountain to experience the love of God in a fresh and exciting way. New Emmaus teams are getting started with Cadre meetings and “Meet and Greet” times. New friendships are being made and relationships established. It is a time of great excitement with new beginnings! (more)


From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

An Extension Agent was visiting with each farmer in his new territory. As he drove up the lane to one farm he took note of the signs that bordered the drive: “No Trespassing”, “That Means You!”, and “Solicitors will be shot on sight.” He drove on, with some trepidation, and approached the front door with not just a little apprehension. As he stood waiting for the door to open what actually happened baffled him. A kindly older man opened the door and invited him in. They sat at the table over coffee, conducted business, and chatted. When he rose to leave the gentle farmer invited him to come back any time because he didn’t get many visitors up his way.

HOSPITALITY is something that is essential in Christian life? Right? We all practice it without fail? Right? Or maybe not so much…

I have noticed that as the electronic age has exploded to some extent our hospitality quotient has receded. Last week as I was grocery shopping I did a little experiment. I counted the number of shoppers that I encountered and the total was 140. Of those 140 all but 15 of them were too busy talking, or texting, or exploring on their devices. Just a tic over 10% were aware of their surroundings, and had time to reply to a pleasant hello. I frequently exercise by walking at the mall and while I have not conducted the same experiment I would be happy to share some of the near and not misses of people glued to their electronic god.(more)

  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

Hello, music friends!!

Praise Him, Praise Him, Jesus our blessed Redeemer!

You may wonder to yourself or for someone else how do people become involved in the NCAE music praise team? Here's the scoop:

If you play an instrument or sing and/or are interested in being a part of the program, contact us at the email below and we will give you additional information. However, in a nutshell – there are over 150 people who have expressed an interest in the music and we try to involve them in various NCAE Music activities at one time or the other - Sponsors hour, Mananita, Ultreyas, DDUs, teaming, MD, AMD, outreach and other special events.

Prior to an Ultreya, practice is held at a church on the Monday or Thursday preceding the meeting. This is usually done at the church where the Ultreya will occur, however if that is not available we have a substitute church which is generous in allowing us to practice there. Praises!


From the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hello from your Chrysalis Lay Director. Here is the list of team for the upcoming Chrysalis Weekend. So far we have up to 11 caterpillars for January, we are hoping for more. Please pray and write agape! FWC,Monica G

C94 High School Weekend

January 13-16, 2017

Team: Alan Teaford- Dining Room Cha Alison Wills -Table Leader Andrew Weston -Youth Rector Ariana Marth - Talk Room Cha/AV Ben Melugin- Youth Table Leader Burt Robinson- Spiritual Director Grace Becker - Youth Table Leader Jackie Gleadall - Rectora Jacob Mosser - Old Buffalo Jarrett Reagan - Head Cha & Ragman Jeremiah Meslie - Youth Table Leader Jerry Wills- Table Leader John Klein - Chapel Cha Judiclaire Kinerney - Youth Table Leader Kaleb Sullivan - Youth Chapel/Dining Room Cha Katie DeVaughn - Head Cha Kevin Gleadall - Rector Lauren VanWert - Music Director Linda Smith - Agape Cha Lori Darden- Table Leader Lydia Hugo- Youth Rectora Maggie Oakes - Youth Table Leader Michael Hummer - Youth Table Leader Molly Haynes -Youth Head Cha Nicholas Reagan -Talk Room Cha/AV Cha Pam Oakes - Table Leader Phyllis Weeks - Youth Table Leader Richard Goad - Table Leader Ron Lanman - Spiritual Director Sarah Lemay - Youth Agape Cha Scott Niehoff - Music Director Sheri Goad - Table Leader Stu Mentzel - Table Leader TJ Hunt - Youth Head Cha (more)


Kairos Korner

The Teaming Cycle

Just like Emmaus and Chrysalis, Kairos goes through a teaming cycle. Our mens 4-day weekends in the prisons generally are held in the spring (March/April) and fall (September/October). As soon as the 4-day weekend concludes, the weekend leader (similar to the R) begins to recruit the team for the next 4-day weekend. Recruitment usually ends about 2 months before the 4-day so the team can form during teaming meetings. Around the time that team meetings are being held, agape (and palanca, but in Kairos it is all called agape) is solicited.

Thats why you will see calls for team members November February and June August; both prison teams are recruiting! Also, the prayer lists to cover the weekends are passed around at Ultryeas in August, September, February, and March although sometimes the 4-day will fall so that another Ultryea will receive prayer lists.

The warden of Sussex-1 State Prison recently challenged Kairos to do more. He is excited for our program and wants more of the light of Christ to come into the prison. We at Kairos want to respond, but it takes Christian soldiers to take up arms. Can we change the Kairos cycle by adding a 4-day in the summer starting in 2018? That, brothers and sisters, is something that you can help answer. As one of the pastors said recently, If the door is being opened, dont you think you should walk through it?

Applications for teaming are available at our website The next Greensville Correctional Center (GCC) S-3 weekend, K-69, is planned for October 12-15. The next Sussex-1 State Prison weekend, K-6, will be October 19-22. Please contact Bill Iwig ( or Ed Tucker ( or any former 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 $200

Team Fee $250


Community Palanca


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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!