Our monthly Ultreyas for 2014:
September Ultreya at First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City
We'll kick off the new school year with an inspirational evening in Dale City at First United Presbyterian Church.
Come on the 19th ("almost always" the third Friday of the month - and again this month) at 7:30 for worship, a Fourth Day message and communion service. We hope to see you there.It gets better and better and better... (More)
*Our 2014 Weekends!!
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
October 17 - St. John's UMC
November 21 - Clarendon UMC
December 19 - Bethel UMC
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
James 5:13-16 New International Version (NIV) The Prayer of Faith 13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is an-yone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
It's funny how a period of time, we call a month, can be a timeframe where we have goals, expectations, or anticipate things within an overall year. August 2014, proved to be a month in my life that started out one way but ended completely differently from any foreseen expectations.
August is one of those months in our family that has three Birthdays, two daughters Tricia, Hannah, and me (although I stopped counting years ago). So it is fun planning gifts that can be mailed and ways to communicate how valued and loved we are all to each other. Heather, always makes a concerted effort to ensure the days are special, noted, and sometimes we even expand birthdays into birthday weeks. Although I sense a cunning plan on Heather’s part to have a birthday-month in September!?! So the month of August started out with a lot of planning related to family birthdays, which is generally a good thing. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
One of the questions that was asked during teaming on E-170 was, “What was the greatest impact of your walk?” That was a good question!
My walk was not an NCA Emmaus walk. I walked on Tidewater 30 back in 1995. There were some “interesting people” who teamed and I felt some of the things that were emphasized were not what should have been emphasized. I will let it go at that.
When I was first asked to team I tried to run because I didn’t have many wonderful memories — in fact I had pretty much forgotten all about it. I said “yes” to David Channell’s weekend, E-145. They wisely had me serve as a Table Leader, so I got to experience the weekend almost like a pilgrim. It was fantastic! So here I am today, serving on my 8th team and completing my second term on the Board of Directors. What a privilege that has been. And I proudly wear lace on my shirt because I have served on three women’s weekends. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
"Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings." Psalm 63:7
Why do we sing? It expresses our soul, it comforts, calms and worships. Has a song spoken for your soul? Let us know- we'd love to make it part of the music menu and/or share your thoughts about a song here in this column. Music prepares us for worship, but it also IS worship! Any communication with our Great God sets our soul afire and sets us free. Singing together "The Creed" at the August Ultreya was such a beautiful affirmation of our faith. God is great.
Enjoy this fall as Ultreya music is lead by C-87; E-170; and E-171. Join to sing, celebrate and welcome new community members. Praises! (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
Jer 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Phil 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every-thing, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Ps 37:4: Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
These three verses keep popping into my head over the last month or so. This is my last FDJ article as the CLD for NCA Chrysalis. 12 months ago I has some worries but through much prayer and tons of support from the board and friends and my wife I feel that I have done God’s will for the community.
I know that there are many great things in store for the NCA Chrysalis community! I hope and pray that we will continue to grow and help to create more and more youth and young adult leaders throughout the NCA community churches and beyond! With God’s continued blessings I know we will be successful in bringing the love and leadership God’s community. (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
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)
With an all new MailList Service, HolyNet is being reactivated. We encourage you to sign up here to receive community news (including links to the FourthDay Journal), and prayer requests. Thank you, Dave Moore, for setting up this comunications venue!
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!