Board of Directors News
I am overcome with JOY at the fellowship and worship in which we share. Praises, big praises. And as we have teams meeting weekly – Prayer, big, down on our knees prayer! We have the women’s E-178 weekend and Men’s E-179 weekend. DAILY these team members are preparing, pondering, scheduling, planning, and leaning on Jesus. Let’s spur them on by intentional support – cards, emails, calls, words, early agape, to say Go, Do, we are behind you!
The leaders of these two upcoming weekends: Bev Barthmeier & Jeff Hetherington. We have pledged our support and prayers for both weekends. Bev blessed us with a recent message of how well things are going and how they feel the prayers of the community – Anything is Possible. Jeff is a sincere man of God, and prayer warrior, an extraordinary leader. We share in a concern to give more men of our area the opportunity to be blessed with attending a weekend. Believe! PLEASE pray along with us and share any thoughts you have for bringing fruit to this mission.
Richard challenged us to rededicate to our mission. We soak up his challenging words, now let’s act on it. If you can’t find a pilgrim to sponsor, ask others if you can help them financially to sponsor. This would be a huge encouragement to a sponsor. Prayer is an even richer source of strength for them as they fight obstacles and celebrate what is about to happen. The seed has been planted – let’s help water it!
Chrysalis returned with a whirlwind of excitement – let’s pray for those 16 new butterflies as they return to school and work. Inspired by their energy and expressions of the love of Christ – we are a better community for having them as an integral part of this family. Speak to a youth, offer a Hug, engage in conversation, cheer them on! The future is foremost on their minds – challenge and inspire them, perhaps discussing further education or job opportunities with which you have knowledge.
MONICA G is in the HOUSE!! CLD for this upcoming year (August to August). Oh, man… This woman has a love for others and Christ that fills the room. Look out.. she will lead these youth in a dynamic way. Praises. Fervent prayers – let’s commit to it, Believe and experience – Anything is Possible.
I love you!
De Colores and Fly with Christ!
Mary Ann Krauss, CLD
God is on the move! Hallelujah! Maybe it’s just me, but I have been seeing God work in some really miraculous ways lately! So much love pouring out everywhere!
Thanks so much to Lake Ridge Baptist Church for opening their arms to us and for such a glorious night of worship! Emmaline Taylor and Tyler Mankin were the MD’s of C93 and the bugs definitely felt “more of you”. Thanks for your presence and love, Jesus!! Welcome new butterflies!
Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare his praise? Psalm 106.2
We sing his praises with all we have. We pour our hearts into the music, yet there is no earthly way to declare how mighty and awesome our God is!!
So that means we need to do it again!!
Join us in September for Ultreya on the 16th at First United Presbyterian Church in Dale City. Pizza Party at 6:30 and worship at 7:30. Team of E-178 will be introduced!! Please come meet, greet, and spread the love! Pray for the pilgrims and team as God prepares their hearts for the upcoming weekend. MD and AMD training will be taking place at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 7:00 PM on September 20th. It you are a future MD or AMD, or if you plan to be a future MD or AMD please join us! Plus we are encouraging the R’s of future weekends to attend as well. And Jesus says,
Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." Have you hugged your neighbor lately? Blessings,
Our 2017 Weekends!!
E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
When the Disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, every-thing changed. They became Ministers and went about doing God’s will. They turned their world upside down and many sinners found new life in Jesus the Christ. It was a time of great rejoicing! God was renewing the earth through the work of the Disciples.
God would do the same today if we would give ourselves totally to Him and His will. He would make us new in Jesus’ Name and fill us with that same Pentecostal Holy Spirit. The Lord would fill us with Joy and send us out to share His gift with all of His children. God would do that if we would give ourselves to Him!
I am praying that God is going to do that very thing here in our Emmaus Community. There are sufferers all around us. There are people who need to be born again and shed the sin that separates them from their Maker. There are many that have lost hope and have stopped dreaming. There are those who live each day alone and afraid. They are in need of a new life!
We are those whom God has filled with His Holy Spirit and He is depending on us. God is sending us into ordi-nary situations to make them “extraordinary”. “All things are possible with God!” It is time for all of us to realize that we have a Ministry to those who need to find the “Way”. We have a gift to share and God is depending upon us to deliver that gift to those who are seeking.
During this beautiful month of September, I invite you to receive God’s Holy Spirit and join us in a wonderful Min-istry that will bring New Life and Hope into the lives of those who are dying. Come and be filled that you might be a “Gift Giver” in the name of Jesus Christ. Many are seeking New Life and New Hope! Please come to our next Emmaus gathering and share your faith and God’s wonderful redeeming love!
May God fill us with the Holy Spirit! I pray that we will all Minister in His Name!
Richard E. Cobb, Community Spiritual Director
DeColores my dear friends,
I hope this 4th Day Journal finds you and your family well as we get ready to end Summer and start a new season of Fall. I just wanted to recount what has been going on for Chrysalis these past months. We had two very successful weekends in July. Our Young Adult weekend had 6 caterpillars and our high school weekend had 10. Both weekends saw young people draw closer to God and friendships made with others. What someone on the outside didn’t see, was all of the community who supported with clean up, set up, coming to candlelight and closing, and praying for the weekend itself. I think on the weekend just as in our lives, we go about doing what we are supposed to do and we can miss all the people who are doing behind the scenes work to serve us. I know each and every one of those young people really appreciated it and felt the love of God.
As we enter into September, the new Board of Directors for National Capital Area Chrysalis will be taking on their positions that they were duly elected for. I would like to thank Whitney LeMay, Devin Duren, Charlie Duren, John Rowe, and Jose Saldana for their dedication and time over the last two years to helping strengthen and grow our community as well as spread the love of Jesus to the youth/young adults who have come into our lives.
I would like to welcome Sarah LeMay, Michael Juarbe, Tori Guest, Molly Haynes, Burton Robinson, Dan Hughes, Nicole Parrish to the Board and returning for a second term, Lindell Tinsley and Stephanie Williams. I pray that God guides you through times of challenge and that he strengthens you in the months ahead when there is a lot of things to get done.
This will be my last 4th Day Journal entry as the Lay Director for NCA Chrysalis. It has been an amazing journey filled with productive meetings, exciting weekends and a spirit-filled community of disciples who want to just keep passing on the joy. My prayer for this community is that we continue to follow the great commission that Jesus left us before he went to heaven which is, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”-Matthew 28:19-20.
I think it can be very easy for us to just get into a consumer mode. We work, we do stuff for our churches, we manage our households, so why not just relax when we do Emmaus/Chrysalis? We do the fun things that are easy to us. Being a member of a team or just coming for Ultreyas are activities that we enjoy and are easy. Developing authentic relationships with those around us isn’t necessarily easy and with certain people it can be difficult. We have to because that is what Jesus tells us to do. Making disciples isn’t an overnight thing, and it definitely isn’t just sending someone on a weekend. It is deliberate Christian life sharing and spirit filled relationships that make disciples. Disciples that will love God with all of their heart, soul and mind and love others as themselves. Just so we are clear, when Jesus says go and make disciples of all nations, there are no limitations to that. It is not just the person who looks like you but anyone who is brought into your life. That means of any race, any economic status, and any age along with a whole other grouping of categories.
Especially for our young people today, this is needed more than ever. My generation, the Millennials (16-34 year olds) have now surpassed the Baby Boomers in size (75.4 million Millennials). This vast majority of young people have grown up in non-Christian households in a culture that does not encourage faith. Take a moment now to pray for God to guide you into the life of a young person and encourage them on their faith journey. I love you my beautiful wonderful community and just as you have taught me, I encourage you to continue to outreach and disciple others.
I also ask for you to welcome Monica Gibson as the new NCA Lay Director. I ask that you pray for her as she starts this new journey and encourage you to offer words of encouragement every chance you can to her. This is a new year full of opportunities to strengthen the faith of young people, connect them with the greater body of Christ and empower them to be the leaders of the Church today. I will be a part of that mission just as the rest of you will be.
P.S. don’t be surprised if you see me on an Emmaus weekend soon.
Fly With Christ,
NCA Chrysalis Lay Director
Love, Love, Love, that is what Palanca/Agape is all about. The community is amazing when it comes to sharing their love with the team/pilgrims/bugs on the weekends.
So how can you help?
I know how everyone gets carried away with those close pins, but there is so much more! Decorate placemats – each weekend needs a total of 324 decorated placemats.
They can be bible verses, cute pictures and if you are artistic. We need weekend themes if possible.
Each weekend needs Warm and Fuzzies, Joy Flags, Palanca/Agape Bags, I am loveable buttons, and closepin caterpillars.
Get your community together and have a palanca party! It is amazing how much fun everyone can have no matter How “Non Crafty” you are.
At Ultreyas we will be collecting the palanca/agape in baskets located by the front door. We will also have community palanca for everyone to sign. Show the Love and have fun doing it.
If you are interested is helping with the community palanca please contact me at Agape@emmausnca.org or 703-794-1818. It is amazing how much fun everyone can have no matter How “Non Crafty” you are. At Ultreyas we will be collecting the palanca/agape in baskets located by the front door.We will also have community palanca for everyone to sign. Show the Love and have fun doing it. If you are interested is helping with the community palanca please contact me at Agape@emmausnca.org or 703-794-1818. De Colores! And Fly with Christ
Revised Procedures for Ultreya Prayer Concerns
The Board of Directors recently addressed the topic of prayer concern procedures during Ultreyas. The Board was advised that prayer concerns at Ultreya, written out for the presiding Spiritual Director to read, in many cases contained sensitive and private information. As a result, the Board decided to revise the procedures and implemented their decision at the December Ultreya. The revised procedures ask that prayer concerns be written on a piece of paper (provided) and dropped into a box. At the appropriate time during the Ultreya, the box containing the prayer concerns will be brought to the presiding Spiritual Director who will lead the community in prayer.
If individuals feel that more information should be shared regarding a specific prayer concern, please submit that concern to the community through the Holynet after checking with the parties involved to obtain their consent. Prayer concerns for publication on the HolyNet should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2016 as follows:
From the returning second-year class of Directors, one lay member is elected by the Board to serve as the Community Lay Director for a one year term.. This person then selects an Assistant Lay Director from the second-year class.
The second-year Spiritual Director serves as the Community Spiritual Director, with the first-year SD serving as the Assistant to the Spiritual Director