Board of Directors News
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Another change of season - the weather is warming, the trees have a full dress of green, flowers are in bloom. Now that the school year is ending, our thoughts turn to family, vacations, and a chance to get away for a rest. No matter what the activity: a day at the beach, a hike in the mountains, or a trip to explore, we look forward to getting away from the pressures of our daily life.
But in the midst of all of this excitement, it is important to include the Lord in our plans, for He is the true source of peace. Just as we ask Jesus to be a part of our journey in our daily lives, so should He be included in our vacation plans. If we follow in His footsteps, He will send the Holy Spirit to enlighten us and protect us.
True happiness is found only in God and the grace of Christ Jesus. As Saint Paul told us in his letter to the church at Philippi, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all under-standing, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Je-sus. (Phil 4:6-7). May our hearts find 10,000 reasons to Bless the Lord. DeColores!
Community Lay Director
Zephaniah 3:17 NIV "The lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."
So many joyful songs & the JOY of Jesus shining bright!! Yet this month He has put in our heart this peaceful mes-sage from Matthew 5:9 "God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God."
Wow! Working for peace - music brings great peace. We sang at at funeral this week and to be able to proclaim "My chains are gone, unending love, amazing grace" in grief is so moving. Peaceful. Someone encouraged us by re-membering the lyrics form Third Day's "we must go through this valley, to stand upon the mountain of God!" When we seek Him to refill our cup, when we comfort one another, encourage one another, and when we serve we ARE working for Peace!
Praises, children of God!!
Don't let anything steal your JOY!
Our 2013 Weekends!!
E-164 - Feb 28 - Mar 4 ~ Cynde Rogers
As June unfolds, we pray for the team and pilgrims of E-165. We know the Spirit will be there to make it a great weekend.
We also begin that annual season of summer vaca-tions. Getting away is always a good thing to do, but it’s always nice to come home and climb into your own bed. It’s good to get a break, enjoy a change of scenery, go to someplace you have either never been or can hardly wait to return. While we may not long to jump back into the daily grind, we do like the feeling of being home. As our fourth day continues, we need to experience both the joy of a gentle respite and the joy of coming home.
Don’t you find that now that you are in your fourth day, home takes on a new meaning for you? That break -- that walk up on the mountain -- that teaming experience -- was a wonderful, life-changing time. Our hearts were touched, our spirits were caressed, our tummies were filled, and our minds were taken to new understanding. We praise our God for such a marvelous gift -- a gift of being surrounded by grace and love.
Then we come home and we fall into bed exhausted. It was so powerful and meaningful, but now we try to let our bodies rest and try to take it all in. What shall we do now? What shall we do differently? What will our first actions and words be on this the beginning of our fourth day?
Perhaps one of our tasks is to let others feel like they, too, are at home and welcome. How are we doing at supporting our home churches and our pastors? How are we doing at helping our churches grow and reach out to new folks in the name of Jesus? What areas are we discovering that we can take on an important role in the life of our home church? As thoughts and feelings are finally able to form words to share about the weekend, are you encouraging others to be pilgrims, too? Are you seeking to get NCA Emmaus as a line item in your church budget? Are you talking to friends about going in together to sponsor pilgrims? Is that glow that lets people see something has changed within you radiating out to others -- or are you keeping it all to yourself?
Ultreyas always seem like homecomings to me. We see so many folks that we know and love, folks we walked with, folks we teamed with, and even folks we recognize but can’t put a name with them. It’s the joy of being home, of being in a place where you are loved, of sharing together with the rest of our Emmaus family.
As we look to our distant futures, we realize that there is one more home to which we are headed. Jesus has gone on before us to make a special place for us. Regardless of how things are now, we know that there is a great place to go, that each of us is welcome, that each of us is truly loved.
But until then, let’s enjoy the summer, with its warm winds, starry nights, lengthened days, and moments spent in getting away. Enjoy that glass of lemonade or iced tea while you are sitting on the porch. Share your love with others. Share the love of Jesus with others. Invite some-body to become a pilgrim so their lives can change for the better. Enjoy a break. Enjoy coming home -- and being at home with Jesus, as you go about your daily routines. Sing a song of praise. Have a great summer.
Blessings & De Colores,
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8,8
C-84 Chrysalis Young Adult weekend is approaching. Rectora is Reann Newberry and Rector is Sam Parris. Their weekend Theme is “Living for the first time”. The Scripture is John 3:8,8 written above. Their song is “Born Again” by Third Day. This will be the first Chrysalis week-end held at Skycroft Conference & Retreat Center in Middletown, MD, (www.skycroft.org). C-84 dates are Wednesday, June 12 – Saturday, June 15. Join us for Candlelight on Friday, June 14 at 8:30pm and Closing on Saturday, June 15 at 4pm. PLEASE refer to Skycroft web page for best directions on main roads. Do not google or mapquest. Currently, we have 4 female caterpillars and 3 male caterpillars, 7 total). Here are the caterpillar names if you can send agape: Caitlyn Costello, Danielle Gunderson, Katie Schafer ,Jessica Wray, Rod Morris, Michael Jaurbe, and Josef Bell. Go to www.ncachrysalis.org to get C-84 Team names. Thank you for continuing to support Chrysalis with your prayers, sponsorship, time, and donations. This is a worthwhile ministry where God has transformed many lives.
Mark your calendars for our upcoming Chrysalis Coffee House on Saturday, July 20, at Springfield UMC. We will give you more information about this next month. We are excited about being invitational to Youth outside our current community, as well as those already involved, as we gather together in Christian fun.
Fly With Christ,
Chrysalis Community Lay Director
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”. It does not matter what the picture is, it only needs to say “DeColores” somewhere on the placemat. If you wish to make a set for a specific weekend that is great but you need to mark the envelope this is for E-# and I will make sure it goes on that weekend.
You can do placemats for Chrysalis they need the same decorated and instead of saying DeColores they say FLY WITH CHRIST. If you want to do them for Chrysalis you can get them from Terry Downer and return them to her or you can give them to me and I will make sure she gets them.
Or what about your cloth Palanca bags that you received on Friday. How many of you sew? You can go to your fabric store and pick up some material. Rainbow material works well, I guess because most people don’t want to use it as a dress. I will have the dimensions available for you if you’re interested at the Ultreya.
Do you remember your Joy Flag Parade? Joy flags are always needed. These can be made from paper or fabric, and can be as simple or intricate as you desire, as long as they say “Joy” somewhere on the flag. These should always be the pennant shape, too. You may also specify the joy flags for specific weekend also.
First stones are simple. Go outside, pick up a rock, and write “First” on it. Please write “F-I-R-S-T” and not “I-S-T on it. We have felt for the “I’m Lovable” flower pin that you received on Friday. Men get a pennant-shaped ribbon, and felt is available for both. Do you remember being showered with Warm Fuzzies on Sunday? If you love yarn, then this is the project for you. At the Ultreyas there will be the prayer wheel for you to sign up to pray and also, there will be a sheet passed that will have snacks for the weekend. You can sign at the Ultreyas. Food for the weekends needs to get to the Head Cha before Tuesday of the week that the team is going unless you are sponsoring someone and will be going to the mountain on Thursday.
Where do I get all of the material or instructions, you may ask. Well, you can pick up placemats, felt for flowers and banners, and yarn for warm fuzzes at the Ultreya each month. You can also pick up or return items at the Ultreya. There is usually a table near the church’s entrance where items are placed. Or you can find me and hand items to me.
If you’re not available to attend the Ultreya, you can contact me. My email address is LindaLSmith999@verizon.net and phone number is 703- 216-2469. And if you’re concerned about getting an item to me quickly, we can always keep in touch by phone and work out something. If you are willing to serve as Palanca Chairman for your church please fill out the information on the clipboard that I will have at each Ultreya in the front. Please list which items your group is interested in doing, so when I am running low on items I can contact the chairman.
If you are in a reunion group this is a good project that you could do. So, check with your group and see what items you all would love to do. If someone from your church has already signed up then you don’t need to. I am looking forward to working with you!
"If you would like to get placemats please call Linda Smith 703-216-2469 and she will meet you to get them to you"
Thank you and DeColores!
Linda L Smith
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 2012 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