Board of Directors News
Ultreyas are wonderful times of food, fellowship and most of all worship. During our February Ultreya we enjoyed a delightful Friday evening of foods that spoke to us of “love”. We dined together at our tables laughing, refreshing and nourishing our spirits and our bodies at Lake Ridge Baptist Church. Our musicians led us in a spirited and spirit-filled worship time in the sanctuary. Then we joined together at the Lord’s Table for a feast of bread and wine. We left that evening feeling encouraged in our walk with Christ.
The scriptures tell us that these times of renewal are very important in the lives of all Christians. We are to bind our hearts and minds together and be united in our spirits. Hebrews 10:25 admonishes us to get together and encourage one another. This passage reminds us of the relevance of community and sharing our lives.
Reunion Groups are another way of getting together to encourage our fellow Christians in service to our Lord. We hope that if you are not a part of a reunion group or some kind of group at your local church, you will seek one to join. Iron sharpens iron and we need to improve our walk daily by encouraging one another while we have time.
Our March Ultreya at Dumfries UMC is going to be terrific!!! We will be welcoming home the team of E- 180 and meeting a bunch of new NCA Emmaus folks. We will also be enjoying “breakfast in the evening” provided by each of you. Bring your favorite breakfast dish, casserole, bagels or donuts. Dumfries will provide ham to accompany your dishes, as well as drinks and paper goods. Can’t wait to see each of you then!
Community Lay Director
De Colores, Amigos! Keep a song in your heart and watch what happens! Christian music is uplifting and inspiring, and often is derived from scriptural concepts or the actual words put to music. Several Christian radio stations have a challenge for 30 days to listen to only that type of positive music and watch what happens. And overwhelming amount of listeners Who except the challenge call and report that it changed their life. If you're not a fan, try it. What could it hurt? It can only change your grumpiness or depression or put a smile on your face! Give it to Jesus. Be changed for His glory and your JOY!
March Ultreya at DUMC will be led by the women of E- 180. The theme song is "Glorious Unfolding". Read Rectora Nancy Geeting's article and learn why she chose this song and how much it means to her. Do you remember the theme song from your walk? Something to think about. It's played the first night, throughout the weekend and at every activity affiliated with each respective team. If you don't recall, ask your weekend R - we guarantee that song is still on their heart! There is music at almost every NCAE activity-- jump in, ENJOY, and if you are a musician - join in, contact us; you are welcome here!
De Colores, Glory to God!
Our 2017 Weekends!!
E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
TROUBLES AND SORROWS, HOPES AND JOYS
Jesus said some things that we would rather not hear.
Whenever we think of Him we hope that He will have something to say to uplift our spirits and help us to see the world through rose colored glasses, or at least some words with an optimistic tone. Because we are so focused on ourselves and our success we often tend to avoid the more difficult sayings of our Lord.
Not today. We must accept all of his messages, and face them, for he alone understands mortality and sorrow, the resurrection and everlasting life. He gives us some messages of real pain because he desires that we should be strong and endure to the end.
Jesus speaks in John 16:33: “In this world you will have trouble.“ The saying is stark and cold, matter of fact. He doesn't elaborate or tell us the nature of the trouble. I suppose he does not describe the trouble because there are troubles and troubles, in infinite variety. There is sickness, poverty, famine, unscrupulous people of all kinds, crippling accidents, wars, large and small, business failures, and the all consuming mortality that ends in death. If I go on listing the unlimited types of trouble, we shall all be depressed and border on hopelessness.
Jesus makes that statement because it is true, and we must face the realities of being human.
Never take a scripture out of context, because the next sentence Jesus speaks is “But take heart! I have overcome world.” He immediately brings an eternal solution to our dreadful situation.
When we are on an Emmaus weekend, whether on the team or walking as a pilgrim, we experience the mountaintop holy winds of love and grace so much that the world and its problems fade away until they are merely a distant concern.
The world returns in full blast when we return to the valley. Maybe not immediately, but soon after we enter the valley. Then Jesus’ words of overcoming are essential to our lives, and act as an introduction to Philippians 4:8,9: “Finally, brothers (and sisters), whatever it true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable——if anything is excellent or praiseworthy——think about such things……………and the God of peace will be with you.”
Face the troubles that you will surely have….but never fail to……
Focus on and receive the words of our eternal conquering Christ!
Grace and Peace,
Stan Esterline, Spiritual 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
NCA ChrysalisLay Director
Love is in the air! The ladies go to the mountain in March. At the February Ultreya we will have baskets in the front to collect palanca and nonperishable snacks for the weekend.
With each weekend there are placemats that need to be decorated. If you have received blank placemats to decorate please bring to the February Ultreya. Material needed to make palanca bags for Chrysalis and Emmaus weekends for 2017. If you have extra material that you think would make great palanca bags please bring the Ultreya in February. One yard of fabric makes 3 bags. I will have instructions if you would like to help construct the bags.
The Love offering for our host church in February - Lake Ridge Baptist will be canned goods. Please show our love and support their mission to feed the needy in our community.
Love, Love, Love,
Your Sister in 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