Board of Directors News
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all peo-ple. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we recall the voice of his cousin John the Baptist crying out, as foretold by the prophet Malachi, “Pre-pare ye the way of the Lord!” We are filled with the hope of God’s appearance in our world, and affirmation of God’s faithfulness to the covenant He made with us through Je-sus. This is our mission each and every day, through our work in Emmaus, Chrysalis, Kairos, or the many programs within our church: to prepare the way for the Lord’s return by witnessing to others how God has been active in our lives. We have received the greatest gift of all, God’s un-conditional love. We must pass this gift on to others. So as we scurry about in preparation for Christmas, let us not lose sight of “The Reason For The Season!”
Wishing you the Peace of Christ. May all your hopes and dreams come true. It has been an honor to serve as your CLD during this past year. It is each and everyone of you that makes NCA Emmaus a vibrant, living movement. On-ly through your efforts to serve, to recruit pilgrims, and to work behind the scenes are we able to touch more lives and “Prepare the way of the Lord!” DeColores!
Community Lay Director
How touching to hear a child sing, especially about our Lord. We hope you enjoy the carols and children singing at December Ultreya. God is so present as we sing and celebrate Christ's birth. It is exciting to be a Christian during this season and always! Whether it's joyful carols, Breath of Heaven, Joseph's Lullaby, a drama or cantata, let your soul be set free to worship out loud! We love you and appreciate your spirit of Christmas all year long! We share in the JOY of Jesus and sing Hallelujah to the Lord. Start 2014 with a song in your heart.
Please contact us and fill the calendar with outreach plans & your music requests.We love you,
NCAE Community Board 2014-2015 Candidate Bios
Female (vote for three)
Dawn Mosteller – Walked on E-113, NCA Emmaus, teamed 8 times Emmaus (including “R” for E-158), and 1 time for Chrysalis. There have been two main factors in my life that have helped to make me into the godly woman that I am today. The first are my in-laws (the entire family), and the second is the team of E-113 and the NCA Emmaus community. Since 2002, I have seen myself grow in Christ because of this community and the people God put directly into my path. I want to do all I can to continue this community, to grow it, and to allow others to benefit from the wisdom, strength, and Christian LOVE that I found within this community.
Debbie McCluskey – Walked on E-146, teamed on E-158, C-84; and recently on E-166. Since my walk, I have found and enjoy finding more about the love and joy of our Lord. I have renewed my love of music and find that it is a big help in worshipping, praising and glorifying God. I do enjoy going back to the innocent time of my childhood and becoming a child before Him. I treasure the new relationships I have made in Emmaus and Chrysalis. I found it easy to be a table leader and lead conversations about faith, grace and the love of Christ. I have many years of experience as a pastor's wife, youth ministry work and a mother. I look forward to working on and with the board in continuing the work of Christ.
Nancy Geeting – Walked on E-144, teamed on 4 teams including cadre member on E-162. I look forward to teaming in the spring on E-168. Growing up in a Christian home, I have always known that God was with me. When my husband Doug decided to go into ministry, I was pleased and excited about his calling. While being a pastor’s wife has been a joy and very rewarding it is also sometimes a burden. It is difficult to foster close Christian friendships when you are the “Pastor’s Wife”. The Emmaus community has given me the opportunity to grow in my faith and to forge friendships that I value more than you all know. I would be very pleased to serve on the board. I look forward to helping in the work of this vital community and to share the love and support that it has to offer. DeColores.
Male (vote for two)
Jim McCray – I attend Old Bridge United Methodist Church where I serve as Treasurer and Alpha Coordinator. I walked on NCA E-19 and sat at the Table of Hope. Immediately after the Walk, we departed on military orders to the Norfolk area where my wife and I were on the planning team to start the Tidewater Emmaus organization. I served on the cadre of Tidewater 1. While stationed in the Tidewater area, I also teamed on Richmond 1. After a number of years, we once again were assigned to the DC area where I was selected to team on E-116. I have since teamed on 10 others NCA teams. It was a real blessing to serve as the “R” for E-165. In 2010 I volunteered to be the Treasurer of NCA Emmaus, a job that I continue to hold. Late on Saturday morning of E-19, the Holy Spirit used Dying Moments to change my life forever, and I continue to be blessed as I journey with Christ on my 4th Day. It will be a pleasure and blessing to serve others as a member of the NCA Emmaus Board should I be elected.
We need another male candidate to serve on the NCA Community Board for the 2014-2015 term.
Spiritual Director (vote for one)
Garey Eakes – I walked on E-77 and served on E-100 and E-114 before going to seminary. In 2004, I served an unexpired year term on the Board. Now an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, I serve as the Associate Pastor at Sydenstricker UMC in Springfield. I served as a Spiritual Director on E-145 and am serving as an SD on upcoming E-168. I thought that providing legal assistance to older persons and persons with disabilities was my ministry, but God had greater plans. Disciple Bible Study and my Emmaus Walk were significant steps in discerning my call to ministry. SHARING has always been very important to me, and it is rarely expressed any better than the way God’s love for us through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit is shared by this community. It just keeps getting better!
Our 2014 Weekends!!
E-168 ~ Mar. 27-30 Carolyn Ritenour
All weekends will be held at the 4-H Training Center near Front Royal, VA
Merry Christmas! We wish you and your loved-ones a most Merry Christmas and a blessed and Happy New Year!
It’s hard to believe the holidays are upon us. Those special days tend to become a Means of Grace for us. We are blessed and graced by God when we gather in Jesus name to celebrate. We celebrate wonderful food, the beauty of the season, the glowing trees, the sparkling eyes of children, the decorations that adorn the house, Christmas Eve services, and getting to be with family and friends. It IS a season of hope, joy, peace, and love!
I know that we can get so very busy that we tend to forget about the deep significance of the day. We can get so busy preparing to celebrate Christmas that we actually miss it because we were too busy. As we move through the days of Advent, I hope all of you find the special love and happiness that comes with this time of year. I hope joy and comfort truly are gifts you receive.
And speaking of gifts, have you considered offering to sponsor a pilgrim on one of the upcoming weekends? What a marvelous gift to give a friend or family member. You could get a couple other folks to chip in with you to help cover the $175 pilgrim fee for 2014. Team fees are $225. We will be at the Four H Center in Front Royal this coming year. Just a thought, especially when you aren’t sure what to get someone…
But more than that, Christmas is about a time for giving and for receiving. It’s so much fun to give to others. I sometimes can’t wait to give Nancy something I have found that I think she will love. The receiving is not so much the getting a gift, as it is in giving a gift. When we give from the heart, be it money or our time and effort, we find this great joy coming back to us. It’s unexpected. It’s wonderful. Perhaps now is the time to make sure you have an application in to team. The joy of giving usually out-weighs the joy of receiving.
As Christmas comes upon us, in the peaceful quiet of the night, I pray that you will have a wonderful Christmas, finding the hope and peace of this holy season enfolding you in the arms of faith and love.
Blessings and De Colores,
Proverbs 16:3 New Living Translation (NLT) 3 Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.
With the air turning colder and the leaves changing color fall is a time for thanksgiving and for being with family. A new Chrysalis family is beginning. What do I mean by that? In a way, each time a new team for Chrysalis is called by God to take part in one of His weekends a new family is born. For the next 8 weeks the team of C-85 will come together, meet, and grow into a unique one of a kind family. There will never be another team like the one God has called to be a part of C-85. Think of all the teams you have been on over the years not one of them has been like any other, yes they may have been similar but they were all unique. C-85 will be just the same great in its own way and everything God needs it to be!
Let’s get those applications in so C-85 will have lots of cat-erpillars to turn into beautiful butterflies. The C-85 weekend will be January 17-20 at the 4-H center in Front Royal. All high school age students are eligible to take part in the weekend. Please prayerfully consider sponsoring your high school student, visit the Chrysalis website www.ncachrysalis.org to download an application today
Fly with Christ
J. R. Williams
NCA Chrysalis 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 email@example.com.
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