Board of Directors News
Greetings, Community - I want to be brief this month, while mainly saying YOU ARE LOVED, relaying business information, and letting Scripture speak.
Philippians 1:3 "I thank my God for you every time I remember you."
... For 30 Reach, for your great love and spirit, for re-membering E-178 and E-179 through prayer and awe-some support. Gratitude for breakthroughs, faithfulness, comfort in grief, great expectations of more answered prayer and prevenient grace.
John 10:10b "Abundant life".
In believing and living out the love of Christ, which is so REAL, we hit the target of our NCAE mission to "Chal-lenge, Equip, and Inspire" with the purpose of building Christian church leaders & enriching our walk with Christ. The Lord enriched lives through E-178 - oh yes, Anything is Possible with the Lord.
John 16:22. "Nothing can steal this JOY!"
We have had much grief but we have the joy and peace of the Lord (Not as the world gives it, but oh, so real.)
1 Thessalonians 5:16 "Rejoice always"
Our NCAE webmaster sent me this verse in palanca years ago. It rings true! November 2016 is exciting with the men of E-179 on the Mountain, DDU, the an-nouncement of the new 2017 CLD, and the Board election at Ultreya. Pls join in and celebrate, fellowship, praise and worship at Christ Church. DDU is 11/12 & Ultreya is 11/18. Praises! Let's gather and fellowship, praise and rejoice! Thanks, Rob!
Counting on Christ. He is counting on us. De Colores!
De Colores and Fly with Christ!
Mary Ann Krauss, CLD
What a great month! The leaves are turning and God's beauty is all around! Thanks so much to St. Pauls United Methodist Church for hosting our September Ultreya. We sang and praised and are now committed "Prayer Warriors" for future Emmaus and Chrysalis teams, pilgrims, and bugs!
"We Believe" is the theme song for E-179. Please God, help us to believe your word!
Isaiah 41:13 says, For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear I will help you. God is bold and decisive in His pursuit of us! Scripture makes it clear that He "Takes Hold of our right hand!" The grip a father has on his childs hand. May we truly see all the miracles, and believe! Milton Zapata and Ben Cave will be leading worship in November's Ultreya which will take place at Chirst Church UMC. Make sure you come out and join us! It's going to be an event to remember and celebration with the new E-179 members of our community. Dinner and Fellowship at 6:30. Worship at 7:30.
Our 2017 Weekends!!
E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
How often do you and I pray for the Christians around us and reach out to understand them and their joys and concerns? Do we really listen to them, or just wait until it is our turn to talk? I must confess, I find myself more concerned with me than other people much of the time and I don’t pray for them as often as I should.
Along that same line, Rev. Tim Keller of New York’s Re-deemer Presbyterian church acknowledges that he promises to pray for individual people who come to him for pastoring, and then sometimes doesn’t actually pray for them. He observes, I think appropriately, that if we say we are praying and do not, it puts us in the category of being hypocrites. I had never heard hypocrisy defined in that way, but I think it strikes closer to home than the well worn definition of my youth that said hypocrites are mainly those people who act like a Christian on Sunday but ‘go to the devil’ during the week. Suffice it to say it is very easy to promise prayer support in name only. I have no doubts that you, the members of our Emmaus community are some of the most praying people around, so I am not telling you to “shape up,” but just to reflect a moment on your prayer life.
Remember that scripture has many encouragements to pray in faith believing and you and your partners in pray-er will reap wonderful benefits. To close, I remind you of James 5:13-16 Is anyone among you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned he will be forgiven. Therefore confess you sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Let us pray continually.
Grace and peace,
Stan Esterline, 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 email@example.com.
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