Board of Directors News
2 Corinthians 4:15 “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
It’s November! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas will be here before we know it. But No-vember is also an important time in the Emmaus Community. At the November Ultreya, we will elect the new members for the Emmaus Board. We have a great group of men and women who are willing to serve on the Board and we look forward to their leadership in the coming years.
We need three women to fill the slots being vacated by Keri Finegan, Debbie McCluskey and myself, there are two openings for men as Chris Scholz and Michael Gentile finish their terms and we need a Spiritual Director to fill the shoes of Garey Eakes. All of these fine people have faithfully served for two years. I can’t express how grateful I am for this group of people who have done God’s work on the board. My job as Community Lay Director would not be possible without them. On the ballot for November we have:
Women: Gloria Esterline, Sam Ger,o Kathy Woodley
Men: Jim Morris, Jim Stacy, Jerry Wills, Phil Wisner
Spiritual Director: Stan Esterline Gary McCluskey
Please prayerfully consider all the candidates. If you weren’t at the October Ultreya, we will have copies of their bios at the November Ultreya.
November is a time of thanksgiving and I am truly thankful for all the fine people in the Emmaus community who are willing to serve in so many ways. We all have so much to be thankful for in our lives. We are blessed to have church families and loving people in our lives. We are blessed to have a loving and caring God. We are blessed to have this Emmaus community. So, spend some time counting your blessings. What people have graced your life, what bounty have you been given, how has God touched your life? But also, ask where you have been a blessing to others, when have you shared your faith with someone else, where have you stepped out to serve? Emmaus has blessed my life and I am sure most of you would say the same. Count your blessings and be thankful.
Christian Music fills the Emmaus weekends and teaming events and our hearts. The Fall season vibrates with song and readies our hearts for worship, service, and strengthening our daily walk. God is great.
Get involved and encourage your your pilgrim to participate in music. Be a part of growing and encouraging Christian leadership in music. Sign up and/or encourage your pilgrim and others with music interest to join in, reach out to us and be a part. We would love it! Contact email@example.com
November music at Ultreya will be lead by the men of E-175. "I lift my hands!" Come and sing and be a part of the great joy.
Thanks & blessings!!
2016-2017 NOMINATIONS FOR EMMAUS NCA BOARD
The Nomination Committee welcomes submission of names from those willing to serve on the 2016-2017 board. We meet monthly, usually the first Monday at 7pm in Springfield, VA. It involves commitment and responsibility in representing the NCAE community in business, decisions, concerns, and planning. It is also a huge blessing to serve in this capacity. Pls submit your name and a short (3-4 sentences) of why you desire to serve on the NCAE Board. This statement will be shared with the board and in publications such as FDJ and Ultreya to the community. The election will be at the November Ultreya and your presence is requested. Thank you.
Our 2016 Weekends!!
E-176 ~ 3/10 - 3/13 - Laura Newberry
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
November is an exciting month for me and I hope it is for all of you. I am so very thankful to be the a community Spiritual Director. This is the month that we join together in thanking God for all of our blessings. We have a Savior and He is alive!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for our Emmaus Family! During the month, there will be singing, praising and feasting! This is your invitation to come and join us in worship this November. ECCLESIASTES 4; 9-10 SAYS, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.”
It is clear that God intends us to be a community of believers. A “Body of Christian Love.” When we are separated from each other we are week. It is so important that we come together and celebrate the great love we have in Jesus Christ and in each other! During our difficult times, it is so important that we are walking together with other Christians. Beloved, we are “Family” and you are missed when you are not in our fellowship gatherings!
I am so thankful that the compassion, love and outreach of our community is touching many lives and has brought us into contact with many who have felt the presents of the Living Lord. Many have been so important in allowing that to happen as they have reached out in faith and been willing to express their ministry in so many wonderful ways. Yet there are others that are treasured members of our Emmaus Family that have been missing these opportunities. So it is my prayer that many will come and rejoin our ministry, that our Family might be strengthened and that our ministry might grow stronger!
Please pray every day for this ministry. Our community will have many new members again this November and we will need your help if they are to be reached for the Lord! Please be at each of our gatherings to welcome our visitors who always come early. Be sure to greet them in the name of the Lord before you begin conversations with your Emmaus friends. After the gathering, spend the first ten minutes inviting the new members to join you at our next fellowship. For you see, dear friends, it is in that ten minutes that our members exit the church. So please spend those minutes talking to them!
I am praying for you and for our ministry! Looking forward to greeting you at our next fellowship gathering!
Decolores my brothers and sisters in Christ, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
Decolores Emmaus Community, As I read this scripture verse as well as many parts of the new testament, I find the emphasis on Christians coming together to pray, fast, encourage and studying together ironic because it is the exact opposite in our culture today. Making a commitment to worshipping on Sunday morning barely happens today with other commitments like traveling for work, sport’s leagues and Sunday football taking up our time. We are busy during the week so that coming together outside of church looks near impossible. I know in my own life that usually the nonwork community commitments that I have are business related, talking about budgets and planning. For youth specifically, it seems that the pressure to perform to the high standards our society has set for them not only takes away their time and gives them stress, but it makes having true Christian community even more difficult. What I know in my heart is that this is not the vision for what Jesus and the disciples of the early Church had for those who made the decision to follow Christ. I believe allowing our hearts to truly breath in the love of community that surrounds us as we worship the Almighty is essential. I’m sure as Pilgrims/Caterpillars; everyone connects with those team members as well as fellow weekend participants. Outside of the weekend, we have monthly Ultreyas and if we do team, we have those team meetings to see others.
The question that I and other Chrysalis board members have been wrestling with is how to have some sort of informal community gathering where youth and adults can just come together to encourage one another in love and in deed, not just in doing Chrysalis/Emmaus activities but in every aspect of their life. A place where people who haven’t walked could also experience this and maybe even ask to attend a weekend. What came to us was the vision of an old tradition in Chrysalis with a new spin: the Hoot. The Hoot was a time when Chrysalis youth gathered on their own during the monthly Ultreya a few times a year so that the structure of an Ultreya could be more youth focused. While we liked the idea of the Hoot, we did not want to separate from the overall community during the Ultreya so we decided to do one on a Saturday night. The Hoot will be a time for us to gather informally as a community of believers and encourage one another in deed, worship and truly strive to build authentic community through the generations.
The Hoot will be taking place at Christ Church off of 123 on November 14th between 7-9 PM. Adults and Youth/Young Adults (8th graders are welcome) of our community are encouraged to attend as well as inviting people who haven’t walked to come. This is a night of fun activities, food and powerful worship. We will also be having communion. I hope to see everyone out there.
I pray that we as a community can encourage one another as we see the Day (the day when Jesus comes back) approaching. Fly With Christ,
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 Es# 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 2015 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