Board of Directors News
Happy New Year!
We greet this year with great anticipation of serving Christ through reaching out and being a part of enriching lives for His glory. Thank you for the warm welcome as your new Community Lay Director (CLD). I am thrilled to serve this loving community and am Counting on Christ. I plan to respond to all things with love and discernment and daily pray for His guidance and grace.
By way of introduction, I walked on E-70 (1996) and sat at the table of Gift of Joy. I have teamed on Emmaus and Chrysalis and was Rectora on E-124 "Bee Set Free". I have a sincere Love for Christ and passion for this community and reaching others. Missions has long been my heart for service, and this year you are my mission. Daily prayer for teams, the Board, the community and outreach are my promise to you, along with being present and available to you.
Welcome new NCAE Board members! The Board members strive to represent you in our leadership and decision making, and serve with joy. They are an amazing group of friends who love the Lord, love you, and strive to glorify Him. Keeping our eyes fixed on Christ, all things are possible. The 2016 Board members are: New: Gloria Esterline- Assistant CLD, Sam Gero, Kathy Woodley, Jerry Wills, Phil Wisner, Stan Esterline (SD); returning: Lindsey Kirkwood, Mae Krauss, Jon Guest, JR Williams, Rich Wunderlin, and Richard Cobb (SD). We also give a warm welcome to Linda Girten as Board Secretary and Stacey Jones as Treasurer. Filling these positions was an answer to prayer. Welcome.
What a great year ahead. This world has its troubles, but He has given us His peace. We have s hope for daily peace in whatever situation, and rising above the storms and hope for life after this world. It's a perfect time to witness as Christians to others about the peace of our Lord. Even with few or no words - be ready to give a reason for the hope we have. Peace that passes understanding. Be ready to share and offer opportunities to grow. The gift of sponsoring someone on an Emmaus or Chrysalis weekend may bring the light and hope they need, refreshing their faith and spirit, inspiring them to return to their church and serve with enthusiasm. Pass it on!
Currently C-91 and E-176 are preparing to go to the mountain. How exciting to kick off 2016 in support of butterflies and pilgrims saying Yes to a walk/flight with Christ! Praises for all the love poured onto these weekends -- Love Unstoppable, Breaking the Chains.
The January Ultreya will be our annual business meeting and consists of reports from 2015 and projections for 2016. There will be Interesting brief comments from community program coordinators, NCAE Praise Team music, intro of E-176 Rectora, and communion. Please join at OBUMC for a time of fellowship, information sharing, and worship.
Counting on Christ! De Colores
December Ultreya at Bethel closed the year out as voices singing "Silent Night" rose to the heavens. Praise God! WE had a beautiful turnout, and the "mini-choir" added a joyous holiday touch! The Praise Team did an outreach event for the youth at Bethel UMC on New Year's Eve now that's the way to ring in the New Year!!. Consider including the Praise Team outreach at your church event. We want to hear from you!
A New Year is here! May our hearts be filled with the wonder and excitement of "all things new." Join us for January Ultreya at Old Bridge UMC. God is making this ultreya ultra sweet as we will be singing and praising at the same time as our beloved C-91 team and bugs are on the mountain! Prayers for the entire team of C-91 and for the bugs. They will be starting this New Year singing their weekend song "More Than Conquerors" led by music directors Scott Neihoff and Lauren Vanwert. Can't imagine a better start to the year for anyone! Fly Butterflies, Fly!
Contact us with any interest or questions.
Thanks & blessings!!
Our 2016 Weekends!!
E-176 ~ 3/10 - 3/13 - Laura Newberry
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
“Dear Friends, let us love one another for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.” When the Disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, everything changed. They became Loving Ministers and went about doing God’s will. They turned their world upside down and many sinners found new life in Jesus Christ. It was a time of great transformation and rejoicing! God was renewing the earth through the loving work of the Disciples.
God is doing that very thing as we minister together here in the NCA Emmaus Community! There are blessings all around us. People who need to be loved; those who have lost hope and others who have stopped dreaming are finding Christ’s loving, encouraging, helpful new life thru the witness of Our Disciples. They have found “SOMEONE” who cares about them; someone who loves them. They have found God’s presence in you and me!
We are those whom God has filled with His Holy Spirit and He is depending on us. “All things are possible with God!” It is time for all of us to realize that we have a Ministry to those who need to find a strongere Love of Christ. We have a blessing to share and God is depending upon us to deliver that gift!
During this New Year, I invite you to join in God’s Wonderful Ministry that will bring New Life and Hope into the lives of those who are struggling. Be filled with God’s Spirit that you might be a “Blessing” in the name of Jesus Christ. Together, under the guidance of our new “2016 NCA Board Officers”, we will be taking Christ’s Love into the churches of our communities!
May God bless us and our ministry as we continue our faithful journey to until Christ comes again!
NCA Emmaus Spiritual Director
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