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Lay Director's Message

Recently I have been reading A Leader’s Heart by John Maxwell. One of his devotional readings addresses creating a “team” spirit that is infused with love and regard for each other. He says that there are no “lone ranger” leaders. But, in fact, leaders build a strong inner circle long before the full team is assembled.

Our Emmaus teams begin with the formation of a cadre to work together, plan and organize the details of each weekend. After much prayer and planning together, we then prayerfully choose our teams. Maxwell also talks about King David who surrounded himself with men who had a vast array of talents and gifts. David felt prepared for anything. The men that David surrounded himself with were loyal followers because he allowed them to do jobs that fit with their personalities and gifts.

I love the comparison of the way David organized and planned his army to the way each Emmaus team operates. Much prayer is given to each and every weekend before heading to the “mountain”. God equips each member of the team to do the job(s) they are assigned to do. Just as David gradually gave authority to others, so the “R” allows his cadre and team to demonstrate their leadership abilities during the weekend. Musicians, speakers, lay leaders, counselors, pastors, servants are born from each weekend enthused to serve the Lord in new and fresh ways. Emmaus has been a training ground for many of us to spread our wings and fly like never before.

This past men’s weekend, E 181, was a true blessing!!! At Closing we heard men tell of the changing of hearts that occurred on the mountain. Lives were revolutionized by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of the team that were a “brotherhood” of faith working together tirelessly. The team was well prepared, just like King David’s men!!! They were ready for the weekend, just like David’s men were ready for battle. They sounded the cry of the Spirit in the Sky and felt his Spirit there on the Mountain.

These pilgrims will be introduced at the June 23 Ultryea at Pender UMC. Please bring your favorite appetizer to share. (Meatballs, sliders, fruit kabobs, veggie trays…. ) Come prepared to fellowship, enjoy a fabulous meal, and spend time in worshipping our Lord.

DE Colores!!!


Community Lay Director


Music Directors' Message

June Ultreya music will be lead by Jake and Paul of E- 181, praising to "Spirit in the Sky". What joy! The two following Ultreyas this summer will be lead by Chrysalis MDs. The leaders of these music groups love the Lord and love music. Join in and celebrate Him with a joyful, positive and supportive heart.

Ask - do I want to be a part of what He is doing now, or do I want to be a part of what he was doing then? New, changing, loving, serving. Trust His power and path. He makes all things new.

Jim and Mae Krauss

Community MDs


Our 2017 Weekends!!

E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
E-181 ~ 5/18 - 5/21 - Tom Geenty
E-182 ~ 10/5 - 10/8 - Glenda Lambert
E-183 ~ 11/2 - 11/5 - TJ Cuddy

All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia




Spiritual Director's Message

This morning during Sunday worship the skies opened and poured out a flood of rain. A few people got up from their seats and walked quickly out of the room, probably to make sure their car windows were securely closed and protecting the inside of their vehicles from being damaged by intrusive water.

The deluge came just as the main speaker of the service was beginning his message, but he was unfazed by either the noise of the sudden rain on the roof or the movement of some of his hearers. He presented his message with power and focus, for he was committed to delivering it to the hearers without interruption. He was quite confident of the topic and its importance for all Christians. After all, his text was I John 1:9, one of the most quoted verses in the Bible. It dealt with the recognition of sin in our lives and the importance of confessing it to God, accepting his forgiveness and grace, and further, no matter how difficult, making the offense right with any who may have been hurt by it.

It was a simple message, but essential for Christians to hear regularly, lest we be “hardened by sins deceitfulness”. (Hebrews 3:13) The unity and dynamic inspiration of Emmaus depends on our remembering the grace filled message of our faith. A famous quote, (assigned to CS Lewis since he has credibility for wise sayings), is that “We need more often to be reminded than instructed.”

The whole Emmaus message is like that, a wonderful and intense reminder of all that Christ is to us, from his incarnation (God’s letters coming to us in palanca), to his great and boundless grace (our confession and cleansing from sin in dying moments), and the grand finale of resurrection morning (in mananita).

We in Emmaus must be reminders of God’s grace every day to those around us and remember that every person we sponsor will be changed to a more Christlike life. Like the inspired messenger of our Sunday service, we commit ourselves to ‘no distractions’, which would draw us away from our “high calling in Christ Jesus.”

Grace and peace,

Stan Esterline, Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Monica Gibson

NCA ChrysalisLay Director


Community Palanca

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

Donna Morris


Board Notices

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


Weekend Fees for 2016

The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2016 as follows:

Application: $35

Pilgrim: $200

Team: $250





Board Officers

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