Board of Directors News
Genesis 12:2 I will make of you great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing.
First of all, I would like to thank Tony for his leadership this past year. I am blessed to follow in his footsteps and I appreciate all the wisdom that he has passed on to me during this transition. I hope that I can serve the Emmaus community as faithfully and prayerfully as has Tny.
Tony wrote in his last article about the blessings that he has experienced in this past year. Carrying forward this theme, I would like to address the subject of passing on those blessings for 2015. In the scripture from Exodus, God blesses Abram so that others will be blessed. God does not bless us in order for us to be happy and content. We are blessed so that we may help others. To just sit back and reap the benefit of God’s love and grace is NOT what he has in mind for us. We all know that Emmaus is a “pass it on” community. Our sponsors do not ask us to attend an Emmaus weekend so that we can come home and feel good about our relationship with Jesus and feel blessed by his love and grace. Our sponsors send us to the mountain so that we can return to the work of the church, in whatever form that may take. There are two components to God’s blessing of Abram in Genesis. First, Abram is told what he must do. He is told to leave his home and all that he knows in order to become God’s instrument. While we often do not have to make such a drastic sacrifice, we do find that we sometimes need to make tough choices to follow God’s calling for us. We need to look to God for our security; we are called to seek Him for our direction in life. We are called to take risks and to trust in His plans. Secondly, Abram is told what God will do. God will bless Abram in order that Abram may be a blessing to others. In other words, God does not bless us so that we can be happy in our own little world, but rather, we are blessed so that we may share God’s love and grace with others. When you came home from the mountain, didn’t you want to share that experience with those you loved. Didn’t you want to sponsor a friend or loved one, or put in team application, or work on palanca, or something…….?
When God blesses our lives, we are compelled to share that blessing with others. Keeping God’s love to oneself kind of defeats the purpose of God’s love and grace being brought to the world.
I don’t usually make New Year’s Resolutions. I’m not sure if it’s because I don’t really believe in them or if I just know that I won’t keep them anyway. However, this year I am going to do my best to pass on God’s blessings. Maybe that means sharing my faith when the opportunity presents itself (or maybe even making the opportunity). Maybe that means supporting the Emmaus community through sponsoring, teaming, community palanca, taking on a community support position, or through monetary support. Maybe that means attending Ultreyas and inviting someone you haven’t seen in a while to join you. My goal this year is to be an instrument to pass on the blessings that I have received. I have been given so much; good health, a secure home and food on my table, a loving family and supportive faith community. How can I give these blessings to others? What can I do to “pass it on”?
I want to ask for your support this year and for your prayers. The board depends on each of you to help in the task ahead of us this year. What can you do to help grow the Emmaus community and to help this community be an instrument to be a blessing to others?
Suggested Resolution for 2015 -- Let your life be a praise song to The Lord proclaiming His glorious presence in the world.
Christmas without carols? No way. A day without music? No thanks!! Singing tells stories, expresses emotions, releases tension. Praises. How about those sweet young faces - future BUGS singing at the December Ultreya?! Thank you precious ones - awesome ones- Ethan, Ab-by, Naomi, Emili. Your gift of songs truly blessed us and glorified God!!
It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts salm - NIV) 2015 Outreach efforts are growing!! Call or email to re-serve a date for your church or group. Happy New Year!
Sincere love & tunes,
Our 2015 Weekends!!
E-172 ~ Mar. 12-15 - Kathy Woodley
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
“Thankful and Excited”
I am very excited and blessed as I think about writing to all of you at the beginning of this new year. The theme I have chosen for this article is "Thankful and Excited" - both words that describe NCA Emmaus.
You are a very faithful and generous people. Carroll and I are thankful to you for all of the ways you bless our lives and those of the NCA Community. Your expres-sions of love touched our hearts in so many ways again this week. Last night I woke up at 2:00 AM. I was sick and could not walk, suffering from my first case of verti-go. A Falls Church ambulance carried me to the hospital where I spent the rest of the night. Carroll sent the word out on her Ipad over Facebook, and your prayers poured in all night. I am home now, blessed by your love, your prayers and the healing touch of our Lord. Carroll and I are so "Thankful and Excited" to be in this ministry!
Again this year, I am very "Thankful and Excited" for the outstanding Board members of our Community that will guide our ministry. What an honor to work with such dedicated Christians. Each member goes far beyond the expected as they give of their time and talents so that our ministry might serve God’s purpose. The Board of our NCA Emmaus Community is very dedicated to the mis-sion of the Emmaus weekends, and they are a wonderful group of loving Christians who seek to do God's will in the decisions they make. We, as a Community, are so blessed to have such outstanding Christian men and women in leadership.
I am also "Thankful and Excited" for all of our retiring Board officers who served us in 2013 and 2014. I know of your dedication to our community and the many hours that you generously gave to our Lord. Because of your willingness to share of yourselves, the NCA Emmaus Community has had many wonderful years of ministry. You have blessed each of our lives in more ways that can be expressed.
I am "Thankful and Excited" that we have a mission to remind each other that Christ is the center of our lives and that He died that salvation might be ours! The Holy Spirit has been given to each of us to guide us into God's Kingdom. We have a story to tell, and as we move for-ward in ministry in the coming year, let us find joy in working together to show Christ's unconditional love to new pilgrims being called to attend an NCA weekend!
There is Love and Hope in the NCA Community, and I am "Thankful and Excited" to be your Assistant Spiritual Director for 2015!
“The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.” ~ Proverbs 20:29 (NIV)
Proverbs 20 gives us some great ‘life skills’ advice – but verse 29 really hit me recently. I like the translation in The Message – which says “Youth may be admired for vigor, but gray hair gives prestige to old age.”
You see, it’s hard to not notice the vigor of our youth – some are loud, boisterous, independent, energetic, keen to learn…….. need I continue? As more mature Chris-tians our goal should be to harness that vigor and use our ‘prestige’ to guide them in the way of our Lord. Our youth have an amazing ability to learn – it’s what they do for most of their waking week at least, it’s what they should be doing). But, despite many school slogans, knowledge is not power. Wisdom is power. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit – wisdom is knowing that you shouldn’t put it in a fruit salad!!
So, I am calling on the proverbial ‘gray hairs’ to make time to pass on some of their Godly wisdom to the youth of our community. Find somebody who has walked or teamed on Chrysalis recently and ask them about their experience. This is a great door opener for you to share your wisdom with them.
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 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 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