Board of Directors News
Colossians 1:11-12 "May you be filled with joy always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light."
We had a wonderful Ultreya at Franconia UMC on 4/15/16, hosted by FUMC and Spirit and Life of Dumfries, VA. Kathy Woodley and Jim Morris lead the awesome loving gang of Christ's cooks, greeters, ushers, communion servers, etc. We celebrated recent births and soon-to-be newborns of community members. It was exciting and uplifting for all, especially community grandparents and godparents.
The Board reported decisions to set guidelines dealing with declinations of applicants. If any pilgrim declines 3 times when called for a weekend, their application date will become the current date and moved to the end of the calling line. The sponsor will be called and the applicant will be asked if they wish their application to be kept on file. Special situations can override this action, common sense and reasonableness will be a part of all decisions. When a team member declines an opportunity to team 3 times, their application will be dropped and they will need to reapply to team. Let's stir up the world and get in those applications of expectant joy and blessings.
E-177 team members were introduced and shared their assignments with the community. We had several attendees who were at their first Ultreya and that was Inspiring. All were challenged to reach others for Christ and inspire them through sponsorship to Emmaus. Gaylene Guest blessed us with the Fourth Day talk and song "He Knows my Name" which tied into her beautiful testimony.
The very next day our own brother in Christ and Spiritual Director (SD) Gary A. McCluskey passed while on vacation in FL. A wave of shock and memories flooded the community and broke our hearts at the thought of missing him. He had just lead as SD on the women's "Unstoppable Love" weekend, and challenged all to walk closer to the Lord and equipped all with inspiring grace talks and humor.
We pledge to continue to hold the family close in our hearts, arms and prayers. Priesthood of believers, Body of Christ, prayer warriors unite - as love holds us together and reminds us Gary is with Papa now, rejoicing, and his joy is complete. We continue to lean on Jesus and each other. We carry Gary's sincere and joyful spirit with us on each teaming, event, song, communion, and our daily walk. He was active in Emmaus, Chrysalis and Kairos. He was so loved and slotted to serve on future Chrysalis and Emmaus cadres.
The May 20 Ultreya welcomes new pilgrims to NCAE -- how exciting. "Trust in the Lord". This Ultreya will also provide a report of Emmaus Board news and updates from other fourth day communities - Chrysalis and Kairos. St. John's UMC will host and we so appreciate their hospitality, lead by Judy Bennett. God bless you, the whole community appreciates your act of love.
DDU will follow the next day (May 21) at Old Bridge UMC in Woodbridge at 8:30am. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Please come to encourage others and to equip yourself for sponsorship and teaming.
Pender UMC will be the Ultreya church host June 17, 2016. This is our first NCAE visit there-- let's have a great response and another joyous time together! Put it on your calendar. And remember Christ is counting on us AND we are counting on Christ.
Keep the JOY!
Mary Ann Krauss, CLD
April!! New life! New Growth! It is a glorious month and makes me think how we were once dead and now alive and blooming with Christ by our side! April Ultreya was a huge tribute to God's Glory! When we open our eyes to see, we realize the Holy Spirit is always there, and we need only become more aware of his presence. Thanks Franconia UMC for your gracious love and opening your church to us.
May brings anticipation of all the blessings the E177 weekend will bring as they head up the mountain May 12th - 15th. May's Ultreya will be held at St. John's UMC and be led by our beloved Jerry Wills and Phil Wisner. "Lean on Me" is the E177 theme song. John 17:22 " I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one." Jesus prayed for US! He prayed for us to be one! Lean on me, and I on you, we are ONE everybody! Your trials are mine, and my trials are yours! We are family Hallelujah!
Calling all musicians new pilgrims to old buffalos! Love the Lord and want to share your talents? The Emmaus Praise Band wants to welcome you to join us! The Praise Band would also love to share the Lord's Love with your church or event. Want to join us or have us join you? Please contact us for more info. Spirit and Life UMC was blessed in April to join in this outreach of love, and hope your church gets an opportunity as well.
Franconia UMC is also looking for a praise leader for 9:45 AM service. This is a paid position requiring 10 hours of work a week. You can apply by notifying firstname.lastname@example.org. You don't want to miss the upcoming "worship leader conference" and PCO training event held in Centerville, Va., May 18th and 19th info here http://tinyurl.com/h7eq4af.
Blessed n the Lord's Love,
Our 2016 Weekends!!
E-176 ~ 3/10 - 3/13 - Laura Newberry
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
Many exciting things are happening in our Emmaus Community! Our Community Board has been working to help our members live in a vital Christian way.
Truly, NCA Emmaus is a Disciple Strengthening Community! That is our MISSION and everyone that joins here is expected to grow in their spiritual understanding of how their Christian Discipleship is to be lived out each and every day!
We are a Disciple Strengthening Community, where all people are CALLED by God, TRANSFORMED by the Holy Spirit and SENT back to their churches and communities to be Christ in the world.” This vision defines who we are, what business we are in and our purpose as God’s mission. Into the community we go to “Love like Jesus,” not only our community, but the World Community!
For the rest of this year, I will “unpack” this vision with its goals. CALLED, TRANSFORMED, and SENT that is our vision! When people ask about our group, I hope that you will say, “We Are The NCA Emmaus Community, A Vital Disciple Making Fellowship! At Emmaus, all of God’s people are Called, Transformed and Sent back to their churches and communities to be Christ in the world!”
In the weeks ahead please look for many new opportunities to grow in the Spirit and discover your Spiritual Gifts and how those gifts can be used in God's Ministry. It is a NEW DAY in the life of our fellowship as God gives order to our mission. We have a beautiful location to hold our WALKS! It Is A New Day! The Lord Is Risen Indeed!
I am inviting you to pray for our community and its leaders, as we discern God’s will for our ministry. Please pray daily, worship weekly and serve creatively!
NCA Emmaus Spiritual Director
Decolores my brothers and sisters in Christ,
Like many of you, I was shocked to learn of the passing of our brother Gary McCluskey. I served on two Chrysalis weekends as well as on the Chrysalis Board of Directors with him. I will always appreciate the passion he had for sharing God’s love with others. In days of struggle in my work, Chrysalis or personal life, I could always look to Gary for support and encouragement. I take great comfort in the verse Matthew 5:4 that says, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted”. While I am sad that I won’t get to be with Gary on this Earth anymore, I take great comfort in knowing we will be together for eternity in our Father’s Kingdom.
As we roll into May, it means summer is right around the corner. With summer, comes two of our Chrysalis weekends. Our young adult weekend will be July 7th-10th and our summer high school weekend will be July 28th - 31st. I humbly ask for you to prayerfully consider sponsoring someone on one of our two summer weekends. As an organization, we are dedicated to strengthening the faith of our youth and young adults, connecting them not only with our 3rd day community but with the greater body of Christ and empowering them to be the future leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ today.
Please be in prayer for Rector Mike Juarbe and Rectora Carolyn Tidd and the rest of the team of C-92. They will have started teaming on April 29th. Pray that God guides them in all that they do, not just for a good weekend but to make disciples of Christ with all of whom they meet. Also be in prayer for the R’s of C-93 as they get ready to start teaming for C93.
I find summer as a time when many people like to get out of their regular routines. With students, there isn’t school going on and usual activities change so there isn’t as much night time outings. With adults, it might mean an evening committee meeting or bible study takes a hiatus while the summer is going on. While we can take the season to rest, I encourage you to look at doing something different that will help you grow during this summer season. One thing that I love to do during the summer is take my bible and go into a park to read God’s word outside. I may even do some anonymous praying for people who pass me by. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in a wooded area, but just some place different. Praying around your vacation spot of choice or going into a part of our community that needs prayer is another new idea too.
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 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