Board of Directors News
Friends, Praises for so much Love & Joy. The song Good, Good, Father rings true “Love so undeniable I can hardly speak, Peace so unexplainable I can hardly think.” As we grieve, we also celebrate all we are in Christ. So much rain recently, yet so much SUNSHINE/SONSHINE in our souls. Nobody can steal this joy!! (John 16:22) E-177 brought new life to the NCAE community. The timing of having vibrant pilgrims introduced was uplifting and inspiring. The mix of honoring Gary McCluskey and welcoming new members stirred emotions and feelings of praise. The appreciation of being able to “Lean on Me” and experience the true fellowship and importance of the Body of Christ was felt by all. His peace and His joy makes our world a brighter place. Truly the Son does shine!
This month is exciting – the NCAE and Chrysalis Boards are meeting to share and eat on June 11. We hope this will be informational and solidify our love for each other. It also promises an increased mutual support in our efforts to reach others for Christ by building Christian leaders and enriching daily walks with our Lord. The Ultreya for June is at Pender UMC! A newly participating host church & what a blessing! July is full of Chrysalis walks/flights and let’s pledge our support there. July Ultreya means our Annual Picnic is near!! Plan on enjoying it all at Sleepy Hollow UMC !!! See you at Ultreya.
Counting on Christ, De Colores!
Mary Ann Krauss, CLD
April Showers Bring May Flowers! Well wonder what May showers will bring?
Seems it has just rained and rained this May, but the Son, our Lord and Savior, was shining on us at St. John's UMC, May 20th! Jerry Wills and Phil Wisner led worship and praise to His glory, and the weekend theme song "Lean on Me" was embraced. Romans 12:5 tells us, "in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." That's right! We are a family, and we belong to one another. Lean on me when your not strong. The Emmaus Community, the body of Christ exudes this!
We welcome all the new pilgrims of E177 to the flock, and praise God for each and every one as they now begin their 4th day journey with the community. Please join us on June 17th at Pender UMC as the NCAE Praise Band will lead us in worship and praise to get our summer going. Chrysalis teams C92 and C93 are preparing for a HUGE July! Please keep them in prayer and consider a youth or college age loved one you may like to sponsor. C-92 Team members will be introduced at this Ultreya. Music training for weekend Mds and those interested will be coming up soon as well. "The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him" John 4:23. God is seeking you! Make sure you join us this June!
God bless and may your spirits be filled with the Son!
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
For the members of NCA Emmaus community and a host of others, the last few weeks have been very sad with deep pain and loss. We have been struck to the very heart by the passing of Gary McClusky, a Spiritual Director who in many ways and for many seasons reflected the face of our community.
We lost one of our own who had been a Spiritual Director on many Emmaus walks, Chrysalis weekends and Kairos ministries. Gary McCluskey was one of those rare children of God who always gave over and above to the work of the Lord, and he has left a gaping hole in our hearts and in the ministry of our Emmaus community here in Northern Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Debbie and his family. Debbie has shown great strength and courage, and as we gather around her we lift her up to comfort and encourage her. The memorial service will be held on June the 4th at Christ Church in Fairfax Station at two o’clock in the afternoon. In the face of our sorrow and the inevitable transition from earth to heaven at the end of our earthly days, we rest in the eternal arms of our Savior, because we know that in our limitations and focus on life here on earth and its mortality, He sees into eternity and will safely guide each of us who believe to join Him there at the end of our sojourn here on earth. For now we see through a glass darkly, but when we see him in eternity it will be face to face, and glorious!!
Until then, let us be about the work of the Lord, clothing ourselves with our Lord’s garments that witness powerfully to both believers and doubters, sponsoring those who God calls us to, and sharing the grace of God to all we meet. The resurrection is filled with the boundless grace of God, for it is by his grace that he brings us to be evermore with him.
Overarching all of this is the soon return of our Lord to earth to gather us home in the rapture of the church. Revelation 22:12: Behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come Lord Jesus. May we prepare ourselves ever diligently to receive him when he comes. Such a commitment purifies us even as he is pure. Grace and Peace,
NCA Emmaus Spiritual Director
DeColores Brothers and Sisters,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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