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Lay Director's Message

In the beginning….Everyone loves a new beginning, a clean slate, a new look at life. Sometimes that can be a little scary, but it can also be filled with a sense of excitement. Through God’s mercy each day we are gifted with a new beginning called his GRACE.

It is with a true sense of joy, anticipation and humility that I accept the role as your Community Lay Director. In my own power, I am nothing, but with Christ at my side, and a whole host of CLDs that have preceded me as my advisors and each of you praying for me, I know that our community will continue to be a blessing to all who attend the weekends and participate in Emmaus activities.

As we begin a new year in NCA Emmaus, we look to our Lord for guidance in all we do. We look to each of the board members to listen carefully to His voice as He leads us in our roles. We look to each R who has been selected to lead a weekend and the chosen Cadre to be obedient to the quiet voice of our Lord. We look to each team member to follow in His footsteps as they carry the load of guiding new pilgrims on the path to a renewed walk with their Lord. We look to each agape/palanca person, for joy flags, placemats, agape letters, food, and much needed prayer support. Each and every one has a place in our community to serve each other and our Lord. I hope that you will find your place this year! It will be a great year of our Lord.

We will be doing our “food and fellowship” time just a bit differently this year. We are asking for those who can to help out with the food. If you are able to provide a potluck kind of dish, that would be awesome!!! We will be having “themes” each month so check the 4th Day Journal each month to see what you can bring.

I hope to see each one of you at our next Ultreya which will be our annual business meeting. It will be at Old Bridge UMC, Lake Ridge, VA. Come at 6:30PM ! The board will be serving Chili and we are asking you to help out, too. If your last name begins with A-G please bring either sour cream, cheese or chips. If your last name begins with H-N please bring a salad. If your last name begins with O-Z bring a dessert. If you are not able to bring something, come anyway!!! There is always plenty at our Lord’s table.

Wear your team shirts or your workshirt if you have one. Or just come “colorful”!!!

DE Colores!!!


Community Lay Director


Music Directors' Message

Happy New Year! "Auld Lang Syne" (old long since) from a poem written in 1570 by Robert Ayton - as we ring in the New Year, we sing praise to our King! Praises for days gone by and petition for His presence in days ahead. We seek Him in guidance for song choices and plans for Ultreyas and NCAE weekends and events. Our great Lord is so faithful to put songs on our heart and harmony in our relationships and get-togethers. The Holy Spirit shows up as all is covered in much prayer.

For the Annual Business meeting at the January 20 Ultreya, Dave Charboneau is leading the Praise Team in praise and worship for the community. May it provide an atmosphere of fellowship and worship conducive for truly giving 2017 and our mission to Him.

February music will be lead by C-94 musicians

March by E-180 MD/AMD

April and May - NCAE Praise Team

June - E-181 MD/AMD

July and August - C-95 & C-96

September - NCAE Praise Team

October - E-182 MD/AMD

November - E-183 MD/AMD

December - NCAE Praise Team

All are invited to join in. If you have an interest in participating, pls contact us for further details at

De Colores, Glory to God!

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

A New Year to celebrate! We go forth with great anticipation of the wonders of life God has given us, to enjoy them to the fullest extent possible! And in the midst of this enthusiasm, each of us must sponsor at least one person for a weekend on Emmaus. We have hardly touched the potential of how many people would really desire to spend a few days with Jesus and his disciples. However, our lives may be focused on less noble things. What do your anticipate your life will be like in the coming year of 2017? Confusion? Good things? Difficulties? Disappointment? Conquest?

The year will almost certainly bring all of these experiences at different times, and many others.

Whatever the future holds, we can rest assured that our Lord will be present, constantly walking beside us and reassuring us that our faith in him will bring us through. Where should we let our minds rest when we are meditating? Philippians 4:8 says that we should always think about good things: true, noble, right and pure attributes of our friends, things or people that are lovely, admirable, and anything excellent or praiseworthy. If you think that is easy, consider letting your mind evaluate the people in your church congregation, or perhaps your extended family members or in-laws. It won’t be long before you (and I) may be thinking about some or many of their short comings and be looking for a person or group to share it with.

But the scripture says that we must let our thoughts and minds be filled with good, optimistic and encouraging thoughts.

So that brings us back to the opening thought: Excitement of the life God has gifted us; and the joy we experience through “passing on” the message of Christian grace in Emmaus. Make it much more than a New Year’s resolution. Let it be a response to Jesus’ great commission to us to spread the gospel.

Grace and Peace,

Stan Esterline, Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hello from your Chrysalis Lay Director. Here is the list of team for the upcoming Chrysalis Weekend. So far we have up to 11 caterpillars for January, we are hoping for more. Please pray and write agape! FWC,Monica G

C94 High School Weekend

January 13-16, 2017

Team: Alan Teaford- Dining Room Cha Alison Wills -Table Leader Andrew Weston -Youth Rector Ariana Marth - Talk Room Cha/AV Ben Melugin- Youth Table Leader Burt Robinson- Spiritual Director Grace Becker - Youth Table Leader Jackie Gleadall - Rectora Jacob Mosser - Old Buffalo Jarrett Reagan - Head Cha & Ragman Jeremiah Meslie - Youth Table Leader Jerry Wills- Table Leader John Klein - Chapel Cha Judiclaire Kinerney - Youth Table Leader Kaleb Sullivan - Youth Chapel/Dining Room Cha Katie DeVaughn - Head Cha Kevin Gleadall - Rector Lauren VanWert - Music Director Linda Smith - Agape Cha Lori Darden- Table Leader Lydia Hugo- Youth Rectora Maggie Oakes - Youth Table Leader Michael Hummer - Youth Table Leader Molly Haynes -Youth Head Cha Nicholas Reagan -Talk Room Cha/AV Cha Pam Oakes - Table Leader Phyllis Weeks - Youth Table Leader Richard Goad - Table Leader Ron Lanman - Spiritual Director Sarah Lemay - Youth Agape Cha Scott Niehoff - Music Director Sheri Goad - Table Leader Stu Mentzel - Table Leader TJ Hunt - Youth Head Cha

Monica Gibson

NCA ChrysalisLay Director


Community Palanca

Love, Love, Love, that is what Palanca/Agape is all about. The community is amazing when it comes to sharing their love with the team/pilgrims/bugs on the weekends.

So how can you help?

I know how everyone gets carried away with those close pins, but there is so much more! Decorate placemats – each weekend needs a total of 324 decorated placemats.

They can be bible verses, cute pictures and if you are artistic. We need weekend themes if possible.

Each weekend needs Warm and Fuzzies, Joy Flags, Palanca/Agape Bags, I am loveable buttons, and closepin caterpillars.

Get your community together and have a palanca party! It is amazing how much fun everyone can have no matter How “Non Crafty” you are.

At Ultreyas we will be collecting the palanca/agape in baskets located by the front door. We will also have community palanca for everyone to sign. Show the Love and have fun doing it.

If you are interested is helping with the community palanca please contact me at or 703-794-1818. It is amazing how much fun everyone can have no matter How “Non Crafty” you are. At Ultreyas we will be collecting the palanca/agape in baskets located by the front door.We will also have community palanca for everyone to sign. Show the Love and have fun doing it. If you are interested is helping with the community palanca please contact me at or 703-794-1818. De Colores! And Fly with 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