Board of Directors News
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting to-gether, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourag-ing one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24- 25 (NIV)
I hope everyone is having a great summer. There is a lot happening for Emmaus this summer so I hope you will stay connected. The July Ultreya will feature our annual BBQ thanks to Annandale UMC. Come any time from 6 – 7:30 to enjoy a fantastic BBQ dinner and then join us for Ultreya at 7:30. This is a great event and having the chance to get together for fellowship is greatly appreciat-ed. One of the greatest gifts that Emmaus has to offer is the tight knit family that we join when we take our walk. I know how easy it is to disconnect. We do it all the time… neglecting to make the phone call to a coworker who is ill, thinking it’s easier to just stay home and “relax” rather than making the effort to get together with friends, being too busy with our own lives to think about others. Remember the close ties that were formed on your walk or the last time you teamed? What can we do to continue the bond that is formed when we are fully immersed in our Emmaus experience? One way is to attend Ultreyas, but I hope that you will also think of those that sat at your table or teamed by your side and that you will reach out to reconnect, write a note or make a call, and we will all be better for it. Remember, we are a family and that is such an important aspect of Emmaus. The board and our community have been busy this year and we have some exciting plans in the works. A group of individuals is working on plans to update and enhance our computer/projector capabilities on our weekends. A team has been formed to encourage our local churches to reconnect and engage in our Emmaus community. Some individuals have taken on the task of updating our skit trunks – they would greatly appreciate your contribu-tions and donations (just bring any skit items to Ultreya). We have signed contracts to continue our use of the Meadowkirk facilities in 2016 and are looking ahead for dates in 2017.
The board also needs your help moving forward for next year. Thanks to all our churches for stepping up to fill our Ultreya dates for 2015. We are already starting to fill Ultreya dates for 2016! We will have some positions to fill on the board as well for next year. If you have teamed at least twice and are interested in finding out more about serving on our Emmaus Board, please speak to me at any time. Your Emmaus community needs your commitment and your talents, so look for a way to serve and stay connected.
Praise The Lord, oh my soul. What a great time we had at the June 30th Music Meeting. We sang and wor-shiped then had training for MD/AMD and discussed community opportunities to serve through music. We hope to have a similar meeting for Chrysalis musicians in the future, and repeat this training in years to come. It was a productive sharing time of experience and questions. The Lord's presence was evident and it was a blessing.
As we go forward, there are exciting things in the works: fundraising for projectors, lyric presentations, AV needs; acquisition of sound equipment for teams' usage; and opportunities for outreach. Praying and praising about this things.
July Ultreya music will be lead by Chrysalis. Awesome theme song is "Strength of my heart". Combining that and the annual picnic, worship, Bugs intro, & fellowship brings great expectations of a wonderful evening!! All musicians are invited to join in - play and sing.
May you keep a song in your heart and keep your JOY in Jesus. Sincerely,
Thanks & blessings!!
Our 2015 Weekends!!
E-172 ~ Mar. 12-15 - Kathy Woodley
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
I Love The Month Of July!
Just think of it! To be in Washington for the Fourth of July celebration and to have just celebrated Pentecost (Festival of The Holy Spirit). It is a time of freedom as a Country and freedom as Christians.
Paul writes, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (ROMANS 8:16) We have just celebrated Father’s Day. Some of you may not have grown up in a home with a loving father. The Holy Spirit comes to teach us how to have a relationship with our Father God who loves us beyond our understanding. You see, dear Friends, it is the Spirit that makes us aware of how much our Father God cares about us and values us.
Not only does the Spirit bring us into this loving relation-ship but the Spirit becomes our Teacher and Guide. From deep within, the Spirit shows us the Father’s Will and guides us day by day that we might follow the Father’s Teachings. We become His Child and follow in our Father’s footsteps.
We have much to celebrate! Think about our Freedom as Americans and our Freedom from sin. As we journey together, may the Holy Spirit fill our hearts with joy and our hearts with the willingness to minister in God’s Name as He calls us.
May we use or freedom wisely and the power of the Holy Spirit to bless others! Looking forward to seeing you At oiur next Emmaus Gathering!
Assistant Spiritual Director
It takes a village. You’ve heard this before many times – but I feel it is particularly true when we are referring to mentoring our children and youth. And it doesn’t just refer to a large number of people – it refers to what those people can offer by way of mentoring. Everybody in ‘the village’ has different God given skills – many of them without knowing they have the skills. Whether it is music, the ability to pray, the patience to do something over and over again until the child or youth gets it right – the list goes on.
As adults in the church it is our responsibility to help minister in some way to our youth. Interestingly though, there is no biblical model for youth ministry. So my inter-pretation of this is that we should use the biblical principles we already know and apply them to youth. Sure, there are some specific areas of ministry that focus on youth issues – relationships, sex, drugs, rock and roll etc. – and these shouldn’t be ignored – but too many youth ministries focus solely on those and omit the basic bibli-cal principles we expect our youth to adhere to when they get older (I prefer that term to ‘grow up’).
If we want to grow our youth as future leaders, we need to give them the opportunity to lead as youth. That’s one of the great things about Chrysalis. During the teaming process the adults on the team mentor the youth on leadership – culminating on the youth/young adults actu-ally running the weekend. The mentors are there ‘just in case’ but the weekend is handed off to the youth/young adults – and the model works. I have mentioned by name many ‘Chrysalis kids’ who have gone on to be leaders – and these are just the ones I know about. I see it in my own church where ‘Chrysalis kids’ have started their own bible study and invited other kids to attend. We had a youth led Sunday recently and it was a roaring success. We didn’t change the style of worship or try to make it ‘cute’ – we simply let the youth – with adult mentorship – organize and run the service. This is exactly what the Chrysalis model is all about – showing the love of God to our youth and grooming them to become future leaders.
Yes we address some of the youth specific issues on the weekend – but the program is grounded in biblical principles we all should be attempting to follow.
I’ve tasked you in the past with finding a youth at your church and offering to mentor them. I’m going to task you with something maybe a little easier to achieve in a shorter time period. Go to the Chrysalis website and navigate to the ‘Upcoming Weekends’ page. Here you will find a list of all of the team members for the 2 upcoming summer weekends. I urge you to choose one adult and one youth/young adult from each weekend. Pray – frequently – that God gives the adult the wisdom needed to mentor the youth. And pray – frequently – that the youth/young adult is able to empty themselves of themselves to let God in. Oh, and by the way – I’ll know if you have taken the challenge because you will need a logon id to get to that page – so if I don’t see any new requests for logon id’s I’ll know you haven’t accepted the challenge!! It’s not just God who’s watching you.
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