Board of Directors News
I am sitting at a beautiful lake in central Alabama this morning and a gentle rain is falling outside my cabin. I can hear thunder in the distance and see flashes of lightning around me, yet I am safe and dry within the confines of the screened in porch. There is something so refreshing about a summer rain. The trees and grass soak up the moisture eagerly and seem to stand taller and shine a little greener with each drop. Today's plan was filled with swimming, boating and water activities with the family, but here we sit watching God take charge of the day and remind us that He is really the One who determines the directions of our lives. So instead of water fun, we will play indoor games, talk, laugh, reminisce, and just be still in the presence of our family and our Heavenly Father.
Sometimes He calls us to be still in His presence and to look deeply into our hearts to know the direction in which He is calling us to go. In the middle of life's storms we hold onto His hand for guidance and peace.
I have been on a few Emmaus weekends during my almost 20 years of walking.... Some teams go very smoothly and have very little "rain" that falls on them. Others are taken by fierce storms, but God is there in the middle of each team. He says to each of us to "fear not and step out of the boat". There is such a joy when we take the first step out of the boat and realize that we can do the impossible, as long as we keep our eyes fixed on Him. Look for His hand and His purpose in your life. Keep your eyes always turned upwards and He will keep you always in His grip.
While in Atlanta recently I saw a sign with a quote from Catherine of Siena that said "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire". I want to encourage each of you to be what God intended you to be. Live your life without fear and worry. When the storms come, allow God's people to be His hands extended in your life. But....LIVE!!!
Community Lay Director
Undignified- David danced! Read about it in 2 Samuel 6:14--
You may wonder to how people become involved in the NCAE music praise team? Here's the scoop:
If you play an instrument or sing and/or are interested in being a part of the program, contact us at the email below and we will give you additional information. However, in a nutshell – there are over 150 people who have expressed an interest in the music and we try to involve them in various NCAE MUsic activities at one time or the other - Sponsors hour, Mananita, Ultreyas, DDUs, teaming, MD, AMD, outreach and other special events.
Prior to an Ultreya, practice is held at a church on the Monday or Thursday preceding the meeting. This is usually done at the church where the Ultreya will occur, however if that is not available we have a substitute church which is generous in allowing us to practice there. Praises!
Upon expressing an interest in participating, you will be informed about a practice and included in the planning center services email. This email will enable you to listen to the songs for the event, print them, or use your iPad as chord music. It is important for the recipient of the email to accept or decline, indicating they are able to make the practice and the event.
Voila! That's it! Participants are rotated based on the large number of those interested in participating. There is always room for more and we are always looking for participants to move into the music director position or assistant music director for teaming weekends. We love music and try to share the load.
A lot goes into the background for any NCAE function, such as audiovisual preparation of slides and equipment, set up of music speakers, stands, hook ups, microphones, etc, & sound operation. If this is your gift and/or do you have an interest, please contact us and join in. It is a joy and blessing and we would love to have you serve.
The August Ultreya music will be lead by Chrysalis E-96 MDs--The Billingsleys! Come out and support in worship and song. de Colores!
If music is your gift, please plug into NCAE music!! Contact us for more info -- all are welcome! Mae at Mkrauss@aol.com and Jim Mkrauss70@aol.com
Our 2017 Weekends!!
E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
PRAYER: THE ESSENCE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
How is your prayer going these days? Is it rich and deep? Is it an experience that brings you back each day with an enthusiasm of meeting with the Savior whose Name is above all Names.?
When we pray, it is essential that we begin by following our Lords example as He said in His teaching to the disciples, “Our Father, Who art in heaven, HALLOWED BE THY NAME”. When we look inward to our earthly needs only, and do not remember the Holiness of Who he is at the very outset, we risk not acknowledging Him at all. The prayer becomes a small circle of requests for ours or others’ well being which fails to recognize our immortal status as Children of God. Now, I am not saying that we should hesitate in bringing our requests to our most compassionate God, but that we must enter into a deep awareness of our relationship to Him.
As I write this, I am sitting overlooking a picturesque lake in Alabama where Gloria and I have retreated for a few days to spend with our family. As I sit here, l listen to the sounds of thunder from a passing storm which I do not know if it will bring rain or not. Fortunately, I am sheltered by a screened in porch and will be unaffected by the rain if it does come. The purpose of these storms is to bring us the life giving water that is essential to our existence on this earth. I witness the rustling of the leaves on the trees that signals the closeness of the showers, but only now, after sitting here about 30 minutes, do I witness the raindrops pattering in the roofs of our cottages and making small circular dents and splashes in the lake. It appears that this rain will last a while, and that it is not merely a quickly passing storm, but a mild, soaking rain that will do more good than a brief, heavy downpour which merely runs away into the storm drains, providing little benefit. Our prayers are also better that way. Long and constant, embedded in the activities of our daily lives, our prayers are most respectful of our lord, and constantly meaningful to us.
Isaiah the prophet comes to mind as he writes in his 55th chapter: Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near; (and later in the chapter he declares): You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace.
What a blessing He brings when we remember to place Him in His rightful place in our hearts.
Grace and Peace,
Stan Esterline, Emmaus Board Spiritual Director
As it is my last month as Lay Director I would like to say thank you to everyone. It has been a blessing serving my community! But before I go I do have some last minute business to let you all in on. Our Board elections are happening this August Ultreya. Here is the list on nominees we have so far. We just need 2 more adults to be on the list.
Here is the list for the 2017- 2019 Chrysalis Board:
Spiritual Directors(s) Jessie Kerns
Youth Board Members Matt Critchly, Joey Goode, Emma Grammar, Judieclair Kinerney
Adult Board Members Jon Guest, Kirstin Smith
As we vote on them coming up please pray over these names! Speaking about praying, please pray over the new Lay Director for Chrysalis as it is a big job.
Thank you all again for this fantastic year. See you at the Ultreya this August and get ready to see some new Butterflies!!! Fly With Christ,
NCA ChrysalisLay Director
Love, Love, Love,
Your Sister in Christ
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