Board of Directors News
Proverbs 3:5 and 6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Being the Community Lay Director gives you a unique perspective on the workings of our Emmaus community. I have seen how many people it takes to keep us functioning and how many hands it takes to accomplish all the work that goes into our weekends. It isn’t just the team, but all the support staff and community contribu-tions that make a weekend work. We are blessed to have many fine people in our midst that constantly step up to make a difference. We also need to remember that we must trust in God to guide us, but what good does it do to put in the work and effort if it isn’t in God’s will? Are we doing the work that God wants, or are we just working?
I receive many e-mails from our community regarding the work of Emmaus. I have been surprised recently by a number of e-mails expressing concerns. It is distressing to me when I receive word that people are frustrated with the way we treat one another and speak to one another. Let’s all work together and do our part, but let’s do it with God’s guidance and let’s act in love. When teams are formed, are they formed with prayer and discernment? When teams are meeting, are they meeting in love and respect and prayer? When attending Ultreyas are we there for the Glory of God? I would ask that each of us Trust in the Lord in all we do.
I do want to thank all those that step up to help our community, but the real purpose of this work is to pass on God’s love to each new pilgrim and to build leaders for the local church. That is the primary reason for our existence as a community. Our primary purpose is not to meet with friends once a month at Ultreyas or to have a great time with friends on a team (although those things are certainly a great bonus). If we are just in Emmaus for our own enjoyment, our mission is not possible.
With this said, I want to encourage everyone to take a part in the community. If you are discouraged by other’s actions, speak to them in love. Trust in the Lord to guide your actions and prayerfully consider where you can be God’s hands and voice. Ask yourself if God has a place for you in the workings of our community. Are you teaming, sponsoring, working on community palanca, attending Mananitas? If you are already actively serving, ask yourself if you are trusting in God’s guidance to lead your actions.
I for one know that I often just forge ahead to complete the task without stopping to pray and figure out if the task I am busy completing is the task that God wants me to accomplish. We want our community to grow and flourish, but we need to want this for the new members of our community as well as for our old friends. So this month, I ask that you Trust in the Lord. I ask that each one of us find a way to serve God through this wonderful community of believers. I ask that we all work together to spread God’s glory and his grace to others and to trust in the Lord for all we do.
If you've walked and/or teamed on NCA Emmaus, you have probably heard the song "Via Dolorosa" at Dying Moments or Stations of the cross. It's usually sung in the dark and includes a Verse in Spanish. So beautiful and so meaningful.
As Easter approaches let's focus on the lyrics, starting with the title. So often people call it "Via de la Rosa" - meaning way of the rose. The proper title is "Via Dolorosa" - dolor means pain in Spanish - via is way or road. The complete title is "Way of Suffering".
Lyrics- "Down the Via Dolorosa, in Jerusalem that day, the soldiers tried to clear the narrow street. But the crowd pressed in to see a man condemned to die on Calvary. He was bleeding from a beating, there were stripes upon His back & He wore a crown of thorns upon His head. And He bore with every step the scorn of those who cried out for His death. Down the Via Dolorosa, called the Way of Suffering, like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King. And He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me."
Enjoy this Easter season, filled with song and meaning and reflection. Praises - we are a community of Easter people. Thank you, Jesus.
Chrysalis youth did a beautiful job at the February Ultreya - what true gifts they shared and what a blessing of worship it was! Their spirit and love for our Lord was evident in each face and every song. Fly with Christ! Kudos to our brothers Milt and Jerry & sister Emmaline for their awesome leadership.
The March Ultreya will be lead by the women of E-172. MDs are Gloria Esterline and Lindsey Kirkwood. Theme song is "Glorious Unfolding". All musicians are invited and welcome to join in!!
Our 2015 Weekends!!
E-172 ~ Mar. 12-15 - Kathy Woodley
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
“Love for the World”
1 John 4:7-8 “Dear Friends, let us love one another for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.”
When the Disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, everything changed. They became Loving Ministers and went about doing God’s will. They turned their world upside down and many sinners found new life in Jesus Christ. It was a time of great transformation and rejoicing! God was renewing the earth through the loving work of the Disciples.
God is doing that very thing as we minister together here in the NCA Emmaus Community! There are blessings all around us. People who need to be loved; those who have lost hope and others who have stopped dreaming are finding Christ’s loving, encouraging, helpful new life thru the witness of Our Disciples. They have found “SOMEONE” who cares about them; someone who loves them. They have found God’s presence in you and me!
We are those whom God has filled with His Holy Spirit and He is depending on us. “All things are possible with God!” It is time for all of us to realize that we have a Min-istry to those who need to find the Love of Christ. We have a blessing to share and God is depending upon us to deliver that gift!
During Lent, I invite you to join in God’s Wonderful Ministry that will bring New Life and Hope into the lives of those who are struggling. Be filled with God’s Spirit that you might be a “Blessing” in the name of Jesus Christ. Together, under the guidance of our new “2015 NCA Board Officers”, we will be taking Christ’s Love into the churches of our communities!
May God bless us and our ministry as we continue our faithful journey to Resurrection Day! Blessings,
This week I was reminded of the words to a secular song originally performed by George Benson then later by Whitney Houston. “I believe the children are our future, Teach them well and let them lead the way, Show them all the beauty they possess inside, Give them a sense of pride to make it easier, Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be”
If you attended the February Ultreya you will have expe-rienced exactly what this song was referring to. We saw our future leading the service. They had been taught well and the adults let them lead the way. And their inner beauty shone through – did you see it? At the end of the evening I think the whole Chrysalis community had a sense of pride – not a boastful pride – but pride of suc-cess and achievement.
I experienced the children’s laughter more at the re-hearsal on Thursday evening. Those kids had joy in their hearts and it just oozed out when they were working through the skit. I was with another adult who hasn’t been involved in the Chrysalis community and he just couldn’t believe the fun they were having (and the noise they were making) all in the name of Christ. He said that us adults could learn a lot from these kids and should let our guards down occasionally.
We have seen what happens when we empower our youth to lead in the name of the Lord. I urge you all to find some way, in your own church environment, to em-power your youth to lead – you will be amazed at the result.
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 email@example.com.
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