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Lay Director's Message

Summertime!!!

Thank you, Pender UMC, for a scrumptious meal and warm hospitality at the June Ultreya. What JOY to fellowship and worship at your beautiful church. We hope you will have us there again next year because we realize your location is convenient & we feel so welcome there. If you missed it, you really should visit and see the kind people and huge beautiful cross/picture window behind the altar - breathtaking. We felt we were looking at the face of God during Ultreya. So heartwarming and worshipful!

"We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses" Hebrews 12:1. Oh yes, what joy to know the support and encouragement we share. Praises for the empowerment of community and the spirit of love.

Sleepy Hollow will rock as our Annual Picnic Ultreya location. This will be 7/15 - smack in the middle of two Chrysalis weekends. What a great time to fellowship and worship. Please help by bringing sides to complement the BBQ of our own Rob Cannon.

Spirits are high as teams prepare and pilgrims are being called for E-178 and E-179. The great anticipation of a trip to the mountain and the expectation of great things to happen. There is still a need for pilgrim apps, pray and go and do - submit today!

Board news: On 6/17/16, NCAE Board approved to increase the number of team members to 26, 27, or 28.

The suggested use of these positions are help to existing positions, Assistant Palanca, Music Cha, AV, Talk Room shadower or trainer, assistant to the AHC. These are suggestions, yet the R has flexibility on assignments. The next two teams will be used as pilot teams / trial basis & feedback to the Board following the weekend will be essential.

The Board hopes this will inspire weekends by involving more community as team members and assist with tasks and caring for the pilgrims

IF these additional 2-4 slots are an idea we want to implement in the future following this trial basis, the by-laws change will be voted on in January and R manual will be changed to reflect useful detailed information.

These positions and the number chosen (2-4) are the prerogative of the R. The NCAE is available for consultation and clarification. Call me directly (703) 850-8226.

I have to say, halfway through this CLD journey - you have brought me much joy. The challenges are met with prayer and guidance of the Lord and peers. He never disappoints us or abandons us. JOY flows through it all and the blessing thrills my heart. Thank you.

May this summer bring all of His good things to blossom in your life. The warm sun and fresh produce alone are alot for which to be thankful. Our relationships are rich and oh, what a blessing.

De Colores!

Mary Ann Krauss, CLD

 

Music Directors' Message

Summer is almost here! Time to rejoice and enjoy the beautiful weather. The NCAE worship team brought glory to the Lord with praises that were lifted up to the heavens. Thanks to Pender UMC for sharing in this event and pouring out your praises with us. Watching the youth of C-92 serve communion was a true blessing

This is scripture put to action "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity"* Timothy 4:12.

They will head up to the mountain July 7th -10th what miracles are going to happen!

July's Ultreya will be held at Sleepy Hollow UMC on July 15th. We will have our annual picnic, so you don’t want to miss this one. The special spirited youth and team members of C92 will lead our July Ultreya! It will be a great treat! Love music and praising? Contact us if you want to be a part of our praise team and remember we love outreach! Have a mission, church or event that you would love to bring some awesome worship to? The praise band would love to help. Just contact us. Let us close with this thought

Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Psalm 33:20

AMEN

Jim, Marty Jerry and Milt!

 

Our 2016 Weekends!!

E-176 ~ 3/10 - 3/13 - Laura Newberry
E-177 ~ 5/12 - 5/15 - Charlie Carroll
E-178 ~ 10/6 - 10/9 - Bev Barthmeier
E-179 ~ 11/3 - 11/6 - Jeff Hetherington

 

All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia

 

 

 

Spiritual Director's Message

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 relationship 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 our freedom wisely and the power of the Holy Spirit to bless others! Looking forward to seeing you At our next Emmaus Gathering!

HAPPY JULY,

Richard Cobb

NCA Emmaus Spiritual Director

 

from the Chrysalis Lay Director

DeColores Brothers and Sisters,

Back on June 11, the Chrysalis and Emmaus Board of Directors met to have a time of fellowship and conversation about the health of our ministries as we serve the body of Christ in the National Capital Area. As I came into that meeting, I prayed for God to send down his Holy Spirit to guide us in what we were doing. I have been around both communities for the last 7 years of my life. While I have yet to serve on an Emmaus weekend (I will be putting in an application soon), I know the hearts of so many who serve on those weekends and understand the joy of seeing someone connected deeper in faith.

After having a wonderful lunch, we had an in depth discussion about what God wants us to do for the future of our community. We talked about what our mission was and what we were excited about. We talked about what areas we are strong in and what opportunities were ahead for us. Throughout it all, the love we have for one another as members of the body of Christ. It was a rock’n awesome meeting and I was very blessed by it. Big thanks to my buddy Mary Ann Krauss for helping me with the planning.

July is a very busy month for Chrysalis. We are having two weekends in July, both of which are taking place at MarLu Ridge in Jefferson, Maryland. The Young Adult weekend (C92) will be taking place on July 7-10 and the Summer High School weekend on July 28-31. By the time this article has been published, the deadline for our young Adult weekend has come to pass but applications are still being accepted for the High School weekend. For Candleight on Saturday night for both weekends, we are strongly encouraging community members to arrive at 8:15 PM so that everything can start promptly.

In recent years, I have seen a decline in summer agape/palanca. I respectfully ask that members of our 4th Day community write love letters for our Summer Butterflies. The names for our butterflies can be found on our website as well as on the Chrysalis Facebook page. I am also attaching the names for our Young Adult weekend to this 4th Day Journal. Please be in prayer for the team members as they serve on these weekends and our caterpillars as they experience God’s love.

In July, we will be presenting the names of the candidates who would like to serve on the Chrysalis Board of Directors. Bios and pictures will be in printed form. Voting members will take place at the August Ultreya. Please be in prayer for those who feel God’s calling to serve. As always, it is a joy to serve God and his people with you.

Fly With Christ,

Jacob Mossser

NCA Chrysalis Lay 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 Agape@emmausnca.org 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 Agape@emmausnca.org 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 holynet@emmausnca.org.

 

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