HAPPY NEW YEAR *
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2015:
* January Ultreya Hosted by Old Bridge UMC
Let's start the New Year right - with a worship and fellowship experience at Old Bridge UMC! Join us at 6:30 for dinner, followed by worship at 7:30.
Join us on the 15th ("almost always" the third Friday of the month - and again this month) for a refreshments, worship, a Fourth Day message and communion service. We hope to see you there.It gets better and better and better... (More)
and the upcoming Utreyas...
February 19 - Dumfries UMC
March 18 - St. Stephen's UMC
April 15 - Franconia UMC
January 15 - 7:30pm
Remember that our annual meeting is set for the first Ultreya of each new year. That means that this year's Old Bridge UMC on January 15th. Please make an effort to be in attendance - and wear your Work Shirt or Team Shirt!!
Our 2016 Weekends!!
E-176 ~ 3/10 - 3/13 - Laura Newberry
NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available
NEW – NCA Emmaus Car Magnets and Decals
Raúl Castillo at 703-307-8070 or email: 4DayJour@emmausnca.org
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
We greet this year with great anticipation of serving Christ through reaching out and being a part of enriching lives for His glory. Thank you for the warm welcome as your new Community Lay Director (CLD). I am thrilled to serve this loving community and am Counting on Christ. I plan to respond to all things with love and discernment and daily pray for His guidance and grace.
By way of introduction, I walked on E-70 (1996) and sat at the table of Gift of Joy. I have teamed on Emmaus and Chrysalis and was Rectora on E-124 "Bee Set Free". I have a sincere Love for Christ and passion for this community and reaching others. Missions has long been my heart for service, and this year you are my mission. Daily prayer for teams, the Board, the community and outreach are my promise to you, along with being present and available to you.
Welcome new NCAE Board members! The Board members strive to represent you in our leadership and decision making, and serve with joy. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
“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. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
At 3pm on Thanksgiving the local radio station chimed out Christmas music. Yay! In December the NCAE Praise team will sing of Jesus. Come and sing along with great JOY!
Big news!! Marty Petrizza has joyfully agreed to be AMD. This will be a wonderful addition as Marty is active in Chrysalis and Emmaus, has a beautiful Voice and gui-tar talent, and loves the Lord! She's also married to the most supportive and humorous guy in the community, Mark. We look forward to working with Marty and once again invite everyone to join in on Ultreyas and practice.
Contact us with any interest or questions.(more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
As I read this scripture verse as well as many parts of the new testament, I find the emphasis on Christians coming together to pray, fast, encourage and studying together ironic because it is the exact opposite in our culture today. Making a commitment to worshipping on Sunday morning barely happens today with other commitments like traveling for work, sport’s leagues and Sunday football taking up our time. We are busy during the week so that coming together outside of church looks near impossible. I know in my own life that usually the nonwork community commitments that I have are business related, talking about budgets and planning. For youth specifically, it seems that the pressure to perform to the high standards our society has set for them not only takes away their time and gives them stress, but it makes having true Christian community even more difficult. What I know in my heart is that this is not the vision for what Jesus and the disciples of the early Church had for those who made the decision to follow Christ. I believe allowing our hearts to truly breath in the love of community that surrounds us as we worship the Almighty is essential. I’m sure as Pilgrims/Caterpillars; everyone connects with those team members as well as fellow weekend participants. Outside of the weekend, we have monthly Ultreyas and if we do team, we have those team meetings to see others. (more)
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2015, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Pilgrim Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $200
Team Fee $250
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”. (more)
With an all new MailList Service, HolyNet is being reactivated. We encourage you to sign up here to receive community news (including links to the FourthDay Journal), and prayer requests. Thank you, Dave Moore, for setting up this comunications venue!
While we're not in the habit of distributing the large volume of internet-sourced Christian media, every now and then a message arises that is so clear and convincing that we feel compelled to share it.
Many of us have heard this story, but it bears repeating.
Watch and enjoy!