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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2016:

May Ultreya Hosted by St. John's UMC

Let's keep the spirit flowing - with a worship and fellowship experience at Franconia UMC! Join us at 6:30 for dinner, followed by worship at 7:30.

Join us on the 20th ("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...

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June 17 - Pender UMC

July 15 - Sleepy Hollow UMC (teaming with Annandale UMC)

August 19 - Lake Ridge Baptist Church



A Celebration of life for Gary McCluskey will be June 4 at 2pm at Christ Church, Fairfax Station, VA.


Need to get your Agape to the mountain?

Starting this weekend... For future weekends we will have a large box out front in the Ultreya church foyer so you can leave palanca or agape for the upcoming weekends - please label.


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


NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available

NEW – NCA Emmaus Car Magnets and Decals
The NCAE, 4”x6” car MAGNETS and REMOVA-BLE DECALS are available for $5.00 donation or more for each decal. All proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund.
For more information, please contact:

Raúl Castillo at 703-307-8070 or email:


From the Community Lay Director...

From the Lay Director

Get the hoe! Spring is here. As we think about our community being described as "Easter people", it's easy to feel like this is our time of year! Everything we cele-brate is on the forefront of churches across our nation. Stations of the cross, Via Dolorosa, the Cross, the Empty Tomb, spring flowers, fresh air, music, fresh starts and renewal. Our NCAE community celebrates a risen Christ, He lives in us. Let us not be ashamed to testify as the Priesthood of Believers that WE BELIEVE!

Being blessed with 29 need pilgrims from E-176 is such a joy and a kick start to the year ahead. "Unstoppable love" was so evident as they shared at their closing cer-emony and the recent Ultreya. Nothing floods the heart of a sponsor more then hearing the joy and renewal in a pilgrim's testimony. That is why there is no need for "thank you's"- these expressions of faith are more then enough of a thrill to anyone listening. "Pass it on" lives on. (more)


From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

Easter day is the most exciting and joyous day of the year because it celebrates Jesus’ victory over death.

No other person or force or religion has such a victory. The celebration of Easter came early this year, so we are already in the afterglow of the wonder of the hope of eternal life!

In our reflections on the resurrection, I Peter 1:3 gives us words to cherish that hope.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade---kept in heaven for you.”

The resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith. Notice the progression that results from our faith in Christ. First comes “new birth” which gives a “living hope” founded in the “resurrection” of Jesus. (more)

  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

This journal posting is being written as we approach Easter Sunday.

Celebration of our risen Christ is top on the list! What a Saviour! What a Gift! We joined together to rejoice and be thankful for God's "Unstoppable Love" at March's Ultreya hosted by St. Stephens UMC. Thanks for your open arms and love! Megan Billingsley and Lindsey Kirkwood led our praises with enthusiasm and spirit in joyous harmony.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Believe it! Come Celebrate it with the Em-maus Praise Band leading April's Ultreya held at Franco-nia UMC, April 15th. The event is jointly hosted with Spir-it and Life UMC. Praise God for all the loving hands at work! (more)


From the Chrysalis Lay Director

I hope this e mail find you well. As I am writing this mes sage, we have just had our first major snow storm with mountains of snow. While the snow threw off some of my plans, I really felt it was God letting me take a break, stay inside with my family and admire his beauty. As each snow flake fell to the ground, it was truly a wonderful sight. The clean-up and driveway plowing may have been a little more stressful but the snow always reminds me of God’s artwork.

I want to thank each and every one who helped in what ever capacity with this past Chrysalis that happened over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. We had 30 young lives touched, faith strengthened and encouraged as well as a whole new group of individuals who can return home to their churches empowered to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I encourage you to go up to some of the new cat erpillars at the next Ultreya and introduce yourself and welcome them to the community. (more)


Weekend Fees - Take Note!

The Weekend Fees for 2016, as set by our Board of Directors, are:

Pilgrim Application Fee $35

Pilgrim Fee $200

Team Fee $250


Community Palanca

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!

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