Here Come the Men of E173!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2015:
April Ultreya at Christ Church UMC
Come celebrate and worship as we kick off the new year of worship and fellowship. Please join us at Christ Church.
Come on the 17th ("almost always" the third Friday of the month - and again this month) at 7:30 for 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...
April 17 - Christ Church UMC
May 15 - Springfield UMC
Our 2015 Weekends!!
E-173 ~ April 30-May 03 - Mike McLean
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
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
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? (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
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! (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
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."(more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
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. (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!