Here Come the Men of E173!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2015:
May Ultreya at Springfield UMC
Come celebrate and worship as we kick off the new year of worship and fellowship. Please join us at Springfield UMC.
Come on the 15th ("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...
June 19 - Spirit and Life, at Old Bridge
July 17 - Annandale 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
There are many great things happening in our Emmaus community. Last month’s Ultreya was fantastic and if you haven’t been in a while, it would be great to see you again. Our Emmaus band has been hard at work and the Fourth Day speakers have been phenomenal. It is such a blessing to me to be uplifted in song and the message always leaves me feeling inspired and ener-gized.
Depending upon when you read this, the men of E-173 will either be on the mountain or will have just come back. This is the second weekend at Meadowkirk and we are enjoying the new facility. When was the last time you came to a Mananita? You can also attend a closing (you don’t need to be a sponsor to join us) and hear the wonderful testimony of each and every pilgrim. The pilgrim applications on file continue to be fewer for the men than for the ladies. As I write this article, there are only 27 applications in the system for the men’s walk of E-175. Typically, we need about 45-50 calls in order to get 30 pilgrims. As you can see, we are a long way off and we need your help. So download some applications and think of those people that you have been meaning to ask, but you just haven’t gotten around to handing out the application! And don’t stop asking the women. We have 47 women’s pilgrim applications on the data base, so we’re in pretty good shape for E-176, but we can al-ways use more! (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
Many exciting things are happening in our Emmaus Community! Our Community Board has been working to help our members live in a vital Christian way.
Truly, NCA Emmaus is a Disciple Strengthening Com-munity! That is our MISSION and everyone that joins here is expected to grow in their spiritual understanding of how their Christian Discipleship is to be lived out each and every day!
We are a Disciple Strengthening Community, where all people are CALLED by God, TRANSFORMED by the Holy Spirit and SENT back to their churches to be Christ in the world.” This vision defines who we are, what busi-ness we are in and our purpose as God’s mission. Into the community we go to “Love like Jesus,” not only our community, but the World Community!
For the rest of this year, I will “unpack” this vision with its goals. CALLED, TRANSFORMED, and SENT that is our vision! When people ask about our group, I hope that you will say, “We Are The NCA Emmaus Community, A Vital Disciple Making Fellowship! At Emmaus, all of God’s people are Called, Transformed and Sent back to their churches to be Christ in the world!” (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. ( salm NIV)
Amen. This verse was shared with us by a sweet pilgrim on E-170.
Our purpose is to create an atmosphere of worship through music for community events. The men of E-173 will lead DDU Music & Ultreya music in May, and the Praise Team will lead in June. We plan to have an informal meeting on a weeknight in June for all interested in serving through music and as MD or AMD on NCAE Emmaus week-ends.
If you are interested in being a part or support of com-munity music please contact us (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
I’ve been preparing for our Easter Sunday service and I was going through the lyrics of Via Dolorosa. I’ve heard that song many times and I’ve also sung it many times – but for some reason while looking at the words this time the lines “He chose to walk that road out of His love for me and you” hit me. As I say, I’ve sung those words many times – but the power of them only just hit me. Jesus CHOSE to go through what he went through for you!! Isn’t that mind blowing?
Maybe it was because I had just returned from a Kairos weekend where one of the talks is all about choices – how everything we do is a choice and the choice we make has consequences – sometimes good, sometimes bad.
It’s so easy for us to force our choices on to our youth – in the form of rules and regulations. We really should be encouraging our youth to make their own choices while at the same time mentoring them to understand the rami-fications of their decisions.
I see our role as youth leaders as that of a shepherd and his sheep. A shepherd will allow his sheep to roam – to choose where to go and what to eat. But if that sheep gets too close to the edge of the mountain, the shepherd will pull it back and set it back on the ‘right’ path again.
The translation of 1 Peter 1-3 in The Message tells us “I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader, in on Christ’s sufferings as well as the coming glory. Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way.” (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!