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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2016:

June Ultreya Hosted by Pender UMC

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

Join us on the 17th ("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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July 15 - Sleepy Hollow UMC (teaming with Annandale UMC)

August 19 - Lake Ridge Baptist Church

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


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

The Family has requested Emmaus friends to wear team shirts or work shirts of any weekend to the June 4 celebration. Your help is needed with food for the reception following the celebration service. Advise Kat Schreiber of your willingness to help with food. Email is Thanks!


Need to get your Agape to the mountain?

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 and put your stuff in alphabetical order, by last name.


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

We had a wonderful Ultreya at Franconia UMC on 4/15/16, hosted by FUMC and Spirit and Life of Dumfries, VA. Kathy Woodley and Jim Morris lead the awesome loving gang of Christ's cooks, greeters, ushers, communion servers, etc. We celebrated recent births and soon-to-be newborns of community members. It was exciting and uplifting for all, especially community grandparents and godparents.

The Board reported decisions to set guidelines dealing with declinations of applicants. If any pilgrim declines 3 times when called for a weekend, their application date will become the current date and moved to the end of the calling line. The sponsor will be called and the applicant will be asked if they wish their application to be kept on file. Special situations can override this action, common sense and reasonableness will be a part of all decisions. When a team member declines an opportunity to team 3 times, their application will be dropped and they will need to reapply to team. Let's stir up the world and get in those applications of expectant joy and blessings. (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 Community! 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 and communities to be Christ in the world.” This vision defines who we are, what business 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 and communities to be Christ in the world!” (more)

  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

April!! New life! New Growth! It is a glorious month and makes me think how we were once dead and now alive and blooming with Christ by our side! April Ultreya was a huge tribute to God's Glory! When we open our eyes to see, we realize the Holy Spirit is always there, and we need only become more aware of his presence. Thanks Franconia UMC for your gracious love and opening your church to us.

May brings anticipation of all the blessings the E177 weekend will bring as they head up the mountain May 12th - 15th. May's Ultreya will be held at St. John's UMC and be led by our beloved Jerry Wills and Phil Wisner. "Lean on Me" is the E177 theme song. John 17:22 " I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one." Jesus prayed for US! He prayed for us to be one! Lean on me, and I on you, we are ONE everybody! Your trials are mine, and my trials are yours! We are family Hallelujah! (more)


From the Chrysalis Lay Director

Like many of you, I was shocked to learn of the passing of our brother Gary McCluskey. I served on two Chrysalis weekends as well as on the Chrysalis Board of Directors with him. I will always appreciate the passion he had for sharing God’s love with others. In days of struggle in my work, Chrysalis or personal life, I could always look to Gary for support and encouragement. I take great comfort in the verse Matthew 5:4 that says, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted”. While I am sad that I won’t get to be with Gary on this Earth anymore, I take great comfort in knowing we will be together for eternity in our Father’s Kingdom.

As we roll into May, it means summer is right around the corner. With summer, comes two of our Chrysalis weekends. Our young adult weekend will be July 7th-10th and our summer high school weekend will be July 28th - 31st. I humbly ask for you to prayerfully consider sponsoring someone on one of our two summer weekends. As an organization, we are dedicated to strengthening the faith of our youth and young adults, connecting them not only with our 3rd day community but with the greater body of Christ and empowering them to be the future leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ today. (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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