Christmas Ultreya! *
* Our monthly Ultreyas for 2016:
December 16 Ultreya Hosted by Bethel UMC
It just gets better and better - with a worship and fellowship experience at Bethel UMC! Join us at 6:30 for dinner, followed by worship at 7:30.
SEE YOU THERE!!
Community is asked to say "we love you, Bethel" by bringing canned goods - preferably proteins such as canned tuna fish, chicken, Potted meat, canned ham or Vienna sausage. Any canned goods or dry goods are appreciated. Place goods in a box in the foyer upon arrival.
and the upcoming Utreyas...
January 20 - Old Bridge UMC
Our 2017 Weekends!!
E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
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.
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
Greetings, Community - I want to be brief this month, while mainly saying YOU ARE LOVED, relaying business information, and letting Scripture speak.
Philippians 1:3 "I thank my God for you every time I remember you."
... For 30 Reach, for your great love and spirit, for re-membering E-178 and E-179 through prayer and awe-some support. Gratitude for breakthroughs, faithfulness, comfort in grief, great expectations of more answered prayer and prevenient grace.
John 10:10b "Abundant life".
In believing and living out the love of Christ, which is so REAL, we hit the target of our NCAE mission to "Chal-lenge, Equip, and Inspire" with the purpose of building Christian church leaders & enriching our walk with Christ. The Lord enriched lives through E-178 - oh yes, Anything is Possible with the Lord.
John 16:22. "Nothing can steal this JOY!"
We have had much grief but we have the joy and peace of the Lord (Not as the world gives it, but oh, so real.)
1 Thessalonians 5:16 "Rejoice always"
Our NCAE webmaster sent me this verse in palanca years ago. It rings true! November 2016 is exciting with the men of E-179 on the Mountain, DDU, the an-nouncement of the new 2017 CLD, and the Board election at Ultreya. Pls join in and celebrate, fellowship, praise and worship at Christ Church. DDU is 11/12 & Ultreya is 11/18. Praises! Let's gather and fellowship, praise and rejoice! Thanks, Rob! (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
How often do you and I pray for the Christians around us and reach out to understand them and their joys and concerns? Do we really listen to them, or just wait until it is our turn to talk? I must confess, I find myself more concerned with me than other people much of the time and I don’t pray for them as often as I should.
Along that same line, Rev. Tim Keller of New York’s Re-deemer Presbyterian church acknowledges that he promises to pray for individual people who come to him for pastoring, and then sometimes doesn’t actually pray for them. He observes, I think appropriately, that if we say we are praying and do not, it puts us in the category of being hypocrites. I had never heard hypocrisy defined in that way, but I think it strikes closer to home than the well worn definition of my youth that said hypocrites are mainly those people who act like a Christian on Sunday but ‘go to the devil’ during the week. Suffice it to say it is very easy to promise prayer support in name only. I have no doubts that you, the members of our Emmaus community are some of the most praying people around, so I am not telling you to “shape up,” but just to reflect a moment on your prayer life.
Remember that scripture has many encouragements to pray in faith believing and you and your partners in pray-er will reap wonderful benefits. To close, I remind you of James 5:13-16 Is anyone among you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned he will be forgiven. Therefore confess you sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Let us pray continually. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
What a great month! The leaves are turning and God's beauty is all around! Thanks so much to St. Pauls United Methodist Church for hosting our September Ultreya. We sang and praised and are now committed "Prayer Warriors" for future Emmaus and Chrysalis teams, pilgrims, and bugs!
"We Believe" is the theme song for E-179. Please God, help us to believe your word!
Isaiah 41:13 says, For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear I will help you. God is bold and decisive in His pursuit of us! Scripture makes it clear that He "Takes Hold of our right hand!" The grip a father has on his childs hand. May we truly see all the miracles, and believe! Milton Zapata and Ben Cave will be leading worship in November's Ultreya which will take place at Chirst Church UMC. Make sure you come out and join us! It's going to be an event to remember and celebration with the new E-179 members of our community. Dinner and Fellowship at 6:30. Worship at 7:30. (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
DeColores Brothers and Sisters,
I hope this 4th Day Journal finds you and your family well as we get ready to end Summer and start a new season of Fall. I just wanted to recount what has been going on for Chrysalis these past months. We had two very successful weekends in July. Our Young Adult weekend had 6 caterpillars and our high school weekend had 10. Both weekends saw young people draw closer to God and friendships made with others. What someone on the outside didn’t see, was all of the community who supported with clean up, set up, coming to candlelight and closing, and praying for the weekend itself. I think on the weekend just as in our lives, we go about doing what we are supposed to do and we can miss all the people who are doing behind the scenes work to serve us. I know each and every one of those young people really appreciated it and felt the love of God.
As we enter into September, the new Board of Directors for National Capital Area Chrysalis will be taking on their positions that they were duly elected for. I would like to thank Whitney LeMay, Devin Duren, Charlie Duren, John Rowe, and Jose Saldana for their dedication and time over the last two years to helping strengthen and grow our community as well as spread the love of Jesus to the youth/young adults who have come into our lives. (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
Love, Love, Love, that is what Palanca/Agape is all about. The community is amazing when it comes to sharing their love with the team/pilgrims/bugs on the weekends.
So how can you help?
I know how everyone gets carried away with those close pins, but there is so much more! Decorate placemats – each weekend needs a total of 324 decorated placemats.
They can be bible verses, cute pictures and if you are artistic. We need weekend themes if possible.
Each weekend needs Warm and Fuzzies, Joy Flags, Palanca/Agape Bags, I am loveable buttons, and closepin caterpillars. (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!