Pray for the Ladies of E172!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2015:
March Ultreya at Dumfries UMC
Come celebrate and worship as we kick off the new year of worship and fellowship. Please join us at Dumfries UMC.
Come on the 20th ("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...
March 20 - Dumfries UMC
April 17 - Christ Church UMC
May 15 - Springfield UMC
Our 2015 Weekends!!
E-172 ~ Mar. 12-15 - Kathy Woodley
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
Matthew 17:20 – 21 Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
When I read this particular scripture, my first reaction is “Yeah, sure!” Not that I don’t have faith, but it feels like the days of moving mountains with our faith are long gone. Sure miracles took place the Old Testament, or back in Jesus’ day, but not now.
But then I read an entry in the Upper Room. The author, Tracey Maxey Cox, wrote this: “Reading this scripture, many people envision a majestic mountain picking up her skirts of rock and trees and stepping left or right – making a path for their purpose. But in my vision, I am pushing a wheelbarrow and carrying a shovel. I’m moving my mountain one rock at a time.”
This brought a new perspective to the way that I look at this scripture. Sure we all have troubles and challenges and we sometimes wish we could “move the mountain” in one fell swoop, but usually, we need to move it one rock at time. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
When I returned from my Emmaus weekend, E-77, a group of us followed the guidance we received on the weekend and assembled a Reunion Group. My home had a large common room on the second floor, which was a good space for us to gather. We quickly dubbed it The Upper Room. We met once a week in the morning before each of us headed to work. Even though she had not walked, my wife helped make sure that we always had juice, coffee and a little Danish as we started our day.
Our reunion group meetings were exactly what we needed to keep the fire burning. Two men in our group had walked in another community, but we all hit it off well as we were united as brothers in Christ. We followed the basic guidelines for a reunion group meeting, starting with prayer, then sharing when during the past week we had felt closest to God and most distant from God. We might share any known challenges we expected in the coming week. We reviewed our prayer concerns and we closed with prayer. It took about an hour. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
Praises - what sweet worship!!
Thank you, Lord, for a glorious time at January Ultreya and outreach opportunities at Cameron UMC and elsewhere. Bless February as Chrysalis leads and glorifies you with their precious service and spirit.
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God the sacrifice of Praise - the fruit of lips that confess his name." Hebrews 13:15.
Community, you are doing His will. May He richly bless it all. We love you. Musicians - bring your instrument and join in anytime!! (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
“The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.” ~ Proverbs 20:29 (NIV)
Proverbs 20 gives us some great ‘life skills’ advice – but verse 29 really hit me recently. I like the translation in The Message – which says “Youth may be admired for vigor, but gray hair gives prestige to old age.”
You see, it’s hard to not notice the vigor of our youth – some are loud, boisterous, independent, energetic, keen to learn…….. need I continue? As more mature Chris-tians our goal should be to harness that vigor and use our ‘prestige’ to guide them in the way of our Lord. Our youth have an amazing ability to learn – it’s what they do for most of their waking week at least, it’s what they should be doing). But, despite many school slogans, knowledge is not power. Wisdom is power. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit – wisdom is knowing that you shouldn’t put it in a fruit salad!!
So, I am calling on the proverbial ‘gray hairs’ to make time to pass on some of their Godly wisdom to the youth of our community. Find somebody who has walked or teamed on Chrysalis recently and ask them about their experience. This is a great door opener for you to share your wisdom with them. (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)
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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.
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