Happy New Year! *
* Our monthly Ultreyas for 2017:
January 19 Ultreya Hosted by Dumfries UMC
Join us for our New Year Ultreya at Dumfries UMC. Join us at 6:30 for supper and worship at 7:30.
SEE YOU THERE!!
Supper is CHILI ! Yahoo!!!
Schedule for 2018
January 19 - Dumfries UMC
February 16 - Old Bridge UMC
March 16 - Clarendon UMC
Our 2018 Weekends!!
E 184 ~ March 8-11 - Vickie Carroll
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
Happiest New Year to all my brothers and sisters in Christ of the NCAE community!My name is Rich Goad, I worship at Bethel UMC, I walked on E-171, and I sat at the table of God’s Strength. I’m blessed to serve the Lord as your 2018 Community Lay Director.
It is that time of the year again to give our heartfelt thanks to the board members who served in 2017. Their faithful service and commitment lead the way for the continuing and new members of the board in the year to come.
Leaving the board this year are, Gloria Esterline, Stan Esterline (SD), Sam Gero, Jerry Wills, Phil Wisner, and Kathy Woodley. Linda Girten, who has served as the Emmaus Secretary will be turning over the reins this year to Susan Verghese.
Our returning board members this year are, Charlie Duren, Vickie Carrol, Gaylene Guest, Jim Stacy and Dale Gillis (SD). Joining us for 2018 are, Charlie Carrol, Tammy Crouch, Gail Dietz (SD), Mark Gibson, Glenda Lambert, and Stephanie Williams. Our historian for another year is Neil Ailstock and our treasurers are Lindsey Kirkwood and George Gero. May God bless our 2018 Board, that we may be his vessels! Also, hats off to the many unsung heroes and behind the scenes volunteers throughout the community, without them we would surely not survive. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
How many times in life have we heard the dire predictions from people who proclaim to be prophets about the exact hour, day, and year that the earth will come to an end. I recall one such prediction when I was in college. It was during December of my senior year and as a result engaged in a conversation with several others about the irony of having been in school nearly all of our lives and suddenly at the culmination the world was coming to an end. Another more recent prediction was that the world was to end on May 21, 2012. A friend and I share the same wedding anniversary and, while we didn’t put much stock in the prediction, we decided that we would not purchase a gift for our wives until we woke up on May 22nd.
The truth of the matter is that no living person can possibly know the hour, the day, or the year that our Lord will come. The scripture reminds us that it will be on God’s timetable. Not even the angels, nor God’s own Son, know. And if they don’t know it is pretty good bet that no one else does either. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
“Rejoice Always”. 1 Thess. 5:16
Occasionally I will ask my grandsons what is the Bible verse for today. This is always their reply, as it is our verse we share. Rejoicing also keeps us with a song in our heart - song on our mind song of reverence, surrender, and joy!
The music for the following 2018 months is being led as follows:
Feb - NCAE Praise Team
March - E-184
April & May - NCAE Praise Team
June - E-185
July & August - Chrysalis.
The NCAE Praise Team musicians will also cover Sponsor’s Hour, other events and facilitate music needs such as Outreach and Team support.
We seek to involve community members and those wishing to participate and further develop as music leaders.
Our mission is to help create an atmosphere of Christian worship and fellowship. We practice on a weeknight prior to most Ultreyas - please contact us if you would like to be involved! Keep a song in your heart! De Colores, (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
With these exciting and joyous holidays behind us now, we get to take a fresh step forward into 2018. Many of us have chosen resolutions going into the new year, and maybe some of us have already not quite lived up to the resolutions we picked. I'm not sure about all of you, but the cookies I swore not to eat too many of have been screaming my name in the office at work. The breaking of these resolutions (especially if you only made it 24 hours like me) can be discouraging, and most of the time these are only small, short term goals. Losing track of our long term goals can be even harder.
Luckily, we serve and worship a God who loves and supports us. He lifts us up when we fall, and gives us the strength, hope, and confidence to move forward through Him when things get difficult. And when we mess up, he has already sacrificed for us, and forgives us as soon as we ask. Romans 5:8 says "but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us". No matter what we've done or where we are at, God loves us and wants the best for us. (more)
The Kairos teams are now starting to prepare for Kairos #72 at Greensville Correctional Center, April 12 – 15, and Kairos #7 at Sussex-1 State Prison, April 26 – 29, 2018. Team applications will soon be available on the team website: https://kairosnova.org. As you prayerfully consider being a part of this ministry, please review our Kairos Statement of Faith.
Kairos Statement of Faith
The people of Kairos are called by God to share the love of Christ with those impacted by incarceration. Kairos encourages believers from a variety of Christian traditions to be volunteers in this Christ-filled ministry.
Kairos programs offer to prison residents, their families, and those who work with them, the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ, and to grow in their faith and servant-hood in Christian community.
We stand on the common ground of the following elements of faith. We in Kairos believe:
The Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired word for our faith and our lives.
In the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In the deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Friendship with God is a free gift, for God solved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The love of Jesus Christ motivates His followers to provide food for the hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcome to the stranger, clothes for the naked, and visits to the sick and those in prison.
In sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with all incarcerated individuals, their families, nd to those who work with them inside and outside the correctional institution.
Please contact Bill Iwig (email@example.com) or Ed Tucker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any Kairos team member if you have any questions about Kairos.
Matt 25:36 “…I was in prison and you visited me.”
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2017, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Pilgrim Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $215
Team Fee $250
DeColores & Fly with Christ
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