Annual Business Meeting
Elections ~ November Ultreya!!*
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2018:
November 16 Ultreya Hosted by Christ Church UMC
You don't want to miss our next Ultreya, at Bethel UMC.
Join us for our November Ultreya, at Christ Church UMC. Come ready for dinner at 6:30pm. The service will be at 7:30pm. See you soon.
Schedule for 2018
* Board of Directors Election
will be held at our Annual Busines Meeting at 6pm - prior to our November Ultreya, November 16 at Christ Church UMC. Click to download candidate biographies. Be there!
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NOTE: NEW Pilgrim App
Our 2018 Weekends!!
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
...and Our 2019 Weekends!!
Spring May 2-5, 2019 R will be John Rowe
Fall September 26-29, 2019 R will be Carrol Cobb
Fall October 31-November 3, 2019 R will be Jon Guest 7
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.
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
While the weather finally starts to cool down and life around us turns into a majestic showcase of God’s beauty, we are visually reminded of how much God does for us. We are loved so much by the Lord! We are entering a season of being thankful and I can’t think of a single thing to be more thankful for than God’s enduring love for us. As E-187 prepares to go to the mountain I can’t help but to be excited for the 25 men who are going to be reminded in a powerful way of that love. Yes, the 28 team members, sponsor’s, and community will also get to see how God’s love will impact those around them.
Don’t forget to slow down this month and look around at the falling leaves, scampering squirrels, and the colorful landscapes. Breathe in the crisp fall air and think about all the things in your life you should be thankful for. With the holiday season kicking off, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the busy and forget about the things we should be thankful for. I encourage you to be mindful, keep prayer as a priority, keep thanking God for your blessings, lean in on him when the days are long. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
As I write this devotion we are nearing one of my favorite seasons, Thanksgiving. I have enjoyed this time of year for as long as I can remember. Of course there is the feast on the day. But there is so much else to the season than the day of the gluttonous feast. At our house there is turkey and dressing, and all the favorite side trimmings that we have enjoyed each year not to mention the homemade apple pie. For the past several years we have added a new tradition to our celebration. As we eat the meal we go around the table and have each person share something for which they are thankful.
This new tradition has expanded for me and now during the entire month of November I journal each day about at least one thing about which I am thankful on that day. I would like to take that exercise one step further. This is my last FDJ devotion. My term as a community Spiritual Director will be ending next month. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving on this board and I want to list a couple of things I am grateful for having witnessed in this time. First, the NCAE community is clearly this is a pass it on group. Sadly that is not always true in local churches. There were several decades when church was a must in most homes but for various reasons that trend has ended. I believe one small piece of the puzzle is that we don’t pass on what we have received through weekly worship. However, this is not true of NCAE. Those who experience an Emmaus weekend are truly excited by their experience and in their fourth day they cannot help but pass it on through service and recruiting others to experience a weekend. It is refreshing to see such enthusiasm and determination to invite others into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
Praises for End-of-year activities honoring Christ. So full of music. Come on out and participate with NCAE and experience the Holy Spirit lifting your head and filling your heart with hope.
The November Ultreya will be lead by MD/AMDs from E-187 men’s weekend, and December by the NCAE Praise Team. We hope in December to gather Emmaus children for a mini-choir. Please contact us for details.
Praises for His great guidance and blessings
throughout our music practices, sponsors hours,
DDUs, Ultreyas and events. He is a good good Father.
We love you, Lord.
All are welcome - please contact us if you are interested in being a part of the music efforts in NCAE, or if you have questions regarding the timing/dates of special events.
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
After my first meeting as Chrysalis CLD I am happy to say that our board members are fired up for Christ and moving forward in improving our part of the community. We are really excited (and pray all of you are too) about our upcoming 100th weekend. C-100 has it’s R’s and Head Cha’s set and are putting together the rest of their cadre and team with teaming to begin in a few weeks. With that being said I would like to invite you to put in applications to team even if you aren’t asked for the upcoming weekend you can possibly look forward to one of the summer weekends.
Most importantly I would ask you to look for sponsorship of youths to walk on a Chrysalis weekend, May the Lord be with you.
Fly with Christ,
Scott Marth Chrysalis Community Lay Director (more)
As I departed Trinity UMC Church (our hub church nearby the prison) on Thursday, it dawned on me that I did not complete our reflections on the Fruit of the Spirit (i.e., Self-Control)...(throughout the teaming process we’ve been studying together the fruit of the spirit).
Next, I think all the cookies that were processed for the K-8 weekend were put to good use in other ways:
> Some cookies went home with us to be used within our church communities
> Some cookies were donated to local Fall Festivals
> Some cookies went to the Sussex I Staff
> The bulk of the cookies were picked up by other Kairos teams for use at Lawrenceville and Deep Meadow
Finally, there is no way to say how thankful I am to all of you for your time, talent, treasure, and dedication to this ministry; you really made being weekend leader a true blessing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU …. from the bottom of my heart.
Bill Eager (K7 advising leader, kairos version of an old buffalo) reminded me in an email last Wednesday evening that Kairos is (translated as) “God’s Special Time.” (Bill continued), “When K-8 happens – God will make it Special!” (My feelings exactly). And now, the Lord has replaced my lingering disappointment with faith, hope, love, joy, and confidence that the K-8 weekend will be very special...for the team (both inside and outside) and INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY In case of inclement weather on the night of an Ultreya, please listen to the local television or radio. If Public Schools are closed, and after school activities are canceled in the locality where the Ultreya is being held, the Ultreya will also be canceled. 4 | P a g e for the men and staff at Sussex I. I pray the Lord will do the same for you. God bless you all!!!
In His Service, Steve “The fruit of the Spirit is: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)
From Michael Gentile:
To my NCA Emmaus family,
This isn’t the first time that a Kairos at Sussex 1 SP has been cancelled due to a lockdown. And no doubt it will not be the last. We’ve all come to understand, that even though we all are left with a strange kind of numbness, almost a feeling of shock, as we all have spent months preparing for this moment only to be left at the very last minute with no other option but to turn around and go home, we have learned to take it in stride and look forward to when we can return. I recall the last time this occurred and how we all just wanted to do something, we tried to manufacture some best response, but in the end we simply had to accept it for what it was. And when that weekend did finally come off, it was powerful and transformational. And many of those men who attended that weekend continue to serve faithfully to this day. God’s Special Time is best left in God’s hands. He has a special plan.
Michael Gentile E-145
Greetings from Palanca Central!
Fall is around the corner and that means Ladies E-186 & Men’s E-187 are preparing for the mountain.
Please share your love with the team and pilgrims with prayers, snacks and love letters.
Placemats are available upon request at Ultreyas if you wish to decorate.
I am in Colorado beginning mid October and Nicole Mosher will be filling in for me while Jim and I are here on temporary assignment.
If you have any questions you can still reach me by email and the Palanca team will get back to you. Love, Love,Donna Morris and Nicole Mosher
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2018, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $250
Team Fee $250
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Many of us have heard this story, but it bears repeating.
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