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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2018:

December Ultreya Hosted by St. Paul UMC

You don't want to miss our next Ultreya, at St. Paul UMC.

Join us for our December Christmas Ultreya, at St. Paul UMC in Woodbridge. Come ready for dinner at 6:30pm. The service will be at 7:30pm. See you there.


Schedule for 2018

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December 21 - St. Paul UMC - Woodbridge


Easy-Peasy!! Now Pay for Weekends by PAYPAL!

Have a PayPal account? Now you can use it to pay your Team, Sponsor and Pilgrim fees. Click here to download instructions on how to use PayPal for EmmausNCA payments. Be sure to follow closely to avoid un-necessary fees!


NOTE: NEW Pilgrim App

We have a new Pilgrim Application, which must be used for all upcoming walks. Please download, print and distribute to your pewmates! Click on Downloads link in left column, or click to download.


Our 2019 Weekends!!

Spring March 21-24, 2019 R will be Debbie McCluskey

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

It is hard for me to believe that 2018 is coming to a close. It seems like just yesterday I stepped in to the very daunting task of leading our community as the CLD! It did not take but a second for me to realize I was just an ornament on the top of an amazing tree made up of fellow board members and community. Without the support of an amazing board and the love of a community as inspiring as NCAE, I couldn’t have done it.

I began my journey into Emmaus reluctantly, well maybe more forcefully since my wife packed my bags into my sponsors car and wouldn’t let me back into the house. There is not one moment along the way that I regret. God put the right sponsor in my life, the right team on my weekend, the right weekends I have been able to team and the right community of people surrounding me as I had the honor of my position for the last year. (more)


From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

Christmas should be a time of love, joy, peace, kindness, serving, fellowshipping, giving, and the list goes on of good things we can be doing and experiencing. Christmas is an action word. Jesus came to earth. Action!

Put action into your life this Christmas season and beyond. It doesn’t take much. It takes loving the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Remember the moment you met your partner? You probably were feeling love, happiness, and giddiness. How did you feel when you or a loved one had a birth? That’s a precious moment.

Christmas is a time for sharing the love, joy, and peace of knowing Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Greatest Gift of all. We should be sharing this every day of our lives and being conscious enough to bring those who may not know the Lord to know Jesus. We can’t be shy. Jesus needs you. That reminds me of the sign “Uncle Sam Needs YOU!” Jesus needs YOU to be His hands and feet in servitude to one another and to the stranger. Jesus suffered and died on a cross for YOU! Hallelujah, Jesus lives today. (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.

Jim and Mae Krauss


From the Chrysalis Lay Director



Chrysalis is not only excited about the upcoming celebration of our saviors birth but we are eagerly awaiting for the upcoming January weekend of C-100...WOOHOO!!!

The team is working hard in preparation for this milestone weekend and we need the communities support with prayer, bug applications, and more prayer!!!! May the CHRISTmas season be with you always, Scott Marth


Scott Marth

Chrysalis Community Lay Director (more)


Kairos Korner


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


Community Palanca

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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