He is Risen!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2018:
April 20 Ultreya Hosted by Bethel UMC
Join us for our April Ultreya at Bethel UMC. Dinner will be at 6:30pm with Bethel providing grilled Hamburgers, Hotdogs, and drinks. Please bring a side dish and desserts to share. The service will be at 7:30pm with a wonderful young adult (former Chrysalis youth) giving the 4th Day Talk.
SEE YOU THERE!!
Schedule for 2018
May 18 - Sydenstricker UMC
June 22 - Prince of Peace UMC
July 20 - Sleepy Hollow UMC w/Annandale UMC
Wanted: Books and/or devotionals
Wanted: Books and/or devotionals to replace the books that are used for the Book Table on the mountain, starting with E184. If you have a book or devotional that you enjoyed and would like to pass on to the pilgrims we would greatly appreciate it. There will be a container at the February and March Ultreyas for you pass it on.
* Our 2018 Weekends!!
E 185 ~ May 17-20 - Charlie Duren
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
Wow! It’s hard to believe it is already April, 2018 and the weatherman is still confused. It’s hard not to be full of excitement as we start this month off by celebrating the resurrection of our Lord. In the midst of all the tragedy surrounding us these days, we have this friend who is there to lead our way and all we need to do is reach out to him.
Like a true friend, Jesus wants to hear from us, not just sometimes, but all the time. He wants to be the first person we talk to in the morning and the last one to hear from us at night. He wants to hear it all, the mundane, the trivial, the exciting, and the moments…every single one of them. So pray as Paul says, “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thess. 5:17
Take the opportunity to get close and personal. When you aren’t in the mood to pray, consider that might be the time you need to pray the most. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
God sure poured out grace to everyone on E-184. What an amazing weekend. God’s grace began before teaming and that grace kept growing and growing as did the love of Jesus in all of our lives. I firI have a lot of announcements this month, so bear with me! If you have not already seen, we have dates for the summer! Our Young Adult weekend will be July 12-15, and our High School weekend will be August 16-19. We still need applications for both team and caterpillars for both of these weekends, so if you are interested in teaming or sponsoring please check out ncachrysalis.org for applications and information! Both weekends will be taking place at Hunting Ridge Retreat in Winchester, VA. We also have a few other events coming up. There will be a Hoot happening sometime in June, so keep an eye out for that! We would love for the community to come out and meet some potential caterpillars and team members! (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
I have a lot of announcements this month, so
bear with me! If you have not already seen, we have
dates for the summer! Our Young Adult weekend will be
July 12-15, and our High School weekend will be August
16-19. We still need applications for both team and
caterpillars for both of these weekends, so if you are
interested in teaming or sponsoring please check out
ncachrysalis.org for applications and information! Both
weekends will be taking place at Hunting Ridge Retreat
in Winchester, VA.
We also have a few other events coming up. There will be a Hoot happening sometime in June, so keep an eye out for that! We would love for the community to come out and meet some potential caterpillars and team members! Several of our newest butterflies attended the most recent Hoot before applying to walk on this past weekend! The Chrysalis board will be meeting together in May to brainstorm new ideas and update some of our current processes, so stay tuned for new things to come! We are also in the planning stages of some SD training, so if you are a pastor who has only teamed Emmaus and want some insider information on how being a Chrysalis SD might work, or a new pastor that wants to team, then let me know and I can get you hooked up once we have a date! (more)
“I was in prison, and you visited me.” Matthew 25:36
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Special news from the Sussex 1 team. After many attempts by the enemy to block the effort to bring Kairos to death row, there has been a resolution (God is good!). A team of Kairos volunteers will join with Kairos #7 (April 25th-28th), and share Christ's message of redemption with several death row inmates. They really need your prayers. They are only allowed to meet with each death row inmate for one hour a day over four days. The inmate is chained to the floor and no human contact is allowed. It's definitely going to be very challenging, and so we really covet your prayers. Imagine trying to pull off an Emmaus weekend in four hours!
Please continue in prayer for:
K #72 at GCC (April 12th-15th 2018) Fred Carns, leader K #39 at CVCU (April 12th-15th 2018) Yasmin Williams, Leader
We are always “recruiting” inside team, outside support team, forgiveness cookies (please remember to pray over them), placemats, and other agape offerings. You can be God's means for grace. What a powerful example of your agape love it is when you write a simple letter, note, or poster telling the residents that you are praying for them and God loves them. During the weekend (typically Friday afternoon) the residents each receive a bag of letters written by the team. Each team member (inside and outside) write forty two hand written letters (one for each resident) encouraging them and sharing a hope filled message. The letters are handed to the residents and the team leaves the talk room. Only the clergy remain. The rest of the team goes just outside the gym and from the foyer they sing hymns over the men inside. It's a very powerful time for the team and the residents. I'm tearing up just thinking about it.
Many of the residents have been incarcerated for years, and have never receive a letter from their family, or anybody for that matter. When the receive these letters they treasure them. These letters break down the walls between them and receiving God's grace in a huge way. You can be a part of that powerful gift of grace.
Find out more by visiting our Webpage: https://kairosnova.org
Michael A. Gentile
call with questions: 703-638-2545
Faith can move mountains...Don't be surprised when God hands you a shovel
DeColores & Fly with Christ
Donna Morris (more)
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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