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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2015:

* February Ultreya Hosted by Dumfries UMC

Let's keep the spirit flowing - with a worship and fellowship experience at Dumfries UMC! Join us at 6:30 for dinner, followed by worship at 7:30.

Join us on the 19th ("almost always" the third Friday of the month - and again this month) for a refreshments, 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...

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March 18 - St. Stephen's UMC

April 15 - Franconia UMC

May 20 - St. John's UMC



*Need to get your Agape to the mountain?

Starting this weekend... 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.


Our 2016 Weekends!!

E-176 ~ 3/10 - 3/13 - Laura Newberry
E-177 ~ 5/12 - 5/15 - Charlie Carroll
E-178 ~ 10/6 - 10/9 - Bev Barthmeier
E-179 ~ 11/3 - 11/6 - Jeff Hetherington


NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available

NEW – NCA Emmaus Car Magnets and Decals
The NCAE, 4”x6” car MAGNETS and REMOVA-BLE DECALS are available for $5.00 donation or more for each decal. All proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund.
For more information, please contact:

Raúl Castillo at 703-307-8070 or email:


From the Community Lay Director...

From the Lay Director

Dear friends in Christ,

Oh, the richness of Christian fellowship! Just recently --The awesome meal provided by OBUMC, praise music for the soul, a word and song “Set Our Souls on Fire” from Stan, C-91 on their mountain experience, and a beautiful time welcoming Chrysalis butterflies to the community. Wow! Wow! God is great beyond compare.

If anyone would like information from our Annual Meeting, please contact me and I will gladly share all. We recommitted to our purpose, and the communion message focused on our mission to “Inspire, Challenge, and Equip” and to live grace filled lives (Hebrews 13:20-21). Glory. Like the song lyrics in “New Again” – “So many miracles and lives You’ve changed”. We have so much to be grateful for!

As we get ready for the snow storm, we are reminded of our need to be flexible, but also of prevenient grace. Whatever happens, He will help us handle it. Life is like that – we make our plans with good intentions, yet BAM – we have to adjust. So, here are our plans: (more)


From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

It is with deep gratitude toward God and appreciation for you, his people that I am given the opportunity to serve on the Emmaus board as a spiritual director member. Emmaus has spiritually inspired me much as he has all of you to experience his grace in ways unimagined before our walks.

For my first fourth day journal letter, I would like to share a few words of personal testimony with you, my Emmaus family. Though you may have heard these words before, I hope they are still an inspiration to celebrate the newness of life we have in Christ, continually through his Sanctifying grace.

Over the years my relationship to our Lord has grown though your love and witness to each other and to me. In the first 18 or so years of my fourth day (I walked on E-57, and have the wrinkles to show for the time that has passed since then) I served as SD on many weekends, both Emmaus and Chrysalis, and was filled by our Lord’s presence wonderfully in the process. But I did not realize how much participating in the Emmaus family was a cornerstone of my fourth day until I contracted Parkinson disease and withdrew for more than four years from involvement in our work together. (Luke 17:19) (more)

  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

It's February!! Time is flying already, but God has some great big plans for 2016!

January Ultreya was hosted by Old Bridge UMC, thanks for that wonderful evening. The Holy Spirit's presence was really felt, and God's Praises were lifted high. Encountering God cleanses hearts, breaks chains, and lifts burdens, so make sure you put February's Ultreya on your calendar. Dumfries UMC will host. Worship will be led by Scott Neihoff and Lauren Vanwert who will be stoked after coming down off the mountain with C-91. Chrysalis Butterflies the Lord has shone his face upon you, now would you like to give back with praise? Think about joining the Praise team!

Psalm 57:7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!

Prayers for E176 as the team and cadre prepare in the blessed hands of Meagan Billingsley and Lindsey Kirkwood (and baby.) Whoa this walk gets three music directors! Can't wait to see what God brings! (more)


From the Chrysalis Lay Director

I hope this email find you well. As I am writing this message, we have just had our first major snow storm with mountains of snow. While the snow threw off some of my plans, I really felt it was God letting me take a break, stay inside with my family and admire his beauty. As each snow flake fell to the ground, it was truly a wonderful sight. The clean-up and driveway plowing may have been a little more stressful but the snow always reminds me of God’s artwork.

I want to thank each and every one who helped in whatever capacity with this past Chrysalis that happened over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. We had 30 young lives touched, faith strengthened and encouraged as well as a whole new group of individuals who can return home to their churches empowered to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I encourage you to go up to some of the new caterpillars at the next Ultreya and introduce yourself and welcome them to the community.

As many of you are aware, in recent years the Chrysalis community has gotten a new website that is informative, functional and aesthetically pleasing. I heard from a few people that there was difficulty in accessing information about the weekend. Due to the child protection policy we have in place, we need to have names of caterpillars and youth team in a password protected entry on the website. Information regarding the surprises of the weekend is also there. (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


Community Palanca

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)


With an all new MailList Service, HolyNet is being reactivated. We encourage you to sign up here to receive community news (including links to the FourthDay Journal), and prayer requests. Thank you, Dave Moore, for setting up this comunications venue!

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