Our monthly Ultreyas for 2014:
August Ultreya at Christ Church UMC
We'll wrap up the summer with worship and fellowship at Christ Church in Fairfax Station.
Come on the 15th ("almost always" the third Friday of the month - and again this month) at 7:30 for worship, a Fourth Day message and communion service. We hope to see you there.It gets better and better and better... (More)
*Our 2014 Weekends!!
All weekends will be held at the 4-H Training Center near Front Royal, VA
NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available
The 4x6-inch oval NCAE logo is available as a magnet or removable sticker. The NCAE Board of Directors has requested a donation of $5.00 or more to the Scholarship Fund for each. They will be on hand before and after each Ultreya.
Ultreya Schedule for 2014
September 19 - First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City
October 17 - St. John's UMC
November 21 - Clarendon UMC
December 19 - Bethel UMC
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
“26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27 And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ 28 He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them.30 Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Another parable – the disciples regularly required remedial explanations of Jesus’s parables. In truth, so do we. We in life’s journey are surrounded by contradictions, opposites are all around us. Stimuli and our environments are similar but different. We are each unique but that also leads us to react differently; to interpret differently; and, to be (to a degree) our own source of contradictions. So in many way the bible’s telling of parables somehow mimic our lives, even in modern times. Our lives just like parables are sometimes difficult to follow, subject to individual interpretations, and the take away can be different and varied across a group of individuals. My wife Heather recently preached to this bible reference as she follows her calling to pursue certification and be a lay speaker. She thoughtfully prepares her messages. I get to contribute, in the smallest of way, by listening and commenting. In church her delivery, which is her gift, comes across with heartfelt sincerity and touches people. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
On our Walk to Emmaus we are told the purpose of Emmaus is to encourage and develop church leaders. It was not envisioned as a place for initial evangelism. It was designed to serve as a time set apart for people who were already a part of the church, although perhaps not living into their full potential for Christian leadership. This opens the door to those who are relatively new in faith as well as those whose Christian life has languished whether the result of a weakness of devotion, times of hardship or distractions from the filling presence of the Holy Spirit.
This has always served as a guide when I consider appropriate people to sponsor. It may seem to make it more difficult to identify new people to sponsor as church attendance and membership is in a decades long decline. Several generations have grown up without a knowing experience of the presence of Jesus Christ in their life, much less a connection to and an identification with life lived as part of the church. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
"My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in The Lord. " Psalm 104:34.
Emmaus Family - You are invited to outdoor Worship/praise/covered dish lunch in Shenandoah Valley on Sunday, 8/31 of Labor Day weekend with worship and praise (the Tidd's church). It is so fun and worshipful!! We also share about Emmaus and follow our "Inside-Out" outreach effort. Contact us for directions and more details.
What joy to sing in whatever circumstance! Recently the power went off and I found myself in pitch dark. Rather than scramble to look for candles, I remained still on the couch and spent time singing songs that bring peace to my heart. No fear. So many songs are about the storms of life & praising Him in the rain.
Whatever your storm or sunshine, keep a song in your heart that keeps you on center course with Christ!! Rock on. See you at Ultreya. (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
Jer 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Phil 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every-thing, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Ps 37:4: Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
These three verses keep popping into my head over the last month or so. This is my last FDJ article as the CLD for NCA Chrysalis. 12 months ago I has some worries but through much prayer and tons of support from the board and friends and my wife I feel that I have done God’s will for the community.
I know that there are many great things in store for the NCA Chrysalis community! I hope and pray that we will continue to grow and help to create more and more youth and young adult leaders throughout the NCA community churches and beyond! With God’s continued blessings I know we will be successful in bringing the love and leadership God’s community. (more)
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2014, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Pilgrim Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $175
Team Fee $225
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!
While we're not in the habit of distributing the large volume of internet-sourced Christian media, every now and then a message arises that is so clear and convincing that we feel compelled to share it.
Many of us have heard this story, but it bears repeating.
Watch and enjoy!