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* Our monthly Ultreyas for 2017:

June 23 Ultreya Hosted by Pender UMC

Join us at our June Ultreya at Pender UMC. Join us at 6:30 for dinner, followed by worship at 7:30. It's Appetizer Night!!


and the upcoming Utreyas...

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July 21 - Sleepy Hollow UMC w/Annandale UMC

August 18 - First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City

August 18 - First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City



Our 2017 Weekends!!

E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
E-181 ~ 5/18 - 5/21 - Tom Geenty
E-182 ~ 10/5 - 10/8 - Glenda Lambert
E-183 ~ 11/2 - 11/5 - TJ Cuddy

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.


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

Recently I have been reading A Leader’s Heart by John Maxwell. One of his devotional readings addresses creating a “team” spirit that is infused with love and regard for each other. He says that there are no “lone ranger” leaders. But, in fact, leaders build a strong inner circle long before the full team is assembled.

Our Emmaus teams begin with the formation of a cadre to work together, plan and organize the details of each weekend. After much prayer and planning together, we then prayerfully choose our teams. Maxwell also talks about King David who surrounded himself with men who had a vast array of talents and gifts. David felt prepared for anything. The men that David surrounded himself with were loyal followers because he allowed them to do jobs that fit with their personalities and gifts.

I love the comparison of the way David organized and planned his army to the way each Emmaus team operates. Much prayer is given to each and every weekend before heading to the “mountain”. (more)


From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

This morning during Sunday worship the skies opened and poured out a flood of rain. A few people got up from their seats and walked quickly out of the room, probably to make sure their car windows were securely closed and protecting the inside of their vehicles from being damaged by intrusive water. The deluge came just as the main speaker of the service was beginning his message, but he was unfazed by either the noise of the sudden rain on the roof or the movement of some of his hearers. He presented his message with power and focus, for he was committed to delivering it to the hearers without interruption. He was quite confident of the topic and its importance for all Christians. After all, his text was I John 1:9, one of the most quoted verses in the Bible. It dealt with the recognition of sin in our lives and the importance of confessing it to God, accepting his forgiveness and grace, and further, no matter how difficult, making the offense right with any who may have been hurt by it. (more)

  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

June Ultreya music will be lead by Jake and Paul of E- 181, praising to "Spirit in the Sky". What joy! The two following Ultreyas this summer will be lead by Chrysalis MDs. The leaders of these music groups love the Lord and love music. Join in and celebrate Him with a joyful, positive and supportive heart.

Ask - do I want to be a part of what He is doing now, or do I want to be a part of what he was doing then? New, changing, loving, serving. Trust His power and path. He makes all things new.


From the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hello from your Chrysalis Lay Director. Here is the list of team for the upcoming Chrysalis Weekend. So far we have up to 11 caterpillars for January, we are hoping for more. Please pray and write agape! FWC,Monica G

C94 High School Weekend

January 13-16, 2017

Team: Alan Teaford- Dining Room Cha Alison Wills -Table Leader Andrew Weston -Youth Rector Ariana Marth - Talk Room Cha/AV Ben Melugin- Youth Table Leader Burt Robinson- Spiritual Director Grace Becker - Youth Table Leader Jackie Gleadall - Rectora Jacob Mosser - Old Buffalo Jarrett Reagan - Head Cha & Ragman Jeremiah Meslie - Youth Table Leader Jerry Wills- Table Leader John Klein - Chapel Cha Judiclaire Kinerney - Youth Table Leader Kaleb Sullivan - Youth Chapel/Dining Room Cha Katie DeVaughn - Head Cha Kevin Gleadall - Rector Lauren VanWert - Music Director Linda Smith - Agape Cha Lori Darden- Table Leader Lydia Hugo- Youth Rectora Maggie Oakes - Youth Table Leader Michael Hummer - Youth Table Leader Molly Haynes -Youth Head Cha Nicholas Reagan -Talk Room Cha/AV Cha Pam Oakes - Table Leader Phyllis Weeks - Youth Table Leader Richard Goad - Table Leader Ron Lanman - Spiritual Director Sarah Lemay - Youth Agape Cha Scott Niehoff - Music Director Sheri Goad - Table Leader Stu Mentzel - Table Leader TJ Hunt - Youth Head Cha (more)


Kairos Korner

Did you know?

“Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. is a ministry addressing the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and children, their families and to those who work in the prison environment. Kairos sprang from the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from Cursillo and those other movements that consider Cursillo as their root. Although a separate ministry, Kairos has received the blessing and encouragement of 4th day movements such as Cursillo, National Episcopal Cursillo, Presbyterian Cursillo, Lutheran Via de Cristo, The Upper Room’s Walk to Emmaus, and independently ecumenical Tres Dias.” (p. 16, Kairos Inside Program Manual, KPMI, DeBary, FL 32713, 2016)

Kairos presents three Kairos programs – Kairos Inside to incarcerated men and women, Kairos Outside for women who have been impacted by incarceration of a family member, and Kairos Torch to incarcerated youth. Kairos of Virginia currently has Kairos Inside teams serving in 18 men’s prisons, 3 women’s prisons, and one Kairos Outside team serving in southeast Virginia. Men and women from the National Capital Area Emmaus currently serve on Kairos Inside teams serving at Greensville Correctional Center S-3 and Sussex I State Prison, both prisons for men, and at Central Virginia Correctional Unit for women.

The need for new team members is great. The blessings of seeing God transform lives in these dark places are even greater. The next Greensville Correctional Center (GCC) S-3 weekend, K-69, is planned for October 12-15. The next Sussex-1 State Prison weekend, K-6, will be October 19-22. Applications are available at our website Team meetings for both prisons will start in the late summer, and usually involve 3-4 Saturday mornings. Prayerfully consider if God is calling you to serve His Kingdom through Kairos. Please contact Bill Iwig ( ) or Ed Tucker ( if you have any questions about Kairos. The gracious support of the National Capital Area Emmaus for Kairos is greatly appreciated.

Matt 25:36 “…I was in prison and you visited me.”

Weekend Fees - Take Note!

The Weekend Fees for 2017, as set by our Board of Directors, are:

Pilgrim Application Fee $35

Pilgrim Fee $200

Team Fee $250


Community Palanca

Love is in the air! The ladies go to the mountain in March. At the February Ultreya we will have baskets in the front to collect palanca and nonperishable snacks for the weekend.

With each weekend there are placemats that need to be decorated. If you have received blank placemats to decorate please bring to the February Ultreya. Material needed to make palanca bags for Chrysalis and Emmaus weekends for 2017. If you have extra material that you think would make great palanca bags please bring the Ultreya in February. One yard of fabric makes 3 bags. I will have instructions if you would like to help construct the bags.

The Love offering for our host church in February - Lake Ridge Baptist will be canned goods. Please show our love and support their mission to feed the needy in our community.

Love, Love, Love,

Your Sister in Christ

Donna Morris (more)


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