Come to Old Bridge UMC*!!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2019:
*February Ultreya Hosted by Old Bridge UMC
Come on out, join us in fellowship and worship!
Join us for our February Ultreya, at Old Bridge UMC as we continue the new year. Please bring gloves, socks, and long underwear to help with their homeless mission. Come ready for dinner at 6:30pm. We will have chili and baked potatoes. Please bring Appetizers, Salads, Cornbread, or a Dessert.
The service will be at 7:30pm. See you there.
Schedule for 2019
March 15 - Bethel UMC
April 12 - Clarendon UMC
May 17 - Sydenstricker UMC
July 19 - Sleepy Hollow UMC w/Annandale UMC
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Our 2019 Weekends!!
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
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
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO BE FREE OF DEBT?
In this environment where many people are struggling to make ends meet, this was the question that came to my mind – what should I do to be free of debt? How can I make sure it is paid in full?
Other than when you sell your home or when you pay off your car, you are never really out of debt! Because you go right out and buy another! Now some of you are blessed that you can manage to live without borrowing money and that is such a blessing, but I think most of us, need to at some point to borrow someone else’s money in order to live as we want to. I think I have been in debt since I got my first Central Charge Card! Homes, family, kids, braces, schools, marriages, business expenses, cars and trucks. Most of this is because we love those around us and want, what we think, is the best we can do for those we love. Because on and on it goes…. we have become accustomed to debt just being normal part of our lives.
But did you ever think what if The Publishers Clearing house called, or the big lottery winning ticket was yours? (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
Valentine’s Day is coming. Are you ready? Of course this question can be a simple heads up for all those who have forgotten that Feb 14th is Valentine’s Day and they want to get their significant other something to let them know they are loved and cherished. But this statement can also be a reminder to all of us that Valentine’s Day can be more than a celebration of romantic love.
After all St Valentine was martyred for placing the needs of others above his own. John 15:13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (NRSV) He died for those who were persecuted, forbidden to marry and even restored the sight to the blind daughter of his judge. St. Valentines was a true disciple of our Lord, that we would do well to emulate.
For we too must remember that we serve a God who is love. A God who grants mercy and loves unconditionally. A God who recognizes that each of us has sinned, rejected His love and guidance, and yet a God who still sent His son to die on the cross for us. God loves and forgives you. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
Greetings, community friends!!
As the Lord continues to bless and be present - we realize more and more how He speaks through music! At the last Ultreya, the song “Build My Life” - lyrics are: “worthy of every song we could ever saying, worthy of all the praise we could ever bring, worthy of every breath we could ever breathe - we live for You! And I will build my life upon your love, it is a firm foundation. I will put my trust in you alone, and I will not be shaken!”
UNSHAKEN- whatever life sends our way, our Lord is here, He reigns & keeps us positive with hope that is real. What goes in our ears enters our hearts - so keep it upbeat and be unshaken! Keep supporting the music ministry by being a part or participating in worship. Live for Him!
C-100 musicians will lead the February Ultreya and that is exciting. When they lead you can count on the thrill of trusting Jesus to be laced with great JOY that is so evident in their faces, voices and testimonies! Music is a big part of their weekend. Thank you to MDs Sean and Sarah!!
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
Well a weekend is in the books and we have 22 wonderful butterflies just buzzing about Jesus and “Ain’t nobody gonna steal their Joy!”.....
To the community we would like to thank you for your prayers and support to make C-100 (woo-hoo) a success and you asked for just one (maybe) more thing....COME TO THE FEBRUARY ULTREYA ON THE 15th!!!! This ultreya is being run by our Chrysalis youth and we want all to know how great we feel about the Lord getting to our 100th weekend and beyond.The Ultreya is at Old Bridge United Methodist and here is the food on the agenda and what we ask you to bring to help out with: We’re having chili and baked potatoes at the February Ultreya
Community please bring: Appetizers, Salads, Cornbread, Desserts Young adult weekend June 13th – 16th and for the High School weekend August 15th – 18th. Thank you so much and May the lord be with you. (more)
The Sussex 1 State Prison Kairos Inside Team recently held their winter Two-Day event on the theme "Christian Action".
We had about 50 resident Kairos Graduates participate (we would have liked more but there are issues with getting the word out to all the staff and residents).
The Two-Day Event was lively, fun, and Holy Spirit Filled. We learned about prayer as an Action by serving as a bridge between anxiety and God's Peace, We heard about "Otherly" Love in letter writing and understanding God's love and commandments to serve as a bridge between confusion and God's Peace . The team also shared about Christian Action that "gives" God's Power through the Holy Spirit and how worship is our "Warship" against the enemies wicked works. And we learned to encourage each other in order to provide a bridge between God's Divine Plan and human dignity.
The team learned that the spirits of our resident Kairos community graduates is being tested by the challenging environment, and new prison administration. And yet, we have seen nothing but a strong desire to continue in their walk of faith regardless. These kairos men are an inspiration. Their environment is a constant persecution and daily their faith and resolve is challenged. They are an example of perseverance for us all to learn from. Their faith is strong, their will to continue toward the prize is unwavering, and their servant hearts were definitely on display this past two-day weekend.
I recommend you sincerely consider attending the K8 Kairos Weekend closing in late April, and see for yourself the power of the Holy Spirit at work in these men.
Update on Kairos #8 at S1SP (second attempt after lockdown in the fall prevented the planned weekend from taking place):
1.We are actively recruiting for team members and outside team support for the upcoming spring weekend at Sussex 1 State Prison
2. We have 22 Commits:
3. 19 from the Fall K-8 Team who have indicated they will return for the Spring weekend
4. 2 new team members: Rick Saunders (Clergy) and Jimmy Lambert (Laity).
5. 1 former team member commit
6. 2 former K-8 team members are tentative, and 1 decline (Dick Tobey moving out of the area, thank you for your service).
7. Team meeting dates are proposed for 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, and 4/13 (@ St Matthews UMC 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA).
For More Info Please Contact: Steve Connelly (K-8 Weekend Leader) 20906 Royal Villa Terrace Sterling, VA 20165 757-342-5595 (Hm & Mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org
Update on Kairos #78 at Greensville Correctional Center, S-3.
The Greensville S-3 Kairos team is preparing for Kairos #78, May 2 – 5. Team meeting dates are the same as for S1SP K-8 above: 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, and 4/13, which will be at Annandale UMC, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA.
For more information, please contact: Jay Morris (K-78 Weekend Leader) 6124 Manchester Park Circle Alexandria, VA 22310 703-200-6300 (mobile) email@example.com
Thank you for all your agape love!
Michael Gentile E-145
Greeting from Community Palanca / Agape! Hope everyone is staying warm this winter season. A few announcements about the next upcoming Emmaus Walk.
We have E-188 teaming right now . You can find the team and pilgrim list on the Emmaus web page or Facebook. I will have placemats available at our next Ultraya.
If you have any letter or any other type of Palanca that is ready, please see me February 15.
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
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!