New Board Elected! *
* Our monthly Ultreyas for 2017:
December 15 Ultreya Hosted by Messiah UMC
Join us for our Christmas Ultreya at Messiah UMC. Join us at 6:30 for supper and worship at 7:30.
SEE YOU THERE!!
Supper is "PotLuck". Please bring finger foods to share.
Congratulations to all, and a special salute to our
2018 Community Lay Director,
Our 2017 & 2018 Weekends!!
E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
E 184 ~ March 8-11 - Vickie Carroll
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
Raúl Castillo at 703-307-8070 or email: 4DayJour@emmausnca.org
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
What is it about December that warms our hearts and fills our entire being with joy? It is the thought of Christmas. For most of us, being with our families during this season is what we long for most of all. Whether that family is “blood” kin or “spirit” kin, we all desire to celebrate this time with others. I hope that each of you will enjoy special moments with friends and loved ones and that you will reflect on the real reason for the joy in our hearts. 1 John 4:7 says that God sent His son to this world so that we might live through Him. Christ came as an infant to bring to our world a joy and love that knows no limits or boundary. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. That brings to our lives a JOY, unspeakable JOY.
It has been a great joy of mine to serve each of you this past year as the Community Lay Director. I have grown to love and appreciate this community and the depth of commitment that you demonstrate in so many ways. God’s strong and mighty hand has been so very present during each team meeting, each weekend, each Sponsor’s Hour, each DDU and each Ultreya. It is because of your faithful desire to serve Him, unreservedly, that miracles in our hearts have occurred. I look forward to continuing to serve along side of you in our community for many more years to come. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
As I bid a fond farewell to my time as an Emmaus board of directors Spiritual Director, I cannot depart without expressing my appreciation for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me by the prayerful support of the community as a whole. Many of you have inspired me with words of encouragement, whether I was praying for a fourth day speaker, presenting a prayer for the offering, offering a devotion before the many communion services I led, or just endeavoring to bring some lighthearted laughter into the various meetings I attended. (This last is subject to scrutiny about the effectiveness of those times, but in all you were patient with me). Your encouragement and smiles buoyed me up, not only when you sent them my way, but also as you encouraged each other. Hebrews 3:13; “Encourage one another daily.”
Thankfully, as I move on to support our community in other ways, I don’t have to seriously separate from all its blessings. Our community is irreplaceable under any conditions. God has an infinite variety of relationships that we can enjoy, and that is why he put us in community. The sense of Christian community is apparent throughout the new testament. Passages that encourage us to remember and share our blessings with others include Jesus’ presenting the cup to them at the Lord’s supper: Matthew 26:27-29. “Then he took a cup, and gave it to them saying, “Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the covenant.” Just as he included all of the disciples in the communion, so ought we to include all in our expression of love to all people. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
Oh, brothers and sisters. This season of gratitude is God’s perfect timing!! October Ultreya PRAISED Him, gave glory to Him in a very special way. From “De Colores” to the theme song “One Thing Remains” to “I got saved”.
We rejoice and sing praises for the great community, new pilgrims, new CLD and board members, heavenly glory of those departed to Jesus, and our bright future and hope in Him.
These last few weekends have provided musicians who are new to the NCAE community and we are grateful. Glory! Thank you, Lord. (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
I hope this journal finds you all well rested and well fed after the Thanksgiving holiday. This time of the year can seem crazy and busy and messy sometimes. Or, if you’re like me – every single time. It can be hard to remember to have grace, patience, and thankfulness through all of the hustle and bustle of cooking, cleaning, traveling, hosting, and finding just the right gift to show your loved ones just how much they mean to you.
This time of year is also always full of Chrysalis events for many in our community. The winter weekend is almost finished teaming, our Hoot this past weekend brought in several youth who are interested in walking this upcoming year, you had a chance to meet our Assistant Lay Directors, and this month you will be meeting the team for C-97. And all that’s not even including what the board is working on to make the community run smoothly!
The important thing to remember in all of the busy is who’s we are, and why we are doing what we’re doing. We give of our time, space, resources, and gifts because we are loved by our Maker, and we are to shower that love in abundance on everyone we can. Take time this busy season to “be still and know” (Psalms 46:10) that our God is awesome, and has given us so much to be thankful for.
I love you all, and I hope that your holiday season is full of blessings! (more)
The Kairos teams are now starting to prepare for Kairos #72 at Greensville Correctional Center, April 12 – 15, and Kairos #7 at Sussex-1 State Prison, April 26 – 29, 2018. Team applications will soon be available on the team website: https://kairosnova.org. As you prayerfully consider being a part of this ministry, please review our Kairos Statement of Faith.
Kairos Statement of Faith
The people of Kairos are called by God to share the love of Christ with those impacted by incarceration. Kairos encourages believers from a variety of Christian traditions to be volunteers in this Christ-filled ministry.
Kairos programs offer to prison residents, their families, and those who work with them, the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ, and to grow in their faith and servant-hood in Christian community.
We stand on the common ground of the following elements of faith. We in Kairos believe:
The Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired word for our faith and our lives.
In the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In the deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Friendship with God is a free gift, for God solved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The love of Jesus Christ motivates His followers to provide food for the hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcome to the stranger, clothes for the naked, and visits to the sick and those in prison.
In sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with all incarcerated individuals, their families, nd to those who work with them inside and outside the correctional institution.
Please contact Bill Iwig (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ed Tucker (email@example.com) or any Kairos team member if you have any questions about Kairos.
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 $215
Team Fee $250
DeColores & Fly with Christ
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