Godspeed - Ladies of E184! *
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2018:
March 16 Ultreya Hosted by Clarendon UMC
Join us for our March Ultreya at Clarendon UMC. Join us at 6:30 for supper and worship at 7:30.
Please come out and support our new sisters in Christ from E-184. The community has been asked to bring sides, salads, or desserts to share with their baked Potato bar for the fellowship hour beginning at 6:30pm.
SEE YOU THERE!!
Schedule for 2018
April 20 - Bethel UMC
May 18 - Sydenstricker UMC
June 22 - Prince of Peace UMC
Wanted: Books and/or devotionals
Wanted: Books and/or devotionals to replace the books that are used for the Book Table on the mountain, starting with E184. If you have a book or devotional that you enjoyed and would like to pass on to the pilgrims we would greatly appreciate it. There will be a container at the February and March Ultreyas for you pass it on.
* Our 2018 Weekends!!
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.
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
Green is in the air, hard to believe it is already March! As I traveled to Hawaii with work the last few weeks, I had some time to think about how awesome God is! It’s not hard to see in the amazing landscapes of the island, a picture-perfect scene. We are surrounded by God’s beauty, yet everyday so many of us fail to see one of the most beautiful creations of all, the one he made in his image, the one we look at in the mirror each morning.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
I have been seeing and hearing so many of the struggles my brothers and sisters in Christ have been facing lately. The discouragement of feeling like the weight of one more thing will be impossible to bare. A cloud that creates a barrier that makes it near impossible to see the beauty in the mirror. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
The season of Lent has many customs that are steeped in the tradition of Christianity. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and begins the 40 day, excluding Sundays, journey to the celebration of Easter. Many Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, with a feast of sweets and pancakes because on Ash Wednesday, traditionally all sugar and eggs and flour are removed from the house until Easter. Practicing Catholics are not allowed to eat any meat other than fish on Fridays. Many Christians purge something from their lives during the season. The rationale behind these practices is to remind and encourage penitence prior to Easter.
I remember one Lent a few years ago when a family member decided to abstain from sweets for Lent. It was not much of a challenge for me being diabetic, but as the days stretched out I think the sweet tooth grew. Finally Easter came and to celebrate the end of her fasting she had bought a Marie Calendar Very Berry Pie. It was baked and as people were getting ready to put ice cream on their slice another family member took the box out of the trash and read that there were 760 calories per slice. That kind of ended the joy of the celebration (but the pie was still eaten, as I recall). (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
“Rejoice Always”. 1 Thess. 5:16
Occasionally I will ask my grandsons what is the Bible verse for today. This is always their reply, as it is our verse we share. Rejoicing also keeps us with a song in our heart - song on our mind song of reverence, surrender, and joy!
The music for the following 2018 months is being led as follows:
Feb - NCAE Praise Team
March - E-184
April & May - NCAE Praise Team
June - E-185
July & August - Chrysalis.
The NCAE Praise Team musicians will also cover Sponsor’s Hour, other events and facilitate music needs such as Outreach and Team support.
We seek to involve community members and those wishing to participate and further develop as music leaders.
Our mission is to help create an atmosphere of Christian worship and fellowship. We practice on a weeknight prior to most Ultreyas - please contact us if you would like to be involved! Keep a song in your heart! De Colores, (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
First of all, I want to start out this month by thanking everyone in the community who stepped up to write agape, showed up for candlelight, and helped with the set up and break down of so many things for C-97! The butterflies LOVED every bit of it, and the team, the board, and myself all appreciate your effort! These youth are on FIRE, and have already done a ton towards joining and expanding our awesome community!
Since we are stepping into February, I want to speak a little on the spirit of Valentine's Day. Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine's Day has become a huge deal in the USA. Anyone who has worked in the restaraunt industry before knows you make more money the week of Valentine's Day than most other times of the year. But why - what's the point? (more)
“I was in prison, and you visited me.” Matthew 25:36
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities. As I’ve often jokingly commented, Kairos is pretty much just like Emmaus only with razor wire, guard dogs, prison bars, terrible food, and guns. And something else as well…Kairos is “raw”, it’s a very clear and very Christ centered listening ministry. We go into the prison advocating for Christ and accomplish His purpose by listening. It’s amazing the nearly instant transformation you’ll see, the hardened hearts transformed into soft flesh simply by giving incarcerated people a little of your time and an understanding compassionate ear. You can help, you can pray (sign up), your small group ministries can write agape posters/ letters, make placemats, and bake forgiveness cookies to support this ministry.
Kairos at Sussex 1 State Prison – The upcoming weekend (K-7) at Sussex 1 SP is (April 25th-28th) Four team meetings are coming up, the team will be meeting on March 10th at St. John Neumann Catholic Church 11900 Lawyers Rd Reston, VA. For more information contact the weekend leader Bill Eager at (email@example.com). Four team meetings are being held in Northern Virginia on Saturdays 8:30am to approximately 3:00pm. Please support this important ministry with your time, prayers, cookies, agape posters/letters, placemats, and financial support.
Kairos at GCC - The upcoming 4-day weekend (K-72) at Greensville Correctional Center is (April 12th-15th 2018) and the team will be sharing Christ's love with 42 residents (pilgrims). You can "visit" these 42 men in prison by adding your name to the prayer chain lists. Cookies, agape posters/letters, and placemats are due at Annandale UMC 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003 on Tuesday evening, April 10, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Contact Fred Carns (E-169), K-72 Team Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org also our beloved brother in Christ, Tom lambert, is serving as the “Observing Leader” for K- 72 and he can help you with answers to your questions about GCC Kairos Prison Ministry.
We are always “recruiting” inside team, outside support team, cookies, placemats, and other agape offerings.
Find out more by visiting our Webpage: https://kairosnova.org
Respectfully - Michael A. Gentile – call with questions: 703-638-2545
Faith can move mountains...Don't be surprised when God hands you a shovel!
DeColores & Fly with Christ
Donna Morris (more)
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
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