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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2020:


July 17, 2020 - 7PM



The National Capital Area Emmaus will broadcast the July Ultreya on a new online platform (see link below).

The video will begin promptly on July 17 at 7 p.m. This new online broadcast service provides the opportunity for the community to watch the Ultreya broadcast simultaneously. Additionally, there is an online chat room (cause you know, we like to talk) and an opportunity for you to pray with a designated Prayer Warriors should you have the desire for someone to pray with you.

I look forward to seeing you online on July 17, at 7 p.m.


This is a video recording and all contributors adhered to the social distancing guidelines outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order.



Schedule for 2020

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August 21 - TBD

September 18 - Clarendon UMC

October 23 - Bethel UMC


Board News

The Board has voted to push the men’s weekend of E-193 to the next scheduled weekend. This will push all scheduled weekends date which is currently scheduled at Camp Happy Land on October 1-4. These dates are subject to change depending on the recommendations from governing bodies. The Board will continue to follow or exceed the recommended guidelines by the CDC and local heath organizations.

All NCA Emmaus events are cancelled through June 10, 2020.


DDU Time !!

It is required to attend a DDU in order to team or sponsor a Pilgrim. If you have walked on a different Emmaus or Chrysalis weekend, and did not atted a DDU, you are welcome to jpion us.

Here is our ZOOM Link. We look forward toseeing all of you on Saturday. ZOOM will open at 8:45am. DDU will begin at 9:00.

ZOOM Meeting - Click Here

Meeting ID: 875 6093 8492

Password: Emmaus


Our 2020 Weekends!!

E-193 Chris Scholz Oct. 1-4,2020

E-194 Sam Gero Nov. 12-15

All weekends will be at Camp Happyland!


Check out our new NCAE Intro Video!!



Easy-Peasy!! Now Pay for Weekends by PAYPAL!

Have a PayPal account? Now you can use it to pay your Team, Sponsor and Pilgrim fees. Click here to download instructions on how to use PayPal for EmmausNCA payments. Be sure to follow closely to avoid un-necessary fees!




From the Community Lay Director...

From the Lay Director

On Monday, May 25, 2020, 8 minutes and 46 seconds of recorded video capturing the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis Minnesota changed the course of our everyday conversation from our new normal life in a pandemic due to COVID-19 to the state of racism in the United States.

As the events of the weekend following Mr. Floyd’s untimely death unfolded, angry citizens began protesting and rioting throughout the streets of Minneapolis (and many other cities throughout the world). My daughter and I were able to have a conversation about what was happening in the world. I could see the hurt in her eyes as she tried to wrap her thoughts and emotions around the events unfolding within her world. I asked her what was it that was causing her so much pain? She just looked at me and said, “I don’t understand why?”

At that very moment flashes of time filled my mind and I was taken back to my daughter as a toddler who came home to describe her newest friend with “brown skin” just like Madame (her daycare provider for many years) to my wife and me. Another time, on her second birthday, the only gift all she wanted was a black baby doll to call her own. When "Lola" became part of the family, she would cradle her as we would run errands and many African American strangers would stop us and tell us how much they loved what they were seeing. It was then I realized how ill-equipped I was as a dad to provide an answer. (more)


From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Yeshua:

The gospel is the revelation of Christ that communicates God’s truth concerning salvation and His Kingdom. And so the gospel of the Kingdom has two parts: salvation and the Kingdom.

Concerning salvation, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV). “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).

Salvation is simple to understand, even for a child. The gospel explained is the church sharing the good news of Jesus. This good news is His love for us and His desire to forgive humanity for its sinful and fallen condition.

This good news is also His promise of our resurrection and eternal life in Him, making us a new creation. We get a clean slate and a new beginning. Everything about this current life and the difficulties found in the world will one day soon fade away, and we will enter His glorious Kingdom for eternity. Now that is good news!

Concerning the Kingdom, most of Jesus’ sermons were about His Kingdom. The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6). Jesus lovingly answered, no. For now, the Kingdom of God, and more importantly, the King is living in our hearts. So yes, the Kingdom is at hand, but it is not here on the earth yet. s(more)

  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

Think on this: A SONG as a PRAYER. Prayer is communication with God and a beautiful vital resource during this challenging time. Things we recently learned from some Chrysalis friends about prayer - 1) All that we learn while talking to God applies to our communication with others - honesty, openness, etc. 2) Prayer develops good habits like being an active listener - we learn to listen to the heart, not just words. 3) It helps us to be more thoughtful in our choice of words, speaking the truth in love. 4) Prayer helps us desire communication with others, to connect with authenticity and intimacy. 5) We grow in our communication skills with others, which impacts our communication with God. This was a a beautiful revelation to us - more depth as we view prayer/song. For a song can be a prayer. Joy!

David began to sing in the desert and it was an out-pouring of JOY! He sang “My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2). During this “desert time”, lyrics become stronger and more authentic to us. Recently, I saw a video of a mini-serenade Lindsey Kirkwood did for another member of the NCAE community in pure love. Touching. As I listened to the words “All the People Said Amen” once again, the lyrics meant more than ever. “You are not alone if you are lonely, when you feel afraid, you’re not the only - we are all the same in need of mercy, To be forgiven and be free. It’s all we have to lean on but thank God it’s all we need. And all the people said amen!” Imagine what it meant to the Kirkwood’s and those receiving the serenade! You’ll hear more from Lindsey leading Ultreya music soon.

De Colores

Jim and Mary Ann (Mae) Krauss


From the Chrysalis Lay Director

As most already know, we have postponed our summer weekends until further notice. We are hoping to get back together for the upcoming January weekend. During this time of social distancing, the Chrysalis Next Level team has been busy giving Chrysalis a long overdue face lift. We have been revamping all the talks to make them more relevant to the times. We are in Phase Two of our face lift. We have invited numerous folks who have been part of the Chrysalis community to read over the new talks and give their comments and suggestions. Next, we will present them to the board for a vote. We are also revamping our teaming process to help ensure a successful weekend without too many hiccups and unnecessary stress on the team. We are trying to make sure that the training for each team is consistent. We are very excited with the progress thus far. We would like to get this implemented before the next team heads to the mountain.

It’s that time of year folks, election time! We are looking for anyone who is interested in being part of a great group of people who are passionate about bringing our youth and young adults closer to Jesus Christ and making a difference in their spiritual lives. You must have teamed at least twice on a Chrysalis weekend. You must also have a loving, kind heart and be a willing participant, who brings ideas to the table. It is a two year commitment. We meet every second Monday of the month. If you think you are this person, please reach out to me. My number is 703-969-1895 and my email is

I encourage everyone to follow us on social media. We have been reading through the book of Romans. Why don’t you join us and see what Paul has to say to us. Don’t feel alone during this time of social distancing. Reach out to your fellow butterflies and join a reunion group. If you need help in finding one, just email or call me. I’m here to help.

Fly With Christ,

Erin Pendergast (more)


Kairos Korner

Is Kairos A Good Fit For You?

My answer for you all is always going to be… YES! I’m a firm believer that every Christian is a good fit for Kairos because the Holy Spirit gives us the power!!! But I understand that it can seem to be a bit frightening or maybe overwhelming for many folks.

We’re entering into another season of team formation for the Sussex 1 state prison team. And each team formation begins, much like in Emmaus, with icebreaker questions to help us get to know each other better, and draw closer together as brothers in ministry, and help to discern who has a story that might bless the residents/participants. I’ve asked the team members who are will-ing to share their answer to this question:

Q: Why Do You Serve On Kairos? (What motivates you to join this ministry?)

Pat Schambach Commented:

“I volunteer with Kairos because I’ve come to the belief that I am looking into the face of Jesus when I am inside with the residents.”

Steve Connely Shared:

“I enjoy the sense of community and I like the fellowship with teammates. I like the spiritual for-mation we encounter during team meetings. I feel that Prison Ministry is what our Lord has called me to do in His name. I enjoy bringing the good news to the men we minister to in the prison. I feel personally rewarded and blessed by our Lord in performing this ministry. There are many times I will leave a Kairos weekend enlightened; having personally learned from the men attending the weekend from their sharing as well as learning something about myself.”

Dennis Fargo said:

“I had a pastor, who said in a homily, ‘Jesus does not care about your sins: His power to forgive you is greater than any sin you can commit. He cares about your soul.’ Surely if there is a place on earth where souls are in peril, it is prison. I saw a closing ceremony at VCCW and knew I was called to serve those souls.”

Tom Weaver (K#10 Leader) said:

“I volunteer to team on Kairos because: I initially felt that God was calling me to the ministry. I continue to experience spiritual growth while in the ministry, a sign that God continues to bless my participation It helps to keep me accountable to my role in God's kingdom on earth. It is a great spiritual retreat for me that helps center me on my daily walk.

Thank you all,

Michael Gentile



Community Palanca

This will be my last article for the 4th Day Journal. Ruth and Becca Washburg have graciously accepted to take the Palanca position for the Emmaus and Chrysalis Community. Please contact them with any of your questions.

Many of you find yourselves trying to find things to do with your kids and even on an evening when you just can not take one more Netflix Series or just have to turn off the news to regroup.

So grab a piece of paper and a pen and write down some loving words, favorite verse, and funny little antidotes to pass on for the future weekends be it Emmaus or Chrysalis.

Please be safe and know you are in Jim and mine prayers.

Donna Morris


Weekend Fees - Take Note!

The Weekend Fees for 2020, as set by our Board of Directors, are:

Application Fee $35

Pilgrim Fee $215

Team Fee $250


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