2015 Walks Announced*
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2014:
November Ultreya at Clarendon UMC
Give thanks with us at Clarendon UMC in Arlington in November.
Come on the 21st ("almost always" the third Friday of the month - and again this month) at 7:30 for worship, a Fourth Day message and communion service. We hope to see you there.It gets better and better and better... (More)
Our 2014 Weekends!!
E-171 ~ Nov. 13-16 - Sam Parris
This weekend will be held at the 4-H Training Center near Front Royal, VA
*Our 2015 Weekends!!
E-172 ~ Mar. 12-15 - Kathy Woodley
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available
The 4x6-inch oval NCAE logo is available as a magnet or removable sticker. The NCAE Board of Directors has requested a donation of $5.00 or more to the Scholarship Fund for each. They will be on hand before and after each Ultreya.
Ultreya Schedule for 2014
November 21 - Clarendon UMC
December 19 - Bethel UMC
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus Colossians 2:6&7 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and over-flowing with thankfulness. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Looking ahead, I have come to the realization the next two articles (November and December) will fulfill my obligation for writing as the Community Lay Director (CLD). In thinking about the time of year and the context of the months, I have decided for November to be thankful-centric and for December to be blessing-focused. This month acknowledging the abundance of things that I am grateful for and next month (December) counting my blessings seemed a viable way to close out the series of articles written over the course of this year.
Where to start in appreciating ones circumstances and life?
There was a time I might have started with material things or with other tangible possessions. However, I am thankful (as the scriptures above remind me) that thanks and glory belong to God and Christ Jesus. I truly am ever so thankful to have rekindled a strengthened faith in Jesus Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
The cooler weather has arrived and we find ourselves beginning to think about Thanksgiving and Advent. It’s a good time of the year.
As we come to Thanksgiving, I hope we are remembering all the things for which we are truly grateful. We have been blessed in so many ways. Sure, we have had some major events in our lives. However, there are many little things that have made a difference and brightened our day — and they count, too! These things can range from a new job, to a new spouse, to a new baby, to joining the church, to somebody sharing a smile or a hug with you that just makes your day, to appreciating the beauty that is all around us. Sometimes, it’s just the smile upon greeting an old friend — and we are again blessed. We need to remember lovedones and give God thanks for how they have touched our lives. We also need to be thankful to God for the gift of Jesus. What better gift could we receive than the gift of salvation ecause we chose to say “Yes!” to God?
We need to remember our NCA Emmaus family. Through God’s love we have een a le to less one another, to grace each other’s lives, to help one another stay on track on our fourth day. What a gift! What a blessing! As this is my last article for the Journal before I rotate off the Board, please allow me to say “THANK YOU!!!” for the privilege of serving you and you lessing me. NCA Emmaus is too good to keep to ourselves — let’s keep inviting and seeking creative ways to sponsor pilgrims. They need you to bless them, too. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
"But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 59:16 NIV)
Fall is a beautiful time in the Emmaus community as we hear the community blessed with new pilgrims and but-terflies singing morning, midday, and evening at several events. May we continue to sing of his love in our daily lives, always keeping a song in our heart just as the scripture states. This music expresses the joy or cry of our hearts and brings peace as we call on His name and praise our great God. Thank you, Jesus, for music, for what it means to this community and your kingdom and our personal lives.
Let's all joyfully sing "Glorious Day", "Open Up the Heavens", "Hello, My Name Is Child of the One True King", "Rock of Ages". Prepare our hearts for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. The men of E-171 will be leading the November Ultreya. Let us know which songs you'd like to hear at December Ultreya - email@example.com (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
If a knife is blunt, it still continues to be a knife, although it is less effective, less useful in service. There is mutual benefit in the rubbing of two iron blades together; the edges become sharper, making the knives more efficient in their task to cut and slice. Likewise, the Word of God is a “dou le-edged sword” He rews 4 2), and it is with this that we are to sharpen one another.
The Chrysalis butterflies need the guidance and mentor-ship of mature Christians – like the mature Christians in the Emmaus community. When these butterflies return from the mountain they are full of the Holy Spirit – but it is often months before they get the chance to be a team member and they need guidance and mentorship during that time. They need to be groomed to become an effective team member. Remember, the Chrysalis model is that the youth run the weekend – the adults are merely there for guidance and advice. (more)
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2014, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Pilgrim Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $175
Team Fee $225
I am the Community Palanca Cha. I need volunteers to make placemats for me. We need 270 decorated placemats for each team that goes to the Mountain.
I will have blank placemats at the Ultreyas each month. You can create your own design, either free hand, trace from a coloring book, use markers, glitter and glue to create your designs. You can either do them yourselves or get your Sunday School classes to do them. The pilgrims really like them when they come from the children. There are two kinds needed: the ones that are decorated with cute pictures and words, and ones that specifically say “DeColores”. (more)
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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!