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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2015:

NOTE - Due to illness, our July Ultreya will NOT be held at Annandale UMC, and will NOT feature a BBQ dinner. Thanks to Sleepy Hollow UMC for offering their church to host our July Ultreya at 7:30 on July 17!

July Ultreya Hosted by Sleepy Hollow UMC

Don't miss our Worship Gathering at Sleepy Hollow UMC! Come at 7:30 for an inspiring gathering of worship and music.

Come on the 17th ("almost always" the third Friday of the month - and again this month) for a picnic dinner, worship, a Fourth Day message and communion service. We hope to see you there.It gets better and better and better... (More)

and the upcoming Utreyas...

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August 21 - Clarendon UMC

September 18 - First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City

October 16 - St. Paul UMC - Woodbridge


Our 2015 Weekends!!

E-174 ~ Oct. 08-11 - Susan Verghese
E-175 ~ Nov. 05-08 -
Tony Papp

All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia

NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available

NEW – NCA Emmaus Car Magnets and Decals
The NCAE, 4”x6” car MAGNETS and REMOVA-BLE DECALS are available for $5.00 donation or more for each decal. All proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund.
For more information, please contact:

Raúl Castillo at 703-307-8070 or email:


From the Community Lay Director...

From the Lay Director

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting to-gether, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourag-ing one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24- 25 (NIV)

I hope everyone is having a great summer. There is a lot happening for Emmaus this summer so I hope you will stay connected. The July Ultreya will feature our annual BBQ thanks to Annandale UMC. Come any time from 6 – 7:30 to enjoy a fantastic BBQ dinner and then join us for Ultreya at 7:30. This is a great event and having the chance to get together for fellowship is greatly appreciat-ed. One of the greatest gifts that Emmaus has to offer is the tight knit family that we join when we take our walk. I know how easy it is to disconnect. We do it all the time… neglecting to make the phone call to a coworker who is ill, thinking it’s easier to just stay home and “relax” rather than making the effort to get together with friends, being too busy with our own lives to think about others. Remember the close ties that were formed on your walk or the last time you teamed? What can we do to continue the bond that is formed when we are fully immersed in our Emmaus experience? (more)


From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

Just think of it! To be in Washington for the Fourth of July celebration and to have just celebrated Pentecost (Festival of The Holy Spirit). It is a time of freedom as a Country and freedom as Christians.

Paul writes, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (ROMANS 8:16) We have just celebrated Father’s Day. Some of you may not have grown up in a home with a loving father. The Holy Spirit comes to teach us how to have a relationship with our Father God who loves us beyond our understanding. You see, dear Friends, it is the Spirit that makes us aware of how much our Father God cares about us and values us.

Not only does the Spirit bring us into this loving relation-ship but the Spirit becomes our Teacher and Guide. From deep within, the Spirit shows us the Father’s Will and guides us day by day that we might follow the Father’s Teachings. We become His Child and follow in our Father’s footsteps.

We have much to celebrate! Think about our Freedom as Americans and our Freedom from sin. As we journey together, may the Holy Spirit fill our hearts with joy and our hearts with the willingness to minister in God’s Name as He calls us. (more)

  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

Praise The Lord, oh my soul. What a great time we had at the June 30th Music Meeting. We sang and wor-shiped then had training for MD/AMD and discussed community opportunities to serve through music. We hope to have a similar meeting for Chrysalis musicians in the future, and repeat this training in years to come. It was a productive sharing time of experience and questions. The Lord's presence was evident and it was a blessing.

As we go forward, there are exciting things in the works: fundraising for projectors, lyric presentations, AV needs; acquisition of sound equipment for teams' usage; and opportunities for outreach. Praying and praising about this things.

July Ultreya music will be lead by Chrysalis. Awesome theme song is "Strength of my heart". Combining that and the annual picnic, worship, Bugs intro, & fellowship brings great expectations of a wonderful evening!! All musicians are invited to join in - play and sing.

May you keep a song in your heart and keep your JOY in Jesus. Sincerely,

Thanks & blessings!! (more)


From the Chrysalis Lay Director

It takes a village. You’ve heard this before many times – but I feel it is particularly true when we are referring to mentoring our children and youth. And it doesn’t just refer to a large number of people – it refers to what those people can offer by way of mentoring. Everybody in ‘the village’ has different God given skills – many of them without knowing they have the skills. Whether it is music, the ability to pray, the patience to do something over and over again until the child or youth gets it right – the list goes on.

As adults in the church it is our responsibility to help minister in some way to our youth. Interestingly though, there is no biblical model for youth ministry. So my inter-pretation of this is that we should use the biblical principles we already know and apply them to youth. Sure, there are some specific areas of ministry that focus on youth issues – relationships, sex, drugs, rock and roll etc. – and these shouldn’t be ignored – but too many youth ministries focus solely on those and omit the basic bibli-cal principles we expect our youth to adhere to when they get older (I prefer that term to ‘grow up’). (more)


Weekend Fees - Take Note!

The Weekend Fees for 2015, as set by our Board of Directors, are:

Pilgrim Application Fee $35

Pilgrim Fee $200

Team Fee $250


Community Palanca

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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