Our monthly Ultreyas for 2014:
July Ultreya at Annandale UMC
Let's keep the spirit moving, and worship in July at Annandale UMC for our annual BBQ and Worship.
Come on the 18th ("almost always" the third Friday of the month - and again this month) at 6:00 - for picnic dinner, and stay for our 7:30 worship, a Fourth Day message and communion service. We hope to see you there.
Feel free to bring a side dish, drinks or dessert if you like.It gets better and better and better... (More)
*Our 2014 Weekends!!
All weekends will be held at the 4-H Training Center near Front Royal, VA
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
August 15 - Christ Church UMC
September 19 - First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City
October 17 - St. John's UMC
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
When He was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12 so that, “they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven. Mark 4:10-12 10
We have created a thought about our Emmaus Community – it is an ‘Inside Out Community’. But what does that mean? Just like parables there has to be context and some explanation before it really means something on an individual level.
I so very much value our Emmaus Community – the weekend experience exposed me to thoughts, concepts, and Christian perspectives that I would not have cultivated of my own accord. I had stimuli from my wife and from fellow local church members but that only ‘opened the door’ for me. What I did with it was up to me; relative to where I was at with other life experiences and daily living. I am happy to give witness that I have cultivated sincere feelings and desire for faith, love, justice, grace, and Christian considerations in a majority of the things I do. I trust that will be the case for the rest of my life here on earth. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
July is upon us already — how fast the year seems to go by. I wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July!
It’s wonderful that we can celebrate 238 years of the United States! I don’t know if we fully realize how dangerous it was for our forefathers to sign that piece of paper. Ben Franklin made the comment that “we can either hang together or hang separately.” We have hung in there and become the greatest country on earth. Sure, we have our faults and weaknesses, however, we have a way of working together, of being philanthropic, of caring, of having freedoms that cannot be found in other lands.
Freedom! We will hear a lot about freedom this month. There will be parades and fireworks, picnics and concerts. We love to celebrate. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
"Oh, say can you see?" Most Hymnals carry many patriotic songs honoring God as the leader of our great country. As we celebrate freedom this month, keep a song in your heart - a song of freedom in Christ. It may be "I'll fly away" or "Free from sin, oh happy condition" or "My Chains are Gone". Whatever allows your heart to soar, let her rip!! Sing out loud, praising and praying all the while. Thank you, Lord, that we are set free! July Ultreya music will be lead by Chrysalis MDs of C-86. Fly with Christ!! (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: every-thing old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
Spring has finally come! We just celebrated Easter and everywhere you look there is something new growing. This is probably my most favorite time of the year for a couple of reasons. First, I am a huge baseball fan and spring is when baseball starts in both the professional ranks and in the small towns and kids leagues through-out the land. The second reason for spring being my favorite time of the year is the new beginning of every-thing around. Spring is the time when the flowers and trees start to bloom and start to grow again and things everywhere begin anew.
The Chrysalis weekends are just like a Spring every weekend we have. What do I mean by that? Well, the kids known as caterpillars, show up to the weekend as one type of person and throughout the weekend they are formed and molded by many different experiences and they leave as beautiful butterflies. The experiences, friendships formed, and the presence of the Holy Spirit on the weekend lead to the dramatic changes that we have seen on every weekend. Each weekend is differ-ent just like every spring is different; however the con-stant on every weekend just like spring is change. Change is evident everywhere during spring just as it is on a Chrysalis weekend. (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)
With an all new MailList Service, HolyNet is being reactivated. We encourage you to sign up here to receive community news (including links to the FourthDay Journal), and prayer requests. Thank you, Dave Moore, for setting up this comunications venue!
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!