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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2020:

*MAY ULTREYA

May 15, 2020 - 7PM

CLICK HERE AT 7PM TO JOIN IN !!!

Log in to emmausnca.org website for instructions on the Virtual Ultreya!

Join the community in music, worship and prayer. Virtual hugs and love from our music team and others will fill your 4th day with JOY!

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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June 19 - St. Paul UMC - Woodbridge

July 17 - Sleepy Hollow UMC w/Annandale 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.

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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

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Our 2020 Weekends!!

E-193 Chris Scholz

E-194 Sam Gero

E-195 Milton Zapata

All weekends will be at Camp Happyland!

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Check out our new NCAE Intro Video!!

 

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From the Community Lay Director...

From the Lay Director

The Virtual Ultreya held in April was an absolute success. I am happy to report that there were 290 unique devices were streaming the broadcast on Friday, April 17. By estimation this number can easily be doubled and I can safely say there were over 600 community members gathering together virtually that night. What a gift! Community members both near and far provided feedback that was overwhelmingly grateful to be able to connect once again, even virtually. I want to thank Lisa Giamette for opening her heart and sharing her Fourth Day talk with the community and reminding us to “Be Still”. Such a poignant message for all of us while we are navigating the storm that is this pandemic. Steven Curtis Chapman is one of my favorite artists. Her talk reminded me of his song “Be Still and Know.” The lyrics contain these words that stood out as I took some time to just Be Still.

“Consider all that he has done Stand in awe and be amazed And know that he will never change Be still” (more)

 

From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

Suffering is not a word we like to think about and certainly not when it affects our lives or those near and dear to us. Yet we all know that suffering is a fact of life. No one goes through life completely free of suffering. The rich may have it easier but they still suffer. Certainly, this pandemic we are living through has affected to one degree or another the whole world.

Jesus tells us in the gospel John 16:33 - 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Take heart, Jesus says, I have overcome the world. Strange words for a man who knows He is going to the cross. How are they true? And how can they be true for us today?

Suffering is a fact of life but suffering does not have to define life. Life is a gift from God. Life is God's to give and take away. When we define life as anything other than God's gift, we fall into the trap of chasing the ever changing definition this world puts on life.

Jesus conquers, overcomes the suffering He is put through by placing His complete trust in the One Who is over all. Jesus chooses to endure the cross to give life to all of us who will believe. Easter morning God proves Jesus is right and that He and He alone defines life. s(more)

 
         
  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

During this challenging time, music can be a great way of lifting your spirits or encouraging yourself and others. The song “Waymaker” has great lyrics -“even when I don’t see it you’re working, even when I don’t feel it you’re working”. We pray your Christian foundation is not only holding you up but making you thrive during this time and His presence and hope are bringing great peace to your family. It’s a special time we can be a witness just by keeping a song in our heart. We are staying flexible, but continuing to help with future event plans, including Ultreyas online. See you there!

De Colores

Jim and Mary Ann (Mae) Krauss

 

From the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hey all of you lovely people,

I hope you are all staying safe out there. As a Chrysalis Board for the safety of the teams and the attendees, we have decided to postpone our Summer retreats until further notice. I hope you are all staying safe out there and taking care of each other. I cant wait for us to be able to gather together again...

Sending my Love to you all,

Becca Washburg

Assistant Chrysalis Lay Director (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

Wow how our world has changed. Your love for each other is needed more now than ever.

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.

With love, De Colores

Donna Morris

 

Weekend Fees - Take Note!

The Weekend Fees for 2019, as set by our Board of Directors, are:

Application Fee $35

Pilgrim Fee $215

Team Fee $250

 
         
 

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