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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2019:

*February Ultreya Hosted by Old Bridge UMC

Come on out, join us in fellowship and worship!

Join us for our February Ultreya, at Old Bridge UMC as we continue the new year. Please bring gloves,socks, and long underwear to help with their homeless mission. Come ready for dinner at 6:30pm. The service will be at 7:30pm. See you there.


Schedule for 2019

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March 15 - Bethel UMC

April 12 - Clarendon UMC

May 17 - Sydenstricker UMC

June 21 - St. Paul UMC - Woodbridge

July 19 - Sleepy Hollow UMC w/Annandale UMC


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!


Our 2019 Weekends!!

Spring March 21-24, 2019 R will be Debbie McCluskey

Spring May 2-5, 2019 R will be John Rowe

Fall September 26-29, 2019 R will be Carrol Cobb

Fall October 31-November 3, 2019 R will be Jon Guest

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



Need to get your Agape to the mountain?

For future weekends we will have a large box out front in the Ultreya church foyer so you can leave palanca or agape for the upcoming weekends - please label and put your stuff in alphabetical order, by last name.


From the Community Lay Director...

From the Lay Director

I like the window seat on the plane so that I think I can see what’s about to happen, as if I could do something about it! No really I like to watch the lights at night and as the plane starts to descend, you can see an electric glow from below. It all seems to be bright and shiny, maybe even twinkling so very far down below. Seems as if each light represents individual people that make up that glow, but I know that really each part of that glow is an electric light fixture installed by someone like me, for a specific purpose at some point. I know just how much effort goes into that installation, as I have doing that sort of job my entire career. But from 30,000 plus feet it does seem like a glow, and as the plane gets lower suddenly, you can see buildings and home lights, and then you can make out the headlights along the roads. And this time of year, I could see Christmas lights as well.

Our community is very much like this, from afar you can see its shine but as you get closer you can see each individual and their light shine. The work we do to keep our Emmaus Community running so well really takes all of us - each doing a part in this ministry. (more)


From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

I apologize for the journal getting out late. Life has its twists and turns, umbrellas and sunny days.

Dan’s father passed away on Christmas Eve and away to Nebraska we went to support his mother. I saw God working in so many ways. Fortunately and unfortunately, funerals and weddings bring family, friends, and people together. The fortunate part is we come together; the unfortunate part is we lose touch with people in our lives until something happens. Dan saw some of his high school and college friends that he hadn’t seen or heard from in decades. Yes, we are that old.

Coming together is God’s way of reuniting us. There is something to learn but somehow we don’t stay in touch. I felt it was like heaven is going to be – we are reunited with loved ones. It also reminds me of Mananita. I am always reminded of someone who walked in the very early years whose comment was “Did I die? I must be in heaven! The angels are singing!” (more)

  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

Keep the songs of Christmas in your heart throughout 2019. Keep the Joy of Jesus. Christmas is so thrilling, but we don’t need to quit celebrating or praising - He is our strength and song daily.

We had such a good time worshipping and singing at the December Ultreya. We did not have the volunteers needed to have Emmaus children sing at Christmas, but hope to have tweens and teens read for the March Ultreya (Easter).

The following will lead music during the first half of 2019:

January - NCAE Praise Team

February- C-100

March- NCAE Praise Team

April - E-188 women

May - E-189 men

June - NCAE Praise Team

We are thrilled with the response from musicians accepting the MD positions of weekends, participating in Sponsors’ Hour, Ultreyas and other events. If you are interested in participating, please let us know. If you have questions about events related to NCAE weekends that include music, we will be happy to help with details or seek out answers for you.

Jim and Mae Krauss


From the Chrysalis Lay Director

Chrysalis is all excited about the birth of our savior and the coming of the new year plus the upcoming winter weekend of C-100....WOO-HOO!!!!

The team is ready to see what the Lord has in store for the bugs that are coming to the mountain. We just ask of the community for prayers for the weekend and agape, there is still time for that!!!

At this point the Chrysalis community would like to thank Raul Castillo for his service to the Fourth Day Journal and give prayers for his new endeavors on the Emmaus board and prayers for the incoming editor of the Fourth Day Journal.

May the Lord Be With You Raul. Fly with Christ,

FLY WITH CHRIST!!!. (more)


Kairos Korner

I hope you all have had a blessed and joyous Christmas/ New Year Holiday season. And I offer up a prayer of blessing fopr all who have had sadness and heart break during this time of year. I pray that the Lord God in heaven will pour out his grace and mercy (as I know he will) upon you today and every day. May you be blessed richly with comforts and wisdom to guide you all through the upcoming seasons. May you have a refreshed hope and lasting peace in the New Year.

This January 5th I'll again be attending the Virginia State Conference meeting. This takes place in Charlottesville at a beautiful little country church there (Ivy Creek UMC). I hope to return with news to share on a variety of interesting matters regarding the Kairos Prison Ministry. I mention this because there is another form of agape that our NCA Emmaus Community can participate in. Our Emmaus groups can produce agape posters to encourage other Kairos teams throughout the VA conference. If anyone would like to bless these teams and residents with an uplifting poster please get those to me and I'll deliver when I go to the meeting for other teams to use on their weekends and reunions.

Update on Kairos #8 at S1SP (second attempt after lockdown in the fall prevented the planned weekend from taking place):

To Date:

1.We are actively recruiting for team members and outside team support for the upcoming spring weekend at Sussex 1 State Prison

2. We have 22 Commits:

3. 19 from the Fall K-8 Team who have indicated they will return for the Spring weekend

4. 2 new team members: Rick Saunders (Clergy) and Jimmy Lambert (Laity).

5. 1 former team member commit

6. 2 former K-8 team members are tentative, and 1 decline (Dick Tobey moving out of the area, thank you for your service). INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY In case of inclement weather on the night of an Ultreya, please listen to the local television or radio. If Public Schools are closed, and after school activities are canceled in the locality where the Ultreya is being held, the Ultreya will also be canceled. 4 | P a g e

7. Team meeting dates are proposed for 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, and 4/13 (@ St Matthews UMC 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA).

For More Info Please Contact:

Steve Connelly (K-8 Weekend Leader) 20906 Royal Villa Terrace Sterling, VA 20165 757-342-5595 (Hm & Mobile)

Update on Kairos #78 at Greensville Correctional Center, S-3.

The Greensville S-3 Kairos team is preparing for Kairos #78, May 2 Ė 5. Team meeting dates are the same as for S1SP K-8 above: 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, and 4/13, which will be at Annandale UMC, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA.

For more information, please contact:

Jay Morris (K-78 Weekend Leader) 6124 Manchester Park Circle Alexandria, VA 22310 703-200-6300 (mobile)

Thank you for all your agape love!

Michael Gentile E-145


Community Palanca

Greetings from Palanca Central!

Fall is around the corner and that means Ladies E-186 & Menís E-187 are preparing for the mountain.

Please share your love with the team and pilgrims with prayers, snacks and love letters.

Placemats are available upon request at Ultreyas if you wish to decorate.

I am in Colorado beginning mid October and Nicole Mosher will be filling in for me while Jim and I are here on temporary assignment.

If you have any questions you can still reach me by email and the Palanca team will get back to you. Love, Love,

Donna Morris and Nicole Mosher



Weekend Fees - Take Note!

The Weekend Fees for 2018, as set by our Board of Directors, are:

Application Fee $35

Pilgrim Fee $250

Team Fee $250


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