Join Us at Clarendon September 15! *
* Our monthly Ultreyas for 2017:
September 15 Ultreya Hosted by Clarendon UMC
Join us at our first fall Ultreya at Clarendon UMC. Join us at 6:30 for supper, followed by worship at 7:30.
SEE YOU THERE!!
and the upcoming Utreyas...
October 20 - Bethel UMC
November 17 - Christ Church UMC
December 15 - Messiah UMC
Our 2017 Weekends!!
E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
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.
NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available
NEW – NCA Emmaus Car Magnets and Decals
Raúl Castillo at 703-307-8070 or email: 4DayJour@emmausnca.org
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
I am sitting at a beautiful lake in central Alabama this morning and a gentle rain is falling outside my cabin. I can hear thunder in the distance and see flashes of lightning around me, yet I am safe and dry within the confines of the screened in porch. There is something so refreshing about a summer rain. The trees and grass soak up the moisture eagerly and seem to stand taller and shine a little greener with each drop. Today's plan was filled with swimming, boating and water activities with the family, but here we sit watching God take charge of the day and remind us that He is really the One who determines the directions of our lives. So instead of water fun, we will play indoor games, talk, laugh, reminisce, and just be still in the presence of our family and our Heavenly Father.
Sometimes He calls us to be still in His presence and to look deeply into our hearts to know the direction in which He is calling us to go. In the middle of life's storms we hold onto His hand for guidance and peace. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
How is your prayer going these days? Is it rich and deep? Is it an experience that brings you back each day with an enthusiasm of meeting with the Savior whose Name is above all Names.?
When we pray, it is essential that we begin by following our Lords example as He said in His teaching to the disciples, “Our Father, Who art in heaven, HALLOWED BE THY NAME”. When we look inward to our earthly needs only, and do not remember the Holiness of Who he is at the very outset, we risk not acknowledging Him at all. The prayer becomes a small circle of requests for ours or others’ well being which fails to recognize our immortal status as Children of God. Now, I am not saying that we should hesitate in bringing our requests to our most compassionate God, but that we must enter into a deep awareness of our relationship to Him.
As I write this, I am sitting overlooking a picturesque lake in Alabama where Gloria and I have retreated for a few days to spend with our family. As I sit here, l listen to the sounds of thunder from a passing storm which I do not know if it will bring rain or not. Fortunately, I am sheltered by a screened in porch and will be unaffected by the rain if it does come. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
You may wonder to how people become involved in the NCAE music praise team? Here's the scoop:
If you play an instrument or sing and/or are interested in being a part of the program, contact us at the email below and we will give you additional information. However, in a nutshell – there are over 150 people who have expressed an interest in the music and we try to involve them in various NCAE MUsic activities at one time or the other - Sponsors hour, Mananita, Ultreyas, DDUs, teaming, MD, AMD, outreach and other special events.
Prior to an Ultreya, practice is held at a church on the Monday or Thursday preceding the meeting. This is usually done at the church where the Ultreya will occur, however if that is not available we have a substitute church which is generous in allowing us to practice there. Praises!
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
As it is my last month as Lay Director I would like to say thank you to everyone. It has been a blessing serving my community! But before I go I do have some last minute business to let you all in on. Our Board elections are happening this August Ultreya. Here is the list on nominees we have so far. We just need 2 more adults to be on the list.
Here is the list for the 2017- 2019 Chrysalis Board:
Spiritual Directors(s) Jessie Kerns
Youth Board Members Matt Critchly, Joey Goode, Emma Grammar, Judieclair Kinerney
Adult Board Members Jon Guest, Kirstin Smith
As we vote on them coming up please pray over these names! Speaking about praying, please pray over the new Lay Director for Chrysalis as it is a big job.
Thank you all again for this fantastic year. See you at the Ultreya this August and get ready to see some new Butterflies!!! (more)
The Teaming Cycle
Just like Emmaus and Chrysalis, Kairos goes through a teaming cycle. Our men’s 4-day weekends in the prisons generally are held in the spring (March/April) and fall (September/October). As soon as the 4-day weekend concludes, the weekend leader (similar to the “R”) begins to recruit the team for the next 4-day weekend. Recruitment usually ends about 2 months before the 4-day so the team can form during teaming meetings. Around the time that team meetings are being held, agape (and palanca, but in Kairos it is all called agape) is solicited.
That’s why you will see calls for team members November – February and June – August; both prison teams are recruiting! Also, the prayer lists to cover the weekends are passed around at Ultryeas in August, September, February, and March – although sometimes the 4-day will fall so that another Ultryea will receive prayer lists.
The warden of Sussex-1 State Prison recently challenged Kairos to do more. He is excited for our program and wants more of the light of Christ to come into the prison. We at Kairos want to respond, but it takes Christian soldiers to take up arms. Can we change the Kairos cycle by adding a 4-day in the summer starting in 2018? That, brothers and sisters, is something that you can help answer. As one of the pastors said recently, “If the door is being opened, don’t you think you should walk through it?”
Applications for teaming are available at our website https://kairosnova.org. The next Greensville Correctional Center (GCC) S-3 weekend, K-69, is planned for October 12-15. The next Sussex-1 State Prison weekend, K-6, will be October 19-22. Please contact Bill Iwig (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ed Tucker (email@example.com) or any former Kairos team member if you have any questions about Kairos.
Matt 25:36 “…I was in prison and you visited me.”
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2017, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Pilgrim Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $215
Team Fee $250
DeColores & Fly with Christ
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