VIRTUAL ULTREYA - October 23*
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2020:
October 23, 2020 - 7PM
MUST SEE TV
The National Capital Area Emmaus will broadcast the October Ultreya on our new online platform (see link below).
The video will begin promptly on October 18 at 7 p.m. This new online broadcast service provides the opportunity for the community to watch the Ultreya broadcast simultaneously. Additionally, there is an online chat room (cause you know, we like to talk) and an opportunity for you to pray with a designated Prayer Warriors should you have the desire for someone to pray with you.
I look forward to seeing you online on October 18, at 7 p.m.
This is a video recording and all contributors adhered to the social distancing guidelines outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order.
Schedule for 2020
November 20 - Christ Church UMC
Our 2020 Weekends!!
E-194 Sam Gero Nov. 12-15 - POSTPONED!
All weekends will be at Camp Happyland!
Check out our new NCAE Intro Video!!
The Nominating Committee is looking for anyone that is interested in serving on the NCA Emmaus Board of Directors. This is a two-year commitment.
Please contact Kat Lopez (Kat.Lopez812@aol.com), Tom Lambert (email@example.com), or Shari Spring (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
A better tomorrow can start today. In all my days I have never known a time when there was so much division. Gone are the days when we would be united by our commonalities rather than divided by our differences. Gone is the showing of politeness and respect along with the recognition of one’s dignity no matter of someone’s race, age, social class, beliefs, or political affiliation. Our division has put us in a position of defense, this guarded stance that looks at everyone and everything as a possible threat to our happiness.
It is any wonder why everyone is so easily offended when every difference of opinion is seen as an attack against our wellbeing. There are a lot of reasons we can point at to explain why we are divided but at the end of the day it all comes down to just one. We have allowed our will to overrule God’s Word. We can’t ignore the source of Love, Joy, Truth, and Peace and still expect to experience those things in our lives or society. To ignore God is to forfeit this good. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
The term firstborn is used extensively throughout the Bible, and God makes it clear that He holds a unique interest and affection for those who are His firstborn. God gave the firstborn Israelite males special status concerning inheritance rights, and in Deuteronomy 21:15–17, a father was obliged to acknowledge his firstborn son as his principal heir and grant him a double portion of his estate as an inheritance.
In Judaism, the understanding of the term “firstborn” (bekhor) is a mystery. The Hebrew word for “first fruits” (bikkurim) derives from the same root as “firstborn” (bekhor), as do the terms “birthright” (bekhorah) and “blessing” (berakhah). Therefore, there is a correlation between all that comes first in the creation, including their birthright and associated blessings.
Christ was a mystery to Israel and the world, and so was the church, for it is written, “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:32). A token of this future promise was bestowed upon Levi's sons, specifically the sons of Aaron, as an eternal priesthood. The Aaronic priesthood and the Levites who served in the Temple were a type, a shadow of both Christ and His church's priesthood. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
Lyrics from the song “Surrounded" (Fight my battles by Elyssa Smith): "I will believe You have overcome and I will sing praise for what You’ve done. This is how I fight my battles.” The seed of the gospel is planted in our hearts through scripture, readings, song - all Jesus.
During this time of isolation, we all tend to move toward reviewing what’s in our homes, closets, and hearts. One project for us was going through years of palanca - thriving on and encouraged by golden nuggets from friends and strangers. One that jumped out to us was two poems Stephanie Scholtz (CLD First Lady) sent to Jim. She sent a copy of two poems she had written in college and it spoke to us greatly, so much so that I shared with others and her. Some have that talent of speaking what our hearts feel. In that moment of reading a scripture or poem, or while singing a song we exclaim “That’s it, that’s what I feel”. God bless those who seek and those who speak, helping us express our souls. This encourages us and others! (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
I would like to take the time to thank the Board members from the Class of 2020 for their service and dedication to making Chrysalis what it is today. They have all graciously decided to take on another two years as the new Class of 2022. I will be continuing as the CLD. Two members of the Class of 2020 had to step down due to other commitments outside of Chrysalis. I would like to personally thank Katie Rowe and Aiden Wills for their hard work and contribution to making Chrysalis what it is today. At the same time, I would like to welcome our new members, Rich Goad and Madison McDonald. I know they will bring a lot of great ideas to the table and look forward to working with them. The board met last month and with a sad heart, we have collectively decided to postpone the January weekend. We felt with the uncertainty of this virus and virtual school system in place, it would hinder the teaming experience and the bug applications. Hopefully, we can pick up where we left off.
Chrysalis decided that we needed to stay connected to the bugs from past weekends. We have come up with Virtual game night. Our first game night was Aug 26th. It was a small crowded, but that did not stop them. Kayleigh, Becca, Casey, and Bryson wanted to figure a way to stay connected and have fun at the same time. So, they brought out Jukebox. It was a blast playing. It made me feel 20 years younger. This will be a monthly get together. It will be held every fourth Wednesday of the month. We will be posting alerts on social media. I hope everyone comes and joins us in a little down time of fellowship and games. So, don’t forget to bring your humor and your drawing skills. Here are a few pictures from our game night. I hope to see more faces next time.
KAIROS KORNER CALL FOR KOINONIA
“It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” Acts 26:14
Have you ever heard a message from the LORD and discovered that it is useless for you to fight against His will? I have learned that what transforms a man’s spirit is wisdom and virtue brought about by the struggle we all share with the world. I have learned that man can use force and struggle even against his own nature in order to succeed in his daily battles, or he can use that force for the good of humanity.
In this recent age of fear and trembling, all of God’s children are struggling within themselves within various prisons we have adopted for ourselves as we attempt to cope with the challenging times surrounding us. For myself, I have had to weave my own way through the maze of confusion left behind by the coronavirus plague. I have had to survive as an “essential” worker, one who manages many other high-risk essential workers, and I must admit, I’m tired. Throughout this challenging time, I have leaned heavily upon my prayers and faith in God’s will. All spiritual activities had become either impossible, or severely limited in scope. The KAIROS prison ministry came to an abrupt halt early on as the Government triggered a general lockdown that effectively completely crashed the Kairos programs overnight, not to mention all other volunteer programs. A true test of our faith has been set before us all. Pretty much all contact with the men inside was lost.
Seven months now have passed since this time of testing began. Throughout that time, I never missed even one day of work (I am a landscaping manager/designer). I made my work my mission, serving the workers and keeping their jobs going as best I could in the face of massive commercial business shutdowns. I wanted to ensure that they had a reliable income and were able to still care for their families. And suddenly just a few days ago I was told I no longer have a job. And I count it as a blessing. It’s time to move forward into a new future.
I had been praying consistently that the LORD blesses me with a clear path going forward. I have been feeling the tug on my spirit and sensing the goads pressing in on me. On the day I was let go I got a text message from my Kairos brother (I call him my spiritual twin) Jerome. I had not heard from him for months and BOOM…text message!
“Hey Mike, I’m going through some resident messages and Robert Humple (I was his sponsor and he’s got an amazing testimony) asks about you.” “I think he’s hoping for a correspondence from you.” OUCH! That goad hurt! Especially since just hours before I had my exit interview at my now former job. Just as I was getting ready to feel sorry for myself…Knock knock, goad goad, ouch ouch, message from the LORD!
10-4 LORD, message received! And here I sit as I type this article, also writing letters for the men inside. I bought some blank inside cards and am sharing some encouraging words of hope for God’s lonely children on the inside. Father forgive me my neglecting the fellowship of the believers.
GOOD NEWS: You too can help encourage and share the NCAE koinonia blessing by writing letters and cards of hope, love, peace, and encouragement. Now the official rule in KAIROS for volunteers is purposefully left unclear. We who volunteer on the inside can write letters, but we are encouraged to avoid doing so out of an abundance of caution. That said, YOU are not limited in any way! We recommend that you strive to keep the words spiritual and professional with nothing too personal included.
I have an offer for you in the community who would like to write some general palanca letters to the inside men. Write them and contact me, I’ll get them to the men inside. And for those who would like to become a pen pal I will provide the resident info you need and instructions.
AND I’m nearly finished: I have another mission for you.
Maybe you recall when we gathered thousands of Christmas cards for the inside men to use to become a blessing for their families? I’d like to try that again but this time collecting Birthday Cards, Thanksgiving, Christmas, General Thoughts cards and so on.
These men are starving for Christ’s love on the inside. We all know now how challenging it can be to be without our churches and spiritual activities…that feeling is doubly dark from within a prison. I am imagining John the Baptist in prison, asking Jesus’ followers to ask Jesus for him if he really is the Messiah they have been waiting for. Like John, these men want to hear from Jesus…can you be Jesus in a love letter from God?
Just call me, text me, email me and together we will get it done!
P.S. The next day I had an appointment to meet with the a past employer I will most likely be working with again. And the timing is Godly perfect. Please pray for that if you will.
With Love and Blessings from your brother in Christ
Michael Anthony Gentile (child of God)
38 Vista Woods Rd Stafford, VA 22556
Three Cheers for Palanca !
We are so excited to carry on our love of Emmaus by helping with Palanca . We are ready to collect, organize and distribute Palanca.
Do you want to make palanca bags ? We have a pattern .
Join us on this Rainbow journey... As we share God’s love .
Ruth Washburg and Becca Washburg
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2020, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $215
Team Fee $250
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Many of us have heard this story, but it bears repeating.
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