Come to Sleepy Hollow UMC*!!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2019:
*July 19 Ultreya Hosted by Sleepy Hollow UMC
Come on out, join us in fellowship and worship!
Let's get together for our July Ultreya, at Sleepy Hollow UMC and enjoy our 19th Annual Community roBBQ.
The service will be at 7:30pm, after BBQ at 6:30. Feel free to bring a side, dessert or sodas. See you there!
Schedule for 2019
August 16 - First Baptist Church - Woodbridge
September 20 - Good Shepherd UMC
October 18 - First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City
November 15 - Bethel UMC
December 20 - Christ Church UMC
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Our 2019 Weekends!!
Spring March 21-24, 2019 - R Debbie McCluskey
Spring May 2-5, 2019 - R John Rowe
Fall September 26-29, 2019 - R Carroll Cobb
Fall November 14-17, 2019 - R Jon Guest
The first three weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
The fourth (Nov. 14-17) will be at Camp Happyland!
and Our 2020 Weekends!!
E-192 Gaylene Guest - Mar 5-8
E-193 Chris Scholz Apr 30-May 3
E-194 Sam Gero Oct 1-4
E-195 Milton Zapata Nov 12-15
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
As I write this, I am travelling in India with my wife Susan, mostly visiting her family and friends. This is my 4th trip to India, something I never thought I would be doing in my life. Each time I come here, I am awestruck by various aspects of life in India – in particular, their culture and attitude towards guests. I’ve heard it said that if needed, they would take the food off their children’s plate to feed a guest. Not that I encountered that! But everywhere I go, I see the respect for me and for each other.
Driving is one such example of this. Honking is not an anger thing – but an alert to say, I’m here and passing you. If you think I -95 is bad, you won’t like the traffic here! You can read the time on the watch of the guy in the next vehicle while driving – yet I haven’t seen any accidents! Very controlled chaos. You see, people understand that everyone, including the push cart vendor and animals on the road, needs to get where they are going, road rage doesn’t seem to be a problem! From this I learned that patience in life will get us all where we are going! Just beep your horn to warn the others, be mindful and go your way. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
Last month, my husband and I decided to take out a dead Camelia bush. There has not been a leaf or any greenery on it for over a year. We began by trimming it as much as possible. Then we started digging and digging. Then we pulled it to see if we could get it loose. Not a chance. We went back to digging. Awe, we found a root and I broke it with an ax. That didn’t make a difference. We went back to digging and using the ax. We worked over two hours trying to get that stump out. As I was digging and swinging that ax, I started contemplating about how deep our love is for Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:6-7 states: Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
Root yourself firmly in Jesus Christ. Don’t waiver from the Lord. Don’t let others encourage you to leave or not believe. We all face trials. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
Summertime and Jesus tunes are playing! C-101 teamed and led Ultreya music victori-ously in June. God is so good and Sierra Hays is a beautiful leader and servant of God. Congratulate her when you see her on her recent high school graduation & pursuit of further education in music ministry.
Come join in some old tunes and nostalgia at the July Ultreya with music led by NCAE Praise Team. See you there!
We have exciting times ahead, full of tunes and life-changing events and memory makers. The Lord is in it all and over it all. We love Him and pray each song and action glorifies the Lord.
As always, please contact us if you are interested in the NCAE music program or have questions about special events which include music. All are welcome. De Colores!
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
Well, It's July already - what happened to the first half of the year?
We had a great young adult weekend (C-101). It was a small team and a small group of butterflies - but God showed up and showed off!!
C-102 (high school) teaming is well underway. They head to the mountain on August 15th - make sure YOUR caterpillar is on that weekend - our summer weekends are limited to just 20 bugs - so don't let yours miss out because you didn't fill in an application. You can fill in the application at http://ncachrysalis.org/want-to-go-2/ or you can call or email me and I'll enter the application for you. We will be voting in new board members at the August Ultreya. If you would like to be considered for a position on the board then please contact Jon Guest at email@example.com or 703-586-7718 or Erin Prendergast at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's very important that you fully understand the role of a board member is to :- (more)
We who serve the Northern VA KAIROS ministry, as well as all the Kairos teams throughout VA, need your prayers terribly right now. The Virginia DOC is in the process of implementing new rules on what they refer to as “Offender attendance at religious activities.”
These new rules are expected to be in effect by July 1, 2019. They will no doubt affect all our Kairos Inside team activities. Here is what we know as of today:
The Virginia DOC is subject to new legal requirements to give equal access to prison meet-ing room facilities for all officially recognized religious groups. There are currently 42 ap-proved religious groups. Two or more participants are considered to be a group. Each quali-fied group will be allowed to meet once a week for up to 90 minutes. This limitation is necessary to enable each facility to have enough meeting rooms to accommodate the requests. It is expected to take a few months to work out the demand and logistics. As you might imagine, this could seriously impact our meeting times for activities such as; “Prayer & Share” and “Reunions”, the heart and soul of the KAIROS continuing ministry.
We are blessed to have the full support of the DOC and the top-level executives for our Kairos ministry. They consider Kairos to be an important partner, and highly value the positive effect we have on the offender population inside the prison facilities. We were told that they want to do everything possible to avoid disrupting our ministry activities. Therefore, our 4 day weekends in the Spring & Fall, as well as the following 1 day Instructional will not be subject to these new "weekly 90 minute meeting" restrictions.
Our prayer request is that this partnership becomes a reality and that as these rules trickle down into the respective prisons and begin to be “interpreted” by staff that we do not see re-sistance.
In other news: Sussex 1 SP Kairos Team is beginning to organize for the Fall weekend K#9
If you are interested in how you can help or get involved in The Kairos Prison Ministry, please contact me either by phone (voice or text), and/or email (also Fa-cebook).
Much Love and Peace for you all
Your Brother In Christ
Michael (Kairos Mike) Gentile
Summer is here! Please help share your love for each team member and bugs with prayers, snacks, and letters! Our next Ultreya is July 19 at Sleepy Hollow UMC. If you need help getting your Palanca up to the mountain for C-102, please bring any items with you to the Ultreya. There will be a container for you to place your love, please make sure that the walk number is listed. I will send out a reminder about the food sign up. There will be placements available for those that need more to decorate. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or contact me on Facebook.
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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