Godspeed - Ladies of E184! *
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2017:
March 16 Ultreya Hosted by Clarendon UMC
Join us for our March Ultreya at Clarendon UMC. Join us at 6:30 for supper and worship at 7:30.
SEE YOU THERE!!
Schedule for 2018
April 20 - Bethel UMC
May 18 - Sydenstricker UMC
June 22 - Prince of Peace UMC
Wanted: Books and/or devotionals
Wanted: Books and/or devotionals to replace the books that are used for the Book Table on the mountain, starting with E184. If you have a book or devotional that you enjoyed and would like to pass on to the pilgrims we would greatly appreciate it. There will be a container at the February and March Ultreyas for you pass it on.
* Our 2018 Weekends!!
E 184 ~ March 8-11 - Vickie Carroll
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
February is a time we are constantly reminded of love. It’s packaged as a bag of chocolate and 100 different little characters on Valentines at the front of every store you walk into. It’s a teddy bear with a heart on its belly or a bundle of roses. As John Paul Young sings it, “Love is in the Air!” Give it a few weeks though and love is going to be in the clearance aisle.
However, as Christians we know of Agape Love, the selfless, unconditional type of love that helps people to forgive one another, to respect one another, and to serve one another, day in and day out. The love we have been shown by Jesus Christ. The love that won’t end up in the clearance aisle in a few weeks, and certainly can’t be bought by the dozen for $19.99. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
Legends are interesting. They are stories from the past that have been handed down over generations. Valentine’s Day is one of those legends. According to Wikipedia, “one of the popular accounts is of Saint Valentine of Rome who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, St. Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.” We associate Valentine’s Day with love. We send a card saying “Be My Valentine” or “U R Mine” or “You Make My Heart Smile” etc. Every minute of every day, God loves us. God’s love surpasses Valentine’s love. Valentine is a legend but God’s love is the real thing.
This story or legend reminds me of Paul when he was imprisoned. He kept working for the Lord within the walls or bars of prison. God changed hearts through Paul’s actions, words, prayer, and especially love. God gives us many opportunities to minister to others. Emmaus is one of those great opportunities. I knew God called me to attend an Emmaus weekend. Little did I know how much those three days would change my life forever. God’s love was made real and very evident by the actions and talks given during that time. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
“Rejoice Always”. 1 Thess. 5:16
Occasionally I will ask my grandsons what is the Bible verse for today. This is always their reply, as it is our verse we share. Rejoicing also keeps us with a song in our heart - song on our mind song of reverence, surrender, and joy!
The music for the following 2018 months is being led as follows:
Feb - NCAE Praise Team
March - E-184
April & May - NCAE Praise Team
June - E-185
July & August - Chrysalis.
The NCAE Praise Team musicians will also cover Sponsor’s Hour, other events and facilitate music needs such as Outreach and Team support.
We seek to involve community members and those wishing to participate and further develop as music leaders.
Our mission is to help create an atmosphere of Christian worship and fellowship. We practice on a weeknight prior to most Ultreyas - please contact us if you would like to be involved! Keep a song in your heart! De Colores, (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
First of all, I want to start out this month by thanking everyone in the community who stepped up to write agape, showed up for candlelight, and helped with the set up and break down of so many things for C-97! The butterflies LOVED every bit of it, and the team, the board, and myself all appreciate your effort! These youth are on FIRE, and have already done a ton towards joining and expanding our awesome community!
Since we are stepping into February, I want to speak a little on the spirit of Valentine's Day. Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine's Day has become a huge deal in the USA. Anyone who has worked in the restaraunt industry before knows you make more money the week of Valentine's Day than most other times of the year. But why - what's the point? (more)
As Lent comes upon us and we fill up with pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, maybe it is time for us to try something different this year. Instead giving up something for Lent, have you thought of taking on something new instead? Might this be a time for reflection upon Jesus by serving on a Kairos team? As Jesus says in Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
The Greensville Correctional Center S-3 team has their K-72 event on April 12-15, with teaming dates of February 10, March 3, March 10 and April 7, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, at Annandale UMC, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Those interested in serving should contact Fred Carns (E-169), K-72 Team Leader, at email@example.com.
The Sussex 1 State Prison team has their K-7 event on April 26-29, with teaming dates of March 10, March 31, April 7, and April 14, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at St. John Neumann Catholic Community, 11900 Lawyers Rd, Reston, VA 20191. Those interested in serving should contact Bill Eager, K-7 Team Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t team? You can support the ministry with agape, cookies and prayers. You can find information about either team online at our website, https://kairosnova.org or ask any Kairos team member.
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
Donna Morris (more)
While we're not in the habit of distributing the large volume of internet-sourced Christian media, every now and then a message arises that is so clear and convincing that we feel compelled to share it.
Many of us have heard this story, but it bears repeating.
Watch and enjoy!