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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2019:
*August 16 Ultreya Hosted by First Baptist Church - Woodbridge
Come on out, join us in fellowship and worship!
Let's close out the summer at First Baptist, as we prepare for our two fall walks. First Baptist has asked that the community provide food for dinner at 6:30. A-H bring an appetizer or salad, I-Q bring a main dish, and R-Z bring a dessert.
The service will be at 7:30pm, after supper at 6:30.
Schedule for 2019
September 20 - Christ Church 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
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
It’s growing season! We have sure seen the clouds open up this year! Have you had some fresh garden vegetables this year? Or do you hide when that neighbor with a handful of garden squash comes knocking at your door? For many years we had such a huge garden that we passed out as much as we could. I’m sure I was that neighbor to some people! I still have that big “Horse” garden tiller, but it’s resting, now that we live in a condo. Often when we pass a large farm, Susan kids me asking if Farmer Mark is back. We do have some tomatoes and peppers and herbs growing in containers on the porch.
Each year in winter I would look through the seed catalogs and look for the right seed to plant. Some of the choices require planting early in the season and starting them indoors, waiting until they are just the right size to go at it on their own. Some could go right into the ground. Preparing the earth and planting the seeds or plants, tending them through their growing season so that each plant has a chance to become just what they looked like in that catalog; Keeping them weed free, watered and fed – were some of my tasks during the year. You don’t know exactly what each will become, some grow well and some may take a few seasons to get themselves started. You just do the best you can and let God do the rest. Isn’t growing our faith just like this? Someone planted, someone watered and tended, someone is watching the harvest! (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
The dog days of summer are upon us. Whoa, where did that saying come from. Google tells us that the dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.
As Christians we don’t necessarily follow the stars or worry about being driven by mad dogs and bad luck just because its August. But we certainly have to admit this summer’s heat has certainly cause sudden thunderstorms and a degree of lethargy even in the most heat tolerant of us. These are also days when church and Ultreya attendance tends to drop as people go on vacations, get ready to send their kids off to school, and get that last weekend beach trip in before the school year begins.
And as important as these activities are never forget that your eternal soul still needs care and feeding too. We must remember our daily devotions, our prayer life, our need to worship God even when away from our home. We must remember our need to serve God and others in ministry wherever we might find ourselves these dog days. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
July at our annual BBQ was so fun and spirited! Thanks to Neal and Jenny and Rob for arrangements of sound and space and great food/fellowship! NCAE Praise Team led and will lead again in August. Chrysalis E102 will be on the weekend with bugs at that same time. Their theme song “Only Jesus” was introduced during the July Ultreya offertory, and was enthusiastically enjoyed. Prayers and praises for next month's music and the weekend are appreciated.
Mary, Jesus’ mother, accepted her mission in faith and SANG “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Humble and willing she responded to the angel’s message with thanksgiving and praise. She proclaimed His goodness in the face of any fears, and declared His faithfulness. So many Christian songs lead us into praise and testify our faith. Let’s keep singing like Mary.
If music is your interest and/or gift, you are welcome in the NCAE music. Contact us for details. Also if you are already active and wish to be considered for a team Music Director assignment, let us know. We love you.
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-586-7718 or Erin Prendergast at email@example.com. It's very important that you fully understand the role of a board member is to :-
A. Uphold the integrity of the Chrysalis mission as stated in Article II, by providing overall policy di-rection on issues affecting the Community.
B. Provide the foundation for holding Chrysalis three-day events, training future Community and Weekend leaders, and coordinating follow-up needs.
C. Keep the Chrysalis community connected to the local churches, schools, and campus ministries. (more)
K#8 Sussex 1 State Prison Kairos Team is growing and thriving... Inside Team Members: 37 (largest team ever includes resident servants 'CHAs') (39 Hours Total Training) First Time Team Members: 11 ~ Support Team Members: 5 ~ Veteran Team Members: 22 Not to mention many additional support volunteers from area church members Disputanta, Trinty UMC. K#8 successfully graduated 28 residents (due to an incident we could not have the full 42) This meant that we had one for one at the tables which was wonderful.
Leaders Weekend Comments: What a truly blessed experience this was for me to lead the K-8 weekend at Sussex 1 State Prison in Waverly, VA, April 25-28, 2019. I was truly humbled to have served the Lord this way. His week-end was a wonderful time for the residents, team, and closing guests! The weekend started off with many obstacles; we did not receive the full compliment of 42 men on Thursday for various reasons (Pod in lockdown, poor communication of participant entry list for K-8, etc.). As such, we could not complete our Thursday program (which carried over to Friday morning). In the end, this worked to our advantage, as we received more men on Friday morning (by an actual miracle) and now they could hear the Thursday meditations that were not covered the previous afternoon. We were able to adjust and continue with all talks and activities for Friday. The weekend was met with many, many obstacles and challenges such as unscheduled pill calls and meals not showing up when scheduled. The core leadership team was a true blessing to me with all of the guidance they pro-vided in making necessary adjustments. The result was completing all activities for the weekend and graduating 28 men to the Kairos community at Sussex 1. Of note, while we never received all 42 residents for the weekend, the 28 men that participated were there for the entire weekend (barring the chaos on Thursday). I truly believe that these men were hand-picked by our Lord to attend K-8. From the start, they were engaged and fully participated. They came with open minds and hearts and left with the love of Christ in their hearts. Highlights of the Weekend included: Ac-tive involvement at the Family tables by all family members, several chapel visits where the men opened their hearts to team and Christ. At Open Mike and at the Closing, there were many positive testimonies to the power of God's love. I believe as instruments to God's mission for the weekend, the team to the best of their ability, shared the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Listen-Listen-Love-Love. We did what we were called to do. On a personal note, this weekend experience transformed me into a true believer in the Kairos meaning that this is "God's Special Time." I don't believe there was ever a time on the weekend where we were truly on schedule. Yet, by the grace of God, everything about this weekend, all talks, all activities, EVERYTHING!!!!, was completed. This was God's weekend, and I now understand. All glory, praise, and honor to you my God!!! Amen.
Steve Connelly, K-8 Weekend Leader (Ephesians 6:10-18
Summer is here and lets show our love to the youth of our community. High School C-102 weekend is August 15 - 18, 2019. Please help show your love to C-102 team and bugs through your Agape. Find a team member and pass on the love to them to bring to the mountain. A list of the team is in the 4th Day Journal this month so you can find someone close to you and spread the love. If you would like to decorate placemats please contact me and I will make arrange-ments to get them to you. 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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Many of us have heard this story, but it bears repeating.
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