Here Come the Men of E173!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2015:
April Ultreya at Christ Church UMC
Come celebrate and worship as we kick off the new year of worship and fellowship. Please join us at Christ Church.
Come on the 17th ("almost always" the third Friday of the month - and again this month) at 7:30 for worship, a Fourth Day message and communion service. We hope to see you there.It gets better and better and better... (More)
and the upcoming Utreyas...
May 15 - Springfield UMC
June 19 - Spirit and Life, at Old Bridge
July 17 - Annandale UMC
Our 2015 Weekends!!
E-173 ~ April 30-May 03 - Mike McLean
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available
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From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
I am writing this article after returning from the “Glorious Unfolding” of E-172. That was our theme song for the weekend and I think it is very appropriate for the Emmaus Community as we begin on the journey of a new facility at Meadowkirk at Delta Farms. The song talks about being “just the beginning of the beginning” of a new and glorious life in Jesus Christ. We, too, are at the beginning of once again working with a new facility and finding our way with building new traditions and trying to figure out how to best work within the constraints of a new location. Many of us still think back to the days at New Windsor, MD when everything was in its place and the weekends all looked the same. Since then we have worked at Sky Croft and Front Royal and each facility had some challenges. The team members of E-172 were very excited to break in the Meadowkirk site and we were very pleased with almost every aspect of the facility. We know that E-173 may do things a little differently than we did and we look forward to finding the best way to adapt to Meadowkirk.
The reason I mention all of this is that like in Mark, we tend to cling to our traditions. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
Forgiveness has constantly been on my mind since be-fore Christmas when I put together a sermon series that looked at the life of Louie Zamperini, the focus of the book and movie, Unbroken. How was he able to forgive the Japanese guards who were so abusive to him and so many others in the POW camps? But when you look into the nature of the forgiveness Louie offered, you find that he is just one of a number of fairly remarkable, people who have found a path of the spirit to forgive what many of us might consider unforgivable. The woman who forgave the drunk driver who killed her daughter, the people who find a way to forgive the people who murder a loved one, the Amish people who demonstrated amazing forgiveness and compassion toward the family of the man who murdered their children in the Amish schoolhouse, just to name a few.
But that’s really just what God in Christ Jesus has done for us in the passion of Holy Week and the joy of Easter. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Let us remember what we have done to deserve forgiveness. Absolutely Nothing! (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
Ps 95:1 "Come let us sing for joy to The Lord; let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. "
Life is full of God-winks. Even through songs. This rang true recently as we spent time at Emmaus events and with a relative in hospice.
One such incident is: "Old Rugged Cross" was a song great grandma sang to Jim's mom in the kitchen when Mom K was a little girl. Mom K had shared that with her granddaughter Tara, now an adult and music minister. As Mom K was in her last days, Tara sang it to her as we gathered bedside. I texted friends what this meant to us and how beautiful it was. One gal texted back immediately they were singing "Old Rugged Cross" at Emmaus Closing in Richmond, VA, at that moment. So sweet. So God inspired!
Texts continued from friends containing lyrics from songs that now mean more than ever! To think first God spoke to the writer and then to us through the same lyrics. The writer could only imagine how his words would touch and encourage others.
Pass along lyrics - sung or printed - that speak to your heart. God winks!
This month worship music at Ultreya will be led by the Praise Band. Next month will be by the men of E-173. Their theme song is "Christ in me" by Tim Timmons. All are welcome to join in music celebration (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
I’ve been preparing for our Easter Sunday service and I was going through the lyrics of Via Dolorosa. I’ve heard that song many times and I’ve also sung it many times – but for some reason while looking at the words this time the lines “He chose to walk that road out of His love for me and you” hit me. As I say, I’ve sung those words many times – but the power of them only just hit me. Jesus CHOSE to go through what he went through for you!! Isn’t that mind blowing?
Maybe it was because I had just returned from a Kairos weekend where one of the talks is all about choices – how everything we do is a choice and the choice we make has consequences – sometimes good, sometimes bad.
It’s so easy for us to force our choices on to our youth – in the form of rules and regulations. We really should be encouraging our youth to make their own choices while at the same time mentoring them to understand the rami-fications of their decisions.
I see our role as youth leaders as that of a shepherd and his sheep. A shepherd will allow his sheep to roam – to choose where to go and what to eat. But if that sheep gets too close to the edge of the mountain, the shepherd will pull it back and set it back on the ‘right’ path again.
The translation of 1 Peter 1-3 in The Message tells us “I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader, in on Christ’s sufferings as well as the coming glory. Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way.” (more)
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2015, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Pilgrim Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $200
Team Fee $250
I am the Community Palanca Cha. I need volunteers to make placemats for me. We need 270 decorated placemats for each team that goes to the Mountain.
I will have blank placemats at the Ultreyas each month. You can create your own design, either free hand, trace from a coloring book, use markers, glitter and glue to create your designs. You can either do them yourselves or get your Sunday School classes to do them. The pilgrims really like them when they come from the children. There are two kinds needed: the ones that are decorated with cute pictures and words, and ones that specifically say “DeColores”. (more)
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