Stay Safe, Community!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2020:
March 20 Ultreya hosted by First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City is CANCELLED*
Non-perishable donations can be made to the ACTS Food Pantry cabinet located in the church narthex.
Schedule for 2020
April 17 - Good Shepherd UMC, Dale City
May 15 - Sydenstricker UMC
*The NCA Board of Directors has made the decision for the safety and well-being of our community to postpone our E-193 Walk. A Board decision will be made concerning rescheduling at a later date.
The current situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve from one day to the next. I want to assure you that the Board will continue to follow or exceed guidelines provided by the CDC and local health officials when considering any changes to scheduled events.
Please continue to monitor social media for announcements regarding disruptions to NCA Emmaus's scheduled events.
What can we do today? We can continue to pray for those suffering, those responding, those who provide care, those combating the spread of infection, and of course those who are currently feeling anxious.
Thank you to my brother Tom for your reminder this afternoon that we have a God who commands us to be strong and courageous, to not be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Chris Scholz - Community Lay Director
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
In case of inclement weather on the night of an Ultreya, please listen to the local television or radio. If Public Schools are closed, and after school activities are canceled in the locality where the Ultreya is being held, the Ultreya will also be cancelled.
Our 2020 Weekends!!
All weekends will be at Camp Happyland!
Check out our new NCAE Intro Video!!
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From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
Dear Friends and Family,
We are a regionally connected community and I recognize the information on the news surrounding the emergence and spread of the respiratory disease, coronavirus, or COVID-19 may be confusing and worrying. Please know the National Capital Area Board of Directors is closely monitoring this situation and stands ready to implement any specific guidance received by local or national health professionals.
While there is no information regarding specific risk to the Washington DC region, the Board is preparing for potential disruption to scheduled events, Ultreyas, teaming, and weekends. Disruptions may emerge without the ability for much prior notification, and without knowing the timing or duration in advance. It is also possible no such disruption occurs. Communications from the board about disruptions will be made through all social media channels, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and email.
As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health work-ers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facil-ity).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. It is also important to remember we are a faith-based community that has a responsibility to re-spond with care and compassion to those infected by the coronavirus. We encourage you to pray for those suffering, those responding, those who provide care, those combating the spread of in-fection, and of course those who are currently feeling anxious.
Community Lay Director (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
Author Max Lucado shares this thought: “With one sacrifice [Jesus] made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Heb. 10:14 NCV). No more sacrifice needs to be made. No more deposits are necessary. So complete was the payment that Jesus used a banking term to proclaim your salvation. “It is finished!” (John 19:30 NKJV). Tetelestai (It is finished) was a finan-cial term used to announce the final installment, the ultimate payment.
Now, if the task is finished, is anything else required of you? Of course not. If the account is full, what more could you add? [From weekly email Max Lucado's Encouraging Word 2/28/20.]
Jesus did His part, will you do yours? Salvation is assured for those who place their trust in Christ, in His sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary. Max tells us there is nothing we can do to earn salvation, Jesus has already done it. All we have to do is accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and life begins, real life with the choice we now have to live for Jesus.
Making that choice, places us on God's path to life. A life that Jesus shows us is not easy, is filled with temptations and conflicts against the spiritual forces of this world. We are in the battle of our lives, for the lives of our family and friends and even our enemies, against those very same forces that Jesus fought when He walked the earth.
This season of Lent we are in, is meant to focus us on the preparation we need to make to win the fight. Our Emmaus walk reminds us of the essentials: daily prayer, devotion, studying God's Holy Word, listening to the Spirit of God and then stepping out in faith, doing Christian action, living a life of piety in the power of God's Holy Spirit. This is how we live and win the battle for God's Kingdom come.
Take time this Lent to get prepared and live as Easter people, resurrected from death to life, life in Christ, for God and all God's people.
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
Reading Nehemiah 8 recently, “the joy of the Lord is my strength” jumped out at me. It set off a tune in my heart, do you recall the song? Music brings such joy, empowering us with His strength and bright hope for today and tomorrow.
Have you been to a Sponsors’ Hour? Did you know we sing and celebrate the theme song there. I often call it the “Fight Song” of the weekend. It represents a stronghold for the team and pilgrims. This month the ladies weekend E192 theme song “The Table” was chosen due to a fondness of the R Gaylene Guest and has deep meaning for her. She has shared it with team and the community. She will further share it at Sponsors’ Hour and the pilgrims. It will bring joy and strength to many as His spirit fills the place and our hearts. Megan Billingsley and Nicole Parish are the weekend MDs and have played this song dozens of times by Sunday closing ceremony. May music continue to fill our hearts with joy and meaning!
The women of E-192 will also lead music and provide the speaker for the March Ultreya.
Be there! At the Table! Be full of JOY!
All are welcome at the table, and all are welcome in the NCAE Praise Team.
If you are interested, please contact us.
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
Here’s a little update from your favorite CLD. Right now, C103 just finished their last meeting. They are headed up to the mountain in less than two weeks. We almost have a full house of bugs. We currently have 22 caterpillars that are waiting very patiently for their sponsors to drop them off at Caroline Furnace. The address is 8481 Moreland Gap Road, Fort Valley, VA. The R’s of C103, Madison and Aiden, have done a fine job putting this team together with the guidance of our awesome Lord, Jesus Christ. The theme of the weekend is ‘Oh How He Loves’ The verse for the weekend is John 3:16.
As for our board, we are working hard to make Chrysalis thrive within our communities. We have lit up social media, both Facebook and Instagram. Last month, we read through the Gospel of Luke. We have been reaching out to other Chrysalis communities through our social media sites. We have been working hard to reunite bugs and team members from past walks. We through an Ugly Sweater party last month. We had a great turnout considering it was the weekend before Christmas, so the odds were against us. There were a lot of Ugly Sweaters that night and plenty of Reindeer games, singing and laughing all night long. We are planning our next reunion during spring time. So, keep your eyes open for more details as to come. We are also looking to enhance our teaming experience by adding relational evangelism aspect to the process. We look forward to teaching the entire team how to share their story with confidence anywhere, any place. (more)
Is Kairos A Good Fit For You?
My answer for you all is always going to be… YES! I’m a firm believer that every Christian is a good fit for Kairos because the Holy Spirit gives us the power!!! But I understand that it can seem to be a bit frightening or maybe overwhelming for many folks.
We’re entering into another season of team formation for the Sussex 1 state prison team. And each team formation begins, much like in Emmaus, with icebreaker questions to help us get to know each other better, and draw closer together as brothers in ministry, and help to discern who has a story that might bless the residents/participants. I’ve asked the team members who are will-ing to share their answer to this question:
Q: Why Do You Serve On Kairos? (What motivates you to join this ministry?)
Pat Schambach Commented: “I volunteer with Kairos because I’ve come to the belief that I am looking into the face of Jesus when I am inside with the residents.”
Steve Connely Shared: “I enjoy the sense of community and I like the fellowship with teammates. I like the spiritual for-mation we encounter during team meetings. I feel that Prison Ministry is what our Lord has called me to do in His name. I enjoy bringing the good news to the men we minister to in the prison. I feel personally rewarded and blessed by our Lord in performing this ministry. There are many times I will leave a Kairos weekend enlightened; having personally learned from the men attending the weekend from their sharing as well as learning something about myself.”
Dennis Fargo said: “I had a pastor, who said in a homily, ‘Jesus does not care about your sins: His power to forgive you is greater than any sin you can commit. He cares about your soul.’ Surely if there is a place on earth where souls are in peril, it is prison. I saw a closing ceremony at VCCW and knew I was called to serve those souls.”
Tom Weaver (K#10 Leader) said: “I volunteer to team on Kairos because: I initially felt that God was calling me to the ministry. I continue to experience spiritual growth while in the ministry, a sign that God continues to bless my participation It helps to keep me accountable to my role in God's kingdom on earth. It is a great spiritual retreat for me that helps center me on my daily walk.
Thank you all,
The Men of E-193 are preparing for an amazing weekend (April 30-May 3, 2020) for the pilgrims. They can use your help in making their experience extra special. The men love the home baked items and manly snacks like beef jerky. There will be a clipboard passed around at the Ultreya to signup and a reminder email will go out before the weekend!
To assist the Palanca Chas with their sorting please put items in alphabetical order and mark clearly Team or Pilgrims. There will be a basket by the front door for you to place your Palanca that will go to the mountain with the ladies.
If you wish to assist in decorating placemats for Emmaus or Chrysalis please see me at Ultreya and I will have some for you to take home with you. Please return the decorated placemats to the next Ultreya.
If you have any questions or need assistance getting your Palanca to the team please send me an email : firstname.lastname@example.org
With love, De Colores
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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