Don't Miss the September Ultreya!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2018:
September 21 Ultreya Hosted by St. Johns UMC
Join us for our first Fall Ultreya, at St. Johns UMC.
Join us for our first Fall Ultreya, at FUPCDC. Come ready for dinner at 6:30pm. Please bring a dish as suggested above. The service will be at 7:30pm. See you soon.
Schedule for 2018
October 19 - Bethel UMC
November 16 - Christ Church 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!!
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
I recently came down from a weekend on the mountain with some amazing youth, and just like when I first walked and each time I team, I come down on a Jesus high. It’s easy to feel God’s agape love when you are intentionally inundated with it. Once you leave the mountain and head down into the valley things are not as easy and keeping that high takes a bit more effort. The world most of us live in is full of trials and tribulations.
For most of us, getting through the trials proves difficult but we are able to lean in on Jesus and he calms the storm.
Psalm 107:29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
As we approach September, we are going into Suicide Prevention Month. I would be willing to bet we have all been affected by suicide in one way or other. For many, the trials and tribulations were far too much to bear. There is an average of 123 Suicides every day in this country. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, second leading for ages 25-34, and third leading for ages 15-24. These numbers were pulled from the National Today website bringing awareness to all. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
I have been preaching a series of sermons this summer on the book of James. Most scholars believe that this book was written by Jesus’ brother so he would have had as great an understanding of his sibling as anyone else.
The book is full of practical ideas for ordering our lives so to be a true reflection of the God in whose image we have been created. One particular portion of this book that has struck home with me is found in 3:1-12. In this passage James deals with encouraging the new believers to work on the taming of the tongue. The point is that the tongue, while small, is one of the most powerful organs in the body. It can keep the whole body in check, it can serve as a bit on a horse or like a rudder on a ship to guide us into a deeper faith relationship. While every animal can be tamed only we can tame the tongue. With it we can bless the Lord and with it we curse those made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blesses and curses.
In reading this I have been convicted of the times in my life where the words I have chosen have not been words that necessarily build up the kingdom or my brothers and sisters. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
“Jesus, You have won me” rocked the house at FUPCDC August Ultreya as Stan Esterline’s talk song. A song expresses our soul, and to sing together in agreement blesses all. We did “shout it out and lift up our voices in worship, sing it until all the earth can hear us”! God is great and glorified.
The musicians are excited to welcome Nicole G’s new baby. She is a committed Chrysalis and Emmaus member and musicians. We wish you well, Nicole, and we look forward to hearing him on his first drum set or horn!
The next three Ultreyas will be lead by MD/AMDs from Chrysalis, E-186 women, and E-187 men’s weekends. We hope in December to gather Emmaus children for a mini-choir. Please contact us for details. The NCAE Praise band will be leading.
Praises for all His guidance and blessings throughout our music practices, sponsors hours, DDUs, Ultreyas and events. He is a good good Father. We love you, Lord.
All are welcome - please contact us if you are interested in being a part of the music efforts in NCAE, or if you have questions regarding the timing/dates of special events.
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
Hi all this is Scott Marth (aka:Mr. TUTU) and I am the new CLD for the Chrysalis board first I would like to thank those who are stepping down after two years of service to our community.....Burton Robinson,Jesse Kearns, Lindell Tinsley, Stephanie Williams, Tori Guest, Sarah Lemay, Dan Hughes and Michael Jurabe they have steadfastly supported our community and without their talents I don't know where we would be at this time. Last but not least I would like to thank Nicole Parrish for her two years of service with the last year being the CLD she has worked hard to better our commitment to the youth and young adults and I think we all can say that we have seen the results of her hard work. Now I would like to welcome our new board members starting with our SD's Stan Esterline and Robin Bemiller I know they will truly bless us all. Also let's welcome in Doug Radoye, Alison Wills, Sarah Kleppinger, Becca Washburg, Nick Reagan, Erin Pendergast, and Charley Hays......Welcome all and let's get the adventure started!
I want to end this with a thought that we will be using to take us into the next year: Luke 6:40 New International Version (NIV) 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
May the Lord be with you
Scott Marth (more)
Friends, I have to admit that I truly enjoy serving in The Kairos Prison Ministry. I enjoy serving God’s kingdom outside the walls of our churches, (funny I choose to serve outside the church walls by entering prison walls). I guess you might call me a ‘Road Warrior’, or maybe better said, I’m a ‘Pathfinder’. I’ve never had an issue with thinking and getting outside of the religious boxes. Recently I was pondering on God’s word regarding the prison ministry mission work. I was taking a closer look at Luke 8: 11-12 regarding spreading faith on the road:
“...The seed is the word of God. Those seeds that fell and were trampled along the foot path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, for fear they might believe and be saved.” – Jesus
And I had a revelation---What stood out most for me was that Jesus explained for the Disciples that “the ones who hear” (Q: hear what? A: The Word of God) are in fact the word of God themselves (aka ‘The Seed’). That word can be compared to light, and those who are of Jesus' "family" obey the light. That Word is the most powerful thing in the universe. Apparently so powerful, that it transforms people into The Word of God, into living bibles for the people to read. Along the footpath is an opportunity. The path is a chance to love life. Experience work, and play, and maybe even enjoy a glance up at the stars at night. The footpath is always heading somewhere. Toward something better maybe, or toward a just another set of choices. If you want to grow in your relationship with God, you have to cultivate your travels along that path. Keep your mind open to what God wants to say to you, and what he wants you to say to others. Check the guideposts along the way where God might be leading you to step out and put down roots for a time into a fertile field or garden where your faith will find nourishment and take on sanctifying nutrients for the journey ahead. Faith can survive along the footpath, traveling from pasture to pasture, vineyard to vineyard, as long as it is never traveling alone. We must have as our constant companion, the source of our strength, the founder of our faith, Jesus Christ, author of The Truth.
You are the seed of truth, an ambassador of The Truth. You are a missionary along the footpath. The missionary’s task is to represent God and his message in an alien world. However you represent your ministry, you 4 | P a g e must always be an advocate for Christ first and foremost. It's a special relationship between the Creator and the messenger. This guideline is a firm Kairos ‘riverbanks’ principle.
All that said: Faith can't thrive forever roaming the pathways. From time to time the sheep need a place to rest. A pasture to have a time for community, as the shepherd makes them to 'lie down.' This is why staying involved serving in our local churches as well as the NCA Emmaus/ Chrysalis communities is so very important. You are not alone.
Opportunities to serve in The Kairos Prison Ministry:
K#75 at Greensville Correctional Center is about to begin their teaming prep for the upcoming weekend October 11-14
K#8 at Sussex 1 State Prison is beginning teaming prep for the upcoming weekend October 25-28 K-8 Team Meeting #1 September 8, 2018 at 8:30 am – 3:30 pm St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
These teams will need your support with prayers, agape, and COOKIES!!!
Giving to Kairos: Your tax-deductible donations help make our ministry possible! Checks should be made out to Kairos of Virginia and mailed to P.O. Box 245, Annandale, VA 22003- 0245. Our tax ID is 54-1970458.
Michael Gentile E-145
Greetings from Palanca Central!
Fall is around the corner and that means Ladies E-186 & Men’s E-187 are preparing for the mountain.
Please share your love with the team and pilgrims with prayers, snacks and love letters.
Placemats are available upon request at Ultreyas if you wish to decorate.
I am in Colorado beginning mid October and Nicole Mosher will be filling in for me while Jim and I are here on temporary assignment.
If you have any questions you can still reach me by email and the Palanca team will get back to you. Love, Love,Donna Morris and Nicole Mosher
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2018, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $250
Team Fee $250
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