Come to Sydenstricker UMC*!!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2019:
*May 17 Ultreya Hosted by Sydenstricker UMC
Come on out, join us in fellowship and worship!
Join us for our May Ultreya, at Sydenstricker UMC as we meet the saints of E189. We'll start with a Memorial Day Picnic at 6:30! BBQ and chicken will be provided - please bring sides and desserts.
Let's help restock the Sydenstricker Shelf - bring food and non-food items that can be distributed to people of Springfield who are in need.
The service will be at 7:30pm. See you there.
Schedule for 2019
July 19 - Sleepy Hollow UMC w/Annandale UMC
August 16 - First Baptist Church - Woodbridge
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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
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
Recently we went on a trip to see a production of Annie Get Your Gun at Liberty University. The star we went to see was wonderful, of course! She is my niece Sierra. The singing and dancing was great, the stage and costumes were just right – we didn’t see Sierra until after the show. But we know she did a great job handing 80 people on and off stage, 330 cues, and so much more that made the show go off perfectly – even made the gunshots look believable! Asked about her role in this, the director, her professor answered, “You didn’t notice any flaws or mistakes, did you? That means the stage manager did a good job.”
As a young boy, I knew a man named Mr. Dutton, who I assumed lived at the church. He was always there doing something with a smile and a kind word each time he saw you. I have seen the similar people in many places – those who do what they do out of love, not for applause. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
I love seeing the newness of life and growth in nature. So much of watching this reminds me of the weekends when the pilgrims are very appre-hensive and wondering what is going to happen as they embark on the journey The Walk to Emmaus.
God is very much in control on these weekends. There is no way we, as humans, can make the transformation of new life come alive in the pilgrims. It is by God’s love, grace, and mercy; and, we are blessed to see lives being transformed. It is an awesome experience for both the pilgrims and the team members to see the Mighty Hand of God working.
Life is different for the majority of the pilgrims. Not one person has the same response because we are all unique. The weekend allows the pilgrims to love and trust in their relationship with Jesus Christ. The weekend also allows the pilgrims to understand they are never alone. New friendships are formed, some lasting a lifetime. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
These blooming flowers and budding trees make me want to sing, how about you?! In May we will honor our Moms and cherish memories, do you know your mom’s favorite song? In this patriotic month of Law Enforcement week and Memorial Day, we love to hear the National Anthem, Eagle’s Wings, and often we cry at Taps and Amazing Grace. So what better way to kick off the month than with a rocking men’s NCAE weekend, loads of good songs and theme song “Rescuer” by Rend Collective. How appropriate!
These E-189 men will lead Ultreya on May 17. C-101 will lead in June. We have exciting times ahead, full of tunes and life-changing events and memory makers. The Lord is in it all and over it all. We love Him and pray each song and action is for His glory.
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
The young adult team is off to a great start and cannot wait to begin their weekend on June 13-16. Please remember that in order to go to the mountain - they need bugs: your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, friends, youth group members. Please help them get a full team. In the meantime, be on the lookout for other ways to assist the time by signing up on the prayer wheel, bringing food and writing agape (palanca) for the team and bugs.
The summer high school weekend will be August 15-18 and they have begun to select team members for that weekend. Please keep mindful of any students that would like to be a part of this wonderful experience. We will keep you informed on ways that you can assist as the time draws nearer.
Finally, please start praying about becoming a member of the Chrysalis Advisory Board. (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 provided 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: Active 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 be-liever 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!!!
Steve Connelly, K-8 Weekend Leader (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Spring is here and the Men of E-189 head up to the mountain May 2-5, 2019. Please help share your love for each team member and pilgrims with prayers, snacks, and letters!
The Young Adult C-101 weekend is June 13-16, 2019. Lets show our love to the youth of our community. We will collect Agape at the Ultreya on May 17. High School C-102 weekend is August 15 - 18, 2019. Please bring your Agape to the June and July Ultreya and we will make sure it is passed along to the team. There will be placements available for those that need more to decorate. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or contact me on Facebook.
With love, DeColores
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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