Happy New Year!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2021:
January 15, 2021 - 7PM
MUST SEE TV
The National Capital Area Emmaus will broadcast the January Ultreya on our new online platform (see link below).
The video will begin promptly at 7 p.m. This new online broadcast service provides the opportunity for the community to watch the Ultreya broadcast simultaneously. Additionally, there is an online chat room (cause you know, we like to talk) and an opportunity for you to pray with a designated Prayer Warriors should you have the desire for someone to pray with you.
I look forward to seeing you online on January 15, at 7 p.m.
This is a video recording and all contributors adhered to the social distancing guidelines outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order.
Love Offering for Family Worship Center Drum Enclosure
Please consider making a love offering to Family Worship Center in appreciation for their continued support to our Emmaus Community Hosting Recordings of Ultreyas.
If you would like to make an offering please mail check to: NCA Emmaus - PO Box 2243 - Merrifield VA 22116
OR PayPal Friends and Family (to avoid fees)
Thank you for consideration of your support.
Jim and Mae Krauss
Check out our new NCAE Intro Video!!
The Nominating Committee is looking for anyone that is interested in serving on the NCA Emmaus Board of Directors. This is a two-year commitment.
Please contact Kat Lopez (Kat.Lopez812@aol.com), Tom Lambert (email@example.com), or Shari Spring (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”. Is. 43: 18-19
Sometimes…. God is wanting to do something “new” and yet we’re still stuck in the “old.” It’s hard at times to let go of what’s familiar and what we know. It seems easier to stay “comfortable,” to just keep going with the flow, not to mess anything up. For those who like change – “new” is mostly exciting. For those who don’t like change – “new” is mostly stressful. Your family, like mine, is probably a mix of those two traits.
As you look to this “new” year. What is the “new” you are looking forward to? The easy answer for me would be the end of this pandemic and the ability to return to in-person events where we can see and embrace one another again. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
It is written, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21, NKJV).
Yeshua spoke these words to His disciples: “The works [i.e., signs] that I do he [we] will do also; and greater works than these he [we] will do…” (John 14:12). What precisely are these works? We are told, “The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Matthew 11:5). (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
Psalm 126, from Solomon “When the Lord brought the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”
Acknowledging our Lord and the great things He has done; praising Him in song. This is our mission - to be used by Him to create an atmosphere of worship fellowship, and joy! January Ultreya music will be full of gratitude for his greatness - lead by Dave Charboneau. "Raise A Hallelujah”, “Yes, I will”, “Living Hope”, “Ain’t No Grave”, and more will kick off 2021 with joy and praises.
During the NCAE business meeting we will address the state of the music program, 2020 happenings, and looking to the future. We are grateful to Family Worship Center of Bealeton, VA, for facilitating the monthly recordings. Many hands and voices of service are involved, all for His glory.
Should you wish to participate in some manner, contact us at
Happy New Year and De Colores!
Mae and Jim Krauss (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
Hey Emmaus and Chrysalis Community,
I hope everyone is doing well this Holiday Season. A few updates for you; our t-shirt and pie sales went well. T-shirts will be distributed soon. Thank you for everyone who contributed in our fundraiser.
The revamp on the Weekends and Talks are going well. They are still in the process of being finished and we will update you with how they are going. I hope you have been enjoying the Ultreyas so far and we hope you can join us for the Ultreya this month on December 18, 2020.
Becca Washburg (more)
KAIROS KORNER CALL FOR KOINONIA
“It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” Acts 26:14
Have you ever heard a message from the LORD and discovered that it is useless for you to fight against His will? I have learned that what transforms a man’s spirit is wisdom and virtue brought about by the struggle we all share with the world. I have learned that man can use force and struggle even against his own nature in order to succeed in his daily battles, or he can use that force for the good of humanity.
In this recent age of fear and trembling, all of God’s children are struggling within themselves within various prisons we have adopted for ourselves as we attempt to cope with the challenging times surrounding us. For myself, I have had to weave my own way through the maze of confusion left behind by the coronavirus plague. I have had to survive as an “essential” worker, one who manages many other high-risk essential workers, and I must admit, I’m tired. Throughout this challenging time, I have leaned heavily upon my prayers and faith in God’s will. All spiritual activities had become either impossible, or severely limited in scope. The KAIROS prison ministry came to an abrupt halt early on as the Government triggered a general lockdown that effectively completely crashed the Kairos programs overnight, not to mention all other volunteer programs. A true test of our faith has been set before us all. Pretty much all contact with the men inside was lost.
Seven months now have passed since this time of testing began. Throughout that time, I never missed even one day of work (I am a landscaping manager/designer). I made my work my mission, serving the workers and keeping their jobs going as best I could in the face of massive commercial business shutdowns. I wanted to ensure that they had a reliable income and were able to still care for their families. And suddenly just a few days ago I was told I no longer have a job. And I count it as a blessing. It’s time to move forward into a new future.
I had been praying consistently that the LORD blesses me with a clear path going forward. I have been feeling the tug on my spirit and sensing the goads pressing in on me. On the day I was let go I got a text message from my Kairos brother (I call him my spiritual twin) Jerome. I had not heard from him for months and BOOM…text message!
“Hey Mike, I’m going through some resident messages and Robert Humple (I was his sponsor and he’s got an amazing testimony) asks about you.” “I think he’s hoping for a correspondence from you.” OUCH! That goad hurt! Especially since just hours before I had my exit interview at my now former job. Just as I was getting ready to feel sorry for myself…Knock knock, goad goad, ouch ouch, message from the LORD!
10-4 LORD, message received! And here I sit as I type this article, also writing letters for the men inside. I bought some blank inside cards and am sharing some encouraging words of hope for God’s lonely children on the inside. Father forgive me my neglecting the fellowship of the believers.
GOOD NEWS: You too can help encourage and share the NCAE koinonia blessing by writing letters and cards of hope, love, peace, and encouragement. Now the official rule in KAIROS for volunteers is purposefully left unclear. We who volunteer on the inside can write letters, but we are encouraged to avoid doing so out of an abundance of caution. That said, YOU are not limited in any way! We recommend that you strive to keep the words spiritual and professional with nothing too personal included.
I have an offer for you in the community who would like to write some general palanca letters to the inside men. Write them and contact me, I’ll get them to the men inside. And for those who would like to become a pen pal I will provide the resident info you need and instructions.
AND I’m nearly finished: I have another mission for you.
Maybe you recall when we gathered thousands of Christmas cards for the inside men to use to become a blessing for their families? I’d like to try that again but this time collecting Birthday Cards, Thanksgiving, Christmas, General Thoughts cards and so on.
These men are starving for Christ’s love on the inside. We all know now how challenging it can be to be without our churches and spiritual activities…that feeling is doubly dark from within a prison. I am imagining John the Baptist in prison, asking Jesus’ followers to ask Jesus for him if he really is the Messiah they have been waiting for. Like John, these men want to hear from Jesus…can you be Jesus in a love letter from God?
Just call me, text me, email me and together we will get it done!
P.S. The next day I had an appointment to meet with the a past employer I will most likely be working with again. And the timing is Godly perfect. Please pray for that if you will.
With Love and Blessings from your brother in Christ
Michael Anthony Gentile (child of God)
38 Vista Woods Rd Stafford, VA 22556
Three Cheers for Palanca !
We are so excited to carry on our love of Emmaus by helping with Palanca . We are ready to collect, organize and distribute Palanca.
Do you want to make palanca bags ? We have a pattern .
Join us on this Rainbow journey... As we share God’s love .
Ruth Washburg and Becca Washburg
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2020, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $215
Team Fee $250
While we're not in the habit of distributing the large volume of internet-sourced Christian media, every now and then a message arises that is so clear and convincing that we feel compelled to share it.
Many of us have heard this story, but it bears repeating.
Watch and enjoy!