Let's Get Back to Work!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2021:
April 16, 2021 - 7PM
MUST SEE TV
The National Capital Area Emmaus will broadcast our Ultreyas 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 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: Emmaus NCA -- PO Box 807, Mineral VA 22317-0807
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!!
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
This month's Guest Contributor for the April Fourth Day Journal literally makes me laugh when our paths cross. She is an active member of the Hope Hill Church, she walked on E-60, and served as Rectora on E-105, "Change My Heart" She served as the Community Lay Director of the NCAE community in 2017. I am so very thankful to know Gloria Esterline, her husband Stan, and many of their family members. Thank you Gloria for your contributions to the community over the years and for providing this month's CLD article.
Hello, my name is Gloria Esterline. I worship at Hope Hill Church. I walked on E60 and sat at the Table of JOY.
The last year has been difficult for many of us. Some have worked the entire time at our job sites with a mask. Some have learned new ways of working at home, alone or with kids. Some have had to learn how to help their kids with school work and help them navigate virtual learning. Some have had babies, some have had deaths, and some have stayed at home alone or with maybe one other person. Needless to say, we have all be affected by the pandemic in one way or another. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
In our Emmaus community we have the privilege of showing God's love to the world in a unique and special way. And so Christ’s answer to the Pharisee who asked Him what’s the greatest com-mandment, is especially important to us. We all remember that in Matthews version of this story, Matthew 22: 34-46, the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus with this question, in essence asking what part of scripture is more important, what’s the number one law? But Jesus doesn’t fall for their trap instead He answers by asking what is the summation of the law? This is not just a Biblical question; it is not just a doctrinal question. It is a life question, a living question. How do you live your life? What code do you follow? I believe it is our focus on this question that makes our community unique and powerful.
As Christians we are called to love as God loves, perfectly, sacrificially, completely. We don’t get to pick and choose who we are going to love or when we are going to love or even how we are going to love. We are called to love as Christ loved, Who gave Himself up for us. Let us be clear, Christ left heaven, came to earth as a baby, lived every step in touch with the Father’s will and died that we might have life. This is the example of Christian love that we are called to emulate, love as God loves and as Christ demonstrated. A love that stops at nothing, a love that gives completely, a love that includes everybody.
In the second half of our scripture after Jesus has answered the question posed, He turns and asks the Pharisees a question. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
Greetings, Easter people!!!
This Is our time of year! The whole Jesus story comes to life and is celebrated to the highest in Spring. It's a time of Hope.
Be Blessed! He really is alive!
Psalm 59:16 "I will sing of thy might; I will sing aloud of thy steadfast love in the morning. For thou hast been to me a fortress and a ref-uge in the day of my distress."
We have hope during this Easter season of our great Refuge bringing us to a brighter day. Every person has a testimony of survival and singing of His steadfastness! And you have stayed steadfast by His power and the word of your testimony. Praises. Come, Holy Spirit.
Milton Zapata will lead our musical group for the April Ultreya. Moving choices of songs include Graves Into Gardens. In a hope to create an atmosphere of worship and fellowship as we prepare our hearts to share business matters, testimony, SD message and communion. As you know, NCAE has been accepting donations for the purchase of a drum cage. This is a gift given to Family Worship Center (FWC) in Bealeton, Virginia, to say thank you for supporting us through this year of recordings during the pandemic. It has been set up in place at FWC and will have its debut at the April Ultreya. The NCAE CLD Chris Scholz will give an update on the funding during the April Ultreya business time. Thank you to each of you who supported this effort and who gave generously. God bless you for answering the call.
We know this is a big blessing for FWC. The invitation to participate in the music program or production efforts remains open to you. Please contact us if you are interested.
De Colores and Fly With Christ!
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
I hope everyone is doing well and getting their vaccinations. Over the last year, I know that Covid has affected everyone differently, some good and some bad. I know our community has been hit hard with depression, anxiety, separation, and plain old fear to say the least. According to the most recent study done in 2019, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 2nd amongst those who are between the ages of 15-34 years old. The Board and I want to let you know that you’re NOT alone. You have a community that loves and cares about you. If you are experiencing any of these negative feelings, I encourage you to reach out to someone. It could be a friend, table mate, teammate, or a Spiritual Director, just someone. I want you to know that YOU’RE NOT ALONE.
There are hotlines that you can call. Here are a few that are helpful….
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ youth): 866-488-7386
Veterans Crisis Hotline: 800-273-8255 press 1
Some other online support with trained listeners and Counselors/Therapists as well….
BetterHelp: https://activation.healthline.com/api/member-offers/2168/redirect?lp=328&tc=120226&subid=betterhelp_suicideresources_textlink_1801&subid2=/health/mental-health/suicide-resource-guide&correlationId=cba9e45f-af7d-49fe-8af9-9969779e2c39 7 Cups of Tea: https://www.
There are also online support groups that help those who have loved ones going through difficult situations…
THRIVE app: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide: https://www.adolescenthealth.org/About-SAHM/Healthy-Student-App-Info.aspx
JED Foundation: https://www.jedfoundation.org/events/parents-action-fall-seminar-emotional-well-begins-home/
National Alliance on Mental Illness Resources: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers/Preventing-Suicide
It’s time for a check-In. The Board and I encourage everyone in the community to reach out to their fellow table mates, teammates, or even someone you haven’t heard from for a while and ask them how they’re doing. It might be a difference between saving life or letting one go. As part of the Board’s Time to Check-In, we are inviting you and the family to join us for Family Drive-In Movie Night. It will be held at the Pa-vilion at Old Bridge United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 17th at 7pm, if weather permits. The address is 3966 Old Bridge Rd, Woodbridge, Va. Our rain date will be the following Saturday, April 24th. We ask that you bring your own comforts from home and don’t forget the popcorn. The movie will be announced on our social media pages. So, keep an eye out for it! We hope to see you all at the movies. Until then, I leave you this…
Isaiah 43:1-2 NIV “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through rivers, they will not sweep you over. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set ablaze.”
Fly with Christ,
Erin Prendergast (more)
Find The Blessing
In 2021 we are focused on how to “Find the Blessing.” We know God is in control and is using all of us to work for His purposes. We want to share across Kairos all the wonderful things that are happening, especially when we cannot be fully doing the ministry as we had planned. Kairos is holding some Kairos Outside Weekends this spring with more planned for the fall. There are some Kairos Inside groups that are hopeful to hold Kairos Weekends in 2021. We have similar activities taking place around the world, while planning to re-engage with Weekends and Continuing Ministry underway. Now is the time to prepare, communicate, recruit, and ensure we are ready. Kairos Outside in many communities have been holding virtual SWAP events and found them tremendously successful. We have one location where a couple of Volunteers are currently allowed to go into the facility for Prayer and Share currently. We also have several locations sending in encouraging videos or posters, planning fence reunions, providing health packages, sending in cookies for the staff and/or inmates, and on and on.
We know there is ministry to do right where we are today, even if we cannot do Weekends. Ministry is the act of serving and we have the opportunity to serve each other, serve the organiza-tion, and to get Advisory Councils working well. This time can be used to work with the churches that donate and partner with us in various ways, talk to our donors, share the blessing of Kairos by asking others to join us as volunteers, call those inactive volunteers to check on them, pray, and so much more. It’s all ministry and it’s all important. We are truly blessed at Kairos with our wonderful volunteers and partnerships with churches, donors, and the institutions. Let’s cele-brate God’s provision daily and do all we can to serve Him through our work of Kairos.
Evelyn Lemly – CEO
Love and Blessings
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.
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