Celebrate Christmas at the December Ultreya!*
*Our monthly Ultreyas for 2019:
December 13 Ultreya hosted by Christ Church UMC
Come on out, join us in fellowship and worship! Remember ~ this is our Christmas celebration!.
The service will be at 7:30pm, after supper at 6:30.
Schedule for 2020
January 17 - Dumfries UMC
February 21 - Old Bridge UMC
Check out our new NCAE Intro Video!!
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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
All weekends will be at Camp Happyland!
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
Final 4th Day Journal article for me! Seems as if each time I do something in the Emmaus Community, time just flies right by. From the first team to a weekend and all the preparation to do that weekend, those weeks just seem to fly. From this time last year to now, I can’t believe my time as CLD is just about over. An amazing experience and I’m am so grateful for those who keep me in prayer. This community sure has made the last 20 years seem to go by at an increasing speed for me.
Each time I have done anything with our community I feel as if I receive way more in blessing than I could ever give back. Speaking in front of a group has never been an easy task for me, I had myself volunteered to be in a play with my daughter Melanie one time. It was a Christmas play and I was Hank, the owner of a gas station, Hank’s Get Gas and Go! I had about two paragraphs to learn. I had practiced this little bit, oh about ten thousand times, and still it was so hard for me to get it right on the show day! Melanie, on the other hand, could do the acting as naturally as just talking. When I was R, giving the fourth day talk was so hard, I didn’t even get it all out. This experience of being CLD has really helped me get more comfortable speaking in front of a group! (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
The season of Advent is a highlight of our year. It is a time of joy, color, light, and anticipation. And it is a time of worship. This is a season that calls us to fall to our knees in worship of the awesome God. Advent is the season where we remember that God chose to put on flesh and dwell among us. God reached down from incomprehensible heights to touch the life we live. And God chose to be born in the humblest of ways, in a manger, in a barn, or a cave, or on the side of the road. The Creator God Almighty crying in the prickly hay, fodder for animals. There is no proper response, other than worship.
At the same time, Advent is a reminder that there is more to come, that we are on a journey toward a new reality, a new way of being. Advent, from the Latin “venio” – coming and “ad” – to, is more about what is next than what was before. It is less a remembrance of the first coming and more an anticipation of the completion of the promised kingdom. Yet, the seeds of the re-turn and reign of Christ were planted in the first coming, which is why the power of Christmas is so strong. Our constant struggle is to pay attention to our need to anticipate the return of Christ and the fulfillment of the promised kingdom, when we are longing to celebrate Christmas and all the beauty and tradition and sentiment of that season—especially since our culture has been pushing Christmas on us for months now. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
The beauty of the holiday season is here! Christmas music is already playing and decorations are abundant. Our prayer is that Christ is lifted high and shines from your heart in song.
This is such an active time for Emmaus and Chrysalis, especially in the music program. Preparation and surprises of all sorts keep the community joyfully active. Notice I did not say busy, we pray that all we do is with the purpose of celebrating Christ – not just at Christmas but always.
Ultreya on 12/13/19 will ring loud in song for Christ, His work, and testimony. Come and enjoy as the men of the recent team E-191 lead the worship music. It will be great fellowship! Recent teams have also made us aware of new musicians to the community, this is exciting!
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
This past month, the board has been working hard to updates our Weekend Manual and Team Selection Policy. We are also updating our Bylaws to coincide with the times. Because we have 35 changes, this past Ultreya, we passed a motion that allows the Chrysalis Board to the supply the community with an URL to view the changes and vote on them. We will also supply paper copies. Our goal is to have this ready by the January Ultreya.
Fly with Christ,
Regarding the Christmas Card donations for the incarcerated men at Sussex 1 State Prison:
It really didn't take a great effort at all to reach and surpass our goal. Our churches and Emmaus Community generously stepped up, donating more than 2,500 Christmas Cards.
I contacted Chaplain Patrick Jones who serves at Sussex 1 SP and he was excited and thrilled. In fact, he commented that when he was serving at Buckingham Prison, (he's new at Sussex 1), he had a "Card Connection" and now at Sussex 1 he does not.
And this got me to thinking that I wonder how many folks realize that the Chaplain services are not funded by the state, the Chaplain is not a D.O.C employee and only receives compensation through privately funded caring individuals, churches, denominations, foundations and business-es. Chaplains are specially trained clergy qualified to serve in an institutional setting such as a hospital, school, the military and prisons. The Chaplain ministry as well as The Kairos ministry are critical for our free world communities as well, 30,000+ men and women are incarcerated in Virginia to-day. 90% of all imprisoned persons will be released back into society as returning citizens. $25,000 gives a GraceInside Chaplain 26 hours/week per year to bring Jesus Christ to the Common-wealth’s incarcerated.
These Chaplains live and breathe on donations. I was talking with Chaplain Jones and he commented that we can donate things like books, and bible study materials, but these would remain in the library for common use, they can't be given to specific individuals. Yet, on the other hand, cards can be given to individuals. And so he thanks you all for your generosity and love. For more information visit: https://graceinside
Thank you all and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
The holiday season has arrived and soon the Ladies of E-192 will be heading to the mountain. Please keep the team and future pilgrims in your prayers and show your love with remembering them with your love letters and fun gifts. You can drop them off at the Ultreya in December and please remember to label team or pilgrim and also the walk they are for. Please help with snacks and drinks for the weekend. Sign up at the December Ultreya to bring goodies for the weekends as well.
Chrysalis C-103 is also preparing for their weekend in January. The team and bugs love to receive all that special love as well. You can also drop off letters and fun gifts for them at the Ultreya in December as well.
If you would like to decorate placemats please contact me and I will make arrangements to get them to you. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or contact me on Facebook.
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
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!