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Our monthly Ultreyas for 2015:

July Ultreya Hosted by Annandale UMC

Don't miss our 16th annual community Barbecue and Worship Gathering at Annandale UMC! Come at 6pm for pulled pork, pulled chicken and fixin's, followed by our monthly worship service at 7:30 in the Sanctuary.

Come on the 17th ("almost always" the third Friday of the month - and again this month) for a picnic dinner, worship, a Fourth Day message and communion service. We hope to see you there.It gets better and better and better... (More)

and the upcoming Utreyas...

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August 21 - Clarendon UMC

September 18 - First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City

October 16 - St. Paul UMC - Woodbridge


Our 2015 Weekends!!

E-174 ~ Oct. 08-11 - Susan Verghese
E-175 ~ Nov. 05-08 -
Tony Papp

All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia

NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available

NEW – NCA Emmaus Car Magnets and Decals
The NCAE, 4”x6” car MAGNETS and REMOVA-BLE DECALS are available for $5.00 donation or more for each decal. All proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund.
For more information, please contact:

Raúl Castillo at 703-307-8070 or email:


From the Community Lay Director...

From the Lay Director

I am continually amazed at the love and care that is shown throughout our community. At every Ultreya, I am reminded of why I stay connected to my Emmaus family. The sheer pleasure of seeing friends and sharing our joys and concerns, affirms the love of Christ in each of us. We laugh, cry, share and walk together as we main-tain connections within the community. As the scripture says, when we gather together, Jesus is in the midst of us.

As we move into summer, things slow down a bit for Emmaus. Many of us find ourselves out of town on vacations or just taking some “time off” from the busyness of the rest of the year. There are no walks during the summer months so we step back from writing and making palanca. There are no early morning Mananitas or closings to attend. (Of course the women and men on the teams of E-174 and E-175 are hard at work preparing for the fall.) So we too, should stay focused. Let’s use these summer months to regroup, regenerate and reinvigorate. Take advantage of the lazy days of summer. Take time with your devotions and prayer life. Send a note to someone you haven’t connected with recently. Who said Palanca is only for the mountain! Make a phone call, meet for lunch, use social media to lift up someone in love. (more)


From the Community Spiritual Director...

From The Community Spiritual Director

We don’t ever complete our education. At least, we should never consider our education completed. Two weeks ago I sat in the middle of an athletic field looking out on a sea of mortarboards and scarlet academic gowns watching our daughter graduate from college. The 6,600 graduates were awe-inspiring, as I had never had the experience of commencement at a large university. There was much talk of hopes, dreams and next steps as well as some reflection on the completion of degrees.

Some of the graduates will start exciting new jobs. Oth-ers will go back to the classroom to pursue graduate de-grees. Some will no doubt say, Thank God, I finished. I am done. But they really are not done.

The life that God has given us is a process of continuous learning. There may be interim stages that come to com-pletion, but learning is a journey for a lifetime. Yes, we learn something from every experience, but I am talking about plotting an intentional course to continue to learn, so that we further develop our God given gifts of capacity for knowledge, wisdom and experience. (more)

  From the Community Music Directors...

Music Directors' Message

Does serving thru NCAE music interest you? Are you interested in being an Assistant Music Director (AMD) or Music Director (MD) on an NCAE weekend? All who are interested are invited to an NCAE Music Meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 7:30 - 9:45 pm at Christ Church. Those who are slotted for AMD and MD for future weekends should attend.

The agenda will include music and discuss topics such as: song selection, responsibilities for weekend and out-side of the weekend, FAQs, lessons learned & helpful hints by a panel of former MDs, equipment, use of Plan-ning Center/CCLI, and end with message & commun-ion. It promises to be an exciting and informative even-ing together. Hope to see you there. Pls RSVP so we can plan seating and materials, and send you updated info.

Thanks & blessings!! (more)


From the Chrysalis Lay Director

It takes a village. You’ve heard this before many times – but I feel it is particularly true when we are referring to mentoring our children and youth. And it doesn’t just refer to a large number of people – it refers to what those people can offer by way of mentoring. Everybody in ‘the village’ has different God given skills – many of them without knowing they have the skills. Whether it is music, the ability to pray, the patience to do something over and over again until the child or youth gets it right – the list goes on.

As adults in the church it is our responsibility to help minister in some way to our youth. Interestingly though, there is no biblical model for youth ministry. So my inter-pretation of this is that we should use the biblical principles we already know and apply them to youth. Sure, there are some specific areas of ministry that focus on youth issues – relationships, sex, drugs, rock and roll etc. – and these shouldn’t be ignored – but too many youth ministries focus solely on those and omit the basic bibli-cal principles we expect our youth to adhere to when they get older (I prefer that term to ‘grow up’). (more)


Weekend Fees - Take Note!

The Weekend Fees for 2015, as set by our Board of Directors, are:

Pilgrim Application Fee $35

Pilgrim Fee $200

Team Fee $250


Community Palanca

I am the Community Palanca Cha. I need volunteers to make placemats for me. We need 270 decorated placemats for each team that goes to the Mountain.

I will have blank placemats at the Ultreyas each month. You can create your own design, either free hand, trace from a coloring book, use markers, glitter and glue to create your designs. You can either do them yourselves or get your Sunday School classes to do them. The pilgrims really like them when they come from the children. There are two kinds needed: the ones that are decorated with cute pictures and words, and ones that specifically say “DeColores”. (more)


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