Board of Directors News
Green is in the air, hard to believe it is already March! As I traveled to Hawaii with work the last few weeks, I had some time to think about how awesome God is! It’s not hard to see in the amazing landscapes of the island, a picture-perfect scene. We are surrounded by God’s beauty, yet everyday so many of us fail to see one of the most beautiful creations of all, the one he made in his image, the one we look at in the mirror each morning.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
I have been seeing and hearing so many of the struggles my brothers and sisters in Christ have been facing lately. The discouragement of feeling like the weight of one more thing will be impossible to bare. A cloud that creates a barrier that makes it near impossible to see the beauty in the mirror.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
No matter what your trials are, no matter how tired you are, you are not alone. You are beautiful and you are worth it. Your trials are not impossible to God!
Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Those little leprechauns may be out in full swing, spreading luck, but we have something so much better than luck! We have grace, joy, and plans. Plans we may not know or understand right now, but plans to prosper and to give hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Rich Goad Community Lay Director
Hello, friends in Christ!
“Rejoice Always”. 1 Thess. 5:16
Occasionally I will ask my grandsons what is the Bible verse for today. This is always their reply, as it is our verse we share. Rejoicing also keeps us with a song in our heart - song on our mind song of reverence, surrender, and joy!
The music for the following 2018 months is being led as follows:
Feb - NCAE Praise Team
March - E-184
April & May - NCAE Praise Team
June - E-185
July & August - Chrysalis.
The NCAE Praise Team musicians will also cover Sponsor’s Hour, other events and facilitate music needs such as Outreach and Team support.
We seek to involve community members and those wishing to participate and further develop as music leaders.
Our mission is to help create an atmosphere of Christian worship and fellowship. We practice on a weeknight prior to most Ultreyas - please contact us if you would like to be involved! Keep a song in your heart! De Colores,
Mae and Jim Krauss, 703-850-8226,
If music is your gift, please plug into NCAE music!! Contact us for more info -- all are welcome! Mae at Mkrauss@aol.com and Jim Mkrauss70@aol.com
Our 2018 Weekends!!
E 184 ~ March 8-11 - Vickie Carroll
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
The season of Lent has many customs that are steeped in the tradition of Christianity. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and begins the 40 day, excluding Sundays, journey to the celebration of Easter. Many Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, with a feast of sweets and pancakes because on Ash Wednesday, traditionally all sugar and eggs and flour are removed from the house until Easter. Practicing Catholics are not allowed to eat any meat other than fish on Fridays. Many Christians purge something from their lives during the season. The rationale behind these practices is to remind and encourage penitence prior to Easter.
I remember one Lent a few years ago when a family member decided to abstain from sweets for Lent. It was not much of a challenge for me being diabetic, but as the days stretched out I think the sweet tooth grew. Finally Easter came and to celebrate the end of her fasting she had bought a Marie Calendar Very Berry Pie. It was baked and as people were getting ready to put ice cream on their slice another family member took the box out of the trash and read that there were 760 calories per slice. That kind of ended the joy of the celebration (but the pie was still eaten, as I recall).
As I think about the practices of removing something from our lives during Lent, I wonder if it might be better to turn that concept upside down. Rather than giving something up for Lent, why not try adding some spiritual discipline to our lives. The things we could add are numerous. Perhaps we could add reading a chapter of the Bible every day (any Gospel could be completed), maybe you might want to spend 5 or 10 minutes a day in quiet listening for God’s voice. We have several shut-ins and college students who would enjoy a card and a word or encouragement. I have committed this Lent to spend an hour in prayer for each person in our church, by name, every day.
Today begins the journey that will lead us to the cross and beyond to the joy of the resurrection, I encourage you to join me on that road by adding a new thing to our lives.
Prayer: Dear God, as we move through these days of Lent we pray that we will grow ever deeper in our faith.
Pastor Dale, Spiritual Director
First of all, I want to start out this month by thanking everyone in the community who stepped up to write agape, showed up for candlelight, and helped with the set up and break down of so many things for C-97! The butterflies LOVED every bit of it, and the team, the board, and myself all appreciate your effort! These youth are on FIRE, and have already done a ton towards joining and expanding our awesome community!
Since we are stepping into February, I want to speak a little on the spirit of Valentine's Day. Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine's Day has become a huge deal in the USA. Anyone who has worked in the restaraunt industry before knows you make more money the week of Valentine's Day than most other times of the year. But why - what's the point?
The answer is because of Saint Valentine. I, like many of you, was raised Catholic before I made the jump over to being Methodist. While we don't really focus on saints as Protestants, our Catholic brothers and sisters celebrate feast days for each saint to celebrate how each man and woman stepped out in faith in times and ways that were unpopular. These stories have always been very encouraging to me since they are all just normal people like us, so I am going to share one of these stories with you now.
Saint Valentine is the patron saint of married couples and young people (as well as several other things. look them up - it's in interesting range!) and is one of these people that stepped out in faith. It is still widely debated what exactly Valentine's personal history is since there are so many stories about him, but most agree that he was a Catholic priest or bishop that was doing his best to marry Christian couples in the church in a time when it was outlawed by Rome. He was eventually caught and imprisoned for this practice. During his imprisonment, one of the judges for his case decided to test his faith and asked him to heal his blind daughter. He did in fact heal her, and this miracle caused the conversion of the judge as well as his entire 44 member household. Valentine was eventually put to death for refusing to renounce his faith, and allegedly left a note behind for the girl signed "Your Valentine". This note is behind the tradition we have of sending "Valentine's Cards" to those we love today.
Saint Valentine followed his beliefs in a time when it was dangerous, even performing miracles in prison for those who would persecute him. Let this story be a reminder and encouragement that God equips the called, and that we too can step out in faith at school, at home, in our workplace, and in the world, even when it's not the popular choice.
Fly With Christ!
NCA ChrysalisLay Director
Love, Love, Love,
Your Sister in Christ
Revised Procedures for Ultreya Prayer Concerns
The Board of Directors recently addressed the topic of prayer concern procedures during Ultreyas. The Board was advised that prayer concerns at Ultreya, written out for the presiding Spiritual Director to read, in many cases contained sensitive and private information. As a result, the Board decided to revise the procedures and implemented their decision at the December Ultreya. The revised procedures ask that prayer concerns be written on a piece of paper (provided) and dropped into a box. At the appropriate time during the Ultreya, the box containing the prayer concerns will be brought to the presiding Spiritual Director who will lead the community in prayer.
If individuals feel that more information should be shared regarding a specific prayer concern, please submit that concern to the community through the Holynet after checking with the parties involved to obtain their consent. Prayer concerns for publication on the HolyNet should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2016 as follows:
From the returning second-year class of Directors, one lay member is elected by the Board to serve as the Community Lay Director for a one year term.. This person then selects an Assistant Lay Director from the second-year class.
The second-year Spiritual Director serves as the Community Spiritual Director, with the first-year SD serving as the Assistant to the Spiritual Director