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Lay Director's Message

Our monthly Ultreyas are always times of refreshing my spirit, but this past month’s gathering was especially uplifting. We introduced the team of E 183 and the new “pilgrims”, the ladies of E 182. The air was electric with excitement as we sang “Old Church Choir” and danced our way through “Undignified”. Just like David danced before the Lord in the Psalms, our ladies worshiped our Lord in a beautiful undignified dance!!!

“Now, friends, I want to report on the surprising and generous ways in which God is working in the “churches” (Emmaus). “ 2 Corinthians 8:1. Read the rest of the chapter! It is a very encouraging passage on how the church reached out and helped because they saw a need. Our Emmaus community heard the plea for pilgrims for E 183 and responded. By the night of the Ultreya there were 23 men who had agreed to attend the weekend. The call had triggered an outpouring of pure and generous love from many who eagerly looked for pilgrims to sponsor. Tonight, as I sit writing this article, I received a message saying that they now have 27 men who have said “yes”!!! What was looking very discouraging just a short time ago, caught us completely off guard and spurred us to action. God knows whose hearts need a “touch from the Master’s hand” and He will call those to the mountain who most need it.

We hope that each of you will plan to attend our next Ultreya which will be our annual business meeting. We will be gathering at 6:00 PM at Christ Church to vote on the board for the year 2018 and discuss other important business matters. Christ Church will be providing a meal which will be served at 6:45- 7:30. I encourage you to come and hear some of the wonderful things that God is doing in our midst.

Just as a reminder, if you are unable to attend the business meeting, you will find the biographies of the candidates, as well as the absentee ballots at the end of the 4th Day Journal. Please make sure your ballots are received no later than the Wednesday prior to the Ultreya. You may send your ballots to Vickie Carroll, Phil Wisner, Jim Stacy or myself. Our email addresses are listed in the Journal as well as

De Colores!!!


Community Lay Director


Music Directors' Message

"The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has be-come salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father's God, and I will exalt Him." Exodus 15:2

Wow - glory to God and kudos to the musical team lead by Lindsey Kirkwood last month at Ultreya. The music was described by the CLD as "out of this world". All worshipped and danced and had a great time singing and praising. What JOY! Thank you, Lindsey, Phil bass man and trailer driver, sound man Rich, and all who made this rock for His glory.

Hallelujah! Fall is a beautiful time of song and service for the NCAE community! Cooler fresh air, calmer days, and songs of thanksgiving and praise. October and November are full of teaming events and music. The MDs for E-182 and men MDs of E-183 will lead the DDU Ul-treya music for those months, respectively. If you are interested in participating in the music or sound support- pls know we would love it. Just reach us at You are loved, you are welcome in this place!!

Tune in! You can Google songs by title or artist, and use Spotify and local radio stations to keep your musical JOY going daily. Songs that express your heart and heal and celebrate Christ. !De Colores!

Mae and JIm Krauss, 703-850-8226,

Jim and Mae Krauss

Community MDs

If music is your gift, please plug into NCAE music!! Contact us for more info -- all are welcome! Mae at and Jim


Board Elections - Coming Up!!

2018-absentee-ballot - Click to Download

Our 2017 Weekends!!

E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
E-181 ~ 5/18 - 5/21 - Tom Geenty
E-182 ~ 10/5 - 10/8 - Glenda Lambert
E-183 ~ 11/2 - 11/5 - TJ Cuddy

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


Spiritual Director's Message

I recently attended my 40th High School Reunion. This was an event that I had been involved with over the past 10 months, serving on the planning team. When the big night arrived I was keenly aware of two observations. The first was that while I have not changed much in the last 40 years, everyone else had aged beyond belief. The second observation was really much deeper.

When our team of five arrived an hour plus more before the event we found a very nice but bland country club dining room. Sure, it was very elegant but there was no color whatsoever. In the hour that followed the room was completely transformed. It changed from a classy all white to an orange and blue extravaganza. There were balloons, there were streamers, there were megaphones, there were table scarves, well I could on and on, but I think you get the picture.

What struck me that night was how similar this experience was to what happens in the lives of pilgrims when they experience an Emmaus weekend. They arrive with anxiety, uncertainty and a degree of trepidation. But over the weekend their lives are transformed from a casual black and white relationship with Jesus Christ to a full on colorful experience of the Risen Christ. In essence, the team and the community color their world.

Dear friends, it is my prayer and hope that as we move forward we always bear in mind that the weekend is a transformative event for the PILGRIMS. Teaming is certainly a meaningful experience for all who do so. However, teaming must never become the end and ultimate goal of the Emmaus community. We exist not only to celebrate and worship God in a colorful way but we also exist to pass on the love of Christ with other people.

As we move forward toward a new year may we keep ever before us the need to pray that God will open the hearts of people to experience the weekend so that more and more people may experience the transformation of the weekend experience.


Pastor Dale, NCA Emmaus Board Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hello, Family! I am so excited to be serving together with all of you as a part of this awesome Chrysalis community for the upcoming year! Our newly assembled Board of Directors is off to a great start, and we have several upcoming opportunities for the entire community to get involved with serving in fellowship together. This month we will be having a Hoot on Saturday, November 18th at 6:00 PM at Pender UMC in Fairfax. Hoots are a night of worship and fellowship for youth and young adults to come meet new people, praise the Lord, and find out a little more of what Chrysalis is all about. The entire Emmaus/ Chrysalis/Kairos community has done an outstanding job of coming together to make sure our Caterpillars feel loved with as much Agape as possible, but now we need your help with this next big endeavor!

One of the biggest struggles the Chrysalis community has had over the last several years has been finding enough Caterpillars to walk on our weekends. Part of this is because, in general, church attendance is down across the board from what it has been. However, that does not mean that there are fewer people to invite! My challenge to you this month is to find a high school aged youth you know, and to sit down and talk with them. Find out how they are doing; how their SOUL is doing. Invite them to the weekend coming up in January to have some time for peace and restoration. The only reason I have the opportunity to be writing to you now is because of an adult in my life who saw when my soul needed that peace that passes all understanding. He saw my need for restoration, and took the step to invite me up to the mountain.

I ask you now to take that step. Ask them to walk with us. Invite them to come out and meet some team and community members at the Hoot. Tell them they are important and loved. Make a difference for the youth in your life. Take it from a former youth whose life was permanently changed – it matters.

“Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15:2

Fly With Christ!

Nicole Parrish

NCA ChrysalisLay Director


Community Palanca

Love, Love, Love,

Your Sister in Christ

Donna Morris


Board Notices

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


Weekend Fees for 2017

The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2016 as follows:

Application: $35

Pilgrim: $215

Team: $250





Board Officers

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