Board of Directors News
It is hard for me to believe that 2018 is coming to a close. It seems like just yesterday I stepped in to the very daunting task of leading our community as the CLD! It did not take but a second for me to realize I was just an ornament on the top of an amazing tree made up of fellow board members and community. Without the support of an amazing board and the love of a community as inspiring as NCAE, I couldn’t have done it.
I began my journey into Emmaus reluctantly, well maybe more forcefully since my wife packed my bags into my sponsors car and wouldn’t let me back into the house. There is not one moment along the way that I regret. God put the right sponsor in my life, the right team on my weekend, the right weekends I have been able to team and the right community of people surrounding me as I had the honor of my position for the last year.
I am excited to pass the torch along to Mark Gibson! He is going to be an amazing star on our tree in 2019 and he has an equally amazing board to back him up.
I have had a great year. I have been humbled and blessed every step of the way. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve our community.
I will continue in prayer for each and every one of you. My heart is full. Take in the celebration this month of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s birth. It is this gift we have all received that makes every fourth day possible for us all.
Luke 2:10-11 New International Version (NIV)
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Hope to see you all at the December Ultreya on December 21st at St. Paul UMC, Woodbridge. We will have a wonderful 4th day speaker, someone who teamed on Emmaus #1. Come out and fill the seats.
God Bless, and Merry Christmas!
Rich Goad Community Lay Director
Praises for End-of-year activities honoring Christ. So full of music. Come on out and participate with NCAE and experience the Holy Spirit lifting your head and filling your heart with hope.
The November Ultreya will be lead by MD/AMDs from E-187 men’s weekend, and December by the NCAE Praise Team. We hope in December to gather Emmaus children for a mini-choir. Please contact us for details.
Praises for His great guidance and blessings
throughout our music practices, sponsors hours,
DDUs, Ultreyas and events. He is a good good Father.
We love you, Lord.
All are welcome - please contact us if you are interested in being a part of the music efforts in NCAE, or if you have questions regarding the timing/dates of special events.
All are invited to join in.
Our 2018 Weekends!!
E 184 ~ March 8-11 - Vickie Carroll
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
Christmas should be a time of love, joy, peace, kindness, serving, fellowshipping, giving, and the list goes on of good things we can be doing and experiencing. Christmas is an action word. Jesus came to earth. Action!
Put action into your life this Christmas season and beyond. It doesn’t take much. It takes loving the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Remember the moment you met your partner? You probably were feeling love, happiness, and giddiness. How did you feel when you or a loved one had a birth? That’s a precious moment.
Christmas is a time for sharing the love, joy, and peace of knowing Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Greatest Gift of all. We should be sharing this every day of our lives and being conscious enough to bring those who may not know the Lord to know Jesus. We can’t be shy. Jesus needs you. That reminds me of the sign “Uncle Sam Needs YOU!” Jesus needs YOU to be His hands and feet in servitude to one another and to the stranger. Jesus suffered and died on a cross for YOU! Hallelujah, Jesus lives today.
There is a gentleman I know who was totally against our ministry of feeding children. He felt the parents should be doing that. “I mean, let’s get real about this, they can afford cigarettes but can’t afford to feed their children. That’s not your responsibility.” I listened to him and would smile because I knew Jesus was working on his heart. About a year later, this person has changed and is very thankful for this ministry. In fact, he now preaches to me every week when I deliver the food for the children. He shares a story or two, tells me what he’s reading in the Bible, and what the devotional was about for the day. He will ask me how I feel about certain topics. We share the love of Christ and the joy and peace in knowing Him.
What a marvelous gift to give this Christmas – the gift of Jesus Christ! Sing praises to the King; give honor and glory and thanksgiving to God for giving us the gift of God’s only Son.
Merry Christmas to all and to all many blessings.
Pastor Gail, Spiritual Director
Chrysalis is not only excited about the upcoming celebration of our saviors birth but we are eagerly awaiting for the upcoming January weekend of C-100...WOOHOO!!!
The team is working hard in preparation for this milestone weekend and we need the communities support with prayer, bug applications, and more prayer!!!! May the CHRISTmas season be with you always, Scott Marth
FLY WITH CHRIST!!!.
Chrysalis Community Lay Director
Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. As the last Chrysalis weekend draws near, please keep all the bugs in your prayers and show them as much Love as possible. As you know that is always the common thread in each weekend on how special all the love from the community touched the pilgrims and bugs.
The next Emmaus weekend is October 4-7. Sign-up sheet for snacks will be passed out next month. All your donations are greatly appreciated. Placemats for decorating can be obtained at Ultreyas or by emailing email@example.com.
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 2018 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