Board of Directors News
This month's Guest Contributor for the April Fourth Day Journal literally makes me laugh when our paths cross. She is an active member of the Hope Hill Church, she walked on E-60, and served as Rectora on E-105, "Change My Heart" She served as the Community Lay Director of the NCAE community in 2017. I am so very thankful to know Gloria Esterline, her husband Stan, and many of their family members. Thank you Gloria for your contributions to the community over the years and for providing this month's CLD article.
Hello, my name is Gloria Esterline. I worship at Hope Hill Church. I walked on E60 and sat at the Table of JOY.
The last year has been difficult for many of us. Some have worked the entire time at our job sites with a mask. Some have learned new ways of working at home, alone or with kids. Some have had to learn how to help their kids with school work and help them navigate virtual learning. Some have had babies, some have had deaths, and some have stayed at home alone or with maybe one other person. Needless to say, we have all be affected by the pandemic in one way or another.
Each month, as we turned the calendar, we were reminded of opportunities that we missed with loved ones. Hopefully, like us, you have managed to stay in touch with your families, in new ways. You have made a concerted effort to text, write or call your friends and family. There are some things about this time that have been difficult, but there have been many sweet, quiet moments that we would have not had with those we cherish if the “stay at home” orders had not come. During this time I began crocheting again. It is a very soothing and relaxing hobby, even when mistakes are
There were lots of mistakes made, some of the edges look a little awkward, the material feels a little scratchy on my neck, but when I completed it, somehow I did not notice all the imperfections.
I put the infinity scarf around my neck and it felt warm and comforting, keeping the cold from my skin. To me, it was a reminder that this last year I have grown a lot. I’ve made mistakes that were humbling. I’ve missed my friends and family so much. But the powerful presence of my Lord was always there, surrounding me with his love. Like the infinity scarf, His love is to “infinity and beyond”!!
In the stillness and quietness of the pandemic moments there have been opportunities for all of us to consider God’s blessings in our lives and the joys He brings to us daily. The greatest blessing to the world, of course, lies in the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. This month much of the world will celebrate that glorious event.
We will lift our voices with millions of other Christians and with the women on that morn so long ago and shout the message that “He is risen!!! He is not here!”
Soon and very soon, we will be lifting our voices together singing Las Mananita, Just a Closer Walk and De Colores!!! on a weekend that is filled with God’s amazing love. I can’t wait for that day to come. Until then, keep praying and loving one another!!
Greetings, Easter people!!!
This Is our time of year! The whole Jesus story comes to life and is celebrated to the highest in Spring. It's a time of Hope.
Be Blessed! He really is alive!
Psalm 59:16 "I will sing of thy might; I will sing aloud of thy steadfast love in the morning. For thou hast been to me a fortress and a ref-uge in the day of my distress."
We have hope during this Easter season of our great Refuge bringing us to a brighter day. Every person has a testimony of survival and singing of His steadfastness! And you have stayed steadfast by His power and the word of your testimony. Praises. Come, Holy Spirit.
Milton Zapata will lead our musical group for the April Ultreya. Moving choices of songs include Graves Into Gardens. In a hope to create an atmosphere of worship and fellowship as we prepare our hearts to share business matters, testimony, SD message and communion. As you know, NCAE has been accepting donations for the purchase of a drum cage. This is a gift given to Family Worship Center (FWC) in Bealeton, Virginia, to say thank you for supporting us through this year of recordings during the pandemic. It has been set up in place at FWC and will have its debut at the April Ultreya. The NCAE CLD Chris Scholz will give an update on the funding during the April Ultreya business time. Thank you to each of you who supported this effort and who gave generously. God bless you for answering the call.
We know this is a big blessing for FWC. The invitation to participate in the music program or production efforts remains open to you. Please contact us if you are interested.
De Colores and Fly With Christ!
NCA Emmaus Community Survey
The Board is conducting a survey of the community to assess your concerns as we make preparations to resume in-person events. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete and will remain open until the end of February..
Thank you in advance,
The Board has voted to push the men’s weekend of E-193 to the next scheduled weekend. This will push all scheduled weekends date which is currently scheduled at Camp Happy Land on October 1-4. These dates are subject to change depending on the recommendations from governing bodies. The Board will continue to follow or exceed the recommended guidelines by the CDC and local heath organizations.
In our Emmaus community we have the privilege of showing God's love to the world in a unique and special way. And so Christ’s answer to the Pharisee who asked Him what’s the greatest com-mandment, is especially important to us. We all remember that in Matthews version of this story, Matthew 22: 34-46, the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus with this question, in essence asking what part of scripture is more important, what’s the number one law? But Jesus doesn’t fall for their trap instead He answers by asking what is the summation of the law? This is not just a Biblical question; it is not just a doctrinal question. It is a life question, a living question. How do you live your life? What code do you follow? I believe it is our focus on this question that makes our community unique and powerful.
As Christians we are called to love as God loves, perfectly, sacrificially, completely. We don’t get to pick and choose who we are going to love or when we are going to love or even how we are going to love. We are called to love as Christ loved, Who gave Himself up for us. Let us be clear, Christ left heaven, came to earth as a baby, lived every step in touch with the Father’s will and died that we might have life. This is the example of Christian love that we are called to emulate, love as God loves and as Christ demonstrated. A love that stops at nothing, a love that gives completely, a love that includes everybody.
In the second half of our scripture after Jesus has answered the question posed, He turns and asks the Pharisees a question. Jesus is trying His best to teach the teachers asking: 41 … “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” 43 Jesus said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:
4 ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ’? 45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.
Jesus says, look guys your own scriptures testify that the Son of God is coming from the house of David so why is it so hard for you to believe that I am the Son of God and that you need to listen to Me. Why is it so hard for you to love and reach out to your brothers and sisters with the same love God has already shown to you?
Put aside your interpretations, your personal beliefs about what My word says and listen to what I am telling you. Obeying the law means you have to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ Loving God means you love your neighbor as yourself, forgiving them 70 times 7 and loving God means you love your enemies.
For it is on these two commands that our life, and the life of our community, must be based if we want to be the kingdom of God that Christ has called us to be. God's kingdom starts with God, Who put love first, Who completed the law on the cross, and Who calls us to live His love. In our Emmaus community we need to live as Christ showed us how, by loving God completely, with all we are, and loving our neighbors as ourselves.
I hope everyone is doing well and getting their vaccinations. Over the last year, I know that Covid has affected everyone differently, some good and some bad. I know our community has been hit hard with depression, anxiety, separation, and plain old fear to say the least. According to the most recent study done in 2019, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 2nd amongst those who are between the ages of 15-34 years old. The Board and I want to let you know that you’re NOT alone. You have a community that loves and cares about you. If you are experiencing any of these negative feelings, I encourage you to reach out to someone. It could be a friend, table mate, teammate, or a Spiritual Director, just someone. I want you to know that YOU’RE NOT ALONE.
There are hotlines that you can call. Here are a few that are helpful….
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ youth): 866-488-7386
Veterans Crisis Hotline: 800-273-8255 press 1
Some other online support with trained listeners and Counselors/Therapists as well….
BetterHelp: https://activation.healthline.com/api/member-offers/2168/redirect?lp=328&tc=120226&subid=betterhelp_suicideresources_textlink_1801&subid2=/health/mental-health/suicide-resource-guide&correlationId=cba9e45f-af7d-49fe-8af9-9969779e2c39 7 Cups of Tea: https://www.
There are also online support groups that help those who have loved ones going through difficult situations…
THRIVE app: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide: https://www.adolescenthealth.org/About-SAHM/Healthy-Student-App-Info.aspx
JED Foundation: https://www.jedfoundation.org/events/parents-action-fall-seminar-emotional-well-begins-home/
National Alliance on Mental Illness Resources: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers/Preventing-Suicide
It’s time for a check-In. The Board and I encourage everyone in the community to reach out to their fellow table mates, teammates, or even someone you haven’t heard from for a while and ask them how they’re doing. It might be a difference between saving life or letting one go. As part of the Board’s Time to Check-In, we are inviting you and the family to join us for Family Drive-In Movie Night. It will be held at the Pa-vilion at Old Bridge United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 17th at 7pm, if weather permits. The address is 3966 Old Bridge Rd, Woodbridge, Va. Our rain date will be the following Saturday, April 24th. We ask that you bring your own comforts from home and don’t forget the popcorn. The movie will be announced on our social media pages. So, keep an eye out for it! We hope to see you all at the movies. Until then, I leave you this…
Isaiah 43:1-2 NIV “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through rivers, they will not sweep you over. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set ablaze.”
Fly with Christ,
Three Cheers for Palanca !
We are so excited to carry on our love of Emmaus by helping with Palanca . We are ready to collect, organize and distribute Palanca.
Do you want to make palanca bags ? We have a pattern .
Join us on this Rainbow journey... As we share God’s love .Ruth Washburg
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 2020 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