Board of Directors News
Happiest New Year to all my brothers and sisters in Christ of the NCAE community!My name is Rich Goad, I worship at Bethel UMC, I walked on E-171, and I sat at the table of God’s Strength. I’m blessed to serve the Lord as your 2018 Community Lay Director.
It is that time of the year again to give our heartfelt thanks to the board members who served in 2017. Their faithful service and commitment lead the way for the continuing and new members of the board in the year to come.
Leaving the board this year are, Gloria Esterline, Stan Esterline (SD), Sam Gero, Jerry Wills, Phil Wisner, and Kathy Woodley. Linda Girten, who has served as the Emmaus Secretary will be turning over the reins this year to Susan Verghese.
Our returning board members this year are, Charlie Duren, Vickie Carrol, Gaylene Guest, Jim Stacy and Dale Gillis (SD). Joining us for 2018 are, Charlie Carrol, Tammy Crouch, Gail Dietz (SD), Mark Gibson, Glenda Lambert, and Stephanie Williams. Our historian for another year is Neil Ailstock and our treasurers are Lindsey Kirkwood and George Gero. May God bless our 2018 Board, that we may be his vessels! Also, hats off to the many unsung heroes and behind the scenes volunteers throughout the community, without them we would surely not survive.
As the new year approaches it is my prayer you may all feel the JOY of our Lord, regardless of your external circumstances. When Gloria introduced me at the December Ultreya, she made the comment about always seeing me with a smile on my face, regardless of my circumstances. Let me tell you those circumstances, in 2017, where stacked and toppled in November when I lost my mom to Cancer.
Although my heart was broken, and some days seemed much harder to get through than others, my joy remained. You see, there’s a difference in being sad and being without joy. Sadness comes from circumstances, often circumstances we have no control over. Margaret Feinburg says in her book Fight Back With Joy, “Joy emanates out of the abiding sense of God’s fierce love for us.” God’s Fierce Love = Joy! There is not a circumstance on earth that can steal it away.
Jeremiah 31:3 The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will NEVER end.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
As 2018 brings whatever it has in store, remember the JOY, let it be your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength!
Wake each morning and remember:
Psalm 90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. As Mae Krauss reminds us at the end of every correspondence sent,
“Don’t let ANYTHING steal YOUR JOY!
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
But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. (NRSV Matthew 25:36, 42, 44)
How many times in life have we heard the dire predictions from people who proclaim to be prophets about the exact hour, day, and year that the earth will come to an end. I recall one such prediction when I was in college. It was during December of my senior year and as a result engaged in a conversation with several others about the irony of having been in school nearly all of our lives and suddenly at the culmination the world was coming to an end. Another more recent prediction was that the world was to end on May 21, 2012. A friend and I share the same wedding anniversary and, while we didn’t put much stock in the prediction, we decided that we would not purchase a gift for our wives until we woke up on May 22nd.
The truth of the matter is that no living person can possibly know the hour, the day, or the year that our Lord will come. The scripture reminds us that it will be on God’s timetable. Not even the angels, nor God’s own Son, know. And if they don’t know it is pretty good bet that no one else does either.
So what does this scripture say to us as we begin our journey into a new year? I think it says a couple of things. First, none of us knows the day or the hour that He will return. Second, I believe, as this scripture suggests, that now is the time for us to be actively getting our affairs in order so that we are ready, whenever it happens, to meet our heavenly Father.
I invite you to join me in the journey this year to spend some time in prayer, study of scripture, and looking around to see God’s kingdom breaking into this world through the grace and love of others.
Pastor Dale, Spiritual Director
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year celebration!
With these exciting and joyous holidays behind us now, we get to take a fresh step forward into 2018. Many of us have chosen resolutions going into the new year, and maybe some of us have already not quite lived up to the resolutions we picked. I'm not sure about all of you, but the cookies I swore not to eat too many of have been screaming my name in the office at work. The breaking of these resolutions (especially if you only made it 24 hours like me) can be discouraging, and most of the time these are only small, short term goals. Losing track of our long term goals can be even harder.
Luckily, we serve and worship a God who loves and supports us. He lifts us up when we fall, and gives us the strength, hope, and confidence to move forward through Him when things get difficult. And when we mess up, he has already sacrificed for us, and forgives us as soon as we ask. Romans 5:8 says "but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us". No matter what we've done or where we are at, God loves us and wants the best for us.
The youth Rs for C97 chose this verse as the theme for this upcoming weekend to help share the message of God's love, forgiveness, and acceptance with as many youth as they can. We "adults" also need to hear this message and remember that we are loved and forgiven, whether we've simply eaten one (or seven) too many cookies today, or done something we can't even begin to forgive ourselves for yet. Let's move forward together this year with each other and with Jesus, remembering that we have been set free!
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