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Lay Director's Message

This past month I attended a conference called Exponential. I heard the speakers talk about dreaming big and how big dreams change our prayers. Dreams drive us to our knees and to our prayer closets because we realize that we can not do the things we dream within our own power. Big dreams make us honor God and depend on Him. Today, join with me to dream big and ask big things of our God for the team of E 183. We want 30 men on the mountain. If each one of us will go and ask just one man, we will more than fill the weekend. What are you dreaming??? We need to be a community of multipliers!!! We need to be exponential multipliers!!! James 5:16 says “The prayer of the righteous person is powerful and effective!”. Let’s dream and pray for this team to be filled!!! Please come to the October Ultreya, October 20 at Bethel UMC, to greet the Pilgrims of E 182 and to meet the Dream Maker team of E 183!!!

Our Annual Business meeting will be held at Christ Church on November 17th. We hope that you will each plan on attending this very important meeting. We will be selecting the 6 Board members for the years 2018-19. Our business meeting will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:45 and worship at 7:30. All members of the Emmaus community are eligible to vote. Qualified can-didates may be nominated from the floor that evening. You will find a biography of the candidates who have asked for their names to be submitted at the end of this letter. If you are unable to attend the business meeting but would like to submit an absentee ballot for the board position, you fill find an absentee ballot at the end of this newsletter. You will also find it on the website at (Home of National Capital Area Emmaus) Ballots may be submitted to Phil Wisner at Ballots will need to be received no later than November 15, 2017.

I hope to see each of you there at the November 17th Ultreya at Christ Church. Remember to pray about your selection for the board. Be there at 6:00 for our business meeting. We will end at 6:45 and we will have our Pot-luck meal. Bring your favorite dish to share. Can’t wait to see each of you.

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!!


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

There are many things in our Christian walk that we must be ready for; to be at our best as we meet the challenges and opportunities of our daily lives. As the teams do dili-gently in preparing for their weekends, we must also get ourselves ready each day to engage in the spiritual war-fare of this earthly life.

A good and necessary starting point is to go to Psalm 51 and call out to God for his mercy, for sin is ever with us and it must be banished from our lives on a regular basis. We may use the first four verses as beginning point for cleansing. Before we begin this prayer, it is important to identify the sins for which we ask forgiveness. In that way there will be no excuse or denial of what we have done.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgression. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my trans-gressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, and you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you have proved right when you speak and justified when you judge…….Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Once we have confessed our sin and received the merciful forgiveness of God, we may stand back and survey the wonders of a pure heart that God’s miracle of grace has given us……and use Philippians 4:4 to ….Rejoice! again I say… rejoice…..for the joy received from the miracle of grace is an essential ingredient of a heart pre-pared to spread the good news of the gospel.

The next step in preparing our hearts is to put on the whole armor of God (found in Ephesians 6:10-18) and STAND against all evil.

Finally, consider how we are being Christ’s ambassa-dors, (II Corinthians 5:20) carrying his message of reconciliation to God for everyone we meet.

Four steps to be reviewed daily as our hearts are pre-pared and inspired to spread the Lord’s wondrous message. If we are properly prepared to serve out Lord, the results will far surpass anything we could ask or imagine.

Grace and Peace,

Stan Esterline, Emmaus Board Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hello all,

As it is my last month as Lay Director I would like to say thank you to everyone. It has been a blessing serving my community! But before I go I do have some last minute business to let you all in on. Our Board elections are happening this August Ultreya. Here is the list on nominees we have so far. We just need 2 more adults to be on the list.

Here is the list for the 2017- 2019 Chrysalis Board:

Spiritual Directors(s) Jessie Kerns

Youth Board Members Matt Critchly, Joey Goode, Emma Grammar, Judieclair Kinerney

Adult Board Members Jon Guest, Kirstin Smith

As we vote on them coming up please pray over these names! Speaking about praying, please pray over the new Lay Director for Chrysalis as it is a big job.

Thank you all again for this fantastic year. See you at the Ultreya this August and get ready to see some new Butterflies!!! Fly With Christ,

Monica Gibson

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