Board of Directors News
I recently came down from a weekend on the mountain with some amazing youth, and just like when I first walked and each time I team, I come down on a Jesus high. It’s easy to feel God’s agape love when you are intentionally inundated with it. Once you leave the mountain and head down into the valley things are not as easy and keeping that high takes a bit more effort. The world most of us live in is full of trials and tribulations.
For most of us, getting through the trials proves difficult but we are able to lean in on Jesus and he calms the storm.
Psalm 107:29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
As we approach September, we are going into Suicide Prevention Month. I would be willing to bet we have all been affected by suicide in one way or other. For many, the trials and tribulations were far too much to bear. There is an average of 123 Suicides every day in this country. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, second leading for ages 25-34, and third leading for ages 15-24. These numbers were pulled from the National Today website bringing awareness to all.
C-99’s weekend verse was Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” If you are facing difficulties that seem unbearable, reach out for Jesus, lean on him, because he will never leave your side. You are loved by Jesus and the Emmaus Community, reach out lean on us too. My phone number is in the Journal and I don’t mind getting a phone call at 3AM if you need someone. I’m sure there are many others who would suggest the same.
This month I would encourage you all to pray for those who are facing trials and tribulations, that they find the peace and feel the agape love of God. We are a pass it on community so don’t hesitate to pass on God’s love and let His light shine bright.
Rich Goad Community Lay Director
“Jesus, You have won me” rocked the house at FUPCDC August Ultreya as Stan Esterline’s talk song. A song expresses our soul, and to sing together in agreement blesses all. We did “shout it out and lift up our voices in worship, sing it until all the earth can hear us”! God is great and glorified.
The musicians are excited to welcome Nicole G’s new baby. She is a committed Chrysalis and Emmaus member and musicians. We wish you well, Nicole, and we look forward to hearing him on his first drum set or horn!
The next three Ultreyas will be lead by MD/AMDs from Chrysalis, E-186 women, and E-187 men’s weekends. We hope in December to gather Emmaus children for a mini-choir. Please contact us for details. The NCAE Praise band will be leading.
Praises for all His 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
I have been preaching a series of sermons this summer on the book of James. Most scholars believe that this book was written by Jesus’ brother so he would have had as great an understanding of his sibling as anyone else.
The book is full of practical ideas for ordering our lives so to be a true reflection of the God in whose image we have been created. One particular portion of this book that has struck home with me is found in 3:1-12. In this passage James deals with encouraging the new believers to work on the taming of the tongue. The point is that the tongue, while small, is one of the most powerful organs in the body. It can keep the whole body in check, it can serve as a bit on a horse or like a rudder on a ship to guide us into a deeper faith relationship. While every animal can be tamed only we can tame the tongue. With it we can bless the Lord and with it we curse those made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blesses and curses.
In reading this I have been convicted of the times in my life where the words I have chosen have not been words that necessarily build up the kingdom or my brothers and sisters. There have also been times that I have failed to engage the brain before running the mouth. There have also been times that the words I have chosen have unintentionally been hurtful to those around me. In other words this passage has convicted me and I bet if we are all truly honest with ourselves we are all guilty.
I don’t have a total solution as to how to tame the tongue but I do have a suggestion that I have heard recently that might help us. It is the mnemonic THINK! It suggests that we THINK before we speak. Is what I am about to say TRUE, is it HELPFUL, is it INSPIRING, is it NECESSARY, and is it KIND. I believe that if we take the time to run this assessment through our minds we can all improve on saying things we probably ought not to say about our brothers and sisters and life in general. This article is not in any way based on anything that I have experienced in this community. It is more the reflection of one person about the temptation we all face as human beings. May we all THINK before we speak along the journey!
Pastor Dale, Spiritual Director
Hi all this is Scott Marth (aka:Mr. TUTU) and I am the new CLD for the Chrysalis board first I would like to thank those who are stepping down after two years of service to our community.....Burton Robinson,Jesse Kearns, Lindell Tinsley, Stephanie Williams, Tori Guest, Sarah Lemay, Dan Hughes and Michael Jurabe they have steadfastly supported our community and without their talents I don't know where we would be at this time. Last but not least I would like to thank Nicole Parrish for her two years of service with the last year being the CLD she has worked hard to better our commitment to the youth and young adults and I think we all can say that we have seen the results of her hard work. Now I would like to welcome our new board members starting with our SD's Stan Esterline and Robin Bemiller I know they will truly bless us all. Also let's welcome in Doug Radoye, Alison Wills, Sarah Kleppinger, Becca Washburg, Nick Reagan, Erin Pendergast, and Charley Hays......Welcome all and let's get the adventure started!
I want to end this with a thought that we will be using to take us into the next year: Luke 6:40 New International Version (NIV) 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
May the Lord be with you
NCA ChrysalisLay 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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