Board of Directors News
In September, after my wife gave her 4th day talk, she was talking to me about how nervous she was. This wasn’t her first talk and in general, she is mostly comfortable speaking in front of people. So what was so different about this time? She chose to walk up and do her talk without any gimmicks. Gimmicks have kind of become her thing, bullhorns, crazy attire, a flair for the crazy… a mask to hide behind. At Ultreya, she chose to leave the mask off, and for her, to stand in front of everyone, as is, was terrifying.
I started thinking about the masks we all wear, that we all hide behind. Maybe it’s the happy mask we have become accustomed to wearing because it is easier for people to deal with then the reality of how messed up we might feel. Or the over confident mask, hiding our anxiety. Perhaps it’s the Sunday morning mask, you certainly wouldn’t want your church friends to see your work face. This one comes with a built-in profanity filter.
The David Crowder song, “Come as You Are” is a great reminder that Jesus wants us just as we are. Now I’m not saying he wants us to stay that way. I love what is said in 2 Timothy 2:22 “Flee from youthful passions. Instead, pursue righteousness, faithfulness, love, and peace together with those who call on the Lord with a pure heart.”
As we head into October, where masks are readily available, let’s take a look at the masks we may be wearing. I’ll tell you, I have a catcher’s and umpire’s mask that I wouldn’t be caught behind home plate without, but let’s remove the others!
See you all on the 21st at Ultreya! We will be at Bethel UMC, in Woodbridge this month. Community is asked to bring sides and desserts. Bethel will provide the rest.
Please bring a friend, two, or three and come prepared to worship our Lord.
Rich Goad Community Lay Director
Glorious Fall season is here! Active with NCAE eventsfull of music. Keep a song in your heart. Do not be dis couraged - if the world drags you down, drag yourself out to participate with NCAE and experience the Holy Spirit lifting your head and filling your heart with hope.
The next three Ultreyas will be lead by MD/AMDs from E-186 women, and E-187 men’s weekends, and 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
Life can change in the wink of an eye. It truly can. Dan's life and mine has changed many times in the last month. To get through these times, which have had blessings, we have needed to call upon the Name of the Lord. It isn't only during the rough seas that we should call on the Lord for help but every day we need to call out. We need to always give thanks and praise to God even during the times of heavy burdens and life changes. God has a plan and part of that plan included the Emmaus community. We are a loving family ready to pray, love, encourage, and to try to lessen one's burdens. God sends the pilgrims when it's God's timing and that timing proves to be accurate for every weekend. The Emmaus community is important in our life and it helps us grow closer and closer to our Lord and Savior especially when we attend the Ultreyas and special events. Stay involved and attend an Ultreya and be revitalized with the love of Christ.
Pastor Gail, Spiritual Director
After my first meeting as Chrysalis CLD I am happy to say that our board members are fired up for Christ and moving forward in improving our part of the community. We are really excited (and pray all of you are too) about our upcoming 100th weekend. C-100 has it’s R’s and Head Cha’s set and are putting together the rest of their cadre and team with teaming to begin in a few weeks. With that being said I would like to invite you to put in applications to team even if you aren’t asked for the upcoming weekend you can possibly look forward to one of the summer weekends.
Most importantly I would ask you to look for sponsorship of youths to walk on a Chrysalis weekend, May the Lord be with you.
Fly with Christ,
Scott Marth 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