Board of Directors News
As your Community Lay Director for 2021, I have asked the CLD's for the previous 10 years to contribute to their thoughts in the Fourth Day Journal this year. March's guest contributor is Rich Goad. Rich was the CLD in 2018. He attends church at Bethel United Methodist Church. He walked on E-171 and sat at the table of "God's Strength" Rich remains active in the Emmaus community: He has served on six (6) Emmaus weekends and five (5) Chrysalis weekends, once serving as "R", and one (1) Kairos team. Additionally, he serves on the NCA Chrysalis Board. Thank you Rich for this month's contribution and your continued service to our community.
Message from Rich Goad:
First, I would like to thank Chris for giving me the opportunity to share a few thoughts for the March Fourth Day Journal. It is hard to believe it has been so long since we have all been able to meet in person and look forward to the day when we can reach out and hug one another again. The month of March has always been a time for me to cherish for many reasons. Spending time with family and friends, seeing the birds on the feeder, watching the rain nourish the grass and trees, and of course Spring Training Baseball begins. Believe it or not, there are a few priorities in my life that come before baseball, including our God, family (which I have been very blessed this year, with a Grandson born in December and another Grandson or Granddaughter due in March), and each of you.
Psalm: 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.” 2
It seems like the winter season has been with us longer than usual. We have spent a lot of time cooped up being still. Or maybe not so still, maybe bouncing off the walls. One thing I can say for certain is since we have been cooped up, I have had more time to focus on the LORD. Let’s be honest, I am not a sit still kind of guy. I would much rather be playing baseball or going out. Those options didn’t quite look the same this year. What it did look like was a closer relationship with God. I have spent more time in prayer, lifting up loved ones, co-workers, our country, seeking comfort, and thanking God for the joys in my life.
I would be lying if I said this season hasn’t been difficult, we attended our son’s wedding via Zoom. We were not able to be there for the birth of our grandson. Visits with family had to be cancelled and other hardships were faced. But one thing I know to be true:
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
God has a plan for each of us, even if it isn’t the plan we thought it was going to be. We need to trust in him as he continues to paint His masterpiece, even if we can’t figure out what those lines he’s drawing are going to turn into!
As we say goodbye to the cold winter, let’s celebrate the rain and warmer weather arriving.
I love seeing the rain in March, which turns the grass green and softens the infield dirt on the baseball field. It will not be long until we are seeing the young and old players returning to the field, watching the outfielder run down a line drive, a pitcher throwing an amazing slider past a batter, and of course a long drive over the centerfield fence for a homerun.
It doesn’t matter how old I get, I still turn into a little boy at heart when baseball starts up each season.
This spring brings hope and brighter days! I encourage you to keep lifting each other up in prayer, trust that God’s plan is bigger than any of us can ever imagine. He is in control.
Rich Goad Former Emmaus CLD
Tap into His peace in your heart. The more you have poured into your heart with songs, scripture, love, experiences, compassion and gratitude; the more is available for you and to share in these tough times. Minister to yourself by setting a time to “tap” and listen to worship music. For the best news is He REFILLS our cup to overflow when we do tap into it.
Praises, as we see God at work. It’s not easy to bring a group together each month. If you are ever feeling overlooked or wish to participate, please call. It is not intentional, we are trying to be considerate of COVID restrictions and compliance. Again, please reach out if you wish to participate. Mkrauss70@aol.com
Have you considered helping give to the Drum Cage project to say thank you to the church that makes NCAE recordings possible? If so, please know it is worthwhile and appreciated. Thank you! You are a blessing.
“It’s the overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God - oh, it chases me down, fights til I’m found, leaves the 99. I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still you gave Yourself away. Yes, the overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God. “ Dave Charboneau will lead in March and others chiming in to bring JOY in song. All for His glory.
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.
The Foundation of His Throne
It is written, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face” (Psalm 89:14, NKJV). Reading this verse makes me feel like I am standing in a court of law. We are— “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1).
I remember the first time I read the New Testament. The words of Jesus pierced my heart— “If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24). Wow! Die in my sins? Why couldn’t God just forgive me? After all, He is a loving God. Right?
The prophet Isaiah spoke these words to Israel: “Surely they are My people, Children who will not lie. So He became their Savior” (Isiah 63:8). The Lord affirmed, yes, Jesus became our Savior. But how?
I continued reading: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniqui-ties; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Oh, I see now, this man Jesus was crucified for ours, my sins. By still, why couldn’t God simply forgive me?
The bible says: “A man is justified [made right before God] by faith apart from the deeds of the law” (Romans 3:28). “Therefore, the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justi-fied by faith [and not our own human efforts]” (Galatians 3:24).
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace [of our heavenly Father] in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2).
Let’s revisit our first scripture verse: “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face” (Psalm 89:14). In Hebrew, justice and righteousness have the same meaning (tzedakah) and are derived from the root Tzedek. Tzedek means the fulfilling of duties towards others, particularly the responsibilities imposed upon one on account of moral virtues (such as remedying the injuries of those that are injured).
It appears from the order of wording that God’s courtroom justice precedes His mercy. “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). In other words, God’s love is an outpouring of Him remedying our injuries by taking upon Himself the payment for our debt—our debt to sin.
The law had to come first, not only to teach us what is sinful but, more importantly, that God’s justice would be rendered through it. And it is the blood of Christ and His righteousness that has become the propitiation, the payment for our sin so that now God’s mercy (in Hebrew, Chesed) might go forth.
In the words of the sages: “Justice is the declaration of God's will and our means of serving and approaching Him.” Therefore, it is written, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [payment] for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10).
Mercy (Chesed) is God’s love and benevolence towards us and translates as His kindness or grace. The word denotes the unbounded loving-kindness with which God created the worlds and with which all of creation is permeated, as it is written, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens. I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: ‘Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.’” (Psalm 89:2-4). 6
Judaism goes on to explain that kindness was, in fact, the reason for the Creation. Since God's "nature" is absolute benevolence and loving-kindness, He created the worlds so that He would have someone upon whom He could bestow His kindness, as is written, “It is the nature of He who is good to do good.”
God is merciful, but He is also a righteous and just God. You see, justification is “God’s action of making us righteous in His sight.” Not by us somehow earning our righteousness through good deeds or the works of the Law. But by inheriting the righteousness of Christ because we believe that He died for our sins. In other words, God could not pretend our sins never happened. He needed someone within His heavenly court to accept responsibility for them. And that someone is Jesus.
Now, through the New Covenant, it is the blood of Jesus, not that of an animal, that makes atonement for our souls. And when God makes atonement, He also justifies us and declares us to be righteous in His sight—for those who believe that Jesus is the Christ. We have been freed from the court’s punishment for sin, which is death.
But it doesn’t stop there. God not only pays for our sins; He also makes us a new creation and gives us a new spirit—one that cannot sin. Yes, our flesh may continue to sin, but our new spirit cannot. For this reason, Paul said: “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
Yes, we are sealed and preserved for the day of our final redemption. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace [to our heavenly Father] in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2).
I hope everyone had a great year despite Covid. I know that the board and I have been working hard revamping Chrysalis to bring it to the 21st century. We have updated our talks and have moved on to the training process. We are working diligently to bring forth a training that makes everyone successful in the preparation for the mountain. We are trying to have this implemented for the next weekend. As of right now, it looks like our next weekend will be January 2022.
We are also looking into fundraising soon. Our goal is to raise enough money so those teaming don’t have worry about the cost. We are planning to sell pies again for Easter. Please keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram to place your orders. We are selling all different types of pies, such as apple, cherry, and chocolate cream pies for starters.
The board has also implemented a game night, once a month, to keep in touch with those who have walked and team on Chrysalis. Everyone is welcome to join in for the fun. This is best way to stay in touch during a time of seclusion. If we can’t meet in person, we can meet virtually. We will be posting the times on Facebook and Instagram. I invite you to join us from fun and relaxation. The only requirement is that you must have walked or team on Chrysalis. Some time in the near future, we plan to add movie night. So, grab your popcorn and your computer for a night full of entertainment. We will keep you posted when we decide on the date and movie.
For those who are uncertain about the future during Covid times, I leave you this… Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
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 email@example.com.
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