Board of Directors News
“Q: How are we supposed to treat others? A: There are no others.” Ramana Maharshi
As I write this, I am travelling in India with my wife Susan, mostly visiting her family and friends. This is my 4th trip to India, something I never thought I would be doing in my life. Each time I come here, I am awestruck by various aspects of life in India – in particular, their culture and attitude towards guests. I’ve heard it said that if needed, they would take the food off their children’s plate to feed a guest. Not that I encountered that! But everywhere I go, I see the respect for me and for each other.
Driving is one such example of this. Honking is not an anger thing – but an alert to say, I’m here and passing you. If you think I -95 is bad, you won’t like the traffic here! You can read the time on the watch of the guy in the next vehicle while driving – yet I haven’t seen any accidents! Very controlled chaos. You see, people understand that everyone, including the push cart vendor and animals on the road, needs to get where they are going, road rage doesn’t seem to be a problem! From this I learned that patience in life will get us all where we are going! Just beep your horn to warn the others, be mindful and go your way.
Secondly, there are a lot of people here of all backgrounds. Kind of hard to explain – yesterday we met 5 of Susan’s friends from college/work. Each of them was from a different part of India. I was told there are over 20 official languages and an equal number of religions in India! From what I can see, for the most part, all these people live together harmoniously, respecting each other’s religion and culture. There seems to be no ill-feeling towards people from other countries – Africans, Chinese, Europeans, Americans… I felt included in all aspects, and was treated with the same affection and respect they showed Susan.
Most definitely I am a minority here! Other than a couple of stewards on the plane from DC, I haven’t seen any Caucasians since I left USA. Not that it is bad in anyway, after all I am in a foreign country! This has, however, heightened my awareness of everyday life, when I am part of the majority. It has made me aware that my actions and attitudes could be interpreted as “all Americans do what Mark just did”.
In each of the Gospels, Jesus tells us to “love your neighbors as yourself – this is the new commandment”. This trip is changing my perceptions about lands and peoples (especially given that our next two stops are Doha, Qatar and Istanbul, Turkey! - ask me more about these when I get back!)
I have learned that there are no “others” – under the skin, we are all the same – neighbors to one another. We as Christians are being defined by the actions we do daily, in our environments. We are seen as ambassadors of the faith we proclaim and the Christian values we profess to follow. Would your actions in your work/school/home/community define you as a good Christian and make your neighbor want to know more about your faith? Think about that as you drive up I-95 in your own lane!
Let you light shine,
Mark Gibson Community Lay Director
Summertime and Jesus tunes are playing! C-101 teamed and led Ultreya music victori-ously in June. God is so good and Sierra Hays is a beautiful leader and servant of God. Congratulate her when you see her on her recent high school graduation & pursuit of further education in music ministry.
Come join in some old tunes and nostalgia at the July Ultreya with music led by NCAE Praise Team. See you there!
We have exciting times ahead, full of tunes and life-changing events and memory makers. The Lord is in it all and over it all. We love Him and pray each song and action glorifies the Lord.
As always, please contact us if you are interested in the NCAE music program or have questions about special events which include music. All are welcome. De Colores!
Our 2019 Weekends!!
E 188 ~ March 21-24 - Debbie McCluskey
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
Last month, my husband and I decided to take out a dead Camelia bush. There has not been a leaf or any greenery on it for over a year. We began by trimming it as much as possible. Then we started digging and digging. Then we pulled it to see if we could get it loose. Not a chance. We went back to digging. Awe, we found a root and I broke it with an ax. That didn’t make a difference. We went back to digging and using the ax. We worked over two hours trying to get that stump out. As I was digging and swinging that ax, I started contemplating about how deep our love is for Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:6-7 states: Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
Root yourself firmly in Jesus Christ. Don’t waiver from the Lord. Don’t let others encourage you to leave or not believe. We all face trials.
Jesus never leaves us so don’t leave Him. Give thanks always and for everything. Be humble, kind, loving, and build others up by being encouraging, compassionate, understanding, and forgiving. Pray unceasingly. Communicate with Jesus and listen as well.
How deep is your love for Jesus Christ?
Well, It's July already - what happened to the first half of the year?
We had a great young adult weekend (C-101). It was a small team and a small group of butterflies - but God showed up and showed off!!
C-102 (high school) teaming is well underway. They head to the mountain on August 15th - make sure YOUR caterpillar is on that weekend - our summer weekends are limited to just 20 bugs - so don't let yours miss out because you didn't fill in an application. You can fill in the application at http://ncachrysalis.org/want-to-go-2/ or you can call or email me and I'll enter the application for you. We will be voting in new board members at the August Ultreya. If you would like to be considered for a position on the board then please contact Jon Guest at email@example.com or 703-586-7718 or Erin Prendergast at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's very important that you fully understand the role of a board member is to :-
A. Uphold the integrity of the Chrysalis mission as stated in Article II, by providing overall policy direction on issues affecting the Community.
B. Provide the foundation for holding Chrysalis three-day events, training future Community and Weekend leaders, and coordinating follow-up needs.
C. Keep the Chrysalis community connected to the local churches, schools, and campus ministries.
D. Act as principal spokespersons for the Community.
E. Encourage and facilitate cooperation between the NCA Chrysalis and Emmaus communities.
F. Represent NCA Chrysalis in any legal matters. In addition to accepting these responsibilities you should also be prepared to commit to attending the monthly board meetings. Board meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 7pm at Old Bridge UMC.
We have done a complete overhaul of the Chrysalis by-laws - 35 changes. The usual procedure for voting on by-law changes assumes a minor change (maybe 1 or 2 by-laws). We are changing the procedure for the community vote on by-law changes as an individual vote on each of the 35 changes would be time consuming at an Ultreya. There will be a url posted for the changes before the July Ultreya (after the Chrysalis board has approved the changes). We will also provide paper copies. You will be able to vote on each change via the url or via paper. The results will be announced at the August Ultreya.
Get those bug apps in - don't let your caterpillar miss out on an awesome C-102 weekend.
Fly with Christ
Summer is here! Please help share your love for each team member and bugs with prayers, snacks, and letters! Our next Ultreya is July 19 at Sleepy Hollow UMC. If you need help getting your Palanca up to the mountain for C-102, please bring any items with you to the Ultreya. There will be a container for you to place your love, please make sure that the walk number is listed. I will send out a reminder about the food sign up. There will be placements available for those that need more to decorate. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or contact me on Facebook. With love,
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 2019 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