Board of Directors News
We recently held a training for our 2020 R’s, Gaylene Guest E192, Chris Scholtz E193, Sam Gero E-194 and Milton Zapata E-195. With two weekends left in 2019 - Carroll Cobb E-190 and Jon Guest E-191 -that’s six weekends now planned! What a wonderful opportunity to pass on this Emmaus experience with those around us in our lives. That’s new opportunities for us to show our love to 180 or so more people! Start today and pray for the person that you may be blessed to sponsor.
During the R training, we shared the latest edition of the R manual with the new R’s. You see, this manual is a collection of 190 previous weekends experience of His love and grace. Linda Girten is the coordinator of this manual and she is doing such great job of updating all the information that goes into creating each weekend. And with the upcoming move to Camp Happyland, she’s working with Nancy Geeting to get the new information to the manual! One of the things that I enjoy so much about our Emmaus weekends is seeing the transformation of those who come to realize that they do indeed see God working within them. That He loves each one of us – no matter where we are on our faith walk or who we are. That ah-ha moment is a real joy for me to behold.
After our training we had food (of course, it’s an Emmaus event after all) but we also had some fun playing in the river with tubes, floats and boats. I enjoyed showing Milton, Leah and their three children what fun they could have. At first, they didn’t want to get their feet wet but as the day progressed you could see them have their ah-ha moment and then their confidence just blossomed to the point where mom and dad had to order them out of the river to rest. I may never know where this experience will lead these kids, but it was a seed planted that will grow in their lives to serve God in some way. What a blessing to be a part of that.
We have seen that seed planted and bloom in many ways within our community. Some adults have changed their careers to become pastors as a result of their Emmaus walks. Some of our Chrysalis youth too have gone on to become pastors. And just look at all those who serve in their churches and within this Emmaus community! That’s what makes this all worthwhile! To keep passing this love along!
Let you light shine,
Mark Gibson Community Lay Director
Welcome, Fall! 'Makes us want to sing when the breeze blows below 90 degrees. As we calm our hearts, return to school, celebrate Labor Day, enjoy football, and get back to a routine, let’s shower it all with prayer and song! David was una-shamed of his worship spirit and God was glori-fied. Undignified. He said, “..and I will become even more un-dignified than this.” Whether in our work world, school, or home, let’s keep that JOY of Jesus and let His Reckless Love pour into our routine in an empowering way. Keep a song in your heart.
Huge thanks to Lindsey Kirkwood & friends for serving God through song and leadership in the Au-gust Ultreya. So much goes into planning the music sets, practicing, leading, praying, caring & wor-shipping. Hallelujah for those like Lindsey who love this community and Christ, who answer the Call “Christ is Counting on you” and their lives respond with “.. and I am counting on Christ”. Pure bless-ing to walk alongside such people, humbling to be Christian friends, shoulder to shoulder on this mission. 'Same with Mike Frankfort who humbly blesses us all with sound support - unreal commitment to Christ and His calling. We praise God for all y’all mean to us and His Kingdom!
This month of September will bring Ultreya intros of C-102 butterflies and E-190 team. Music from the August Chrysalis weekend ironically overlaps with several songs played on E-190 teaming, just another Godwink! Come and enjoy as we all sing and praise from our hearts - even in an UNDIGNI-FIED way. The journey with Jesus is rich in love - thank you for supporting the call to worship in song. Together we praise Him.
If you have an interest in NCAE music participation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to see fresh faces singing and playing, leading in worship and fellowship.
De Colores, Fly with Christ,
Our 2019 Weekends!!
E 188 ~ March 21-24 - Debbie McCluskey
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.” Job 12:7-10
I have been enjoying sitting outside watching the hummingbirds. God made these quite unique and fascinating creatures. They are so fast. I can’t seem to count how many of them there are because they flitter here and there in seconds. As I was watching them, one hummingbird came up within a foot of my face and just stayed there for about ten seconds. I was in awe. What was this bird saying to me? I walked away and came back only to have one almost land on my shoulder. This hummingbird just stayed and fluttered about my ear for about twenty seconds. I have to admit it was a bit unnerving. I wanted to swat at it, but God kept my hand from doing so. What do you want?
I closed my eyes and listened to the wings fluttering and God’s whisper. God was telling me to enjoy the little moments in life and not to concentrate as much on the bigger things that take my mind and joy away from God. I started to marvel at how small the bird is and how much joy I receive from these little creatures. God was telling me ‘Trust in Me.’ I thanked God for the moment.
The hummingbirds, bluebirds, butterflies, dragonflies, deer, and foxes etc. make me marvel at God’s creation. God wants us to enjoy the life we have been given. To forgive those who have done harm to us; to love one another as He loves us. Life is short here on earth. Don’t take life for granted. Live life to the fullest – with love, joy, peace, forgiveness, compassion, justice, grace and mercy.
God is always there. God loves us so very much. God reminds us of His presence in so many ways; we need to be more aware of those precious moments.
Hey guys my Name is Becca Washburg and I was one of the R's for the team of C102. I walked in the summer of 2016 on C93 which was the summer after my freshman year of high school. When I first got to the weekend as many of you may know I truly did not want to be there, but once I saw all the love and support of the amazing team and beloved people that were there and the amazing community, it really changed my perspective and I didn't want to go home by the end of the weekend.
I am so happy to still be here three years later. Since then I am truly blessed to be around so many amazing loving people from this community with people in my church and even my youth group and youth leader... C102 was such a great weekend not because of us but because God put the right people on the team and he chose the right people to walk on that weekend.
The Weekend wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the awesome support of the Emmaus and Chrysalis community. I am so happy to be a part of His amazing loving community.
De Colores and Fly with Christ
When I walked on Chrysalis back in the winter of 10th grade, it was a really life changing experience. It led me to a community full of love and kindness. I have no idea what I would be doing with so much of my time if it wasn’t for teaming and attending Ultreyas. I’m really excited and honored to have been the R of C-102 with Becca, Doug, and Sheri, it’s been such an amazing experience in my life. C-102 went wonderfully, and I’m not surprised. God put exactly who needed to be there, up there, and the team was so amazing. They were all very happy and willing to work and it was such a blessing to have them. This was such a fantastic experience to get to have as a 17 year old, it really let me grow as a leader and get actual solid practice leading.
Fly with Christ and DeColores,
Fall has arrived and soon the Ladies of E-190 and the Men of E-191 will be heading to the mountain. Please keep the team and future pilgrims in your prayers and show your love with remembering them with your love letters and fun gifts. You can drop them off at the Ultreya in September and please remember to label team or pilgrim and also the walk they are for.
Please help with snacks and drinks for the weekend as well. Sign up at the Ultreya to bring goodies for the weekends as well. If you would like to decorate placemats please contact me and I will make arrangements to get them to you.
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