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Lay Director's Message

Psalm 107:1

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

While the weather finally starts to cool down and life around us turns into a majestic showcase of Godís beauty, we are visually reminded of how much God does for us. We are loved so much by the Lord! We are entering a season of being thankful and I canít think of a single thing to be more thankful for than Godís enduring love for us. As E-187 prepares to go to the mountain I canít help but to be excited for the 25 men who are going to be reminded in a powerful way of that love. Yes, the 28 team members, sponsorís, and community will also get to see how Godís love will impact those around them.

Donít forget to slow down this month and look around at the falling leaves, scampering squirrels, and the colorful landscapes. Breathe in the crisp fall air and think about all the things in your life you should be thankful for. With the holiday season kicking off, itís easy to get wrapped up in the busy and forget about the things we should be thankful for. I encourage you to be mindful, keep prayer as a priority, keep thanking God for your blessings, lean in on him when the days are long.

Amongst our Lord, I am thankful for my family, to include my Emmaus and church family. Our community is like none other out there. The level of caring and love emanates what we share on the weekends! Continue to spread Godís love everywhere you go.

I look forward to celebrating with you all on November 16 at Christ Church for our next Ultreya. It is our annual business meeting, which will begin at 6pm, dinner at 6:30pm, and worship at 7:30pm. Dust off your work or weekend shirts, with lots of bling! Please Bring a potluck dish to share.

Finally, we will be holding the Emmaus Board Elections this month at Ultreya, so please come out to vote.

De Colores

Rich Goad Community Lay Director


Music Directors' Message

Praises for End-of-year activities honoring Christ. So full of music. Come on out and participate with NCAE and experience the Holy Spirit lifting your head and filling your heart with hope.

The November Ultreya will be lead by MD/AMDs from E-187 menís weekend, and December by the 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.

Jim and Mae Krauss

All are invited to join in.


Our 2018 Weekends!!

E 184 ~ March 8-11 - Vickie Carroll
E 185 ~ May 17-20 - Charlie Duren
E 186 ~ October 4-7 - Cindy Bireley
E 187 ~ November 1-4 - Jerry Wills

All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia


Spiritual Director's Message


As I write this devotion we are nearing one of my favorite seasons, Thanksgiving. I have enjoyed this time of year for as long as I can remember. Of course there is the feast on the day. But there is so much else to the season than the day of the gluttonous feast. At our house there is turkey and dressing, and all the favorite side trimmings that we have enjoyed each year not to mention the homemade apple pie. For the past several years we have added a new tradition to our celebration. As we eat the meal we go around the table and have each person share something for which they are thankful.

This new tradition has expanded for me and now during the entire month of November I journal each day about at least one thing about which I am thankful on that day. I would like to take that exercise one step further. This is my last FDJ devotion. My term as a community Spiritual Director will be ending next month. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving on this board and I want to list a couple of things I am grateful for having witnessed in this time. First, the NCAE community is clearly this is a pass it on group. Sadly that is not always true in local churches. There were several decades when church was a must in most homes but for various reasons that trend has ended. I believe one small piece of the puzzle is that we donít pass on what we have received through weekly worship. However, this is not true of NCAE. Those who experience an Emmaus weekend are truly excited by their experience and in their fourth day they cannot help but pass it on through service and recruiting others to experience a weekend. It is refreshing to see such enthusiasm and determination to invite others into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Secondly, I have rarely been part of a board that clearly understands the mission of the group and invites the Holy Spirit to lead. There are no political agendas. There is no rabbit chasing. The sole function of the Board is to see that the community is following where God is leading, insuring that Emmaus, Chrysalis, and Kairos ministries are lifted up, that there is time for worship, sharing, and communion at every Ultreya and that our Rectorís, and Rectoraís chosen are Godís choice for weekend leadership.

One final observation is that the good people of NCAE know how to live out Ephesians 4:4, and may you all Keep on rejoicing in the Lord at all times. I will say it again: Keep on rejoicing!


Pastor Dale, Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay 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


Community Palanca

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

Love, Love,

Donna Morris


Board Notices

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


Weekend Fees for 2018

The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2018 as follows:

Application: $35

Pilgrim: $250

Team: $250





Board Officers

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