Board of Directors News
What is it about December that warms our hearts and fills our entire being with joy? It is the thought of Christmas. For most of us, being with our families during this season is what we long for most of all. Whether that family is “blood” kin or “spirit” kin, we all desire to celebrate this time with others. I hope that each of you will enjoy special moments with friends and loved ones and that you will reflect on the real reason for the joy in our hearts. 1 John 4:7 says that God sent His son to this world so that we might live through Him. Christ came as an infant to bring to our world a joy and love that knows no limits or boundary. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. That brings to our lives a JOY, unspeakable JOY.
It has been a great joy of mine to serve each of you this past year as the Community Lay Director. I have grown to love and appreciate this community and the depth of commitment that you demonstrate in so many ways. God’s strong and mighty hand has been so very present during each team meeting, each weekend, each Sponsor’s Hour, each DDU and each Ultreya. It is because of your faithful desire to serve Him, unreservedly, that miracles in our hearts have occurred. I look forward to continuing to serve along side of you in our community for many more years to come.
God has blessed our Community in abundant ways this year. We have been blessed to be a blessing to others. I believe the “secret” to Emmaus is that we love because we have found God’s love to be real. When we encounter that amazing love, our desire is to share it with others, to “pass it on” and our joy is made complete. There are so many ways to serve and show that love in the NCA Emmaus community!!! Prayer, Palanca, Sponsorship, Teaming… to name a few. If you are not involved in one of the many ways to be a blessing, now is the time to make a resolution to “improve your serve” in the year 2018.
I welcome the new board and our new CLD, Rich Goad, and pray that God will continue to pour out His blessings on all that they do in His name for our Community. I know that they will seek God’s face and lead us with grace and wisdom.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning, great is thy faithfulness, O Lord…”
Please join us for a night of reflecting on God’s love on December 15 at Messiah UMC as we celebrate this festive time together worshiping our Lord and Savior. Please come at 6:30 and bring your favorite finger food/appetizers to share. Messiah will provide drinks, set-up and plates, napkins, etc. Ultreya will begin at 7:30 with De Colores!!!
Community Lay Director
Psalm 7:17 “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness. I will sing the praises of the name the Lord most high”
Oh, brothers and sisters. This season of gratitude is God’s perfect timing!! October Ultreya PRAISED Him, gave glory to Him in a very special way. From “De Colores” to the theme song “One Thing Remains” to “I got saved”.
We rejoice and sing praises for the great community, new pilgrims, new CLD and board members, heavenly glory of those departed to Jesus, and our bright future and hope in Him.
These last few weekends have provided musicians who are new to the NCAE community and we are grateful. Glory! Thank you, Lord.
December Ultreya will rejoice with Christmas and Jesus joy. Come join and celebrate. The NCAE praise team will lead at Messiah.
Fire in my soul. Jeremiah 20:9 “His word is in my heart like a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed I cannot.”
Let it out - shout with JOY! SING!
Mae and Jim Krauss, 703-850-8226,
If music is your gift, please plug into NCAE music!! Contact us for more info -- all are welcome! Mae at Mkrauss@aol.com and Jim Mkrauss70@aol.com
Our 2018 Weekends!!
E 184 ~ March 8-11 - Vickie Carroll
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
As I bid a fond farewell to my time as an Emmaus board of directors Spiritual Director, I cannot depart without expressing my appreciation for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me by the prayerful support of the community as a whole. Many of you have inspired me with words of encouragement, whether I was praying for a fourth day speaker, presenting a prayer for the offering, offering a devotion before the many communion services I led, or just endeavoring to bring some lighthearted laughter into the various meetings I attended. (This last is subject to scrutiny about the effectiveness of those times, but in all you were patient with me). Your encouragement and smiles buoyed me up, not only when you sent them my way, but also as you encouraged each other. Hebrews 3:13; “Encourage one another daily.”
Thankfully, as I move on to support our community in other ways, I don’t have to seriously separate from all its blessings. Our community is irreplaceable under any conditions. God has an infinite variety of relationships that we can enjoy, and that is why he put us in community. The sense of Christian community is apparent throughout the new testament. Passages that encourage us to remember and share our blessings with others include Jesus’ presenting the cup to them at the Lord’s supper: Matthew 26:27-29. “Then he took a cup, and gave it to them saying, “Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the covenant.” Just as he included all of the disciples in the communion, so ought we to include all in our expression of love to all people.
Then there is Hebrews 10:25 which instructs us to continue to meet together, “spuring one another on toward love and good deeds.”
Thirdly we look at Acts 4:32: “All the believers were one in heart and mind.” a fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer for unity in John 17.
I trust my words have been a reminder of the importance in all our spiritual lives of active participation in the body of Christ, and continue the excellent work you have already begun.
My gratefulness to Christ our Master and all of you wonderful Fourth Day Journeyers continues, Grace and peace,
Stan Esterline, NCA Emmaus Board Spiritual Director
I hope this journal finds you all well rested and well fed after the Thanksgiving holiday. This time of the year can seem crazy and busy and messy sometimes. Or, if you’re like me – every single time. It can be hard to remember to have grace, patience, and thankfulness through all of the hustle and bustle of cooking, cleaning, traveling, hosting, and finding just the right gift to show your loved ones just how much they mean to you.
This time of year is also always full of Chrysalis events for many in our community. The winter weekend is almost finished teaming, our Hoot this past weekend brought in several youth who are interested in walking this upcoming year, you had a chance to meet our Assistant Lay Directors, and this month you will be meeting the team for C-97. And all that’s not even including what the board is working on to make the community run smoothly!
The important thing to remember in all of the busy is who’s we are, and why we are doing what we’re doing. We give of our time, space, resources, and gifts because we are loved by our Maker, and we are to shower that love in abundance on everyone we can. Take time this busy season to “be still and know” (Psalms 46:10) that our God is awesome, and has given us so much to be thankful for.
I love you all, and I hope that your holiday season is full of blessings!
Fly With Christ!
NCA ChrysalisLay Director
Love, Love, Love,
Your Sister in Christ
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 2016 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