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Lay Director's Message

Them is You

For those of you that missed the news, starting with this yearís fall menís weekend and all the 2020 weekend retreats we are moving to a new location, Camp Happyland! A rather appropriate name for us Ė it is about 51 miles south and west from Woodbridge. Camp Happyland belongs to the Salvation Army and has been used by other Emmaus communities for their weekends. Thank you, Nancy Geeting for once again helping us find an appropriate location for our mountain experience!

Last Sunday, the sermon in church made me think of you - this wonderful community, and all that it does. Pastor John Speight was speaking about Lazarus, among other things, and he was explaining this point in John 11:44, ďJesus said to themÖĒ Pastor John explained it very well and here are my thoughts about what he said.

Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus had called out to Lazarus and said, ďLazarus come out!Ē The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Now the power that had raised Lazarus could have made those strips of linen fall away as well, but it did not. Jesus said to them, (those who were watching this) ďTake off the grave clothes and let him go.Ē This is, the them is you, part.

The story ends here, we donít know anything else about what happened. We do know that Jesus asked those around to help. I donít think that Jesus needed any help, but he wanted those around him to be a part of this event. When you help, you become what makes our community shine. All the things we do are a part of what makes this short 72 hour short course on Christianity work - from providing snacks, to arranging chairs, to playing bass, to adjusting a music stand, to writing a note to someone you havenít even met, to singing early Sunday morning, to making that contact with someone or sharing that gift you have been given. You see, we get to do these things, God doesnít really need us to have these things done, but He uses us so that we are in this together.

John 15:16 says, You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will last.

So, go and bear fruit that will last - go help your family, your church and your Emmaus community!

Let your light shine,

Mark Gibson Community Lay Director


Music Directors' Message

Anyone heard the birds singing yet? Us neither, but it wonít be long. Listen up! When you do hear it as spring bursts forth, let those around you know of itís beauty. I once had a friend who was alcoholic tell me he never heard the birds sing until he sobered up. Pause. Listen. Appreciate. Listen also to the Christian tunes in your heart and those played around you (radio, church, NCAE, NCAC). The lyrics are powerful. Awareness is something Emmaus taught us all in the Priority talk and many others.

Excitement builds as we anticipate the introduction of E-188 pilgrims and their music! Get ready to worship and rock with Laura and Lindsey us and giving us a peek at their weekend Joy!

Jim and Mary Ann (Mae) Krauss


Our 2019 Weekends!!

E 188 ~ March 21-24 - Debbie McCluskey
E 189 ~ May 2-5 - John Rowe
E 190 ~ Sept. 26-29 - Carroll Cobb
E 191 ~ Oct. 31 - Nov. 3 - Jon Guest

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


Spiritual Director's Message

Arise and shine 4th Day Pilgrims, for your day has dawned. O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His steadfast love endures forever! The LORD is my strength and my might; He has become my salvation. I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD. - Selected Verses Psalm 118

Easter is here. Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. This month we finish off our Lenten fasts, our journey with Christ to the cross, our cross, and rise with Him forevermore. Christ died for my sins and yours. Easter is more than a nice story written 2000 years ago, Easter is life. We are Easter people when we take up our crosses, as Jesus did, and follow wherever He would lead.

For some of us, Christ will lead us to a renewed commitment to our local church, her ministries, her outreach. Praise God for this is indeed the mission of our community. Some of us will also feel a call to team. We praise God for you, for you are Christ with flesh on in our community. Some of us will support the community in service in all the infinite details that go into making our weekends happen; praise God, you are the backbone of our community. Some will serve on the board providing the leadership which guides the community year in and year out; praise God for sharing your time, talents and gifts to keep this community answering God's call to make His kingdom come. And finally, we thank God that all of us are privileged and called to pray, to lift each other up, to empower our weekends in the power of God's Holy Spirit, to call new pilgrims to walk, to chase the devil off our holy mountain.

Arise, shine, community, we are Easter people, who are blessed to serve the risen Lord, whose power is never end-ing, whose Glory fills the universe, whose love we are privileged to share.

Rev. José Saldaña, Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hello Community,

C-100 (Woo-Hoo) is over and a grand success plus add to the awesome Chrysalis youth run February Ultreya it just means we started the year off on a spectacular foot.

Upcoming we have the young adult weekend from June 13-16 2019, our Rís are Jennifer Marth (Adult) and Matt Lehmer (Young Adult).

Applications are needed for team and participants for the June weekend. Please reach out to those you know and have them complete an application online.

The high school weekend is scheduled for August 15-18 2019 but we do not have our Rís in place at this time.

Both weekends will be held at Hunting Ridge in Winchester.

Please work on applications and thereís no time like the present to start working on agape!

May the Lord be with you,

Scott Marth

Chrysalis Community Lay Director


Community Palanca

Spring is coming and that means Ladies E-188 and Menís E-189 are preparing for the mountain. Please help share your love for each team member and pilgrims with prayers, snacks, and letters! Our next Ultreya is March 15th at Bethel UMC. If you need help getting your Palanca up to the mountain for E-188, please bring any items with you to the Ultreya. 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,


Nicole Mosher


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