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Lay Director's Message

Final 4th Day Journal article for me! Seems as if each time I do something in the Emmaus Community, time just flies right by. From the first team to a weekend and all the preparation to do that weekend, those weeks just seem to fly. From this time last year to now, I canít believe my time as CLD is just about over. An amazing experience and Iím am so grateful for those who keep me in prayer. This community sure has made the last 20 years seem to go by at an increasing speed for me.

Each time I have done anything with our community I feel as if I receive way more in blessing than I could ever give back. Speaking in front of a group has never been an easy task for me, I had myself volunteered to be in a play with my daughter Melanie one time. It was a Christmas play and I was Hank, the owner of a gas station, Hankís Get Gas and Go! I had about two paragraphs to learn. I had practiced this little bit, oh about ten thousand times, and still it was so hard for me to get it right on the show day! Melanie, on the other hand, could do the acting as naturally as just talking. When I was R, giving the fourth day talk was so hard, I didnít even get it all out. This experience of being CLD has really helped me get more comfortable speaking in front of a group!

We have a strong community. 191 weekends and every time I hear someone talk about what their experience means to them, I marvel at what God does with us and in this Emmaus Community. Just to be there as someone gets the blessing of this experience and to see them pass this along to the next, is to see amazing love in action. And that is what we are about, passing along the gift we have been given. And we can do this over and over and to be a part of their walk with our Lord!

Itís not just teaming, there are many components of the weekend experience that are not done by the team. All those who do those background parts also get to see that fruit, when these new pilgrims come back, share and become a part of this Emmaus experience. Four more weekends are in the plans for 2020, start a prayer today for your next pilgrim!

Our next board is in place and a new CLD has been elected. You will get to meet the 2020 board and the new CLD at the next Ultreya, December 13th, one week early this month, at Christ Church. Same great time for dinner and our meeting. We also get to hear from the pilgrims who walked on E191 and get to meet the team of C 103. Hope to see each one of you there.

God, as we walk this world, we want to be a sign. Our Prayers flow into love, giving your life. Broken but singing, our hearts keep shining

Let my life shine, come and let my life heart shine As we walk this world, we lift the bread and wind wine Like the stars shine, come and let our hearts shine

In a dark world, we lift the bread and wine And we were born for this born for this day and time Our prayers flow into love. Giving our lives.

Charlie Hall, Walk the World.

Let your Heart Shine

Mark Gibson


Music Directors' Message

The beauty of the holiday season is here! Christmas music is already playing and decorations are abundant. Our prayer is that Christ is lifted high and shines from your heart in song.

This is such an active time for Emmaus and Chrysalis, especially in the music program. Preparation and surprises of all sorts keep the community joyfully active. Notice I did not say busy, we pray that all we do is with the purpose of celebrating Christ Ė not just at Christmas but always.

Ultreya on 12/13/19 will ring loud in song for Christ, His work, and testimony. Come and enjoy as the men of the recent team E-191 lead the worship music. It will be great fellowship! Recent teams have also made us aware of new musicians to the community, this is exciting!

Last month Jerry Wills and several musicians who have come to us from Chrysalis and NCAE blessed our socks off! Praise God for their gifts and talent! It was fun, rocking, and worshipful!

This holiday season keep a song in your heart of gratefulness and praise, not only as we celebrate Christís birth but also his whole life and gift of salvation! As always let us know if you are interested in the music program, all are welcome - contact us for more information at

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 ~ Nov. 14-17- Jon Guest

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


Spiritual Director's Message

Advent the Coming of the Lord

The season of Advent is a highlight of our year. It is a time of joy, color, light, and anticipation. And it is a time of worship. This is a season that calls us to fall to our knees in worship of the awesome God. Advent is the season where we remember that God chose to put on flesh and dwell among us. God reached down from incomprehensible heights to touch the life we live. And God chose to be born in the humblest of ways, in a manger, in a barn, or a cave, or on the side of the road. The Creator God Almighty crying in the prickly hay, fodder for animals. There is no proper response, other than worship.

At the same time, Advent is a reminder that there is more to come, that we are on a journey toward a new reality, a new way of being. Advent, from the Latin ďvenioĒ Ė coming and ďadĒ Ė to, is more about what is next than what was before. It is less a remembrance of the first coming and more an anticipation of the completion of the promised kingdom. Yet, the seeds of the re-turn and reign of Christ were planted in the first coming, which is why the power of Christmas is so strong. Our constant struggle is to pay attention to our need to anticipate the return of Christ and the fulfillment of the promised kingdom, when we are longing to celebrate Christmas and all the beauty and tradition and sentiment of that seasonóespecially since our culture has been pushing Christmas on us for months now.

As we travel through this Advent season to Christmas, let the plea of our hearts be for God to break into our reality and bring us the glorious fulfillment of the promise of Emmanuel, God with us; let it be a hope that God remains in charge, despite the trouble we see in the landscape through which we travel; let it be a call to work and worship, a call for the light Christ to shine in us to the world in this season of anticipation and celebration.

Christians-be Christ, this Advent/Christmas season.

Jose Saldana

Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Time sure does fly by fast when youíre having fun. Chrysalis has been working hard at just that, building leaders amongst our youth and young adults. We have managed to have two successful weekends over the summer. Give it up for the Rís and the teams of C101 and C102.

This past month, we have been blessed with new members on the board. We held boards elections last month. I want to welcome Allison Rock, ReAnn Newberry, Kelly Boden, Katie Rowe, Kayleigh Sullivan, Dan Hughes, Matt Lehmer, Bryson Frankfort, and Rick Sanders. I want to say thank you to those who have served these past two years. It has been a blessing to serve with you. I also want to thank Jerry Wills for stepping up to serve out the remaining CLD term. You have set a great foundation for us to work with to help grow and develop our youngsters to be great leaders in our community with God at the center.

We had a great turn out for our first meeting. We have been working hard to have our Bylaws revised, as well as, our Weekend Manual updated to reflect the signs of time. We have done a complete overhaul of the Chrysalis Bylaws - 35 changes. The usual procedure for voting on Bylaw changes assumes a minor change (maybe 1 or 2 by-laws). We are changing the procedure for the community vote on Bylaw changes as an individual vote on each of the 35 changes would be time consuming at an Ultreya. There will be a posted for the changes before the November 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 December Ultreya.

As one of the first acts as CLD, I put together a committee to select the upcoming Rís. We have chosen Madison Mosher and Aiden Wills as the Rís for C103 and Katie Rowe and Charlie Carroll as the Rís for C105. We plan to select the Rís for C104 after the January Weekend. The Rís for C103 have been busy putting their Cadre and team together the past couple of weeks. They begin teaming October 12th. We head to Happyland January 17th-20th. I ask for continue prayers during our teaming process. Also, pray for bug applications. We would like to bring 30 bugs to the mountains so they can be transformed by Godís love into beautiful butterflies. If you know any high school student who would be interested in going to the mountain, we are taking applications. Don't let your caterpillar miss out on an awesome C-103 weekend.

Fly with Christ,

Erin Prendergast


Community Palanca

The holiday season has arrived and soon the Ladies of E-192 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 December and please remember to label team or pilgrim and also the walk they are for. Please help with snacks and drinks for the weekend. Sign up at the December Ultreya to bring goodies for the weekends as well.

Chrysalis C-103 is also preparing for their weekend in January. The team and bugs love to receive all that special love as well. You can also drop off letters and fun gifts for them at the Ultreya in December 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,


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 2019

The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2019 as follows:

Application: $35

Pilgrim: $215

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