Board of Directors News
On January 31, my wife and I celebrated our 21st anniversary. 21 years ago while we were planning the event, my then-fiancé and my future mother-in-law went to taste some cake samples for the big day. While they were there, my mother-in-law to be turned to my future bride while pointing at a cake and said, “This is the cake you should get, cause this is what your life will be like.” Stephanie turned to look at the cake as it was decorated like a roller coaster.
At our January Ultreya, we were reminded by our Fourth Day Speaker (Kathy Woodley) that our Fourth Day is also very similar to a roller coaster. There are many ups and downs and sometimes you just want to get off. We learned how God can speak to us through a song. There is comfort in knowing that He has a plan, and He is continually at work revealing it our lives. It is this Glorious Unfolding where we learn of His incredible love for us. I want to share Kathy’s closing remarks with you, It’s what the Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” It’s like God is saying, “I know the story I’m telling. Will you trust me? Even if it means there are hard times, will you trust me with those hard times and will you trust that at the end of the story you’re going to be amazed?” Thank you, Kathy, we were blessed by your Fourth Day Talk.
The February Ultreya will be held at Old Bridge United Methodist Church on February 21st. We have the distinct privilege to have the Chrysalis Board lead the events that evening. We also will get the opportunity to meet some of the newest members added to our community, the Caterpillars from C-103. Additionally, we will be meeting the team from E-192. Please plan to attend Ultreya and sign up provide Palanca to support E-192 as they get ready to head to Camp Happyland to serve the pilgrims God is sending.
Community Lay Director
While helping with music recently at OBUMC as NCAE musicians, we were blessed hearing Pastor Burt. The Old Testament scripture he emphasized included the importance of music. How important it was and what a blessing! God has truly blessed this community with skilled musicians with hearts for Christ. We also send praises for integral components such as the AV worker and sound men!
In February the Ultreya music will be led by MD‘s Brianna Orenstein and Jerry Wills. Jerry has made a concerted effort to include young team members in the band. What a thrill it will be to worship and celebrate the new butterflies in the community. We will sing “How He Loves” as their theme song. As we pour into Chrysalis, we are excited to see musicians who were once bugs participating in the NCAE leadership, teaming and mu-sic.
Chrysalis has pleaded for the NCAE community to support them in spirit and finance. What joy as you hear the new butterflies share what the weekend and Christ means to them, and sing with exuberance - a true investment in His kingdom! See you at Ultreya and welcome them on their Fourth Day.
As always, we welcome new musicians into the NCAE Praise Team- if interested, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org We would love help with driving the music trailer, packing up, etc, even if you do not play an instrument! Let us know.
Our 2020 Weekends!!
All weekends will be at Camp Happyland!
Then one of the Sadducees, a lawyer, asked Jesus a question. Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:34-40).
First, let me say I always get nervous when a lawyer asks me a question. I feel like I’m being set up. Second, I am noticing the context of the conversation revolves around the Law of Moses and the religious leaders responsible for enforcing it. The lawyer was clear, and so was Jesus— which is the great command of the Law.
Now I’m not against the Law of Moses. And certainly, loving God and loving our neighbors is a great thing. But Paul said, “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:2-4).
Interesting. Something has changed. We are now called to walk according to the Spirit of God, not the standards of this world. But what does that look like? Jesus said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34). A few chapters later, Jesus defined what true love looks like: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Okay, now I’m in trouble. You mean I can’t just love
my neighbor as myself? The Golden Rule? Am I
required to love them more than myself?
I believe that is precisely what Jesus is telling us to do. The Law of Moses had limitations. Under the law, I was required to love God and love others. And it was all about what I must do. But now Christ has raised the standard where it is all about Him, not me.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
Jesus is guiding us to follow a new path, one filled with His Holy Spirit and obeying His new commandment. Christ can now love all people through us with His greater infinite love than ours.
Beloved, let us become disciples of Jesus, fully surrendered to His Spirit and the New Commandment, so that we also might be willing to love others more than ourselves, even laying down our lives for our friends.
Here’s a little update from your favorite CLD. Right now, C103 just finished their last meeting. They are headed up to the mountain in less than two weeks. We almost have a full house of bugs. We currently have 22 caterpillars that are waiting very patiently for their sponsors to drop them off at Caroline Furnace. The address is 8481 Moreland Gap Road, Fort Valley, VA. The R’s of C103, Madison and Aiden, have done a fine job putting this team together with the guidance of our awesome Lord, Jesus Christ. The theme of the weekend is ‘Oh How He Loves’ The verse for the weekend is John 3:16.
As for our board, we are working hard to make Chrysalis thrive within our communities. We have lit up social media, both Facebook and Instagram. Last month, we read through the Gospel of Luke. We have been reaching out to other Chrysalis communities through our social media sites. We have been working hard to reunite bugs and team members from past walks. We through an Ugly Sweater party last month. We had a great turnout considering it was the weekend before Christmas, so the odds were against us. There were a lot of Ugly Sweaters that night and plenty of Reindeer games, singing and laughing all night long. We are planning our next reunion during spring time. So, keep your eyes open for more details as to come. We are also looking to enhance our teaming experience by adding relational evangelism aspect to the process. We look forward to teaching the entire team how to share their story with confidence anywhere, any place.
Fly with Christ,
The Ladies of E-192 are preparing for an amazing weekend (March 5-8, 2020) for the pilgrims. They can use your help in making their experience extra special. They have requested some items from the community as Palanca. E-192 would like to have some flavored waters, gallon containers of tea, cases of bottled water, veggie tray, fruit, and other healthy snacks. It would not be a weekend without CHOCOLATE! So send in those M&M’s and other favorites. There will be a clipboard passed around at the Ultreya to signup and bring the items listed above. A reminder email will go out before the weekend!
To assist the Palanca Chas with their sorting please put items in alphabetical order and mark clearly Team or Pilgrims. There will be a basket by the front door for you to place your Palanca that will go to the mountain with the ladies.
If you wish to assist in decorating placemats for Emmaus or Chrysalis please see me at Ultreya and I will have some for you to take home with you. Please return the decorated placemats to the next Ultreya.
If you have any questions or need assistance getting your Palanca to the team please send me an email : email@example.com
With love, De Colores
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 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