Board of Directors News
February is a time we are constantly reminded of love. It’s packaged as a bag of chocolate and 100 different little characters on Valentines at the front of every store you walk into. It’s a teddy bear with a heart on its belly or a bundle of roses. As John Paul Young sings it, “Love is in the Air!” Give it a few weeks though and love is going to be in the clearance aisle.
However, as Christians we know of Agape Love, the selfless, unconditional type of love that helps people to forgive one another, to respect one another, and to serve one another, day in and day out. The love we have been shown by Jesus Christ. The love that won’t end up in the clearance aisle in a few weeks, and certainly can’t be bought by the dozen for $19.99.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
2018 has certainly brought a plethora of trials to the brothers and sisters in our community. Illness and hard times seem to be in abundance, yet even in the abundance of suffering we have that love. It doesn’t wither away like a bundle of roses and it certainly isn’t seasonal like the shelves of novelties at the front of all the stores.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As we go into February, let’s celebrate the Agape Love! Let’s share that love with each other. Take a moment and reach out to someone you have walked with, teamed with, or met since you joined the Emmaus community. Invite them to join you for our February Ultreya on February 16th at Old Bridge UMC in Woodbridge.
Rich Goad Community Lay Director
Hello, friends in Christ!
“Rejoice Always”. 1 Thess. 5:16
Occasionally I will ask my grandsons what is the Bible verse for today. This is always their reply, as it is our verse we share. Rejoicing also keeps us with a song in our heart - song on our mind song of reverence, surrender, and joy!
The music for the following 2018 months is being led as follows:
Feb - NCAE Praise Team
March - E-184
April & May - NCAE Praise Team
June - E-185
July & August - Chrysalis.
The NCAE Praise Team musicians will also cover Sponsor’s Hour, other events and facilitate music needs such as Outreach and Team support.
We seek to involve community members and those wishing to participate and further develop as music leaders.
Our mission is to help create an atmosphere of Christian worship and fellowship. We practice on a weeknight prior to most Ultreyas - please contact us if you would like to be involved! Keep a song in your heart! De Colores,
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
Legends are interesting. They are stories from the past that have been handed down over generations. Valentine’s Day is one of those legends. According to Wikipedia, “one of the popular accounts is of Saint Valentine of Rome who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, St. Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.” We associate Valentine’s Day with love. We send a card saying “Be My Valentine” or “U R Mine” or “You Make My Heart Smile” etc. Every minute of every day, God loves us. God’s love surpasses Valentine’s love. Valentine is a legend but God’s love is the real thing.
This story or legend reminds me of Paul when he was imprisoned. He kept working for the Lord within the walls or bars of prison. God changed hearts through Paul’s actions, words, prayer, and especially love. God gives us many opportunities to minister to others. Emmaus is one of those great opportunities. I knew God called me to attend an Emmaus weekend. Little did I know how much those three days would change my life forever. God’s love was made real and very evident by the actions and talks given during that time.
Every weekend we have, lives are changed. God opens the heart and fills the heart to overflowing. Emotions are all over the map. Personally, it took me until Saturday afternoon to know how much God loved me. I was filled only to be told “it gets better.” After the weekend, I was filled to overflowing. Amazing Grace!
We have a team set to go on the mountain in March. Prayer is powerful! Please keep this team and all upcoming teams and the Pilgrims God sends in prayer. And like Paul and St. Valentine, God will work through the members of the team to show we are one body and God’s love is always overflowing regardless of any situation.
I challenge you this February to sit silent without interruptions every day for at least two minutes and pray; then listen another two minutes. Listening is just as important as praying. Where is God calling you to serve? Be open to the opportunities not only in the Emmaus community, but in your neighborhood, or the world. God will direct your path. Just listen to God’s sweet whisper of love.
Pastor Dale, Spiritual Director
First of all, I want to start out this month by thanking everyone in the community who stepped up to write agape, showed up for candlelight, and helped with the set up and break down of so many things for C-97! The butterflies LOVED every bit of it, and the team, the board, and myself all appreciate your effort! These youth are on FIRE, and have already done a ton towards joining and expanding our awesome community!
Since we are stepping into February, I want to speak a little on the spirit of Valentine's Day. Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine's Day has become a huge deal in the USA. Anyone who has worked in the restaraunt industry before knows you make more money the week of Valentine's Day than most other times of the year. But why - what's the point?
The answer is because of Saint Valentine. I, like many of you, was raised Catholic before I made the jump over to being Methodist. While we don't really focus on saints as Protestants, our Catholic brothers and sisters celebrate feast days for each saint to celebrate how each man and woman stepped out in faith in times and ways that were unpopular. These stories have always been very encouraging to me since they are all just normal people like us, so I am going to share one of these stories with you now.
Saint Valentine is the patron saint of married couples and young people (as well as several other things. look them up - it's in interesting range!) and is one of these people that stepped out in faith. It is still widely debated what exactly Valentine's personal history is since there are so many stories about him, but most agree that he was a Catholic priest or bishop that was doing his best to marry Christian couples in the church in a time when it was outlawed by Rome. He was eventually caught and imprisoned for this practice. During his imprisonment, one of the judges for his case decided to test his faith and asked him to heal his blind daughter. He did in fact heal her, and this miracle caused the conversion of the judge as well as his entire 44 member household. Valentine was eventually put to death for refusing to renounce his faith, and allegedly left a note behind for the girl signed "Your Valentine". This note is behind the tradition we have of sending "Valentine's Cards" to those we love today.
Saint Valentine followed his beliefs in a time when it was dangerous, even performing miracles in prison for those who would persecute him. Let this story be a reminder and encouragement that God equips the called, and that we too can step out in faith at school, at home, in our workplace, and in the world, even when it's not the popular choice.
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 email@example.com.
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