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Lay Director's Message

There is a joke circulating about a women who was tailgating another driver and when he caused her to miss the light she began ranting and raving, laying on her horn, etc. An officer tapped on her window, made her exit the car hands raised, and proceeded to arrest her. After getting her to the station he would eventually end up letting her go with an apology:

“I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, Naturally… I assumed you had stolen the car.”

One of my favorite songs is They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love. The bible reminds us as well in John 13:35

"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another"

So what exactly is love? We have the convenience of having it written out very plainly for us in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

What are our actions telling the world about whose we are? Do they know we are Christians by our love? Or, are we at risk of mistaken identity.

I would like to encourage all of my brothers and sisters to remember the love that lets others know whose disciples we are. At home, in traffic, at work, at church on Sunday, on the mountain, at Starbucks, and on social media. My pastor said in his sermon last week, “Faith without works is dead, but works without love is meaningless.”

While we are thinking about love, remember to tell your Mom that you love them and “Happy Mother’s Day”, whether they are with us or waiting for us.

De Colores

Rich Goad Community Lay Director


Music Directors' Message

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:

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,

Jim and Mae Krauss

Community MDs

If music is your gift, please plug into NCAE music!! Contact us for more info -- all are welcome! Mae at and Jim


Our 2018 Weekends!!

E 184 ~ March 8-11 - Vickie Carroll
E 185 ~ May 17-20 - Charlie Duren
E 186 ~ October 4-7 - Cindy Bireley
E 187 ~ November 1-4 - Jerry Wills

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


Spiritual Director's Message

Larry Walters was a truck driver. But his lifelong dream was to fly. When he graduated from high school, he joined the Air Force hoping to become a pilot, but his poor eyesight disqualified him. When he finally left the service, he had to simply be contented with watching others fly fighter jets over his backyard. One day, sitting in his lawn chair, he dreamed about the magic of flying.

Then one day Larry Walters got an idea. He went down to the local Army-Navy Surplus Store, and bought a tank of helium and forty-five weather balloons. These are not your brightly colored party balloons, these were heavy duty spheres that when fully inflated, measured more than four feet across.

Back in his yard, Larry used straps to attach the balloons to his lawn chair, which was just a typical aluminum lawn chair; the kind you would have in your backyard. He anchored the chair to the bumper of his jeep and inflated the balloons with helium. Then he packed some sandwiches and drinks and loaded a BB gun, figuring he could pop a few of the balloons when it was time to return to earth.

When all was made ready, Larry Walters sat down in his chair and cut the anchoring chord. He thought he would just lazily float up a couple hundred feet, spend a while looking around the neighborhood, and then float back down to earth. But things didn't quite work out that way.

When Larry cut the chord, he didn't lazily float up, he shot up as if he had been fired out of a cannon. He didn't go up a couple hundred feet, he climbed and climbed until he finally leveled off at eleven thousand feet! Well, at that height he couldn't risk deflating any of the balloons because he might unbalance the load and really do some flying! So he sailed around for fourteen hours at eleven thousand feet in a lawn chair. He didn't have a clue how to get down.

Well eventually, Larry drifted into the approach corridor for the Los Angeles International Airport. A Pan Am pilot radioed the tower and said, "You won't believe this, but I've just passed a guy in a lawn chair at eleven thousand feet with a BB gun in his lap."

Now LAX is right on the ocean, and at nightfall the winds along the coast begin to change. Those winds began to carry Larry out to sea. Well, at that point, the Navy dispatched a helicopter to rescue him, but the rescue team had a hard time getting to him because the draft from the propeller kept pushing his balloons farther and farther out. But eventually they were able to hover over him and drop a rescue line and gradually hauled him back to earth.

Well, as soon as Larry Walters hit the ground, he was arrested, and as he was being led away in handcuffs, a television reporter called out, "Mr. Walters, why did you do it?" He stopped, eyed the man, and then simply said, "A man just can't sit around."

This story has led me to reflect on our call as disciples to move forward. We are called to be active, connected to the vine, who is Jesus Christ, and working to share the Good News with the world. I remember that a key element of the Emmaus community is a three-fold process: be a friend; make a friend; and bring a friend to Christ. Are we living that? Just a thought worth pondering!

Pastor Dale, Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hello, Family!

I hope this journal finds you all doing well. I have a couple quick date announcements for you. Please keep these dates in mind as the teaming season gets super busy for our community!

Saturday, May 12 - Chrysalis Hoot! Anyone and Everyone is invited! 6:00-8:30 in the youth room upstairs at Christ Church

Saturday, June 2 - Chrysalis SD training. Come see what being a Chrysalis SD is all about and meet some other awesome pastors in our community! Time and place TBA

Young Adult weekend - July 12-15

High School Weekend - August 16-19

Now I have a special treat for you this month. The rest of this article was written by Judiclaire Kinerney, our Youth Assistant Lay Director. Keep her words in mind this month as we do life together, and let it be an encouragement in this world that is so full of anger and hurt.

Fly With Christ!

Nicole Parrish

NCA ChrysalisLay Director


Community Palanca

Happy Spring Everyone! As the summer approaches we have two Chrysalis weekends, Young Adult and High School. The young adults are ages 18 – 25 and High School (14 – 18). These young people are the future of out Emmaus Community. They need your love and thoughts expressed agape and placemats that they receive each meal on the weekend. Inspirational verses with pictures are needed. They also use the phrase Fly With Christ for their weekends. So who can help make this a special time for them? Please see me at Ultreya and I will have placemats for you to decorate. 265 are needed for each weekend. DeColores & Fly With Christ,

Donna Morris


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 2017

The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2016 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