Board of Directors News
On Monday, May 25, 2020, 8 minutes and 46 seconds of recorded video capturing the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis Minnesota changed the course of our everyday conversation from our new normal life in a pandemic due to COVID-19 to the state of racism in the United States.
As the events of the weekend following Mr. Floyd’s untimely death unfolded, angry citizens began protesting and rioting throughout the streets of Minneapolis (and many other cities throughout the world). My daughter and I were able to have a conversation about what was happening in the world. I could see the hurt in her eyes as she tried to wrap her thoughts and emotions around the events unfolding within her world. I asked her what was it that was causing her so much pain? She just looked at me and said, “I don’t understand why?”
At that very moment flashes of time filled my mind and I was taken back to my daughter as a toddler who came home to describe her newest friend with “brown skin” just like Madame (her daycare provider for many years) to my wife and me. Another time, on her second birthday, the only gift all she wanted was a black baby doll to call her own. When "Lola" became part of the family, she would cradle her as we would run errands and many African American strangers would stop us and tell us how much they loved what they were seeing. It was then I realized how ill-equipped I was as a dad to provide an answer.
Our conversation continued and we discussed how police officers are sometimes not the good guys and why it’s different and harder to grow up and live as a black person in America. I shared with her a lesson about race I learned from one of my pastors and friend Garret Caldwell. He shared with me years ago about how he was consistently pulled over by police for no reason, other than he was driving a nice car, and he fit a description provided by a complainant. He would have to go though this routine of explaining what he was doing in the area where he was pulled over and prove his story with his credentials. He described the fear he lived with each and every day as he ministered to his flock in this predominately white community where he was the pastor of a church who happened to be black. I will never forget his story and the lesson I learned that day about race and white privilege .
The National Capital Area Emmaus organization is an inclusive loving community committed to discipling others and building His kingdom. As part of the body of Christ, we cannot sit silent when our brothers and sisters, friends, and/or people we seek as pilgrims are being mistreated, abused, or killed unnecessarily. We need to seek to understand more and more of our brothers and sisters of color and the realities they go through. 1 Cor 12:26 “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.” We can do more.
I pray for the family of Mr. Floyd, my dear friend Garret, and all of the mothers and fathers who live in constant fear of racial injustice for their sons and daughters. I long for the day when we gather together at the table with our Savior and daughters will no longer look up at their fathers with questions of, “Why?”
DeColores – and so must our love be of many bright colors.
Community Lay Director
Think on this: A SONG as a PRAYER. Prayer is communication with God and a beautiful vital resource during this challenging time. Things we recently learned from some Chrysalis friends about prayer - 1) All that we learn while talking to God applies to our communication with others - honesty, openness, etc. 2) Prayer develops good habits like being an active listener - we learn to listen to the heart, not just words. 3) It helps us to be more thoughtful in our choice of words, speaking the truth in love. 4) Prayer helps us desire communication with others, to connect with authenticity and intimacy. 5) We grow in our communication skills with others, which impacts our communication with God. This was a a beautiful revelation to us - more depth as we view prayer/song. For a song can be a prayer. Joy!
David began to sing in the desert and it was an out-pouring of JOY! He sang “My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2). During this “desert time”, lyrics become stronger and more authentic to us. Recently, I saw a video of a mini-serenade Lindsey Kirkwood did for another member of the NCAE community in pure love. Touching. As I listened to the words “All the People Said Amen” once again, the lyrics meant more than ever. “You are not alone if you are lonely, when you feel afraid, you’re not the only - we are all the same in need of mercy, To be forgiven and be free. It’s all we have to lean on but thank God it’s all we need. And all the people said amen!” Imagine what it meant to the Kirkwood’s and those receiving the serenade! You’ll hear more from Lindsey leading Ultreya music soon.
Are you enjoying the online Ultreyas? Sean Murphy and gang will be leading the music portion online in June. Songs chosen are prayed over and intentionally desired to express our souls, touch a heart, especially during this desert time… bring us out of the desert and into light! Marvelous Light.
The Board has voted to push the men’s weekend of E-193 to the next scheduled weekend. This will push all scheduled weekends date which is currently scheduled at Camp Happy Land on October 1-4. These dates are subject to change depending on the recommendations from governing bodies. The Board will continue to follow or exceed the recommended guidelines by the CDC and local heath organizations.
All NCA Emmaus events are cancelled through June 10, 2020.
Our 2020 Weekends!!
All weekends will be at Camp Happyland!
The Gospel of The Kingdom
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Yeshua:
The gospel is the revelation of Christ that communicates God’s truth concerning salvation and His Kingdom. And so the gospel of the Kingdom has two parts: salvation and the Kingdom.
Concerning salvation, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV). “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
Salvation is simple to understand, even for a child. The gospel explained is the church sharing the good news of Jesus. This good news is His love for us and His desire to forgive humanity for its sinful and fallen condition.
This good news is also His promise of our resurrection and eternal life in Him, making us a new creation. We get a clean slate and a new beginning. Everything about this current life and the difficulties found in the world will one day soon fade away, and we will enter His glorious Kingdom for eternity. Now that is good news!
Concerning the Kingdom, most of Jesus’ sermons were about His Kingdom. The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6). Jesus lovingly answered, no. For now, the Kingdom of God, and more importantly, the King is living in our hearts. So yes, the Kingdom is at hand, but it is not here on the earth yet.
In the Book of Revelation, we read that when the angel blows the seventh trumpet, loud voices in heaven will declare: “The kingdoms of this world have [now] become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15).
Yeshua spoke plainly to His disciples, saying it had been given to us to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 13:11). And to Peter, He said, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 16:19). Keys in the Jewish tradition represent knowledge and understanding
Therefore, we are called to preach the gospel, at the minimum, the gospel of salvation. This is the first step in fulfilling the great commission. The second step is the discipleship of all nations and requires the teaching of the gospel of the Kingdom (Matthew 28:19).
The gospel is both the good news of our immediate salvation in Christ and our future resur-rection into the Kingdom of God. And our good works are a witness to those who are with-out Christ. If we do one without the other, our testimony of Christ to others will ring with the shallowness of a clanging cymbal.
Let us preach the gospel of the Kingdom to all, with confidence and love (1 Corinthians 13:13)—the gospel of salvation to those who need Christ, and the gospel of the Kingdom to those who are disciples of Christ. DeColores
As most already know, we have postponed our summer weekends until further notice. We are hoping to get back together for the upcoming January weekend. During this time of social distancing, the Chrysalis Next Level team has been busy giving Chrysalis a long overdue face lift. We have been revamping all the talks to make them more relevant to the times. We are in Phase Two of our face lift. We have invited numerous folks who have been part of the Chrysalis community to read over the new talks and give their comments and suggestions. Next, we will present them to the board for a vote. We are also revamping our teaming process to help ensure a successful weekend without too many hiccups and unnecessary stress on the team. We are trying to make sure that the training for each team is consistent. We are very excited with the progress thus far. We would like to get this implemented before the next team heads to the mountain.
It’s that time of year folks, election time! We are looking for anyone who is interested in being part of a great group of people who are passionate about bringing our youth and young adults closer to Jesus Christ and making a difference in their spiritual lives. You must have teamed at least twice on a Chrysalis weekend. You must also have a loving, kind heart and be a willing participant, who brings ideas to the table. It is a two year commitment. We meet every second Monday of the month. If you think you are this person, please reach out to me. My number is 703-969-1895 and my email is email@example.com.
I encourage everyone to follow us on social media. We have been reading through the book of Romans. Why don’t you join us and see what Paul has to say to us. Don’t feel alone during this time of social distancing. Reach out to your fellow butterflies and join a reunion group. If you need help in finding one, just email or call me. I’m here to help.
Fly With Christ,
Wow how our world has changed. Your love for each other is needed more now than ever.
Many of you find yourselves trying to find things to do with your kids and even on an evening when you just can not take one more Netflix Series or just have to turn off the news to regroup.
So grab a piece of paper and a pen and write down some loving words, favorite verse, and funny little antidotes to pass on for the future weekends be it Emmaus or Chrysalis.
Please be safe and know you are in Jim and mine prayers.
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 2020 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