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Lay Director's Message

Rain, rain go away…there has been so much rain recently it seemed it might never go away. We spent the last week in July stranded on an island at our church where we got to share how Jesus Rescues at our Shipwrecked VBS. Each evening we arrived so did the rain! It really added to the special effect of being in a rainforest! What wasn’t so special was having to move all the games for 50 kids inside, and for me, it meant all my softball games for the week was cancelled!

One night in particular the rain poured and the thunder echoed through the air. When it finally broke, a bright rainbow appeared over the church. What an amazing reminder of just how much God loves us!

Sometimes, it seems like we are surrounded in storms, no matter how hard we try the only thing we can see is the pouring rain, and thunder seems to echo so loud in our ears we can’t hear anything else. Even when God is there whispering to us, “Be Still!”

Maybe it’s a struggle to find a job, or a difficult relationship, or perhaps it is the unfathomable loss of a loved one. Regardless of the storm, one thing is certain, God’s unfailing, amazing love for us! In the middle of whatever storm, you may be facing, find your rest and hope in him. Then keep your eye out for the rainbow!

Psalm 62:5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Enjoy the summer and hopefully August will bring more sunshine. Our next Ultreya will be at First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City on August 17th. Please bring a friend and come prepared to worship our Lord.

De Colores

Rich Goad Community Lay Director


Music Directors' Message

Summertime! And the tunes are flowing. Sunshine/ Spirit/Songs

Lord, we ask you to bless and protect our Emmaus family during this high-spirited and fun season. Stay right alongside us in all we do & keep a song in our heart for You, Lord.

August Ultreya promises to be rich in summertime spirit at FUPCDC, music lead by the NCAE community musicians. We hope to celebrate upcoming 2018 weekends September by involving those MDs. September music is provided by Chrysalis rockers! ALL glory to God.

“Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; celebrate his holy name with music.” Psalm135:3 NLT !De Colores!

Jim and Mae Krauss


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

One of the many things I like to do during the spring, summer, and fall months is to listen to the birds and to watch my fish in the pond. These moments remind me so much of God’s majesty and greatness in creating this wonderful world. I look with amazement at how smart squirrels are.

I have five bird feeders around the house but the squirrels are on top of the feeders more than the birds. I was getting irritated with those little pesky creatures. I saw on Facebook, from someone in the Emmaus community, about putting a slinky on the pole. Dan and I did that and actually enjoyed watching the squirrels trying to maneuver the slinky. The day came when the squirrel conquered the slinky and I think the squirrel told all the other squirrels. Now they put their nose under the slinky and push it up until they reach the feeder. Amazing. I would laugh and laugh at them. Job 8:21 says “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy.” Looking at creation can make me laugh and fills me with joy to know, see, and hear the beauty of nature. Speaking of nature, we went to the zoo the other day. It’s so awesome to see God’s work. We listened to a tiger roaring, and we saw the aquarium, and so many cute and weird animals. When we arrived home, we were able to watch the hummingbirds zip here and there and chirp. Genesis 1:20 – And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” It is so relaxing and enjoyable to watch and listen. What an amazing God we have!

God created each one of us in a unique way and with unique gifts to use and share. Discover God’s gifts of nature and you. You are special. Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?


Pastor Gale, Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hello, Family!

I have a couple announcements this time around to start things off with. We are almost to the end of the busy season for Chrysalis, but we are not quite there yet! Thank you so much to everyone who helped out with all of the clean up and community events for C-98. Starting over at a new facility is always really hard, especially since they had several team members drop the week before, and I know that all of the outside help was greatly appreciated. Now it’s time to get the ball rolling for C-99! The weekend will be happening August 16-19, We will need ninjas for that weekend too on Saturday and Sunday, as well as folks to come out to candlelight Saturday evening! If you are interested in being a ninja please let me know, and be on the lookout for what time candlelight will start!

Also this month we will be electing new board members since our terms of office begin in September. Short biographies of each person running will be posted online very soon, so keep an eye out for that! Here are the names of all the folks we have running – please be in prayer for them and the community as you decide who you feel led to vote for!

Youth/Young Adults

Sarah Kleppinger

Nick Reagan

Becca Washburg


Charley Hayes

Ali Wills

Erin Prendergast

Kirsten Smith

Doug Radoye


Robin BeMiller

As half the board comes to the end of their service, I will also be ending my term as Lay Director for the community this month. I’m going to be selfish for a moment and give a big shout out and thank you to all the board members who worked so hard this year. We had some really large and difficult decisions to make right away, and I really appreciate everyone’s time and effort to keep the community moving forward in a safe and God centered way. It has been an honor to serve with all of you this year, and I know that I personally have grown a great deal from the experience. Be nice to the new Lay Director when I’m gone, and keep growing in love with God and community with each other!

Fly With Christ!

Nicole Parrish

NCA ChrysalisLay Director


Community Palanca

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. As the last Chrysalis weekend draws near, please keep all the bugs in your prayers and show them as much Love as possible. As you know that is always the common thread in each weekend on how special all the love from the community touched the pilgrims and bugs.

The next Emmaus weekend is October 4-7. Sign-up sheet for snacks will be passed out next month. All your donations are greatly appreciated. Placemats for decorating can be obtained at Ultreyas or by emailing

Love, Love,

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 2018

The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2018 as follows:

Application: $35

Pilgrim: $250

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