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Lay Director's Message

Recently we went on a trip to see a production of Annie Get Your Gun at Liberty University. The star we went to see was wonderful, of course! She is my niece Sierra. The singing and dancing was great, the stage and costumes were just right – we didn’t see Sierra until after the show. But we know she did a great job handing 80 people on and off stage, 330 cues, and so much more that made the show go off perfectly – even made the gunshots look believable! Asked about her role in this, the director, her professor answered, “You didn’t notice any flaws or mistakes, did you? That means the stage manager did a good job.”

As a young boy, I knew a man named Mr. Dutton, who I assumed lived at the church. He was always there doing something with a smile and a kind word each time he saw you. I have seen the similar people in many places – those who do what they do out of love, not for applause.

We see the same example in the Bible too, with many many who worked behind the scenes. Our community is similarly made of many who work behind the scenes to ensure that our weekends, Ultreyas and in general the community moves forward without any glaring flaws. To showcase some of these people we have recently started having them speak at the Ultreya to let the community put a face to the name you perhaps have seen on out website or Fourth Day Journal.

A number of us were part of a serenade to surprise one of the people in our community, who does just what they do out of love. It was such a joyful moment to see his face when we rang the doorbell! Just to “sing hello” to him and his wife. Jim and Mae Krauss were both past CLDs, Rs and on so many teams in addition to being our Community Music Directors. God let us know without a doubt that day that He was present in that moment with all of us – you see there was a heart shaped cloud that passed over us as we sang!

I am personally grateful for each person who serves behind the scenes as well as center stage in our community – after all “there’s no business like show His business!”

Let you heart shine,

Mark Gibson Community Lay Director


Music Directors' Message

These blooming flowers and budding trees make me want to sing, how about you?! In May we will honor our Moms and cherish memories, do you know your mom’s favorite song? In this patriotic month of Law Enforcement week and Memorial Day, we love to hear the National Anthem, Eagle’s Wings, and often we cry at Taps and Amazing Grace. So what better way to kick off the month than with a rocking men’s NCAE weekend, loads of good songs and theme song “Rescuer” by Rend Collective. How appropriate!

These E-189 men will lead Ultreya on May 17. C-101 will lead in June. We have exciting times ahead, full of tunes and life-changing events and memory makers. The Lord is in it all and over it all. We love Him and pray each song and action is for His glory.

As always, please contact us if you are interested in the NCAE music program or have questions about special events which include music. All are welcome. De Colores!

Jim and Mary Ann (Mae) Krauss


Our 2019 Weekends!!

E 188 ~ March 21-24 - Debbie McCluskey
E 189 ~ May 2-5 - John Rowe
E 190 ~ Sept. 26-29 - Carroll Cobb
E 191 ~ Nov. 14-17- Jon Guest

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


Spiritual Director's Message

I love seeing the newness of life and growth in nature. So much of watching this reminds me of the weekends when the pilgrims are very appre-hensive and wondering what is going to happen as they embark on the journey The Walk to Emmaus.

God is very much in control on these weekends. There is no way we, as humans, can make the transformation of new life come alive in the pilgrims. It is by God’s love, grace, and mercy; and, we are blessed to see lives being transformed. It is an awesome experience for both the pilgrims and the team members to see the Mighty Hand of God working.

Life is different for the majority of the pilgrims. Not one person has the same response because we are all unique. The weekend allows the pilgrims to love and trust in their relationship with Jesus Christ. The weekend also allows the pilgrims to understand they are never alone. New friendships are formed, some lasting a lifetime.

Please continue to pray for pilgrims, caterpillars, our community, and the teams getting ready to go to the mountain, and those just now forming. Prayer is essential. One person asked me recently how a team selects who does what on a weekend. I told the person – PRAYER!

Everything is done through prayer, and, like the weekends which are covered in prayer, so is teaming, beginning with the selection of the “R’s” to assignments and beyond. Prayer is Vital!

Pastor Gail, Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

The young adult team is off to a great start and cannot wait to begin their weekend on June 13-16. Please remember that in order to go to the mountain - they need bugs: your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, friends, youth group members. Please help them get a full team. In the meantime, be on the lookout for other ways to assist the time by signing up on the prayer wheel, bringing food and writing agape (palanca) for the team and bugs.

The summer high school weekend will be August 15-18 and they have begun to select team members for that weekend. Please keep mindful of any students that would like to be a part of this wonderful experience. We will keep you informed on ways that you can assist as the time draws nearer.

Finally, please start praying about becoming a member of the Chrysalis Advisory Board. We will have elections this summer and you will begin your duties in September. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Jon Guest at or 703-586-7718 or Erin Prendergast at

Asst. Chrysalis Community Lay Director


Community Palanca

Spring is here and the Men of E-189 head up to the mountain May 2-5, 2019. Please help share your love for each team member and pilgrims with prayers, snacks, and letters!

The Young Adult C-101 weekend is June 13-16, 2019. Lets show our love to the youth of our community. We will collect Agape at the Ultreya on May 17. High School C-102 weekend is August 15 - 18, 2019. Please bring your Agape to the June and July Ultreya and we will make sure it is passed along to the team. There will be placements available for those that need more to decorate. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or contact me on Facebook.


Nicole Mosher


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