Board of Directors News
On Tuesday, July 28, following a storm this image was captured by one of my neighbors. The image reminded me of the promise made, “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13. I am thankful that we have His promises to claim during the storms and crisis’ in our lives.
It is my prayer that everyone in the community remains safe and healthy until we are able to resume NCA Emmaus events in person.
The August Ultreya (Virtual) will be broadcast online on Friday, August 21, at 7 p.m. at https://ncaemmaus.online.church . The broadcast will be made available on YouTube once the broadcast has completed. The link can be found on the Archive tab on the broadcast link above.
The NCA Board of Directors voted to postpone E-193 (scheduled for October 1-4, 2020.) The Board is currently in discussions with Camp Happyland about upcoming scheduled weekends.
The Nominating Committee is looking for anyone that is interested in serving on the NCA Emmaus Board of Directors. This is a two-year commitment. Please contact Kat Lopez (Kat.Lopez812@aol.com), Tom Lambert (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Shari Spring (email@example.com) if you are interested.
Community Lay Director
2 Chronicles 20:21
"Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying, "Give thanks to the Lord for his love endures forever "
Whatever our burden or battle, let's march into it with song - lead the way. Songs are thoughts put to music which express our souls and lift our spirits.
Did you enjoy the songs last Ultreya? More to come this next month- Open up the Heavens, Power in the Blood, There Was Jesus, At the Cross, Break every chain and Death was Arrested! We envision you standing and swaying in your family room or chair, accompanied by juice and crackers with an expectant heart to share in fellowship, worship, and communion. As we prepare, you are on our minds and in our hearts and prayers. How we long for the day when we can all be together again, we must keep our joy in the middle of this time and keep singing! Start the day with song, lace it throughout your day and watch your steps get lighter and smile brighter!
Special thanks to all who made August Ultreya music happen: Mike and Elaine Frankfort (as of 8/29! CONGRATULATIONS!), CLD Chris Scholz, Jim Morris, Rebecca Washburg, Josh Reese, Tom Ansink, Phil Wisner, Alan McBride, and Joe Forrer. Major appreciation to Family Worship Center of Bealeton, VA.
You are a joy to work and play with!
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 New and Everlasting Covenant
On the night of the Last Supper, considered to be a Passover Seder, Jesus officiated this New Covenant with His disciples, saying: “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). All twelve of these men were Jews, affirming Jesus’s statement when He said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24, NKJV). This raises a serious question. If the New Covenant is explicitly called out in scripture for Israel, and Jesus was only sent to gather the lost sheep of Israel, then wherein do we find that God has entered any covenant with the Gentiles?
The Lord declared through the prophet Isaiah that He would make a new everlasting covenant will all His creation. To the Jews, He said, “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them [Israel] an everlasting covenant. Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed” (Isaiah 61:8-9).
And to the Gentiles, the Lord declared, “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price… Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—The sure mercies of David. Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, A leader and commander for the people. Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, And nations who do not know you shall run to you, Because of the Lord your God, And the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you” (Isaiah 55:1-5).
This declaration is essential to understand. The everlasting covenant, which is Christ, is the same and equal covenant that was promised through Abraham to both Jew and Gentile. As it is written, “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you [Abraham], and you shall be a father of many nations” (Genesis 17:4); “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, In you all the nations shall be blessed” (Galatians 3:8).
God has made his everlasting covenant with each—His sovereign work of salvation amongst the nations. And for this reason, there is now full equality between Jew and Gentile. We each are uniquely created in the image of Christ, one people of God comprised of every tongue, tribe, nation, and people on the face of the earth to worship Him with the diversity of cul-ture, language, and ethnicity He has given each of us.
Christ is the mediator of this new everlasting covenant to both Jew and Gentile. However, because the Jewish people were under the bondage of an Old Covenant, the Lord had to officiate a New Covenant with Israel to free us from the condemnation of the old. As it is written, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).
And so, to the Jew, we are under the new everlasting covenant (emphasis on new), free from the condemnation and judgment of the Old Covenant—the written law. And to the Gentiles, you are under the new everlasting covenant (emphasis on everlasting), free from the condemnation of the natural—unwritten law of sin and death.
The church includes more than just Israel. The church is Israel, plus the Gentile nations joined to her. Paul refers to this as the “commonwealth of Israel” (Ephesians 2:12), and he uses the analogy of a cultivate Olive tree to illustrate this great mystery (Romans 11:17-24). The tree is made up of natural branches (Israelites), and wild ones (the Gentiles), who have been grafted in contrary to nature.
The tree is Christ, and the root is the fathers, the foundation of the church, connecting both the Jew and Gentile to Abraham—the father of many nations. As it is written:
“Foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, ‘In you all the nations shall be blessed’” (Galatians 3:8).
“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all” (Romans 4:16).
“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the prom-ise” (Galatians 3:29).
Now you can see why there is full equality between Jew and Gentile. God has sovereignly established his everlasting covenant with each of us. Paul said it like this, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
Paul was not saying that we lose our identity in Christ. He was declaring that we will discover it. This verse declares the fulfillment of the promise given to Abraham, that we would become one new man and one people of God comprised of every tongue and tribe. This is the church.
Here is the new logo the board voted on for Chrysalis. We liked the Emmaus new logo so much, that we thought it best to adopt the same features so we can be as one community both together in Christ.
The Next Level group has been working long, hard hours on giving Chrysalis the overdue facelift that it needed. We met with a group of Phase II people from both the Emmaus and Chrysalis community to give feedback from the work that we have been doing. We took their comments and implemented it into the talks that we have revamped. We have made a few changes, but for the most part kept the talks intact. The Grace talks have now become the God talks. We want the Bugs to become closer to God, to have a better understanding of who He is and how God wants a closer relationship with them. We wanted to emphasize the leadership role of the Youth/Young Adults. We also wanted to augment the spiritual foundation of the weekend. We have also provided more structure to the teaming process. We have created an arc that helps increase the harmony of the weekend by aligning all the manuals. As of the today, all the talks have been updated and bought to the board. As a board, we have voted unanimously on the rewrites of the talks. We are continually revising training materials. We hope to have them board ready soon. Please look out for updates to come later.
To the LGBTQ community:
The National Capital Area Chrysalis Board recognizes that good and well-meaning Christians often find themselves divided in opinion with regards to important theological and cultural issues. Currently, the community at large is not of one mind with regards to issues pertaining to the LGBTQ community. Our settled intention is not to choose sides in this debate but rather to continue to be inclusive, humble, and loving. Our weekends will continue to focus on presenting a short course on Christianity and highlight the foundational issues of the faith: grace, holiness, love, and salvation. We will neither promote homosexuality nor allow individuals to denigrate those within the LGBTQ community. We will continue to accept participants and team members without regard to their sexual orientation. We will also continue to promote the ideals of sexual purity and abstinence prior to marriage regardless of one’s sexual orientation. Our belief is that we can disagree on this issue and still establish community with each other based on the love of Jesus.
The NCA Chrysalis Board has been discussing over the past several months how to fill the upcoming vacancies on the board despite the fact that our normal voting process will be disrupted due to no in-person Ultreyas. The board solicited nominations via Facebook, Instagram, and the Fourth Day Journal as well as encouraged board members whose terms were set to expire to serve again. The result is the following slate of candidates which the board will vote on during its regular August board meeting:
Erin Prendergast, Allison Rock, Daniel Andersen, Becca Washburg, Doug Radoye, Aiden Wills, Casey Gibbs, and Rich Goad to replace Katie Rowe.
These candidates will serve the normal two-year term. Should you have any questions regarding his process, please do not hesitate to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fly With Christ,
hree Cheers for Palanca !
We are so excited to carry on our love of Emmaus by helping with Palanca . We are ready to collect, organize and distribute Palanca.
Do you want to make palanca bags ? We have a pattern .
Join us on this Rainbow journey... As we share God’s love .Ruth Washburg and Becca Washburg
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 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