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Lay Director's Message

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank him for his answers." Philippians 4:6

Wow! It’s hard to believe it is already April, 2018 and the weatherman is still confused. It’s hard not to be full of excitement as we start this month off by celebrating the resurrection of our Lord. In the midst of all the tragedy surrounding us these days, we have this friend who is there to lead our way and all we need to do is reach out to him.

Like a true friend, Jesus wants to hear from us, not just sometimes, but all the time. He wants to be the first person we talk to in the morning and the last one to hear from us at night. He wants to hear it all, the mundane, the trivial, the exciting, and the moments…every single one of them. So pray as Paul says, “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thess. 5:17

Take the opportunity to get close and personal. When you aren’t in the mood to pray, consider that might be the time you need to pray the most.

But, don’t stop there…pray through your day. Maybe you have some time you can take out and spend, or maybe you just have a minute. I like to have a conversation with God on my way to work during my commute. No, I don’t have to shut my eyes and drop to my knees every time, however it is nice to do that too, when you have the time. I talk to him like I would my friend.

Sheri and I have been married for 24 years and we still send messages back and forth to each other during the day, even during our tough times.

How about staying in touch with God, little messages through the day to say hey I’m thinking of you or I love you! Little check-ins that keep you in touch with each other. Look around, there’s a pretty good chance he’s sending you little check-ins. A smell from somewhere that brings a special memory, a smile from a stranger when you just need a smile, the little tid bits in your day that make you pause if even for a second. Make prayer your lifestyle: a life lived in the presence of God.

There are plenty of people out there saying “Prayer” is not enough, but my question is, in your day, is there “Enough” prayer.

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 Mkrauss@aol.com and Jim Mkrauss70@aol.com

 

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

God sure poured out grace to everyone on E-184. What an amazing weekend. God’s grace began before teaming and that grace kept growing and growing as did the love of Jesus in all of our lives. I firmly believe in the power of prayer. Once the team was determined by God, we went flying. It was wonderful to have such open hearts, minds, and souls ready to team. Each team member who was to be on the team answered the call to serve. Once we were up on the mountaintop, we readied ourselves as we watched the rookies getting excited. We were all excited. Not one of us could believe the time had come so soon.

Psalm 51:7 states: “Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” When it snowed, it was a beautiful sight and only God could have orchestrated snow at the perfect time that weekend. We knew we had an amazing weekend ahead of us. God is definitely AWESOME! On the first full day, some saw a bird fly by the windows during chapel. I was in awe. But, I didn’t see what others saw. Others saw the bird with communion bread in its’ beak. Oh my gosh, how much better is this weekend going to get. You guessed it – it just keeps getting better and better! Teaming isn’t for everyone. If we didn’t have the support of those in the background praying, bringing up the pilgrims, food and drinks, palanca, etc., we would not be a community. A community is one that loves, supports, encourages one another. We all need that loving support and encouragement not only during teaming and the weekend, but every day. God has given us all different gifts to use, and using those gifts makes us truly a compassionate community to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.

Being a Pilgrim or being on a team is an amazing adventure but one has to be ready. Don’t we all have to be ready all the time? We know neither the hour or the day; therefore, let’s be ready! Life isn’t about teaming. Life is about living the life Jesus needs us to live. It’s about doing God’s will, not our own will. As I write this, it is Holy Week. I am reminded over and over how God gave Jesus the strength and courage to take up the cross, and how Jesus prayed “"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." Jesus took the cross.

Where is God leading you? What is God saying to you? You are special.

Stop. Pray. Encourage. Care. Inspire. Abide. Love = SPECIAL

Pastor Gale, Spiritual Director

 

from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hello, Family!

I have a lot of announcements this month, so bear with me! If you have not already seen, we have dates for the summer! Our Young Adult weekend will be July 12-15, and our High School weekend will be August 16-19. We still need applications for both team and caterpillars for both of these weekends, so if you are interested in teaming or sponsoring please check out ncachrysalis.org for applications and information! Both weekends will be taking place at Hunting Ridge Retreat in Winchester, VA.

We also have a few other events coming up. There will be a Hoot happening sometime in June, so keep an eye out for that! We would love for the community to come out and meet some potential caterpillars and team members! Several of our newest butterflies attended the most recent Hoot before applying to walk on this past weekend! The Chrysalis board will be meeting together in May to brainstorm new ideas and update some of our current processes, so stay tuned for new things to come! We are also in the planning stages of some SD training, so if you are a pastor who has only teamed Emmaus and want some insider information on how being a Chrysalis SD might work, or a new pastor that wants to team, then let me know and I can get you hooked up once we have a date!

Easter and the Lent season always make me reminisce on my Chrysalis weekend some. For me it was a time of renewal and encouragement. I hope all of you will take the time this week to remember what it is that Christ has done for each of us, and be empowered to not only share the celebration with those around us, but to accept being renewed and washed clean of our sins all over again like we each were on our weekends.

Happy Easter, Everybody!

Fly With Christ!

Nicole Parrish

NCA ChrysalisLay Director

 
         
 

Community Palanca

Love, Love, Love,

Your Sister in 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 holynet@emmausnca.org.

 

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