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Lay Director's Message

It’s hard to believe we have already reached the half way mark for 2018. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. We have had two very successful walks this year, E184 and E185 where God showed up and poured out his love and grace once again! What a mighty God we serve!

This month we celebrate Father’s Day, what a Father we have to celebrate! I came across a blog that talked about ways to honor your father. They listed 7 ways you should do it. Though the blog was referring to our earthly fathers, I couldn’t help but see what a perfect list it was for honoring our Heavenly Father!

One, learn your dad’s story.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Two, live out your dad’s values.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Three, spend quality time with your dad on a regular basis.

Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Four, love and respect your family.

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Five, build or give something in his memory.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Six, acknowledge your dad in your own achievements.

1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Seven, ask your dad for advice.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

This is a Father’s Day checklist, but the amazing part of having a Heavenly Father, every day is Father’s Day!

So, I ask you to seek a relationship with your Father, like our Brother in Christ Gary McCluskey did and call him Papa. Gary has been on my mind a lot lately, so I went back and listened to his message, which he presented at my Church, titled Papa God.

If you would like to hear his message, please go to the following link: stmanager/storage/2015_06_21_McCluskey_Papa_ God.mp3

De Colores

Rich Goad Community Lay Director


Music Directors' Message

Joy in song!! Psalm 126:5

“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy”

Blessings galore this summer as we praise Him. Between the Jammin’ men’s E-185 weekend and upcoming Chrysalis rocking tunes, we can have high expectations of great JOY. GOD IS GREAT!!

Thanks to Jerry Wills and super musicians for fantastic music provided for May Ultreya. With the thrill of having music Chas on 185 - Jim, Rich Wunderlin and the gang lead the May walk in music. They will also be handling music for June Ultreya.

Summer brings our love of youth to the forefront - with great tunes in July lead by Lydia Hugo and Sean Niehoff. BBQ galore and happy hearts!

If music is your gig, pls join us for practice and events. Contact us to get more details -

De Colores - keep the JOY!

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

I am beginning to reflect on this holiday weekend, Memorial Day. It is a time of remembrance and for us to never forget those who gave their lives for us to have freedom. One Awesome God gave us his only Son so that we can have eternal life. We thank you God! Jesus lived the life God asked Jesus to live. “We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19.

Jesus went to the cross and sacrificed himself for our sins. We must remember and honor the One who showed us the way. Those in the military who have died serving their country died for us as well and for our freedom – “all gave some, some gave all.” They loved their country and they loved us. Jesus set the example for us to live by and many of our military died living like Jesus.

On the night he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, blessed, and broke it and gave it to his disciples saying: “This is my body.” Then he took a cup of wine, blessed it, and gave it to his disciples saying: “This is my blood of the new covenant poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28). “Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19). In Luke 24:13-35, Jesus appears to two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus. They do not recognize Jesus while on the road, they invite him to join them in a meal. After Jesus takes, blesses, breaks, and gives the bread, the disciples’ eyes are opened and they recognize him. Imagine the joy! “All of these stories emphasize the importance of Jesus’ self-giving, his faithfulness to God in the face of death, and his continued care for his disciples.” (The Meaning of Holy Communion by E. Byron Anderson). There are many stories of our people in military: self-giving, lifegiving, and their faithfulness to God.

Memorial Day is a Day of Remembrance. Pray for our country, our Emmaus community, and for the families of those who have fallen and for God to bless them and hold them in the palm of God’s hand. Blessings, Pastor Gale Dietz, Spiritual Director

Pastor Gale Dietz, Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hello, Family!

I hope this journal finds you all doing well. I have a couple quick date announcements for you. Please keep these dates in mind as the teaming season gets super busy for our community!

Saturday, June 2 - Chrysalis SD training. Come see what being a Chrysalis SD is all about and meet some other awesome pastors in our community! Time and place TBA

Young Adult weekend - July 12-15

High School Weekend - August 16-19

Now I have a special treat for you this month. The rest of this article was written by Judiclaire Kinerney, our Youth Assistant Lay Director. Keep her words in mind this month as we do life together, and let it be an encouragement in this world that is so full of anger and hurt.

Fly With Christ!

Nicole Parrish

NCA ChrysalisLay Director


Community Palanca

Happy Spring Everyone! As the summer approaches we have two Chrysalis weekends, Young Adult and High School. The young adults are ages 18 – 25 and High School (14 – 18). These young people are the future of out Emmaus Community. They need your love and thoughts expressed agape and placemats that they receive each meal on the weekend. Inspirational verses with pictures are needed. They also use the phrase Fly With Christ for their weekends. So who can help make this a special time for them? Please see me at Ultreya and I will have placemats for you to decorate. 265 are needed for each weekend. DeColores & Fly With 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


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