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Lay Director's Message

Dear Friends and Family,

We are a regionally connected community and I recognize the information on the news surrounding the emergence and spread of the respiratory disease, coronavirus, or COVID-19 may be confusing and worrying. Please know the National Capital Area Board of Directors is closely monitoring this situation and stands ready to implement any specific guidance received by local or national health professionals.

While there is no information regarding specific risk to the Washington DC region, the Board is preparing for potential disruption to scheduled events, Ultreyas, teaming, and weekends. Disruptions may emerge without the ability for much prior notification, and without knowing the timing or duration in advance. It is also possible no such disruption occurs. Communications from the board about disruptions will be made through all social media channels, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and email.

As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health work-ers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facil-ity).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. It is also important to remember we are a faith-based community that has a responsibility to re-spond with care and compassion to those infected by the coronavirus. We encourage you to pray for those suffering, those responding, those who provide care, those combating the spread of in-fection, and of course those who are currently feeling anxious.

De Colores

Chris Scholz

Community Lay Director

Music Directors' Message

Reading Nehemiah 8 recently, “the joy of the Lord is my strength” jumped out at me. It set off a tune in my heart, do you recall the song? Music brings such joy, empowering us with His strength and bright hope for today and tomorrow.

Have you been to a Sponsors’ Hour? Did you know we sing and celebrate the theme song there. I often call it the “Fight Song” of the weekend. It represents a stronghold for the team and pilgrims. This month the ladies weekend E192 theme song “The Table” was chosen due to a fondness of the R Gaylene Guest and has deep meaning for her. She has shared it with team and the community. She will further share it at Sponsors’ Hour and the pilgrims. It will bring joy and strength to many as His spirit fills the place and our hearts. Megan Billingsley and Nicole Parish are the weekend MDs and have played this song dozens of times by Sunday closing ceremony. May music continue to fill our hearts with joy and meaning!

The women of E-192 will also lead music and provide the speaker for the March Ultreya.

Be there! At the Table! Be full of JOY!

All are welcome at the table, and all are welcome in the NCAE Praise Team.

If you are interested, please contact us.

Jim and Mary Ann (Mae) Krauss

 

Our 2020 Weekends!!

E-192 Gaylene Guest - Mar 5-8

E-193 Chris Scholz Apr 30-May 3

E-194 Sam Gero Oct 1-4

E-195 Milton Zapata Nov 12-15

All weekends will be at Camp Happyland!

Spiritual Director's Message

Author Max Lucado shares this thought: “With one sacrifice [Jesus] made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Heb. 10:14 NCV). No more sacrifice needs to be made. No more deposits are necessary. So complete was the payment that Jesus used a banking term to proclaim your salvation. “It is finished!” (John 19:30 NKJV). Tetelestai (It is finished) was a finan-cial term used to announce the final installment, the ultimate payment.

Now, if the task is finished, is anything else required of you? Of course not. If the account is full, what more could you add? [From weekly email Max Lucado's Encouraging Word 2/28/20.]

Jesus did His part, will you do yours? Salvation is assured for those who place their trust in Christ, in His sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary. Max tells us there is nothing we can do to earn salvation, Jesus has already done it. All we have to do is accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and life begins, real life with the choice we now have to live for Jesus.

Making that choice, places us on God's path to life. A life that Jesus shows us is not easy, is filled with temptations and conflicts against the spiritual forces of this world. We are in the battle of our lives, for the lives of our family and friends and even our enemies, against those very same forces that Jesus fought when He walked the earth.

This season of Lent we are in, is meant to focus us on the preparation we need to make to win the fight. Our Emmaus walk reminds us of the essentials: daily prayer, devotion, studying God's Holy Word, listening to the Spirit of God and then stepping out in faith, doing Christian action, living a life of piety in the power of God's Holy Spirit. This is how we live and win the battle for God's Kingdom come.

Take time this Lent to get prepared and live as Easter people, resurrected from death to life, life in Christ, for God and all God's people.

Jose Saldana

Spiritual Director

 

from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Here’s a little update from your favorite CLD. Right now, C103 just finished their last meeting. They are headed up to the mountain in less than two weeks. We almost have a full house of bugs. We currently have 22 caterpillars that are waiting very patiently for their sponsors to drop them off at Caroline Furnace. The address is 8481 Moreland Gap Road, Fort Valley, VA. The R’s of C103, Madison and Aiden, have done a fine job putting this team together with the guidance of our awesome Lord, Jesus Christ. The theme of the weekend is ‘Oh How He Loves’ The verse for the weekend is John 3:16.

As for our board, we are working hard to make Chrysalis thrive within our communities. We have lit up social media, both Facebook and Instagram. Last month, we read through the Gospel of Luke. We have been reaching out to other Chrysalis communities through our social media sites. We have been working hard to reunite bugs and team members from past walks. We through an Ugly Sweater party last month. We had a great turnout considering it was the weekend before Christmas, so the odds were against us. There were a lot of Ugly Sweaters that night and plenty of Reindeer games, singing and laughing all night long. We are planning our next reunion during spring time. So, keep your eyes open for more details as to come. We are also looking to enhance our teaming experience by adding relational evangelism aspect to the process. We look forward to teaching the entire team how to share their story with confidence anywhere, any place.

Fly with Christ,

Erin Prendergast

 
         
 

Community Palanca

The Men of E-193 are preparing for an amazing weekend (April 30-May 3, 2020) for the pilgrims. They can use your help in making their experience extra special. The men love the home baked items and manly snacks like beef jerky. There will be a clipboard passed around at the Ultreya to signup and a reminder email will go out before the weekend!

To assist the Palanca Chas with their sorting please put items in alphabetical order and mark clearly Team or Pilgrims. There will be a basket by the front door for you to place your Palanca that will go to the mountain with the ladies.

If you wish to assist in decorating placemats for Emmaus or Chrysalis please see me at Ultreya and I will have some for you to take home with you. Please return the decorated placemats to the next Ultreya.

If you have any questions or need assistance getting your Palanca to the team please send me an email : donnamor117@gmail.com

With love, De Colores

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 2019

The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2019 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