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Lay Director's Message

Our stay at Meadowkirk is over! Thinking back, it does seem as if we have been there for a very long time. So, I looked it up – E172 March 27-30, 2015 was the first weekend we held there. Now, 19 weekends later, we are starting a new chapter. Many lives were changed at Meadowkirk and we had a good 5 years at that facility.

Hello Camp Happyland! Kind of an appropriate name for us, don’t you think? Please pray for a smooth transition and many more weekends to be held there. Here is a picture I took from the air of the new mountaintop!

Of the many wonderful moments in our community events, one of the most moving one for me is the silence. Normally, we are a loud group – not known for silence by any means! Whether it is the first evening of a weekend or during the service – it is in those silent moments I feel God’s presence with me. At our last Ultreya, just after Gail spoke, in those few seconds that it took her to get the communion elements ready, I was moved. We all know just what is about to happen and yet we look on, maybe even in anticipation of the promise to come, the hope, the knowledge of just how much He loves us!

Let us make a focused effort to fill the next men’s weekend to be held at Camp Happyland, and show up at the Mananita and closing to welcome the pilgrims into the community. Let us continue to share this gift, that someone along the way shared with us.

Let you light shine,

Mark Gibson Community Lay Director


Music Directors' Message

“Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home, your house is on fire and your children are gone?” Have you ever realized how a catchy tune can lead us to join in and we don’t even think on what we are singing? It starts in childhood with rhymes - We sometimes don’t give the lyrics a second thought. Let’s pledge to all dig deeper, to know Him more, to praise in song, or let it be the cry of our heart, or uplift us! There are so very many rich songs out now that fit the bill.

Ultreya at Christ Church was great fun and meaningful as we danced and celebrated with the butterflies of C-102, and were mesmerized by the R Michael Arnold’s talk. Each month is full of JOY in sharing and fellowship, we have a lot to sing about! Thanks to all who were part of making September music happen.

Thanks to Laura Lewis for leading music for E-190 Sponsor’s hour. Thank you to Mallory Cave and Desiree Wunderlin who are leading this women’s weekend as we write this message. God is on the move and it is so excitingly POWERFUL! It is thrilling to see Mallory and Desiree’s joy as they embark on shining for Jesus before this team and pilgrims. They will be a great part of encouraging others and changing lives for Christ.

So when October Ultreya rolls around at FUPDC and Mallory and Desiree step up to lead let’s praise our Lord like never before. Let’s “Raise a Hallelujah”, call fear a liar, declare that “our God is greater”, “Open up the heavens”, say Amen with all the people, celebrate His “Reckless Love” and how He declares us “Flawless”. Because “This is how I fight my battles” with a “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and have the assurance that His love will “Hold Us Together”. One thing we know is we will “Celebrate the Presence” at Ultreya as we “Come To the Table” because “Death was Arrested” and “Whom Shall I Fear” when He’s “The King of My Heart”! Oh, What “Victory In Jesus”! We can even be UNDIGNIFIED.

De Colores, Fly with Christ,

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

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.” Job 12:7-10

I have been enjoying sitting outside watching the hummingbirds. God made these quite unique and fascinating creatures. They are so fast. I can’t seem to count how many of them there are because they flitter here and there in seconds. As I was watching them, one hummingbird came up within a foot of my face and just stayed there for about ten seconds. I was in awe. What was this bird saying to me? I walked away and came back only to have one almost land on my shoulder. This hummingbird just stayed and fluttered about my ear for about twenty seconds. I have to admit it was a bit unnerving. I wanted to swat at it, but God kept my hand from doing so. What do you want?

I closed my eyes and listened to the wings fluttering and God’s whisper. God was telling me to enjoy the little moments in life and not to concentrate as much on the bigger things that take my mind and joy away from God. I started to marvel at how small the bird is and how much joy I receive from these little creatures. God was telling me ‘Trust in Me.’ I thanked God for the moment.

The hummingbirds, bluebirds, butterflies, dragonflies, deer, and foxes etc. make me marvel at God’s creation. God wants us to enjoy the life we have been given. To forgive those who have done harm to us; to love one another as He loves us. Life is short here on earth. Don’t take life for granted. Live life to the fullest – with love, joy, peace, forgiveness, compassion, justice, grace and mercy.

God is always there. God loves us so very much. God reminds us of His presence in so many ways; we need to be more aware of those precious moments.


Gail Dietze


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Time sure does fly by fast when you’re having fun. Chrysalis has been working hard at just that, building leaders amongst our youth and young adults. We have managed to have two successful weekends over the summer. Give it up for the R’s and the teams of C101 and C102.

This past month, we have been blessed with new members on the board. We held boards elections last month. I want to welcome Allison Rock, ReAnn Newberry, Kelly Boden, Katie Rowe, Kayleigh Sullivan, Dan Hughes, Matt Lehmer, Bryson Frankfort, and Rick Sanders. I want to say thank you to those who have served these past two years. It has been a blessing to serve with you. I also want to thank Jerry Wills for stepping up to serve out the remaining CLD term. You have set a great foundation for us to work with to help grow and develop our youngsters to be great leaders in our community with God at the center.

We had a great turn out for our first meeting. We have been working hard to have our Bylaws revised, as well as, our Weekend Manual updated to reflect the signs of time. We have done a complete overhaul of the Chrysalis Bylaws - 35 changes. The usual procedure for voting on Bylaw changes assumes a minor change (maybe 1 or 2 by-laws). We are changing the procedure for the community vote on Bylaw changes as an individual vote on each of the 35 changes would be time consuming at an Ultreya. There will be a posted for the changes before the November Ultreya (after the Chrysalis board has approved the changes). We will also provide paper copies. You will be able to vote on each change via the URL or via paper. The results will be announced at the December Ultreya.

As one of the first acts as CLD, I put together a committee to select the upcoming R’s. We have chosen Madison Mosher and Aiden Wills as the R’s for C103 and Katie Rowe and Charlie Carroll as the R’s for C105. We plan to select the R’s for C104 after the January Weekend. The R’s for C103 have been busy putting their Cadre and team together the past couple of weeks. They begin teaming October 12th. We head to Happyland January 17th-20th. I ask for continue prayers during our teaming process. Also, pray for bug applications. We would like to bring 30 bugs to the mountains so they can be transformed by God’s love into beautiful butterflies. If you know any high school student who would be interested in going to the mountain, we are taking applications. Don't let your caterpillar miss out on an awesome C-103 weekend.

Fly with Christ,

Erin Prendergast


Community Palanca

Fall has arrived and soon the Men of E-191 will be heading to the mountain. Please keep the team and future pilgrims in your prayers and show your love with remembering them with your love letters and fun gifts. You can drop them off at the Ultreya in October and please remember to label team or pilgrim and also the walk they are for. Please help with snacks and drinks for the weekend. Sign up at the November Ultreya to bring goodies for the weekends as well. If you would like to decorate placemats please contact me and I will make arrangements to get them to you. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or contact me on Facebook.

With love,


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 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