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Lay Director's Message


In this environment where many people are struggling to make ends meet, this was the question that came to my mind – what should I do to be free of debt? How can I make sure it is paid in full?

Other than when you sell your home or when you pay off your car, you are never really out of debt! Because you go right out and buy another! Now some of you are blessed that you can manage to live without borrowing money and that is such a blessing, but I think most of us, need to at some point to borrow someone else’s money in order to live as we want to. I think I have been in debt since I got my first Central Charge Card! Homes, family, kids, braces, schools, marriages, business expenses, cars and trucks. Most of this is because we love those around us and want, what we think, is the best we can do for those we love. Because on and on it goes…. we have become accustomed to debt just being normal part of our lives.

But did you ever think what if The Publishers Clearing house called, or the big lottery winning ticket was yours? What if you could really call in and say, “Take this job…”? What if your financial debt was paid for and you were totally free of it? How sweet it would be! For most of us - yes, we have thought this. I remember my Dad filled out that Publishers Clearing house thing each year saying, “someone has to win, after all it was free!” That someone wasn’t us. I remember when Virginia Lottery first came out and all that hope of winning the big one was there. Even now when that number gets way up there, we think that “what if?”

The world we live in today has taught us to earn a living. It started while we were young, with earning praise from parents and teachers. We learned this before we could even speak. We learned that hard work was what earned us enough to make it in this world. And that’s what we have done – school/work were places we could work hard and see the results. In this working hard, what we miss out on is God’s offer of grace. We try to earn his love. Our Emmaus weekend is such a lesson in His Grace, and for me, it took all those years until I walked to understand that His Grace was free and there just for the asking.

Well I’m here to tell you, you have already won! Our debt is paid! The big check has your name on it! God sent His son for you and for me. When He was lifted on that cross, my sins, my debt, was up there with HIM – and it was paid in full. I did not have to earn it. It was given freely for me. Sometimes I feel I need to work to earn it – but the Bible tells me it was given freely. Since that day, we are no longer slaves or servants working to earn our salvation – but sons and daughters of God. Galatians 4:4 says, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son…That we might receive the full right of sons. Because you are sons…”. The word Paul uses is the same word he uses two verses later: “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his son into our hearts crying, Abba Father!” The spirit inside us pleads as a child of God, and NOT as a slave! We are his! “And since you are a son, God has made you an heir.” An heir to the creator of the universe! How amazing is that! In the song “One Thing Remains” we sing:

“My DEBT is paid, there’s nothing that can separate my heart from your great love

Your love never fails, and never gives up it never runs out on me”

This is the thought we should hold on to – we are sons and daughters of a God who has paid our debt in full. We are now new creations in Christ! And no matter what is going on around us, we are blessed to be part of the community of NCA Emmaus that has time and time again shown us that His love never runs out on us.

Let your light shine!

Mark Gibson Community Lay Director


Music Directors' Message

Greetings, community friends!!

As the Lord continues to bless and be present - we realize more and more how He speaks through music! At the last Ultreya, the song “Build My Life” - lyrics are: “worthy of every song we could ever saying, worthy of all the praise we could ever bring, worthy of every breath we could ever breathe - we live for You! And I will build my life upon your love, it is a firm foundation. I will put my trust in you alone, and I will not be shaken!”

UNSHAKEN- whatever life sends our way, our Lord is here, He reigns & keeps us positive with hope that is real. What goes in our ears enters our hearts - so keep it upbeat and be unshaken! Keep supporting the music ministry by being a part or participating in worship. Live for Him!

C-100 musicians will lead the February Ultreya and that is exciting. When they lead you can count on the thrill of trusting Jesus to be laced with great JOY that is so evident in their faces, voices and testimonies! Music is a big part of their weekend. Thank you to MDs Sean and Sarah!!

As always - contact us if you would like to be active in the NCAE music or need info about related events! !

De Colores!

Jim and Mary Ann (Mae) Krauss

All are invited to join in.


Our 2019 Weekends!!

E 188 ~ March 21-24 - Debbie McCluskey
E 189 ~ May 2-5 - John Rowe
E 190 ~ Sept. 26-29 - Carrol Cobb
E 191 ~ Oct. 31 - Nov. 3 - Jon Guest

All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia


Spiritual Director's Message

Valentine’s Day is coming. Are you ready? Of course this question can be a simple heads up for all those who have forgotten that Feb 14th is Valentine’s Day and they want to get their significant other something to let them know they are loved and cherished. But this statement can also be a reminder to all of us that Valentine’s Day can be more than a celebration of romantic love.

After all St Valentine was martyred for placing the needs of others above his own. John 15:13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (NRSV) He died for those who were persecuted, forbidden to marry and even restored the sight to the blind daughter of his judge. St. Valentines was a true disciple of our Lord, that we would do well to emulate.

For we too must remember that we serve a God who is love. A God who grants mercy and loves unconditionally. A God who recognizes that each of us has sinned, rejected His love and guidance, and yet a God who still sent His son to die on the cross for us. God loves and forgives you.

John 3:17-18 (NIV) reminds us: 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

We are pilgrims on a journey, butterflies who fly in God’s grace, prisoners in need of God's unconditional love. We are called, baptized and gifted by the Holy Spirit to proclaim God's kingdom come to all we meet. We are called to love as God loves. We are baptized to serve as Jesus served who laid down His life, that we might have life. We are gifted to make a difference for the lost, the downtrodden, the weak, the hungry.

4th day people, proclaim the gospel to our brothers and sisters who need, even hunger for the light of Christ. Proclaim the gospel even to those that do not know of their need, for it is for this that you have been saved. Be a true St. Valentine to someone today.

Rev. José Saldaña, Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Well a weekend is in the books and we have 22 wonderful butterflies just buzzing about Jesus and “Ain’t nobody gonna steal their Joy!”.....

To the community we would like to thank you for your prayers and support to make C-100 (woo-hoo) a success and you asked for just one (maybe) more thing....COME TO THE FEBRUARY ULTREYA ON THE 15th!!!! This ultreya is being run by our Chrysalis youth and we want all to know how great we feel about the Lord getting to our 100th weekend and beyond.The Ultreya is at Old Bridge United Methodist and here is the food on the agenda and what we ask you to bring to help out with: We’re having chili and baked potatoes at the February Ultreya

Community please bring: Appetizers, Salads, Cornbread, Desserts Young adult weekend June 13th – 16th and for the High School weekend August 15th – 18th. Thank you so much and May the lord be with you


Scott Marth

Chrysalis Community Lay Director


Community Palanca

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. As the last Chrysalis weekend draws near, please keep all the bugs in your prayers and show them as much Love as possible. As you know that is always the common thread in each weekend on how special all the love from the community touched the pilgrims and bugs.

The next Emmaus weekend is October 4-7. Sign-up sheet for snacks will be passed out next month. All your donations are greatly appreciated. Placemats for decorating can be obtained at Ultreyas or by emailing

Love, Love,

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 2018

The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2018 as follows:

Application: $35

Pilgrim: $250

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