Board of Directors News
One time a year the United States celebrates a day of national thanksgiving. This day of thanks, which we should celebrate every day, is observed on the fourth Thursday of November each year. While it holds historical significance, the general theme is a day set aside for us to reflect beyond our selfish needs and turn our attention to God and what he has done in our lives by enjoying a day of celebration and rest. Today most Thanksgivings are commemorated with a meal that results in a food coma bookended with plenty of couch time watching football, parades, or the National Dog Show. For me, Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays and I look forward to it each year. However, this is 2020 and like most things this year, Thanksgiving will be much different than the “normal.
This year, I as we sit down at the table and give thanks for our meal and many blessings. I will be praying for each of you in our community.
Community Lay Director
“Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts His people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones."
October Ultreya online was joyful. Edwin Darden blessed us all with sharing from his heart. Milton Zapata and the gang lead music, with Ed’s talk song being “The Voice of Truth”. The emphasis on the song being "Do not be afraid”, “it tells me a different story”, “this is for My glory” - such rich lyrics.
November music will be lead by Jerry Wills and Eric Teitelman. There will be a special treat with Hebrew lyrics in one of the songs. It will be a “Blessing”! This journey has kept us focused on Jesus and thinking of the NCAE community. If you have songs you prefer or would like to participate, please reach out to us. We are holding to the recommended social distancing guidelines. There are opportunities to serve in various ways. Huge thanks to all who serve the Lord by their commit-ment to making the recordings happen. You are a blessing! May you be richly blessed.
DeColores and Fly With Christ!
The Board has voted to push the men’s weekend of E-193 to the next scheduled weekend. This will push all scheduled weekends date which is currently scheduled at Camp Happy Land on October 1-4. These dates are subject to change depending on the recommendations from governing bodies. The Board will continue to follow or exceed the recommended guidelines by the CDC and local heath organizations.
In our Emmaus community we have the privilege of showing God's love to the world in a unique and special way. And so Christ’s answer to the Pharisee who asked Him what’s the greatest commandment, is especially important to us. We all remember that in Matthews version of this story, Matthew 22: 34-46, the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus with this question, in essence asking what part of scripture is more important, what’s the number one law? But Jesus doesn’t fall for their trap instead He answers by asking what is the summation of the law? This is not just a Biblical question; it is not just a doctrinal question. It is a life question, a living question. How do you live your life? What code do you follow? I believe it is our focus on this question that makes our community unique and powerful.
As Christians we are called to love as God loves, perfectly, sacrificially, completely. We don’t get to pick and choose who we are going to love or when we are going to love or even how we are going to love. We are called to love as Christ loved, Who gave Himself up for us. Let us be clear, Christ left heaven, came to earth as a baby, lived every step in touch with the Father’s will and died that we might have life. This is the example of Christian love that we are called to emulate, love as God loves and as Christ demonstrated. A love that stops at nothing, a love that gives completely, a love that includes everybody.
In the second half of our scripture after Jesus has answered the question posed, He turns and asks the Pharisees a question. Jesus is trying His best to teach the teachers asking: 41 … “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” 43 Jesus said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:
‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ’? 45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.
Jesus says, look guys your own scriptures testify that the Son of God is coming from the house of David so why is it so hard for you to believe that I am the Son of God and that you need to listen to Me. Why is it so hard for you to love and reach out to your brothers and sisters with the same love God has already shown to you?
Put aside your interpretations, your personal beliefs about what My word says and listen to what I am telling you. Obeying the law means you have to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ Loving God means you love your neighbor as yourself, forgiving them 70 times 7 and loving God means you love your enemies.
For it is on these two commands that our life, and the life of our community, must be based if we want to be the kingdom of God that Christ has called us to be. God's kingdom starts with God, Who put love first, Who completed the law on the cross, and Who calls us to live His love. In our Emmaus community we need to live as Christ showed us how, by loving God completely, with all we are, and loving our neighbors as our-selves.
I would like to take the time to thank the Board members from the Class of 2020 for their service and dedication to making Chrysalis what it is today. They have all graciously decided to take on another two years as the new Class of 2022. I will be continuing as the CLD. Two members of the Class of 2020 had to step down due to other commitments outside of Chrysalis. I would like to personally thank Katie Rowe and Aiden Wills for their hard work and contribution to making Chrysalis what it is today. At the same time, I would like to welcome our new members, Rich Goad and Madison McDonald. I know they will bring a lot of great ideas to the table and look forward to working with them. The board met last month and with a sad heart, we have collectively decided to postpone the January weekend. We felt with the uncertainty of this virus and virtual school system in place, it would hinder the teaming experience and the bug applications. Hopefully, we can pick up where we left off.
Chrysalis decided that we needed to stay connected to the bugs from past weekends. We have come up with Virtual game night. Our first game night was Aug 26th. It was a small crowded, but that did not stop them. Kayleigh, Becca, Casey, and Bryson wanted to figure a way to stay connected and have fun at the same time. So, they brought out Jackbox. It was a blast playing. It made me feel 20 years younger. This will be a monthly get together. It will be held every fourth Wednesday of the month. We will be posting alerts on social media. I hope everyone comes and joins us in a little down time of fellowship and games. So, don’t forget to bring your humor and your drawing skills. Here are a few pictures from our game night. I hope to see more faces next time.
Fly With Christ,
Three Cheers for Palanca !
We are so excited to carry on our love of Emmaus by helping with Palanca . We are ready to collect, organize and distribute Palanca.
Do you want to make palanca bags ? We have a pattern .
Join us on this Rainbow journey... As we share God’s love .Ruth Washburg
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2020 as follows:
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