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Lay Director's Message

Fireworks are one of my favorite parts about the 4th of July. I love seeing the explosions of light against the dark night sky. It is magical to watch as the light shines down on all of the people looking up in awe. It seems like a perfectly fitting way to end a day full of celebrating our countries independence.

I’ve been thinking about how fortunate we are to live in a country that allows us to be Christians without persecution. How fortunate we are that Jesus Christ gave each of us freedom from sin when he died on the cross. I don’t know about you, but I strongly believe that is something worth celebrating every day.

This month I challenge you, brothers and sisters in Christ, to bring out the fireworks! Be the explosion in the world that brings light and shines it down on the darkness.

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Stay safe in all your celebrations and travels this month. Hope to see you at Ultreya and bring a friend or two. As we will be celebrating the 19th Annual roBBQ at Sleepy Hollow on July 20th.

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

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

We all know this is true, after all it comes straight out of the Bible, from Matthew 6:25-24. So of course we always pattern our lives after this bit of wisdom, right? If anyone said yes I must say I worry about you! I recently had a routine medical test performed. At my physical this spring my Dr. detected a heart murmur and she wrote an order for me to have an echocardiogram. I said sure but put it so far on the back burner that when I had my next 3 month visit she told me I could not leave until the appointment was made. The day arrived and I showed up for the test. The actual test was not painful and only lasted 30 minutes but something happened in the middle of the test that introduced me to fear and trembling in a stunning new way. Seemingly out of nowhere the technician asked me if I was experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath when climbing stairs. I replied that I did not, but the question made me panic just a bit.

When I got up from the table I began the long, slow journey to the land of worry. I had moments of fear and trembling as I imagined everything from needing more tests, perhaps a stent or, even worse, bypass surgery. I eventually convinced myself that I would be recovering from surgery this month when I am to officiate at our son’s wedding. We went on vacation in the midst of this and I was reluctant to go to the beach because that involved climbing 32 steps and what if my heart exploded on the top of the stairs. All because a technician asked if I had experienced any heart related issues.

Have you ever been there with some experience in your life?

Finally, 3 weeks after the test I received the results from my physician’s office. The echo was completely normal. No sign of damage and a request that I repeat the test in 5 years.

As I reflect on the scripture above I realize how much better my life would have been over the last month if I had dropped the worry. What good did worrying do? It certainly didn’t add a minute to my life.

My encouragement to you, sisters and brothers, is that you, along with me, work as hard as we possibly can to let go and let God. Trying to work things out for God doesn’t solve a thing, and that’s a point worth pondering.

Pastor Dale, Spiritual Director


from the Chrysalis Lay Director

Hello, Family!

First of all, my apologies for bailing on you all last minute this last Ultreya. I am good, and little man is good, though I would still ask for prayers as I have become somewhat of a medical mystery in the past week. My liver has decided to try and spontaneously combust and nobody can seem to figure out why. But I’m not in any pain, I feel good (as good as you can in your third trimester of pregnancy anyway haha) and the baby’s still happily kicking away at me every chance he gets!

This month starts an exciting summer for the Chrysalis community, We have a Young Adult weekend happening this month, and a High School weekend happening next month, all at a new (to us) facility! As the community gets ramped up to serve together over the next few weeks, I pray that in the stress that sometimes comes along with these retreats that we will be overcome by the peace and grace of our awesome God, and that we can remember to do as we always tell the caterpillars – “let go and let God”.

The theme for the upcoming Young Adult weekend is “Every Giant Will Fall”, and this team has worked incredibly hard and faced so many giants already. With a new facility comes new challenges. They made it through an R turnover early on, and are working with a smaller team and cadre than the usual. However, they have each stepped up to serve and do more than their fair share of work to ensure the success of God’s weekend for the young adults that will be coming to the mountain this month. Please join me in praying for this team as they go up against their next giant – the couple weeks of last minute prep before the weekend happens. As God empowered David to stand against Goliath, may He also stand with INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY In case of inclement weather on the night of an Ultreya, please listen to the local television or radio. If Public Schools are closed, and after school activities are canceled in the locality where the Ultreya is being held, the Ultreya will also be canceled. 4 | P a g e this group of servants as they step out in faith to, in turn, love on and empower the young adult caterpillars of C-98.

Fly With Christ!

Nicole Parrish

NCA ChrysalisLay Director


Community Palanca

Summer has arrived and so has vacations and summer fun!

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 our 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 placemats are needed for each weekend..

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