HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
These scheduled Ultreyas will be simulcast LIVE from the scheduled Ultreya locations.
January 21 - Virtual
The Board is also cognizant of the current events related to COVID-19 and has implemented measures meant to protect the entire community.
3-4 weeks prior to a scheduled in-person event the board will vote on whether to resume or cancel the event as scheduled based on the following criteria.
Resume Scheduled In-Person Events - if the positivity rate is less than 5% in the past 7 days and trending downward.
Cancel Scheduled In-Person Events - if the positivity rate in the locality where the event is taking place is 5% or greater in the past 7 days and trending upward.
The Board’s decision will be posted on our website and Facebook page. Chris Scholz CLD
On September 18th 2021 the NCAE Board hosted a Special Meeting to discuss proposed changes to enhance and streamline our Emmaus Weekends along with some words about the upcoming Elections and Nominations.
CLICK HERE to watch the recorded meeting which includes a Q&A session at the end of the video.
To comment on the video, send emails to: NCAE.Feedback@EmmausNCA.org
By His Power - DeColores, NCAE Board of Directors
Check out our new NCAE Intro Video!!
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
Hello to all my Brothers and Sisters in the NCA Emmaus Community. I am Tom Lambert. I worship at Christ United Methodist Church. I walked on E-104 and sat at the Table of Sowers and Reapers
I have been called to be your Community Lay Director (CLD) for 2022 and I am truly humbled to serve you. I would be remiss in not expressing my gratitude to all our previous CLDs for their incredible leadership, especially Chris Scholz, our outgoing CLD. Chris’s leadership and wisdom were instrumental in keeping our Community together during the last 21 months. Thank you Chris for being a powerful Man of God.
I also recognize that I will not be embarking on this leadership journey alone. I am blessed to be serving the Community with an incredible group of God-filled servants. Your Board is a gifted group of men and women who will serve faithfully. Together we will seek God’s wisdom and God’s will as we move the Community forward. Equally as important are the many servants in our Community who selflessly work behind the scenes to manage the many tasks that make NCA Emmaus a powerful instrument of the Lord. Thanks to all of you who serve in these roles.
When we gathered together at Christ Church last November, my heart was filled with hope. Just over 70 people gathered with me. Most wore masks and socially distanced. God is good. Denise Parris delivered a wonderful testimony and the music was Spirit-filled. It was an awesome Ultreya. (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
Happy New Year to all. The past two years have brought many challenges to everyone. Those challenges include: not seeing family, health, financial, teaching, education, job security, work place environment, remembering to wear a mask, washing hands often, and the list goes on and on. Although wearing a mask and washing our hands should be automatic, I find myself walking toward the store when I realize I forgot my mask.
How often do we forget to give thanks, honor, and glory to our King, Jesus Christ. These COVID years have tested many people. Through all of this continuing, I find myself so much closer to Jesus. I find myself giving thanks for the tiniest bit of goodness, health, a simple smile (yes, through the mask one can see a smile), joy, the laughter of a child, a token of kindness.
We have much to be thankful in our Emmaus Community. We are reaching out to others through phone calls, social media, cards or letters, and text messages. I’m not a fan of social media, but occasionally I will comment in a positive direction. The direction of our Emmaus Community having face to face Ultreyas and weekends remains to be seen. I trust God and I know, if need be we have to scale back again because of Covid, we will survive another year. God has this. God has all of us. God is in control. Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Don’t doubt God. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
Happy New Year!
There’s joy in the house of the Lord! Now, whether we are able to be in the house or online the joy is evident. Through these battles of sickness or weather or discord, the battle belongs to him and he fights for us. If we only open our eyes, he will make a way. Our fear doesn’t stand a chance when we stand in his love. For his name is victory, all praises will rise to Christ our King. By his spirit we will rise from the ashes of defeat, the resurrected King resurrecting us. We will fear no more. Song lyrics tell a story, lift us, inspire us, praise him and helps us overcome.
I have a great new devotional about hymns and their history, I would like to share this recent one from long ago. Charles Miles was a pharmacologist and photographer. While waiting in the dark room in 1912 for film to develop, he read John 20 and thought of Jesus’s resurrection. He envisioned himself in the garden of the empty tomb and the wonder of seeing the risen Christ. Out of this experience, Miles penned the words to the song “In the Garden”. The lyrics are so beautiful. Also, it is through that perhaps the garden was a repented place of prayer for Jesus, not just the night he was arrested.
During 2022, may we keep a song in our heart and write our own songs of love to him of the awe we experience as he conquers all. Our Lord is still on the throne!
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
I hope everyone is doing well and getting their vaccinations. Over the last year, I know that Covid has affected everyone differently, some good and some bad. I know our community has been hit hard with depression, anxiety, separation, and plain old fear to say the least. According to the most recent study done in 2019, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 2nd amongst those who are between the ages of 15-34 years old. The Board and I want to let you know that you’re NOT alone. You have a community that loves and cares about you. If you are experiencing any of these negative feelings, I encourage you to reach out to someone. It could be a friend, table mate, teammate, or a Spiritual Director, just someone. I want you to know that YOU’RE NOT ALONE.
There are hotlines that you can call. Here are a few that are helpful….
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ youth): 866-488-7386
Veterans Crisis Hotline: 800-273-8255 press 1
Some other online support with trained listeners and Counselors/Therapists as well….
BetterHelp: https://activation.healthline.com/api/member-offers/2168/redirect?lp=328&tc=120226&subid=betterhelp_suicideresources_textlink_1801&subid2=/health/mental-health/suicide-resource-guide&correlationId=cba9e45f-af7d-49fe-8af9-9969779e2c39 7 Cups of Tea: https://www.
There are also online support groups that help those who have loved ones going through difficult situations…
THRIVE app: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide: https://www.adolescenthealth.org/About-SAHM/Healthy-Student-App-Info.aspx
JED Foundation: https://www.jedfoundation.org/events/parents-action-fall-seminar-emotional-well-begins-home/
National Alliance on Mental Illness Resources: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers/Preventing-Suicide
It’s time for a check-In. The Board and I encourage everyone in the community to reach out to their fellow table mates, teammates, or even someone you haven’t heard from for a while and ask them how they’re doing. It might be a difference between saving life or letting one go. As part of the Board’s Time to Check-In, we are inviting you and the family to join us for Family Drive-In Movie Night. It will be held at the Pa-vilion at Old Bridge United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 17th at 7pm, if weather permits. The address is 3966 Old Bridge Rd, Woodbridge, Va. Our rain date will be the following Saturday, April 24th. We ask that you bring your own comforts from home and don’t forget the popcorn. The movie will be announced on our social media pages. So, keep an eye out for it! We hope to see you all at the movies. Until then, I leave you this…
Isaiah 43:1-2 NIV “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through rivers, they will not sweep you over. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set ablaze.”
Fly with Christ,
Erin Prendergast (more)
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 and Becca Washburg
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2020, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $215
Team Fee $250
While we're not in the habit of distributing the large volume of internet-sourced Christian media, every now and then a message arises that is so clear and convincing that we feel compelled to share it.
Many of us have heard this story, but it bears repeating.
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