He is Risen!!
Our monthly Ultreyas for 2018:
May 18 Ultreya Hosted by Sydenstricker UMC
Join us for our May Ultreya at Sydenstricker UMC. Dinner will be at 6:30pm. The service will be at 7:30pm.
SEE YOU THERE!!
Schedule for 2018
June 22 - Prince of Peace UMC
July 20 - Sleepy Hollow UMC w/Annandale UMC
August 17 - First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City
Wanted: Books and/or devotionals
Wanted: Books and/or devotionals to replace the books that are used for the Book Table on the mountain, starting with E184. If you have a book or devotional that you enjoyed and would like to pass on to the pilgrims we would greatly appreciate it. There will be a container at the February and March Ultreyas for you pass it on.
* Our 2018 Weekends!!
E 185 ~ May 17-20 - Charlie Duren
All weekends will be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia
Need to get your Agape to the mountain?
For future weekends we will have a large box out front in the Ultreya church foyer so you can leave palanca or agape for the upcoming weekends - please label and put your stuff in alphabetical order, by last name.
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
There is a joke circulating about a women who was tailgating another driver and when he caused her to miss the light she began ranting and raving, laying on her horn, etc. An officer tapped on her window, made her exit the car hands raised, and proceeded to arrest her. After getting her to the station he would eventually end up letting her go with an apology:
“I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, Naturally… I assumed you had stolen the car.”
One of my favorite songs is They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love. The bible reminds us as well in John 13:35
"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
Larry Walters was a truck driver. But his lifelong dream was to fly. When he graduated from high school, he joined the Air Force hoping to become a pilot, but his poor eyesight disqualified him. When he finally left the service, he had to simply be contented with watching others fly fighter jets over his backyard. One day, sitting in his lawn chair, he dreamed about the magic of flying.
Then one day Larry Walters got an idea. He went down to the local Army-Navy Surplus Store, and bought a tank of helium and forty-five weather balloons. These are not your brightly colored party balloons, these were heavy duty spheres that when fully inflated, measured more than four feet across.
Back in his yard, Larry used straps to attach the balloons to his lawn chair, which was just a typical aluminum lawn chair; the kind you would have in your backyard. He anchored the chair to the bumper of his jeep and inflated the balloons with helium. Then he packed some sandwiches and drinks and loaded a BB gun, figuring he could pop a few of the balloons when it was time to return to earth. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
“Rejoice Always”. 1 Thess. 5:16
Occasionally I will ask my grandsons what is the Bible verse for today. This is always their reply, as it is our verse we share. Rejoicing also keeps us with a song in our heart - song on our mind song of reverence, surrender, and joy!
The music for the following 2018 months is being led as follows:
Feb - NCAE Praise Team
March - E-184
April & May - NCAE Praise Team
June - E-185
July & August - Chrysalis.
The NCAE Praise Team musicians will also cover Sponsor’s Hour, other events and facilitate music needs such as Outreach and Team support.
We seek to involve community members and those wishing to participate and further develop as music leaders.
Our mission is to help create an atmosphere of Christian worship and fellowship. We practice on a weeknight prior to most Ultreyas - please contact us if you would like to be involved! Keep a song in your heart! De Colores, (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
I hope this journal finds you all doing well. I have a couple quick date announcements for you. Please keep these dates in mind as the teaming season gets super busy for our community!
Saturday, May 12 - Chrysalis Hoot! Anyone and Everyone is invited! 6:00-8:30 in the youth room upstairs at Christ Church
Saturday, June 2 - Chrysalis SD training. Come see what being a Chrysalis SD is all about and meet some other awesome pastors in our community! Time and place TBA
Young Adult weekend - July 12-15
High School Weekend - August 16-19
Now I have a special treat for you this month. The rest of this article was written by Judiclaire Kinerney, our Youth Assistant Lay Director. Keep her words in mind this month as we do life together, and let it be an encouragement in this world that is so full of anger and hurt. (more)
“I was in prison, and you visited me.” Matthew 25:36
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Please continue to pray for the team of Kairos volunteers currently inside serving the Kairos #7 (April 25th-28th). And pray for the follow-up “1 Day” reunion and weekly prayer and share meetings. The heart and soul of the Kairos is the follow-up. The commitment to disciple the new converts and encourage them in God’s way is critical to establishing and growing any church family. During the “1 Day” the new graduates are instructed on how to be good listeners and work together in prayer and share group meetings (essentially the same thing as what we would call a “reunion group”). This idea is very difficult one within a prison setting (especially maximum security), trust is in short supply. In order for the incarcerated to gather together weekly in reunion groups there must be at least one or two Kairos volunteers available to come into the prison and facilitate that meeting. The spirits are definitely willing…
We are always “recruiting” new inside team members, outside support team, life-saving forgiveness cookies (please remember to pray over them), love message in the form of placemats, and other agape offerings. You can be God's means for grace. What a powerful example of your agape love it is when you write a simple letter, note, or poster telling the residents that you are praying for them and that God loves them.
You can be a part of this powerful gift of grace. Find out more by visiting our Webpage: https://kairosnova.org
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2018, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $250
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.
Watch and enjoy!