Join Us at Bethel UMC October 20! *
* Our monthly Ultreyas for 2017:
October 20 Ultreya Hosted by Bethel UMC
Join us at our next Ultreya at Bethel UMC. Join us at 6:30 for supper, followed by worship at 7:30.
SEE YOU THERE!!
and the upcoming Utreyas...
November 17 - Christ Church UMC
December 15 - Messiah UMC
Our 2017 & 2018 Weekends!!
E-180 ~ 3/09 - 3/12 - Nancy Geeting
E 184 ~ March 8-11 - Vickie Carroll
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.
NEW - Emmaus NCA Car Magnets Available
NEW – NCA Emmaus Car Magnets and Decals
Raúl Castillo at 703-307-8070 or email: 4DayJour@emmausnca.org
From the Community Lay Director...
From the Lay Director
This past month I attended a conference called Exponential. I heard the speakers talk about dreaming big and how big dreams change our prayers. Dreams drive us to our knees and to our prayer closets because we realize that we can not do the things we dream within our own power. Big dreams make us honor God and depend on Him. Today, join with me to dream big and ask big things of our God for the team of E 183. We want 30 men on the mountain. If each one of us will go and ask just one man, we will more than fill the weekend. What are you dreaming??? We need to be a community of multipliers!!! We need to be exponential multipliers!!! James 5:16 says “The prayer of the righteous person is powerful and effective!”. Let’s dream and pray for this team to be filled!!! Please come to the October Ultreya, October 20 at Bethel UMC, to greet the Pilgrims of E 182 and to meet the Dream Maker team of E 183!!! (more)
From the Community Spiritual Director...
From The Community Spiritual Director
There are many things in our Christian walk that we must be ready for; to be at our best as we meet the challenges and opportunities of our daily lives. As the teams do dili-gently in preparing for their weekends, we must also get ourselves ready each day to engage in the spiritual war-fare of this earthly life.
A good and necessary starting point is to go to Psalm 51 and call out to God for his mercy, for sin is ever with us and it must be banished from our lives on a regular basis. We may use the first four verses as beginning point for cleansing. Before we begin this prayer, it is important to identify the sins for which we ask forgiveness. In that way there will be no excuse or denial of what we have done.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgression. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my trans-gressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, and you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you have proved right when you speak and justified when you judge…….Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (more)
|From the Community Music Directors...
Music Directors' Message
"The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has be-come salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father's God, and I will exalt Him." Exodus 15:2
Wow - glory to God and kudos to the musical team lead by Lindsey Kirkwood last month at Ultreya. The music was described by the CLD as "out of this world". All worshipped and danced and had a great time singing and praising. What JOY! Thank you, Lindsey, Phil bass man and trailer driver, sound man Rich, and all who made this rock for His glory.
Hallelujah! Fall is a beautiful time of song and service for the NCAE community! Cooler fresh air, calmer days, and songs of thanksgiving and praise. October and November are full of teaming events and music. The MDs for E-182 and men MDs of E-183 will lead the DDU Ul-treya music for those months, respectively. If you are interested in participating in the music or sound support- pls know we would love it. Just reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are loved, you are welcome in this place!! (more)
From the Chrysalis Lay Director
As it is my last month as Lay Director I would like to say thank you to everyone. It has been a blessing serving my community! But before I go I do have some last minute business to let you all in on. Our Board elections are happening this August Ultreya. Here is the list on nominees we have so far. We just need 2 more adults to be on the list.
Here is the list for the 2017- 2019 Chrysalis Board:
Spiritual Directors(s) Jessie Kerns
Youth Board Members Matt Critchly, Joey Goode, Emma Grammar, Judieclair Kinerney
Adult Board Members Jon Guest, Kirstin Smith
As we vote on them coming up please pray over these names! Speaking about praying, please pray over the new Lay Director for Chrysalis as it is a big job.
Thank you all again for this fantastic year. See you at the Ultreya this August and get ready to see some new Butterflies!!! (more)
Kairos Fall Weekends
The Kairos teams for Kairos #69 at Greensville Correctional Center and Kairos #6 at Sussex-1 State Prison have started teaming for their weekends on October 12 – 15 for K-69 and October 19 – 22 for K-6. So, that means it is Cookie Time and Prayer Chain Time!
Homemade cookies are a tangible and meaningful expression of God’s unconditional agape love for the incarcerated and are a very important part of each Kairos weekend. Each team will take approximately 2,400 dozen (!) cookies into the prison for a Kairos weekend, which includes enough to provide one dozen cookies to each inmate in each prison in addition to the participants and team over the weekend. Cookie instructions are available on the team website at: https://kairosnova.org . Also, instructions for delivering the cookies to each team will be available on the website as the weekends draw near.
While the cookies demonstrate God’s amazing love, the Kairos weekends are powered by prayer as we seek the Holy Spirit to watch over each weekend and touch each participant’s heart with God’s love and forgiveness in a new and powerful way. Links to the prayer chain sign-up list, divided into 30 minute slots, and prayer guides for both K-69 and K-6 will be posted to the team website in the near future. A paper prayer chain is then created by the team consisting of paper chain links with the name and State of the prayer partner for each 30 minute slot. This prayer chain is shared with the participants during one of the talks on Friday morning as a powerful demonstration that they are not alone on this new journey with Christ. Please join many others from around the world, including Kairos brothers on death row, in praying for the participants and team.
Please contact Bill Iwig (email@example.com) or Ed Tucker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any Kairos team member if you have any questions about Kairos.
Matt 25:36 “…I was in prison and you visited me.”
Weekend Fees - Take Note!
The Weekend Fees for 2017, as set by our Board of Directors, are:
Pilgrim Application Fee $35
Pilgrim Fee $215
Team Fee $250
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