Emmaus NCA E155 ~ Knees to the Earth

E155 to be held at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, MD. (click for directions)

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E155 - New Windsor - Sept. 23 - 26

Cadre and Team

Gwenda Ayers ~ Dining Room Cha, Closing Cha, Thursday night; John 14:1-14

Stephanie Barrett ~ Floater Cha, Priority

Cathy Betts ~ Table Leader, DDU Fourth Day, Friday night; Stations-Narrator

Lorraine Cornish ~ Table Leader, Changing Our World Saturday Chapel: the "Four Responses to Christ (Woman Suffering with a Hemorrhage)"

Kara Davis ~ Music Director, Saturday Chapel; “Lord I Have Time”

Karen Gentile ~ Table Leader, Friday night; Stations-Mary

Nancy Gero ~ Table Leader, Growth Through Study Friday Chapel; Joshua 24:14-15

Kathi Hall ~ Rectora, Fourth Day

Kathy Henry ~ Head Cha, Saturday, Dying Moments;“Please Hear What I’m Not Saying”

Carolyn Janiczek ~ Talk Room Cha, AV Cha, Life In Piety

Maureen Kopp ~ Asst Chapel Cha, Asst Dining Room Cha, Thursday night; “Seeing Clearly” Prayer (Worship Book, pg 2)

Vicki Lamb ~ Agape Feast Cha, Thursday night; James 1:2-15

Pat LeClere ~ Table Leader, Thursday night; “Facing Trials” Prayer (Worship Book, pg 3) Special Music

Greg Loewer ~ Spiritual Director, Prevenient Grace, Means of Grace

Jen Marth ~ Asst Agape Feast Cha, Asst Closing Cha, Friday Chapel; Acts 1:1-8 Sunday Chapel; “Who Me”

April Moore ~ “Oh” Buffalo, Asst Talk Room Cha, Discipleship Sunday Chapel; Hebrews 10:22-25 (Worship Book, pg 6)

Jan Niehoff ~ Palanca Cha, Thursday night; Psalm 62

Amy Phillips ~ Asst Head Cha, Christian Action Saturday Chapel: Four Responses to Christ (Samaritan Woman at the Well) Special Music

Cynde Rogers ~ Asst Rectora, Perseverance Saturday Chapel; Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

John Slye ~ Spiritual Director, Justifying Grace Obstacles to Grace Sanctifying Grace

Diane Smith ~ Chapel Cha, Stations Cha, Mananita Cha, Thursday night; “What is Truth?” Prayer (Worship Book, pg 3)

Barbara Swingle ~ Table Leader, The Body of Christ Friday Chapel; “Witness for Christ” Prayer (Worship Book, pg 1)

Stacie Thompson ~ Asst Music Director, Priesthood of All Believers Friday; Special Music, “Via Dolorosa” for Stations of the Cross

Angie Winn ~ Asst Palanca Cha, Asst Mananita Cha, Saturday Chapel; “A Time For Everything” Prayer (Worship Book, pg 2)


A Message from the "R"

As noted pastor and author Ron Dunn has said, "Prayer is not a substitute for work, or merely preparation for work. It is work. . . . Prayer is the secret weapon of the kingdom of God. It is like a missile that can be fired toward any spot on earth; travel undetected at the speed of thought, and hit its target every time. ... . Satan has no defense against this weapon; he does not have an anti-prayer missile." Wow, a secret weapon with pinpoint accuracy against which our enemy has no defense! A weapon which is at our disposal every second of every day! What must we as Christians do to obtain such a weapon? That part is even more amazing! We only need enter the throne room of the Most High God with a humble heart. Yes. We can enter His throne room anytime, day or night……….on our knees.

Since my retirement in 2009, I started getting on my knees in prayer most mornings and I find an ever increasing need to do so. This small gesture of complete surrender to His will for my life has dramatically changed my relationship with our Lord and Savior. Our weekend scripture, Psalm 95:6 says, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker.” He is the Creator God, the Alpha and Omega, our only hope, and He deserves our greatest demonstrations of devotion. Of course, there are many ways to demonstrate our total surrender besides physically getting on our knees. It’s only one of the ways I choose to do it. Some may choose to hold their hands towards heaven, hold their hand over their hearts, or lift their faces to heaven in worship. Some may choose to just be still in their worship. Eyes open, eyes closed, speaking prayers out loud, journaling prayers, signing prayers (which I do often), or singing prayers. There are many ways to express ourselves in prayer.

During our lives we will experience prayer and worship in several different ways. There are, what I refer to as, our “everyday” prayers. You know……when things are plodding along as normal, no earth shattering events good or bad. However, there are times when we are so broken that we must be on our face, prostrate before our God. Then, there are times when the joy and agape love of God envelopes us so completely that we can’t help but lift our hands and hearts up to Him in worship. These three states of prayer are demonstrated by the women in our logo. Also demonstrated in the logo: the beautiful colors of God’s creation; the butterfly, demonstrating a new creation in Christ and that His mercies are new every morning; the words of life, “love”, “joy”, “faith”, and “hope”. Of course, the cross…….the center of all.

Life is not always filled with awesome moments spent in relationship with our Savior. Sometimes, He seems so far away. There are times when we need to work on removing those things which separate us from God. The other day while weeding my garden, I realized that digging deep and pulling out the weeds that create havoc in my garden is much like the work we must do. Removing those things in our lives that keep us from God’s best for our lives. Guess what??? Proper weeding in a garden must be done on our knees! So it seems of our lives, to have a right relationship with Him.

God has called together a wonderful group of men and women to serve Him on E-155. We have all been on our knees for the pilgrims He will send, the NCA Community, the New Windsor Conference Center Staff and for each other. God has placed on my heart to remind all who will listen about His secret weapon of prayer. In the ever-increasing difficult days of this world, we could all use a secret weapon, right? My constant prayer is that we will hide behind the cross so all may see the Light of Christ as we continue to carry all to Jesus…………..on our knees!

DeColores, Kathi Hall


Karen Acevedo ~ Grace Community Church Arlington, VA

Kris Atchley ~ Prince of Peace UMC Manassas, VA

Sandra Baron ~ Community of Faith Herndon, VA

Pam Buchenauer ~ Good Shepherd UMC Woodbridge, VA

Gina Drake-Zellars ~ The Gathering Oxon Hill, MD

Becky Dukes ~ Riverdale Presbyterian Riverdale, MD

Marianne Gearhart ~ Centreville Baptist Church Centreville, VA

Maria Hamilton ~ First United Presbyterian Dale City, VA

Shirley Hancock ~ New Life Community Manassas, VA

Gloria Harris-Coffield ~ First United Presbyterian Dale City, VA

Dawn Heddings ~ Grace Baptist Woodbridge, VA

Nora Hussein ~ Our Lady of Angels RC Woodbridge, VA

Rhonda Lee ~ Clarendon UMC Arlington, VA

Fran Marchand-Chute ~ Vintage Faith Community Church Fredricksburg, VA

Barb Matthews ~ First United Presbyterian Dale City, VA

Michelle McAdoo ~ Grace Community Church Arlington, VA

Sarah Mejias ~ Grace Community Church Arlington, VA

Sabrina Moore ~ Victory Ministries International Woodbridge, VA

Amber Ostrup ~ Christ UMC Fairfax Station, VA

Kathy Paulk ~

Terri Powell ~ Washington Community Fellowship Washington, DC

Ann Randles ~ First United Presbyterian Dale City, VA

Nefretete Rasheed ~ Korean UMC of Metro Detroit Troy, MI

Betsy Severn ~ Grace Community Church Arlington, VA

Phyllis Sheehan ~ Grace Community Church Arlington, VA

Courtney Tynes ~ Bethel UMC Woodbridge, VA

Jenny Williams ~ Victory Ministries International Woodbridge, VA

Terry Wingfield ~ Columbia Baptist Church Falls Church, VA

Rosslynn Wooden ~ Dumfries UMC Dumfries, VA



* Day of Deeper Understanding

Our E155 DDU will be held at 8:30AM, Saturday, October 16 at Cameron United Methodist Church (3130 Franconia Road
Alexandria). This will be a wonderful reunion, and a chance to learn a bit more about this amazing organization. Come hear about the history of the Emmaus NCA, how the weekends are pd, and how you can help with this blessed ministry opportunity.

Remember, you must attend a DDU before sponsoring friends or joining a Team.

Christ is Counting on You ~ See you there!!!