Emmaus NCA E162 ~ Jesus Loves Me

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E162- New Windsor - September 13 - 16, 2012

Cadre and Team

Stephanie Barrett – Head Cha, Psalm 62 reading, “Please Hear What I’m Not Saying” reading

Bev Barthmaier – Table Leader, DDU Fourth Day Talk

Megan Billingsley – Music Director, Joshua 24:14-15 reading

Richard Cobb – Spiritual Director, Grace Talks, Four Responses to Christ

Nancy Cummins – Table Leader, Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 reading

Keri Finegan – Table Leader, “Lord, I Have Time” reading, “Seeing Clearly” reading

Doug Geeting – Spiritual Director, Grace Talks, Stations of the Cross Narrator, Four Responses to Christ

Nancy Geeting – Assistant Head Cha, Priority Talk, The Story of the Woman at the Well

Karen Gentile – Chapel Cha, “Facing Trials” reading

Donna Grigsby – Talk Room Cha, Christian Action Talk

Kathy Henry – Rectora, Fourth Day Talk, The Story of the Woman With the Hemorrhage

Lisa Kinzer – Assistant Dining Room Cha, Assistant Closing Cha, Hebrews 10:22-25 reading

Jennifer Marth – Table Leader, The Body of Christ Talk

Kathy McCray – Talk Room Cha, Discipleship Talk, Acts 1:1-8 reading

Jo Ann McLean – Table Leader, Growth Through Study Talk

Jeanne Miller – Table Leader, “Who Me?” reading

April Moore – Assistant Music Director, John 14:1-14 reading, The Warm Fuzzy Story

Martha Mraz – Assistant Rectora, Perseverance Talk, James 1:2-15 reading, The Story of Peter

Deborah Munn – Assistant Palanca Cha, Closing Cha, Priesthood of All Believers Talk

Jan Niehoff – Old Buffalo, Floater Cha, Changing Our World Talk, “Witness For Christ” reading

Sherry Sanborn – Prayer Warrior, Assistant Talk Room Cha

Noel Swearingen – Assistant Chapel Cha, Agape Feast Cha, “A Time for Everything” reading

Dawn Squires – Palanca Cha, Assistant Mananita Cha, Stations of the Cross-Voice of Mary

Barbara Teats – Dining Room Cha, Life in Piety Talk, “What is Truth?” reading

Barbara Turpyn – Assistant Agape Feast Cha, Mananita Cha, The Story of Judas


A Message from the "R"

Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 (CEB)

After she was widowed, Grandma Grace came to live at our house when I was almost three years old, and we were roommates for nearly five years. She was a beautiful Christian lady, and—because my parents were both “casual” church-goers—it was Grandma who first introduced me to Jesus. When the sun was shining, she would sit in our back yard with her Bible, her Cokesbury hymnal and her camp-meeting songbook, reading, praying and singing for hours at a time. If the weather didn’t cooperate, she would sit in our bedroom and read and pray quietly. Every night, she would lie in the twin bed next to mine and pray for everyone—her family, her friends, and all of the rest of God’s creation. And it was Grandma who taught me by first Bible songs.

Today, more than half-a-century later, the first song she taught me is still my favorite hymn. When I was called to be the “R” for E-162, I knew immediately that the theme and the theme song for the weekend would be “Jesus Loves Me.” This song, written by Susan Warner for her sister Anna’s book Say and Seal, captures in simple words a mind-boggling idea: Jesus loves me! And not just me. He loves everyone. Jesus—God Incarnate—loves us. That is why “Jesus Loves Me” is often the first song taught by missionaries to new converts, why it is one of the most requested hymns by adults at hymn sings. It is why the great 20th theologian Karl Barth said, “The central truth of the Christian faith is this: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

What an amazing thing! God loves us with an unconditional love. God always loves us. We cannot choose to have him love or not love us. He just does. We don’t have to be good enough or smart enough or religious enough or anything enough. God loves us because of whom—and sometimes in spite of—what we are. His love is embracing. And through that love, God empowers us to love and serve others and to spread the Good News—no matter how difficult that may be. Our God is with us, and who can stand against us? Finally, God loves us forever, and he never wants to lose us. That is why Jesus promised, “Whoever lives and believes in Me, though they were dead, yet shall the live.” God’s love is eternal.

God has assembled an amazing team of Christian sisters and brothers for E-162. I have been awestruck time and again listening to and watching this team, hearing and seeing how they already think and act as one. I often think that Heaven must be where we will finally have perfect union with the mind and heart of God and this team has given me many glimpses of that. Jesus shines out of each of these wonderful teammates, and I leave each team meeting humbled, uplifted and blessed. But the team of E-162 knows that we need the support of our wonderful sisters and brothers in the NCAE community. We ask for your prayers for this team and the pilgrims who will come to the mountain in Front Royal in September so that all of our new sisters will be able to walk back down that mountain saying, “Yes, Jesus loves ME!” (And yes, I think that I can hear Grandma Grace whispering softly in the ear of Jesus, a heartfelt prayer for E-162.)

De Colores!

Love and blessings,

Kathy Mae Henry




* Day of Deeper Understanding

Our E162 DDU will be held at 8:30AM, Saturday, Sept. 22, at Dumfries UMC. 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!!!


Michelle Alexander ~ Parkwood Baptist Annandale, VA

Mary Barbour

Rose Burns ~ Holy Sanctuary, Waldorf, MD

Nancy Bremer ~ Christ UMC Fairfax Station, VA

Candy Ferris ~ All Saints Episcopal, Dale City, VA

Pattie Folks ~ Dumfries UMC, Dumfries, VA

Jackie Fong ~ Sydenstricker UMC Springfield , VA

Jill Francis ~ Grace Baptist, Woodbridge, VA

Andrea Hall ~ Spirit and Life UMC Montclair, VA

Kathy Hartmann, Salem Fields Community Church

Jennifer Heiserman ~ Parkwood Baptist Annandale, VA

Michelle House ~ Christ UMC Fairfax Station, VA

Anne Kilbourne ~ Dumfries UMC Dumfries, VA

Shirley Lynch ~ Messiah UMC Springfield , VA

Debbie Pederson ~ St. John's UMC Springfield , VA

Denise Potter ~ St. John Nueman Catholic Mt.Laurel, NJ

Dani Radoye ~ Old Bridge UMC Woodbridge, VA

Jackie Rhone ~ Trinity UMC Danville, VA

Lindsay Schafer ~ Sydenstricker UMC Springfield , VA

Cathy Smith ~ First United Presbyterian Dale City, VA

Hilda Smith ~ North Bethesda UMC, Bethesda, MD

Francine Speziale ~ Christ UMC Fairfax Station, VA

Shari Spring ~ Newport UMC Uhrichsville, OH

Nora Strawder ~ Messiah UMC Springfield , VA

Marcia Struniak ~ Christ UMC Fairfax Station, VA

Kay Watts ~ Grace Baptist Woodbridge, VA

Patricia Watts ~ Grace Baptist Woodbridge, VA

Merle Wilson ~ Old Bridge UMC Woodbridge, VA