Emmaus NCA E174 ~ Unsinkable Faith

E174 to be held at the Meadowkirk Retreat Center in Middleburg, Virginia (click for directions)

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E174 - Meadowkirk Retreat Center - Oct. 08 - 11, 2015

Cadre and Team

Cathy Betts ~ Assistant Chapel Cha, Growth Through Study Talk

Kristin Borsari ~ Assistant Dining Room Cha, Chapel Reading

Heather Bosley-Papp ~ Head Cha, Please Hear What I'm not Saying Reading

Mary Beth Burgess ~ Table Leader, Chapel Reading, Ultreya Fourth Day Talk

Vickie Carroll ~ Dining Room Cha, Agape Cha, Chapel Reading

Carroll Cobb ~ Assistant Head Cha, Lord, I have time Reading

Richard Cobb ~ Lead Spiritual Director, Prevenient Grace Talk, Means of Grace Talk, Sanctifying Grace Talk

Stan Esterline ~ Assistant Spiritual Director, Obstacles to Grace Talk, Means of Grace Talk, Justifying Grace Talk

Karen Gentile ~ Table Leader, Body of Christ Talk, Chapel Reading

Sam Gero ~ Chapel Cha, Priority Talk, Stations of the Cross Reading

Monica Gibson ~ Table Leader, Changing Our World Talk, Chapel Reading

Linda Girten ~ Talk Room Cha, Audio Visual Cha, Stations of the Cross Reading

Sheri Goad ~ Assistant Palanca Cha, Assistant Agape Cha, Life in Piety Talk, Who Me Reading

Vanessa Jones ~ Assistant Talk Room Cha, Assistant Closing Cha, Priesthood of All Believers Talk, Chapel Reading

Glenda Lambert ~ Assistant Rectora, Perseverance Talk

Laura Lewis ~ Assistant Music Director, Closing Cha, Christian Action Talk

Kathy McCray ~ Mananita Cha, Palanca Cha, Chapel Reading

Martha Petrizza ~ Table Leader, Chapel Reading, Via Delorosa

Patty Plummer ~ Old Buffalo, Floater Cha, Chapel Reading

Michelle Rowe ~ Assistant Talk Room Cha, Assistant Mananita Cha, DDU Fourth Day Talk, Stations of the Cross Reading

Diane Smith ~ Music Director, Chapel Reading

Susan Verghese ~ Rectora, Fourth Day Talk

Mary Beth Wilson ~ Table Leader, Chapel Reading

Robin Wisner ~ Table Leader, Discipleship Talk, Chapel Reading


A Message from the "R"

The theme of E-174 is UNSINKABLE FAITH – inspired by the story of Peter stepping out of the boat, in the midst of stormy weather, keeping his eye on Jesus and being able to walk on water! What courage, what faith on the part of Peter! What love, what care on the part of God!!! Peter must have later danced with joy, knowing he had earned bragging rights for life with that one act!! And how he bragged about Jesus’ love for each of us…. he became the Rock on which Christianity stands.

Oh that we can do the same! To have faith that would allow us to boldly say to the storms in our lives – He will calm you or He will calm me – either way, I will be dancing and singing on the waves, with arms flung wide, pouring out His praise!

Our weekend verse is Psalms 30:11-12: He turned my mourning into dancing; He removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy; that my heart may not be silent, but sing His praises.

Our weekend theme song is Overcomer by Mandisa – a song that speaks to all this, as well as being one that makes whoever hears it, want to dance with joy and praise the Lord! … even in the midst of our storms!

The team has been called together by God for this weekend – just as each pilgrim who will answer yes to the call. And each one will be clothed with joy – no sackcloths here! I know that in the weeks and months leading to our time on the mountain – October 8-11, 2015, each team member and pilgrim will have some experience that will lead them to say – “this was a God wink! A moment when I knew that I was meant to be on E-174; a moment for me to demonstrate/ lean on/ cling to UNSINKABLE FAITH”.

I have already had many such moments – from the day I was called to be the R! So each day I wake up and praise Him for what He will do in my life that day. I have begun to expect God to show up in unexpected places and unexplicable ways!! And He never disappoints! So my unsinkable faith grows stronger….

We covet your support and prayers for the team and the pilgrims and look forward to being witnesses of the great joy that will unfold on October, on the mountain – God’s dance party on the waves! Blessings, Susan Verghese


Linda Bishop ~ Wesley United Methodist Winchester, VA

Melissa Cihon ~ St. Paul UMC Woodbridge, VA

Teresa Cole ~ First United Presbyterian Dale City, VA

Barbara Cushman ~ Cameron UMC Alexandria, VA

Kelley DiNenna ~ Christ UMC Fairfax Station, VA

Lauren Doyle ~ Hope Hill Manassas, VA

Deborah English ~ Bethel UMC Woodbridge, VA

Penny Grabowski ~ Bethel UMC Woodbridge, VA

Sharon Hagen ~ Prince of Peace UMC Manassas, VA

Phyllis Hemphill ~ Victory Christian Ministries International Suitland, MD

Tara Holm ~ Fredericksburg, VA

Paula Hopkins ~ Prince of Peace UMC Manassas, VA

Gwen Jackson ~ Shiloh Baptist Alexandria, VA

Karen Johnston ~ Bethel UMC Woodbridge, VA

Diana Kelly ~ Dumfries UMC Dumfries, VA

Kaitlyn Kennedy ~ Falmouth UMC Fredericksburg, VA

Sandy Lohr ~ St. Paul UMC Woodbridge, VA

Susan McBride ~ Shepherd of the Hills Pewaukee, WI

Andi Pittman

Cindy Reney ~ Old Bridge UMC Woodbridge, VA

Karen Rogers ~ Lifepoint Fredericksburg, VA

Leigh Rosenmund ~ Christ UMC Fairfax Station, VA

Terese Smith ~ Bethel UMC Woodbridge, VA

Jessica Stoops ~ Bethel UMC Woodbridge, VA

Elaine Talbott ~ Christ UMC Fairfax Station, VA

Beth Touhey ~ Lifepoint Fredericksburg, VA

Terry Ward

Debbie Wells ~ Bethel UMC Woodbridge, VA

Robin Yost ~ Lifepoint Fredericksburg, VA


* Day of Deeper Understanding

Our E174 DDU will be held at 8:30AM, Saturday, October 24 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 planned, 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!!!