Emmaus NCA E184 ~ Safe In His Arms

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E184 - Meadowkirk Retreat Center - March 08-11, 2018

Cadre and Team

Vickie Carroll ~ Rectora, Fourth Day Talk

Suzie Cook ~ Talk Room Cha, Christian Action Talk

Tammy Crouch ~ Dining Room Cha, "Lord, I Have Time" Reading

Gail Dietze ~ Spiritual Director, Obstacles to Grace Talk, Justifying Grace Talk, Four Responses to Christ

Gaylene Guest ~ Assistant Rectora, Perseverance Talk

Lindsey Kirkwood ~ Music Director, Acts 1: 1-8 Chapel Reading

Monica Lehmer ~ Table Leader, "Seeing Clearly" Chapel Reading

Cara Leslie ~ Asst. Dining Room Cha, Asst. A/V Cha, Hebrews 10:22-25 Chapel Reading

Laura Lewis ~ Music Director, DDU Fourth Day Talk, Joshua 24:14-15 Chapel Reading, Via Delorosa

Janet Matthews ~ Chapel Cha, Stations of the Cross Reader (Narrator)

Debbie McCluskey ~ Assistant Head Cha, "Who Me?" Reading

Kathy McCray ~ Asst. Talk Room Cha, Priesthood of All Believers Talk, Four Responses to Christ

Dawn Mosteller ~ Old Buffalo, Four Responses to Christ

Caye Nelson ~ Table Leader, Body of Christ Talk, "Facing Trials" Chapel Reading

Laura Newberry ~ Asst. Palanca Cha, Floater Cha, "Witness for Christ" Reading, Ultreya Fourth Day Talk

Pam Oakes ~ Table Leader, Psalm 62 Chapel Reading

Charu Ramarao ~ Asst. Chapel Cha, Asst. Mananita Cha, Life in Piety Talk

Jodene Roark ~ Asst. Palanca Cha, Stations of the Cross Reader (Personal Thoughts)

Kat Schreiber ~ Agape Feast Cha, Asst. Talk Room Cha,"Please Hear What I'm not Saying" Reading

Michelle Seay ~ Palanca Cha, Discipleship Talk

Leanne Siedlarz ~ Table Leader, Growth Through Study Talk, James 1: 2-15 Chapel Reading

Joann Smith ~ Assistant Spiritual Director, Prevenient Grace Talk, Means of Grace Talk, Sanctifying Grace Talk, Four Responses to Christ

Shari Spring ~ Head Cha

Krystal Veneble ~ A/V Cha, "A Time for Everything" Chapel Reading

Lori Vige ~ Closing Cha, Floater Cha, "What Is Truth" Chapel Reading, Ecc 3: 1-5 Chapel Reading

Ruth Washburg ~ Asst. Dining Room Cha, Asst. Agape Feast Cha, Changing Our World Talk

Vanessa Watson ~ Mananita Cha, Asst. Closing Cha, Priority Talk

Stephanie Williams ~ Table Leader, John 14:1-14 Chapel Reading


A Message from the "R"

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.”

Our weekend verse is not one often quoted. You won’t see it on a T-Shirt or on a cute plaque at the Christian gift shop. But to me, I think it has some of the most beautiful imagery in the Bible. Picture for a moment the son; wearily and nervously walking home, defeated, believing that his future is as a slave in his father’s house. Or the Father; so happy to see his son again that he cannot wait a minute more to hold him and welcome him home, so he runs to meet him, not wanting his son to have one more minute of doubt that he is loved and welcome in his Father’s house. He sees past the dirt, the filth, the shame and is only concerned with holding his son in his arms again. And then there is the embrace and the kiss. So many beautiful expressions of our father’s unfailing love are expressed in these three sentences.

Webster’s defines prodigal as wastefully extravagant; having or giving something on a lavish scale. So, in many ways, the story is of a prodigal Father as well as a prodigal child. The team is committed to lavishly and extravagantly showing the pilgrims just how much their Savior loves them. We believe that, just like on the team, there will be prodigal daughters coming home to the Father on E-184, and we will be ready to run to meet them, to embrace them, and to demonstrate our Savior’s love and compassion.

Our weekend song is, of course, Prodigal by Sidewalk Prophets. In the chorus we sing, “Wherever you are, whatever you did, it’s a page in your book but it isn’t the end. Your father will meet you with arms open wide. This is where your heart belongs.” By His grace the pilgrims will see that they truly are “Safe in His Arms”.

The team of E-184 covets your prayers and support. We consider you our “29th Team Member”, and we love you very much!


Vickie Carroll


Diana Alfaro ~ Spirit and Life UMC Montclair, VA

Nylaine Aponte ~ Spirit and Life UMC Montclair, VA

Bonnie Ballentine ~ Old Bridge UMC Woodbridge, VA

Rebecca Berndsen ~ Old Bridge UMC Woodbridge, VA

Carroll Blair

Ashley Buckley ~ First Baptist Church Woodbridge, VA

Judy Camus ~ First United Presbyterian Dale City, VA

LaRae Curry ~ Sydenstricker UMC Springfield, VA

Kristie Firme ~ Ovid United Methodist Ovid, CO

Ashleigh Foster ~ Covenant Presbyterian Manassas, VA

Diane Gray ~ Old Bridge UMC Woodbridge, VA

Chloe Hamilton ~ Providence Presbyterian Church Fairfax, VA

Peggy Heins ~ First United Presbyterian Dale City, VA

Dawn Hughes ~ Above and Beyond Ministries Fredericksburg, VA

Andrea Jones ~ Old Bridge UMC Woodbridge, VA

Tonya Landaker ~ Freedom Worship Chapel Cambridge, OH

Ramona Meese ~mOur Savior's Way Lutheran Church Ashburn, VA

Nicole Mosher ~ Above and Beyond Ministries Fredericksburg, VA

Deb Mossburgh ~ Northern Colorado Cowboy Church Lucerne, CO

Patricia Nunez ~ Spirit and Life UMC Montclair, VA

Nancy Paine

Linette Romer ~ Christ UMC Fairfax Station, VA

Emma Selby ~ White Chapel UMC Fort Valley, VA

Deb Singleton ~ Christ UMC Fairfax Station, VA

Keisha Smith ~ Mt. Ennon Baptist Church Clinton, MD

Peggy Walsh ~ Bethel UMC Woodbridge, VA

Kim Winborne ~ The Believers Worship Center Upper Marlboro, MD

Trudy Zenerovitz ~ Trinity Presbyterian Herndon, VA



* Day of Deeper Understanding

Our E184 DDU will be held at 8:30AM, Saturday, March 24 at Springfield 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!!!