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I am pleased to inform you that Heather Sprinkle was voted by the Board to fill a vacant position  on the Noahs of Ark Board of Directors for the remainder of this year.  Heather and her husband, Matt, and two children live in Dover and are members of First United Methodist Church in Russellville.  Heather will represent the northwest region of the state.


In other business, the Board voted to postpone indefinitely Chrysalis Flight 30 previously scheduled for July 2016.  Representatives of the Upper Room organization, with whom  the NOA community is in a covenant agreement governing the operations of the Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis Flights, and Face to Face Encounters, has informed us that we are out of compliance with the covenant rules regarding  the operation of the Chrysalis program.  The Board will be working with the Emmaus team at the Upper Room in Nashville, Tennessee, to bring our bylaws, standing rules, and practices in line with the Handbook on Chrysalis before resuming flights in our community.

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Fellow members of the Noahs of Ark community,

My name is Burt Ragland, and I have the honor of being elected president of our organization for 2016.  I am a pharmacist and live in Stuttgart.  I have served as a board member for NOA for the past two years, and was elected last fall to serve as president this year.  I ask for your prayers as the board seeks to serve God''s will through our work in this community.

I would like to introduce the following newly elected members of our board.  Our NOA bylaws instruct us to elect each fall one member from each of our five geographic regions.  They will serve 3-year terms.

Northwest Arkansas:  Drew Boyles (Bigelow)
Northeast Arkansas:  Faye Owens (Heber Springs)
Central Arkansas:  Becky Vaughn-Holsted (North Little Rock)
Southwest Arkansas:  Shari Coston (Hot Springs)
Southeast Arkansas:  John Martin (Brinkley)

In addition, Carolyn Gray (Jacksonville) was elected vice-president of our board for 2016.  Carolyn is serving her 2nd year of a 3-year term.

There is much work to be done.  We have two Chrysalis Flights and five Walks to Emmaus scheduled this year.  We are engaged in Lay Director training today.  We have committees to form to do the management work.  We will review our bylaws and standing rules to ensure they comply with the guidelines from the Upper Room in Nashville, with whom we have a covenant relationship to conduct the Walks and Flights and other business.  We depend on our community  members in all ways so that we continue to grow and strengthen, ever working to be more in line with God''s desires.  We ask you to seek pilgrims and caterpillars, sponsor them, participate in reunion groups, serve on committees when asked, and pray for God''s grace in all that we do.

De Colores,
Burt

Men's Walk #180 currently has openings for pilgrims.


Please get any applications with sponsor form and walk fee to the registrar so we can fill these walks up.


Mission:
Empowering Leaders through Emmaus & Chrysalis to be the hands and feet of Christ


Vision:
Fourth Day Leaders Embodying Jesus Christ