From the Desk of the Lay Director – June 2018

It is hard to believe that it is still not summer.  I do not think I want to live on the equator. But today, the wind was still blowing but it was cooler.  It was nice to be outside, but knowing if I got too hot I could go inside with the air conditioner.  I am spoiled.  Air conditioning we take for granted, until we do not have it.  It is hard to remember the days when I was in grade school, all we had was the attic fan.  We slept with the windows open.  Remember Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.  I slept under my bed and, to this day, when there is a large gathering of birds, I still get nervous.  But, yes, I watch it again when it comes on.  Memories are so unique.  The smell of the skunk.  Most people do not like it.  I remember going to my grandparents.  We always arrived after midnight.  They lived in the country and, there was the smell of a skunk when we got within five miles.  To this day, when I smell a skunk, I look up to see if I am near my grandparent’s house. Life is about the wonderful memories we have.  We can remember them as good or we can remember them as half empty. 

We have the opportunity to create new memories with our families, our friends or the people we pass on the street.  Not all of us will have the opportunity to create world peace, find the cure for cancer or eliminate the calories in chocolate, but we do have the opportunity to make “disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” 

Poppy Beard, (you know how awesome she is.  If you do not know her, make it a point to do so.  So much love and energy for the Lord) has ten women from her ministry who would love to have a stronger relationship with the Lord and would like to attend Women’s Walk #145.  There is room on the walk for them.  I know the team will be blessed by their presence.  Unfortunately, they only have funds for one-half of the cost of the walk.  Could you please pray to consider financially sponsoring one of these women.  Poppy will have the other areas of sponsorship covered.  If you cannot pay one half ($87.50), please give what you can.  “This poor widow put in two very small copper coins.”  Luke 21:1-4.

You may mail me a check, payable to Emmaus (8605 North County Road 3900, Lorenzo, TX 79343) or put your contribution in an envelope and write on the front of the envelope Women’s Walk #145 at Community on June 7.  Blessings to you!

Want to get involved:

Emmaus is looking for persons to fill the following committee positions:

Reunion Group Coordinator:  This person helps keep the reunion lists on the website up to date.  Will involve talking to community members about their reunion groups, pass an information sheet around at community and sending the information in to be updated on Website.

This will help babe chicks or other members get connected with a reunion group.

Nominations Committee:  Emmaus is looking for two people from the Community to serve on the Nominating Committee with the three Board members.  This is a one year term and this committee is responsible for nominating Board Members of the Class of 2022 and Lay Directors for the rest of 2019 and for 2020.

Please contact me or a Board Member if you are interested or want more information.  Please pray about filling these positions.

Facebook:  Llano Estacado Chrysalis/Emmaus

UPCOMING WALKS:

June 14-17 Women’s Walk #145

August 2-5 Women’s Walk #146

August 30-Sep 2 Young Women’s Journey #43

September 13-16 Young Men’s Journey #35

September 20-23 Men’s Walk #102

Community Meetings:

June 7, 2018, Broadway Church of Christ 1924 Broadway.  Bring food for the community meal, which will start at 6:30, followed by worship at 7:15.

July 5, 2018 Westmont Christian Church 4808 Utica.

August 2, 2018, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, across from Mercy Center.  Please celebrate the send off of Women’s Walk #146.  We will meet on the patio of Mercy Center at 6:30 to cheer the pilgrims and team.  There will be no Community meal, but please consider bringing food agape for the Walk.  Remember all the goodies you had on your walk.  Worship should begin at 7:15 or a little after.

If you wish to get a phone reminder of the upcoming Community gatherings, please send me an e-mail telling of the phone number you wish the phone blast to call.  Make sure the number will accept a voice message.  There were so many incorrect numbers on the database so we are trying to get it updated. My e-mail is glendonnacampb@speednet.com.

If you have any questions, please feel free to seek me or one of the board members.  We do welcome your comments and suggestions.  We are working on putting the Board e –mail information on the Website so you may access it if you want to contact one of us.

Please continue to keep the Board in your prayers as they go about the business side of Emmaus. And of course, please pray for rain.

De Colores,

Donna Campbell

From the Desk of the Lay Director – May 2018

They say there are only two things in life that are a given: death and taxes. I think there is a third: CHANGE. No one can go through life without change. Some good (thank God for the blessings) and some not so good (Thank God for walking with you during these times.)

I watched the pilgrims’ faces during send off. They waited with apprehension for their name to be called. They trusted their sponsors, but, there still was some uneasiness about the unknown.

When I first started coming to candlelight several years ago, I sat in the back of the church. I got to see the pilgrims’ faces when they first came through the door. Shock, wonderment?

Now, I sit at the front of the church. I do not see the first reaction, but I get a close view of the astonishment on their faces when they are climbing the risers and realize that these people are here for them. Their faces are glowing.

At closing, I get to sit next to them and watch their faces and listen to their testimonies. They are not the same people they were on Thursday night.

They formed a family during the weekend. Staying connected is the key. Please welcome the pilgrims of Men’s Walk #101 into your reunion group or start a reunion group with them. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:20

The Chrysalis Community is hosting a fund Raiser on Saturday, May 5 at St Joseph’s Hall (21st and Division, one block west of Mercy Center) from 6 – 7:30 PM. Fajita dinner with all the trimmings. Then stay for candlelight at St Joseph’s Catholic Church at 8:00PM. If you have not been to a Chrysalis candlelight, you will enjoy it. Registration fees for all Chrysalis’ journeys are funded by fund raisers such as this. Please come and support the Chrysalis Community. They are asking for a $10.00 minimum donation.

Want to get involved?

Emmaus is looking for persons to fill the following committee positions:

Reunion Group Coordinator: This person helps keep the reunion lists on the website up to date. Will involve talking to community members about their reunion groups, pass an information sheet around at community and sending the information in to be updated on Website.
This will help babe chicks or other members get connected with a reunion group.

Babe Chick Trainer: This person meets with the babe chicks at the Community meeting at 6:00. They go over reunion groups, sponsorship training and ways to get involved with Emmaus.

Nominations Committee: Emmaus is looking for two people from the Community to serve on the Nominating Committee with the three Board members. This is a one year term and this committee is responsible for nominating Board Members of the Class of 2022 and Lay Directors for the rest of 2019 and for 2020.

Yes, you will get training (and much blessings) on these positions. Emmaus thanks Donna Altman (Babe Chick Trainer) and Lana Cawthron (Reunion Group Coordinator) for your service to Emmaus.

Please contact me or a Board Member if you are interested or want more information. Please pray about filling these positions.

Website: llanoemmaus.org
Facebook: Llano Estacado Chrysalis/Emmaus

Upcoming Walks:

June 14-17 Women’s Walk #145
August 2-5 Women’s Walk #146
August 30-Sep 2 Young Women’s Journey #43
September 13-16 Young Men’s Journey #35
September 20-23 Men’s Walk #102

Community Meetings

Thursday, May 3, 2018, St Joseph’s Catholic Church, across from Mercy Center. Please meet at 6:30 for sendoff of the Young Men’s Journey #34 on the Mercy Center Patio followed by worship at 7:15 at St Joseph’s Church. There will be no meal this time, but please consider food agape for the Journey.
Thursday, June 7, 2018, Broadway Church of Christ 1924 Broadway. Bring food for the community meal, which will start at 6:30, followed by worship at 7:15.

If you wish to get a phone reminder of the upcoming Community gatherings, please send me an e-mail telling of the phone number you wish the phone blast to call. Make sure the number will accept a voice message. We are updating the database. My e-mail is glendonnacampb@speednet.com.

If you have any questions, please feel free to seek me or one of the board members. We do welcome your comments and suggestions.

Please continue to keep the Board in your prayers as they go about the business side of Emmaus.

De Colores,
Donna Campbell

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Apr. 2018

This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Our church went from the darkness of Friday night to the glorious beauty of Sunday morning. Our church looked so pretty decorated in its Easter finery and the message that God loved us so much that he gave his only son for us. WOW!

Let us rejoice each day in all the things God has given us. And make sure we thank him daily. Each of us have so many blessings; it is hard to name them all, and I am afraid that I do take them for granted at times.

It is a new year!!! On April 1, 2018, the Emmaus community has a new community lay director and four new board members.

My name is Donna Campbell, and I am so honored to be able to serve as your Community Lay director for the year 2018/2019. Remember, God will open new doors when old ones are closed. Be open to new opportunities and directions in your life. I do not think this was on my five year plan, but I am so excited about this blessing in my life.

Thank you retiring board members: Margaret Rohde, Judy Van Gilder and Rick Pinkerton.
Thank you for your service.

And, we welcome the new board members: Jan Watts, Judy Butcher, Mark Meurer and Monty Linder. We look forward to working with them during the upcoming year.

Could you please make a commitment to sponsor at least one pilgrim during the upcoming year? There are so many of your friends, church people, co-workers who could be strengthened and blessed by attending an Emmaus weekend. Please pray about it.

The website (llanoemmaus.org) has a lot of information about community gatherings, upcoming walk dates and applications for sponsorship. Please go and check it out. If you receive this newsletter, you are on the e-mail list. Check with your Emmaus friends to make sure they are getting the newsletter also. If they do not, give them the website and there is a place for them to sign up. Also, we are on Facebook.

UPCOMING WALKS:

April 6-8, 2018 – Outside Kairos #15 This is a great ministry for women. If you have not worked an Outside Kairos, there are several of us who can tell you more about it.

April 12-15, 2018 – Men’s Walk #101 The agape book is full, but they can always use baked goods. There are still some spots available if you know of a man who needs a weekend of strengthening, blessings and agape love.

APRIL GATHERING:
April 5, 2018 Oakwood Methodist Church, 2215 58th Street. Bring food for the Community Meal (6:30); worship will begin at 7:15

If you wish to get a phone reminder of the upcoming Community gatherings, please send me an e-mail telling of the phone number you wish the phone blast to call. Make sure the number will accept a voice message. We are updating the database. My e-mail is glendonnacampb@speednet.com.

If you have any questions, please feel free to seek me or one of the board members. We do welcome your comments and suggestions.

But, in closing, we do request you to continue to keep the Board in your prayers as they go about the business side of Emmaus.

De Colores,
Donna Campbell