December Update

Hey Llano Emmaus Community. 

Just a reminder that we have cancelled the December Community Meeting.  I will miss seeing your smiling faces (even while you are wearing a mask) and worshipping with you.

We are now at $4,036.83 on our fundraising efforts for Mercy Center.  We are less than $1,000.00 from our goal.  If you have not donated, please pray about it and if you are led to do so, please donate as soon as possible.  Even a small amount will help us reach our goal. You can do that at this link.

We have several in our community that are fighting Covid19.  Please be in prayer for those that are suffering with it.  

I pray each of you have a healthy, safe and wonderful Thanksgiving and may it be a joyful time for you and your family. Give thanks with a grateful heart.

May God richly bless each one of you!!

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

Covid Update – Nov 2020

November 6, 2020

Llano Estacado Emmaus Community,

It is with much disappointment that the board voted last night to cancel the December community meeting and to postpone the Men’s Walk for November,. With the rise in Covid19 cases, we felt it was not a good idea to continue with the walk at this time.  If you had pilgrims ready to go, please let them know – but stay in touch. This will not last forever.

The next Men’s walk is January 14-17 and the Women’s walk is February 25-28.  Please pray that we can start 2021 with walks and Community meetings filling up and God can again move in the hearts and lives of our Community.  My theme for this year was “Get Excited about Emmaus”, but it has been difficult to get excited when we are in the situation we are in now.  I pray that in January God will bless our Community and we can all come back and get excited about what God is going to do.

May God richly bless each one of you and protect and keep you in His everlasting arms.  My favorite scripture is Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am you God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you.  I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  Continue to trust him.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Nov. 2020

Hello Community,

I pray you all are doing well and staying safe.  We are doing well and we’re enjoying the cool fall weather.  Tell me, what happened to fall?  Maybe it is coming back for a while, but our tomato plant, Canna and other plants froze and are in the dumpster.  We have numerous tree limbs that are broken and some on the ground.  We did not lose power but lost our internet and TV.  If you are still without power, I pray it will be restored soon.

The scripture I would like to share this month is Psalm 100, 1-2,4 “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!  Serve the Lord with Gladness; Come before His presence with singing”.  “Enter into His courts with praise, Be thankful to Him and bless his name.”  As you attend your church or attend Community, worship Him in spirit and truth. Worship Him daily. He is worthy!

The men’s walk November 19th through the 22nd is moving forward.  Please start registering your pilgrims.  Unless there is a huge reversal in the Covid-19 virus, we will be strictly following the CDC requirements for social distancing and wearing masks.  I know of two walks close by (not at Mercy Center) that did not social distance or wear masks and they have had an outbreak of Covid-19.  Two we know went to Candlelight and one has tested positive.  I know it is frustrating to have to do these requirements, but it IS necessary.  We had a Kairos Outside last month at the Mercy Center and we followed all Covid-19 requirements and NO one tested positive.

Thanks so much to all who have made donations to the Mercy Center in our matching funds donation.  We are most grateful. We have received just over $2,400.00.  If you have not made a donation yet, please pray about it and allow the Lord to show you how much to give. Remember what you give is doubled with matching funds. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 NIV

Our next Community Meeting will be Thursday, November 5th at Generations Church at 5201 University Avenue.  The meeting will be at 7pm and no meal will be served.  Please social distance and wear your mask.  You can wave, fist bump or elbow bump rather than shake hands.  Please attend and let us worship together. There is plenty of room to social distance.

Troy Brooks,
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Oct. 2020

Hello Community,

I pray you are all doing well!! We are doing well ourselves and really enjoying this cool fall weather. It is a very nice break from the 100 degree temperature. Hopefully, we will have a long fall and winter doesn’t come roaring in soon. However, we really do need rain. The sprinkler system is keeping my grass semi-green, but the field behind my house is almost just dirt. Pray for rain!!

The scripture I would like to share this month is 2 Corinthians: 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.

This is the scripture that Della Taylor used as her scripture for the Kairos Outside last weekend. I was the kitchen team leader and we had 9 women attend. It was a great retreat and God showed up and touched these ladies in a special way. It was really a challenge with the Covid-19 restrictions, and all the room changes that had to be made at the last minute to meet those requirements and to make everything special for the ladies, but we made it through.

The women’s walk October 22nd through the 25th has been postponed. A new date will be set at the next board meeting. The men’s walk that is scheduled for November 19th through the 22nd is on schedule. The Lay Director will not be able to work the walk due to the scheduling problems, but Mark Meurer and I with possibly one other previous lay director will pull it together. Several of the men scheduled to work also have conflicts, so if you would like to help with this walk, please call Mark or I so we can get the team filled. Due to the Covid restrictions we will be social distancing and following proper protocols to keep everyone safe. Please get you pilgrims scheduled. Please pray for this walk.

Our next Community Meeting will be Thursday October 1st at Agape United Methodist Church. 1215 Slide Road. No meal will be served. Please come at 7pm and let’s worship together.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

The Upper Room Communicator Report

Hello from your Upper Room Communicator!!

I Hope you all are in good spirits and in good health!

I want to send a reminder about the virtual regional gathering and you can register on the website:
www.upperroom.org
Please sign up to gain insight on Emmaus!!

I would like to encourage each of you and your community members to attend this regional gathering as we all are one in body.

As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns, and please let me know if you have any praises as I love to praise with you!

Blessings of love and joy,
Mandy Schuman