From the Desk of the Lay Director – May 2020

Hello everyone,

 We have made it through a month since my last newsletter. I pray everyone is healthy and the Coronavirus has not come near your dwelling.  Unfortunately we will not be able to meet again on May 7th.  I was so looking forward to hosting the Community Meetings. The Upper Room says Emmaus activities are suspended until at least May 11th. I am looking forward to seeing all of you again on June 4th.  I have missed seeing you.  

Bonnie and I decided that since we are isolated here, we would sneak off to our cabin in Timberon, NM and isolate there for two weeks.  New Mexico requires you to quarantine for 14 days.  When we crossed the state line, we got an amber alert signal on our cell phones that said “Covid 19, Stay at home orders in place”.  Bonnie said “They are tracking us” We did not go in any stores coming or going, but stopped to get gas only.  It was a great time and got a lot of projects completed at the cabin.  And you know, God was there with us with His peace and protection.  But alas, we had to come back to check the mail and pay bills.

We will find out soon what the Governor and Mayor say we are allowed to do.  Hopefully, we can start meeting and getting back to work.  Of course I say that but since I am retired…..  Hopefully, Bonnie can start working again soon.

In the last newsletter, I stated that the board was working on allowing babe chicks that have just completed a walk will be allowed to work a walk within the first year.  As previously stated, you will be allowed to work on the outside team.  However, after discussing this with the Upper Room and their recommendations, you will not be allowed to work on the inside team until after you have waited one year.  This will be discussed and settled at the next board meeting.  

As time progresses we will be notifying you as to the future of scheduled walks and rescheduling walks that have been cancelled.  Hopefully and prayerfully we can get back to normalcy very soon.   

I will leave you with Psalms 138, Verses 7-8:  “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me.  You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.  The Lord will perfect (accomplish, complete) that which concerns me, Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever, Do not forsake the works of your hands.”  May God richly bless each one of you in a special way.

Sincerely,
Troy Brooks, Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Apr. 2020

Troy Brooks
Troy Brooks

Hello everyone.  I would like to share with you my favorite verse.  It is Isaiah 41:10; “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”   Put your trust in him during this time of struggle.

Well, April 1st is here, April fool’s day and no fooling I am excited to announce that I am your new Community Lay Director.  I look forward to serving the community.  My theme for the coming year is “Get excited about Llano Emmaus.  I believe God wants to restore the Llano Emmaus Community to what it once was.  Do you remember when you completed your first walk, how excited and joyous you were?  Well, you need to get back in The Emmaus Community and get involved. You need to send your family members and friends on a Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, or Kairos Outside or get involved in Kairos or Epiphany and to attend Send Off, Candlelight, and listen to their testimonies on Sunday afternoon.  I would like to see the Church filled to capacity at these events and at our monthly community meetings.   I would like to see a waiting list to be able to go on one of these walks.  It is time to get back involved.

The Upper Room sent us a notification that we are to cancel all group activities for 8 weeks from March 16 until May 11th.  Hopefully this will all be over by then and we will be working towards some normalcy.  Therefore, we have cancelled the community meetings for April and May.  The Llano Estacado Emmaus board will be discussing the postponement of the walks that fall into this time frame at our board meeting that will be handled by conference call.  I pray that everyone stays healthy and in good spirits during this time.

If you have just completed your first walk, you now can work on the outside team within the first year and the board is discussing allowing you to work as an Assistant Table Leader on the inside team.  So if you receive a call to work, please do not hesitate, but get involved.  If you have already worked a walk, please respect the others opportunity to work. Once you have worked a walk you MUST wait a year before you can work another one.

If anything changes or we get a new directive, I will let you know.  May God richly bless each one of you in a special way. 

Sincerely, 

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

Coronavirus Update

Due to the ongoing issues with the Coronavirus and per the Governor’s mandate, we are cancelling the Community meeting on April 2nd. Hopefully this will be over and we can meet again in May.

I pray everyone stays safe and healthy. God bless.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director