Chrysalis May 2018

Good day Emmaus Community! This is the day the Lord has made and I am grateful I can rejoice in it.

It’s send off day for our Young men’s journey. This weekend is going to be AWEsome! This journey is full and these young men’s lives are going to be changed as they remember and learn more about being the disciples of Christ.

Make plans now to share in this journey. Attend send off tonight at 6:30 then Saturday at 6 pm help bless the Chrysalis ministry by participating in the fajita fundraiser dinner. Plates are $10 and all donations go to sponsor all our caterpillars for these journeys. 35 young men are attending free this weekend because of the Chrysalis scholarship program and your generous contributions.

Right after the fajita dinner then I ask that you walk across the street and allow the Lord to bless you by being a blessing to these caterpillars at candlelight. Come back Sunday at 4 to hear the amazing testimonies that will come from this journey. The team and the Emmaus and Chrysalis boards appreciate your prayers this weekend. Holy Spirit come and fill our hearts!

“If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”
‭‭John‬ ‭12:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

On a personal note Joe and I have been so blessed by all the love, support, texts, meals, and prayers as he walks victoriously through this cancer journey. He is receiving his chemo round 2 today. My personal thanks to the Chrysalis Board and the Emmaus board for all that you have done for us and for stepping in and covering for me this weekend.

Fly with Christ,

Susan Gillispie
Chrysalis Community LD

Chrysalis April 2018

Consider It All Joy

This is the day the Lord has made, I will BE GLAD AND REJOICE IN IT!

Do I really mean that? Even if the wind and dirt is blowing only how it can in Lubbock, TX? Even if my husband received his first cycle of chemo? Yes, finding joy and peace in all things, is something I have had to faithfully practice moment by moment this past month and then will continue to do so in the days and months ahead. Many of you have been on your knees praying for my family, loving us, feeding us, and supporting us through this new journey we must walk.

March 21st my husband, Joe Gillispie, was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer and yet we can choose to rejoice and we can consider it all joy. The peace that passes all understanding is active and we can experience it as we trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding but in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will make our paths straight. God is with us always even until the end of the world.

Friends, God is Faithful and His works will be displayed through this journey. We are at peace and we are standing on the promises of God.

We have some exciting Chrysalis news! Young Men’s Journey #34 is fasting approaching! May 3-6 2018 and Ryan Rathmann is the LD. We have many signed up but there is still room for more. Send your applications to: Jonathan Bloxom 2722 Frankford Ave. Apt. 501 Lubbock, TX 79407. 806-632-4764

That is a weekend that you can participate in, so make plans now! Saturday May 5th at 6 pm at the St. Joseph Hall 21st and Division St. Slaton, TX we will be hosting a Chrysalis Fajita Scholarship Fundraising Dinner. We need your support! All of our caterpillars attend our Chrysalis journeys free of charge and that is because of the fundraising dinners that we host and you support during the year. So please come enjoy food and fellowship and then slide on over to the church for the community candlelight service for the boy’s journey that will be happening at 8 that evening.

Plates are a minimum donation of $10. The raffle drawing will also be held that evening so if you haven’t purchased your raffle tickets yet please see a board member or you may purchase them at the door. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. See any Chrysalis board member to purchase yours. The items that are to be raffled are:

  • Savage Arms 10 Savage Ashbury Precision 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle MRSP $1799 (subject to rules and regulation background check)
  • Green Mountain Smoker valued up to $1000.
  • Various Red Raider Meat packages valued from $200-360
  • DE Walt 20Vmax Lithium Ion-4tool Combo Kit
  • Relax, Refresh, and Revive Gift Basket includes Two 60 minute Swedish Massages by Ally Mae Massages, $200 Gift Card for a Vision Pro Residential House Cleaning, $200 All Seasons Property Care Gift Card for flower landscaping, total value of gift basket $510.
  • $100 Thacker Jewelry Gift Card.

As I close I am reminded this past month why we should teach the young adults the importance of finding a church and being an active part of your church community and your Chrysalis/Emmaus reunion group. They need to know go to the socials and invest in each other. Those early years of going to college together, getting married, having babies, playing t-ball and eating at Chuck E Cheese forms a tight bond and stronghold for things to come. As we grow we might not get to see each other weekly or monthly anymore but what will happen is these Chrysalis and Emmaus relationships’ support and love holds true for a lifetime. Then when the battle comes and your family faces it head on you won’t be alone.

These community relationships truly are bound together through love. My family would not have made it through this past month and the months ahead without this strong bond and love. God’s love active through the body of Christ. So whose young life can you impact for eternity just by inviting them to a Chrysalis or a walk to Emmaus? Don’t waste another moment ask and they will come. I am grateful for these relationships. Let’s share God’s love with those around us.

Fly with Christ,

Susan Gillispie
Chrysalis Community LD

Chrysalis March 2018

Spring Cleaning Our Hearts

March 1 brings a new refreshed excitement in my heart.  My confession to you is that I am not a winter person but I do love spring.  The season of spring is when we as homemakers often get serious about cleaning our house after being cooped up all winter.   I’ve decided my heart needs a bit of a spring cleaning as well.  If I’m honest, and I’m sure the same goes for you, I don’t always like what I see on the inside.  My sinful desires and especially my selfishness cause me to do the very thing I hate.  (Romans 7:15) Thankfully, because of God’s grace, my sins are covered.  While I am justified (made to be right standing with God) though the cross, I am continually being sanctified (made holy) through the working of the Holy Spirit and the living Word of God. This month as spring is blossoming I want to focus daily on Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” It is only through God’s grace and strength that we can fix our heart issues.  Does your heart need a spring cleaning? Are you (and I) as a Priesthood of Believers bearing good fruit?  Have we loved the unloved today?  Have we invited that person that the Holy Spirit has prompted you to invite to the next Walk to Emmaus or Chrysalis?  Let us join together in this prayer as we continue to be servants of God and bring glory to our Savior.  May we say with King David, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Ps 41:7)

We have so many exciting things happening in the Chrysalis community.  About 20 of our youth met for an amazing time of food, fellowship, worship, and communion in the home of Missy Hall.  If you are in the Chrysalis family reunion group and you are not plugging into this monthly fellowship you are truly missing out!  Watch for the details for the next luncheon the end of March on our FB Chrysalis group page.   

Ways you can get involved with Chrysalis…support our raffle ticket fund raiser.  Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.  See any Chrysalis board member to purchase yours.  The items that are to be raffled are: 1. Savage Arms 10 Savage Ashbury Precision 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle MRSP $1799 (subject to rules and regulation background check) 2.  Green Mountain Smoker valued up to $1000.  3. Various Red Raider Meat packages valued from $200-360 4.  DE Walt 20Vmax Lithium Ion-4tool Combo Kit 5.  Relax, Refresh, and Revive Gift Basket includes Two 60 minute Swedish Massages by Ally Mae Massages, $200 Gift Card for a Vision Pro Residential House Cleaning, $200 All Seasons Property Care Gift Card for flower landscaping, total value of gift basket $510.  6.  $100 Thacker Jewelry Gift Card.   The drawing will be held at our Spring Cook out Fundraiser Saturday May 5th right before the boys Chrysalis Candlelight.  More details to follow.  All proceeds from our fundraisers go to scholarship all of our caterpillars. 

Please pray for our upcoming journeys.  Teams are being selected and are meeting.  We need you to invite and sponsor your young men and women ages 18-24 2018 Journey dates are as follows:

Young Men’s Journey #34 May 3-6 2018 Ryan Rathmann LD

Young Women’s Journey #43 August 30-Sept 2, 2018 Sarah Tucker LD

Young Men’s Journey #35 September 13-16, 2018 Kelton Coleman LD

If you haven’t worked a Chrysalis you are missing out on a huge blessing.  Would you like to be a part of our team selection database?  Contact me so I can add your name.  Are you a prayer warrior and prayer is your passion or you’re wanting it to be?  Then contact me to be added to our prayer team selection database.  I look forward to spring cleaning my heart and watching God actively work in and through this Emmaus community.  Spring forth my friends.

Fly with Christ,

Susan Gillispie
Chrysalis Community LD

Chrysalis Jan 2018

           Susan Gillespie

Hello Emmaus Community,

Happy New Year! Let me introduce myself. I am Susan Gillispie and I have the blessing of serving you this year as the Chrysalis LD. I have been married to Joe for 29 years and we have 3 sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and the cutest granddaughter on the planet! We own a landscaping/lawn business here in Lubbock and that keeps me on my toes most days.

As I sit here at my desk on this January 1st I am reflecting on this past year and looking forward to this New Year. I hesitate to make the typical list of resolutions as I have done in the past. You know the typical lose 30 pounds and get healthy, read the Bible in a year, declutter my drawers, etc. Why you might ask….because I always seem to fail at them before February 1st. But I do want change this year…I want change but what should that look like and how do I make those changes? What is it really that needs to change in my life?

That’s a hard question but no doubt one that God has already answered for me. It’s really neat to see how God will speak to you; maybe it’s through a sermon; through prayer; through a silly Facebook quiz you know the one from Dayspring asking what your 2018 word will be; and of course, through his Word. Over the past few days all of that has led me to this phrase of change for me; Simple Humility.

I hear God telling me simplify. It’s more than a to do list to check off. The answer is so simple I have missed it. I was reminded yesterday from my pastor that the best way to embrace the New Year is to grasp the One Thing…Psalms 27:4 says One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Simply behold and gaze on the beauty of the Lord. How? Simply by seeking Him, abiding in Him, beholding Him, and believing Him. Why? So that I may see Jesus as He is and see everything else through Him.

So where does the humility part come in…I haven’t always been a huge fan of that word then I looked up the biblical definition of the word. Oy! The biblical definition of humility is living in total submission to God. Simply, I need to get myself out of the way. Everything we want or ever need is in Him. All our answers to our problems are in Him. Simple humility. He is the answer to every resolution I could try to commit to.

So what change does Susan need to make this 2018? Simple Humility. Simply live each moment in the submission and awe of my God and his beauty. My pastor is beginning a new sermon series next week and I am super excited about it. It’s titled Soul-tending. And when I read the scripture reference for the series I got ultra-excited. Maybe it’s because of the landscaping reference and that being my profession but really it’s simply because I am excited about walking this 2018 in simple humility and ready to see the growth God has for me and for you. James 1:21 (Msg) In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

Join us in praying over the Young Women’s Chrysalis #42 that starts this Thursday evening. Join us for sendoff, Community meeting, and Saturday for Candlelight. I am excited to see the soul tending that God is going to produce in each of these team members and caterpillars.

Fly with Christ,
Susan Gillispie

Chrysalis Sep 2017

Good evening community,

Can you believe September is upon us? As I sit on the back porch, I am once again reflecting on this past year as Chrysalis LD. What a wonderful tool God has provided us with Emmaus. The main goal of Emmaus is to make stronger Christians, and for them to plug into the “Church,” thus making a stronger Church.

That’s all fine and dandy, but we’re losing out on our pilgrims/caterpillars. They get so involved in the”Church”, they do not have the time for Emmaus. Forgetting what placed them there in the first place. Basically we are losing out on volunteers to serve on teams, board=s, and community.

This past weekend on Young Women’s #41, there were actually 3 “new” clergy, which is awesome!! New blood to help the “regulars” out. If I offend, I am sorry, but I have never been a good PC person, so here I go.

Agape Love – to me that means “serve for others, nothing less”. If you want self recognition then you are doing it for the wrong reasons, and basically we don’t need you. This past year has been hard for me, because I prefer the behind the scenes. I like watching God work on the pilgrims, and team.

It’s amazing what can get accomplished if we just get out of God’s way, and let Him work. To be on the board, or team, should be the main rule. If you are in it for anything other than to honor God, then you are in it for the wrong reasons.

With that being said, we have some Chrysalis Flights coming up: Young Men #33 with Dustin Johnson on September 14-17; Young Ladies #42 with Ashdon Hancock on January 4-7, 2018; Young Men’s #34 with Ryan Rathman on May 3-6, 2018. Please lift these flights up in prayer. If you feel led to help with Chrysalis, by all means come on. As you can tell, they’re not all that picky, look at me.

One more note as I continue to scatter shoot my way through this letter. Chrysalis caterpillars are all scholarshipped, as well as college age team members. To provide these scholarships, we have a fundraiser dinner. This year’s dinner will be December 9, 2017 at the Bayer museum. The meal will be a steak, pork loin, or prime rib, your choice, with sides. We will also be hosting a raffle for several items. Watch for details in upcoming newsletters and community meetings.

Thanks again for your time and help with Chrysalis, this year. Vaya con Dios.

Continue to”fly with Christ”
David Hunt