From the Desk of the Lay Director – Sep 2021

Llano Estacado Emmaus Community

I pray that you all are doing well. May God prosper you and bless you with good health and may the plague not come near your dwelling per Psalms 91.

The scriptures I want to share with you today are the promises in Romans 8; Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress or persecution or famine, or nakedness, or peril.” 8:37 “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.” Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ even in our rebellion and disobedience, He still loves us.

The next men’s walk is October 21st through 24th. I understand the team is coming together. Please be in prayer for the team and the pilgrims that will attend that God will touch each of them in a special way. Please sign-up pilgrims for this walk. It will be at the Mercy Center with possible restrictions for the safety of all concerned.

A men’s walk from Living Water Community held the end of July at Amherst had some pilgrims and team come down with Covid. Pray for the family of the man who passed and for our sister Emmaus Community. Please be in prayer for those that have covid for a quick and successful recovery.

The next Community meeting will be September 2nd at Lakeridge United Methodist Church, 4701 82nd Street in the basement. The potluck meal will be at 6 pm with the meeting starting at 7:15 so please bring a dish to share. Masks are optional. Come fellowship and worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with us. We look forward to seeing you.

Troy Brooks,
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Aug 2021

Llano Estacado Emmaus Community

I pray that you all are doing well. May God prosper you and bless you with good health.

The scripture I want to share this month is Psalms 96:1-2, “Sing a new song to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; praise His name. Each day proclaim the good news that He saves.”

I enjoy listening to Christian music. But as far as writing a new song, I don’t think God gave me that talent!! It is all I can do to remember the words of songs I have heard and hit the right note.

Women’s walk #154 was a few weeks ago and from the lady’s testimonies God touched them in a special way. Candlelight was great with a large number that showed up. Closing was awesome and the sponsors were able to watch it on the big screen in the annex. All the sponsors were able to take communion with the pilgrims.

The men’s walks for August and September have been cancelled due to them being so close together. It was decided that we will concentrate on one Men’s walk in October and try to have a full walk. Pray that the Mercy Center can open up without restrictions.

The August Community meeting will be Thursday August 5th at Lakeridge United Methodist Church in the basement at 4701 82nd Street. The babe chick meeting will be a 5:45 pm, with the meal starting at 6 pm and the Community Meeting will be at 7:15 pm. This will be a potluck meal, so please being a dish to share. Come fellowship and worship our Lord and Savior with us. Let’s welcome our new Babe Chicks to our community.

DeColores,

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – July 2021

Llano Estacado Emmaus Community

I pray you all are doing well and have not had flooding issues with all the rain we are getting.  Thank you, Lord, for the rains.  

July is upon us. This year is halfway over and seems to be going fast.  We have been busy with small trips here and there and other than flat tires on our RV all has gone well.  Every time we had a flat, some one stopped and helped us change it.  Praise the Lord for that.

Women’s Walk #153 was last weekend and from the ladies’ testimonies God touched them in a special way. The Banquet was beautifully decorated, and I could tell the Ladies were surprised and enjoyed it. It was a little funny as I watched the luminaries being set up for Candlelight and moved 3 or 4 times. The last time was the best set up because the pilgrims stood by the luminaire with their name on it for the service. By putting the names on both sides, the sponsors know where their pilgrim will stand. There were light sprinkles as Candlelight was ending, but no one got wet. Closing was awesome and the sponsors got to watch it on the big screen in the annex with overflow in the Chapel.  All the sponsors and overflow were able to take communion at the same time as the pilgrims.

This month’s Community meeting will be Thursday July 1st at Lakeridge United Methodist Church in the basement at 4701 82nd Street.  The babe chick meeting will be at 5:45, with the meal starting at 6 pm and the Community Meeting will be at 7:15 pm.  This will be a potluck meal, so please bring a dish to share.  Come fellowship and worship our Lord and Savior with us. Let’s welcome our new Babe Chicks into our community.

DeColores,

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

Emmaus Walk update

Hello Llano Estacado Emmaus Community

Hope you are all doing well! The men’s walk was awesome, and the pilgrims who came to community answered the two questions during the meeting. Everyone was blessed by their testimonies. The men are already setting up their own reunion groups. This is just a note to let you know the procedures for the upcoming Women’s Walk June 24th through June 27th. The lay director, Dawn Moore and her team are excited and enthusiastic to work this walk. It will be a great walk; I am sure the “Best Walk Ever”Send off will be outside the patio. The sponsor will drop off their pilgrim at the sliding door and a team member will take them to their room and then return them to outside the patio. Then it will be handled as usual, calling their name to go in the patio. The sponsors hour will be held in the dining room. Please enter through the kitchen door down the ramp. Please be cautious and respect others with masks and social distancing when inside the Mercy Center.

Candlelight will be held in the grassy area on the south side of the building. We will not have the community part of the meeting with communion but will have our candles and sing to the pilgrims as usual. Be sure the town you live in is on the list. As the pilgrims sing to us, we will walk in front of them and exit toward the patio and the parking lot outside the kitchen. Please everyone come to candlelight. Let us have the grassy area filled with the community and so many candles that it is almost daylight.

Closing will be held on the patio. The sponsor only can enter through the Meditation Garden door and go down the hall to the conference room and can watch closing on the television. We are limited on the number we can allow in the conference room so overflow can gather in the Meditation Garden where we will have audio only. Please, still bring your pilgrim to the next community meeting to give their testimony during community. It is the sponsors obligation to bring their pilgrim to the first community meeting after the walk.

Community will be at Lakeridge United Methodist Church 4701 82nd Street in the basement. I am excited to announce we will be having potluck and fellowship. So, please make your favorite dish and bring it to share with the community. The babe chick meeting will be at 5:45, with the meal starting at 6 and Community starting at 7:15. The youth room was almost full this month so let’s fill it at the July 1st Community Meeting. I hope to see you there.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – June 2021

Good morning Llano Emmaus Community,

I pray you all are doing well and had a great Memorial Day weekend remembering those that gave their all for our freedom. We experienced Hebrews 13:1-2 “Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so many have entertained angels without knowing it.” We hope to be able to pay it forward.

We went to Amarillo for an AKC dog agility show.  Taffy, our rescue dog (a Border Terrier/Cairn Terrier) made her debut in the Open class and had her first qualifying run with a 2nd place.  Bonnie and she have worked extremely hard to get to this point. On Sunday, I found we had a flat tire on our travel trailer.  I called Good Sam roadside assistance but on Sunday on a holiday weekend, getting someone out to change it was impossible.  So, other RVers came over and helped us change the tire.  I purchased a new tire as the spare.  Monday morning, as I was hooking up to head home, it was pouring down rain. I realized the tire behind it had about 12 lbs. of air in it.  So, a friend in the dog club had an air pump and we aired it up.  It was the last of the original tires and I could see it had cracks in the side wall from the weather.  We went to Walmart, but it was packed with customers and a long wait.  We made the decision to try to make it home with that tire, praying all the way that it would hold up.  It did and we made it home.  God is so GOOD and takes care of us in our time of need. He also sends others to help us.

Our June Community Meeting will be this Thursday June 3rd at Lakeridge United Methodist Church, 4701 82nd street in the basement.  The babe chick meeting will be at 5:45. We will have a bring-your-own meal and drink at 6:00 pm and the meeting will start at 7:15 pm.  We will plan on having a potluck meal at the July meeting.  I for one am looking forward to it.  Please plan on attending and let us worship our Lord and Savior together.  We will have our July meeting as scheduled on July 1st.  

May God bless each one of you in a special way.  I am looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Troy Brooks,
Community Lay Director