From the Desk of the Lay Director – Dec 2018

Donna Campbell

Have you had a small cut on your hand, foot, etc.  How many times do you bump it on something?  Do you hit it more because it is sore, or do you just notice it because it is sore?  It sure seems like it attracts something to hit it on.  I am trying to sew this week and good grief, I seem to hit that spot every time I turn around.  But when I do hit it, I am reminded how I got the sore.  I was in the field pulling weeds for the harvest.  The weather was cool, sky was blue and I was enjoying being outside.  Also, I was saying again, “I am going to hoe those weeds before they get too big.”  Like I do each harvest time.  Walking up and down the rows gives you time to reflect on several things.  I tried with the music, but I could not get the hang of it, so it is just God and me walking up and down.  I know you know, but I know God has a master plan.  The tumbleweeds are big, unfortunately, but they have no roots.   One kick with the shoe and they are gone. Of course, it really helps if the farmer in the next field works on his weeds also.

“These things I have spoken to you that my joy may remain in you, and your joy may be full.”  John 15:11

Christ desires that our joy “may be full.”  Not partial, not fleeting, but full.  Christ is the giver of joy, and the truths He taught, especially His promises, were given so that His joy might remain in us.  The joy He gives is a kind that lasts, a kind that can buoy us upward when crises threaten to pull us downward.

Joy is not a matter of what’s happening around you, but inside you.  In your heart and mind, are you focused upon Jesus, His words, His promises?  If you are, then you will know joy.

The holiday season is here.  I wish you Joy, peace and love now and in the coming days.

Merry Christmas.

PS.  If you wish some of this joy, I am still pulling weeds and I would not turn down any help.

UPCOMING WALKS:

Young Women’s Chrysalis #44 Jan 3 – Jan 6

Men’s Walk #103 January  17 – 20  David Powell Lay Director

Women’s Walk #148 February 14 – 17  Debbie Paxton Lay Director

Karios Outside #17  April 5 – 7

Men’s Walk #104 April 11 – 14 Troy Brooks Lay Director

Young Men’s Chrysalis #36 May 2 -5

Kairos #41 May 16 – 19

Women’s Walk #149 June 20 – 23  Jennifer Cline Lay Director

Community Meetings

December 6, Agape Methodist Church, 1215 Slide Road, Lubbock.  Bring food to share at the community meal at 6:30; followed by worship at 7:15

Please, we need help in setting up tables, chairs and food for the December 6 meeting.  If you could come early, it will be greatly appreciated. Park on the back of the church on the east side and enter through the fellowship hall.  Board Members, you will need to enter through the front door, though, if you arrive before 6:00.  There is a day care facility at the church which will prohibit going from the fellowship hall to the church before 6.

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.  My e-mail is glendonnacampb@speednet.com.

Service Opportunities:

Media Person:  We need someone to run the power point presentation at Candlelight, Community Meetings and closings.  Knowledge of computers, power point, and flexibility is very helpful.  We are looking to get several persons to help so spread out the responsibility.  Please pray about helping.  You will get training from Francis Daniels.  Please see Francis or me.

Men’s registrar:  Margaret Rohde has to step down from this responsibility.  She has done it for several years.  This position requires computer knowledge, organization and flexibility.  This position gathers the information about the pilgrims and communicates with the sponsors and team of each men’s walk.  If you feel led, please give me a call.  This is a very blessed position.

Thank you, Margaret, for your service to the Emmaus Community and your ever present smile that you give so freely.

De Colores,

Donna Campbell

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Nov 2018

Several years ago, I had a chance to go to Canada to see the leaves change color. I snapped and snapped pictures, but I realized I could not do them justice, so I put my camera up and just enjoyed the view. So many colors.

Well, yesterday, I went again on a Fall Foliage Tour. But I did not have to go to Canada. There are beautiful trees in Lubbock. Go to the fountains on 82nd east of Kingsgate. Beautiful trees. We went down Indiana, more trees. And the sky was so blue. What a day to get to run errands and to enjoy the beauty outside. God knew what he was doing when he created the earth and all its glory.

Went north of Lorenzo, not many trees in the cotton fields, but the cotton was so pretty and white.
What a contrast in colors. The white of the cotton, the brown of the earth. (And of course, the green of the weeds)

“A faithful man shall abound with blessings.” (Proverbs 28:20) But we have to STOP and remember all the blessings that we do have. Blessings are all around us. Even the mess I have in the living room is a blessing. Of course, I will appreciate it more when it is all bagged up and ready to be distributed.

Facebook: Llano Estacado Chrysalis/Emmaus

UPCOMING WALKS:

November 8-11 Kairos #40

COMMUNITY MEETINGS

• November 1, 2018, Lakeridge Methodist Church, 4701 82nd Street, Lubbock
Babe Chick meetings will start at 6:00, followed by a community Meal at 6:30 (please bring food to share); worship will start at 7:15

• December 6, Agape Methodist Church, 1215 Slide Road, Lubbock

Do you like to work with computers? The Emmaus community is looking for a Media Chairperson. This person is responsible for putting the words of worship and music on the screens. Francis Daniels has been doing this job and needs to step down. We need someone to run the computer at each Community meeting, Candlelight and Closing. You do not have to do this alone. This is a perfect place to have a committee; to have several persons experienced and to be able to rotate. Francis is able to train and to assist, but cannot be the chairperson. Please pray about serving in this capacity. And thank you so much Francis for your service.

Today’s thought for the day: A life anchored in God will hold steadfast.

Christ has no hand but our hand to do his work today. He has no feet but our feet to lead men in His way. Be Christ’s hands and feet today. Emmaus has opportunities for you to serve. Give me a call.

De Colores,
Donna Campbell

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Oct 2018

What a beautiful day!!!! I feel fall in the air and am looking for those pumpkin recipes. No, I do not eat pumpkin any other time. Once, I had turkey other than Thanksgiving or Christmas. That did feel strange, but I got over it.

I teach Sunday School. We start out with a lesson followed by a word search puzzle on the lesson. I look and look and sometimes I just cannot see the word and I go through the list several times. I am quickly shown the word by my student. It is so easy to see then. Right under my nose!

God will show us his plan in his timing, not ours. It is so hard to sit quietly and wait. The Martha in me wants to hurry up and fix it, do it or change it. This past year I am waiting and listening more.

God decides whom we should sponsor and when. We simply need to remain attentive to God’s leading and patiently “wait on the Lord!” Ps 27:14. Sponsorship is the act of your revisiting the Walk to Emmaus experience with the person whom God has laid on your heart. It is one of the most important aspects of The Walk to Emmaus. A sponsor commits to recruiting strong church leaders in order to strengthen the local church.

Sponsorship requires a lot of deep knee bends as you become a praying partner for your pilgrim, diligent thought, and careful planning and follow-through. According to the dictionary, a sponsor is one who takes responsibility for another. The suffix –ship refers to the skill involved in the activity. So sponsorship is the skill of take responsibility for another. The sponsor in Emmaus must exercise great skill in taking responsibility for a pilgrim, and sponsorship is definitely a long-term process.

The sponsor’s responsibilities do not end with closing. Please bring your pilgrim to the next Community meeting. Going alone is sometimes scary. You may have to step forward and become part of a new reunion group in addition to your existing reunion group responsibilities until the new group is well established. The final responsibility of the sponsor is to teach the new Emmaus member how to be a good sponsor by helping them understand the responsibilities of good sponsorship.

Please commit to listen to the Lord and to sponsor at least one pilgrim in the upcoming year.

Check out the rest of this website and Facebook for items of interest.

UPCOMING WALKS:

October 25-28 Women’s Walk #147
November 8-11 Kairos #40

COMMUNITY MEETINGS:

October 4, 2018-  Canyon Methodist Church 217 FM 1729, 4th Street exit on the East Loop, about 4 miles to FM 1729, on the left side of the road. Babe Chick meetings will start at 6:00, followed by a community Meal at 6:30 (please bring food to share); worship will start at 7:15

November 1, 2018 – Lakeridge Methodist Church, 4701 82nd Street, Lubbock

December 6 – Agape Methodist Church, 1215 Slide Road, Lubbock

PHONE BLAST Community Meeting Reminder: 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The phone blast is always on the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM.

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. The database probably still has the information given on your original walk. You may have changed your phone number or e-mail since then. Please send me new information. My e-mail is glendonnacampb@speednet.com.

B.J. Shilling has been Book Table Chairperson for many years. He gets the books that appear on the book table after the Growth through Study talk. He has decided to move in other directions and wishes to turn over this blessing to someone new. Please pray about stepping into this position. Where else can you go shopping for free? This position purchases the books (based upon the list provided by team members) to go on the book table. The list of books should be sent to you about two to three weeks before the walk. You purchase them (with funds from Emmaus, B J can get with you on the specifics), bring them to Mercy Center and put them in the storage room for the outside team to put on the table when the time comes. Please contact me if you wish to know more about this position.

Thank you B J Schilling!!!!

Also, thank you for Mike and Nadia Morgan for filling the Men’s Prayer Wheel for each Walk. We thank you for your service to Emmaus. Mike is in the process of transferring his duties to the new Men’s Prayer Coordinator, Marti Smith. You can help by volunteering for a permanent prayer spot for the Men’s Walks. Go to the Emmaus Facebook page to add a permanent time for you. And Thank you.

“Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9.

Dear Lord, help me today and every day to be a peacemaker for those around me. Help me to do good, to seek peace and pursue it.

Continue to pray for the Board of Directors and the Team selection committees.

De Colores,
Donna Campbell

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Sep 2018

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:31.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13.

I paint ceramics on most Fridays.  We get to meet and visit with friends and paint.  But how many pieces of ceramics can you dust in your house?  The owner of the shop came up with a standalone cross with cut out words.  I love doing crosses with “Hope” on them.  I started doing “Joy” crosses.  They are simple to paint. No elaborate or very detailed pieces. One color or two.  I can paint and talk at the same time.  But the beauty of these crosses, I have given every one of them away.  I do not paint any of them with someone (except one) in mind.  But as I finish one, I run into someone who needs a boost, a smile, or a listening ear.

I do not think that I will solve the problem of world peace.  I do not think I will find a cure for cancer.

Probably, most of us will not.  But we can make the world a better place.  I was cleaning out a box and came across some leftover agape pieces.  The one I liked the best “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  A penny was attached to the card.

Do what you can to make the world a better place and the people you meet happier.  As a pastor friend of mind said:  “The Jesus in me loves the Jesus in you.”

Share the gift of your Emmaus experience with others, enabling God’s gift of grace to be passed on.  The fact that the Emmaus experience passes from person to person reflects the relational nature of God and the manner in which God purposefully reaches out to people through people.

If you are not in a reunion or an accountability group, please consider joining one or starting one.  Find one that best suits you.

UPCOMING WALKS:

  • September 13-16 Young Men’s Journey #35
  • September 20-23 Men’s Walk #102
  • September 28-30 Kairos Outside #16
  • October 25-28 Women’s Walk #147
  • November 8-11 Kairos #40

Community Meetings

  • September 6, 2018 Cooper United Methodist Church (16612 TX-293 Loop, Hwy 87 and Woodrow)
  • October 4, 2018 Lakeridge Methodist Church 4701 82nd, Lubbock
  • Babe Chick meetings will start at 6:00, followed by a community Meal at 6:30 (please bring food to share); worship will start at 7:15

PHONE BLAST Community Meeting Reminder:  11:00 AM Wednesday, September 5, 2018. The phone blast is always on the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM.

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.  The database probably still has the information given on your original walk. You may have changed your phone number or e-mail since then.  Please send me new information.  My e-mail is glendonnacampb@speednet.com.

The Lay Director Selection Committee is finalizing Lay Directors for 2019 and 2020.  Still need 2 walks to be finalized.

Continue to pray for the Board of Directors and the Team selection committees.

De Colores,

Donna Campbell

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Aug 2018

I got to go home again.  I spent last weekend down in Southeast Texas (Beaumont) where I grew up.  The yards and houses of my childhood were so big then.  Boy, have they shrunk now.  It was miles to the railroad tracks where we played.  Funny, now it is only two blocks.  Our back yards did not have any fences.  We got to play from one house to another without going through gates and locks. But, the humidity!!!!!  I thought I remembered it but that it was not so bad. Oh No, It knocked me for a loop.  I guess I am a West Texan now!

I spent time playing several games of Skip Bo and Yahtzee and, of course, Go Fish with three little girls. We played with the puppies (Does anyone want a Great Dane? They are small now. And cute.)  Weeded the flower garden.  Read books. We had a puzzle to put together but we ran out of time. Went swimming next door. Of course, I just had the garden hose to get wet with when I was young, but it was fun.  Ate meals at home.  Made crafts. Worked on an aircraft carrier model with about 500 pieces.  Will like to see that when it gets finished.  Did get to go to the movies.  Generally, just enjoyed the weekend with family.  Did not have the I-pads, video games or DVDs. 

I guess you noticed that I did not include going to church.  My sister and her family are not church-goers.  I know they believe in God, but he is not a priority.  There are too many things to get done: house, work, and yard.  We went to church in our childhood.  It was there but not a priority.  I remember walking to church on Sundays when my family did not go.  But I also remember times when we did go as a family.  Mom and dad being on church committees, Sunday school teachers, having fellowship with other church members.  Somewhere God got put up on a shelf until needed. 

Emmaus helps us to keep on track, to help us get our priorities in order, to know God on a very personal basis.  We need to surround ourselves with Christians to pick us up when needed, to hold us accountable for our actions, but, most of all, to love us and to want only the best for us.

“The Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11   

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart”.  Psalm 27:14

If you are not in a reunion group, study group or any accountability group, please gather two or three and start one.  You can never have too many people on your side.

UPCOMING WALKS:

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

September 28-30 Kairos Outside #16

October 25-28 Women’s Walk #147

November 8-11 Kairos #40

Please pray about sponsoring a pilgrim.  Blessings come to the pilgrim but the sponsors gets so much more. 

Community Meetings

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.

September 6, 2018, Cooper United Methodist Church, 16612 TX-493 Loop, Lubbock, TX

Babe Chick meeting will be at 6:00, followed by a community Meal (please bring food to share); worship will begin at 7:15.

PHONE BLAST:  11:00 AM Wednesday, August 1, 2018. The phone blast is always on the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM.

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.  The database probably still has the information given on your original walk. You may have changed your phone number or e-mail since then.  Please send me new information.  My e-mail is glendonnacampb@speednet.com.

The Lay Director Selection Committee is finalizing Lay Directors for 2019 and 2020.  Please add this Committee to your prayers. 

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