From the Desk of the Lay Director – July 2019

I had an opportunity to go to a barbecue last month where several companies were thanking their customers for using their services. It was a huge gathering and the brothers who all own different businesses were the cooks of the fajitas and all the veggies and it smelled so good. You could tell it was a family unit and they were so very polite and welcoming. They had games for the kids going on everywhere. It was nice and shady as they were at one of the brother’s warehouses. They had all their lights out in trees, all kinds of tables set up, big umbrellas everywhere. The ladies had prepared wonderful dishes and lovely desserts too. It was time to eat and we followed the crowd. I had followed two friends out there from Lubbock and we were stationed at a big long high table with high chairs and we got back with our food and it was so good. Be mindful now, I just had stitches from below my nose to my upper lip and could barely chew very well. A big gust of wind burst through our table and I was looking down and held my plate, raised my head to see what was happening and all I remember were two plates of food in my face. I just shook my head and laughed, the whole placed laughed… yes, I did go clean up the left overs on me off.

What touched my heart the most that day was a little 4-year-old boy. He said to me, “you funny, you got dirty.” I said “I sure do and I smell like a fajita”. He goes “yay”. Immediately he smiled at me and I smiled back as big as he smiled at me. I came back to sit down at our table. As he went by me, he only had one arm and no legs and he had special braces for him, he could crawl on the ground real fast and he looked up at me and waved as he walked away to play. I waved both hands at him. I thought Oh Lord help him; he can become an overcomer in Christ Jesus in You. I watched him till the sun was about to set. He wanted to play washers… he would stand right over it and slam that washer right into the box and lift his hand into the air and say Yay whether it went in or not. As the band began to play and the sun was getting lower and lower with the orange background, I could see him beside the band playing his hand as if he were playing the guitar and he was spinning and dancing and it made him shine like a jewel… in the beauty of the sunset.

May the Lord bless this child who is an overcomer in his circumstances of life…in the Name of Jesus Christ and to You Be the Glory Lord. Amen.

NEXT COMMUNITY MEETING
July 11th Oakwood Methodist…2215 58th …806-792-3321

COMMUNITY MEETING GATHERINGS
• Aug. 1st Mercy Retreat Center…Slaton TX, service in dining room after send off
• Sept. 5th Indiana Ave. Baptist Church…9705 Indiana Ave. 797-9704
(go to the back of the church on NE side to park, enter from the back) at IABC
• Oct. 3rd Agape Methodist Church 1215 Slide Rd. 799-8691
• Nov. 7th Hope Lutheran 5700 98th 798-2747
• Dec 5th Canyon UMC 217 Farm to Market RD 1729 763-0519

New Hours Now in Place!!!
6:00 Babe Chick Meeting 6:00 Meals 7:00 to 8:00 Worship

Phone Blast: Reminders occur on the first Wednesday of the month@ 11:00am. Donna Campbell is phone blaster. If you would like to receive this monthly reminder please contact her at 806-789-1008.

Board Members: Community members please feel free to contact any members with any questions you may have.

Media Person: We still need your help 6-8 people desperately for those of you who have media talents…so we can have a rotation of members to take the load off of one person. We need a team of people who could be on a rotation and bring unity of balance for those who serve in this capacity. Contact Donna Campbell, 806-789-1008.

Upcoming Walks
• June 20-23, 2019 Women’s Walk #149, Jennifer Kline
• August 1-4, 2019 Women’s Walk #150, Shelly Walker
• August 29-9/01, 2019 Young Women’s Chrysalis #45, Cindy Hunt
• September 12-15, 2019 Young Men’s Chrysalis #37, Chad Grimes
• September 19-22, 2019 Men’s Walk #105, Wade Bouffard
• September 27-29, 2019, Kairos Outside #18, Ronda Menefee
• October 24-27, 2019 Women’s Walk #151, Laurie McCabe
• November 07-10, Kairos #42

De Colores,
Karen Cox
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – June 2019

I was zooming by a Whataburger here in Lubbock. The color orange had caught my hungry attention.  I drove in and got my burger and headed home.  The bicycle I saw here today caused me to reflect upon the revelation of a past journey here. It’s funny now but was not funny then, for sure.   

My wonderful hamburger was ready, but the young man said the manager is coming to speak to you. There was a problem because they ran a pen over the $20 bill and declared it a counterfeit. What did I do?  

The next thing I knew, a DPS trooper was in my car window and the police were on the way. I had given the trooper all of my money so they could check it with that little pen…$800 and all 20’s.  You see, I had been to Alaska for a week and half and returned from a cruise, flying into Lubbock from Seattle. The rest of my money passed the little pen’s accountability test.

Well, in life, that $20 counterfeit bill that I handled allowed me to meet some more people: the FBI agent, a secret service agent and the counterfeit people, plus lovely calls from the court house. A couple of weeks went by while I was waiting to be contacted.  Then the call came to me that I could come to the police property building and pick up my property…the $20 bill.

So, I called the courthouse. “Yes,” they said, “you are clear of all things.” It didn’t make any logical sense to me.  Was I ever relieved, yet I drove to the property building to pick up my $20. As it turns out, the lady told me the people in charge figured out it was from a person who used a Downy rinse in the washing machine. 

Here is the good news, there was a young couple in front of me and they kept looking around at me.  We were the only 3 people in there plus the policewoman who was in the property room and armed.  The guy kept looking back at me and said Momma, you ok, you got this…said it 2 more times then I raised my eyes up unto their eyes and I knew they knew me and I saw the eyes of children I once taught some 25 years ago. They walked by me and said Momma you got this…out the door they went.   Did I ever run my legs off to catch them.  After I could breathe from sprinting, I said to them your eyes are something a teacher never forgets and now I see the Jesus in your eyes…in prayer we prayed for the future ahead that they may have and continue to celebrate Our Lord and Savior and we will meet again!  

What happened to the $20? I turned it into the bank I told them I do not want this bill, get me another one please and bring your little pen. I want to see if it is for real. What a burger!!! That is my turning point at Whataburger to turn into my neighborhood that makes me snicker every time I go by it. 

In the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we are so blessed to be available to greater depths than you can even imagine.  Friendship with the Spirit is one of God’s greatest gift to us.  How beautiful it is to spend time with Him in listening and allowing Him to work in your heart and life.  May your time in prayer be filled with new levels of friendship with the Spirit of God dwelling within you.  He is an incredible gift giver…and let us keep our Jesus winks on the path of our walks in life in HIM…unto others of our hands and feet of servanthood…. To Him Be All Glory and Honor in the Name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS

June 6, 2019 – Lakeridge UMC, 4701 82nd St. We will meet and gather in the Fellowship Hall… aka food, fellowship music and the community service will be in there instead of the Big Church. Thank you for bringing your food. We also thank you for clearing the tables for worship in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you, Community members, for us all working together.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE NEW TIMES FOR OUR COMMUNITY THAT HAS CHANGED 

New hours now in place:
6:00 Babe Chick meetings
6:00 Meals
7:00 to 8:00 Worship

UPCOMING GATHERINGS

• July 11th, Oakwood UMC, Lubbock, TX
• August 1st, TBA
• Sept. 5, Indiana Ave. Baptist Church, Lubbock, TX

Phone Blast: Reminders occur on the first Wednesday of the month @ 11:00 am.  Donna Campbell is the phone blaster.  If you would like to receive this monthly reminder please contact her at 806-789-1008.

Board members:  Please feel free to contact any board members with any questions you might have.

Media Person:  We still need your help desperately from those of you who have wonderful talents in the media area.  You are needed in this ministry…so it can help to have a rotation of members, to take the load off of the same person having to do this time after time.  Again I would love to have 6 to 8 people who could be on a rotation.  We need a team…of unity to bring balance for those who serve.  The contact people are Donna Campbell, 806-789-1008 and Francis Daniels, 806-441-0808. 

UPCOMING WALKS 

• June 20-23, 2019 Women’s Walk #149, Jennifer Kline
• August 1-4, 2019 Women’s Walk #150, Shelly Walker
• August 29- 9/01 Young Women’s Chrysalis #45 Cindy Hunt
• September 12 – 15 Young Men’s Chrysalis #37, Chad Grimes
• September 19 – 22 Men’s Walk #105, Wade Bouffard 
• September 27 – 29 Kairos Outside #18, Ronda Menefee
• October 24 -27 Women’s Walk #151, Laurie McCabe
• November 07-10, Kairos #42

De Colores,
Karen Cox
Community Lay Director 

From the Desk of the Lay Director – May 2019

Karen Cox

Good morning, Emmaus Community!  I am writing this on beautiful Easter Sunday, and I look up and thank Him we can stand on His Word—His eternal plan for us.  May the joy of the Lord wake you up each day.  May your path be smooth—smooth as peanut butter.  Have you ever tasted a warm peanut butter cookie when you were hungry?  It melts in your mouth, goes to your stomach and into your heart due to the kindness of another’s hand.  You take another bite of it and smile back real BIG—back at the hand that fed you, amazed—how kind it was of them to do that.  It totally got my attention and I watched the eyes of Christ in that lovely person as I finished that cookie.  A lifelong blessing it was and still is!  May we follow as His disciples with hunger and passion on His journey and path for each of us—daily.  Just like the two disciples on the path with Jesus to Emmaus who recognized Jesus when He broke the bread, may we recognize Him too as He lives in our hearts each day.  May we be watching for Him!

Please give a smile and a hug to Donna Campbell for a wonderful year of true servanthood!  She is a person who loves Emmaus, and yes, she is a working member one more year on the Emmaus Board.  She has also been known as the camera person, so you have probably seen her on earlier Walks and will no doubt see her taking team photos on future Walks!  

HEARTFELT APPEAL TO ALL PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE LLANO ESTACADO EMMAUS FAMILY—I PASSIONATELY ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR COMMUNITY!

We welcome all who have gone on Walks to be part of our Emmaus family, whether you attended your Walk in the ‘80’s, 90’s or a year ago.  Come and enjoy the monthly Community meetings—YES, YES, YES LORD we love and welcome all who have gone on Walks!  May He stoke all of our hearts, turning embers into a fire within as we worship His Holy Name with great passion.  He knows our voices—your voice—and He loves to hear you speaking to Him!

On Easter, I received a call from someone who said they are aware of two people who went on a Walk fifteen years ago, but have never been contacted to work on a Walk.  That broke my heart.  May we reach out to those who were on earlier Walks and welcome them to our family!

To help with this, please make sure you update your information on the database.  Also, make it a priority to come on the first Thursday of each month to attend Community—a time to sing, fellowship, and receive the Lord’s sacraments.  May we be praying for a renewal of hearts!  Come as you can throughout this area, because we are One in Him!  We are always so joyous to see someone we haven’t seen at Community for a while as we share in the joy of the Lord!  Community, please come and be His servants—His hands and feet.

COMMUNITY MEETING

We will meet at Mercy Center on the patio on Thursday, May 2nd, at 6:30 for Send Off for the Chrysalis men.    Community will meet after Send Off at approximately 7:15 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  We won’t have a meal that night but feel free to bring food agape for the Chrysalis men.  

Phone Blast reminders occur on the first Wednesday of the month at about 11:00 AM.  Donna Campbell will continue to do the Phone Blast.  If you would like to receive this monthly reminder, please contact her at 806 789 1008.

Board Members:  The Board is currently full.  Please feel free to contact any Board member with any questions you might have.

Media Person:  We currently have two people doing the media for the Community meetings, Candlelight, and Closing.  We desperately need more people to help with this vital portion of our ministry.  I would love for us to have at least six to eight people who could help, and they could then rotate for the various meetings.  Please pray about this ministry opportunity—it is an urgent need!  Please contact Donna Campbell at 806-789-1008 or Francis Daniels at 806-441-0808 if you would like more information about this.  

Looking forward to seeing YOU at the next Community Meeting at Mercy Center on May 2nd!

De Colores,

Karen Cox

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Apr 2019

What a difference a day makes. Remember that Wednesday, the wind blew so much. I moved to Lubbock from Beaumont. When we had wind that fast, we were putting the plywood on the windows, there was a hurricane coming. On that Wednesday, we were delivering food. Picture the wind, the flimsy plastic to go boxes, cartons of milk, newspaper and, of course that was the day we had to deliver the new menus, too. We made it without any incident, until the very last stop. I was not thinking. I pulled to the stop, going with the wind. My passenger opened the door and, yes, the wind got it. Lucky, it was still on and yes we could open the door. But what a sound it made.

The next day, I was going east to Benjamin, not a care in the world, (I did not need to open the passenger side). I was watching where I was going, but, wow, all of a sudden, I noticed how blue and calm the sky was. I think it was double the normal blue. Such beauty. What a difference from the day before. I made sure that I noticed the beauty around me as I made my way east.

This is my last newsletter. I have thoroughly enjoyed my year as Community Lay Director. I got to interact with so many wonderful people. I got to see the beauty of the Emmaus Weekend from a different point of view. I more fully appreciate all the planning and praying that has gone into the making of this weekend. Llano Estacado Emmaus will be celebrating 30 years in 2020. I went on my walk in 94 (I think) Walk #28. The talks that I heard then are basically the talks that are being done today. Of course, the personal items are different, but the basic outline remains much the same. The basic items of the walk are the same, with some changes. Candlelight still blows everyone away, both pilgrims and the community. And, of course the amount of food is the same, way too much. But I think we tried to eat all of it. Yes, I had the Thursday night of silence, but I was so tired that I fell asleep before I could think about it.

Take your Emmaus experience back to your church. Emmaus is meant to uplift, strengthen and revitalize church leaders. Emmaus is not meant to take the place of your church. Share your experience with others by sponsoring them.

There are so many ways for you to get involved in Emmaus. I made a list of all the committees that I could think of and I think I have added several more. I am sure your talents can be utilized. Contact a board member. (Check out the website for board member information).

Prayer is such a vital part of the Emmaus weekend. Please sign up for the prayer vigil. You will get an email reminding you of your time. Can you pray for 30 minutes? Of course, you can. Prayer is talking to God and He listens. You can do that.

Please welcome Karen Cox, as the new Community Lay Director. She has the biggest heart that I have come across in a long time. As much as I am “Martha”, she is “Mary”. We have been transitioning these past few weeks. I am so honored that she considers me a friend. Get to know her. You will be glad you did.

P.S. My door was getting worse, so I ended up sitting in the back seat. I am so blessed that I have a husband that can fix anything. My door is like new now and I am more careful how I park my car when the wind is blowing. At least for now!

I am Past Lay Director now, so I will still be around. Thank you for your help this past year.

Facebook: Llano Estacado Chrysalis/Emmaus

UPCOMING WALKS:

Kairos Outside #17 April 5 – 7 Melissa Wachholtz
Men’s Walk #104 April 11 – 14 Troy Brooks Lay Director
Young Men’s Chrysalis #36 May 2 -5 Jonny Hutson
Kairos #41 May 16 – 19
Women’s Walk #149 June 20 – 23 Jennifer Cline Lay Director

Community Meetings

April 4, 2019. Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway. Please join us for at 6:30 for a Community meal (Please bring food to share) followed by worship at 7:15.

PHONE BLAST Community Meeting Reminder: 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 3, 2019. The phone blast is always on the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM. You will get a call from 806-634-5944.

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:

Reunion Group Coordinator – We need to update the reunion groups listed on the website. This person would talk to members at community and/or pass a clipboard at community, perhaps a facebook posting.

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 Kat McCoy

De Colores,
Donna Campbell

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Jan 2019

Donna Campbell

Did you watch the Holiday movies?  I cannot believe that there are so many of them.  Yes, I started with Miracle on 34th street, original version of course, went to Holiday Inn, White Christmas, Scrooge, and Christmas in Connecticut.  I think I saw them all, except the Christmas Story, where the boy gets the BB gun.  That is not my favorite.  But my most favorite is the It’s a Wonderful Life, with Jimmy Stewart. On Facebook, and of course that is the truth, they had tidbits from making this movie.  The snow was cornflakes painted white, which crunched when the actors walked on them, so the sound had to be dubbed later.  It was filmed in the heat, so I bet that was fun, with the winter clothes on.

George Bailey thought the world would be better without him in it.  But good old Clarence gave him an opportunity to see what changes he did make.  Some Large, but mostly small things.  Think about all the small things you do to make someone’s life a little better. Calling someone, visiting someone.   Our church makes lap throws for cancer patients at Joe Arrington.  But I am always, unfortunately, running into someone who needs a blanket.  They are not fancy, fleece with fringe, but warm.  They are so appreciated.  Every one of us has gifts and talents that can be used to glorify God.  Use your talents for 2019.  Emmaus is always looking for volunteers and other organizations too.  Check them out. Make time to make a difference.

The world was a better place because of the mark left by George Bailey.  Make your mark too.

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

And, ”In the end, it’s not about how much stuff you have, it’s about how many hearts you have touched.”  Iva Ursano

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

January 3, 2019, Mercy Center.  Please join us for at 6:30 for sendoff for the Young Women’s Journey which starts that Thursday.  We will not have a meal, but please consider bringing food agape for the Journey.  And, there is still room for additional caterpillars.  Worship will begin after sendoff.

PHONE BLAST Community Meeting Reminder:  11:00 AM Wednesday, January 2, 2019. 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.  My e-mail is glendonnacampb@speednet.com.

Service Opportunities:

Board Members:  Emmaus is looking for persons to serve on the Board, beginning April 1, 2019.

These are three year terms.  We meet once a month at 5:30 before the Community Meal.

 If you are looking to serve, this is a great way to learn about all the opportunities available.  Please pray about this service.  Please contact me or another board member for additional information.

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.

Charla McShane is the new Book Chairperson.  Thank you B J Schilling for doing this job for so many years.  

Marti and Stacy Smith is the new Men’s Prayer Vigil Chairs.  Thank you Mike and Nadia Morgan for serving in this capacity.

De Colores,

Donna Campbell