The Upper Room Communicator Report

Hello from your Upper Room Communicator!!

I Hope you all are in good spirits and in good health!

I want to send a reminder about the virtual regional gathering and you can register on the website:
www.upperroom.org
Please sign up to gain insight on Emmaus!!

I would like to encourage each of you and your community members to attend this regional gathering as we all are one in body.

As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns, and please let me know if you have any praises as I love to praise with you!

Blessings of love and joy,
Mandy Schuman

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Sep 2020

Hello Community,

I hope everyone is doing well!! We are well and I like to say blessed and highly favored. At least I pray that for the highly favored part. Are we ever going to have a break from this heat and lack of rain? I have a friend that when it was dry he started praying for rain and always carried an umbrella with him. Maybe we all need to start praying for rain and carrying an umbrella.

The scripture I would like to share is Mathew 22:33-39. Jesus said to him.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind”. “This is the first and great commandment.” “And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

The Kairos Outside is moving forward with their weekend September 25th thru 27th. We are making a lot of changes to self-distance and keep everyone safe. Please pray that the 17 ladies that have committed to attend will have the peace of God and feel safe to attend. We will be praying over the team at the September 3rd Community meeting.

The Women’s Walk October 22nd thru 25th is on schedule and moving forward. Please pray for the team that they will have wisdom and knowledge to make changes as necessary to keep everyone safe. Start praying for pilgrims that you might send on this walk.

Tamera Stewart has accepted the position as the Music Coordinator. Please let her know if you or your group would like to do music for our Community Meetings as she puts them together. We haven’t had a walk since March so we are looking for musicians to lead us in worship.
Our next Community Meeting will be September 3rd at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church in the Student Building. No meal will be served. Van and Leslie Shaw will be doing the music. Please attend and let’s worship together.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Aug 2020

Hello Emmaus Community!!

I pray everyone is staying healthy and blessed.  We are doing great and we are blessed for sure.  It is great that the temperature has dropped to double digits and cooling down in the evenings.  What a great community meeting we had in July! The music and fellowship were wonderful. 

The scripture I would like to share is Philippians 4:6-8, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God:  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard you hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.    Finally  brethren , whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy-meditate on these things.”  If you watch the news, there is only fear and panic.  Put all your trust is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

It is unfortunate, but it was decided by the board that Women’s Walk 154, August 6-9 had to be cancelled due to concerns over Covid-19.   It was with great sadness.  The team for this walk has been moved to August of 2021.  Please pray with us that the walks on our schedule for the rest of this year will take place as scheduled.  

A few weeks ago a friend of ours in New Mexico was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and sent home under hospice care.  She was not a believer. Bonnie and I discussed and prayed over the situation and decided to make a quick trip to our cabin, praying for one last chance to talk with her about Christ.  We requested prayer from many friends and headed to New Mexico.  God prepared the way and Bonnie was able to lead her in prayer. It was a beautiful example of God’s Prevenient Grace.  After the prayer, she drifted off to sleep and passed 4 days later.  When God gives you an opportunity to be a witness to someone, don’t pass it up, even if it is inconvenient and a 12 hour drive round trip.

Our next Community meeting will be August 6th at Canyon United Methodist Church, 217 Farm to Market Road 1729.  The Board meeting will be at 5:45 with the Community meeting at 7pm.  There will not be a meal.  I hope to see you there.  May God richly bless each one of you and keep you in His almighty hand.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – July 2020

Hey Emmaus Community!

The scripture I have for you this month is Psalms 62: 5-8. My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

I hope everyone is well and Covid-19 is staying away from your door. We are staying healthy, through the grace of God. Let us continue to cover our community in prayer.

Do you remember the movie, Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure? Well, we went on an adventure and called it Blue and Digit’s Excellent Adventure. Some elderly friends of ours weren’t doing and had to move to where their kids were in Billerica, MA, just north of Boston. They could not determine a way to get their car or their dog Digit there. So, we volunteered to drive their little blue car and take Digit. We left Lubbock on Friday June 12th and in a roundabout way seeing family and friends on the way we made it to Billerica and flew back on Saturday June 20th. It was a long trip, but we got to see lots of God’s creation on the way. We took a side trip to Lancaster, PA to see the Amish country and Hershey, Pa. We brought back lots of Hershey chocolate. There were no problems or complications and we give God praise for a safe trip. The only struggle was the car we drove was a small Chevrolet Spark with no cruise control and hand crank windows. But it did have air conditioning and an automatic transmission. God blessed us with an enjoyable and safe trip.

If you missed the Community Meeting on June 4th, you missed a great meeting. The weather was good, not too hot with a slight breeze. God showed up and even though it was outside it was great. Some stayed in their cars while others brought chairs.

The next community meeting will be July 9th. We will be meeting at Oakwood United Methodist Church, 2215 58th Street. We will be practicing social distancing. It is not a requirement to wear a mask but we request that you please wear one, especially if you have a cough or sneeze due to allergies which I have been struggling with since March. The board meeting will be at 5:45 with the community meeting at 7pm and we will NOT be sharing a meal. After the meeting we could use your help in spraying the door handles, toilet stalls and any place we might have touched with Lysol. If anyone would like to form a committee to see that this is done so we are organized and not re-cleaning the same area, please let me know and I will notify the community to work with you. Your help will be greatly appreciated. I hope to see you there.

I will be working this month to get the website up to date. I apologize; it should have already been done. Our next walks are as follows:

  • Women’s Walk August 6-9, 2020
  • Men’s Walk September 17-20
  • Women’s Walk October 22-25
  • Kairos Outside September 25-27
  • Kairos November 5-8

We trust the Lord that these will not have to be changed. However, we will have to still practice social distancing and following new guidelines which may change from time to time. But we want to keep the true meaning and keep God first in everything we do. Please start praying for these walks and for wisdom for the leaders as they continue to put these walks together.

May God richly bless each one of you in a special way and keep you safe.

Troy D. Brooks
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – June 2020

Hey you all!

I am so glad this corona thing is subsiding. Praying it goes away completely. Praying all of you are well and safe.

The scripture I want to share this month is Psalms 18:1-3.

“I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom will I trust; My shield and the horn (strength) of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies”.

I just posted on the Llano Emmaus website the information for our Community Meeting Thursday night. It will be a great time of worship together. Hope all of you can make it. Looking forward to seeing your smiling faces.

May God richly bless each one of you!! See you Thursday.

Troy Brooks, Community Lay Director.