From the Desk of the Lay Director – Apr. 2020

Troy Brooks
Troy Brooks

Hello everyone.  I would like to share with you my favorite verse.  It is Isaiah 41:10; “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”   Put your trust in him during this time of struggle.

Well, April 1st is here, April fool’s day and no fooling I am excited to announce that I am your new Community Lay Director.  I look forward to serving the community.  My theme for the coming year is “Get excited about Llano Emmaus.  I believe God wants to restore the Llano Emmaus Community to what it once was.  Do you remember when you completed your first walk, how excited and joyous you were?  Well, you need to get back in The Emmaus Community and get involved. You need to send your family members and friends on a Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, or Kairos Outside or get involved in Kairos or Epiphany and to attend Send Off, Candlelight, and listen to their testimonies on Sunday afternoon.  I would like to see the Church filled to capacity at these events and at our monthly community meetings.   I would like to see a waiting list to be able to go on one of these walks.  It is time to get back involved.

The Upper Room sent us a notification that we are to cancel all group activities for 8 weeks from March 16 until May 11th.  Hopefully this will all be over by then and we will be working towards some normalcy.  Therefore, we have cancelled the community meetings for April and May.  The Llano Estacado Emmaus board will be discussing the postponement of the walks that fall into this time frame at our board meeting that will be handled by conference call.  I pray that everyone stays healthy and in good spirits during this time.

If you have just completed your first walk, you now can work on the outside team within the first year and the board is discussing allowing you to work as an Assistant Table Leader on the inside team.  So if you receive a call to work, please do not hesitate, but get involved.  If you have already worked a walk, please respect the others opportunity to work. Once you have worked a walk you MUST wait a year before you can work another one.

If anything changes or we get a new directive, I will let you know.  May God richly bless each one of you in a special way. 

Sincerely, 

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

Coronavirus Update

Due to the ongoing issues with the Coronavirus and per the Governor’s mandate, we are cancelling the Community meeting on April 2nd. Hopefully this will be over and we can meet again in May.

I pray everyone stays safe and healthy. God bless.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

Llano Estacado Community 30th Anniversary Reunion

Come celebrate 30 years of service and fellowship in the Llano Estacado Emmaus Community! It will be a fun afternoon of food, friends, music, raffles, and auctions. The afternoon together will end with a worship service.

The event is coming up quickly and we need your help getting the word out! Please share this with everyone on your contact list that has been on a Walk.

Saturday, February 29, 12-4 PM
St. Joseph’s Hall, Division St., Slaton, TX

Schedule:
12:00-2:00 Lunch: Come and Go – Hamburger plates for a suggested $7.00 donation (at St Joseph Hall)

12:00-2:00 Mercy Retreat Center Tours & Children’s Activities
Fundraisers benefitting Emmaus and Mercy Center:
Bake Sale, Silent Auction, Tickets $1ea – 50/50 Raffle (winner gets 1/2 the pot). $25.00 Commemorative 30th Anniversary T-shirt (2X-4X $27.00)

2:00 PM Fundraiser Winners Announced (at St Joseph Hall)

2:15 PM: Worship Service (at St Joseph Hall)

Please join us for a great time of fellowship and to reflect on what God has done!!! Don’t Forget to Wear your Lanyards

For More Information: Sheila Kirby Cell/Text 806-789-5530


ATTENTION PAST LAY DIRECTORS:   We want everyone possible to bring their Walk crosses. If you know of someone who has gone to Jesus or just can’t come, let’s arrange for their crosses to be present.

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Feb. 2020

February…A Heart for HIM Every Day

Oh my, I have never had a day of such love and how peaceful it soaked into my being of listening in the quiet unto Him.   I am writing this in January for February that will post on that month.  Yes, I know the 14th is for hearts of sweetness. 

Today I had been invited to meet a person for coffee in the snow and light ice. I got honked at once, did a little ice skating in the wrong shopping center and carefully arrived with a kind person who said, “let me help you with this ice crossing.” I said, “oh thank you.”  I had no idea today I would be encouraged to write this for the February letter.

May you, community, enjoy this as HIS heart gift for you every day in Him in love.  As this is Him as I heard within my time of quiet…within the time with Him. 

 “Be still, sit by ME and lean into ME.  Lean into my knee and sit absolutely in silence.  Focus in the silence of the quietness of your heart and I AM by you.  Breath me into you now, breath after breath, breath ME in, it does not matter how long, rest on ME, shut your eyes, be soaked in My Passion of My heart that is within you and over you. I wait to care for you in MY Hands of love, you are My child.  Be still and know I am God.  Rest in this in our quiet time together as only He can do this unto you. Be still! Listen in the quiet!”  

Community, give Him your all in ALL unto the warmth of Him. May you snuggle up to Jesus.  The peace will wrap around you like a blanket of covering. Surrender unto His peace. Go to Him in Joy for this day He gives you in adoration.  You see, you can do this every day you awake…it is a matter of wanting Him every day in this relationship.  That is my prayer for all of us in our human lives.  Every day seek Him passionately.  

Yes, there is a Happy Valentine’s day on the 14th and I wish a Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. Valentines has spread around the whole world.  There is information that it was from many, many generations long, long ago.  The holiday began in its origin in a Roman festival and it had something to do with the start of springtime. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius replaced it with St. Valentine’s Day.  Saint Valentine was a clergyman, either a priest or a bishop in the Roman empire who ministered to persecuted Christians.  

Remember I was talking about the coffee day above and I am about to share a conclusion of passion that came upon me from this day.  At the table we were sharing our thoughts about the love of God. This began and our hearts, eyes and ears were opening up in the love God has for every person.  Gods love for all of us is active and alive if we surrender unto Him and listen to Him in the quiet, sit in it and be still in Him. We looked up and my wonderful Sunday School teacher was standing by our table and he said boy there is ministry. We said were talking about love God has for people we just smiled.  

One more thing, I learned this from a wonderful Bible school teacher… she does this every day of her life… early in the morning she writes Jesus a love story and is so faithful to do so in adoration unto Him.  What a wonderful day of joy this was with the Lord as He joined us at the table of coffee in thoughts of deepness to grow, to surrender, to be still and truly listen in the quiet voice into the rest in Him for your ears.  May your love gift unto Him create a beautiful Jesus wink from your heart to Him.  When you wake up the next day and Valentines is over, a one-day thing only, seek Him unto heart and be of good faith to be listening to your moments of quietness in love unto Him in the silence.  May you find the peace to start your day in your walk with Him.  

Be blessed community, what a precious Lord awaits us daily.  Seek and you shall find Him.  Blessings to all!  “John 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Abide in my love.” The Good News:  Jesus loves us, just as God the Father loved him…in this truth we can rest secure and at peace.  There is no greater love than His.  Be blessed… Llano Estacado Emmaus Community

(Personal note to the community at the January meeting:  I want to thank you for  your sweet prayers for Gracie Walker and your hearts of love was overwhelming within my heart…thank you beyond words and sorry I could not be there.) 

De Colores,
Karen Cox

GATHERING SCHEDULE
5:30 Board Meeting
6:00 Babe Chick Meeting
7:00 – 8:00 Worship

COMMUNITY GATHERINGS
Feb. 06 – St. Luke’s United Methodist SW, 5805 98th St, Lubbock, 79424
Mar. 05 – Westmont Christian Church, 4808 Utica, Lubbock, 79414
Apr. 02 – Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway Ave., Lubbock 79401
May 07 – Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Lubbock, 79423

WALK DATES
• Feb. 20 – 23, 2020 Women’s Walk #152, Lori Lusk LD
• Apr. 3 – 5, Kairos Outside
• Apr. 16 – 19, Men’s Walk #107, Rick Pinkerton, LD
• Apr. 30 – May 03, Chrysalis Young Women
• May 14 – 17, Kairos
• June 25 – 28, Women’s Walk #153, Dawn Moore, LD
• Aug. 6 – 9, Women’s Walk #154 Judy Butcher, LD
• Sept. 17 – 20, Men’s Walk #108, LD….to be announced
• Oct.  20 -25, Women’s Walk #155, Kim LaCaze, LD

TEXT BLAST
The text blast is a BLAST!!!  Please contact Donna Campbell if you would like to receive the monthly reminders.  Her number is 806-789-1008 for the text blast.  Thank you, Donna, for doing this and community members, it really helps us to remember!  Thank you and sign up see you at the Community Meetings.

BOARD MEMBERS
Community members please feel free to go to Llano Estacado Emmaus Website to reach any of us and will be glad to help you and answer any questions you might have. Thank you, community members, for your participation in Emmaus and coming in love unto Him so we can all raise up leaders to go back into their home church and grow the Kingdom of God.  Thank you so very much.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Llano Estacado Emmaus Community is celebrating its 30th year on Saturday, Feb. 29th in Slaton, Tx. One of the meeting places is at St. Joseph’s Hall for the for the food gatherings.  There will be tours of going through Mercy Center.  12:00 to 4:00 are the hours of this event also enjoy the music. Make a day of it and remembrance of your days being there and tell a few 4th day tales to each other. Please come and round up your buddies…and have a blast unto the past of your adventures with each other.  Come and see the joy of the Lord and give Him the praise for our Jesus and how we thank HIM for the many Godly friendships He gives as a gift of precious friends in Him to you. De Colores!

Call for Community Help

We have a pressing need coming up for the February Community Gathering. I am calling out to our community for help.

The meeting is at St. Lukes UMC SW (5805 98th) on Thursday, Feb. 6th in their gym/sanctuary. St. Lukes will be using that space until 5PM. We need a crew of people to help us quickly clear the space and set up tables, chairs and the music team area. As the Community Lay Director, I have to conduct a board meeting at 5:30, so I can help just a few minutes. I will push up my sleeves and help with take down afterwards.

Please, I ask for your help. They are generously letting us use their multi purpose church and I am so thankful to meet there. And I thank YOU for your help in making this happen.

See you there!

Karen Cox
Community Lay Director