From the Desk of the Lay Director – Feb. 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. What a great month to be reminded of how much each of us is loved. “For God so loved YOU that He gave His one and only Son so if YOU believe in Him, YOU will not perish but have everlasting life!” John 3:16. Put “YOU” or your name in this verse that gives us such a beautiful promise and it takes on a whole new perspective.

This February, as we spend time expressing our love to our Valentines, let’s spend some extra special moments expressing our love to the very creator of love. After all, “Love is of God”, 1 John 4:7. As we look to the cross, we can see exactly what true love is. True love is Christ dying for each and everyone of us.

This is a great month for our Community. First, we come together this Thursday, February 2, at the Dream Center for our monthly Community gathering. Please join us at the beautiful Talkington Center located at 1111 30th St. If this is your first time to attend, be there at 6:00 for the Babe Chick meeting. We’ll share a meal at 6:30 followed by a beautiful worship service at 7:15. Be sure and take time out of your busy schedule to come. It’s always such a blessing to get together with our Emmaus Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

Phone blasts are being made each month before community as a reminder to come. If you get a phone call from Donna Campbell please listen to her message for more information.

Women’s Walk 140 led by Bonnie Jean “BJ” Brooks is February 16-19. Hope to see you all on the Holy Spirit patio of Mercy Center on Thursday February 16 at 7PM for send-off. Then at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 8PM on Saturday, February 18, for Candlelight and again on Sunday, February 19, at 4PM for closing. There is still plenty of room for pilgrims on this walk. Please pray for who you can sponsor. God knows who belongs there. We just have to be His hands and feet and bring them. It’s going to be the “Best Walk Ever”, that’s a promise!

As a board, we have had several questions about how to serve on a team. We know there are lots of folks that have not served in a long time or perhaps never served at all. Be looking for another letter soon. We’ll be explaining this process to you in more detail and give you some information on what we hope will make it a little easier for you to let us know you want and feel called to serve in this capacity.

In the meantime, you’re needed in a lot of other ways. Please be open for God’s calling! He needs you to love on His children. There are many ways to do that right here in our own community. He needs folks to Angel during the Emmaus weekends, serve at the banquets, set-up and tear down for candlelight, make agape, bring food and in many other ways. You can also serve Him by being active in Chrysalis, Kairos, Kairos Outside and Epiphany. There is always a way for you to serve Him, just listen and watch and I promise He’ll show you how.

I sure hope you all have a beautiful month of love, His love! Let Him fill these cold days with His Sunshine and remember to send Him a lot of love right back because He’s the one that true love is all about!

Sheila Kirby

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Jan. 2017

Happy New Year everyone! 2017 is here, and as I reflect back on 2016 I pray this year will be a great one for everyone. We suffered some hard times last year in our homes, in our community, in our country and in the world. Many may say it was the best year ever and that’s my prayer for you all this year. I don’t know what this year holds, but I do know who holds it right in the palm of HIS mighty hand. He promised it and it’s the promise I’ve held on to since my retirement four years ago. “I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This year I will hold on to that promise with all my might and I pray you do too. It’s a great promise for our community as well. Claim it, my brothers and sisters, and I know HE will give us another great year here at the Llano Estacado… a year full of hope and a future of joy as we share a small part in bringing more and more souls into His kingdom.

We’ve got a lot going on this month. First, please join us on the Holy Spirit Patio of Mercy Center this Thursday at 6:30 for the January Young Women’s Journey send-off. Kelli Cool is the Lay Director and Winford Davenport is Spiritual Director. Come bless these beautiful young women. Afterwards, go across the street for our January worship service at St. Joseph’s. We won’t have a meal this month, but please bring your snacks and pillow agape instead to bless the girls and guys on this weekend. I know it makes for a long evening, but please stay for the worship service. It’s always so inspirational to go back to St. Joseph’s and worship in the very Church where so many of us got our first touch of what real community is all about. Be back at 8PM on Saturday for Candlelight at the church and on Sunday at 4PM for closing.

January 12-15th is our next Young Men’s Chrysalis Journey. Please join us at 6:30 on Thursday, January 12 for send-off; Saturday, January 14 at 8PM for candlelight; and Sunday, January 15 at 4PM for closing right back in Slaton at the Mercy Center and St. Joseph’s.

That’s not all folks…Men’s Walk #98 with Ben Kirkpatrick lay director and Mike Cox Spiritual Director is January 19-22. Send-off is Thursday, January 19 at 6:30; Candlelight at 8PM on Saturday, January 21; and closing January 22nd at 4PM. All back at Mercy Center and St. Joseph’s.

There is still lots of room on these Journey’s and walks so please be in prayer and keep a watch out for Pilgrims and Caterpillars to sponsor. So many are hungry and Jesus will send them our way if we just ask Him too!

I’ll end this year’s first letter with the prayer that this year brings our community joy. Jesus, is our joy! Remember that, as well as the promise that no matter what we face in 2017 we can face it with the assurance that the one in charge of this year and every year has it all planned out.

Sheila Kirby

A Special Christmas Message

Merry Christmas everyone! Two letters from me in the same month. I’m sorry but this an important one!!! As an Emmaus Board we voted on 12-1 to make a donation in Darris Linder’s name to Mercy Manna, which is Darris and Jeanette’s ministry in Slaton.

Many of you knew and loved Darris and may be asking what you can do as a memorial to that precious Brother who was the epitome of Emmaus and without whom the Llano Estacado Emmaus Community would not exist as it does today. As you’re making your end of year monetary donations, won’t you please consider making one in Darris’s name?

If this is on your heart, as it is many of ours, send a check payable to Llano Estacado Emmaus Community and on the memo line add “Darris Linder”. Your generous donation in any amount will be added to our community’s contribution and send to Mercy Manna in Darris’s name. You may mail it to:

Llano Estacado Emmaus Community
P.O. Box 65116
Lubbock, Texas 79464-5116

My prayer is that all of you have a beautiful Christmas and most of all that you find time to reflect on what Jesus’ birth truly means to all of our lives here on Earth and eternally. Draw close to Christ this season and always!

DeColores, Sheila

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Dec. 2016

Sheila KirbyFor to us a CHILD is born, to us a SON is given, and the government will be on HIS shoulders. And HE will be called WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE. Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas my Brothers and Sisters! What a prophecy and promise the words of Isaiah gave that still hold true today. Regardless of what is going on around us, the baby born TO US still sits on the throne and holds a place for all of us to join HIM if we will just trust and believe in HIM. Hold onto that community! Always know, this Christmas season and every season, that HE is still our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Believe it and show everyone you come in contact with on all your Fourth Days that you have the Hope of Christ and you want them to have too.

I’m writing you a short letter this month as I want us to hear from our Chrysalis Lay Director, David Hunt. I am excited to just sit back and watch this month as David and our Chrysalis family will host our Community Gathering this Thursday, December 1, at First Christian Church, 2306 13th St., Lubbock. Board meetings are at 5:30, we’ll share a meal at 6:30 followed by worship at 7:15. You won’t want to miss this one!

DeColores, Sheila

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Nov 2016

Sheila KirbyHello my dear brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s November, the month for giving thanks, and above all I am grateful for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the beautiful life I have because of His grace. I am also thankful for my precious husband, Gary, my family and all the friends I have been blessed with. I also want you to know how grateful I am for all of you and the opportunity I have to be your Lay Director.  It is such a privilege to be able to serve and be served by you. You may not feel you are noticed by our community, or as important as some, but trust me you are! We all need each other and “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:4-5.  You, my friends, are important to me and others by just being you. Just use the gifts God has given you and others will notice and be ever grateful for you just as I am and, more importantly, as Christ is.

Now I have some important information from our database coordinator.  The new database for Llano Estacado has been set up so that community members can access their own information, change addresses, phone numbers, etc. It also allows the user to search for another members name. In addition, those individuals who are assigned as lay directors on upcoming walks will have the option to build their team in the database. This eliminates the need for providing member data sheets to team members and for the team member to try to remember all the walks that they have worked. Once this information is entered it can be easily exported to excel for future use.

emmaus-databaseThe database website is located at and there is a link to it on the Llano Estacado website. Members wishing to log on need to use their email address as their user name and the default password of leecleec (case sensitive). As with all new databases, there will be some that have trouble logging in for the first time. We have Site Administrators that will address these issues and help get you logged in. Once you are successfully in, it is highly recommended that you change your password. As with all things, grace and patience is a plus!

This is an exciting development for our community! We desperately need our data base up-to-date and with the new system, we can make that happen. Please give it a try. If you need assistance, let us know and we will help you.

I do thank God for all of you and please know that each of you are just as important to the Llano Estacado Emmaus Community as the next member. I hope to see you Thursday night at Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway, Lubbock for our monthly community gathering. Be there at 6:00 if this is your first time; 6:30 for our meal and at 7:15 for our worship service.

Sheila Kirby