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.


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

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