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


• 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

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