From the Desk of the Lay Director – Jan. 2020

Oh, I wish I had 2020 vision as I never had a clue on this date 1/1/2020, I would still be here on this earth, let alone hearing firecrackers that sounds like bombs going off.   I like to have never made it through staying in Houston last year with those loud cannon booms that shook and made the windows rattle in the house as 2019 came booming in.  I peaked out the window and it looked like a West Texas dust storm standing still in fine powder clear up into the sky. Those cannons went off for 4 to 5 hours…your sure could not go to sleep… that was for sure!       

Thank You Lord for a new year in your Kingdom!  You are preparing the soil for the new season of spring.  How thankful we are for your care of beauty of life in your creation of seasons.  Fall came and thank you for the leaves of brilliant colors. Thank you for the season of winter and snowballs and snowmen as the sap goes downward and we anticipate the beauty of your timing in causing a rising of the sap unto spring time.  Lord be with us in our daily walks with You, as we all are so blessed by You. To sit by your feet in our mind of Christ is such peace and a listening time unto You.  What a comforter of love You ARE!!! You bring your JOY to us in a heartbeat of our intaking breath of great smiles and laughing as well.    Your son, Jesus Christ, the gift of life forever it is unspeakable to describe to gaze into His eyes…How we thank YOU dear Father and we are so blessed by your Holy Spirit’s guidance.  Thank you for teaching us to be still and to rest.  

January is a new year, we go through fire crackers popping, all kinds of food on Dec. 31st to Jan. 1, to snack on, new resolutions, and to enjoy the New Year count downs, plus more food to nibble on.  May we as Christians continue a joyful walk every day in Jesus Christ as we follow Him and feed His sheep.

My 1st experience with a firecracker in the darkness on Padre Island was the stroke of midnight.  Some big kid stuck a firecracker in my hand and said hold this candle and he lit up and ran. So, I watched like he said holding the candle, clueless of what was about to happen, BAMB!  I screamed holding onto it still with my eyes shut while crying. The next person in my face was my mom throwing salt water on me and counting my fingers then I got a spanking and I just stood still and took it and did not cry then.  That was my last appointment with firecrackers forever!  

From that point on when the adults had firecrackers out and popped just one of them, I was in the house under my bed hiding, but when they threw the whole package of the firecracker in the barbecue pit, I would run away two blocks and hide from them and cover my ears in the dark.  Thankfully my parents grew out of that and was I ever thankful.  Beautiful fireworks are an awesome thing to see from a distance.  It is beautiful to see all of the colors bursting into such different shapes and colors and to hear all the ooohs and ahhhs from those who are watching really beautiful fireworks.  

I am glad the winter has arrived and as it gets closer to the end of February the sap rises slowly.  God’s beautiful timing of the sap rising into spring will soon be on its way. The beautiful leaves start growing and it is a refreshed clean smell of newness.  May it automatically fortify us unto Jesus in each of our steps traveling forward with Him.  May we live in Him and spring forward to all who are in our path daily.  Bless our community, dear Lord, and may new pilgrims spring forward in 2020 to continually grow in leadership and take it back to your home churches to grow the Kingdom of God.  Community thank you for sponsoring new pilgrims and helping them as they continue their journey in the Walks to  Emmaus as to grow them into leaders.  Thank you and God Bless You ALL!   Safe travels over the Holidays and angels all around you!

Happy New Year…. to you ALL.

De Colores,
Karen Cox

Hours in Place for Activities

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

Community Gatherings 2020

Jan. 09 – Oakwood United Methodist Church, 2215 58th St, Lubbock
Feb. 06 –  St. Luke’s Methodist SW, 5805 98th, Lubbock
Mar. 05 – Westmont Christian Church, 4808 Utica, Lubbock
Apr. 02 – Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway Ave., Lubbock
May 07 – Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Lubbock

Upcoming Event

Llano Estacado Emmaus Community is celebrating its 30th year on Saturday, Feb.29th in Slaton, Texas.  One of the meeting places is at St. Josephs Hall for the food gathering and tours of Mercy Center…12:00 to 4:00.  Come and fellowship and all are invited and just come and enjoy! Come share your 4th days.

Walk Dates 2020

Jan. 09 – 12 Chrysalis, Young Women
Jan. 16-19, 2020 Men’s Walk #106, Swade Moyers, LD
Feb. 20 – 23, 2020 Women’s Walk # 152, Lori Lusk, LD
Apr. 03 – 05, Kairos Outside
Apr. 16 – 19, Men’s Walk #107, Rick Pinkerton, LD
Apr. 30 – May 03, Chrysalis Young Women
May 14 -17, Kairos
Jun. 25 – 28, Women’s Walk 153, Dawn Moore, LD
Aug. 6 – 9, Women’s Walk #154, Judy Butcher, LD

Text Blast

The text blast has been working out very nicely.  Please contact Donna Campbell if you would like to receive the monthly reminder 806 – 789-1008 for the text blast.  Thank you.

Board Members

Please feel free to go to Llano Estacado Emmaus Website to contact any of our board members.  Scroll down to contact us…find the note that says PDF, click on it and all the names of the Board will come up.  I hope this helps you to find it.  Catch the board members as they come out of the board room to talk to them.  They also circulate at send offs and candlelight’s throughout the year.