From the Desk of the Lay Director – Dec. 2019

One Christmas, not long ago, an opportunity arose for me to spend the night at the hospital with an elderly sweet woman. Her family had been 24/7 at the hospital for several weeks. The family let me spend the night and it was a gift I will never forget.  They left and then we began to talk as I had brought her a poinsettia for her room. “That is so pretty,” she said and we both smiled.  It was funny, I asked her what her favorite flower was and she said a violet…I giggled and I said, “how funny your name is Viola, so did you get called Viola Violet?”  She asked me, “what is your favorite flower” I said, “at Christmas my favorite is a poinsettia.  Do you know where they came from?” She said no and I told her I knew they grew in South Texas and in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  So, we were both curious. We persevered for more knowledge about the poinsettia and we soon forgot the noise of all the medical machines in there. I did have one eye watching the door in case the nurse came in with a shot to give to Mrs. Puckett.  

The poinsettia plant was noted as early as in the 16th century in Central Mexico.  It has a long history and it’s very interesting how eventually it ended up here in the U.S. in the 19th century.  It was brought to the U.S. by Dr. Joel Poinsett, our 1st ambassador to the U.S.,  thus the name of poinsettia and it finally got a name.  It is a beautiful thing to think of this story in my heart at this season of time.  So, Mrs. Puckett and I continued the journey in our minds with the two very poor young cousins. Their names were Pepita (also goes by Maria) and Pedro (also goes by Pablo). They were too poor to have a gift.  On their walk to the village chapel, an angel spoke to Pepita and told her to pick up the weeds. Sadly she did and bundled them together.  

Pedro reminded Pepita even the most humblest of gifts, if given in love, will be acceptable in His LOVE. What Pedro said encouraged Pepita.  They continued to the nativity scene in the chapel. She knelt and before her eyes a brilliant burst of red flowers appeared from the weeds,  appearing as poinsettias and the people at the church saw it happen. In Mexico, it was known as the Flores de Noche Buena…the Flowers of the Holy Night.  We know this is the season when they bloom.  

Now Mrs. Puckett and I had tears in our eyes looking at the poinsettias in her room.  Think of the colors in the poinsettias red, white and green.  Our Jesus sacrificed His BLOOD for us for an ongoing journey of being cleansed of the past, and the color of green of Life everlasting and to live forever.  All we have to do is ask Him into our heart… “is He there in your heart Mrs. Puckett?”  “Yes,” she said.  We had joyful tears for a while and great big smiles of joy prevailed in that room of peace.  To think a poinsettia could lead to all this joy that evening was amazing grace… to think the poinsettia and leaves are thought as a Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus, and the red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ and the white leaves represent his purity… what a blessing from Him for us all…that says it all and we both agreed what a gift from Him forever.

The next morning was a renewal day for Mrs. Puckett…her family walked in and they looked at us and said, “my goodness you both look so happy and joyful!” The two of us just grinned at each other.  What a beautiful friend she was indeed.  

Walking into her memorial service about year later was a surprise to me, as her daughters had made a huge picture of her holding a large poinsettia vase and with her picture in a Santa Claus Hat and with the most beautiful smile on her face. It showed the joy of the Lord and I was so overwhelmed.   I could not talk and such tears of love and joy for her and soon my repose came back to do the eulogy for her. It was the gift of Him in her life FOREVER.  It was the same beautiful smile of YES unto the Lord as I walked by her picture.  

May you, the people of the Kingdom of God, be blessed by this beautiful season to remember Him as the GIFT HE IS to all of us.  We give you all HONOR and GLORY!!! 

Be safe over the holidays and angels all around you and your families.

De Colores,
Karen Cox

Community Meeting

December 5th, we are meeting at Canyon United Methodist Church located on 217 FM to Market Rd 1729 and we look forward to seeing you.

Our Hours That Are in Place for Activities

6:00 Babe Chick Meeting
6:00 Meals
7:00 to 8:00 Worship

Text Blast /Phone Blast

The text blast is working out very nicely…the phone blast has worked well in the past also.  Please contact Donna Campbell if you would like to receive the monthly reminder and her contact number is 806-789-1008…hats off to you Donna for giving us a big blast!!! Thank you!

Board Members

Please feel free to contact any of our board members with any questions you may have.  Go to Llano Estacado Emmaus Website, click on it, scroll down to CONTACT US…there will be a 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.  They come to the board meetings so catch some of them to talk to them.  They also circulate to send offs and Candlelight services and welcome at closings as well.  

We do have a new addition to our Board Room…We have our NEW ASSISTANT COMMUNITY LAY DIRECTOR…Troy Brooks…..YEA!!!!!! It is OFFICIAL and he will finish out this term on March 31st, 2020 and then the next morning when he wakes up on April 1, HE is our next COMMUNITY LAY DIRECTOR.  May the Lord Bless you and thank you for saying YES Troy.

GATHERINGS

• December 5th Canyon United Methodist Church
• January 9th Oakwood United Methodist Church

WALK DATES

• January 16 – 19 Men’s Walk # 106, Swade Moyers
• February 20 -23 Women’s Walk # 152, Lori Lusk

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Nov. 2019

Thanksgiving is almost here.  I know many of you will be traveling so may your destinations be protected by Him above for safety going and coming back of safe travels…whether by land, air or sea….be careful and safe travels for you and your families of those that might be coming towards West Texas as well. May you enjoy your family time.  

How thankful we are to You, Oh God, for your love unto us.  May we, the people, be the people who earnestly seek you, God, for the refreshment of our souls.  May we abide in the joy of the Lord as He is our strength through all things. May we reflect upon our blessings.  Thanksgiving is a joyous time to shower the world with love and gratitude.  

How can you not think of Thanksgiving at this time of the year?  It is here before you know it.  All the work that goes into the preparation of the Thanksgiving dinner. The smell of ham and turkeys cooking is overwhelming and the stomachs are ready to be filled.  We gather for the family we love and for the friends we cherish and to be thankful for what we have.

Thanksgiving is not just one day…it is every day unto Him, thank him…to thank him in reality of every day of the year, we thank him for the new covenant, may we express our joy, sing a praise to Him, his love is unfailing, He endures forever, his faithfulness continues to each generation, may we live in all thankfulness unto Him, we are his people the sheep of his pasture…what an amazing God you are and we thank you with all of our hearts.  We thank you, Oh Lord, for everything and we ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ and to YOU be all honor and Glory.

Ok, turkeys will be turkeys. A true story for sure as I was a witness to this turkey dance down in Edna, Texas.  I had just checked into this camping area down there that had been a Texas State park but it was now a private park.  As I walked out of the building, I heard all these turkeys gobbling under this huge oak tree. I turned around to watch them because they were all gobbling so I started watching.  Evidently, there was a leader amongst those turkeys. I guess the leader gave them a special gobble and all of those turkeys circled up and by this I could figure out who the leader was for the group. He just made a gobble and they walked to the center synchronized up 1,2,3 to the center of the circle then back they went 1,2,3 to the start of the circle, and it started all over for at least 20 minutes.  I had never laughed so hard in my life.  People started stopping and watching and the laughter from the crowd didn’t disturb one bit.  I finally went into the office and asked the owners, “did you all train these turkeys to dance?”  It is the funniest thing I have ever seen.  He goes, “no they just come up and dance under those trees every day.”  I guess I will come up and watch them tomorrow as they sure draw a crowd.  Well perhaps they have a little sense to cluster together in numbers as to be walking through the brush in the hunting season.       

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone…safe travels…blessings to all…be safe, be blessed and be strong in Him…. Thanksgiving is every day unto the Lord.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving food and yes, I bet you are watching some football games.

DeColores,
Karen Cox

Community Meeting

November 7th we are meeting at Oakwood Methodist UMC located at 2215 58th Street and we look forward to seeing you.

Our Hours That Are in Place for Activities
6:00 Babe Chick meeting
6:00 Meals
7:00 to 8:00 Worship

Phone Blast:  Reminders occur on the first Wednesday of the month @11:00 am.  Donna Campbell is the phone blaster.  If you would like to receive this monthly reminder please contact her at 806-789-1008.

Board Members:   Please feel free to contact any board members with any questions you might have.  You need to go Llano Estacado Emmaus website and click on it and scroll down to a place that says CONTACT US… there will be note that says, pdf click on it and all the names of the Board Member Names will come up.  I hope this helps you to find it.  Hope you will get to know them because they are around for the community meetings, many come to send off on walks, and are to be circulating amongst the people on Candlelight events.  Thank you.

Upcoming Walks

Nov. 7th-10 – Kairos #42

January 16-19th, 2020 – Men’s Walk #106 (Swade Moyers)

February 20-23, 2020 – Women’s Walk #152 (Lori Lusk)

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Oct. 2019

It is often a good lesson to look at a word.  It is also a beautiful treasure to your heart to be in the Word daily.  I was looking at the word October.  Octo means eight in Latin.  When I looked it up it dates back to more than 2,000 years ago in the ancient Roman calendar. Why do we abbreviate it 10/1?  The eight became the 10 way back then!

The season begins to change in October. It turns a bit cooler, some leaves begin to fall, the days get shorter, and what was growing in our flower beds slow down. A new best winter plant gets planted because it can stand the winter coldness.

Have you ever wondered what flower was Jesus’s favorite? Then I thought, “any and everything He makes is perfect.”  The leaves change colors of yellow, orange and deep red up here.  My first fall here in Lubbock was beautiful and colorful and I had never ever seen colored leaves before.  I grew up with palm trees and tiny mesquite trees.

The beauty of His hand of décor is stunning upon the land He created.  It is amazing beyond words. Matthew 19:26 “With God all things are possible.”  Octo is 8.  God’s perfect number of completions.  Mankind changes things as it was in the beginning hands on instead of hands off.  Trust unto God that we must do in obedience unto his will and his way.

One morning I awoke extremely, early hopped in my truck and went to Palo Duro. I had taken the elements for communion, my Bible, my walking stick, flashlight, and 5 waters with me.  I was shining my flashlight for a while and off to the east the orange horizon was slowly coming up.  I thought I heard a coyote or two.  As the light came up, so did the surrounding sound of coyotes, As I went further down the trail,  I came to a stop and thought they were all around me. I just couldn’t see them.  All I had was my hiking stick. “Oh my, here are rocks,” so I put them in my pockets and tossed a few in each direction.  I didn’t hear them anymore, so I assumed the rocks made an impact on them. Things seemed normal and I continued on my way.  

Then to my surprise a solid red cloud of hundreds of male cardinals landed in the shrubs 20 feet away.  I tiptoed away from them and was soon nearing the next stop. As before, the journey went upward to the Lighthouse. I thought, “I am the only person out here so I will read in a teacher’s voice out loud and read Psalms 98, 99 & 100” … at that point I understood His care that was over me in peace.   I put my Bible in my back pack and started the climb upward. 

Once I reached the Lighthouse, I sat for a while in the peace of the beauty of the wilderness. I read silently unto my soul of Habakkuk’s Prayer.  I dangled my feet over the ledge as I took communion there and sat still, looking up.  The colors throughout that area are stunning… simply beyond words.  I had one more surprise. Those hundreds of cardinals flew south over the Lighthouse and they were heading to South Texas for the winter in the valley down south. It was so beautiful.

Hinds feet are needed in all of our travels in our journey of life of perseverance.  Faith in God adds a new ingredient.  We have to look beyond our present troubles to a larger perspective.  Faith assures us that even when things seem so helpless, our all-powerful God will restore us.

Be blessed, be strong and be beautiful in Him…In the Name of Jesus Christ and to Him be the honor and Glory.   Amen

DeColores
Karen Cox  

Community Meeting

 Oct. 3rd, Agape Methodist UMC is hosting our next Community Meeting.  Please join us for fellowship and worship.  It is located on 1215 Slide Road.  

Our Hours That Are in Place for Activities

6:00 Babe Chick Meeting
6:00 Meals
7:00 to 8:00 Worship

Upcoming Gatherings

November 7th, Oakwood Methodist UMC, Lubbock, Tx  2215 58 ST
December 5th, Canyon Methodist UMC Lub, Tx,  217 FM to Market RD 1729
January 9th, Oakwood Methodist UMC Lubbock, Tx  2215 58th ST

Phone Blast:  Reminders occur on the first Wednesday of the month @ 11:00 am.  Donna Campbell is the phone blaster.  If you would like to receive this monthly reminder please contact her at 806-789-1008.

Board Members:  Please feel free to contact any board members with any questions you might have.

Upcoming Walks

• October 24-27 Women’s Walk #151, Laurie McCabe
• Nov.07-10 Kairos #42
• January 16-19, 2020 Men’s Walk# 106, Swade Moyers
• February 20-23, Women’s Walk #152, Lori Lusk

Community Lay Director

ATTN PAST LAY DIRECTORS

Ladies and Gentlemen who are Past Lay Directors, if you have a passion of heart to serve and you have the desire to nominate yourself as a possible nominee for becoming a Community Lay Director please contact Karen Cox, (806) 773-5559 and leave your contact information on my voicemail. 

Your window of time is September 9th through September 23rd to respond unto Karen Cox if you desire to possibly undertake this job. 

Our board room has nominated people and their nominees are in already.  My thoughts were to open up and include our Past Lay Directors from our community.  Please pray over this position and listen to the LORD and know this is a big job to undertake. It would entail serving as an Assistant Community Lay Director during my term of 6 months that are left and my term ends March 31, 2020. Your job starts April 1st, 2020.  Be aware you will still have another year as a Past Community Lay Director as well.

This has been a different voting procedure in Llano Estacado Emmaus Community.  The board has voted in their nominees already unto me and you Past Lay Directors are welcome to put your names in as well. One of our goals is to include the community.

October 3rd is our community meeting at Agape United Methodist Church and perhaps we will have an answer who will serve as our Assistant Community Lay Director. 

Community Past Lay Directors thank you very much.  Please remember the window of time:  September 9th – Sept. 23rd.     806-773-5559 (Karen Cox)  

Sincerely,

Karen Cox
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Sep. 2019

Where does my help come?  Have you ever said HELP out loud in a moment of fear, an accident, a tragedy, or of a need of a safety issue?  So, when your world turns dark and your journey rugged where do you turn for help?  What is the source of the confidence you need to face the headwinds of life?

 Growing up by the Gulf of Mexico, outside of Corpus Christi just a bit, was a wonderful time of discovery for me as I loved to beach comb and to swim. Being an only child, I had no problems with being bored. I was always into something  adventurous.  My parents fished most of the time, all day, in one spot.  I knew not to kick stingrays, touch jelly fish and leave Portuguese man-of wars alone. I would wander off down the coastline towards Brownsville in my tractor size inner-tube, free as a bird floating for hours. It was a given one of my parents would come for me for several hours later.  

I had no fear. I would go out far from the shore to get past the crashing waves to stillness in a fast-moving current. The beauty of it was to be still, in awe of the blue water and it was fun as my inner-tube traveled. The other thing I knew was that a current can sneak up on you and from this wave and it could totally slam your face down into a wipeout. I drifted back into a sand bar pool of two cuts as it is safer than being too far out.  I was so enjoying this peaceful time thinking “how in the world was the world made like this.”  Fortunately, my grandparents moved there that year.  My grandmother told me she prayed for me and, what little she said, I knew within me God must have made this world.  

I just relaxed, stretched out my long arms and long legs and THEN I saw the eyes of the shark right by me. It was circling my feet, coming around again. I pulled in my arms and the only thing out there was my head and my feet. I yelled “God get me out of this!” Suddenly, a wave slammed over into the sand bar throwing me out of the inner-tube into the next gully. I swam like a ballistic bullet to the shore.  

How very important it is to cry out to God for HELP!  Know that Psalm 121 encourages us in all situations of the word help, yes, He does hear and HE does care.  Psalm121:1-2 “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.”

How blessed we all are in this Psalm as He watches over us all with no sleep. He is our protector and will keep us from harm, and will watch over your life and your coming and going, NOW and Forever.

What a blessing, Lord, and may this community be blessed and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as well.  How we thank you, oh Lord, for your love, help and guidance in all of our paths in our servant’s heart unto to YOU!  In the Name of Jesus Christ and we give you all honor and Glory.  Amen   

DeColores

Karen  Cox 

COMMUNITY MEETING

Sept 5th, is at Indian Avenue Baptist Church.  The best way to find the meeting place is to turn in on the NE side of the church and go towards the back of the church on section 7 by the blue dumpsters. 

NEW HOURS NOW IN PLACE

6:00 Babe Chick Meeting
6:00 Meals
7:00 to 8:00 Worship

UPCOMING GATHERINGS

• Sept 5, Indiana Ave. Baptist Church, Lubbock, TX     9507 Indiana Ave
• Oct 3, Agape Methodist UMC, Lubbock, TX      1215 Slide Road   
• Nov 7 Oakwood UMC, Lubbock Tx.    2215 58th St.
• Dec 5, Canyon Methodist UMC, TX  217 FM to Market Rd 1729

Phone Blast: Reminders occur on the first Wednesday of the month @ 11:00 am.  Donna Campbell is the phone blaster.  If you would like to receive this monthly reminder please contact her at 806-789-1008.

Board Members:  Please feel free to contact any board members with any questions you might have.

UPCOMING WALKS

• September 12 – 15 Young Men’s Chrysalis #37, Chad Grimes
• September 19 – 27 Kairos Outside #18, Ronda Menefee
• October 24 – 27 Women’s #151, Laurie McCabe
• November 07 – 10, Kairos #42

Please Community Help needed as soon as possible on a couple of things.

#1 We need the communities help with a Communion Team to prepare and take down community elements.  We need these leaders to step up in a servant’s heart please.   That would include the community meetings, candlelight and closing. We only have 3 men’s walks and 4 women’s walks. If you are interested please leave a message, phone #, and your name.  Karen Cox 806-773-5559  

#2 We need a person (male or female) to be the coordinator of the Men’s. Prayer Vigil.  It requires a leader to step up and be there monthly to keep that prayer vigil continuing.  Contact Donna Campbell, 806-789-1008   

God Bless our days ahead and unto Him All Glory and Honor.

Sincerely,

Karen Cox