From the Desk of the Lay Director – Feb 2021

Hey Llano Emmaus Community

Please plan on attending our Community meeting at Agape United Methodist Church, 1215 Slide Road on Thursday February 7th at 7 pm. We will be live streaming it on our Facebook page and it will remain there for the next 30 days for your viewing. We will be praying for the Women’s Walk team. The walk will be February 25th- 28th. Please be praying for this walk. I will be sending out information later regarding community participation on this walk. Sponsors will be receiving a call from a team member with final instructions for send off, candlelight, and closing procedures.

I hope everyone is doing well and the virus is staying away from your door per Psalms 91. We are doing well by the Grace of God.

The board has voted that the officers that were to go off the board April 1st, this year will remain in place until April 1st, 2022. This means that all board members will remain in place for an added year. This is due to most walks being cancelled last year. The walks being cancelled especially affected me as I was not able to host community meetings, candlelight, and closing ceremonies. This means we should get bonus pay at the end of the year, right? Please pray that all walks will be able to take place, and none will be cancelled this year and no one, team member or pilgrim will be affected by COVID-19 or other illnesses.

I am looking forward to worshipping with you Thursday night. If you cannot make it to the meeting, you can view it on our Facebook page.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director.

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Jan 2021

Hello Llano Estacado Emmaus Community.

Well, it is the beginning of a new year and I am looking forward to a new beginning.  Even though Covid-19 is still prevalent, I am believing that it is on the way out.  I hope your Christmas was a wonderful time as we celebrated our Savior’s birth.  We celebrated with just Bonnie and I, but it was really special.  I am kind of getting bored with Hallmark movies though.  

I want to share a scripture I have shared before because it still holds true today.  Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not for I am with you:  Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you.

The board decided that with several circumstances involved, we have moved the January Men’s walk to February 18th -21st.  The Women’s walk is still February 25th-28th.  Please get your pilgrims notified and signed up for these walks.  There is a Kairos Outside weekend on April 9th -11.  If you know a lady that has been affected by incarceration, please get them signed up for this weekend.  Please be in prayer for these weekends events that God will touch lives again through our Emmaus Community.

We have reached our goal of $5000.00 and will be sending the final check with a matching amount from the Emmaus Community to make a total donation of $10,000.00.  Thanks so much to all who donated to meet this goal to help the Mercy Center through this trying time.  

We have cancelled the January Community meeting due to Churches are still not letting us use their facilities and the few that are, we do not want to abuse that privilege.  Looking forward to a February Community meeting when we can again worship together.  

May God richly bless each one of you!!

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

December Update

Hey Llano Emmaus Community. 

Just a reminder that we have cancelled the December Community Meeting.  I will miss seeing your smiling faces (even while you are wearing a mask) and worshipping with you.

We are now at $4,036.83 on our fundraising efforts for Mercy Center.  We are less than $1,000.00 from our goal.  If you have not donated, please pray about it and if you are led to do so, please donate as soon as possible.  Even a small amount will help us reach our goal. You can do that at this link.

We have several in our community that are fighting Covid19.  Please be in prayer for those that are suffering with it.  

I pray each of you have a healthy, safe and wonderful Thanksgiving and may it be a joyful time for you and your family. Give thanks with a grateful heart.

May God richly bless each one of you!!

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

Covid Update – Nov 2020

November 6, 2020

Llano Estacado Emmaus Community,

It is with much disappointment that the board voted last night to cancel the December community meeting and to postpone the Men’s Walk for November,. With the rise in Covid19 cases, we felt it was not a good idea to continue with the walk at this time.  If you had pilgrims ready to go, please let them know – but stay in touch. This will not last forever.

The next Men’s walk is January 14-17 and the Women’s walk is February 25-28.  Please pray that we can start 2021 with walks and Community meetings filling up and God can again move in the hearts and lives of our Community.  My theme for this year was “Get Excited about Emmaus”, but it has been difficult to get excited when we are in the situation we are in now.  I pray that in January God will bless our Community and we can all come back and get excited about what God is going to do.

May God richly bless each one of you and protect and keep you in His everlasting arms.  My favorite scripture is Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am you God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you.  I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  Continue to trust him.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Nov. 2020

Hello Community,

I pray you all are doing well and staying safe.  We are doing well and we’re enjoying the cool fall weather.  Tell me, what happened to fall?  Maybe it is coming back for a while, but our tomato plant, Canna and other plants froze and are in the dumpster.  We have numerous tree limbs that are broken and some on the ground.  We did not lose power but lost our internet and TV.  If you are still without power, I pray it will be restored soon.

The scripture I would like to share this month is Psalm 100, 1-2,4 “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!  Serve the Lord with Gladness; Come before His presence with singing”.  “Enter into His courts with praise, Be thankful to Him and bless his name.”  As you attend your church or attend Community, worship Him in spirit and truth. Worship Him daily. He is worthy!

The men’s walk November 19th through the 22nd is moving forward.  Please start registering your pilgrims.  Unless there is a huge reversal in the Covid-19 virus, we will be strictly following the CDC requirements for social distancing and wearing masks.  I know of two walks close by (not at Mercy Center) that did not social distance or wear masks and they have had an outbreak of Covid-19.  Two we know went to Candlelight and one has tested positive.  I know it is frustrating to have to do these requirements, but it IS necessary.  We had a Kairos Outside last month at the Mercy Center and we followed all Covid-19 requirements and NO one tested positive.

Thanks so much to all who have made donations to the Mercy Center in our matching funds donation.  We are most grateful. We have received just over $2,400.00.  If you have not made a donation yet, please pray about it and allow the Lord to show you how much to give. Remember what you give is doubled with matching funds. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 NIV

Our next Community Meeting will be Thursday, November 5th at Generations Church at 5201 University Avenue.  The meeting will be at 7pm and no meal will be served.  Please social distance and wear your mask.  You can wave, fist bump or elbow bump rather than shake hands.  Please attend and let us worship together. There is plenty of room to social distance.

Troy Brooks,
Community Lay Director