Chrysalis April 2018

Consider It All Joy

This is the day the Lord has made, I will BE GLAD AND REJOICE IN IT!

Do I really mean that? Even if the wind and dirt is blowing only how it can in Lubbock, TX? Even if my husband received his first cycle of chemo? Yes, finding joy and peace in all things, is something I have had to faithfully practice moment by moment this past month and then will continue to do so in the days and months ahead. Many of you have been on your knees praying for my family, loving us, feeding us, and supporting us through this new journey we must walk.

March 21st my husband, Joe Gillispie, was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer and yet we can choose to rejoice and we can consider it all joy. The peace that passes all understanding is active and we can experience it as we trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding but in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will make our paths straight. God is with us always even until the end of the world.

Friends, God is Faithful and His works will be displayed through this journey. We are at peace and we are standing on the promises of God.

We have some exciting Chrysalis news! Young Men’s Journey #34 is fasting approaching! May 3-6 2018 and Ryan Rathmann is the LD. We have many signed up but there is still room for more. Send your applications to: Jonathan Bloxom 2722 Frankford Ave. Apt. 501 Lubbock, TX 79407. 806-632-4764

That is a weekend that you can participate in, so make plans now! Saturday May 5th at 6 pm at the St. Joseph Hall 21st and Division St. Slaton, TX we will be hosting a Chrysalis Fajita Scholarship Fundraising Dinner. We need your support! All of our caterpillars attend our Chrysalis journeys free of charge and that is because of the fundraising dinners that we host and you support during the year. So please come enjoy food and fellowship and then slide on over to the church for the community candlelight service for the boy’s journey that will be happening at 8 that evening.

Plates are a minimum donation of $10. The raffle drawing will also be held that evening so if you haven’t purchased your raffle tickets yet please see a board member or you may purchase them at the door. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. See any Chrysalis board member to purchase yours. The items that are to be raffled are:

  • Savage Arms 10 Savage Ashbury Precision 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle MRSP $1799 (subject to rules and regulation background check)
  • Green Mountain Smoker valued up to $1000.
  • Various Red Raider Meat packages valued from $200-360
  • DE Walt 20Vmax Lithium Ion-4tool Combo Kit
  • Relax, Refresh, and Revive Gift Basket includes Two 60 minute Swedish Massages by Ally Mae Massages, $200 Gift Card for a Vision Pro Residential House Cleaning, $200 All Seasons Property Care Gift Card for flower landscaping, total value of gift basket $510.
  • $100 Thacker Jewelry Gift Card.

As I close I am reminded this past month why we should teach the young adults the importance of finding a church and being an active part of your church community and your Chrysalis/Emmaus reunion group. They need to know go to the socials and invest in each other. Those early years of going to college together, getting married, having babies, playing t-ball and eating at Chuck E Cheese forms a tight bond and stronghold for things to come. As we grow we might not get to see each other weekly or monthly anymore but what will happen is these Chrysalis and Emmaus relationships’ support and love holds true for a lifetime. Then when the battle comes and your family faces it head on you won’t be alone.

These community relationships truly are bound together through love. My family would not have made it through this past month and the months ahead without this strong bond and love. God’s love active through the body of Christ. So whose young life can you impact for eternity just by inviting them to a Chrysalis or a walk to Emmaus? Don’t waste another moment ask and they will come. I am grateful for these relationships. Let’s share God’s love with those around us.

Fly with Christ,

Susan Gillispie
Chrysalis Community LD