From the Desk of the Lay Director – Jan. 2018

De Colores Community,

And just like that, a simple flip of a page on the calendar ushers in a new year. My prayer for each of us this year is that we grow in our relationships with the Lord, and build his kingdom here on earth.

This is a very special time of year in Emmaus. It is the time in which we seek new leaders to rise up and serve the community by being an active member of the Llano Estacado Emmaus Board. I ask each of you to read the following passage of scripture and prayerfully consider stepping forward by submitting your name for consideration to the nomination committee. Please just let one of the board members know of your interest and we will see to it that your information is passed along.

Jesus gave us a very special example of his expectation for leaders during the last supper in the upper room in Luke 22:24-30 (New International Version (NIV))

24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

In addition, we have a critical servant’s role to fill in our community. After many wonderful years of service, Mike Smith has requested that we allow him to retire as the servant who keeps our community supplied with the necessary materials to support our walks, journeys and other Emmaus events at the Mercy Center.

First and foremost, we extend our sincere appreciation to Mike for his humble service in the background which for some time now has ensured the success of many events. My guess is that for many of you the cross on your lanyard, worship booklet that you use at community and packet information that you received when you went on your walk, journey, or chrysalis was most likely ordered by Mike and delivered to the Mercy Center. Also, if you have taken a snack during breaks or drank a cup of coffee at the Mercy Center you have used one of the supplies that Mike picked up and delivered.

Please join me in extending gratitude to Mike for all he has done to make us successful. I know that someday each of us that have been touched by his service will hear loud and clear ‘Mike, Well done thy good and faithful servant!’

In case you need a reminder, just flip the cross on your lanyard over and read the words again, ‘Christ is counting on you.’ Please reach out to a board member and let us know that you are willing and able to serve our community in any capacity, on the board, as the supply servant, or on a team. We will get you in contact with the right people!

In Christ,

Rod Smith

Upcoming Opportunities

January Community Gathering: January 4, 2018
St. Joseph’s Slaton
205 19th St
Slaton, TX 79364

Note: Worship begins following Young Women’s Chrysalis Journey Sendoff. No meal, please consider bringing agape (food or pillow) for the caterpillars.

Young Women’s Journey #42: January 4-7, Ashdon Hancock – Lay Director

Women’s Walk #144: February 15-18, 2018, Diane Qubty – Lay Director

Kairos Outside #15: April 6-8

Young Men’s Journey #34: May 3-6, Ryan Rathmann – Lay Director