WELCOME!
The Ohio Valley Emmaus and Chrysalis Communities are glad you've stopped by!  Here's where you'll find information about Walks, Flights, Gatherings and Hoots.  Not sure what those things are?  Feel free to choose from the menu on the left and browse around the site.

Something you need to know . . . Emmaus and Chrysalis is NOT a church.   These international organizations were created to strengthen the local church by creating strong Christian leaders who are devoted to sharing the Love of Jesus Christ and assisting the clergy to build the Kingdom of God.

  So, go ahead, look around this site, find out more about us, come and see us at a gathering,
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NEWS AND NOTICES

PREPARATIONS FOR SPRING 2017 WALKS TO BEGIN IN FEBRUARY

We are beginning preparations for the Spring 2017 Walks to be held on April 27-30, 2017 (Men's Walk) and May 4-7, 2017 (Women's Walk).  New 2017 registration forms are available here, and we encourage everyone to start thinking and praying about who you would invite.  Let's make these Walks a success and bring glory to God as we serve Him!

 

 

TEAM ORIENTATION SET

Orientation for teams and background workers for the Spring 2017 Men's and Women's Walks is set for Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Bethesda United Methodist Church.  Anyone wishing to work during these Walk weekends is asked to come and take part in this meeting.  Conference room team members will be contacted before the meeting date by the Walk Lay Directors, and Background Chairs from the Emmaus Board will be in touch with background team members.  Teams should be in place by February 4th so that all can attend this meeting.  In the event of inclement weather, the orientation will take place on Saturday, February 11th.

 

 

FEES TO INCREASE IN 2017

Due to an increase in charges from the Epworth Center in 2017, it has become necessary to raise our Walk fees for the new year.  Our rent for the use of the Center has been raised from $750.00 for the four-day weekend to $1,000.00, and the per person fee has gone from $15.00 to $18.00.  We are also charged a $100.00 janitorial fee if they feel that we left things in poor condition.  In addition, the Epworth Center has added a fee of $35.00 per month to house our storage buildings on their property.

As a result, pilgrim and team fees have increased to meet the expenses of the weekend.  Other expenses incurred each time we hold a Walk include: food for meals, snacks, t-shirts, crosses, picture developing, and registering the pilgrims with the National Emmaus Program.

 

 

GATHERINGS

Gatherings are just that - monthly gatherings, on the third Friday of each month, for those who've been on Emmaus Walks and Chrysalis Flights.  However, anyone is welcome at these monthly meetings, including friends, family and guests!

We always start with a covered dish dinner followed by Worship at and Fellowship at 7:00 p.m.

NEXT GATHERING -

FRIDAY, January 20th, 2017 -

CADIZ PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
154 W. Market Street
Cadiz, OH  43907

740-942-2366
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Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. and Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

For dates and more information on upcoming Gatherings, please check our Gatherings page.  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

 

 

BOARD POSITIONS STILL OPEN

The Ohio Valley Emmaus community is in need of members who are interested in serving the community on the Emmaus Board.  Currently, there are the key positions of Agape Chair and Communications Chair open that need to be filled as soon as possible for our community to continue to offer new pilgrims a complete Emmaus experience.

There are also other Board positions that will be open beginning in 2017.  We are looking for those who feel they can make a difference in the community and bring some new ideas to the table.  If you feel led to find out more about one of the open Board positions, please contact Nancy Vannest at 740-484-4422 for more information.

 

 

A CHALLENGE TO ALL

Think back to the weekend you went on your Emmaus Walk. A lot of us didn't want to stay on Thursday night. We were a little unsure of what this weekend was going to be like. On Friday we began to experience wonderful food and Friday evening we started to find little "treasures" under our overturned plates. As we moved into Saturday, we felt a bond with the others at our table and knew God had a hand in weaving our group together. Saturday night brought us the love the community as they came in for our candlelight. Sunday found things picking up speed with no posters, songs or skits to create. We received our agape letters from family and friends. It was all brought together as the Lay Director placed the cross around our neck and said "Christ is counting on you." We responded with "I am counting on Christ".

Your Emmaus Walk would not have happened without
  • people to prepare the food
  • people to work in the conference room as table leader, assistant table leader, assistant lay director, lay director, song leader or clergy
  • people who had everything ready when we needed it, did the dishes, cleaned the rest rooms, prepared the church for candlelight, set up the wall for the conference room
  • people who set the tables and put the agape under the plates
  • people who made the agape prior to the weekend
  • sponsors who told us about the weekend, picked us up and took us home
  • the people who signed up for the 72 hour prayer vigil
Several members in our community who played these key roles are no longer able to complete these tasks. We need you to step up and help where you are comfortable. If you have never turned on a dial on the stove...the kitchen may not be the place for you but you might work with logistics to keep everything working smoothly in the background. A group of two or three might take on the kitchen so they can share the responsibilities.

Going on an Emmaus Walk is a blessing, but serving others as they experience their Emmaus Walk is as just as much of a blessing, if not more.