FALL WALKS CANCELLED
and Women's Fall Walks have been cancelled due to not receiving 12
applications by the early deadlines.
The dates for the 2017 Spring Walks are: April 27th-30th, 2017 for
the Men's Walk, and May 4th-7th, 2017 for the Women's Walk.
PLEASE be aware that we MUST have 12 applications turned in to
Irene Dillon, our registrar, before the early deadline dates to be able
to hold future Walks. Additional registrations will still
be accepted after the early deadline dates up until 14 days prior to the Walk,
but the 12 early registrations are vital for our community to be able to
hold future Walks. We have gone from holding full Walks to having
to cancel several Walks due to lack of Pilgrims, and it is very
disappointing to not be able to bring new Pilgrims into our community.
We are asking that sponsors do not hesitate to send in all applications
you may be holding. In the past we have had the privilege of holding full
Walks, and it was always a possibilty that we may not have spots left
for Pilgrims to apply. But at this point, every application
counts before the early deadlines. The
application you are holding on to might be the very one we need to
receive to give us 12 pilgrims and be able to hold a Walk!
Please be in prayer about who YOU would like to
invite for the next Walks.
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.
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
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
We always start with
a covered dish dinner followed by Worship at and Fellowship at 7:00 p.m.
NEXT GATHERING -
FRIDAY, October 21st, 2016
FRIDAY, November 18th, 2016 -
Bethesda United Methodist Church
233 North Main Street
Bethesda, OH 43719
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
AREA CONTACT REPRESENTATIVES NEEDED
May 20, 2016
To all members of the Ohio Valley Emmaus Community:
As the new chairperson for Community Development on the Board for Ohio
Valley Emmaus, I am eager to form a network of people willing to be an
AREA contact representative for our Emmaus Community.
The task of only one person (myself) getting in touch with all of the
various church or other groups throughout the geographic locations for
our widespread community would be impossible. The success of this great
venture will be accomplished as the Lord should speak to many of you
about becoming an AREA contact representative. You can choose the
breadth of the geographic area that you would be willing to represent.
Many counties are so large and we are an ecumenical organization (open
to all denominations) that it would not be feasible for one person to
contact all the prospective churches or groups. Our task is to contact
churches/groups in our areas to find pastors, church groups, etc. who
are open to a visit for presentation of a video and a personal sharing
about what Emmaus means to us and the value it offers to local churches.
Many Emmaus communities have up to a two year waiting list of pilgrims
wanting to participate in a Walk. Prayer and Community Development
through outreach to various church denominations is a significant
contributor to reaching prospective pilgrims and future workers in the
Emmaus community. The network which God will lead us to form will make a
difference in the growth and sustainability of our Emmaus community.
Also, I would like to have a planning meeting with as many people as
possible so that we all can work out a basic information packet to keep
a general consistency to what is said, but also leaving room for various
Considering the fact that you each know the churches in your respective
cities and counties, it would be most helpful if we could have you get
in touch with the AREA contact representative who is closest to you, and
then provide them with the information which you are aware of. You are
to prayerfully ask the Lord to lead you to the pastors and churches
which may be open to learn about Walk to Emmaus. Then, you are asked to
give them a call to find out for sure. If they are open to such a
presentation of approximately 30-45 minutes, then please provide your
AREA contact representative with the name of the pastor, the church,
address, and phone number. The AREA contact representative will be
responsible to set up the meeting.
After each meeting, the AREA contact representative will provide me with
a report of how the meeting went. I will be tracking our progress along
If any of you are willing to become an AREA contact representative,
please send me an e-mail with your complete contact information: Name,
mailing address, phone and e-mail address.
Thank you for prayerfully considering and volunteering to assist me with
this massive and significant project.
Chair, Community Development
(304) 232-4039 [home] (304) 639-3479 [cell] … please leave me a message
if I do not answer.
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
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.
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
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
the people who signed up for the 72 hour prayer vigil
Going on an Emmaus Walk is
but serving others as they experience their Emmaus Walk is as
just as much of a blessing, if not more.