Message from Mark Rooks – firstname.lastname@example.org – Gmail
|Dear Richmond Emmaus Community…|
Thanks for all you do to make the ministry of Richmond Emmaus effective. As you know the purpose of the Walk to Emmaus is to renew the Church through development of leaders and renewal of Christians as faithful, committed disciples of Jesus Christ.
Through the experience of the weekend and the ongoing 4th Day activities, individuals grow in their walk with God.
For this to occur, men and women first participate in the weekend event.
Our Community currently has two weekends upcoming:
R134 (Women) scheduled for March 5-8 R135 (Men) scheduled for March 19-22. Please be in prayer for the teams, pilgrims and weekend events.
Currently there are 23 women confirmed to attend R134. For R135 there are only 13 men confirmed to attend. The minimum number required in order to hold a weekend is 20 and the maximum is 36. For many years our weekends were not only filled with 36 pilgrims, but there was a waiting list participate.
In recent years two trends have been occurring:
1—Individual team members have had to take on a greater responsibility of finding pilgrims in order for the weekend to take place, and…
2—As a community, we have struggled to reach the minimum number of pilgrims for each weekend.
This is where your help is urgently needed.
We are less than 2 weeks away from the women’s weekend and four weeks from the men’s weekend. While there are enough women to hold the weekend, more are welcome. For the men things are more critical. It is absolutely imperative that we reach at least 20, but preferably 25-30 men to hold the weekend on March 19-22!!!
There are over 60 men and women giving of their time, and talents to serve on these two teams. They have both been meeting every Friday evening for several weeks to prepare. They are completely focused on their tasks as team members. Now it is the responsibility of the Community to do the work of praying, discerning and asking good candidates to Walk to Emmaus in March.
Who are ideal candidates for a WTE?
-Are members of a local church-NOT in between churches
-Have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives
-May have unanswered questions about their faith
-Understand that being a Christian involves responsibility
-Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner -Active and involved church leaders are often excellent candidates for WTE!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE act on this today. First pray, then listen to who God is leading you to speak with about joining a Walk in March. Thank you.
Grace upon grace.
Rev. Mark Rooks
Community Spiritual Director