A Message from CLD Rob Heare

Many years ago I had the opportunity to be part of a mission team to Kentucky. In our travels we passed an old church that had been converted to the JOY Center. JOY was used as an acronym that stood for Jesus First, Others Second, and Yourself Last. The message is that if we live our lives with that philosophy, we will experience JOY in our lives, in our hearts! 

We have the opportunity to share the JOY on March 15-18, with the Walks of Richmond Emmaus 127 and 128 being held at Richard Bland College.

Please pray about who God wants you to give the opportunity to that someone gave you! Applications and the deposit checks need to be in to the Registrar by March 1!

Please be in prayer for the Teams and the Pilgrims! God Bless you and your family.


UPDATE: Agape meals for R127 and R128

Thanks to everyone who has helped feed the Men’s and Women’s teams as they’ve been preparing for the upcoming Walks! What a wonderful way to show agape!

We still need a little help:

  • Friday, March 9, Men’s team — if you can provide dinner for 34 men, please let me know ASAP! They team at Parham Road Baptist Church with dinner served at 6:30pm.
  • Thursday, March 15 — the Men’s and Women’s teams will enjoy lunch together at Richard Bland before the weekend ‘starts.’ Kaye Davis and I are coordinating lunch (for 65 people) and could use some help providing food! If you’d like to help by providing drinks, cups or part of the meal (or money to help with the cost of the meal), please let me know!

Thanks! The teams have been very appreciative of the meals already provided! It’s been great to help them in this way!

Carole Mitchell, R84


Outside Team members needed for Spring Walks!

As you know, we have 2 Walks taking place on March 15-18, 2018 at Richard Bland College: Richmond 127 will be for men and Richmond 128 will be for women. To cover these walks, we will need a large outside team.

Working on an outside team has so many benefits:

  • It is an excellent way to get to know and work with more members of the Richmond Emmaus Community.
  • It gives opportunities for spouses, reunion groups, and members of church groups to serve together.
  • You have the option of staying on campus or returning home during the weekend.
  • You can commit to as little or as much of the weekend as you wish.
  • For those who are planning to serve on an inside team in the future, this is a good opportunity to get the behind the scenes look.
  • Closing is a huge blessing as you hear pilgrim after pilgrim testify to what they experienced.

Please prayerfully consider whether you are called to serve on this outside team. If you would like more information, you may call, text, or email Kelly Higgs at 804-305-2215 or kellyhiggs2012@verizon.net.

You may also go to the Richmond Emmaus website and apply on-line: http://richmondemmaus.com/forms/outside-team-application/.


Spiritual Gifts Workshops are coming to Richmond Emmaus!

Dear Emmaus friends, 
We were repeatedly encouraged to discover our spiritual gifts while we attended the Walk to Emmaus. The Christian Action, Sanctifying Grace and Body of Christ talks helped us  understand that everyone who has made the decision to follow Jesus is equipped by the Holy Spirit with spiritual gifts, given to us to do ministry. Serving God in ways that are in alignment with our spiritual gifts helps us fulfill God’s call on our lives and can help guide us into living a more abundant life.  
Come discover your unique, God-given spiritual gifts! You are invited to attend either of two upcoming Spiritual Gifts workshops. Both will be identical in content, so you only need to register for one. They are free to attend, but seating is limited.
The first workshop will be held on Sunday, January 21st from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Bethia UMC, Room 10.  Register online for this session at  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DAEA723A4FC1-spiritual1, or by contacting me at (mobile) 814-5381 or simplyabbey@gmail.com  
The second will be held Saturday, April 21st from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Bethia UMC, room TBA. Register online for this session at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4daea723a4fc1-spiritual2, or contact me by phone or email.
De Colores! 
Abbey Holt

Agape Opportunities for Spring Walks!

Merry Christmas, Emmaus and Chrysalis Friends! Thanks for reading this long email during this busy time!

There’s a new way you can help our wonderful community: providing meal agape for our upcoming teams. With everything each team member has to do to prepare for a weekend, providing food during teaming can be difficult. Here’s where YOU come in!

As you know, we have 2 teams who start teaming just after the first of the year for the walks being held on March 15-18. Here’s your chance to provide agape to these teams!

R-127 — the Men’s walk will be teaming for 10 Friday nights starting Jan. 5 at Parham Road Baptist Church (West End).

R-128 — the Women’s walk will be teaming for 10 Saturday mornings starting Jan. 6 at Ivey Memorial UMC (Chester).

How can you help?

  • Sign up on one of the attached links (providing your name and email) … either grab a friend or 2 (or more) to help (and add their names) or, sign up yourself and others can join to help. This is a great opportunity for your reunion group or your table to help in a different way!
  • Provide and deliver a meal for around 25 of anything you wish … homemade, store-bought, crockpot, fast food — whatever! The one thing I ask is that everything (or as much as possible) be in disposable containers to minimize cleanup for the team. Someone would need to drop the food at the respective church around 5:30pm for the men’s team and 8:00am for the women’s team.
  • There is also the opportunity to provide lunch for a team on Thursday, March 15 at each church around 11-ish before they go to the ILC. You can sign up by using the links below.
  • If you are unable to provide a meal, there’s another way you can help — by providing plates, napkins, Reynolds wrap, flatware, etc. (or donating money for their purchase). If you can do that, please sign up on the link(s) provided and make sure I have your email to arrange pick up if needed!

The link to the men’s team sign up can be found by clicking here
The link to the women’s team sign up can be found by clicking here.

Questions? Just let me know! I’m hoping to have each meal covered for each team. Won’t you help???? Please!!!

Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

De Colores / Fly With Christ!

Carole Mitchell, R-84


A “Cook’s Tour” of the Richmond Emmaus website

Here is a quick guide to the Richmond Emmaus Community’s website:

  • About Emmaus — Here you’ll find information on the worldwide Emmaus movement, this year’s Community leadership and governing Board, and guiding policies for the Community.
  • News — Updates are posted on the Bulletin Board page.
  • Calendar — This is a month-view of scheduled events such as Walks and Gatherings and the daily prayer. (This information is also available via the Calendar-at-a-Glance tool.)
  • Forms — Here are application forms for pilgrims/sponsors and teaming, as well as a Background Check Authorization form for those who will team for Chrysalis flights.
  • Walks — Here is information on upcoming Walks and Fourth Day Training, as well as rosters and photos (where available) for previous Walks.
  • Reunion Groups — This is a listing of current RVA reunion tables, grouped geographically.
  • Venues — Address information and maps for our frequently-used locations.
  • Links — Here are links to the Upper Room Emmaus website, Richmond Chrysalis, and other websites of interest.
  • Contact Us — by our postal address or the available online form.

As new items are posted, our mailing list subscribers receive immediate email alerts — want to know what’s happening? Click the Subscribe button on the Home page!

If you have suggestions or concerns about the website, please contact Bryan Lane, our Community Lay Director (lane676@aol.com); or myself, at admin@richmondemmaus.com.

De Colores!

Rick Riemer


REMINDER: How to connect with Richmond Emmaus Walks

  1. Under the News tab, walk dates, prayer lists, etc. are published and updated on the Bulletin Board page. Events such as Fourth Day training are published and updated under the Walks tab, on the Upcoming Walks & Fourth Day Training page.
  2. Want to sponsor a pilgrim? Go to the Forms tab, click the link to the Pilgrim/Sponsor Application, print it and complete both sides of the forms, and mail it as indicated on the form. You will be contacted when your application is received.
  3. Want to serve on a Talk Room (inside) Team or an Outside Servants’ Team? Go to the Forms tab, click the link to the desired application form, complete it, then click Submit to send it electronically. You will be contacted when your application is received.
  4. Come to the monthly Gatherings to catch up on fellowship and late-breaking news!

A suggestion from ‘Hoop’ re: Praying for Walks

I have the following request that will be of great help when praying for each of the walks. Please put the following Prayer Lists on the website:

Team Prayer List – to include NAME – TEAMING POSITION – TALKS
Pilgrim Prayer List – to include NAME – CHURCH – SPONSORS

This would be a great help while praying for the Walks, and for individuals involved by name.

Thanks and Many Blessings for Emmaus,

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To which the Webmaster humbly says, “Amen.”  Head Servants / AWLDs, I will gladly post this information for your Walks as quickly as I can get it.

De Colores,