Working Board Announcements

New Board Members!

At the November Gathering, the Richmond Emmaus Community elected the following members to serve on the Working Board in the 2020–2022 term: Lori Alford, Cody Dedmon, Shawn Holt, Anne Moseley (lay members), and Bob Moseley (clergy member). In addition, we have an opening for another clergy member. Clergy who would be interested in this role should contact Rev. Mark Rooks, our Community Spiritual Director.

Thank you to the following lay members who have served for the past three years and whose terms are ending in December: Jim Attaway, Patrick Phillips, and Mary Riemer.

Thank you to all who offered to serve, and to all who elected our newest Board members!

Reductions in Sponsoring and Teaming Fees Announced!

Due to reduced expenses at the Virginia Nazarene Camp, the Richmond Emmaus Board has voted to adjust Walk fees for 2020 as follows:  

Pilgrim application fee — $50.
Sponsorship fee  — $150.
Teaming fee — $175.

Scholarships are available for teaming and sponsorship fees; these must be requested in advance and in writing from the Board Treasurer, who will present them to the Board for approval.

Susie Stough
Community Lay Director


ISO: Reunion Table Updates

Are you in a new Reunion Group? Has your group had a change in location, leadership or meeting time? Please let me know, so that the Community stays up-to-date on where and when we can continue our Emmaus experience throughout the week!

De Colores,
Rick Riemer


CLD Message for November

When I was a child, my parents used to tell us, “There is safety in numbers,” “Stick together,” and “Take a friend wherever you go.” Now that I am much farther ahead in years and have decades of life behind me, I see how wise these words are for our faith journeys and everyday life. Our friends, pastors, and mentors who walk with us on the ups and downs of life, through our struggles, joys and everyday life, make a difference that cannot be measured … and we are the same to them as well.

This is one of the best parts of Emmaus.  When I walked in June 2000, nearly 20 years ago, I met ladies who God used to change my life. Some I still spend time with now; we are sisters together in faith and I am grateful.

This month we welcome dozens of new Community members. Let’s become family together — sisters, brothers, and friends in faith — so that in 20 years each one can say, “We still spend time together — and I am grateful.”

Our next 4th Day Training will be held at 4:00 pm this Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Room 103 at Bethia UMC, on Winterpock Rd in Chesterfield. Gathering begins at 6:00 with a potluck meal; then we will worship with music, share a devotional and communion — and welcome the new Community members from R-132 and R-133! Childcare for our Gathering will be provided by Bethia’s Safe Sanctuaries-certified staff.

Welcome to the Community, sisters and brothers of R-132 and R-133. You are welcome here!

Susie Stough, CLD


Setup Help Needed for November Gathering

Dear Emmaus Community, 

I am reaching out to get some help in November with putting up tables and chairs for our Gathering. We have no one signed up, and need some of our great Community people to help us out — anyone who could arrive around 5:15 at Bethia and help get this done will be appreciated. If you can, please let me know by emailing eljetslib@gmail.com.

Ellen Vaughan


Who Is A Good Candidate to Participate in a Walk to Emmaus?

This guidance was adapted from Pastor Mark Rooks’ comments during May’s Fourth Day training. It is commended to ALL members of the Richmond Emmaus Community.

The Walk to Emmaus is open to members of any Christian denomination. However, it is intended for the development of Christian leaders. Consider the ideal candidates for a Walk to Emmaus:

  1. They are members of a local church … people who are engaged, active, serving, and worshiping. Here are some examples of those who may not be ready to attend:
    • “I’m in-between churches right now.”
    • “I’m currently shopping for a new church.”
    • “My church has a lot of problems and I’m thinking of leaving.”
  2. They have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives … they are growing Christians who may already be participating in piety, study and Christian action.
  3. They may have unanswered questions about their faith; they may even be wrestling with their faith — a “doubting Thomas” … but they want to learn and grow in their faith.
  4. ,They understand that being a Christian involves responsibility … they are already serving in some capacity.
  5. They are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner … they are people for whom faith is their lifestyle.

Those who typically are less-than-ideal candidates at the moment:

  • The unchurched, de-churched, and non-Christians — the Walk to Emmaus is NOT designed to be an evangelistic vehicle.
  • Those who may be going through significant life events (i.e., divorce, job loss, financial crisis, the death of a loved one).
  • Those who have an ax to grind regarding the Church.
  • Those who just aren’t spiritually ready, for any reason.

Pray for each of these and allow God time to work in them.

De Colores!
Rev. Mark Rooks, Community Spiritual Director


Calling all Community members: Request for Walk Information


2019 Schedule for Richmond Emmaus Gatherings

2019 Richmond Emmaus Gatherings will be held as follows (weather permitting):

Saturday, Feb 9th
Saturday, Mar 9th
Saturday, Apr 13th
Saturday, May 11th
Saturday, Jun 8th
Saturday, Jul 13th
Saturday, Aug 10th
Saturday, Sep 14th
Saturday, Oct 12th
Saturday, Nov 9th
Saturday, Dec 14th

Gatherings are held at Bethia UMC in North Chesterfield, opening with covered-dish fellowship at 6:00 pm; Praise and Worship follow at 6:30 pm.

Childcare is provided by Bethia’s Safe Sanctuaries-certified staff.