03/13/20

Update to Gathering and Walk 134

Richmond Emmaus Community,

We are in unchartered territory right now as the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has become a state of emergency in our Commonwealth, nation and world So, it is imperative that we, the Body of Christ, respond with wisdom and faithfulness and with a sense of calmness during these days of uncertainty and fear.

Pastor Jay Carey contacted me to let me know the Bishop has suspended all activities in the district. See below:

“So effective today (March 13th), ALL WORSHIP SERVICES, MEETINGS, ACTIVITIES, CLASSES AND GATHERINGS OF ANY SIZE SCHEDULED TO MEET AT Bethia UMC ARE NOW CANCELLED UNTIL MONDAY MARCH 23 (Unless, if necessary, extended to a later date for health reasons).

This includes ALL OUTSIDE GROUPS that use our church facility for their meetings and gatherings.”

GATHERING TOMORROW HAS BEEN CANCELED AND THE NEXT GATHERING WILL BE APRIL 18TH AT BETHIA AND 4TH DAY TRAINING WILL BE PRIOR. Details to follow.

The board had already voted to cancel gathering prior to this information in the interest of safety for our community. 

The UPPER ROOM issued a statement recommending all retreats be cancelled until the end of April. The board reviewed this and all information relating to this situation and made the decision to postpone Richmond 135 to June 4-7 which was the next available date at the retreat.

R135 HAS BE POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 4-7

God has this! Let’s look at this as an opportunity to add more pilgrims to R135!

I am sharing brief devotion from today as it made me smile and reminded me that even though I do not see this as a “pit” He is in control.

Today’s Scripture

“…He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God…”  (Psalm 40:2-3,NIV)

Be a Pit Praiser

When God sees you praising Him in the pit, praising Him in the storm, praising Him in the loss, that’s what He calls “a sacrifice of praise.” He knows it’s not easy and you feel like quitting. When you praise Him in the pit that moves Him in a greater way. Its one thing to be grateful when things are going your way, but when you have a song of praise in your heart when every circumstance says you should be depressed, get ready for God to show out in your life. David said in today’s Scripture that praise brings you out of the pit. Praise when it’s sunny, and praise when it’s rainy. Praise when business is up, and praise when it’s down. David said in Psalm 34, “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise will continually be in my mouth.” God is looking for some pit praisers, people who praise no matter what happens.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank you that the pits I find myself in are only temporary stops along the way to my final destination. Thank You that I can offer You a sacrifice of praise because You hold victory in store for the upright. I believe that You’ll get me to where I’m supposed to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”  – 

Please feel to reach to me directly if you have questions or concerns at 804-787-4214.

God Bless

Kevin

Richmond Emmaus Community Lay Director

03/6/20

Candlelight

Good Afternoon,  It is day 1 for Richmond 134 Women’s walk so please continue to pray for the team, pilgrims and their families the next 3 days and beyond.

Please join us for Candlelight on Saturday. We start Gathering at 7:30 to sign the place mats and worship will start around 8. As we reflect on the impact candlelight had on us, spread the word to others in the community and invite them to attend.

The location is the Virginia Nazarene Retreat Center, 1151 High School Road, Buckingham, VA 23921

Matthew 5- 14-16
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”


God Bless
Kevin
03/3/20

R134 Women’s Walk, Pilgrim List

The following are the Pilgrims of R134 – Womens Walk, Please continue to pray over each of them.

First NameLast NameChurch
TammyAgeeWest End AOG
LauraBooneBerea Baptist Church
ShirleyBrownSt. Matthews 25th Church
MelissaCostleyParkway Baptist Church
SandyDrahmsBethia UMC
TrinaEstesWoodlake UMC
KristieFaisonSt. Mark’s UMC
LorrieFloresBethia UMC
LisaFosterSt. Matthews 25th Church
JudyGalpertCrewe Baptist
SherryGravesBethia UMC
MicheleHix-MosbyPeaks Baptist
JeanHobbsCrestwood Presbyterian
LauraHunterCommunity West Church
JulieMarshallCentral Baptist
MelanieMooreJourney (Three Chopt)
BeckyNewcombParham Road Baptist
MariePalisanoJourney Christian
RachellePetersChester Christian Church
RoxannReganCloverhill Church
JanetSpradlinJourney (Three Chopt)
BrendaTrentParham Road Baptist

Agape Reminder:
The bed and table agape should not be signed except by reunion groups and churches.  Please prepare enough pieces for each pilgrim plus 2 or 3 extra.

Thank you,

02/27/20

Prayers for Bryan Lane’s Family

Please keep Brian Lane and his family in your thoughts and prayers as his father passed on February 26th after a long battle with cancer. Please lift up the family during this difficult time. Arrangements are below:

Woody’s Funeral Home

1771 North Parham Road

Richmond, VA 23229

Viewing: Monday, 3/2/20     2-4 pm & 6-8 pm

Service: Tuesday, 3/3/20     11:00 am

Processional: Greenwood Memorial Garden     (Mausoleum to the left of the pond)

                         12609 Patterson Avenue

                          Richmond, VA   23238

02/24/20

Prayer Request


Everyone,

I ask for prayers for my mom, Sarah Collins as she goes through surgery tomorrow (Feb. 25) to remove a cancerous lump.  Please pray for guidance for the surgeon, and all medical personnel involved with this procedure, that they may remove all the cancerous cells.  Pray for God to grant her speedy recovery from this procedure, and (if it be His will) that she will not have any re-occurrence.

May God pour out His blessings on you all.

Charlie Brown
02/22/20

R134 and R135 Prayer Wheel Sign Ups Needed!

Hello Community Members,

With Walk R134 (Women’s March 5-8th) and Walk R135 (Men’s March 19-22nd) approaching, please take a minute to visit one of the links below to sign up for the 30 minute prayer wheel.

There are over 100 slots still available for the Women’s walk and about the same for the Men’s.  Your help is needed to fill these slots.  Please sign up!!
It is so important that this weekend be immersed in prayer and that is where EACH OF US is needed to be fervently praying for the pilgrim’s and team’s!

I am confident that the prayer slots for both the upcoming weekends can be filled within 24 hours if each person chooses one time slot!

Click here to go to the sign up page http://richmondemmaus.com/upcoming-walks/

02/19/20

A Message from Mark Rooks

Message from Mark Rooks – freakaboutsafety@gmail.com – 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? 
They:
-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
02/19/20

Upcoming Walk Information – Pilgrim Update

Upcoming Walks Information & Pilgrim Update

Exciting times as our Walks are just around the corner and so is spring!  
 
Richmond 134 and 135 walks:
R-134 (Women’s): March 5-8, 2020 – Sarah Zammett WLD
23 Confirmed Pilgrims
 
R-135 (Men’s): March 19-22, 2020 – Pete Tucker WLD
13 Confirmed Pilgrims
 
I am asking for the communities support with sponsoring pilgrims for the men’s walk.   

Ideas to find pilgrims:Pray, not just for pilgrims but for his will and for him to place a name on your heart or to put you in a situation to ask someone newIf you have lead a weekend or served on a team email the team and spread the wordTalk to your pastor at your church and see if they have any suggestions as every church could use more hands and feetTalk about it at your next reunion group meeting 
A man at church I did not know approached me on basketball court between games and ask me to go on my walk 7 years ago. I would have never known and cannot comprehend what my life would have been like as my walk changed my life forever.  We will always have 100% no responses from the people that were never ask.
 
Let’s keep that City ”our Emmaus community “ that was built on a hill growing and thriving.  Be that stranger that took a chance and asked like one did with me 7 years ago.
 
God Bless
 
 
Kevin
02/10/20

Reunion Group Request

Fellow Community Members, 

The Board is working on a “grassroots campaign” to increase involvement in 4th Day activities, especially 4th Day Training and Reunion Groups. To ensure every newly minted community member (i.e., pilgrim) has access to a Reunion Group, we are considering a church/regional model for getting people plugged in to Groups. 

Consequently, we need a complete list of Reunion Groups in the Richmond Emmaus community. If you are part of a Group, please email me (seholt44@gmail.com) with the following information:

        1) Time and Day of the Week
        2) Location
        3) Leader’s Contact Information

With this church/regional model, we hope to reduce any geographical constraints to getting involved in 4th Day activities in the Richmond Emmaus Community.

DeColores! 

02/7/20

Prayer Request

Prayers are needed for Jessica Hood-Dedmon and family.   Jessica was involved in a car accident this morning 3 blocks from her house. She was taken by ambulance to Johnston-Willis Hospital to be checked out. Besides being sore and banged up from the accident, they found that she has a fracture in the L1 vertebrae and are awaiting MRI results to confirm how serious the fracture is. This is especially hard since Jessica and Cody have a 14 month old son, Deklan, who can’t spend any time with his mom for the next few days.

Please pray for healing and comfort for Jessica, Cody, Deklan and the family.