CLD Message for May

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” ~ Galatians 5:22-23, New International Version

This scripture is one that our Emmaus teams study throughout their 8 weeks of teaming. The Upper Room Emmaus, our guiding body, has developed devotions about living the fruit of the spirit during the weekends. Part of our team canon, which we agree to allow to guide us, says, “I will serve in humility and gratitude for the opportunity to be here, and will remember that the Holy Spirit calls for my love, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control in all things!”

During what we can consider a time of challenge in our country, in our communities, and even in our homes, there is guidance in the refreshing words of this scripture. It is a meaningful reminder to me of how we are to respect each person with whom we interact, talk about and think about; it is a guide for us to live by. Today I am meditating on my own “fruitiness” and asking God to guide me in “Living the Fruit of the Spirit.”

Is there a way we can use this scripture to help develop relationships in our Emmaus Community and in our local communities? I believe the answer is YES! Share your thoughts with your Emmaus friends, reunion groups, and family members about this. And I’d love to hear back the ideas you discuss.

This Saturday, May 11, Fourth Day Training will begin at 3:30 in Room 103, Bethia UMC. New Community members and old alike are welcome to attend. (Remember, you must attend this training to sponsor pilgrims or serve on a Conference Room Team.)

Following the training is our May Community Gathering, with a pot-luck dinner at 6:00 followed by Praise and Worship at 6:30. Please join us. If it’s your first time, we welcome you. If it’s been a long time since you have attended, we welcome you back. Childcare for the Gathering is provided by Bethia’s Safe Sanctuaries-approved staff.

With gratefulness and love,
Susie Stough
Community Lay Director

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