12/15/19

Passing of John Thorpe

Dear Richmond Emmaus Community,

We have received sad news of the passing of long-time, devoted community member John Thorpe. Please pray for his wife Catherine (also a long-time, devoted Emmaus servant), sons, and family. Many people in our community remember and appreciate John and Catherine and the years they spent with us. The link to John’s obituary is here

Gratefully, Susie Stough
CLD 

11/11/19

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

06/8/19

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