Walks Update from Rachel Pack

Hello, Richmond Emmaus Community,

There are 2 walks scheduled for March, and teaming is well underway. Both walks will be held at the Virginia Nazarene Camp, 11151 High School Road, Buckingham, VA 23921.

R-130 (women) will be held March 14–17.

R-131 (men) will be held March 21–24.

Both teams are planning for 24 pilgrims, and applications to walk are still being accepted. Bed and table agape for both teams will be needed. Remember, agape should not be signed by an individual, but it may be signed by a church or a reunion group. If there is not enough individual agape for all of the pilgrims, no pilgrim will receive. In other words, prepare at least 24 pieces for each walk. You may bring your agape to the next Gathering on March 9, mark it with the Walk number, let someone know it is there, and it will get to the Camp. Both teams will be introduced at the Gathering.

We all know that the walks are undergirded in prayer. The 3day.org link on the Richmond Emmaus is not working, but leadership is working on an alternate way to sign up to pray. That information will be coming soon and sent out in another email and posted on the website.

In the meantime, you can pray for the teams now. They are listed below.

De Colores!
Rachel Pack

R-130 Team

R-131 Team


CLD Message: The Month of Love

Hearts, streamers, valentines and candy everywhere we look … February is considered the month of love.

And isn’t true love, the love of God through Jesus, so much more? What our society’s version of love doesn’t show us is the depth of true love. God loves us. He loves us truly, deeply, madly. There is nothing God wants more than to be in relationship with us. When we are in our deepest despair, He never leaves us. When we are at our happiest moments, God is in the midst of us. When we are going about our lives, seemingly facing the days on our own, He is surrounding us.

Someone gave me a written reminder on paper when I was preparing to give a talk on an Emmaus weekend that said “God is here in the room with you.” I had that note with me for months, reminding me every day that God’s Love is in every place and space where I go. Eventually that paper was worn out and gone, but the message continues.

This month of love I share with you, “God is here in the room with you.” And I am grateful that He has welcomed us into His World, His Space, His Heart. Everything that we have came from the depth of God’s Love. And it is ours to share.

Share with a friend a love scripture that speaks to your heart — write it on a piece of paper and pass it on! Someone you know needs that love message from you today.

Gratefully and with Love,
Susie Stough

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Join us at Bethia UMC on Winterpock Rd., Chesterfield this Saturday, February 9, for a great opportunity to share this love! We will gather at 6:00 pm for a covered-dish fellowship meal, followed by music and worship.  Childcare will be provided by Bethia’s Safe Sanctuaries-approved staff.



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.


Prayer Request: Rev. Reginald Rumburg

Please surround Rev. Reginald Rumburg in your ongoing prayers. In the early morning hours of Jan. 18, 2019, he underwent double transplant surgery at MCV in Richmond. He received a new liver and kidney. The donor liver began working immediately upon transplant. The kidney began functioning the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 22. He remains at MCV.

As his daughter and your clergy colleague, I ask for your ongoing prayers for my daddy and for the donor’s family. We thank God for this tremendous, selfless gift of life given to my dad by the donor’s family. They honored their loved one’s wishes to donate life amidst their own grief. May God’s perfect, healing peace and comfort cover us all.


Rev. Rebecca Rumburg
Ebenezer UMC
Oldhams, VA


REMINDER: Meal Agape Opportunities for Upcoming Walk Teams!

Our upcoming Team cadres are preparing for their Spring Walks! As a reminder, there’s an easy way you can help our wonderful Community: providing meal agape for our upcoming teams. With everything else each team member has to do to prepare for a weekend, providing food during each teaming can be difficult. Here’s where YOU come in! This is your chance to provide agape to them:

  • Women’s Walk R-130 — on Friday nights, January 4 thru March 8, at Cornerstone Christian Church (9400 Gayton Road, Henrico 23229), approximately 27 team members.
  • Men’s Walk R-131 — on Friday nights, January 11 thru March 15, at Parham Road Baptist Church (2101 N. Parham Road, Henrico 23229), approximately 31 team members.

How can you help? Sign up on one of the attached links (providing your name and email) … 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 of anything you wish — homemade, store-bought, crock-pot, fast food, whatever! The key is that everything (or as much as possible) must be in disposable containers to minimize cleanup. The food needs to be dropped off at the respective church around 5:30–5:45 pm so that dinner can begin promptly at 6:00. (NOTE: the teams will take care of their own drinks and paper products.)

The link to the Women’s dinner sign-up can be found by clicking here.
The link to the Men’s dinner 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 please help????

Happy New Year to everyone!

De Colores! / Fly With Christ!
Carole Mitchell, R-84



A Message from CLD Susie Stough

Greetings and Happy New Year, Richmond Emmaus Family!

It is a shiny new year with glitter and sparkles and all the excitement of New Year’s Eve. It is also time for our Community to SHINE! We each have so many talents and gifts to share — let’s think about how to share our gift of the Walk to Emmaus with people in our life’s journey.

I read recently read that 48% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions … and only 8% keep them. This is the time for EACH of us to make and keep the resolution to commit to PRAYER, SHARE and CARE:

  • PRAYER for our Community, for each other, for our Emmaus friends we haven’t seen in a while, for our teams, and for upcoming Walks;
  • SHARE with our friends what our Walk to Emmaus meant to us and how this event has changed our lives; and
  • CARE enough to invite those people to participate. Sponsor a friend! Applications are online and can be submitted online or through the mail. If you need help with sponsorship fees, contact me or anyone on the Board and we will help you make this happen!

Let’s commit to provide love to our teams and to the pilgrims. Bed agape for the weekend … little reminders of love. The Prayer Wheel for the weekends … what an awesome way to participate. Let’s have so many people commit to pray that we have two names on each prayer slot! Commit to attend at least one of the Emmaus Weekend activities: Sponsor’s Hour on Thursday evening, Candlelight and Worship on Saturday evening, and Closing on Sunday afternoon.

For monthly Gatherings, we are so blessed to have Bethia UMC welcome us! We have a great need for every person who attends to choose a month to help set up and clean up. We have had several of our Bethia community members back in the kitchen for most of our Gatherings month after month. Please SHARE by signing up to be a kitchen helper once or twice a year, so that our hosting friends can have a break regularly from spending time in the kitchen. We will talk about this at Gathering. Share your ideas on how we can make this happen!! Your input could make a difference.

You are invited to join us for a potluck dinner at Bethia UMC this Saturday, January 12, at 6:00 pm, followed by Praise and Worship at 6:30. Call an Emmaus friend you haven’t seen in a while and invite him/her along!! We’d love to welcome our friends and family back. Child care will be provided by Bethia’s Safe Sanctuaries-approved staff.

You can SHARE your talents and time by serving on an Outside or Inside Team. YOU are welcome and are needed! CARE and SHARE by starting or joining a Reunion Group or a small group of praying friends. Together we can support each other through the adventures of life.

Do you have other ideas? Do you have questions? Reach out — I would love to have conversations about all of these topics.

This is OUR YEAR TO SHINE in the Richmond Emmaus Community!

Gratefully and with Love,

Susie Stough
Community Lay Director
Email: sing4joy2day@gmail.com
Phone: (804) 677-6966


Calling all Community members: Request for Walk Information