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/


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? 
-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

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

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.



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.


Southside Emmaus Invite

Good Morning Community Members,

As we look to shine our community light in 2020, please see the invitation below we received from our sister community Southside Emmaus.   If you are available to attend please do.

We will be sharing joint opportunities for gathering and candlelight in 2020.

I would like to invite the Richmond Emmaus Community to the Southside Emmaus Gathering on Saturday, Feb. 15th at 6PM at Crenshaw United Methodist Church in Blackstone.  Please bring a covered dish to share.

De Colores!
Keith Ellis

February CLD Message

I hope everyone had an amazing January. It was great seeing so many of you at last month’s gathering and I hope to see many more of you this month. Last month we talked about our community being a town built on a hill that cannot be hidden and that we are the light of the world. We want to share the spirit of Christmas throughout every month this year and shine Christ light in all things and everyone we encounter.

February is known for LOVE. The Bible mentions Light 229 times and Love 348. When you think of love you may think of 1 Corinthians: 4-5, or in true Emmaus fashion think of agape love. If you thought of either to quote my Pastor Jay Carey “good answer”.

The entire Richmond Emmaus board would like to invite you to our gathering this Saturday February 8th at Bethia United Methodist Church. Come join us for fellowship and covered dish dinner starting at 6:00 followed by music and worship at 6:30. Please feel free to bring a dish to share and child care is provided.

As we continue to build on our “a town built on a hill cannot be hidden” legacy for our community I found myself reflecting how LIGHT and LOVE go hand in hand.

Some ways we can reflect Christ light and love and strengthen the Richmond Emmaus Community:

  • Pray for God’s will for our community
  • Sign up to Pray for a slot on the prayer wheel for 134 and 135
  • Not only come to gathering but invite a friend
  • Former teamers, pilgrims and reunion groups, go back to your email list and invite everyone on it to come to gatherings
  • Pray about sponsoring a pilgrim for the walks 136,137 and walks in October
  • Bring your voice and/or instrument to be a part of the music worship team at one of 12 gathering this year
  • Pray about sharing a devotion or 4th day message at one of 12 gathering this year
  • Pray about serving on an inside or outside Emmaus team in 2020
  • Pray about serving on a Chrysalis team and how you can help be part of a much needed flight for our youth in 2020
  • Pray about serving on a Kairos, Face to Face of Epiphany  team in 2020
  • Pray about your unique spiritual gifts and how you can best bless our community
  • Ask myself or anyone on the board how you can help as there are many opportunities to serve for all

Richmond 134 and 135 walks:
R-134 (Women’s): March 5-8, 2020 – Sarah Zammett WLD
R-135 (Men’s): March 19-22, 2020 – Pete Tucker WLD

God Bless and we look forward to a blessed and Christ centered 2020 and look forward to seeing you Saturday.



Prayer Request

Prayer Request

Please keep Rachel Pack in your prayers. On Friday, Rachel was leaving the Epiphany Board Meeting when she fell and fractured her wrist as well as other injuries. Please keep Rachel in prayer for a speed and pain free recovery.