Meal Agape for Fall Teams

Our upcoming cadres are busy preparing for the fall walks! They will begin teaming soon.  As a reminder, there’s an easy way you can help our wonderful community … providing meal agape for our upcoming teams. With everything each team member has to do to prepare for a weekend, providing food for each teaming can be difficult. Here’s where YOU come in!

You may have no idea what a blessing it is for the teams to have dinner provided for them during teaming. As you know, we have 2 teams who start teaming in August for the October walks. Here’s your chance to provide agape to them!

R132 (Women’s walk) will be teaming on Friday nights, starting Aug 2 thru Oct 4, at Walmsley Blvd UMC (2950 Walmsley Blvd, Richmond, VA 23234) — approximately 27 team members.

R133 (Men’s walk) will be teaming on Friday nights, starting Aug 2 thru Oct 11, at Matoaca Christian Fellowship (7700 River Road, S. Chesterfield, VA 23803) — approximately 30 team members.

How can you help? Sign up on one of the attached links (providing your name and email) — either grab a friend or 2 (or more) to help and add their names, or sign up yourself and others can join you 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 one thing I ask is that everything (or as much as possible) be in disposable containers to minimize cleanup for the team.

Food needs to be dropped off at the respective church around 5:30pm-5:45pm so they can begin dinner promptly at 6pm. (NOTE: the teams will take care of their own drinks and paper products.)

The link to the women’s team dinner sign up can be found by clicking here.

The link to the men’s team 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?!

Men’s Team — all weeks are covered
except for Aug 16 and Sept 6. Folks are welcome to sign up for either of these dates. Women’s Team — all weeks are covered except for Sept 13 and Sept 27. Folks are welcome to sign up for either of these dates.
I know you can help these teams out. Please fill these spaces by clicking on the appropriate link and filling in the information. It will bless the teams, and it will bless you. Thanks!

De Colores / Fly With Christ!
Carole Mitchell, R84


R-133 has arrived!

Pray for the Pilgrims and Team of Men’s Walk R-133:

Welcome to our 22 new Community Members of R-132! We are thanking God for each one, and for the faithful team and all of you who served in anonymous ways!  It was a weekend filled with love, Grace and forgiveness. We welcome our new friends, and all of you, to participate in the prayer vigil for R-133 this weekend.  Please help us cover the pilgrims and team in 72 hours of prayer! Prayer Vigil Sign-up links:

R133 October 17th Options
R133 October 18th Options
R133 October 19th Options
R133 October 20th Options

Please join in any of the Richmond Emmaus Community activities at the Virginia Nazarene Camp this week, October 17-20:
Pilgrim Drop-off and Sponsor’s Hour: 6:45 Thursday
Candlelight, Saturday Evening: 7:30-8:00, gather and sign placemats; 8:00, worship and communion; 8:50, procession for Candlelight
Sunday Closing: Arrive 3:45-4:00.

Susie Stough, CLD 


Setup Help Needed for November Gathering

Dear Emmaus Community, 

I am reaching out to get some help in November with putting up tables and chairs for our Gathering. We have no one signed up, and need some of our great Community people to help us out — anyone who could arrive around 5:15 at Bethia and help get this done will be appreciated. If you can, please let me know by emailing eljetslib@gmail.com.

Ellen Vaughan


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


Calling all Community members: Request for Walk Information


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.