02/19/20

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? 
They:
-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
02/19/20

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
 
 
Kevin
02/10/20

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.

DeColores! 

02/7/20

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.

02/6/20

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.

Kevin,
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
757-615-4355
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