June Gathering Info

June 10, 2021


Gathering will be held June 12th beginning at 6:00pm. We will be meeting at Bon Air UMC, 1645 Buford Road, North Chesterfield. Our meeting will be held outside, at this time we cannot have food. Please bring a comfortable chair.

We will be introducing the pilgrims from Walk 134, that was led by Sarah Zammett. Come out and show your support for our new Emmaus members. Think back to when you were introduced to the Emmaus Community. The excitement and love you felt at that time. Let’s share that love and excitement with our new members.

Walk 135, that will be led by Pete Tucker, is fast approaching. That walk is taking place September 23rd-26th. We are currently accepting applications for Pete’s walk. Now is the time to send pilgrim applications in.

We look forward to seeing you, as we start moving forward with your Emmaus Community.

De Colores,
Clyde Lessard, R100
Community Lay Director


June Gathering Information

June 2, 2021

Greetings everyone:

Happy June! I hope this finds you well and in good spirits.

Great things are happening in our Emmaus community! We have started to hold our monthly Gatherings in-person again. Can I get an AMEN? We came together as the Body of Christ on May 15, 2021 at Bon Air UMC for a beautiful outside Gathering. Our new Community Lay Director, Clyde Lessard, gave the Community his vision for moving forward in 2021. Clyde needs everyone in the Community to come together so we can get Richmond Emmaus moving at “full speed” once again. The Men’s Walk is scheduled for September 23-26, 2021 and we could not be more excited. In order to have this weekend, we need Pilgrims. Please think of someone you can sponsor and get their application in ASAP.

Our next Gathering is scheduled for June 12, 2021 at Bon Air United Methodist Church starting at 6:00 p.m. Due to COVID shutdowns, the Pilgrims of Richmond #134 were never introduced at the March, 2020 Gathering. Now that we have started meeting again in person, it’s time to meet the newest members of our Community. Please make every effort to attend this Gathering so that you can give them a warm welcome.

The Board of Directors desires your input regarding new Board members. A term of service is three years and a new term begins January 1, 2022. There are four slots to be filled for the 2022 term. Please contact Cody Dedmon or Bob Moseley if you, or someone you know, would like to be considered to become part of the Board of Directors.

Be on the lookout for additional information from your Community Lay Director regarding the June Gathering and the fall weekend. Please begin praying and thanking God for the Pilgrims He is bringing for the fall weekend.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

De Colores!

Sandy Livingston, R-28



Message from Clyde Lessard (CLD)

May 10, 2021


The past year has been a struggle for all of us in our daily lives. The time of separation has taken a toll on our families and to our Emmaus community families. As we move forward in our lives getting back together with families, I am happy to say we come back together as an Emmaus family.

Kevin, Shawn and Abbey had to step down from their positions on the board. I would like to thank all of them for their hard work through the years as members and leaders in our Emmaus community. They certainly will be missed. I ask each of you to keep them in your prayers.

I am notifying the community that we will be having an in person Gathering this Saturday, May 15th beginning at 6:00pm. The location of the Gathering is; Bon Air UMC, 1645 Buford Road, North Chesterfield. The meeting will be held outside, at this time we cannot have food. Please bring a mask and a comfortable chair. We will be socially distanced. Holy Communion is planned using pre-packed elements. Ned Hood will be providing music, and a 4th day speaker is scheduled.

We look forward to getting back together for in person Gatherings. Please pass this on to your friends and the folks you have sponsored.

De Colores,
Clyde Lessard, R100
Community Lay Director


February Gathering Information

Richmond Emmaus Community Members,
Just a reminder to you all that our Virtual Emmaus Gathering will be on Zoom this Saturday, February 13th with the meeting opening at 6:00PM (EST) and the festivities starting at 6:30PM (EST).
We will have extra Zoom security measures in place (Password Protected, Waiting Room, etc.), as well as the invitation only sent to verified Richmond Emmaus Community Members via email. It is important that when you log into the Zoom meeting, you use your full name (e.g., Shawn E. Holt) rather than nicknames or computer names (e.g., Mikey’s iPAD).
We will send out the Zoom link to all of you on Friday for our Saturday meeting. We will have music, Devotion and 4th Day Speakers, Breakout Rooms, Prayer Concerns, among other things. Unfortunately, you’ll need to provide your own food for this Gathering!
I am looking forward to seeing you all, in a virtual sense, this Saturday!
Your brother in Christ,
Shawn E. Holt, CLD 2021

January Message

Happy New Year, Richmond Emmaus Community!


I hope and pray that your 2021 has started off well and that, despite all that’s going on in this fallen world, you’ve found ways to strengthen your relationship with God.


When I began praying about being the Community Lay Director in early December, it was clear that God called me for one specific purpose, really one specific word: UNITY! Unity in our Emmaus Community, Unity in our churches, Unity in our families and homes, Unity with our neighbors and coworkers and friends, and most importantly, Unity in our hearts as servants of the One True God!


Let’s just be perfectly candid: we have differences. In fact, we are all different, and we need to embrace that diversity, whether it’s politics, race, education, socioeconomic background, or even denomination. Think about the fact that our churches are all unique, whether your church has pews or chairs, hymnals or contemporary music or even a choir, emails or phone trees, a female or a male pastor. But what doesn’t differ is our belief and faith in Jesus Christ as a Lord and Savior! That’s the type of certainty we can be confident in; that’s the definition of “UNITY”!


Consequently, your Richmond Emmaus Board has laid out some ambitious goals for this year, which includes plans for restarting Gatherings and a new Reunion Group Coordination and Support Team. One of the keys to keeping our community together is actually being together, and it is our hope that Gatherings and creating/maintaining healthy Reunion Groups will accelerate our ability to be unified.


We have scheduled a Virtual Gathering via Zoom for February 13th with appropriate security in place, limited to those Community Members in our database. You will receive at least 2 emails about it: one with the details (date, time, etc.), and another with the Zoom link 1-2 days before the Virtual Gathering. If you know of someone who is not receiving these emails, please have them contact me (my email and phone number are below), and we’ll get them in the database.


We will provide more details on Reunion Groups in the coming weeks, but if your Reunion Group does not appear on the Richmond Emmaus website (HERE: https://richmondemmaus.com/richmond-community-reunion-groups/), let me know as soon as possible, and we’ll get it added.


Please take some time this week and pray for UNITY in all aspects of our lives, in our Community, in our homes, in our churches, in our workplaces, and in our world. And prayerfully consider starting or strengthening a Reunion Group.


Thank you for your commitment and service to our Emmaus Community, and I look forward to serving Him with you all!


Your brother in Christ,

Shawn E. Holt, R-108

Community Lay Director 2021




November / December Message


June Message


June Prayer Chart

  1. The Homeless
  2. All graduating Seniors – High School and College
  3. Those suffering from all forms of Mental Illness
  4. People fostering Children
  5. Families of those affected by drug abuse
  6. Single Parents
  7. Those suffering financial difficulties
  8. Benjamin Barbee – continued healing & Elizabeth & Mark Barbee during this journey
  9. Adoptions – those new to the process – may their families be blessed!
  10. Schools including colleges as they look to the new school year.  Decisions for when to start
  11. Children of the world
  12. For Scientists working on a vaccine
  13. For God to remove the Corona Virus
  14. For Families that have lost loved ones during the Pandemic
  15. For those suffering from loneliness
  16. For those that have lost jobs and having financial issues
  17. For our Military
  18. For our President and Governor
  19. For First Responders, EMT’s and Firefighters
  20. For all Medical Personnel
  21. For all Fathers – those with us and those that have gone to be with the Lord
  22. For Teachers and their students
  23. Future Emmaus Walks
  24. For Christians to be the Light during trying times
  25. For Respect and Protection for our Police
  26. People suffering from hunger
  27. Salvation for the Unsaved
  28. For our Pastors
  29. Those being persecuted for their belief in Christ
  30. Business in USA.  Growth and Prosperity
  31. Alternate: Our Country as a whole to come to Christ



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Benjamin Barbee Update

Benjamin Barbee – freakaboutsafety@gmail.com – Gmail

Thank you for all of your prayers for the last 36 days.  Benjamin came home today, so we pray a prayer of Thanksgiving over his progress.

He is still on a journey to full recovery, so please continue to pray for Benjamin, Mark, and Elizabeth.

May Gathering and Message

May Gathering and ZOOM Meeting

I hope this message finds everyone in your circle doing well. Our Governor announced steps to end the shutdown yesterday and start a path back to normal. During this difficult time, I try to take time to reflect on the many blessings in my life as I am sure you have as well.

In a recent study published last December in Perspectives on Psychological Science, four factors were identified as having an impact on early death in our world – air pollution, obesity, excessive drinking, and loneliness.  According to the study, the factor that had the greatest impact was loneliness. To my surprise living with loneliness elevated the risk of early mortality by 45 percent! Over 40 percent of Americans report feeling lonely in the study.

 Richmond Emmaus has been that “city built on a hill” for over 30 years and while we all are facing new and unprecedented challenges from COVID 19, now more than ever we are all called to shine the loving light of Christ like never before and cast out the shadows of loneliness.  Ephesians 4:12  “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up”
This Saturday at 7 PM we will be having our second virtual gathering by zoom that will last less than 60 minutes. 

Over 80 people joined us last month and we want to see you this month.
Access by: Going to our home page and clicking on the link that says virtual meeting.

You can also join by phone  the dial-in number is   301 715 8592  Meeting ID: 804 357 9167

Password: 2020 Follow the instructions to join us ( please try to join 5 minutes before).  
Share this message and invite:
Everyone from your walk;
Everyone from your last teaming;
People from your home church;
Friends and Family that may not have walked;
Someone God has laid on your heart to reach out to but you have not in a while.  

God Bless and see you  SATURDAY AT 7 PM
Kevin Hughes