02/9/21

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
 
Shawn E. Holt, CLD 2021
01/24/21

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

804-514-5839

seholt44@gmail.com

12/10/20

November / December Message

06/8/20

June Message

05/30/20

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

 

 

Presented by Gracie Girls Reunion Group

05/6/20

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.
05/5/20

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
05/2/20

May Prayer Chart

1 – Pray for President Trump and all of the government officials monitoring the virus
2 – Pray for Governor Northam and those making decisions about our Commonwealth
3 – Please pray for all pastors around the world as they try to feed their flocks and remain connected
4 – Say a prayer of praise for technology and the ability to stay connected
5 – Pray for small business owners
6 – Pray for all who are in the public, pray for safety from all viruses
7 – Pray for all the lost souls who may be searching during this trying time
8 – Pray for the economy of our state and country
9 – Pray for women who are contemplating terminating their pregnancy
10 – Pray for all women, mothers or not, and praise God for the women in your life
11 – Pray for the lawmakers and the division within our government
12 – Pray for those in the hospitals and nursing homes who are not able to have visitors
13 – Pray for families who are separated due to work and/or illness
14 – Pray for those who are unemployed
15 – Pray for our Emmaus community
16 – Pray for future Walks and the freedom/safety to have them
17 – Pray for parents educating their children at home and for the children to be receptive
18 – Pray for children who are living in dangerous situations
19 – Pray for those struggling with addiction
20 – Pray for people dealing with depression and anxiety, especially during this time of uncertainty
21 – Today, thank God for His continuous provisions
22 – Pray for all the individuals needing an “elective” surgery and are not able to receive it, pray for their health
23 – Pray for high school and college seniors as they process the grief of missing commencement activities
24 – Pray for churches around the world and those who are persecuted
25 – Pray for the families of our military
26 – Pray for our military around the world and here at home
27 – Pray for the homeless in our communities
28 – Pray for all people in the medical field and those working in the hospitals, from doctors to janitors
29 – Pray that Christians live like Christ and that others see Him in each of us, now more than ever
30 – Pray for missionaries all over the world
31 – Take time today to thank God for all He has done for you this past month
Presented by Amy Partridge
04/20/20

2 Prayer Request Need

Prayer Request #1
Kathleen White’s mother passed today after heart surgery. Please keep Ron and Kathleen in prayer during this difficult time.

Prayer Request #2 My  97 yr old father is in the hospital facing his final hours after a massive brain bleed. I am able to be with him and help family members say goodbye via phone. My mom, his wife of 72 years, is in an assisted living facility and not able to be with us, but her faith is strong. He is a faithful, faithful, loving man who will be greatly missed and celebrated by our family. Would you please pray on his behalf?
Thank you!  

Melissa Larry