03/12/20

March CLD Message and Virus Update

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Richmond Emmaus Community,
 
Welcome to March!  Please take a moment to read this entire message as it contains important information regarding upcoming activities and the Covid -19 virus. Before we discuss that, I have to say WOW God showed up in a big way last week at Women’s walk. I am sure he will do the same during the Men’s Walk next weekend.  We hope everyone can come and support the men.
 
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday at 6:30 at Bethia UMC for our gathering.
 
What – Gathering
When – Saturday 6:30 PM (Note time change)
Where – Bethia UMC
10700 Winterpock Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
 
We will be introducing our newest community members from Richmond 134 and introducing the men’s team from Richmond 135.
 
Thank you all for stepping up and signing up to pray on the prayer wheel.  It is completely full.  I’m sure all the team members and pilgrims will feel the love and prayer next weekend. 
 
Speaking of prayers, we have a couple prayer request:

>Bill Phillips needs your prayers as he has been on the transplant list for some time so please keep him in prayer.
>In building on our relationship with South Side, please pray that God brings them the pilgrims they need for their upcoming Men’s walk.  Let’s do all we can to support them.
>Please pray for the end of the Covid-19 virus.  

In response to Covid-19 virus, the Richmond Emmaus board is implementing the following changes until further notice to mitigate any risk of exposure to this or any other flu like viruses:

>There will be NO potluck dinner.  Gathering will start at 6:30 instead of 6:00.
>Communion juice will be received in individual cups rather than the traditional method.
>Circling up and locking arms or touching elbows will replace holding hand. 

The board will continue to assess the situation and follow or exceed recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and local health agencies. Richmond 135 is still planned as scheduled and similar precautions will be implemented. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for any changes
 
If you are experiencing any symptoms or respiratory issues, please remain home and know that as a community that you are loved and we are praying for you.

As a community we can continue to pray for:
> All suffering from this and all illnesses
>All providing care to the sick
>All combating the spread of infection
>All who are currently feeling anxious 

In this time of uncertainty let us remember that Richmond Emmaus has by the grace of God been that “city build on a hill” for 134 walks and through his grace will continue to shine Christ light for 134 more. 

Romans 15:13 –  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
God Bless and hope to see you Saturday
 
Kevin
Richmond Emmaus Community Lay Director
03/1/20

March Prayer List

MARCH PRAYER LIST
March 1        Pray that God will reveal Himself to someone you know this month.
March 2         Pray for those battling cancer.
March 3         Pray for the Kairos ministry.
March 4         Pray for members of the military stationed abroad.
March 5        Pray for the team of Richmond 134 as they prepare for the pilgrims.
March 6         Pray for the pilgrims of Richmond 134 as they begin their walk.
March 7        Pray for the Va. General Assembly as the 2020 session adjourns.
March 8        Pray for all who are suffering because of a broken relationship.
March 9        Pray for the pilgrims of Richmond 134 as they begin their 4 th day.
March 10       Pray for those controlled by fear. Fear is a liar.
March 11       Pray to be a blessing to a stranger this month.
March 12      Pray as spring begins, and God creates new life.
March 13       Pray for all first responders.
March 14       Pray for the Epiphany ministry.
March 15       Pray for teachers and everyone involved in educating our children.
March 16       Pray for our nations leaders.
March 17       Pray for our own hard hearts.
March 18       Pray for the Holy Spirit to come upon us and calm our hearts.
March 19       Pray for the team of Richmond 135 as they prepare for the pilgrims
March 20       Pray for the pilgrims of Richmond 135 as they begin their walk.
March 21       Pray for all people involved in health care.
March 22       Pray for the unemployed and the under employed.
March 23       Pray for the pilgrims of Richmond 135 as they begin their 4th day.
March 24       Pray for families that care for children with special needs.
March 25       Pray for your pastor.
March 26       Pray for the homeless.
March 27       Pray for the lay leaders in your church.
March 28       Pray for all children who suffer abuse.
March 29       Pray for a revival in churches in the US and around the world.
March 30       Pray for Christians who suffer because of their faith.
March 31       Pray for the Richmond Emmaus community.
Presented by R135 Team
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