October Gathering info

October 6, 2021


October 9, 2021, 6:00 p.m., Bon Air United Methodist Church

Hello Emmaus Community,

Are you ready to come and relight your flame at our October Gathering?  Gatherings are an enjoyable way to stay connected and if you haven’t been to a Gathering in a while, you are missing out.  We believe that God is moving within the Richmond Emmaus community.  

Although we have had to postpone the 2021 Walks, now is a time to be recruiting, planting seeds, and sponsoring for next year’s pilgrims. Talk to your friends at church, at school/jobs and your families about sponsoring someone for our 2022 Walks.  We can also use this time to make agape and do other things needed to have successful Walks in 2022.

The Richmond Emmaus Board is using this time to review and amend our Bylaws, prepare an Operating Manual, revamp our website, change email systems and participate in training sessions. The Board is committed in following the Covenant that we sign with the Upper Room annually, which means following the model and manuals that we are instructed to obey.  We are striving to have the best Emmaus community possible and we need YOU to help make that possible!

We hope to see you at the Gathering this Saturday, October 9, 2021 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Bon Air United Methodist Church located at 1645 Buford Road, NorthChesterfield.  

Note:  We will be meeting in the newly renovated gym so please make sure that you use a folding chair that has a rubber foot on it. We don’t want to leave marks on the gym floor. Also, we are unable to have food or beverages at this time.  We will let you know if this changes for future Gatherings.  

De Colores,

Sandy Livingston

Assistant Community Lay Director


Richmond Emmaus Upcoming Walks

September 20, 2021

Greetings Richmond Emmaus Community,

As you may already know that our walks for 2021 have been cancelled due to COVID, but our God is greater and we have faith that Richmond Emmaus WILL have walks in 2022 and beyond. The Richmond Emmaus Board and the Nazarene Camp have approved these walks for 2022-2024:

Men’s Walk #135 – March 10-13, 2022 – Pete Tucker WLD

Women’s Walk #136 – March 24-27, 2022 – Elizabeth Barbee WLD

Men’s Walk #137 – September 29-October 2, 2022 – Clyde Lessard WLD

Women’s Walk #138 – October 6-9, 2022

Men’s Walk #139 – March 9-12, 2023

Women’s Walk #140 – March 23-26, 2023

Men’s Walk #141 – September 21-24, 2023

Women’s Walk #142 – October 5-8, 2023

Men’s Walk #143 – February 29-March 3, 2024

Women’s Walk #144 – March 14-17, 2024

Men’s Walk #145 – September 26-29, 2024

Women’s Walk #146 – October 10-13, 2024

We are excited to see what God is going to do during these walks and transformation of lives that will take place. We ask you to keep praying for the future pilgrims and the teams during this time.

We look forward to seeing you at our next Gathering on October 9 @6pm at Bon Air UMC.


Juliana Paradie

Secretary and Website Administrator



Board Nominations

Here are the board nominations for the Richmond Emmaus Board (class of 2024).

Kenny Miller
Rachel Pack
Kathy Lafoon
Margaret Braddy
Thom Koertge
Please pray for these individuals and their desire to serve the Richmond Emmaus community for the coming 3 years. We will hold our official board election at the November gathering.
De Colores,
Cody Dedmon
Nominations Committee Chair

September Gathering information

September 4, 2021
Greetings Richmond Emmaus Community,

This is a reminder of our up coming Gathering that will be held at 6:00, September 11th at Bon Air United Methodist Church. The address is 1645 Buford Road, Richmond, VA. Our Gathering will be held outside, please bring a chair. We will not be required to wear mask outside. Please bring a mask with you, it will be required if you enter the building to use the rest room. We will be meeting at the east end of the building, where we were meeting before we moved inside.
We will be announcing our up coming walk dates for the spring and fall of 2022. All of our dates are currently scheduled through 2024.
We look forward to seeing each of you as we move forward in unity bringing this community back together.
Clyde Lessard
CLD R-100

Pilgrim/Sponsor Application Information

July 14, 2021

Greetings Richmond Emmaus Community,

As you know the #136 Mens Walk that is set for September 23-26 is almost here. We are excited for Pete Tucker and his team to finally set their feet on the Nazarene Campground in Buckingham, but before that can happen, we need your help. As of right now, we have 8 pilgrims confirmed and our goal is to have 20 pilgrims by September 9. 

We have made a way for you to either fill out an application online or print out the application and hand it to the future pilgrim. I am posting a link to where both of these applications can be found.

Please go to: https://richmondemmaus.com/forms/  Once you are on the website, you will see a Pilgrim/Sponsor application. If you would like to print the application, please go to the print icon on the screen and follow directions to print. 

Once the application is filled out, please send the application and appropriate fee(s) to: Richmond Emmaus, ATTN:  Registrar; P.O. Box 1717, Midlothian, VA 23113

If you would like to fill out the application online, please click the Pilgrim/Sponsor application under the printed copy and you are able to fill it out online. 

If you have any questions regarding the application or the website, please contact the Emmaus Board members.

We are excited to see what God is going to do during this walk and the transformation of lives that will take place. We ask you to keep praying for the future pilgrims and the team during this time.

We look forward to seeing you at our next Gathering on August, 14 @6pm at Bon Air UMC.


Juliana Paradie

Secretary and Website Administrator



July Gathering Info

July 10, 2021

Greetings Richmond Emmaus Community,

We will be holding our July Gathering tonight at 6:00 pm at Bon Air UMC. It is located at 1645 Buford Road, Richmond, VA. We will be holding the Gathering inside, at this time no food can be served.

We are currently looking for people who have an interest in updating and rewriting the by-laws. If you have an interest on serving on the board, they will be a discussion held by the nominating committee.

Last but not least. We have a mens walk scheduled for September 23-26. It will be held at the Nazarine Camp in Buckingham. We are currently taking applications for the walk. Prayerfully consider sponsoring a pilgrim.

Looking forward to seeing you there. If you have Emmaus family and friends, please forward this email to them.

Your brother in Christ,
Clyde Lessard
CLD       R-100


Message from Rev. Mark Rooks (CSD)

May 7, 2021

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The past 14 months have been a tumultuous time for everyone. This includes Richmond Emmaus. Walks have been put on hold, the few Gatherings have been virtual and Reunion Groups have been limited in their ability to meet. Connection and community have been lost. The good news is that things are improving and the ministry of Walk to Emmaus will resume. There are even walks scheduled for this fall and next spring.

During this time your Richmond Emmaus Board of Directors has continued to meet and discern a course forward. We realize that many are ready to resume our ministry activities and that is our desire as well. As we push ahead there is important information that I write to share with you today.

First, I am saddened to share that our CLD Shawn Holt and his wife Abbey will be leaving our community. Shawn has accepted a new position in North Carolina and they will be moving very soon. Both Shawn and Abbey have been active in our community; Shawn most recently as CLD and Abbey as a Spiritual Director. Their loss will be keenly felt. Please join me in wishing them well as we hold them in prayer.

Next, stepping in to serve as CLD will be Clyde Lessard who has been serving as Assistant CLD this year. In addition Sandy Livingston will serve as the new Assistant CLD. Both of these have been very active in our community. Please keep them in your prayers. But, let me also add that the fruitfulness of our community is not determined by a few leaders, rather by all of us serving and using our gifts together to carryout the mission of Walk to Emmaus. I encourage you to get reconnected and involved in our community however you are able. The Board needs your help.

Now I’d like to share something encouraging. An in-person Gathering is coming up on Saturday, May 15th beginning at 6:00pm.

The details are…

Gathering location: Bon Air UMC, 1645 Buford Road, N. Chesterfield

Other details: We will be meeting outside, there will be no food served at this event, you should bring your own chair, masks are required, we will be socially distanced. Holy Communion is planned using pre-packed elements. There will be singing, a 4th Day Speaker, fellowship and more.

Over a year ago the Board began exploring a new location to hold our Gatherings. We made arrangements to begin meeting at Bon Air UMC and then the pandemic hit. Bon Air UMC will be our new home for Gatherings going forward but actually this is kind of a ‘return home’. Prior to our time at Bethia our community held gatherings at Bon Air UMC for several years.

Finally I share this: “They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them, but they were kept from recognizing him.” Luke 24: 14-16

We know well these verses. As the two disciples walked along, Jesus was there even though they did not recognize his presence. The ministry of Walk to Emmaus has not ended and Jesus has not disappeared. He continues to be with us, lead and guide us into the future. Is there a lot of work ahead of us? Will we face challenges going forward? Certainly the answer is yes. But, Jesus continues to walk with us. We will be witnesses of His presence when we gather on May 15th and as we carryout the mission of Walk to Emmaus. I look forward to seeing you soon.

De Colores!

Rev. Mark Rooks, R67
Community Spiritual Director


March Gathering information

Richmond Emmaus Community Members,
Let’s try this again! We will have a Virtual Gathering on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 6:30PM. The “Zoom Doors” will open at 6:00PM for those that want to join early and listen to our brother Ned Hood’s musical gifts! 
As a reminder, 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. And as before, 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., Uncle Mikey’s iPAD).
We will send out the Zoom link to all of you on Friday for our Saturday meeting. We will have music, a Devotion and a 4th Day Speaker, Breakout Rooms, Prayer Concerns, among other things. Just like last time, you’ll need to provide your own food for this Gathering!
I am looking forward to seeing you all virtually Saturday, March 20, 2021
Your brother in Christ,
Shawn E. Holt, CLD 2021

“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Gal 5:6


Saturday’s Gathering is Postponed

Your board met tonight and have decided to postpone our virtual gathering scheduled for Saturday night August 8tn.  More information will be coming out soon on future plans.

Please reach out if you have questions or concerns kevinhughes0914@gmail.com or 804-787-4214

God Bless and Stay Safe