January CLD Message

Happy Belated New Year, Richmond Emmaus Community!

I hope and pray that your 2022 has started off well. It’s with deep sadness, however, that our dear friend, Tom Brown, who served this community faithfully for many years is now with Jesus. He fought the good fight, but I’m sure he’s hearing the words, “. . . well done my good and faithful servant.” Please keep his family in your prayers during this time.

Recently when I was praying about being the Community Lay Director for 2022, I spoke with a friend who served as the CLD years ago. I asked her for advice and she said, “pray, pray and pray some more.” That’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I’ve been praying for each one of you. I asked God to show me how to serve this Community. I heard many things, but the one thing I heard over and over again is that we (the Community) need to serve. This is a reminder that we are the hands and feet of Jesus.

How do we do this? I’ve been searching the internet and talking with others about ways to serve this year – even in light of COVID. Of course, there are food banks and places like Mercy Mall – but perhaps there are other ways in which we can assist someone. I’ve got a few ideas, but I’d love to hear from you about organizations or individuals that need our agape love.

In addition, I wanted to have a specific focus for the new year. That focus (or a New Year word) is: RENEW/RENEWAL! What do I mean exactly? It means to restore freshness, vigor, rejuvenate, repair, restore, revitalize. This is what OUR COMMUNITY needs. We need to bring that freshness, vigor, restoration, revitalization to our Community by sponsoring Pilgrims, having Walks when we’re able, attending Gatherings and other Emmaus functions, “breaking bread” together somewhere in small groups, serving a charitable organization, honoring first responders, etc. I’m sure you can think of other ways to bring RENEWAL to our community. I’d love to hear from you about this.

Due to the rising cases of COVID in our area, a very difficult decision was made to postpone R-135, which was to occur in March. We are reaching out to the Nazarene Camp to see if they have availability in the spring or early summer when hopefully COVID cases have declined. We will continue to discuss and discern the best way to move forward and will keep you informed.

Last year your Richmond Emmaus Board accomplished many goals and has ambitious ones going into 2022. The Board will be having a brainstorming meeting soon to discuss our vision for Richmond Emmaus.

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

In His Service,

Sandy Livingston (R-28)

2022 Community Lay Director