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2015 – August – Community Lay Director Corner

From the CLD for August,   The yearly Emmaus picnic was held on August 8 at Pleasant Valley Park in Rohrersville, MD. The weather was great, we had a good turnout and a wonderful time was had by all. Thanks to Debbie Henry for leading a 4th Day Work Shop.   On July 11th, 7 members of the clergy participated on Emmaus training to allow them to serve as Spiritual Directors on Emmaus weekends. Thanks to: Pastors Cynthia Caldwell, Ken Walker, Eliezer Valentin-Castanon, Dennis Jackman, Matthew Swope, Jonathan Spurrier, & Patricia Abell for your commitment to serving the Lord in this manner.   WV 127 is coming up fast. The Men’s Fall weekend is September 17-20, 2015. The teaming process is underway. Our new website shows only 5 pilgrim applications received with 3 confirmed so far. The cut-off date for pilgrims is September 3rd. Please keep the team, the pilgrims confirmed and the pilgrims yet to be identified in your thoughts and prayers! Remember, we are Christ’s hands and feet so let’s prayerfully reach out to potential pilgrims for WV 127.   Please remember WV 128 to be held October 15-18, 2015. The teaming process begins on /15/15. There are already 9 women’s applications received! Let’s keep these ladies in our thoughts and prayers as well.   Our September gathering will be held on September 12th at New Life Community Church in Inwood, WV beginning at 6 p.m.   The Chrysalis weekend planned for June has been postponed until November 27-29, 2015. There will be more information coming but if you have a heart for serving our teens and... read more

2015 – July – Community Lay Director Corner

From the CLD for July The July Gathering will be held on July 11, 2015 at 6 p.m. at Buckeystown UMC in Buckeystown, MD Prior to the July gathering at Buckeystown UMC, from 1-5 p.m., there will be a Leadership Training Day for CLERGY only. Please contact Pastors Pat Abell or Walter Bowers for more info. WV 127 is coming up fast. The weekend is September 17-20, 2015. The teaming process starts July 18th. The cut-off date for pilgrims is September 3rd.  Our new website shows only 4 pilgrim applications. Please keep the team, the pilgrims confirmed and the pilgrims yet to be identified in your thoughts and prayers! Remember, we are Christ’s hands and feet so let’s prayerfully reach out to potential pilgrims for WV 127. Our August gathering will actually be our annual Community Picnic scheduled for August 8, 2015 at the Pleasant Valley Park, 3199 Gapland Road in Rohrersville, MD. We will hold a 4th Day Work Shop at 3 p.m.; assemble starting at 4 p.m. and eat at 5 p.m. More details forthcoming. The Chrysalis weekend planned for June has been postponed until November. There will be more information coming but if you have a heart for serving our teens and young people (the future of the church) please let us know as we need adult and youth leaders!!!! Please remember the ladies and pilgrims for WV 128 to be held October 15-18, 2015. There are already 7 women’s applications received! Decolores, Don Meckley WV 67 Community Lay... read more

2015 – June – Community Lay Director Corner

We were blessed to have 23 women make their Walk to Emmaus on WV 126. Congratulations ladies, and welcome to the Emmaus Community! I‘d like to thank Kristin Weschler for serving as the WLD and for those who served on the team! Thanks to all who prayed and supported the pilgrims and team throughout the entire teaming process and the weekend! You were the hands and feet of Jesus Christ! Our June gathering will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church in Bakerton, WV on Saturday June 13, 2015 from 6-8:30 p.m. There will be a 4th Day Work Shop at 5 p.m. just prior to the gathering. Remember, in order to sponsor a pilgrim or serve on a team you need to complete this one 1 hour training and information session. The Chrysalis weekend planned for June has been postponed until November. There will be more information coming but if you have a heart for serving our teens and young people (the future of the church) please let us know as we need adult and youth leaders!!!! No experience necessary! The new Emmaus website is HERE! Isn’t it great? Thanks to Lars DaSalvio, Keith and Cindy Rauch, and Roger McArthur for devoting their time and talents in making this new website... read more

2015 – May – Community Lay Director Corner

Thanks to the brothers and sisters in Christ at First Baptist of Frederick for hosting the April gathering. Well done, good and faithful servants! Our May gathering will be held at Trinity UMC in Frederick, MD on Saturday May 9, 2015 from 6-8:30 p.m. Please join us in welcoming our newest community members from WV 125 and recognizing and “sending off” the team of WV 126! Spring Women’s Emmaus Walk – Thanks to the women who answered the call to serve on the team. Remember Christ is counting on each one of us to be his hands and feet!!! After much discussion, discernment and prayer, the Chrysalis Steering Committee decided to postpone the first Flight until November 27, 28, & 29 (Thanksgiving weekend.) Decolores, Don Meckley,... read more

2015 – April – Community Lay Director Corner

Thanks to the brothers and sisters in Christ at Middleway UMC who hosted the March gathering. Well done, good and faithful servants! (That’s in the Bible and as Casey Stengel used to say, “And you can look it up”.)   Our April gathering will be held at First Baptist Church of Frederick (MD) on Saturday April 11, 2015 from 6-8:30 p.m. Please join us to “send off” the men, and woman, on WV 125 team!   Spring Emmaus Walks- Thanks to the men and women who answered the call to serve on team. Still room for more pilgrims on each weekend. Remember that personal invitation is the most effective way to offer these invitations. The “cutoff” dates for accepting pilgrim apps are: Men: April 9, 2015 Women: April 30, 2015   Remember Christ is counting on each one of us to be his hands and feet!!!   The Board of Directors thanks Jamie Eshbaugh and the fine folks at Faith Baptist Church for allowing the Board to hold their monthly board meetings there for as long as anyone can remember!   For the past 4 years, several members of the Board have lived in Berkeley Springs, WV (and beyond) and have faithfully and without complaint made the trip each month to Petersville (and gatherings and send offs and candle lights and closings in nearby Jefferson, MD….). To “lighten their load” a bit, the Board meetings will be held in Williamsport, MD in April and May and in Martinsburg, WV in June and July. The Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. More details on locations will be forthcoming.... read more

2015 – March – Community Lay Director Corner

We’ve sure had our challenges with the weather in the last 30 days but hope everyone has made it though safe and sound! No way can I predict we’ve seen our last snow of the season, but I pray we have. Tom Hanscom and the team for WV 125 have begun meeting and bonding and praying together in preparation for their weekend in April. I thank all of you who prayed for additional team members and for those of you who stepped up to serve on this team! Kristin Wechsler and her Leadership team have met and the team of WV 126 will begin teaming on March 28th for their weekend in May. Please keep these faithful servants in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for their mission in response the call “Christ is counting on me” It is not too soon to be prayerfully considering sponsoring pilgrims. Please feel free to download applications of our website, complete them and submit them in a timely manner (both pilgrim and team apps). Hope to see many of you at the gathering on March 9 at Middleway UMC in Middleway, WV. Decolores, Don... read more

2015 – February – Community Lay Director Corner

Thanks to everyone who attended and assisted with our January gathering. Pastors Pat and Walter led a wonderful memorial service for those of our Community who passed away in 2014. Our February gathering will be held at Middletown, MD UMC on Saturday February 14, 2015 from 6-8:30 p.m. WV 125 WLD Tom Hanscom is still looking for a few good men to serve on the team. Their first meeting is on February 21, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Frederick, MD. Please prayerfully consider serving! Simply go to www.westvirginiaemmaus.org and download, complete and mail the application ASAP! 4th Day Work Shops for 2015 are scheduled for: June 13, 2015 at 5 p.m. Bethel UMC in Bakerton, WV August 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Park near Knoxville, MD November 14, 2015 at 5 p.m. at Union Chapel UMC in Berkeley Springs, VA If you need a 4th Day WS to sponsor a pilgrim or serve on a spring team, please let me know asap. We will work out a time to make this happen in time for the spring weekends. In fact, on January 28, we held a mini 4th Day WS in Williamsport, MD for 5 people! Praise the Lord! Decolores, Don Meckley Community Lay... read more

2015 – January – Community Lay Director Corner

Happy New Year! May the Lord bless you and keep you safe and warm in 2015! I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve as your Community Lay Director (CLD) for 2015 and ask for your prayers and assistance, along with God’s grace and direction to humbly serve our Emmaus Community. Some of you may remember I was CLD in 2006 and I am wondering if this is God’s way of saying to me, “you’re gonna keep on doing this til you get it right.” Please pray that I do this time!  I am very grateful for Bobbi Michael’s leadership and service as 2014 CDL. We were blessed to have her at our “helm”. Thank you, Bobbi!  I also thank Karen Sassaman, Doug Malatt, and Dave Gouker for their service on the Emmaus Board of Directors. Board members generally serve a 3 year term and the term for these 3 members was completed 12/31/14. Job well done!  In 2014, 84 brothers and sisters in Christ made their pilgrim Walk to Emmaus with the fall women’s week end being “full” with 24 pilgrims. Thanks to those 84 former pilgrims for saying “yes” when called and thanks to the sponsors, team members, board members and the countless people ”behind the scenes” for their prayers, support and agape. God blessed us in 2014 with the most pilgrims for the year since 2004! Praise the Lord and please continue to serve as His hands and feet going forward in 2015 by blessing your local churches and supporting our Emmaus community with your prayers, sponsorship of pilgrims, teaming, and your presence at gatherings,... read more