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Missouri East Walk to Emmaus Newsletter April 2022


From the Community Lay Director

Greetings Community,
After a two-year pandemic delay, what a blessing it was to be part of our Spring Walks. God’s glory was shining through as He used our Walk to Emmaus teams and community to complete Men’s Walk #171 and Women’s Walk #172. Thank you to the teams and to each of you in the community that served to make these Walks a success. Also, I would like to express a special thanks to all board members for their dedicated service!
Congratulations to forty-six new pilgrims welcomed into our community, and I hope to see them as they serve on future teams and other activities for future Walks. The Spring Walk leadership has scheduled a follow-up Fourth Day Gathering and all are welcome to attend:  
As you may know, the Missouri East Walk to Emmaus community covers a large geographic area in Missouri which presents a challenge for us to stay connected. I encourage local Walk to Emmaus communities to plan gatherings throughout the year to stay connected. If you are a local community leader, please let us know the details of your gathering plans.

The Upper Room has released the Emmaus Ministries University eCourse web-based training resources available to all community members. This training helps you to be a better community member, team member, and sponsor. This training is divided into three categories: The Why, Community Training and Spiritual Director Training. Check out these resources at the link below:
May God continue to bless you and your families!
   Steve Wallace
   Community Lay Director

Missouri East Walk to Emmaus
Follow-Up Gathering

As noted above in Steve's address, we will have a Missouri East Walk to Emmaus Walk 171 and 172 Follow-Up Gathering. Here are the specifics:
When:  Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 10:00 am
Where:  The Bridge Community Church, 301 Lore Lane, Leadington, MO, 63601
Who:  All Participants of Walks 171 and 172, Spring 2022
What to Bring: Yourself and a potluck dish to share
Why: Because we need EACH OTHER to keep our EMBERS BURNING!

Questions? Call Kathie Klima at 573-747-7364 or Phillip Bump at 314-393-8563

We will have a Communion Worship Service, including some Fourth Day testimonies, followed by a Community Potluck.


The History of the Walk to Emmaus (reprint from previous newsletter edition)

By Cheryl Rowland with excerpts from the Emmaus Ministries Community Manual
Since we recently welcomed so many new Pilgrims into the Emmaus Community, we thought it would be nice to provide a brief history of Walk to Emmaus. This article is a reprint from 2019. As you think about sponsoring a Pilgrim for an upcoming walk, consider sharing this information with them.
When we all go on our first Walk to Emmaus, we hear the story of how it came about; but can many of you remember how it came about and why?  This article will give you some basic information to remember when you are asked what is the Walk to Emmaus and why they should participate.
In Christianity traditionally a “three-day movement” was an event that conducted spiritual renewal events and was led by laity/clergy who had already attended the event.  Collectively, regardless of what denomination these events were referred to as “three-day movements”.
The Walk to Emmaus comes from the Gospel story in Luke that tells the story of the risen Christ appearing to two disciples who are walking to the village of Emmaus on the Resurrection day.  They are deeply disturbed by everything that has happened in the past three days.  As the two disciples are walking along, Jesus, joins them as a stranger (they didn’t recognize Him) and spends time explaining to them as they are walking that what had transpired recently were in the Prophets’ writings.  But it wasn’t until they sat down to eat with Jesus and He broke the bread were their eyes opened and they saw Him.  The Walk to Emmaus is a similar experience for us; we spend several days in the company of the risen Christ followed by a lifetime of Christian Discipleship.
The original three-day movement, Cursillo (cur-SEE-yoh) began in the Roman Catholic Church in Majorca, Spain, in 1944, by laymen who wanted to strengthen individuals understanding of the Triune God. It was a program for men in the Catholic Church aiming to form "Catholic leaders" from those Catholics already on a walk with the Lord.  Whereas Emmaus reaches out to all Christians who are members of church; participants are encouraged to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship in their home, church, and community.   Today Emmaus retreats are held worldwide.  Over time, Cursillo inspired the development of other “three-day movements:  Walk to Emmaus, Great Banquet and Tres Dios, to name a few.
In 1976, Danny Morris, Director of Developing Ministries for the Upper Room, participated in a Lutheran Cursillo in Florida and recognized the need for an ecumenical offering of Cursillo.  That same weekend, Maxie Dunnam, the World Editor of The Upper Room, participated in a prayer retreat at First United Methodist Church in Peoria, Illinois, where Cursillo participants contributed as table servants at the retreat.  Their spiritual presence around the tables profoundly affected him.  Danny and Maxie began to take steps toward including Cursillo as an Upper Room program.  The Upper Room had its first two model Cursillo weekends in Peoria, Illinois, in 1977 and in 1978; The Upper Room to launched the new Upper Room Cursillo movement.
In 1981, by mutual agreement with the National Secretariat of the Roman Catholic Cursillo, holder of the copyright to the Cursillo program, The Upper Room Cursillo became the Upper Room Walk to Emmaus.  This change came about due to The Upper Room’s call to be ecumenical movement.  An agreement was reached with the National Cursillo Secretariat to develop a new program based on Cursillo but with distinctive leadership resources.  The Upper Room agreed not to use the traditional Cursillo language derived from it Spanish origin.  The Upper Room developed The Walk to Emmaus design, talk outlines and leadership manuals for use by an ecumenical audience.
The Walk to Emmaus has programs for all ages of individuals:
Chrysalis was begun in 1984 in response to numerous requests from Emmaus Ministries Communities for a version of the Walk to Emmaus specifically for high school students.  The first Chrysalis event was sponsored by The Upper Room and the Alabama/West Florida Emmaus Community in 1989 for college-age young people.  Currently, Chrysalis is not available for youth in the Missouri East Emmaus Community.  The Upper Room is working on refining it so that more students are able to attend.
Face to Face is an adaptation of The Walk to Emmaus developed to meet the needs and life stages of older adults and those for whom an overnight experience would present a challenge.  In 2015, Emmaus Ministries Communities outside of Nashville started to hold Encounters. 
Journey to the Table had its beginning in March of 2014, when The Upper Room established a new staff position for “Young Adult Spiritual Development.”  In draft for the new Journey to the Table program was completed in March of 2015 and the official launch was held at The Upper Room in Nashville, in July 2016.


Are you and your Emmaus friends crafty, artsy, or creative? Consider making a hanging banner for the Conference room during upcoming walks. One thing that was missing from our spring walks was beautiful banners (a form of agape) that hang throughout the weekend in the conference room to show God's love in an artistic way. The banners we had used in the past were aged and maybe even damaged (unintentionally) from sitting in our storage trailer in the heat and cold for two plus years. Therefore, we are calling all artists, crafters, reunion groups, etc. to consider making some new hanging banners for the conference room. Banners are typically made from fabric and/or felt. There is not really a specific size or dimension that banners must have. The banners can have scripture on them; they can have a spiritual message. Just as with the skits, posters, and songs table groups came up with during walks, banners can have a serious message or a more humorous message. We only ask that you do not put your name or your reunion group's name on the banner. Also, we ask that you do not put the walk number on the banner. This way, we can use the banners for several walks! If you or your reunion group are interested in making a banner for an upcoming walk, please contact Mitzi Brammer at

Save the Date!           
April 2022 UPDATE

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10:00 am
Missouri East Emmaus Board Meeting
Location: TBD
Contact: Steve Wallace at

Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 10:00 am
Missouri East Emmaus Follow Up Meeting for Walks 171 & 172

Location: The Bridge Community Church, 301 Lore Lane, Leadington, MO, 63601
Contact: Kathie Klima at or Phillip Bump at
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Missouri East Emmaus Community Newsletter

We are a community of prayer warriors. Please lift up the following in prayer:

Prayers for the upcoming gatherings that will be planned in the different parts of the state of Missouri that encompass the Missouri East Walk to Emmaus community.

Prayers for other communities that are having upcoming Emmaus Walks, Chrysalis, Koinonia, and Kairos events (

Prayers for the Emmaus Board and the Face to Face Steering Committee

Prayers for our country and its elected leaders

Prayers for our pastors and other church leaders

Prayers for under-represented and marginalized populations

Prayers for the physical and mental health of those we know and do not know

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy Your consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(You may email prayer requests of an ongoing nature to to be included here, but please remember that our schedule is to publish every other month. If the prayer need is more immediate, please notify our Community Lay Director Steve Wallace ( about the possibility of doing an email blast.)
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