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Missouri East Walk to Emmaus Newsletter  August 2022

 

From the Community Lay Director

Greetings Community,
I hope all of you are having a great summer and you are enjoying vacations and time with family and friends. And, I have enjoyed watching the Cardinals recent spectacular play resulting in a 7-game winning streak, with a sweep of the Cubs and the Yankees! Just like the Cardinals, Walk to Emmaus is on a winning streak with successful Walks this Spring and two more scheduled for the Spring of 2023.
I am pleased to announce our upcoming Lay Directors have been faithful servants to Walk to Emmaus for years:
  • Men’s Walk #173 – March 16-19, 2023
         Eric Patterson (Lay Director)
  • Women’s Walk #174 – March 30 – April 2, 2023
         Cathy Huskey (Lay Director)
 
I invite you to be in prayer for Eric and Cathy as they make calls to potential team members, and plan and organize team meetings. This scripture is a great reminder of how we should pray:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
 
In addition to prayer for leadership and the team, pray for your friends that are candidates to attend the Walk as a pilgrim. After prayer, share with your friend how Walk to Emmaus has impacted your life, and extend an invitation to them.
 
Remember, Christ is Counting on You!
 
--DeColores
   Steve Wallace
   Community Lay Director
 

Emmaus Gathering: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 beginning at 6:00 pm.
First United Methodist Church in Festus
113 Grand Ave
Festus, MO  63028
Contact: Dan Cathcart - cathcartdan67@gmail.com

All are invited to attend the Saturday evening service that begins at 5:30 pm, immediately preceding the gathering.

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Emmaus Gathering: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Church of the Shepherd
1601 Woodstone Drive
St. Charles, MO 63304
Contact: Bob Boast 636-578-8818

We'll have an hour of fellowship, followed by a worship service and then more time to connect with others in the Emmaus community.

Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share.

Gatherings are open to all, so bring those who've expressed an interest in Emmaus.

                              

Missouri East Board of Directors Meeting
Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am
Location: TBA


MOE Walk to Emmaus Men's Spring Walk 
March 16-19, 2023
Pinecrest Camp and Retreat Center
Board Advisor: TBA


MOE Walk to Emmaus Women's Spring Walk 
March 30-April 2, 2023
Pinecrest Camp and Retreat Center
Board Advisor: Kim Martin

“Every summer has a story.” ~Unknown

Dear summer,

I love you.

You have given me weekends at the lake, endless dinners on the grill, pool dates with friends, scattered flip flops everywhere, bonfires, sticky s’mores, and so much more. You have nursed my broken heart more than once through the years with gifts of sunshine and ice cream. Each year, you come back again to help me write another incredible story. Thank you.  

xoxo,

Sarah

P.S. You’re my favorite, but don’t tell the other seasons.
 

As I look back at past summers, I see a trail of beautiful and bittersweet memories. There have been summers that overflowed with joy and summers filled with deep sadness and pain. The common thread is that every summer was unique and had its own tale to tell.

Just as every natural summer has a story, so does every spiritual summer. We will each walk through the spiritual seasons many times. Autumn is a time of change. Winter is a time of barrenness and preparation. Spring is a time of rebirth. And summer is a time for bearing fruit and embracing the abundant life that surrounds us.

The key to embracing our spiritual summer, no matter what time of year it is in the natural, is to remember to seize the joy of the season. This is a time to feel the heavenly warmth on our face and revel in the beauty that surrounds us. Relax, have fun, celebrate, and abide in gratitude for the blessings that surround. Fall and winter will come, but don’t let thoughts of the unknown rob you of the joy of the moment. 

Summer is a season known for cultivating and bearing good fruit. Oh goodness, there is just nothing like a sweet, sun-ripened, summer strawberry. It is like a taste of heaven on earth! Our spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control must also be cultivated and ripened so it can taste even sweeter than the best summer strawberry. There is one sure way to do this, and that is to remember who our spiritual gardener is and to remain in him always.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NIV)

Lord, thank you for the gift of summer. Thank you for ice cream cones, backyard barbecues, and sun-drenched memories. May we seize each moment of joy and remember that you are the true cultivator of our harvest and author of our stories. Amen.

 Scripture for Reflection

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)

Sarah Lundgren

[Reprinted from "The Glorious Table"]


Agape Chapel
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 (http://emmaus.upperroom.org/finder/events)


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

Prayers for our country and its elected leaders

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

Prayers for under-represented and marginalized populations

Prayers for our pastors and other church leaders


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 mitzib024@gmail.com 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 (kswallac@swbell.net) about the possibility of doing an email blast.)
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