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Missouri East Walk to Emmaus
June 2022 Newsletter


Happy belated Memorial Day. Remembering and honoring those who served
and gave the ultimate sacrifice.

From the Community Lay Director


Greetings Community,
The Christian holiday of Pentecost was celebrated on Sunday, June 5th, and it commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. This is what we read in Acts 2: 1-4:
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
 This reminds me of how the Holy Spirit moves like fire on a Walk to Emmaus weekend. Participants from all ages and backgrounds experience the Holy Spirit and become a community of pilgrims that are being transformed. But the Walk is a moment in time – an introduction to our 4th day – all the days after the weekend as we continue to grow in Christ and continue our walk of faith.
Community Gatherings are the reunion of our Emmaus communities, open to all members and their guests. The Community Gatherings encourage one another to continue our walk with the Lord and inspire each other to live through active membership and accountability groups.
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.
May God continue to bless you and your families!
 
--DeColores
   Steve Wallace
   Community Lay Director

SAVE THE DATES:


Walk to Emmaus Gathering
TUESDAY, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Centenary United Methodist Church         
300 N Ellis Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Please bring a dish to share for a potluck supper followed by worship. If anyone wants to share a mini-fourth day talk, they will be able to share. For those who have not been to a gathering, a mini-fourth day is a very brief talk about your spiritual journey since you last participated on a walk. ALL ARE WELCOME!  PRIOR ATTENDANCE ON A WALK IS NOT REQUIRED. This community is planning on having gatherings at Centenary UMC every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Tina Johnson at 573-450-3902.

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Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 10:00 am
Missouri East Emmaus Board Meeting
Location: SunRise Church
Contact: Steve Wallace at 
kswallac@swbell.net

 
Do you remember sitting in the Chapel on your walk and praying in unison the Peace Prayer from St. Francis of Assisi? It can serve not only as a prayer, but as a powerful devotional to get you started on these summer days ahead. Let us remember, his words to help guide us to be the hands and feet of Christ to all we meet!

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

As we progress through a walk weekend, we all come to know just how powerful the Agape Prayer Chapel is. That is often why it is called the POWERHOUSE of the walk. So much of God's work is happening behind the scenes! What about after the walk? What keeps those fires burning after a walk is participating in reunion groups either weekly (recommended), bi-weekly, or monthly. Reunion groups serve to keep us accountable for piety, study, and service.
Lately, the Board has received a few emails from individuals who are seeking a reunion group to join. WHAT AN AWESOME PROBLEM TO HAVE! Here is where you come into the picture.
Designate someone in your reunion group to please email Mitzi Brammer (mitzib024@gmail.com) the following information:
1) Name of your reunion group (if it has one--not everyone gives their reunion group a name)
2) Name and email (and/or phone number) of a point-person for the group who can be contacted by anyone wishing to join your group
3) Time/day of reunion group meetings (e.g., first and third Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm)
4) Is your reunion group for women? men? both?

Please try to get this information to Mitzi within a week so she can send out reunion group information in a separate email blast. Also, if you KNOW someone has been on a walk and they are not plugged into a reunion group, please INVITE them to join yours!

The Act of Sponsorship
(excerpted from the Upper Room)


With so many Pilgrims attending the men's and women's spring walks to Emmaus who are now a part of the Emmaus community, we wish to share more about an important kind of Agape, which is Sponsorship--something we hope you will prayerfully consider for upcoming walks. Yes, the Board Advisor went over this opportunity with you, but it was on Sunday afternoon, at the end of your walk. You may have been tired (okay, EXHAUSTED!), and those words, perhaps, went in one ear and out the other. Please take some time and consider sponsoring a Pilgrim for the spring 2023 walks.

SPONSORSHIP: THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB OF ALL
  • Good sponsorship is the first act of Agape
  • Good sponsorship undergirds the whole weekend with sacrificial love on behalf of each pilgrim embodying the personal commitment of the community to each pilgrim
  • Good sponsorship sets the tone that the Walk to Emmaus is not a "cult," "secret society," or "special club."
  • Good sponsorship is the foundation for a healthy, effective Emmaus movement that is fulfilling its true purpose: the development of Christian leaders and the renewal of the local church in ministry
                                          

WHY DO WE SPONSOR? WHAT IS OUR AIM?
  • It is NOT trying "to get all my friends to go" or to "fix people's problems” or to reproduce one's own religious experience in others.
  • Rather, IT IS the aim of the sponsor to bring spiritual revitalization to Christians who, in turn, will bring new life and vision to the work of the church in the congregation, home, workplace, and community. The AIM of sponsorship is to build up the Body of Christ.

WHOM DO WE SPONSOR?
  • It IS for active Christians and members of churches whose own renewal will mean new energy, commitment, and vision in the church and everyday environments for Christ's sake. Those sponsored could include the following:
    • Church leaders (pastors and laypersons) who will bring vision, commitment, and understanding back to their congregations and who need the renewal and grace Emmaus channels.
    • Dependable church members who are the quiet backbone of the church.
    • Less active members who need their awareness of grace rekindled and their commitments renewed.
    • Christians who are hungry for "something more" and who want to grow spiritually.
    • Members and leaders who represent a cross-section of the church and who will help Emmaus remain theologically sound, centered on the essentials of our common faith, and open to different perspectives.
    • Respected laypersons and clergypersons whose participation, support, and leadership will encourage others to take the Walk and will be a sound, balanced leadership base for the movement in the community.
WHOM WE DO NOT SPONSOR:
  • Christians whose theology and/or practice is so notably different or incompatible with the traditional theology and practice by The Walk to Emmaus: Christians who have specific dietary restrictions and Sabbath celebrations that the Emmaus experience cannot provide.
  • Persons undergoing an emotional crisis (for example, family breakup, job loss, severe grief) or who are psychologically unstable.
  • Persons who decide not to make a Walk after being presented the opportunity. It could be timing...
  • "Church hoppers" - members who always have an ax to grind against the church.
  • Persons who are always looking for another spiritual high or another experience to help them "arrive".
  • Emmaus is right for many people BUT not for everyone. The religious background or emotional condition of some people may make Emmaus an improper discipleship tool for them.

TWO KINDS OF SPONSORSHIP: WISE AND UNWISE
WISE sponsorship is purposeful and prayerful.
UNWISE sponsorship is haphazard and undiscerning.
WISE sponsorship eventually will produce a balanced theologically centered movement of the Holy Spirit, which is integrated into the life of the church in the community which is honored by a variety of churches as an effective instrument for conveying God's grace, the call to committed discipleship, and our unity in Christ.
UNWISE sponsorship eventually will produce a harvest that becomes a burden than a blessing for the church. It will develop small isolationists groups (or cliques). Remember, Walk to Emmaus is not a "secret club or society!"

HOW DO WE SPONSOR?
1. Pray for the person's openness to God's call to discipleship, not for how to get them to go on a walk.
2. Make an appointment with the person or couple for the purpose of discussing participating in Emmaus.
3. Extend an invitation; invite the prospective pilgrim to attend for the sake of a more vital relationship with Jesus Christ, not just an event to go to. Share your faith; explain the basic elements of the Walk (if prospective Pilgrims ask questions, ANSWER them! Remember, until one goes on a walk for themselves, anything you tell them about your experience is only unique to you!), its purpose, and follow up dimensions that help us live in grace for the rest of our lives. Take the attitude that you are giving the person a wonderful gift rather than that he or she needs to go.
4. Ask the person to make a commitment by filling out the registration form (Pilgrim registration forms and sponsorship forms can be found on the Missouri East Walk to Eammaus website). If the person is married, speak with both partners and encourage equal commitment by both (though this is not required).
5. After your Pilgrim(s) commit, continue to pray for your prospective pilgrim(s), prepare agape letters, and enlist the support of their pastor. 
6. Support the Walk through your prayers during the 72-Hour Prayer Vigil and your presence at Send Off, Sponsors' Hour, Candlelight, and Closing. Support the pilgrim's family by house sitting, baby sitting, watering plants, picking up mail, feeding pets, or just checking in with a spouse to see if any help is needed.
7. Encourage the pilgrim in his or her Fourth Day involvement. Give your friend an opportunity to talk through and appropriate the experience. Help the pilgrim find a reunion group, or be prepared to start a reunion group with him or her for a period of time until others join the group. Take the pilgrim to Gatherings as your guest for a couple of months.
8. Inform and help the pilgrim re-enter their church and consider ways to act out new commitment and enthusiasm.
9. Help the pilgrim sponsor others. Sponsorship is an act of love for God, for the pilgrims, for the Emmaus community, and for the church. It demonstrates agape love, making us instruments of prevenient grace.

WHO CAN SPONSOR?
1. Any persons who have participated in Emmaus can sponsor another person as long as they understand the aim and responsibilities of sponsorship and can fulfill them for the person they would sponsor.
2. Persons who have participated in Chrysalis can also sponsor adults to Emmaus under the same conditions. The same conditions for sponsorship apply also to persons who have participated in Cursillo, Tres Dias, or another valid expression of the recognized fourth-day movements.
3. Sponsors are STRONGLY encouraged to not serve as a team member on Walks with persons they are sponsoring. If persons choose to serve as team members on Walks, they should find others who will sponsor the particular persons they would otherwise sponsor. Sponsors must be able to fulfill the responsibilities of sponsorship for any person they would sponsor. Confusing the roles of team member and sponsor in one's relationship with a pilgrim diminishes the value of both roles.
                                 
LOCAL EMMAUS TRADITIONS OF A SPONSOR
1. The sponsor (Sunday School class, friends, reunion group) may consider paying the total fee of the pilgrim as a gift of Agape.
2. The sponsor brings enough Agape for the Team and Pilgrims (usually 75 pieces allowing for damage, etc.). Keep out of sight of the pilgrim.
3. The sponsor brings Agape food/snacks for the Walk and Closing.
4. The sponsor will meet or pick up the pilgrim for a dinner and drive to the Walk. The sponsor is mindful of when the Pilgrim needs to arrive to the walk. Family, Sunday school Emmaus members, children, etc may attend. Children cannot go to the Walk unless they have been on some type of Walk accepted by the Golden Spread Emmaus.
5. The sponsor can explain any and all parts of the Walk without exception.
6. The sponsor insures all the Agape letters are provided NO later than Candlelight.
7. The sponsor helps the pilgrim with baggage to and from the Walk and stands with the pilgrim during registration for any questions/clarifications.
8. The sponsor will walk with the pilgrim to the assigned room and help in any procedure to unpack, make a bed, etc.
9. An emergency number (how to contact the sponsor) should always be clarified during registration for any type of emergency.
10. Re-clarification of clothes, bedding, personal hygiene, phones, and watches should be discussed with the pilgrim.
11. No special gifts, flowers, etc. are permitted until Fourth Day events. The message of Emmaus is that God loves each person with the same love; God does not have favorites.
12. There are absolutely no children at ANY Walk activities or those who have not attended a Walk.
13. Be on time, prompt, and listen to the instructions of the Lay Director for the Pilgrim Send-Off Prayer Service and times to return to the Walk for Candlelight and Closing.
14. The sponsor (or anyone else) is NOT to reach out during Candlelight and touch their pilgrim.
15. WHEN IN DOUBT ask. Remember, some traditions and past Walk activities do not guarantee they were correct.
16. Have fun and make this as Memorable for you as for the Pilgrim.
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
Immediate Prayer Needs
JOY:
Pastor Carol Meyer has announced her retirement. She has served the Emmaus community both as a lay person as well as clergy for many years. Her last weekend to preach at Church of the Shepherd in St. Charles will be June 25-5 pm and June 26- 9:00 & 10:30 am. Hope you can make one of the services.
CONCERNS:
Ken Ceislak - health and healing; hospitalized at DePaul in St. Louis; notes can be emailed to his wife, Mary Ann, at thecastlemouse@att.net 
David Muench - health and healing; David Muench has fractured his tibia bone
Kathy Hoette - health and healing; recovering from emergency appendectomy surgery
Steve Tucker - health and healing; from Edwin Bybee: A group of the Emmaus men went to visit Steve Tucker yesterday. We visited and prayed together. Steve seemed to really enjoy the company.  We shared a lot of work camp and church stories, many of which I had forgotten. He will probably only be at the Bluffs in Columbia a couple more weeks before going to Alabama. 

...Lord, in Your Mercy, hear our prayers.

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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