Welcome New Members

Congratulations to the Loudoun Valley Emmaus Community for hosting two Walks in 2018, 30 + Pilgrims have been added to our Community and their testimonies were incendiary. One young man, on the 28th of October, told the Community that he is now on fire and will go back off the mountain and spread the flames. The Pilgrims reported that they will be coming to the November DDU at St. Thomas UMC and they want to complete DDU so they can sponsor their friends and family. Extraordinary men and women from our Community went beyond the expectations of members and Board members in ensuring two successful walk weekends.

At the women’s closing ceremony, 22 ladies testified to their joy accompanying their walks. One lady stated that she, “…realizes that she is not alone.” Another lady stated that, “…during this weekend, God gave her 43 sisters!” We hope to see these new members at our DDU and Gathering on November 17, 2018 and we will certainly have applications available so that they can sponsor their friends and family.

For the Community, please consider being on the Board as we will vote November 17, 2018, for five new Board members. The Board Meeting is open to all and will begin at 2:30 PM on the 17th.

God bless LVE

Phil Hannum, CLD, LV # 5
dryjordan@gmail.com

Solid Plans for Fall Walks

Thank you for your prayers for the August Board Meeting, all Board Members (except one) attended and solid plans for two Fall walks were set in motion.

On Saturday, September 15 at 3 pm, we are having a cook-out/picnic at Pleasant Valley UMC where we can fellowship. The board will provide burgers, buns, and paper products. Bring side items and desserts to share, and beverage for yourself. Our Weekend Lay Leaders may tap a few Community members for vacancies on Conference Room or Support teams.

Merv Greenwood is listening and assembling the names of persons who are prepared to serve on the Board. Elections for 5 slots will be held in November. Anyone who is willing to serve is able to submit their name for consideration. You do have to have previously served in the Conference Room to be on the Board. Please pray for the Community and for candidates who are willing to serve on the Board and accept whatever assignment they are given.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and all have safely returned home. We have much to give thanks for, including Pilgrims and team members. Please pray for the Pilgrims and servants and the LVE Community!

DeColores!
Phil Hannum, CLD, LV # 5
dryjordan@gmail.com

Some Irregular Projects

As we enter June 2018, we look for the Gathering to be on the 4th Saturday of June because the UMC Annual Conference is held on the 3rd Saturday and your Board has clergy and members who will be attending Annual Conference. Please join us at Macedonia UMC on June 23, 2018 as noted elsewhere in the Newsletter.

In addition to signing the contract with the 4-H center in May, the Board discussed a new opportunity to lessen our expenses at the 4-H center. By using Memorandums of Understandings (MoU), the community can submit a form in which we offer to paint, repair carpentry projects or perform professional services like plumbing/electrical. The 4-H center will reach an agreement with our negotiating leader as to the Credit we will be given for such work, before it is performed. The Board thanked the DeHarts for their more than 12 month assignment searching for facilities and Pam Salada agreed to head the negotiating effort in advancing the MoUs for credits to be used against costs.

During June, we will be holding two events for which the Community is invited. First, Joe Bersack (the upcoming men’s weekend leader) and his Cadre will be coordinating and announcing the dates and time to meet at our storage locker, in Winchester (Papermill Storage) so that our vital property can be loaded-up and returned to our storage area at the 4-H Center and so leaders can make important decisions about what needs to be removed/donated. Second, Linda Crowder (the upcoming women’s weekend leader) has announced that, on Saturday, June 16, 2018 between 10:00AM and 2:00PM the Board and Community can visit her home [1716 Ridgeway Road Front Royal, Va.] to empty-out the Community-owned trailer of all Chrysalis property. This process will retain items that can be of use for the Emmaus Community and the remainder will be donated to churches or attendees who may have personal reasons to remove things that would otherwise be thrown away. (If you need detailed directions, contact Linda at lgacrowder1@gmail.com or 540-551-2911.)

In the above two irregular projects, it is our hope that everyone is notified that some items will be removed from our storage forever. If you believe that something you donated is being discarded, this notice provides the Community with the opportunity to assist in the sorting and, potentially, to collect an item your church could use.

We learned at the May Gathering that eleven applications are being submitted from one church and we are seeking many more. Please pray for the Community and for Pilgrims God is leading you to sponsor.

I hope to see many of you at the three events in June: 1. Moving property from storage to 4-H center, 2. Cleaning-out the trailer at Linda’s home and 3. The Gathering at Macedonia.

DeColores,
Phil Hannum, CLD, LV # 5

Happy Anniversary

May 2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Loudoun Valley Emmaus Community. Of course, God has to be given the credit for the wisdom and dedication He instilled in women and men from NCA Emmaus and West Virginia Emmaus as they faithfully planned our Community’s birth. The early commitments of those dedicated founders have resulted in more than 2,000 pilgrims, 85 Walk weekends and approximately 30+ women and men who received their personal calls to become Pastors, most of whom continue to Minister in the Virginia Conference.

Consistent with an ethos which was stressed throughout the walk weekends, most of the 2,000 pilgrims returned to their churches, approached their Pastors and volunteered, studied and joined reunion groups. Additionally, as those pilgrims attended the Day of Deeper Understanding, they sponsored others in their families and churches and circles of friends…they “Passed-it-on.”

In November 2017, we held a Day of Deeper Understanding with a large percentage of recent pilgrims – and their sponsors – in attendance and we had an initial flurry of pilgrim applications.

Today, with date and location certain for our October and November Walk weekends, we have about five and one-half months to submit applications for willing pilgrims. The Board is energized to perform some clean-up, sorting and painting at the 4-H center and we are praying for God to continue the blessing which He and the Holy Spirit provide before, during and after the weekend. Please consider being a part of the sponsorship activities and give someone the gift which you received!

Our May Gathering will be held at Sterling UMC on May 19, 2018, The 25 year-old Community hopes to see you there!

DeColores,

Phil Hannum, CLD, LV # 5

Fall Walks to continue at the 4H Center

Matthew 7: 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

April 2018 has provided our Community with levels of certainty which we have not seen for probably 18 or more months. We asked and sought and we have been led to our answer. In the early days of April, members of the Board who had been tasked with exploring alternative weekend locations completed their task and the Board has voted to remain at the 4-H center under new terms.

Due to the quantity of Pilgrim Applications, the Board cancelled the Spring Walks and it is poised to sign the contract for men’s and women’s walks in October and early November (see dates elsewhere in Newsletter). These decisions provide us with six and one-half months to pray for more Pilgrims who are called for our Sponsorship.

What are the new terms at the 4-H center? For ten or more years, after permitting LVE to build the storage area for our supplies, we paid an annual fee. We have been informed that we can use it for storing our equipment as long as we have our relationship – free of charge. Second, as a result of some high-level personnel changes there, we learned that we can resume the Saturday evening dinner at the dining hall and, if we rent all of Robinson (sleeping and class/chapel areas) the Auditorium is ours for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

These positive changes are the result of prayer and Christian conferencing between the 4-H coordinators and our emissaries who visited and spent many hours face-to-face, on the phone and through email.

Our next Gathering is at Sudley UMC in Manassas, Virginia on April 21, 2018.I encourage everyone to come to the April Gathering at Sudley UMC, in Manassas, and to bring a guest especially if it is someone you may be considering to sponsor.

DeColores,
Phil Hannum LV #5

Wait for the Lord

Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

I thank the Board for its leadership selections for this season of our 24 year-old Community and I am asking God, and the Community, to help the Board.

For the 2017 “season,” our Community was blessed with three successful weekends representing 50 new members. The November DDU admitted 20 recent pilgrims who can now sponsor pilgrims.

We have selected our next two Weekend Lay Directors (Linda Crowder and Joe Bersack,  who are also new Board Members) and have held their initial Team Selection meetings.

As the reader can see, we have many reasons for excitement and optimism!

As we enter a new season in the life of our Community we need to “wait upon the Lord” and a Committee has been researching alternative sites for more than one year. A site will be selected in the early months of 2018 and announced to the Community. We need to be mindful that our Community and the 4-H Center have aged since 1993.

How can the Community help? We need to extend Grace to all, while waiting upon the Lord. We need to pray for Him to identify candidates for the Walks and we need to support each other and recommit to be good sponsors.

I welcome the new Board Members and give thanks for those whose terms have expired. Additionally, I extend the Board’s appreciation for the faithful Regional Representatives who have recently departed and extend a hand of welcome to our new Regional Representatives.

Please find your Board Members at Gatherings wearing their Board Member badges and ask questions or make suggestions. Currently, our priorities are for having God provide: a site for the next walks, candidates who say “yes” to teaming, and Pilgrims who say “yes” to being sponsored.

May God Bless our efforts for His Kingdom! De Colores!

Phil Hannum LVE # 5, Table of The Power of Life

Preparations

As the LVE community begins to look forward to 2018, we are taking action to prepare ourselves for the continued call to be Christ’s “hands and feet” in Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland:

  • At the November Gathering, we elected new members to complete the 2018 Board, commissioned to: a) mutually discern and commit to plans for future Walk to Emmaus Weekends, b) hold Gatherings that provide opportunities for worship and service, c) form deeper relationships with clergy who lead our respective churches, and d) prioritize relationships with fellow Reunion Group members who share their Fourth Days with us on a more personal level.
  • In preparation for future Walk to Emmaus Weekends, the Board voted to reset the pilgrim fees to an amount that will cover actual expenses incurred over the past four Walk weekends.
  • The Board commissioned Lonnie and Barbara DeHart to chair a committee of experienced Walk weekend leaders who are exploring potential sites to host future Walk to Emmaus weekends other than the 4H Center. Lonnie and Barbara will begin sharing their committee’s work at the January 2018 Board Meeting for subsequent LVE Board decisions.
  • The Board started working with the next two Weekend Lay Directors, Joe Bersack and Linda Crowder, to discern who will join them on their respective Conference Room Teams and Support Teams.

The preparation and activities noted above point to forms of LVE worship and service, and re-enforce the underlying and consistent call to be Christ’s hands and feet.

Regards,
Don Holt
Central Texas #109, Table of St. Paul

Welcome Pilgrims of LV85 & LV86

Thirty new Loudoun Valley Emmaus pilgrims intentionally spent 72 hours away from their daily life’s routines to walk with two teams of laity and clergy on a journey filled with exploration, reflection, and response to God’s invitation given to all to walk a Fourth Day life.  They explored what God’s never-failing, personal love means to each of us wherever we are.  They reflected on God’s individual intentions for them, their families, and their friends.  They were presented with numerous opportunities to respond to God’s love and His intentions in specific acts of personal and shared commitment to a Fourth Day life.

Pilgrims of LV85 and LV86, welcome to Loudoun Valley Emmaus.  We are a faith community that reaches from Clear Brook, VA to Oxon Hill, MD.  We are a diverse group of believers committed to a Fourth Day life who want to share that life with each other.  You will hear from your “new best friends” by this newsletter, our website (http://www.lvemmaus.org), and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LVEmmaus).  More importantly, we want to hear you at our monthly Gatherings (see below), especially the November’s Gathering which includes a welcome hour (also called DDU) to give you a clearer understanding of the roles you are invited to fill in LVE.

Loudoun Valley Emmaus members who incorporated acts of agape in your Fourth Day by praying, sponsoring, teaming, serving in various support roles, providing tangible agape in the form of letters, cards, and other items, celebrating God’s presence in worship and song: Thank You for serving as Christ’s Hands and Feet.  We are blessed to have the opportunity to use the gifts He gives us to celebrate the life He calls us to in acts of piety, study, and action.

But what’s next?  If you know or recently became acquainted with one or more of the new pilgrims or other Loudoun Valley Emmaus member that you haven’t seen in a while, reach out to them in the next weeks to share the life God has given you and to hear of God’s direction in their life.  That can be a simple card in the mail, phone call, or a shared cup of coffee.  It is also a way of affirming God’s grace in our life.

Regards,
Don Holt
Central Texas #109, Table of St. Paul

Come, Holy Spirit

“That very day (Resurrection Sunday) two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.” (Luke 24:13-15).

One of the striking points about Luke’s recount of Cleopus and his friend is as they were walking, they were struggling together to understand the most tragic events either had experienced. The point is they were “in it together”. There was the basis of mutual experience and trust so they could share the anguish and grief they were experiencing on the day’s walk back to Emmaus (when was the last time you walked seven miles across a dusty, hilly terrain?).

When Jesus approaches them, he doesn’t ask about their downcast appearance nor does he ask about how they feel; he asks them about their conversation that he walked into.

Loudoun Valley Emmaus is about monthly Gatherings, Walks, teaming, and gifts of agape to those we know personally and those we don’t know so well. It is also about the small group relationships we form with each other where we share our inmost thoughts and struggles that occur day in and day out in our Fourth Day and then hold ourselves accountable to the ones who listen.

In this context, stop and consider the opening words of the Prayer to the Holy Spirit, “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love”. We aren’t only sharing our deepest thoughts with those we trust; we are also sharing them with the Holy Spirit who is as present with us during those small group moments as Jesus was with Cleopus and his friend on the road to Emmaus.

Regards,

Don Holt
Central Texas #109, Table of St. Paul

Think “Agape” when you shop on Virginia Tax Free Weekend Aug 4-6

Save about 5% when you buy school supplies, clothing, and emergency preparedness items for your family. And while you’re at it, pick up a few times below for your Agape Committee.

Tax Free Supplies

Please consider picking up a few tax-free items from the list below and bringing them to the September Gathering so we can be fully stocked for the Fall Walks:

  • White card stock (110 pound) for name tags, etc.
  • Labels: Avery 5164, Avery 5163, Avery 5160
  • Envelopes: 9×12″, 6.5×10″, and letter-sized
  • Index cards: 3×5
  • Tables cloths in bright colors – round and rectangluar
  • Lined notebook paper (college is preferred)
  • 3 Hole Punch paper (for updating the manuals)
  • Pens
  • Bottled Water
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Tissues
  • Glue and paste sticks
  • Fun things for the artistic response table
  • Paper Shopping Bags – white 10 x 5 x 13″ with handles and flat bottoms
Not Tax Free, but needed just the same…

Please consider making a donation of personal toiletries for the comfort station. Remember those to-die-for ear plugs?

Only small packages are requested for any over-the-counter drugs like pain relievers so expiration dates can be kept current without much waste.

First Aid Kit items are also needed – bandaids, ointments, etc.

Not Needed at this Time
  • Colorful pocket folders