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

Board Nominations Underway

Our two Weekend Lay Leaders have reported that they have completed their teams and have begun their team meetings for the Fall Walks.

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 (who has previously teamed) is able to submit their name for consideration.  Please pray for the Community and for candidates who are willing to serve on the Board and accept whatever assignment they are given.  Generally, the Upper Room Walk to Emmaus expects that Board Members (except the Board Representative) will not serve inside the Conference Room for their three-year term.

I hope to see many of you at the October Gathering at the Oxon Hill UMC.

Please pray for the Pilgrims and servants and the LVE Community!

DeColores!
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

“Christ is counting on you….”

“Christ is counting on you….”

Remember those words? Immediately prior to your response during your Walk?

“And I am counting on Christ!”

Somewhere over the last thirty years, for each of us, the question was asked and answered.

In August, the Community has no Gathering, but the Board has a breakfast/Board meeting on August 25, 2018 at Marshall UMC between 0900 and 1200 and Community members interested in becoming Regional Representatives, Board Members, Spiritual Directors and servants are welcome to attend.

The July Gathering, I have been told, was bathed in heavy rains. It rained so hard that the roof leaked and buckets were strategically placed to catch the water. I was not present and I have read that the Board had 8 attendees and an estimated 20 persons heard Stan Kurzeja’s 4th Day Talk.

Ecclesiastes 3 A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

The Board needs the Community’s prayers for its August Board retreat because it must consider which phase of the life cycle Loudoun Valley Emmaus finds itself; thriving/struggling. We seek your wisdom in your prayers and we seek Solomon’s wisdom, reflected – in part – in the referenced passage.
The time to plant and the time to build, were clearly displayed in the first 18 or so years of LVE’s life. Your Board is confronted with the question of what “season” we currently find ourselves visiting.
I will close with a passage which inspires me:

Luke 9:62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

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

Regional Reps

Please Gather with us at Pender UMC on July 21, 2018.

This month, we have a Board meeting that starts one hour early at 3:00 pm so that Training Opportunities are made available current and prospective Regional Representatives.

Regional Representative Training will be conducted between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Current Regional Representatives will join Community members who may be interested in serving from these particular Regions:

  • Chantilly/Fairfax
  • Herndon/Reston
  • Leesburg
  • Manassas
  • Marshall/Warrenton

Please refer to the section of this newsletter that provides more information on Regional Reps.

Pender UMC looks forward to hosting the July Gathering because we have a New Pastor who looks forward to sharing her story which notes Pender as an event along her way. Pastor Catharine Guest, one of the Community’s two Spiritual Directors, commenced her service at Pender on July 1, 2018. Please join us in welcoming her to the Gathering.

Looking ahead, please note the Community has no meeting in August, however, the Board will meet in August. In September, we will meet at Pleasant Valley UMC on 15th for our annual Picnic Gathering.

The women’s and men’s walks need more Pilgrim applications and everyone is encouraged to pray and consider sponsoring the people who have been laid upon your hearts and send in their applications soon.

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

Cascading Consequences

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

[These two verses in Matthew remind us what we are promised when we take action. What are YOU doing to support your Loudoun Valley Emmaus Community?]

There was no February Gathering because a snowstorm created too much risk for anyone attempting to make the drive. Notices were issued and the Board hopes that no one made the trip without receiving the notice.

Our next Gathering is at Duncan UMC in Berryville, Va and the Board will be considering dates and locations because we are currently unable to act decisively while waiting for more Pilgrim Applications to be submitted. Since January 1, 2018, we have received one application from a Pilgrim/Sponsor. In the January Newsletter, we read that the Bible instructs us to “wait upon the Lord.”  I hope that each of us are asking, seeking and knocking for the opportunity to have Emmaus Weekends in which women and men can receive their unique and tailor-made expression of love from the risen Christ!

The Community needs to pray for sufficient Pilgrim applications from which the Board can take prudent steps in planning the next weekends. We know that prayer is a necessity for our Community for all matters and I am upping my prayer requests for our weekends and more pilgrim applications.

At our Board Meeting on January 20, 2018, the Board discussed the cascading consequences which we face. First, since we do not know when the renovations at the 4-H center will be complete, several Board Members have been exploring alternative sites with all deliberate speed. Second, teams will have to travel to the storage site and pick-up the gear for the weekend and the team also has to tear-down following the weekend and return gear to the storage area. I am pleased to report that we are advancing on site selection and have been assured by Board and Community Members that we will have many volunteers to transport gear at both ends of the weekend. I hope this explains why the dates listed on the Newsletter were “tentative.”

God provides!  God is handling this problem while we endeavor to find His solution through prayer. I encourage everyone to come to the March Gathering at Duncan Memorial UMC, in Berryville, and to bring a guest, especially if it is someone you may be considering to sponsor.

DeColores,
Phil Hannum LV #5

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