God Provides

Luke 24:31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?

Those who attended the January 4th Day presentation were blessed with an excellent illustration of the battle which rages within a person who sins against his fellow man and God while being tugged by the Holy Spirit to draw closer to God’s Word. We heard how the remedy from the pick-pick-picking of Satan may be found in retreating to our car for an hour and reading the Bible during lunch. May all of us recognize the efforts of Satan and also find our remedy through the nudging of the Holy Spirit.

In December 2017, members of the Community went to the 4-H Center, in response to their request, and removed all of our property. We quickly found a storage area, in Winchester, and secured the Community’s property. This action was necessary because of needed maintenance.

At our Board Meeting on January 20, 2018, the Board discussed the cascading consequences which we face on two fronts. First, since we do not know when the renovations will be complete, several Board Members have been exploring alternative sites with all deliberate speed. Second, teams will have to travel to the 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.

Members of the Community have provided suggested sites and several have been fully explored. We hope to be very close to determining the next site at the February Board Meeting and the community will be notified at the Gathering following the decision and also in the Newsletter.

I hope this explains why the dates listed on the January Newsletter were “tentative.”

God provides! God has this problem while we endeavor to find His solution and; we do not yet have enough applications to justify setting a date.

Finally, the Community was introduced to three “Emmaus” Pastors now serving in our region that articulated how they are anxious to get back into teaming as Spiritual Directors and, with Prayer, they may initiate sponsorship for some Pilgrims attending their churches.

I invite everyone to come to the February Gathering at Macedonia UMC, near White Post/Stephens City and to consider inviting someone – even if they’ve never walked – if you’ve been in prayer for them or if you’ve been led by the Spirit of Holiness.

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

LVE Stories

What does it mean to do agape in the context of Loudoun Valley Emmaus? Take a look at the cross and lanyard you received if you walked on a LVE Walk to Emmaus or look at your fellow-LVE’ers cross. Ever wonder who made those? The current cross and lanyard come from two LVE Community members who tell their story:

The Cross: In the early 1900s Lloyd Spencer started the Spencer lumber company in Fenwick, West Virginia. The company spent many decades managing the forests and select cuts of old timber in the mountains of Nicholas County. Glenn Spencer (Lloyd’s oldest son) took over managing the company and carried on his father’s focus on community and Christian Faith. Along the way Glenn milled a lot of the wood used to build the Macedonia United Methodist Church in Fenwick, WV, and in the midst of the booming lumber business of the mid 1900s he also milled a small, seemingly insignificant walnut tree. That walnut tree did not have a purpose at the time and was stored in one of the family barns for use on a future project.  Glenn went home to be with our Lord in 2010. That walnut lumber laid hidden in the top of that barn for another 6 years. Shortly after being hauled out of that old barn, the LVE leadership team sent out a request for support to make the crosses that memorialize your walk with Jesus and your time on the mountain. That seemingly insignificant walnut tree, as with all things in Christ, now had a purpose. As we have all learned during our walks, we are all on God’s time. There may be times when we question our purpose or struggle in vain to understand what our purpose is, but just like that insignificant walnut tree, our purpose is known to him and discovered by us as we learn to walk closer with him.  De Colores, Bryan Spencer LV81

The Lanyard: When I was on the Chrysalis board we found some nylon thread that was called “crayon mix” in their supplies. I wanted to try it for the Chrysalis crosses. I really liked the way it didn’t get little nubs like the yarn did, so I tried making a lanyard with the new thread. I loved it because it was bright, vibrant and non-nubby! It also doesn’t scratch your neck because it is made from slicker material. So we started making them and measured them to be 36″ from end to end of the crocheted part so they would all be the same length. Personally I love the new lanyards! I hope everyone else does, too. We are using the same lanyard makers as before and we are purchasing the nylon thread from Hobby Lobby.  Linda Crowder, LV52

Both these anecdotes show how we can be Christ’s hands and feet in and through the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives. That’s what doing agape is all about. And speaking of Christ’s hands and feet in our daily lives, we have two Walks coming up very quickly. Both Walks present opportunities and calls to pray, to make splash agape – anonymous, visable signs of Loudoun Valley Emmaus’ commitment to new pilgrims – and to support the pilgrims and team members with our presence during their 72-hours at the 4H Center in Front Royal.

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

Freedom and Responsibility

As we begin the summer months of our Fourth Days with opportunities to celebrate our freedoms as well as spend relaxing days on vacations, it’s also a good time to reflect on where we are on our life’s journey as well as take inventory of the daily decisions we make to set our course forward with family, friends, and others we come into contact with. I am reminded of Paul’s reflection on freedom and the associated responsibility to make wise choices in the letter he wrote to the Galatian churches. While the political and social context of the Galatian Christian’s lives were substantially different than the ones we are privileged with today, Paul’s direction and challenge is as relevant to us as it was to them.

‘For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”’ (Galatians 5:13-14).

Who is our neighbor? How will we be Christ’s hands and feet to that neighbor? How will our Fourth Day actions with our neighbors bring us closer to a life filled and lead by the Holy Spirit?

Regards,

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