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 email@example.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.
Phil Hannum, CLD, LV # 5