January Gathering

Dear Community:

Our next gathering will be held January 23, 2016 at Lufkin’s First United Methodist Church.  It will be a covered dish dinner, so bring that new recipe that you have been wanting to try, or one of your old favorites to enjoy.  Sponsorship training will be at 4PM followed by the gathering at 5PM.  We will share a meal, fellowship and music,  followed by a 4th day speaker and worship service.  Hope to see you there!

Our new members of the East Texas Emmaus Board will be inducted at a board meeting on January 23, 2016 at 2PM.  Please welcome our new members who are:
Cathy Fothergill – Livingston
Colleen Abernathy – Nacogdoches
Mike Waters – Diboll
Gene Winchester – Lufkin
Dr. Robert Carroll – Nacogdoches, who will serve the unexpired term of Bill Teague

Please be in prayer for our entire Board as they start this new year.  There are already challenges ahead of them, but by trusting in the Lord He will see them through the difficult times.

Due to poor participation  and lack of caterpillar applications for the Boy’s Chrysalis flight scheduled for January 15 – 18, 2016, we have been forced to postpone Chrysalis Flight # 21 until late spring or early summer.  The new dates for this flight will be announced both on Facebook and the website.   The Girl’s Flight also has a scheduling issue since the original dates were March 17 – 20, 2016 which is Palm Sunday.  This situation is making it difficult to find clergy who can participate. The flight can not happen without clergy, so it has to be postponed as well.  Please be in prayer that both of these flights can find suitable weekends and be put on the schedule.

In His Grip,
Janice Cummings
Community Lay Director

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Women’s Walk 109 This Week

Our East Texas Emmaus Community’s Women’s Walk 109 is upon us at Camp Ta-Ku-La, just east of Chester. Your prayers for the Pilgrims and Team are encouraged as always. Candlelight will be Saturday at 8:00p with closing at 4:00p, Sunday. Remember the Community could use a few extra hands Sunday to help take down our gear and load the trailer.

You will have the opportunity to meet these new Pilgrims from walks 108 and 109 on Saturday, November 7th, 5:00p, at the Gathering which will be held at First Christian Church, Lufkin. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the fellowship, singing, 4th Day talk, and Holy Communion. There will also be “Sponsor Training” at 4:00 for those of you who have not yet taken it.

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Election For 2016 Board Members

East Texas Emmaus Community Election
For 2016 Board Members

How to vote:

1. Select the whole ballot from this page
2. Copy
3. Paste the ballot on your new email page
4. Mark your choices as instructed
5. Email your ballot to Emmaus@consolidated.net by November 20th


Ballot For 2016 Board Members

Women (mark two with X)

[   ] Cathy Fothergill  – Livingston

[   ] Mary Carol Grimes – Lufkin

[   ] Gaylyn Zamazal – Liberty

[   ] Krystal Burleson – Lufkin

[   ] Cheryl Cloudy – Jasper

[   ] Jenny Hinson – Nacogdoches

[   ] Colleen Abernathy – Nacogdoches

Men (mark two with X)

[   ] Mike Waters – Diboll

[   ] Dr. Bob Carroll – Nacogdoches

[   ] Steve Chism – Nacogdoches

[   ] Dr. Bill Kistler – Lufkin

[   ] Dr. Jim Buckingham – Nacogdoches

[   ] Justin McAnich – Nacogdoches

[   ] Gene Winchester – Lufkin

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ETEC Men’s Walk This Week! Updated! (3) More Pilgrims

Our East Texas Emmaus Community’s Men’s Walk #108 begins this Thursday. Here is the list of Pilgrims and Team members. Be sure you have signed up to take your turn on the “Prayer Clock”, (see link above). There still are vacant times that need to be covered.

Remember this walk is at beautiful Camp Ta-Ku-La, just 45 minutes from Lufkin. So you won’t want to miss Candlelight this Saturday at 8:00p.

And, yes the Women’s Walk 109 will be at the same location next week.

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2016 Chrysalis Applications Available

It’s not too early to be thinking about that highschooler you would like to sponsor on a Chrysalis flight. New applications are now available for download.

The Men’s walk is just two weeks  away at beautiful Camp Ta-Ku-La near Chester TX. Please plan be there for Candlelight at 8:00p Saturday. The Women’s walk will be the following week at the same location.

You will have a chance to meet our new Pilgrims (4th Day) at the November 6, Gathering at First Christian Church, Lufkin.


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ETEC Calendar Updates and Details:

Get busy 4th Day, the men’s walk is only 4 weeks away!

Men’s Walk #108October 22-25, 2015 at Camp Takula, Chester, TX — Jim Hendricks Lay Director

Women’s Walk #109October 29-Nov 1, 2015 at Camp Takula, Chester, TX — Cheryl Cloudy Lay Director

Boy’s Chrysalis Flight #22January 15-18, 2016 at Hilltop, Garrison, TX —  Mickey Fothergill Lay Director

Girl’s Chrysalis Flight #23March 17-20, 2016 at Camp Takula, Chester, TX — Krystal Burleson Lay Director

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September Gathering (Note: new Pilgrim & Team application for Camp Ta-Ku-La)

Dear Fourth Day,

Mark you calendars now! East Texas Emmaus Community’s next Gathering!

Saturday, September 19th, 2015
5:00 PM
First United Methodist Church – WOODVILLE

It will be a COVERED DISH – so bring your favorite EARLY FALL / LATE SUMMER dishes!

Board Meeting at 2:00 PM
Sponsorship Training at 4:00 PM

Bring your family and friends – especially the friend that Jesus has laid on your heart to sponsor for Walks this fall.  It’s a great way to introduce the Walk to Emmaus to your friends.

Put on your SPONSOR shoes and sign up that special person ASAP.

ETEC Calendar

Men’s Walk #108 – October 22-25, 2015 at Camp Takula, Chester, TX
Women’s Walk #109 – October 29-Nov 1, 2015 at Camp Takula, Chester, TX

Chrysalis Flights #22 & #23 – Dates and locations to be announced

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Calendar Updates (Note the corrected date for Women’s Walk)

Our ETEC Calendar has been updated as follows:

Gathering – July 18, 2015 New Work Family Worship Center, 2512 Grand Ave., Liberty, TX 77575.  This is a little out of our area, but this is Don & Patsy LaCour’s church and the pastor, Chris Contreras attended ETEW #103.  It will be a covered dish and they are very excited that they could host.

Men’s Walk #108 – October 22-25, 2015 at Camp Takula, Chester, TX
Women’s Walk #109 – October 29-Nov 1, 2015 at Camp Takula, Chester, TX

Chrysalis Flights #22 & #23 – January 15-18, 2016 locations to be announced

Also while you’re here, take a look at the latest revisions in our East Texas Emmaus Community Board.


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Partners in Ministry

Walk to Emmaus and Kairos Prison Ministry International

Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Walk to Emmaus and Kairos Prison Ministry International announce the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two ministries in order to celebrate the partnership between the organizations, invite local Emmaus and Kairos communities to collaborate and form new partnerships, and encourage Emmaus and Kairos communities to engage in conversations that will advance the purpose of sharing God’s love with all.

Both Walk to Emmaus and Kairos Prison Ministry International have been working together for many years. Many who have participated in a weekend Walk to Emmaus and are currently serving in Emmaus are active in Kairos Prison Ministry teams—groups that offer Christ’s love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and to their families. As a vital Fourth Day movement, Kairos Prison Ministry International volunteers host weekend and follow-up ministry events inside prisons, minister to youth offenders, and work with female loved ones of incarcerated men, women, and youth.

The Memorandum of Understanding states that Walk to Emmaus and Kairos Prison Ministry International acknowledge that the two organizations journey together as covenant people in community, seeking spiritual growth and transformation under the guidance of Jesus Christ. The Emmaus and Kairos ministries seek to learn together and to strengthen each other so that more and more people will receive the grace and love of God.

“We rejoice together as God changes and transforms lives through our program ministries and partnerships,” said Evelyn Lemly, CEO/Executive Director of Kairos.

“It is our hope,” said Stephane Brooks, Director of Emmaus ministries, “that in the context of this newly signed memorandum both ministries will invite their community leaders to contact their respective offices to discuss local needs and the application of the renewed partnership between Emmaus and Kairos ministries.”

For more information about Kairos Prison Ministry International, visit: www.kpmi.org or call 407.629.4948.

For more information about Walk to Emmaus and other Emmaus ministries, visit: emmaus.upperroom.org or call 877-899-2780.

Pictured above (from left to right): Kate Dickinson, Associate Director, Emmaus ministries, Stephane Brooks, Director, Emmaus ministries, and Evelyn Lemly, CEO/Executive Director, Kairos Prison Ministry International

Kairos Prison Ministry International is “Changing Hearts, Transforming Lives, Impacting the World” by taking the love, grace, and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to incarcerated adults, youth, and their families. From simple beginnings as a short course in Christianity inside a Florida prison in 1976, Kairos has grown into an international ministry serving more than 480 communities in 10 countries. More than 30,000 volunteers give over three million hours of service each year.
The Upper Room Walk to Emmaus seeks to inspire, challenge, and equip leaders for Christian action in their homes, places of work, and communities. The first Walk to Emmaus, then known as The Upper Room Cursillo, was held in Nashville, Tennessee in 1978. Today, the Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis (for youth) are 620 communities strong and growing. It is estimated that since its inception, 1.5 million persons have participated in a Walk to Emmaus throughout the world. Walk to Emmaus empowers leaders to be the hands and feet of Christ.

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Women’s Walk 107 Coming This Weekend

Reports from the recently completed Men’s Walk at Frontier Camp speak highly of the of the facilities and the support of the staff. Barry Brown says, “The Men’s Walk #106 was amazing of course. I expect all 23 of the Pilgrims (now 4th Day) are still grinnin’. It was a great group of Pilgrims and a great group of guys to work with. Scott Molandes did a superb job putting together a strong crew. It was an honor to be a part of it. It’s your turn ladies. Go get ‘em.”

This will be the last ETEC walk this year. So as a Community let’s all support these women with our presence and our prayers. As of this writing there are 7 spots remaining to be filled on the 72 hr Prayer Vigil (Prayer Clock). Frontier Camp is just 11 miles west of the Crockett loop.

Here is the link to the roster of Pilgrims & Team for your prayers.

Remember these dates: Saturday, February 22 – Candlelight at 8:00p; Sunday, February  23 – Closing Ceremony at 4:00p; Saturday, February 29 – Gathering at FUMC Lufkin 4:00p Sponsor Training, 5:00 meal (provided) followed by singing, 4th Day talk and Holy Communion.

  • —Decolores—
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