September Gathering

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: or call 407.629.4948.

For more information about Walk to Emmaus and other Emmaus ministries, visit: 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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ETEC Men’s Walk This Weekend

That’s right, the Men’s Walk starts this evening at Frontier Camp near Crockett. Be sure to check the Prayer Vigil link up on the banner to be sure your name is listed. As usual Candlelight will be at 8:00p Saturday, and Closing 4:00p Sunday.

The Pilgrims & Team are linked here.


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Chrysalis Flights Caterpillar & Team Lists

For the first time in eight years our East Texas Emmaus Community will be hold a set of Chrysalis Flights. (Yea!) So let’s step up as a community and support them with prayers and presence. These flights will be held this weekend January 16-19. That’s Friday through Monday . . . which means that the Candlelight will be SUNDAY night at 8:00p at Camp Cullen near Trinity TX. This list of Flights 20 & 21 is all on one 4-page PDF, so don’t just look at the top page.

See you at Candlelight!

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2015 Applications — Note: Corrected Chrysalis Dates

You will find the latest revised Pilgrim and also Team applications under the Applications link (under the header). The revisions include the release required by Frontier Camp, the location for our February Men’s (Feb 12-15) & Women’s (Feb 19-22) Walks.

Important Reminder: Don’t overlook the upcoming Chrysalis Flights, January 16 (Friday) thru Monday Jan 19. This is MLK weekend. This set of flights will be for both boys & girls on the same weekend and will be held at Camp Cullen, the great camp where Women’s #105 was held. It is absolutely essential that we get behind these flights, since this will be the first Chrysalis events we have held in eight years. The lay directors are ready, the teams are in training . . . all we need are the kids from your church who are 9th grade – first year college.

Oh! – one more thing — Livingston First United Methodist Church is hosting a gathering for the entire East Texas Emmaus Community on December 6, 2014.  Sponsorship training will be held at 4:00p followed at 5:00p with the gathering which will include a 4th day speaker, worship and communion.  Food will be provided but they request that you bring a toy for their Empty Stocking Fund.

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Women’s Walk 105

Okay Fourth Day, get ready to pray for and support Women’s Walk 105. Here is the list of Pilgrims & Team that you have been waiting for. Remember, the walk begins this week and pilgrims should arrive between 6:30 and 7:15p, Thursday evening. Candlelight and Closing will be at the normal times: Saturday at 8:00p and Sunday at 4:00p. Please be sure you have clicked on “Prayer Vigil” and placed your name on a time to be in prayer for these women.

This walk will be held at a wonderful new camp, Camp Cullen near Trinity, so plan on discovering a new route.


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New Camp For Women’s Walk 105!

Dear Community,

By now, some of you have heard the rumor that Piney Woods Conservation Center is closing.  Unfortunately it is not a rumor.  On September 6, 2014 David Treadaway, the manager of PWCC announced his retirement effective on September 30, 2014 and he and Jo will be moving to Amarillo to be closer to their children.  We will miss you!!  Because of David’s retirement SFA has made the decision to close PWCC until a qualified replacement can be found.  Rather than cancel Walk #105 scheduled for October 23-26, 2014, the ETEC board of directors was determined that a new facility had to be found quickly.

I am proud to announce that with the help of the LORD, a suitable location has been found.  The October 23-26, 2014 walk will be held at YMCA Camp Cullen in Trinity, Texas.  It is a beautiful facility that will require some adjustments to the Emmaus Walk experience our community has known but will still follow the Upper Room guidelines.  We know the pilgrims will be blessed and we humbly request 4th Day to come out in support of these women and see this facility.

At our gathering October 18, at Woodville United Methodist Church we will answer any remaining questions that you as a community member might have concerning this change and how it affects the future.  I encourage you to come to the gathering and voice your concerns.  The gathering starts at 5:00 PM with a covered dish meal.  Sponsorship hour will start at 4:00PM.

In HIS Grip,
Janice Cummings
Community Lay Director

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Gathering – Saturday, Sept 20

Our September Emmaus Gathering will be held in Lufkin at First Christian Church in the fellowship hall. Covered dish meal at 5:00p. Consider a meat dish as host will not be providing this time. Sponsor training at 4:00.

Come hear the latest up date on Camp Cullen – the location for Women’s Walk 106, October 23-26.

October Gathering will be held at FUMC Woodville October 18th.


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