Don Clark bio info for Walk 112
My name is Don Clark. I attended East Texas Emmaus Walk # 47 at Daniel Springs in October of 2000 and sat at the Table of St. Luke. I am a member of Bonita United Methodist church in Nacogdoches, TX. My walk was the single most powerful spiritual event in my life. A fire was set in my heart that will never go out! Over the years I have met many people for whom the Walk to Emmaus has had a similar impact on their lives.
I was born and raised in Angleton, TX. My college education was interrupted when I was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. I served in Germany from 1971-1973. Upon my return to the United States, I graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a BS and MS degree in Mathematics. I met my wife Pat while we were at SFA. We have been married for 40 years and are very proud of our 3 daughters (Heather, Katie, and Emily).
I retired from Lufkin Industries in 2007 after a career as an information technology professional. Since retirement, I volunteer and work at different places in the community where I can be of help.
I am looking forward to being part of the Walk 112 team. And with God’s help, we will shape ourselves into the image of Christ. And then use those 3 days to show the Pilgrims what having the spirit of Jesus within – can mean.
Thanks be to the ETEC board for thinking of me to be Lay Director of this walk. I pray for the support of our community’s 4th day community and will dedicate myself to insure that Walk 112 will be the “best walk ever”.
My name is Pam Andrews and I went on East Texas Emmaus Walk #56 and sat at the Table of Mary. I was born and raised on a farm in Gilmer, TX. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a degree in elementary education. My first teaching job was in Palestine, TX, where I also met my husband and best friend, Joel. We’ve been married for almost 30 years and are the proud parents of two four-legged children, Hoover and Velvet. I retired from teaching in 2014 and I now work as the receptionist at The Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin. My church home is Carpenter’s Way Baptist Church in Lufkin, where I am known for hugging, encouraging and praising God freely. When I went on my walk in February 2002, I had been a Christian for almost 30 years, but that weekend, God opened my heart to His amazing love for me that I had never been able to accept. He also began a process of teaching me how to love myself, which has made me a better Christian, wife, friend, daughter and employee. The Walk to Emmaus changed my life! When I got home that Sunday evening, my husband said, “You look different!” I was different and each year since, my walk with my Lord has grown stronger and sweeter. Every day, I dare to live the difference He has made in my life. My desire for team members and pilgrims is that each person opens their heart and receives God’s gifts of amazing love, tremendous joy and astronomical grace. It is a blessing and an honor to be asked to serve as a Lay Director in this wonderful Emmaus community and I am very thankful for all the people who have prayed for me and given me much encouragement. Without you, I wouldn’t be in this position and I am forever grateful. I will do my best to be an extension of God’s long arm of love and I will always give Him all the glory and praise. This will be the BEST AND MOST LOVING WALK EVER!
Remember the women’s walk will be February 16 through 19, 2017.
I’ve attached the pilgrim list for men’s walk 110 that will be happening Sept. 22 – 25th.
Please be sure to pray for these pilgrims as they make their walk.
Dear 4th Day,
We will be having our August gathering at Livingston FUMC on August 20th. We will have sponsorship training starting at 4:00PM and a fish fry that will begin at 5:00. The fish fry is provided by Livingston FUMC and everyone is asked to bring a suitable side dish. The address is 2801 US Hwy 190 W, Livingston TX 77351. Come and have a wonderful time.
I remind you all to pray for who God wants you to sponsor. We need men and women pilgrims. East Texas Emmaus Walk #110 for men is September 22-25; and East Texas Emmaus Walk #111 for women is February 16-February 19, 2017.
The new location for our walks is Watersedge Encampment (www.weemin.org) and under contact is a map and directions. Address is 7900 FM 1733, Crockett TX. Going west from Lufkin or Nacogdoches on State Highway 7/ past Ratcliff and Kennard and turn right on FM 524 and go 7.8 miles to entrance of the camp. Kennard TX is east of Crockett. You can get to the camp from State Highway 21 or State Highway 7.
See you at the gathering,
Happy 4th to all!
The July 16th Gathering is at Diboll FUMC at 5:00PM. For those of you that have ask, the Sponsorship training starts at 4:00PM. The theme is INDEPENDENCE God Bless the USA. Thanks to Jesus and God’s Grace we share an independence from sin and death. We celebrate our national and Christian independence. Pot luck at Diboll promises a surprise celebration.
In September there will not be a Gathering. We, the Board of Directors, would like to suggest you take September 17th, Agape Workshop at your choice of location, to finish agape for the walks and make arrangements to get your agape gifts delivered for the walks before the men’s walk September 22nd.
The nominating committee is actively asking folks to serve on the Board of Directors to begin the term from Jan. 1, 2017 until December 31, 2020. If you are not ask, and would like to serve, during the month of August you can get a recommendation from your reunion group with ten signatures to request your name be put on the ballot.
ETEC Community Lay Director
Sharron Mills has provided directions to the McMahan Chapel in San Augustine:
So looking forward to the June 18th Gathering at McMahan Chapel. Let me give you some direction on how to get to the Chapel and the picnic area across the road. If your GPS is current, you can get to Spur 35 by putting in 100 McMahan Chapel Rd, San Augustine, Tx. From there you will see signs indicating that it’s 2 miles down Spur 35. Okay, for those of you that do not have GPS. From Lufkin….take Hwy 103 East. Maybe 30-35 minutes into your drive you will cross over Hwy 96. Continue 4 miles and turn LEFT onto Rosevine Road. Stay on that road (FM 1 North) until it dead ends into Hwy 21. Turn RIGHT and go 2 miles to Spur 35. 2 more miles down the road you run into the Chapel.
Now from Nacogdoches…take Hwy 21 EAST for 30 minutes from the Loop to the intersection in San Augustine. Staying on Hwy 21 continue approximately 10 miles to Spur 35. Turn RIGHT.
Jasper, Livingston, Alto, Pineland, Mt. Enterprise, Wells and all the other areas, I feel sure you know how to get to Lufkin and Nacogdoches. The Board of Directors will meet at 3:00PM, sponsorship training at 4:00PM and Gathering at 5:00PM.
Emmaus folk from McMahan Chapel will cook hamburgers, hot dogs, provide buns and drinks. We ask that you bring chips, sides, etc. It will truly be a picnic so bring your lawn chairs. We have picnic tables. If it should rain, we will picnic inside the Event Center. Please come. There is life EAST of Lufkin and Nacogdoches. Come see.
Mark your calendars now for June 18th.
The June Gathering will be held June 18th at McMahan Chapel Park and the theme is Picnic. In the event of inclement weather they will move it into the indoor center. They have planned to cook hot dogs and hamburgers and provide the buns. They are asking us to bring sides, desserts, chips, etc.
The Board of Directors will meet at 3:00PM, sponsor training at 4:00PM and Gathering at 5:00PM. Is the Lord leading you to sponsor someone on a Walk? To be a sponsor you have to go to Sponsorship training.
Here are the dates for the Gathering so you can go ahead and mark your calendars for the remainder of the year: July 16th – Diboll FUMC, August 20th -Livingston FUMC September 17th TBA, October 8th TBA, November 5th TBA, December 3rd-Livingston FUMC -January 21 2017 TBA
Looking forward to seeing you at the picnic!
ETEC Community Lay Director
We now have a functional community calendar under the heading “Community Calendar”.
Here you will find upcoming events, gatherings, walks and flights. If you have something relevant to the East Texas Emmaus Community please let me know and I’ll add it.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The dates for men’s walk #110 are Sept 22- Sept 25 and the walk will be held at Waters Edge. Doug Ashburn will be the lay director.
The dates for the women’s walk #111 are February 16-19 2017 and the walk will be held at Waters Edge. Deneice Marshall will be the lay director.
Waters Edge is located East of Crockett, TX
and the address is 7900 Farm to Market 1733, Crockett, TX 75835
The next Gathering will be March 12th at Falvey Memorial Methodist Church in Wells, TX. This is a potluck/covered dish event. The theme for the March Gathering will be First Walks (1-20)
There will be sponsorship training at 4:00 and the Gathering will start at 5:00.