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Hello Community. It is that time of year again for the Fall walk to Emmaus weekends. Please be in prayer for the Men's and Women's teams, Pilgrims, and off site. Please be in prayer as to where you can help. Many hands are needed and make light work. Remember, we are to be disciples and minister to others. This is a great opportunity to show your love and support of others. God Bless you all and I hope to see you at the camp. DeColores, Tammy Jones – Emmaus Community Lay Director

 The Journey – Chapter 2

The first gathering was a great start but there was a lot to do before we could start having weekends. We started having reunion groups, formed a steering committee to guide us and made contact with the Emmaus National office to obtain guidance and official authority to become a Walk to Emmaus Community. 
We were only a few people who had experienced a weekend and a few more who were interested in having the experience. One of our first goals was to sponsor those who had not been on a weekend to weekends in other communities. Second goal was for those who had gone on a weekend to work as team members as team members in other communities. In this way we slowly gained experienced people to work weekends in our community. We soon realized that this would take a long, long time, so in addition, we started to enlist persons from these other communities to agree to come and serve with us as leaders and workers on our early weekends. With this approach we were able to start having weekends in only a year and a half later, in the fall of 1991. However this was only one side of the problem. We also needed a place to have the weekend events and a couple of truckloads of STUFF to make the weekends work smoothly. Everything from a communion set, cross and candles and banners for the chapel. Coffeepots, cups, serving dishes, and table coverings for snack time. Song books (this was before computerized projection on a screen was even dreamed of) and many other talk room supplies, even a PA system and a podium for the speaker. Many of these smaller things we asked for in the newsletter and they were generously contributed.
However the problem of finding a good place to hold the weekends was more of a problem, we looked at many places and a few seemed to have almost the facilities we could make work but for various reasons such as cost or availability at the time of year we would like to have them would not quite work for us. This went on for over a year until one day a member was driving out in the country and saw sign for the Mission Farms Camp that claimed it was the place God speaks to hearts. This seemed like a direct message from God to our community and with further investigation it became our home for the weekends for many years, until the Mission sold the property. The new owner was not understanding of our needs and God led us to move our weekends to the Taylor county Camp which we are still using.

Is God Calling you to sponsor a Pilgrim or Caterpillar? 

Caterpillar Application - Deadline has passed (was August 30th )
Contact the Registrar about getting a late application in today.
David Jones (304) 695-7337

Pilgrim ApplicationDeadline Men’s Sept 8th & Women’s Sept 15th

 Do you desire fellowship?

Offsite…4 areas...Setup, Kitchen, Chapel, Agape. The board members in charge of each area are listed on the last page of this newsletter along with their contact info.  

Setup which begins 10AM Thursday Sept 22. The big job of unpacking our 3 storage buildings and setting everything up. 
Kitchen is food prep, meals to cook, dishes to wash, tables to decorate, snacks to prepare. 
Chapel is setting up the different chapels. This can include late nights if the nightly chapel runs long. 
Agape is sorting and delivering all those little agape gift. Cleaning and tidying up the talkroom during meals if time as time allows too. 

Sign up for Prayer Vigil 

Girls (September 22-25)
Boys (September 22-25)
Men (Sept 29-Oct 2)
Women (October 6-9)

The profound realization of God makes you too unspeakably peaceful to be capable of any self-interest. 

In what ways does inactivity give a false sense of peace?
Why is activity required for peace? 
Why does self-interest have to part in peace?

Sandra Blankemeyer – Emmaus Chapel
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I will be filling in for the kitchen for the remainder of the year on board. Thank you Ryan Graban for your time served. 

If you would like to come out and fellowship in the kitchen while being the hands and feet of Christ this fall please let me know. The specific need I have is a head cook for Sundays (October 2nd & 9th). The kitchen has many sub areas – decorating tables, snack agape, food prep, cooking the food, serving the food, cleaning the tables and washing dishes after each meal. Is God calling you to be the hands and feet of Christ in the kitchen while fellowshipping with your brothers & sisters?

Tabby Hamrick – Emmaus Kitchen
304-641-2169 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Emmaus and Chrysalis weekends are approaching very quickly. I need agape angels and those to help with the agape feast. A team for the agape feast would be great! I need four agape angels to be there at all times (2 for boys and 2 for girls). It takes a lot of work doing this and it can't be done alone. I am encouraging you to make these weekends a success. We all need to be out there making it a priority if possible to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. What is God calling you too this fall on this weekend??? 

Also as a member of the boards and someone who loves the community, I ask that you pray for our community. That we continue to listen to what God says and be obedient to His will. Let's continue to help make this community the best it can be and build it for God’s kingdom. Let's be his disciples! Emmaus is one is the best things that ever happened to me and has made me a strong leader for Christ let's do the same for others. Let me know if you can help on the chrysalis weekend (September 23-25) Love you all. Heather Ashcraft – Chrysalis Agape 304-838-5998 

Agape Making Party

Have you ever wanted to make some agape but not just by yourself or need some ideas? 

On Friday, September 16 from 5-9 we will be meeting at Connecting Point Community Church (401 Fowler Ave. Clarksburg, WV 26301) for an agape making party. Please feel free to bring agape to make, or just come out to offer some extra hands. Food will be provided.


Come out to offer some extra hands, hang out and fellowship with friends, and eat good food. See you there.


Game Night was a fun filled night of games (giant jenga, duck duck goose, ping pong), fellowship and of course food.  See picture in full newsletter. 

Gathering News

I'm super excited about the upcoming walks to add to our beautiful community. Let's always strive for a deeper walk with God. To always be a servant in our hearts. As the weekends come up be open to be used by the Holy Spirit in a mighty way maybe it's to work in the kitchen, to be an agape angel, clean up etc. whatever it is God is in it. Let's do this with the fruits of the Spirit Love (agape) joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control for without those things there is no evidence of Christ in your life. We need to be the billboards for God to stand and be seen even on this weekend of who God really is. That includes off site to come in with a dark attitude you miss out on your blessing as well as blessing others. Let's be joyful helpful as we do this unto God. Can't wait to see everyone out there. God bless. Beth Graban – Gatherings 

September 17 6:30PM at H&H chapel (Meadowdale UMC) in Fairmont WV is our monthly gathering and fall commissioning service. Covered dish dinner will proceed at 5:30PM.  If God is calling you to lead music or give your 4th Day/Next Steps Testimony please contact Beth Graban. 

October 15 6:30PM at H&H chapel (Meadowdale UMC) in Fairmont WV is our Next Steps/4th Day gathering. Covered dish dinner will proceed at 5:30PM.  If God is calling you to lead music or please contact Beth Graban. 

2016 Fall Teams 

Girls Team: Tammy Jones, Ashley George, Erika Utt, Amy Lucas, Sharon Dennison, Bekah Lynch, Tabby Hamrick, Heather Ashcraft, Donna Sims, Shelley Pirrong, Tiffany Sharp, Sheryl Jones, Olivia Pauley, Mercedes Hawkins, Emily Bartlett, Emily Bombardiere, Glenna Butcher, Leon Brown, Becky Stewart, Peggy Williams.

Boys Team: Dave Jones, Jeffery Hawkins, Tyler Catlett, Ernest Yeager, Robert Stier, Mike Crandall, Mitch Lucas, Sean Briscoe, Ryan Graban, Chris Starkey, Dustin Lively, Kasey Cozart, Chris Gump, Austin Craig, Dice Harper, Gregg Lanham, Wade Robinson, Austin Lynch, Carl Radcliff, Missie Elliott.

Mens Team: Lou Ortenzio, VJ Davis, Gary Hollingshead, Willie Owens, Ben Randolph, Dan Brown, Brad Bennett, Peggy Williams, Leon Brown, Duane Bartrug, Wade Robinson, Sal Bombardiere, Dave Daugherty, Kevin Gump, Chuck Arnett Jr, Eric Smith, Steve Cummings, Jamie Lanham, David Stickel.

Womens Team: Donetta Ortenzio, Pam Boyce, Becky Bartrug, Beth Graban, Sarita Robinson, Carissa Bartlett, Devina Callahan, Genie Wears, Peggy Williams, Lou Ortenzio, Wade Robinson, Duane Bartrug, Sue Metzner, Connie McMillan, Heather Ashcraft, Angie Davis, Renee Burch, Bonita Totten, Emily Bombardiere, Chrissy Doak, Jackie Glaspell, Janelle Colley, Deb Ayers.


Upcoming Events

September 8 – Men’s Pilgrim application deadline
September 15 – Women’s Pilgrim application deadline
September 16 – Agape Making Party 5-9pm at Connecting Point Community Church
September 17 – Covered Dish Dinner 5:30PM Gathering & Commissioning Service 6:30PM H&H Chapel in Fairmont
September 23-25 – Girls Chrysalis Flight #47/Journey #25 Lay Director – Tammy Jones 
September 23-25 – Boys Chrysalis Flight #48/Journey #26 Lay Director – Dave Jones
September 29-October 2 – Mens Emmaus Walk #99 Lay Director – Lou Ortenzio
October 6-9 – Womens Emmaus Walk #100 Lay Director – Donetta Ortenzio
October 15 – Covered Dish Dinner 5:30PM Next Steps/4th Day Gathering 6:30PM H&H Chapel in Fairmont

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