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June Update from the Board President
There is a time for everything, and a season for everything under the sun. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Greetings Emmaus Family,
Since we last met, we have gone through a global pandemic, social, racial and political unrest all while being isolated from each other. We have endured a long and painful season but now it is time to come together in unity and love. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His Mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion’, says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him’”. Lamentations 3:22-24.
We are moving forward with our Fall walks at the College Church of Christ. The workdays are August 14th and September 11th. The Men’s Walk will be September 30th through October 3rd 2021 and the Women’s Walk will be October 7th through October 10th 2021. The Lay Directors are Peter Arnold for the men and Elena Anzoleaga for the Women. Please get your work requests in ASAP. Please prayerfully consider sponsoring a Pilgrim as well. The Work request forms are on the website. You will also find sponsorship information on the website. Please keep Elena, Peter, and their families in your prayers as they prepare for the upcoming walks. Peace to the brothers and Sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 6:23
I am including a message from our Spiritual Director Marci Bertalotto:
Since March of last year, the world has been unlike anything we have known before. It will be so good to gather as followers of Jesus and reconnect with each other and recommit to the teaching, experience and practice of grace that Emmaus offers whenever we are together. To be without each other and our faith families has been hard. We have seen and heard and experienced sadness, disbelief, confusion, and dismay in so many of the events that have taken place around us. Anxiety has become a familiar emotion for many.
AND God was not surprised! Not by what happened nor how we walked through it. During the pandemic many things happened that divided people into various “us and them” groups. Some people have strong feelings and opinions about a wide variety of issues. Let’s be sure that when we are together, we respect each other’s differing opinions and above all, love each other as Christ loves each of us.
John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Phil 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves…”
Jesus stood and stands with us as we learn to keep our eyes on Him and as we trust Jesus in each other even where we disagree on significant issues. Because God created all of us in His image and calls all of us in our various religious traditions, experiences, educations and upbringings to seek Him first, we can look at each other through the eyes of Christ. Paul said, “I have resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2. And we, too, can choose this. We too, see each other and look at Christ crucified – and risen again. We allow Him in us to draw us deeper into Himself.
Emmaus is a precious gift and we look forward to God’s grace as we remember and sing:
One bread, One body, One Lord of All
One cup of blessing which we bless
And we, though many, throughout the earth, we are one body in this One Lord.
Check with your local area gathering coordinator for status of the gatherings in your area. Gatherings have been canceled at this time to ensure we are following the social-distancing guidelines set forth in California. Watch for more news to come once the future gathering dates are set.
We can now accept credit card payments on a secure website for worker and pilgrim fees! The fees are slightly higher to cover the finance charges we pay to use the service.