Next Emmaus Gathering in New Braunfels
We have scheduled an Agape / Spring Cleaning night for Sunday, Mar 15 at 5 pm in the Assembly Room, but our next local gathering here at FUMC New Braunfels is actually Sunday, Apr 19 at 5 pm in the Assembly Room.
Next guest speaker
Our guest speaker in April is Kris Lawler. I got to know Kris last year while serving on the outside team for Men’s Walk #1764, but I first met her a year earlier on Men’s Walk #1716 when she was standing outside the chapel at Mt. Wesley holding a flashlight at 5 am on a very brisk October morning. Some of you may know Kris from a previous walk as well. I believe she may have been on that infamous walk with Kathy, Allene, Angelica, Amy, Suzy, and Laine at Mt. Wesley few years back.
Kris will be serving on the inside team for upcoming Women’s Walk #1811, Oct 8-11, at Blueprint Ministries in San Antonio sponsored by New Life and Bluebonnet Fourth Day Groups (FDGs). Kris served last year on the New Life FDG board as Agape Chair and now serves on the New Life FDG Team Selection committee with Lenny Robertson.
New Life FTG Board Meeting
Staying with New Life FDG for a moment, the next New Life FDG quarterly board meeting is Sunday, April 19; 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm in room 16/17 at Universal City UMC, 90 Winn Avenue, Universal City, TX 78148. Lenny Robertson usually attends these meetings, but they are open to anyone within the New Life community.
New Life FTG Gatherings in San Antonio
The March New Life FDG gathering is Tue, March 17 at 7 pm at Northern Hills UMC, 3703 TX-1604 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78247. The April gathering is Tue, April 21 at 7 pm at Universal City UMC, 90 Winn Avenue, Universal City, TX 78148. And then New Life comes to New Braunfels on Tue, May 19 at 7 pm at FUMC New Braunfels for our annual host gathering in the Sanctuary, with food and snacks afterward in Wesley Hall.
New Braunfels Emmaus Treasury Report
Our balance as of 1/31/15 was $522.39, which included deposits of $49 and $24 from November and December offerings. No money from the treasury was used for the Christmas party.
We received $82 in the offering at the 2/15/15 local gathering, to bring our balance up to $604.39. New Life FDG has asked each of its 8 member churches for a $375 donation to buy a trailer, and I have approved this expenditure. Our projected balance for the next meeting is $229.39 once our treasurer writes this check.
2015 New Life FDG Sponsored Walks
Women’s Walk #1811 is Oct 8-11 at Blueprint Ministries in San Antonio. This is the only walk sponsored by New Life FDG for 2015, and there is a big push behind this walk. This walk is actually co-sponsored by 2 area FDGs, New Life FDG which includes 8 member churches from the Northeast San Antonio metro area, and Bluebonnet FDG which includes 5 churches from the Southeast San Antonio metro area.
2015 Men’s Walk Cancelled
2015 is a transition year for New Life FDG, as previously we had men’s walks in in the fall and women’s walks in the spring. The norm is the opposite, so in switching it up for 2015, we dropped the men’s walk scheduled this spring because it didn’t make sense to have 2 back to back men’s walks in basically 6 months. For 2016 New Life will have a men’s walk scheduled for the spring and a women’s walk scheduled for the fall, like most all other FDGs in the conference.
Last year for co-sponsorship of walks with Bluebonnet FDG
Another transition point for New Life FDG in 2015 is the separation of previously combined sponsorship of walks with Bluebonnet FDG. Women’s Walk #1811 is the last of the co-sponsored walks between these two FDGs.
February and March Walks
Of course, New Life FDG sponsorship of a walk is not a requirement for a pilgrim from New Braunfels. In February 2015 alone, the conference has 5 men’s walks and 1 women’s walk. Our prayers go out to the pilgrims and the teams for walks 1777, 1778, 1779, 1780, 1781 & 1786. There are only 2 men’s walks in the area this month, both are this weekend. Please remember to pray for the pilgrims and team members of walks 1782 & 1783.
April Men’s Walks
There are 9 walks scheduled for April in the conference; 7 men’s walks and 2 women’s walks. There is a men’s walk at Mt Wesley on 4/16 sponsored by Care Bexar FDG, and another at Mt. Wesley on 4/23 sponsored by Hill Country FDG, and the third men’s walk in a row at Mt Wesley in April is on 4/30 and sponsored by Koinonia FDG. There is also a men’s walk at Omega in Boerne on 4/23 (only 45 minutes away) and a men’s walk at Cathedral Oaks in Weimar on 4/30 (about an hour and a half away).
April and May Women’s Walks
There is a women’s walk on 4/23 sponsored by Greater Austin FDG at Camp young Judea in Wimberley (about 50 minutes away). The only walk scheduled in May is a women’s walk on 5/7 in Wimberley sponsored by Hays Praise FDG.
2015 Area Chrysalis Flights
Rev. Reese Henry of Hope Arise UMC is now the Spiritual Director for Greater San Antonio Chrysalis
Boys Chrysalis is July 8-11, location TBA. Lay Director is Brad Maze. Girls Chrysalis is July 22-24 at Coker UMC. Lay director is Donna Campano. Chrysalis is for ages 15-18, or high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Candlelight for these flights is Friday night. FUMC New Braunfels youth camp at Camp Eagle is July 13-18 and will not interfere with Chrysalis.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Torres #32 (Hondo, TX) is Apr 29-May 3; contact Thomas Troll: firstname.lastname@example.org
Briscoe #14 (Dilley, TX) is Apr 23-26; contact Dereck White: email@example.com
Kairos Outside San Antonio #29 is May 15-17; contact Christine Ikerd: firstname.lastname@example.org
My understanding from last month’s meeting is the Jim Lodovic and Ross Dunn will be at Torres and that Bill Havard and Jim Bob Mote will be at Brisoce. If you want to participate in Kairos, maybe start by attending a closing, you will not be alone from this area.
March 15 Agape and Spring Cleaning Night
As mentioned in the first sentence, we have an Agape / Spring Cleaning night scheduled for Sunday, Mar 15 at 5 pm in the Assembly Room. Now I have signed us up for pillow agape, table agape and placemats for Women’s Walk #1811 in Oct, but we are going to start on that in March. Truth is this agape night was scheduled before we cancelled the men’s walk in the spring.
I was approached last month by two people asking if we can clean out the Emmaus totes in the parlor and inventory and use some of these wonderful items at local gatherings, instead of letting them collect dust. So, our primary objective on March 15 is to sort through these totes and decide what items we want to use and display and what items we want to put in long term storage.
New Emmaus Alum in the Community
And finally, we want to welcome Brice Barnes and Henry Barnes into our local community. Both Brice and Henry are looking for a reunion group to join, so if your group is open to new members or you would like to start a new group, please reach out to me and I will forward you contact information and help you start the conversation.
I just thought I would mention it. It was the center point to Eric Bonar’s wonderful, heartfelt testimony in February. Thank you Eric.
Perseverance was the last talk from your walk. It’s perseverance that defines our fourth day. As Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 3:13 : As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
I’m going to close with a little more from Paul’s letter below, but doing so with the caveat to encourage you not just to come to the gatherings, but to bring someone to the gatherings or talk at the gatherings. To encourage you not just to sponsor a friend or family member as a pilgrim, but to serve on a team or to help with agape. To encourage you to stay involved with Emmaus, even in the bad times, especially in the bad times. To encourage you to always remember how you first felt at the start of your fourth day and rekindle that same spirit you had that day into every day, and if you are there already, then maybe help someone else rekindle their original fourth day spirit. And to encourage you to continue to pray and serve those in need around you.
2 Thessalonians 3
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
Warning Against Idleness
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.