May 2020 Newletter

 NKY Emmaus Community Newsletter
I hope everyone is staying safe due to the COVID-19 virus. Lets pretend for a moment that you have just attended this marvelous Walk to Emmaus weekend where there was close fellowship including singing, hugging, and yes, even crying together. Then you go home and are told to refrain from many of the very forms of community gatherings that you have just been taught are so important! No gatherings of more than 10; stay at least 6 feet apart; stay at home as much as possible; wear a mask when you are out in public; wash your hands anytime you touch anything – and the list seems to go on and on. How do we as a Christian Community manage to function? 
The answer is that the Christian Community functions very well when it is under pressure. History has shown us this time and again. Jesus himself has told us that the function of Christian Community is to love God and love each other. During the weekend, the activities I mentioned above are physical expressions of our love for each other. Under the current circumstances, we must find other ways of expressing our love for each other. Many members of our Community are high risk and no matter how much we want to reach out and extend the hand of Christian fellowship, at this time, it would not be an act of love.

 We on the Board have had to make some decisions that have been difficult such as moving the Men’s walk #48 to October 15th – 18th  2020 and moving the Women’s walk #48 to April 22nd – 25th 2021. The prayer chart is up on website for both, and if you already sign up for the men’s walk prayer chart, your name already transfer over to the new date for the men’s walk per Mark Burns the communication chair person.

This situation will be over eventually. In the meantime, we must all find new ways to show our love for God and for each other. First and foremost, support your local church in whatever manner you can. Attend virtual services if they are available. Do not forget to keep up with your giving. Continue to pray for each other. Look for new and innovative ways to reach out to others including those in your Emmaus Community. Sponsors continue to contact your Pilgrims in this time. Reach out to tablemates, groupies, and other fellow community members, particularly those who are high risk and may be feeling isolated at this time. Use this time to reach out to those outside your normal circle using ways we may not have considered before. We may have to stay at home for a while longer, but we have God and we have each other so we are never alone. 

Please remember the Greg Hughes family at this time, Greg touched and changed many lives. The Emmaus community will miss your love and passion for sharing Christ. Please keep Joani and family in your prayers.

There will not be a Emmaus May gathering, please continue to pray for the men’s team during this time.

Your brother in Christ,
Greg Beagle
Northern Kentucky Emmaus
Community Lay Director

De Colores!