January 2023 Newletter

 January 2023 NKY Emmaus Community Newsletter
The January gathering will be at Immanuel Boone Campus located 1440 Boone Aire Road Florence, KY.  41042. On Thursday January 12th. Fellowship at 6:30 p.m. / the gathering at 7:00 p.m. 

Hope for the New Year…  As we ring in the New Year, we tend to reflect on the events of the year past. Many of us have experienced exquisite blessings of love and marriage, new family additions, new careers and locations… Many of us have, also, endured tremendous struggles that we seriously thought we could not bear – sickness, the passing of loved ones, financial hardships, devastating disasters, and the hollow loneliness that comes with it all.  As we anticipate the New Year with both anxiousness and excitement as we set new goals and make future plans, I find it so very comforting to remember this: We have a Father. We have a Comforter. We have a Savior. We have hope. We have God’s love and promises to carry us through this life and He – Our Father – has promised us that He will never leave us or forsake us. What a wonderful promise! Through thick and thin, joy and sorrow, God is there with us. There is nothing that happens to us that doesn’t first pass by Him. Every moment of bliss or struggle, our Heavenly Father shares with us.  Reflect on the year past and be thankful for His presence in gladness and in sorrow. Look forward to the year that lies before us, knowing that we are not left alone and comfortless. Know that our joys are His joys. He loves us with an un-conditional love that cannot be quenched. His Grace will be more than sufficient. Rejoice! We have a Savior! Your brother in Christ, Greg Beagle Northern Kentucky Emmaus Community Lay Director De Colores! 

Announcement from Men’s Walk # 49 Lay Director They asked each other,”Were not our hearts burning within us” Luke 24:32 Do you remember the components of your walk? 1.Faith is explained 2.Grace is explained 3. Christian community is realized 4. The Body of Christ is renewed When was the last time you gave another the blessing of this experience? The Men’s Walk Team is preparing to serve your pilgrim. Also, mark your calendars for 3/30-4/2. Candlelight will be Saturday, April 1st. Christ is counting on you, Bryan Meade Lay Director #49 

Announcements messages from board members AGAPE The Spring Walk Men’s walk is getting close and your help holds a vital part in the role of Agape Giving is the nature of God’s love. Agape received during a Pilgrim’s Walk to Emmaus experience has a ripple effect. As pilgrims reflect on being showered with nonstop agape in all its forms, many recognize the love of Christ in ways they have never imagined before. The hope is that they will return to their church and communities ready to share God’s unconditional love with others. Thank you for making tangible signs of Agape through small gifts to be given to the Pilgrims throughout the weekend. Please bring them to the January, February, and March Gatherings or email Jennifer Meyers at chuck.jenmerys@gmail.com to make arrangements to drop them off.

Jennifer Meyers
Agape Chairperson

SPONSORSHIPI know we are all still basking in the Holiday Magic of the Birth of Jesus. What better time to reflect and think about friends and family members who would benefit from going on a Walk to EMMAUS. The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. It is not for everyone. It is not for the first time Christians. You may ask who will benefit from this walk. Quite simply it is your friends, your neighbors, fellow church members and the clergy. It is for Christians of every denomination. Please be in prayerful consideration of what this walk meant to you and what it will mean to someone else in our community of faith. When you are ready to sponsor your pilgrim. Remember to pray with them. Work with them to fill out the pilgrim application which requires 3 signatures; theirs, their pastor and the sponsor. The cost of the walk is $180.00 A $50 dollar deposit must be sent in with the application. All pilgrim applications should be sent to: Northern Kentucky Emmaus Attn: Registrar P.O. Box 17695 Lakeside Park, KY 41017. There’s still plenty of time to submit applications for the Spring Men’s Walk our deadline for applications is March 15th. The walks will be held at Higher Ground Conference and Retreat Center in West Harrison, Indiana 3820 Logan Creek Ln. Please check out their web site at (hgcrc.org). The Men’s Walk will be March 30- April 2 and the Women’s Walk October 19-22. Please include the deposit fee with the application. If the cost is a problem scholarships are available . Should you have any questions regarding your sponsorship duties, I would be glad to help you. Please email me at vmckinley@fuse.net. De Colores,Vern McKinley

From the Northern Kentucky Emmaus treasurer Thanks to the generosity of the NKY community, personal checks, and offering at monthly gatherings. Every dollar received goes back into the community to continue to spread the life changing experiences that an Emmaus weekend can deliver. Donated funds can also be used for pilgrim and team member scholarships, updating equipment, and the general fund of our community. Thank you, for your continued support of our Emmaus community.

Treasurer, Sherry Taylor

Communication If you phone numbers, email, home address have change since your previous walk,please send updated information to meburns08@aol.com “subject line NKY Emmaus”.  If you are not getting text message reminders,please text to 859-743-4526 with your full name , walk number, table name.

Mark Burns
Communications chair

PrayerThe prayer chart is up and running on the website for the men’s walk # 49, go to our website under nkemmaus.com then hit prayer, then signup.  There will be hard copies at January thru March gatherings too if you attend.

Chris Hensley

Message/devotional ** Remember to stand firm in your convictions Exodus 14:13-14 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”It recently occurred to me how important it is for us to be thankful for what God has given us and for the privilege of serving Him. This led me to consider the men that Jesus appeared to on the road to Emmaus. Here they were, on the way home from a huge event in Jerusalem, and ran into a stranger (Jesus) who asked them why they were so confused and upset. We only know one of their names, and I think this is because God wants us to recognize that we, in our own lives today, are just like these guys; con-fused, upset and anxious about our families and the future of our nation. The other man is us! Cleopas reports the happenings in Jerusalem. “They have crucified a true prophet of God, and now His grave is empty.” Then Jesus replies with great words for them and us. “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?” This raises the question of why don’t we believe and trust all that the prophets have told us. Why do we hesitate to fully commit our lives to Him as He asks? Why do we make excuses for our faith, our beliefs and our principles? Why are we not more involved? The Bible says, “Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight.” So I ask you today, “Are your eyes open?” I pray your eyes see as He sees, and you respond as He would respond! Get involved! Be a disciple! Be a leader! Be a sponsor!
Please be in pray for stepping up and filling one of these open board positions: Assistant Community Lay Director, Team Selection Chair, and Fourth Day Chair. We would love to here your 4th day message and how God is moving in your life. We need speakers for upcoming gatherings, please contact a board member. Thank you, Greg Beagle