NKY Emmaus Community Newsletter
Do you want to get well?
John 5:1-9. Afterwards Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the
Sheep Gate was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people – blind, lame, or
paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for 38 years. When Jesus saw him and
knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him,
Would you like to get well?
I can’t sir, the sick man said, for I have no one to put me in the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone always
gets there ahead of me.
Jesus told him “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
Instantly the man was healed!
For 38 years, this man’s problem had become a way of life. No one has ever helped him. He had no hope of ever
being healed. The man’s situation looked hopeless.
I heard someone say when you’re invited to a Walk to Emmaus it’s like Jesus saying to you – Here is my gift
to you won’t you accept it?
On Sunday afternoon we get to hear the pilgrims share what the Walk has done for them and what they’re going
to do about it.
Before they came to the Walk they may have thought their situation was hopeless, and they were never going to
In 3 days Jesus wrapped his arms around them with the help of the Emmaus Community. They come to realize
that God may have special work for them to do in spite of their condition, or even because of it. Many Pilgrims
have ministered effectively to hurting people because they have triumphed over their own hurts.
Jesus asked the man who had been unable to stand or walk for 38 years if he wanted to be well. Jesus was really
asking him if he was ready to participate, to cooperate, to engage his faith in the process.
Everything Jesus offers us is something we have to choose to receive, to reach out and take. Whether that’s
forgiving others who have hurt us, letting go of anger, or bitterness, there is always a part for us to play to receive
If it was not for someone inviting us to attend a walk to Emmaus, we could still be laying on the porch beside
the pool with every excuse in the world not to be healed.
I am so grateful to my sponsor for inviting me to participate in a Walk to Emmaus, March 2014.
My walk experience has changed my life and my family and I bet it has changed yours also.
Your brother in Christ,
Northern Kentucky Emmaus
Community Lay Director
The February gathering will be at Immanuel Boone Campus on Thursday February 9th. Fellowship at 6:30 p.m. & the gathering at 7:00 p.m., also will be broadcasting Facebook live if you can’t attend. 4th day guest speaker is Maurice Pugh.
** Starting this month we are closing our Simple Give account because of our Monthly Fees and our Transaction Fees are to high.
Message from Men’s Walk Number 49
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,
Lay Director #49
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 February, and March Gatherings or email Jennifer Meyers at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to drop them off.
I 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, Indiana3820 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 email@example.com.
**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
** The prayer chart is up and running under the our website nkemmaus.com, then find prayer, then follow the steps thru. Prayer Chris Hensley
** Communication Chair
If your information has change such as home address, email address,phone number, from your original walk please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org put in subject line NKY EMMAUS, or text message at 859-743-4526.
NKY Emmaus Communication chair
** 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, and Fourth Day Chair.
We would love to hear 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