April 2018 Newsletter Florida Sonrise Emmaus

Spring Walks moving to Fall

It is with much regret that we announce we’re having to move the spring walk dates to the fall. We have some problems with the state of the facilities and other issues which have made it necessary to postpone. The extra time will allow us to address everything and be able to move forward with teams in place to allow the pilgrims to experience Emmaus as it is meant to. Central Baptist has been very graceful in working with us to adjust. The new dates are -

  • Walk 50 - men - October 4-7 - Central Baptist
  • Walk 51 - women - October 11-14 - Central Baptist
  • Fourth Day Gathering - October 20 - Covenant UMC

We should have the minimum number of pilgrims for each walk, 12 for men and 12 for women, by July 4th - 90 days before the walks begin.

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

April Gathering

Our April gathering is Saturday, the 21st! This time we’ll be at Central Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, with a covered dish dinner at 6, followed by worship. Rick Burrell will be holding a sponsorship workshop at the gathering for those who would like more details on what is involved with that aspect of our community. See you then!

We've had two members from Deltona Presbyterian pass away recently, and they asked that I pass on service times.

Ron Brace went to be with the Lord on April first. Ron made his Walk to Emmaus on FSE#42 in 2013, and was an assistant table leader on FSE#46.

Ed Hoffer's memorial will be May 5th at 11 am at Deltona Presbyterian. Ed made his Walk to Emmaus on FSE #38 in 2011.


The Upper Room on Inclusiveness

The International Emmaus office was approached on various occasions by local Emmaus Community leaders seeking guidance on the participation of individuals in the Emmaus Ministries, as pilgrims or as team members.

The Emmaus office welcomes the participation of all persons.

In regards to pilgrims, the Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis, as ministries of The Upper Room of The United Methodist Church, invite interdenominational, interracial, intergenerational and international participation, and foster a spirit of Christian unity. Their aim is to help people turn their attention away from self and towards God.

We all come to these events remembering that we are sinners saved by grace, bearing in mind that God’s grace is always extended and, believing that every person has sacred worth in God’s sight.

Consequently, the weekend should be an environment of unconditional love in which persons can gradually lower their defenses and allow God’s grace to impact their lives. It should provide an atmosphere of hospitality and acceptance that facilitates the rediscovery of self in relationship with God and, a free and honest response to the Gospel of grace.

As stated in the Emmaus/Chrysalis guidelines, intentional and purposeful sponsorship of people who demonstrate the character of Christ, as disciples and leaders in their home church and the church universal assures this principle. Thus, in all cases, a sponsor's choice of a candidate should be trusted.

However, if during the course of the weekend a pilgrim chooses to distract the group, then the Weekend Lay Director, Weekend Spiritual Director and the Board Representative have the responsibility to provide guidance or, when necessary, gracefully ask that person to leave the group.

In relation to team members, we are mindful of the fact that the Emmaus ministries are for teaching, nurturing, and supporting the development of Fourth Day leaders who embody Christ.

Team members should work together to accomplish the unique goal of the Emmaus and Chrysalis ministries which is to call attention to Christ and to our common Christian affirmations. A team member who chooses to introduce independent agendas into these weekends misunderstands and abuses their teaching role.

In order to ensure that this objective is met, team selection should be carried out prayerfully and, in compliance with The Upper Room Handbook specifications. In all cases, the Team Selection Committee should be trusted to do its best and, if a choice is questionable, it has the responsibility to make changes.

Reunion Groups

Reunion Groups

We are working with community members looking for a reunion group. We can help match individuals with groups that have openings, or put them in touch with others who are also looking to start a new one. Please contact Candice Wilkie of you'd like help finding a group or new members.

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