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  A Great time was had by all at the LEC Fall Community Retreat. Stay tuned for more news from the retreat……..

A Great time was had by all at the LEC Fall Community Retreat. Stay tuned for more news from the retreat……..

Next Gathering

Friday, December 7, 2018

Winchester First UMC

204 S. Main St.

Winchester, KY 40391

Supper 6:30 PM

Worship 7:15 PM

Come Enjoy a Pot Luck Dinner and Worship Time with your Emmaus Friends.

Winchester First is located in downtown Winchester, KY

The Fall Retreat took the place of the November Gathering

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From the Community Spiritual Director...

The Holy Spirit frequently reminds me that we are created in the image of God. I believe that one of the chief qualities of being made in His image is the capacity to give – and not just to give, but to give as God gives, selflessly and from a motivation of pure love. As some wise soul once said, “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.”

Some giving is easy. Giving money or “stuff” can be done without much thought or effort. But giving of the self can be a bit harder, requiring real thought and self-sacrifice. Giving ourselves in love to our heavenly Father involves three areas of effort. We learn about God and His will through scripture reading and study. We grow to know Him and love Him through prayer, worship and devotion. And we respond in love by giving ourselves in service. Hey, wait a minute. This sounds familiar – something about a three legged stool and piety, study and action!

Unfortunately we tend to get out of balance on these three points, depending disproportionately on one or two of these areas of self-giving to the neglect of the others. The reason farmers use three-legged milking stools is that they are stable on uneven ground. (In math three points define a plane.) This is also why we need a balance between the three areas of self-giving. These three point give us stability and define us a disciples. On the uneven ground of a broken world we need that stability.

As we enter this new year of 2018 let’s think seriously about how well we are conforming to the image of God. Are we truly giving ourselves to Him, and to the world, in piety, study and action? As for me, I want this to be a growing edge in the coming year.

De Colores! - Alan Jackson

  From the Community Lay Director...   Hello my brothers and sisters in Christ.   I am very excited that we are able to announce we are planning to resume Walks in the Lexington Emmaus Community in April 2019.  It has taken a lot of prayer, planning and conversation to get here. And that was the relatively easy part. Now comes what may be the hard part. We have two months to convince at least 12 men and 12 women that spending 72 hours away from their life is a small sacrifice for the opportunity to drastically improve the quality of their relationship with our Lord and Savior. And that when they finally go home on Sunday, it will feel like they have not made any sacrifice at all. They may even wish they could have stayed longer. I remember feeling that way after my Walk and on each of the Walks I have worked as well. I hope you have been on the watch for potential Pilgrims and have been praying for them in anticipation of the next Walk dates to be announced. Looking forward to seeing you at the Gathering in Winchester on December 7  De Colores!  Michael Watts  Lay Director  Lexington Emmaus Community

From the Community Lay Director...

Hello my brothers and sisters in Christ.

I am very excited that we are able to announce we are planning to resume Walks in the Lexington Emmaus Community in April 2019. It has taken a lot of prayer, planning and conversation to get here. And that was the relatively easy part. Now comes what may be the hard part. We have two months to convince at least 12 men and 12 women that spending 72 hours away from their life is a small sacrifice for the opportunity to drastically improve the quality of their relationship with our Lord and Savior. And that when they finally go home on Sunday, it will feel like they have not made any sacrifice at all. They may even wish they could have stayed longer. I remember feeling that way after my Walk and on each of the Walks I have worked as well. I hope you have been on the watch for potential Pilgrims and have been praying for them in anticipation of the next Walk dates to be announced. Looking forward to seeing you at the Gathering in Winchester on December 7

De Colores!

Michael Watts

Lay Director

Lexington Emmaus Community


2019 WALKS SCHEDULED!!!!

Men's Walk - April 11-14

Women's Walk - April 25-28

Asbury Seminary & Inn

After a year off and two community retreats, the Board felt strongly led by the Holy Spirit to move forward and schedule walks this spring. However, we also need to honor the time commitment made by team members, and be sure that the walks they are training for will actually happen. Team meetings will not begin unless we have in-hand applications for 12 men and 12 women. This is the minimum number of pilgrims that provide good dynamics in the conference room. So, for these walks to come to fruition, we need 12 men and 12 women signed up no later than January 31, 2019. We will continue to accept applications up to 4 weeks prior to each walk after we reach 12 to start training. This was moved out from 3 weeks because Asbury will release the hold on these rooms 1 month prior to our unsecured reservation. We are having the Walks at Asbury for 2 reasons. The major reason is that it is available, while the Bluegrass Christian Camp is already booked solid through the spring. The other reason is that financially, the camp would be a more cost-effective location for a full walk, but not for a small walk because there is a fixed cost to rent the entire facility. Our major cost at Asbury is the Inn, and that is a variable cost charged on a per room basis. We will continue to consider alternate locations. Also, Asbury will allow us to put a cot in each one of the rooms, that will result in a 33% reduction in lodging costs. Can you think of a better Christmas gift to a friend than an Emmaus Walk? Now is the time to start praying, asking people, working through their questions, and turning in applications. click the "Resources" Tab at the top of the page for a current application.