Welcome to the Lexington Emmaus Community!

Next Gathering

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Richmond First UMC

401 W Main St.

Richmond, KY 40475

Supper 6:30 PM

Worship 7:15 PM

This location was recently changed due to a scheduling conflict at Trinity Hill UMC. Please come and thank our friends in Richmond for opening their doors for us on short notice!

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From the Community Spiritual Director...

Last week I was thumbing through hymnals, looking at Christmas music. I was struck by how frequently the songwriters used the imagery of light -- "yonder shines his infant light," "radiant beams," "one small light streaming out in the darkness" and lots of others. Jesus came to us to shine the splendor and glory of heaven into our lives.

Even so, we tend to grumble about the darkness, how the evil one seems to have taken the upper hand in our world. But the gospel tells us, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:5) Darkness cannot conquer light. The smallest light shines big in deep darkness.

Once I was with group of schoolkids on a cave tour, and the guide turned off all the lights so that we could experience total darkness. But some of the kids were wearing those shoes with LEDs in the heels, and I could not only see the children, but also their shadows on the walls. A little light shines big in deep darkness. And in the immortal words of Quickdraw McGraw, "Don't you forget about it!"

The Apostle John writes, "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5) If we are in Christ -- if Christ is in us -- then his light is in us, and the darkness is powerless against that light. So my message to you is this: if the darkness is deep, SHINE!

Alan Jackson

Community Spiritual Director

Next Walks

Men’s Walk - April 11 - 14

Women’s Walk - April 25 - 28

Asbury Theological Seminary & Asbury 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 One Month 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 large 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. To download an application, click the "Resources" Tab at the top of the page (or in the menu - triple bars on a mobile device).

From the Community Lay Director...   Hello my brothers and sisters in Christ.  Made it through another Christmas season! My December calendar had twice as much stuff on it as usual. It sure is easy to get caught up in it all and forget the Christian’s reason for celebrating, the arrival of the Savior. I sincerely hope that you were able to set aside time to just breathe and as Mary did, to contemplate these things in your heart.   Now is like the quiet period in college basketball recruiting. For the next few days, rest and pray. Then seek out those in your circles and recruit them to be pilgrims for the Emmaus Walks in April 2019. We have a month to gather the first dozen men and women together so that we can commit to team members that a Walk will take place.   Looking forward to seeing you and cooking for you for the next Gathering on January 4.  De Colores!  Michael Watts  Lay Director  Lexington Emmaus Community

From the Community Lay Director...

Hello my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Made it through another Christmas season! My December calendar had twice as much stuff on it as usual. It sure is easy to get caught up in it all and forget the Christian’s reason for celebrating, the arrival of the Savior. I sincerely hope that you were able to set aside time to just breathe and as Mary did, to contemplate these things in your heart.

Now is like the quiet period in college basketball recruiting. For the next few days, rest and pray. Then seek out those in your circles and recruit them to be pilgrims for the Emmaus Walks in April 2019. We have a month to gather the first dozen men and women together so that we can commit to team members that a Walk will take place.

Looking forward to seeing you and cooking for you for the next Gathering on January 4.

De Colores!

Michael Watts

Lay Director

Lexington Emmaus Community