The Walk to Emmaus is a powerful spiritual retreat that has the potential to change the lives of participants and transform local church communities. One of the key elements of the Emmaus experience is the sense of community that is built over the course of the weekend. However, in order for that sense of community to continue to grow and be sustained, it’s essential for participants to take an active role in building and maintaining an Emmaus community in their area.Continue reading “Building and Maintaining an Emmaus Community in Your Area”
The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual retreat that aims to deepen the faith of participants through a weekend of worship, study, and community building. One of the core elements of the Emmaus experience is the examination and reflection on several themes that are woven throughout the weekend’s activities. These themes are meant to serve as a foundation for personal spiritual growth and as a guide for living out one’s faith in daily life.Continue reading “Exploring the Themes of the Emmaus Weekend through Scripture and Reflection”
Navigating the struggles and challenges of life can be a difficult task, but having a supportive community by your side can make all the difference. This is one of the key takeaways from the Walk to Emmaus experience, an event that brings together believers from all walks of life to form a strong and united community.Continue reading “Navigating the struggles and challenges of life with the support of the Walk to Emmaus community”
Hello, community. Your September newsletter is now available for viewing here. De Colores!
Hello, FSE community. Our August gathering will be at Coronado Community UMC, 201 S Peninsula Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169, on Saturday the 18th. Covered dish dinner at 6 followed by worship at 7. Your August newsletter is now available to view at – https://spark.adobe.com/page/
Hello, community! Our August gathering will be at Coronado Community UMC, 201 S Peninsula Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169, on Saturday the 18th. Covered dish dinner at 6 followed by worship at 7. De Colores!
As many of you know, the Upper Room’s community guidelines require us to have at least 12 women and 12 men confirmed for attendance 90 days before a walk is to take place. As of the deadline, we had 7 and 3 – well below the needed number. We’re also dealing with very low community participation, and are not confident we can fill the teams in time to begin the training, or have the people working behind the scenes to be able to give the pilgrims the experience they deserve. We simply can’t have a walk without the help of the community, so we’re going to have to hold off on walks 50 and 51 until we get more people who will work to help make this event happen. It’s heartbreaking to have to pause again, but we need to work on our organization as a whole before we can get back on track.
I want to dispel a rumor I’ve heard repeated several times during the last week. FSE IS NOT DISBANDING. We are still a very vibrant and active community made up of over 1200 walk participants who have shared in the encounter with Christ through this worldwide movement. We have the full support of the Upper Room, and our sister communities around the globe. We still have monthly gatherings. We still have a board and the resources that go with it. We still have a lot of people who are passionate and excited about the Walk to Emmaus. FSE will continue each month, and we invite everyone reading this to find your fellow community members – those you sat with at a table, those you sponsored, or were sponsored by – and invite them to rejoin us at gatherings. Matthew 18:12 says, “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?”
For now, we’re going to suspend putting on walks, and change our focus to re-engaging the community through gatherings, with an aim to bringing back the walks. The people on the board have been working above and beyond what has been expected of them to keep this community going. In some cases, they have done the work that would normally be done by an entire committee when there wasn’t anyone there to help them. Other people have taken on multiple tasks to cover for the vacancies we have on the board and in our community. We’re also going to be reaching out to churches and pastors to get new people involved and sponsored for walks. With your help, a future iteration of the board will be able to announce new dates for walks 50 and 51. I have heard too many stories from people who experienced a life changing encounter with Christ on their walks to believe that Emmaus is no longer relevant. It will take time, but I am confident these walks will still happen.
“And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” – Matthew 18:13
FSE Community Lay Director
Happy Mother’s Day from everyone in the Florida Sonrise Emmaus community!
Would you like to serve behind the scenes to help make the walks and gatherings happen? The FSE board has three openings that we will be filling within the next month. If you’d like to serve your community and help it all come together, drop us a note and let us know. Board members attend monthly meetings & gatherings and serve behind the scenes at the walks.
- Position #1 serves through the end of 2018
- Position #2 serves through the end of 2019
- Position #3 serves through the end of 2020
If you’re up to the challenge, please fill out the form here and tell us a little about yourself, and we’ll get back to you shortly.
Ron Brace’s memorial is Saturday, May 19th at 11am at Deltona Presbyterian Church in the sanctuary with fellowship to follow in the Life Center. Please help us celebrate Ron’s life.