Greetings WV Emmaus Community!

I hope and pray you are having an enjoyable summer so far with family and friends.  I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the pressing needs of our upcoming Men’s Fall weekend AND several wonderful opportunities to gather in July and August.

Gathering – July 13th 6PM

Our July Gathering will be at Benevola UMC, 19925 Benevola Church Rd, Boonsboro, MD 21713 6 – 8pm. If the weather is tolerable, we might have this Gathering in their pavilion. Please bring your family and friends! You can find more information here.

WV#155 Men’s Weekend – September 19th – 22nd

WV#155 is in desperate need of a few men to fill remaining positions on the Team before their first full Team meeting on July 20th. The additional Team meetings are July 27th, August 3rd, 10th, and 24th, 9am – 3pm at Bedington UMC. Your participation is not only meaningful; it is crucial. As you count on Christ, Christ is counting on you – and so is the team. If you feel called to fill this need, please complete an online Team Application at as soon as possible.

We also needed Pilgrim applications for both WV#155 and WV#156! Please prayerfully consider your prospective pilgrims. Completion of both Part A (pilgrims form) and Part B (sponsors form) need to be sent to PO Box 460, Kearneysville, WV 25430 or to the registrar at


Worship in the Park – July 28th 6:30PM

On Sunday, July 28th 6:30 – 7:30pm, WV Emmaus will be leading Worship in the Park at the War Memorial Park Pavilion, 500 N. Tennessee Avenue, Martinsburg, WV. We will fill the following roles, and if you desire to participate, just send an email to

Emcee (to welcome, offer an opening prayer and introduce those serving):

Music: (Ron Barnett will coordinate; we’ll use our old songbooks for those in attendance)

Call to Worship:

Brief Introduction to the Emmaus Movement:

Brief Witness Talk (<10mins of the movement’s impact on your Faith Journey):

Community Prayer & Lord’s Prayer:

Offering (Supporting local missions, Parks and Rec and Berkeley County Ministerial who is sponsoring this summer worship series):

Message for Reflection and Closing Prayer: Pastor Sarah Dorrance


Community Picnic – August 17th

Our annual community picnic will take place at the War Memorial Park Pavilion, 500 N. Tennessee Avenue, Martinsburg, WV on Saturday, August 17th, 4 – 6pm. The community will provide fried chicken and paper products. We are asking community members to bring drinks (for those in your party) and a side dish to share based on your last name to avoid us having only baked beans and macaroni & cheese, LOL!

A-G: Desserts (cakes, cookies, brownies)

G-K: Salads (pasta or fruit)

L-P: Warm Side (mac & cheese, green beans, baked beans, casseroles)

Q-U: Cool Side (deviled eggs, cucumber salad, raw vegetables)

V-Z: “You pick” (bring your famous dish to share)

We ask each reunion group to prepare a gift basket for a raffle prize give-away. Gift cards and sponsorship/Team fee giveaways will be provided from the Community funds. Musicians, please bring your instruments. Outdoor games are welcome.


Cindy Rauch

WV Emmaus Community Lay Director