Dear Community,

All glory to God! I want to welcome our newest Community members and thank the WV#151 Team for their work and dedication to the Weekend Event. I also thank the Community for showing up, and mostly God for continually calling us closer in relationship. It was my pleasure and honor to announce Bruce Taggart as the WLD for WV#153 yesterday. Both he and his wife Raquel were anointed and prayed over by those attending the Closing ceremony. We are lining up to hold the WV#152 Weekend Event in just a few weeks – more celebrating, praising, heart-changing, and movement to come! Thanks to the Team for the preparations well underway.

When is the time to start submitting Pilgrim applications?

Well, it is now! We should all be alert for that brief conversation that a friend, associate, that person sitting on the other side of the church… a conversation where you show your love for Jesus and others – you just might be planting seeds that will deepen or even start that person’s relationship with Christ. As a 4th Day Community, we should build up others, which might lead them to apply – and do that all year long. Go to our Resource page to download the most current Pilgrim application. A great way to introduce them to Emmaus would be to invite them to our 4th Day Activities such as our monthly gatherings and reunion groups as well, let them experience the fellowship.

A few months back we announced a new online Teaming application process. Please consider teaming for 2024 and if so moved, go to our Resource page, and apply. The Community is always looking for renewal of team members as well as leadership development within the teaming process. Speaking of the Resource page, we recently added links to the Upper Room University, and I encourage you to visit that site. There are numerous brief courses or presentations that cover the Emmaus movement, Board of Director activities, Team selection process, and much more.

The New online updates on westvirginieammaus.org:

Please consider teaming for 2024 and if so moved, go to our Resource page, and apply. The Community is always looking for new team members as well as leadership development within the teaming process.

Speaking of the Resource page, we recently added links to the Upper Room University, and I encourage you to visit that site. There are numerous brief courses or presentations that cover the Emmaus movement, Board of Director activities, Team selection process, and much more.

New too, under the Walks tab now lists all the weekend photos, and team/pilgrim listing that we have on file. We are missing a lot of photo memories that you can help fill in. If you have one of the missing photos, please send them to the email listed for updating on the website.

What’s old is new again:

The Community asked and the Board  of Directors listened. We received requests to move our Saturday evening Candlelight Service back to Lodge 3 – the little building across the road of the Mar Lu Ridge Conference Center. There were concerns about safely driving at night along the long Mar Lu Ridge Road and the logistics involved in parking at the bottom of the hill, as well as having to travel to the end of the road to Agape Hall for the restrooms. This proved more difficult, especially for our older members. We were able to negotiate the return to Lodge 3, but since that is an income property for Mar Lu Ridge, it costs us $350 per Weekend Event to use it. This also leads to an opportunity as we now have that building and ground for a longer duration, with the possibility of picnic dinners or spending more time with each other. We’ll need to set up and tear down the chairs for the event and will need more volunteers to step up for safety guard as we cross Mountville Road.

Christ Is Counting on You:

This leads me to a similar topic. The Board of Directors is set up to have Officers of the Board and Committee Chairs with assistants from the Community to plan and execute our events. Please see our Board of Directors page to see the makeup of the Board. These volunteers spend a lot of their time and effort guiding and managing the Community. They, along with a consistently, relatively few servants work to keep our Weekend Events rolling, safe and enjoyable for the many participants. Please do not experience our 4th Day activities such as Gatherings, 72-Hour Walks and other events and wonder, “How do they get this done?” These relatively few groups of servants over-extend their days, before and after the events to make them happen. I know more would like to join in to make this work lighter – please just raise your hand and ask, “How can I help?”. Send me a note, have a conversation with someone on the Board and we’ll point you to one of the Committee or activity coordinators.

Annual Elections and Business:

Lastly, we will be holding our annual elections for Board volunteers during the November Gathering. Dee Barnett is leading the Nomination Committee. Please consider nominating yourself to serve and replace those leaving after their three-year commitment. We are required to maintain a balance between men and women.

We will also vote on moving funds from our Chrysalis account into our general fund account. The Chrysalis account was started back in the 2013/2014 timeframe, and we were not able to establish this part of our movement. The Board is proposing to move most of the funds and keep $1,000 as seed money in case the situation changes.

I hope to see you at the October Gathering as we anoint WV#152, hear from some of our newest Community members, and join in praising Our Lord!

De Colores and Blessings,

Carl Kaempfer

Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia Emmaus Community Lay Director