Serves Middle Tennessee, conducting ministries including The Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, and Face to Face.
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Hello all -
We have just concluded two wonderful walks and thank God for His presence and touch on each one! We are welcoming 49 new members into the Nashville Emmaus Community.
Our Face to Face team began their team meetings yesterday - please be in prayer for them and for the seniors who will be attending and will have their lives changed. The Encounter will be held April 30, May 3, May 7 and May 10 at Smyrna FUMC in Smyrna.
We are asking for your help for this Face to Face Encounter. We are hoping the community will provide the following:
1. Just as in Emmaus and Chrysalis, we are in need of table agape. We are also in need of food agape.
2. We are in need of lunch on Monday, May 7. This is a great opportunity for a reunion group or your church Emmaus group to come and serve.
3. Candlelight will be Monday, May 7 and Closing will be Thursday, May 10. This is an excellent opportunity for those, who are able, to come and support those participating in the event and to make the event even more special.
If you are able to help with any of these, you can contact me at 615-459-9279 (home), (615)828-9279 (cell) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, our April gathering will be at Smyrna FUMC on Saturday, August 14, at 6:00 p.m. We will share a meal together and then go to the sanctuary for worship. Frank and Nancy List will be leading us in music and Brock and Lori Heatherington will be bringing our fourth day talk. This is a wonderful opportunity to come to see old friends, meet new friends and to share fellowship and worship.
I hope you can help and/or join us for all the upcoming events.
We have just experienced the resurrection of our Lord and Savior - may we continue to experience the resurrection by sharing the love and grace of God that we received on our walks, flights or encounters. May we always remember that we are counting on Christ - and Christ is counting on us.
Community Lay Director
by Rev. Mike Frese
I think most people want to make a difference, even in a small way. They want their lives to count for something. But it can never happen until they care about something bigger than themselves. Something that really matters. As I write this today, I have just returned from being the Spiritual Director at a Walk to Emmaus event. Last Thursday afternoon, as I was hurrying out of the office after a frenzied morning making sure everything I typically do in a week was done by Thursday and as I was driving to the camp where the Emmaus Walk takes place, I began wondering if it was worth it. Was it worth it to add the extra time to prepare a long presentation, go through training and then give up a weekend for the actual retreat? Was it worth it to spend the money to participate in the walk, even though I was a leader? Was it worth the hassle of taking on one more leadership position and all the logistics that go with the job? As I arrived, the sacrifice of my time, talent and treasure weighed heavily on my mind. Then the weekend happened. I saw strangers become friends. I experienced closed hearts opening up to share deep hurts and hopes. A number of participants experienced substantial breakthroughs in their spiritual lives and faithful living. Afterwards, as I drove home I realized that what I had earlier named a “sacrifice” wasn’t really a sacrifice, it was an investment – an investment in God’s redeeming work. I know that this Emmaus Walk weekend will not make the history books. Yet, I cannot deny that something significant happened. God’s presence and power was made manifest. The work of the Holy Spirit changed lives. Many of the participants were transformed over the weekend. I didn’t do it all, but I did my part. Others also shared their gifts. For some, the sacrifice was greater than others, but God took the investment of all and used it for significant spiritual growth. This simple experience is a microcosm of our stewardship in the church. We all give what we can. Some give more, some give less, depending on the resource base of each person. God takes the gifts of our time, talent and treasure, empowers them through the Holy Spirt and does significant work for God’s kingdom. The more we give, the more God has to work with. How are you willing to invest your time, talent and treasure?
The Link below will take you to The Upper Room Emmaus Website. There is a lot of very good information about the Walk to Emmaus as well as a video produced by The Upper Room/Walk to Emmaus. This video provides a good introduction to the Walk to Emmaus as well as testimonies and personal stories.
Applications to attend the Walk to Emmaus in Nashville are available in the downloads section of this website. Detailed instructions are provided on the form including where to send it when completed. Note that one of the requirements is to have a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who has attended a Walk. This person has important responsibilities concerning the Walk.
Contact our Community Registrar at email@example.com and put Registrar in the subject line.
An adaptation of The Walk to Emmaus, Face to Face is specifically crafted to meet the needs and life-stages of older adults. The program seeks to invite men and women, ages 60 and older, to experience Jesus through an 8-session journey over anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks – depending on the setting - covering subjects such as discipleship, mission, grief, and end-of-life issues. The highly flexible schedule allows participants the freedom to engage in structured Bible study and prayer in a church setting or other community space. Led by clergy and lay leaders, Face to Face strengthens and renews followers of Christ and bolsters the spiritual life of individuals, families, and congregations everywhere. Face to Face is open to members of any Christian denomination who want to strengthen their spiritual lives, discover answers to their questions about faith, and are open to understanding the responsibility of living a Christian lifestyle. Encounters in the Nashville and surrounding areas are currently being held twice a year at churches and retirement centers. Participation is open to all Christians 60 and above. Sponsors are helpful but not required for Face To Face. Pre-registration is required and participants must commit to attending all sessions.
Go to the downloads section of this website and fill out an Emmaus service sheet. Submit the form to firstname.lastname@example.org