October 2020 newsletter

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Southeastern Indiana Emmaus Community

On the Journey October 2020

Volume 1, Issue 2

First Blended Gatherings Solid Successes Not even the COVID-19 restrictions could dampen the Spirit! Our first blended Gatherings—when people could come together in person or in spirit—were great successes. The option allowed folks to gather as a community, regardless of whether that was at the church or at home. And, just like our “normal” community Gatherings, there was plenty of great worship music, an inspirational message and time to share. Thus far, we’ve had two such Gatherings—one Sept. 19 and the second Oct. 17. Each time, about 20 people came to the church, with another 20 or so participating online. In case you weren’t able to participate either way, the evenings were videotaped and are posted for viewing at the links below: Sept. 19 and Oct 17

“I’m pleased that so many in our community were able to participate in these, our first Gatherings in several months,” says Community Lay Director Dave Zuber. “To me, it is an indication that people are eager to connect with others and celebrate our faith. This pandemic has caused a spiritual hunger in many people and this is one way we can help address that desire.” Indeed, Christians gathering to pray, fellowship, and challenge each other to a deeper spiritual walk is biblical (2 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:13). Make plans to attend our upcoming Gatherings, which will also be blended services (both in person and online). See sidebar to the right for details.

Upcoming Dates:  Virtual Gathering— (tentatively) Saturday, Nov. 14, from 7-8 p.m. You can gather live and in person at Trinity Christian Church, 18687 Pribble Road, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 Or join online via Facebook live. Just click on the SEI Emmaus Community page for more details. Note: This Gathering will be held the 2nd Saturday of the month, due to Thanksgiving holiday.

How Emmaus Inspires, Challenges and Equips The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others. The story of "The walk to Emmaus" (Luke 24:13-35) is full of lessons which can help us better live our lives as Christians. There are teachings about spiritual awareness, faith, and hope. Through this Scripture passage, we learn not only about the story of two

men who are disciples of Jesus—we also see how Jesus inspired and motivated them. At first, Cleopas and his friend were depressed and lost because they knew that Jesus had been crucified. They were probably slowly heading home, shaking their heads over what had transpired. It was not at all what they had expected to happen. Now, there were some rumors that Jesus had been resurrected and appeared to the women. But these two Continued on page 3

Mark Your Calendars for the 2021 Walks: •

The Men’s Spring Walk will be held April 15-18 and the Women’s Spring Walk is slated for April 22-25

The Men’s Fall Walk will be held Oct 7 –10 and the Women’s Walk will take place Oct 14 –17


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Upcoming Elections for Board of Directors The federal election isn’t your only opportunity to cast a vote this fall. While nominations for our Community’s Board of Directors are now closed, voting for incoming Board of Directors will occur in the upcoming weeks. New Board members will be installed in January 2021. Three open lay positions and one open clergy position are to be filled through the voting process. A SurveyMonkey will be sent to Community Members, along with the link posted to our Facebook and social media sites. Members will be able to easily vote online by simply completing the questions and submitting the form. Board members serve for a three-year term and chair a working committee that supports the Walks and Community.

Once installed, the Board will select various positions on the Board. We are always looking for Community members to serve on one of the working committee. If you’d like to help, just contact the Board member who chairs the committee (see page 4 for a list of Board positions and committee). Note: If you are not receiving Community texts, emails and phone call notices, that means we do not have your contact info. Please contact Ginny Hizer at communication.seiemmaus@gmail.com to be added to our distribution lists.

Reflection: Priesthood of All Believers Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith (Galatians 6:10). Jesus never let an opportunity go by to teach in parables, using the familiar objects and life examples of his hearers. He healed. He stood with and forgave the woman caught in adultery. He was open to the leading of his Father’s will and was, therefore, able to seize the moment and the opportunity to do good. The word opportunity comes from an Old English phrase ob portu which means, basically, “at just the right moment.” I have heard that sailing ships approaching British Isles ports dropped anchor just before they reached the rocks surrounding a port, and a designated sailor watched the tide carefully. At just the right time, as the tide began to rise as much as forty feet, the sailor would shout Ob portu! and the ship would pull anchor and safely ride the rising tide into port. Jesus calls us to live our lives by taking every opportunity to care about others, and he is our High Priest and example. We are commissioned to stand in

the gap with Christ for the sake of others, to work toward justice where injustice occurs, to seek freedom where oppression rules, and to pray for the world’s sins of hatred, greed, and the love of power. Each of us is reminded weekly in our group reunions that being a priest is fundamental to living a life in partnership with Christ. On our service cards, we are directed to consider what opportunities arose the past week when we were “called to discipleship,” and what opportunities were placed before us when we “denied our call to discipleship.” Like Jesus, never let an ob portu pass by to do good. Questions for Reflection: Do you look for ways you can be a priest to others? When has God ever used you unexpectedly as a priest to someone? Think of those who have been priests to you.

Reprinted from Walking Side by Side: Devotions for Pilgrims by Joanna Bultemeier and Cherie Jones. Copyright © 1998. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. For more information, visit bookstore.upperroom.org.

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Emmaus Inspires, Challenges and Equips disciples hadn’t seen it first-hand and they were still upset over the entire scope of events. Even when the risen Christ joins them on their walk, they cannot “see” it is Him. As they proceed, Christ shares so much with them, explaining the importance and necessity of the events. Did you notice the change in the pilgrims? How they become eager, excited to learn and to hear more? This is when their hearts felt as if on fire. They are hungry to learn more and are enthusiastic once again, so much so that they ask Him to join them for dinner. Jesus breaks the bread and blesses it and, in that act, the two pilgrims recognize that it is Jesus with them. Jesus vanishes and immediately they run back to Jerusalem to share the good news, to tell others what they had witnessed, to ensure others knew about the resurrected Jesus. There is inspiration in this passage, reminding us that Jesus is with us in our dark times even when we might not see Him. Jesus blessed the pilgrims through His teaching and helping them better understand. There is also challenge here, as we are called to be more and more spiritually aware. Our expectations of

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy your consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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God often do not—cannot—match with His ability and reality. We limit Jesus through what we think is possible and what we think should happen; yet God is able of so much more. We must be willing and open to what God is doing and see beyond what we think is possible. We are challenged to look beyond our emotions and to continue on in faith, even when we aren’t sure of what God is doing. Finally, this passage equips us for future situations. It reminds us to rely more fully on Jesus, to stay in the Word and to keep our focus on the Lord. We see how these two pilgrims are changed by their experience and know that we, too, are changed by Jesus’ work in our hearts and lives. We recall the importance of Communion, seeing how they recognize Jesus in this act. Look how their sadness disappears when they break bread with Jesus, that they are filled with the real presence of Jesus and their hearts are full of His Holy Spirit. Such knowledge equips us so that we are ready for whatever situation may arise.

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Submit a Willing Servant Form to Be considered.

How to Contact Your Board of Directors: Community Spiritual Director

Brian Hoehler


Community Lay Director

Dave Zuber



Ginny Hizer



Rhonda Henegar



Johanna Johnson



Dan McAdams


Team Selection/Nominations

Tiffany Hollis


Community Retention/Historian Mary Beth Doll Jones


Treasurer & Historian Assistant Paul Hardy



Vicki Ballard


Education/Team Training

Lisa Niesen


Training Assistant

Nick Cornell



Joyce West



Bonnie Schreiner


Registrar Assistant

Mary Baer



Carla Blair


Fourth Day/Reunions


Community website: https://www.seiemmauscommunity.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seiemmaus.org/

Willing Servant, Sponsor Application Forms Online If you are interested in sponsoring a pilgrim or would like to serve on team on an upcoming Walk, your first step is to complete and submit the appropriate forms as soon as possible. The sponsorship form provides necessary information as well as ensures that all important components of sponsorship are addressed. A pilgrim is not considered signed up for the Walk until this form is submitted and payments arrangements have been established.

The Willing Servant form is vital to the Team Selection Chair to keep a complete and up-to-date record of your contact information. Submitting this form ensures a balanced team, with a range of experience and talents. Both forms are available on our Community website: https://www.seiemmauscommunity.org/ If you have questions, please contact our registrar for the sponsorship form and the team selection chair for the Willing Servant form.