Lay Director's Message
February 2023

Hello Emmaus Community,

This new year has certainly proved to be a powerful and wonderful year and we are only in the first month getting ready to start February.

We had a Chrysalis weekend which proved “With God all things are possible!” (Matthew 19:26). They had nine bugs who were all excited when turning into butterflies. Those butterflies did “Give It to God!” which was their theme. It is always amazing to see the transformation taking place which only God can do. This community, as the Chrysalis banner showed, is indeed rising out of the ashes like the phoenix. C-104’s scripture was “Cast your cares to the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:2. Those kids are on fire for the Lord.

They showed their zeal at the Ultreya. We had over 90 people at the Ultreya. I look forward to those numbers growing as we continue to rise out of the ashes. It has been a difficult three years, but God sustained us. Raise a Hallelujah!

The women’s weekend E-194-ever is set to go March 2-5, 2023. Raise another Hallelujah! They are currently in the process of calling the pilgrims. Team is set; assignments made; talks given. They are excited to serve the Lord and meet the pilgrims. The theme for E-194 is: “Praise and Worship Him Always!” E-195 starts teaming on February 18, 2023. We are well on our way to have all our weekends this year as “Jesus answered , I am the way and the truth and the life.”

Our weekends will be held at the 4H Center in Front Royal. I had an excellent meeting with the Event Coordinator, who is as excited as we are to move onward and upward. Finding a place to hold our weekends can be difficult. We had to put down a deposit for each of the four weekends to hold the dates.

We are working at a deficit but we are relying on Christ just as we say when we begin to leave the mountain: “Christ is counting on you; I am counting on Christ.”

DeColores,

Dan Dietze




January 2023

Grace and Peace to my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am Dan Dietze; I attend Above and Beyond Ministries; I walked on E-47 and sat at the Table of Pure Hearts.

I have accepted the call upon my heart to be your new Community Lay Director for 2023. I want to thank all the CLDs before me especially those who have kept this community alive and together during this difficult time of Covid. I also want to thank the Emmaus Community for keeping the love of God foremost and centered during this time of suffering and sacrifice.

Where do we go from here? The tough work is ahead as we are preparing to go forth with our weekends:
E-194 to be held March 2-5, 2023 (Women);
E-195 to be held May 4-7, 2023 (Men);
E-196 to be held September 28 – October 1, 2023 (Women); and,
E-197 November 2-5, 2023 (Men).

I know these are tough times for everyone: spiritually, emotionally, and financially. We are to walk by faith; however, we need to also be cheerful givers – “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8. I do not like asking for donations; however, over the last two years of Covid, we have continued to have all the fixed costs to operate our Emmaus community. Our Emmaus community, though no fault of our own, is currently operating at a deficit. We need to increase our donations during Ultreyas and Sponsor’s hour so we can continue to have the same quality weekend that you had. My wife, Gail, and I love this community and the weekends. This is why we came back to this community. Please consider giving generously with a cheerful heart.

We are always in need for Pilgrim applications. Please pray concerning sending anyone on an Emmaus weekend. There is more to being a sponsor than having someone fill out an application. The sponsor has responsibilities to support the person before, during, and after the weekend. The blessings are great for both the pilgrim and sponsor.

As 2023 begins, I see a lot of joy and hope for the future since we are beginning to open up our community to loving, serving, and bringing others to know Jesus in a powerful way. I enjoy the watching the sunrise in the morning as that gives me hope for the day. I see the sunrising for our community as we serve the Lord.

Chrysalis C-104 will be held this month, January 13-16. We, the Emmaus Community, need to support these “bugs” through our prayers and agape love (the Bug List is at the Bottom of this email).

If you have a desire to help in a support role, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or anyone on the board. The board is here to serve the community, and that is you. There is much to be done.

De Colores,
Dan Dietze
Community Lay Director

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