November 2014 - Crossroads Emmaus and Chrysalis Community

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November 2014 - Crossroads Emmaus and Chrysalis Community
November 2014
Crossroads Emmaus of Eastern Pennsylvania
Crossroads Chrysalis of Eastern Pennsylvania
Welcome from Your Community Lay Director
As We Walk Through The Open Door….
At certain times in our lives, our Lord opens some doors and closes
others so that we may grow in His love and grace. This is one of those
times.
This will be my last Rooster Call article as your Community Lay Director. As I had
announced at the Candlelights for the 58th Walks, and in the pre-58th Walk Rooster Call,
Mary Lynne and I will be moving to upstate New York sometime in the middle of 2015.
The Crossroads Walk to Emmaus Board of Directors has asked me to make my
resignation from the Community Lay Director position effective with the end of the 2014
calendar year. Tracy Fasick will assume the role of Community Lay Director in this
Community as of January 1st. Please support Tracy with your service and your prayers.
I would like to thank all of you for the love and support that Mary Lynne and I have
received as we have both moved through many positions in Walk teams and in
Community leadership in the 20 years since we took our Walks on Walk 20 in this
Community. This Crossroads Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis Community will always
have a special place in our hearts, and you all will be in our prayers as you, and we, move
into the future in Jesus’ grace and love.
God Bless, and DeColores!
Mike Kniley
Community Lay Director
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus
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Welcome From Your Community Spiritual Director
Dear friends,
We had another wonderful set of walks! The pilgrims were
blessed, the teams were great, and the support of the community
was great.
Question – how do we measure the effectiveness of a walk?
How do we know if a walk was a “success”? The answer is NOT how many people
cried at communion, how many spoke at closing, or how many attended 4 th day.
The answer is – we will never fully know! Only God will know the long term effects
of a walk on the heart of a pilgrim.
I found the following years ago. If everyone who attended a walk truly lived by these
words, then our walks are truly “successes”.
I am part of the "Fellowship of the Unashamed." The die has
been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been
made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up,
slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.
I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, chintzy giving, and
dwarfed goals.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions,
plaudits, or popularity. I now live by presence, lean by faith, love
by patience, live by prayer, and labor by power. My pace is set,
my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is
rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned
back, diluted, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of
adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool
of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until he returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And
when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My Colors will be clear.
May your colors be clear. DeColores!
Mark Moore
Community Spiritual Director
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus
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From the Lay Director of the Men’s 58th Walk, October 2014
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
When I sit back and reflect on the 58th Men’s Walk to Emmaus Weekend, I recall a weekend full of bonding in
the Love and Grace of God. The Weekend started off on Thursday night with a group of Pilgrims that I do not
recall having that deer in the headlights look that is so often used to describe the look of most Pilgrims. I saw a
group of men ready and eager to find out what was ahead of them because of the gift given to them by their
sponsors. We moved into the small conference room and met our new best friends. The bonds were being built
early, and the presentations were enthusiastic. It was also here where we were introduced to our theme song
#307 “10,000 Reasons.”
Friday began in silence and once it was broken at breakfast time, I could tell that everyone was already feeling
comfortable and willing to move as God moved them on the weekend. From the moment of the first talk all the
way through the last of the day, the pilgrims were introduced to God’s love and His Amazing Grace. The music
leaders taught us the meaning of DeColores in a way that will not be forgotten and was full of much laughter.
The posters and summaries wrapped up the day, and you could just see that they were gobbling up what the
speakers were presenting to them.
On Saturday we had more talks and we were introduced to the Means of Grace by Pastor Terry. This led to a
very meaningful and moving Dying Moments communion in which everyone had the chance to leave something
at the foot of the Cross. While the rest of the afternoon was filled with more talks and time to reflect on the
special communion service, we had some laughs at the expense of the Chrysalis members at break in. While
they brought laughter during the “If I weren’t a Christian” skit, they also made us all teary eyed during the Jesus
skit. Thank you to all who came out to entertain us. We finished up with more posters and skits before heading
to New Hanover UMC for Candlelight. What an amazing night this turned out to be. Walking into that Church
is like walking into a little slice of Heaven on Earth and a wonderful gift of Agape from the community. After
giving the guys some time to reflect in the silence of the chapel, we had a brief prayer circle and song before
heading back to camp. What a wonderful experience of singing together it was like a group of angels singing
through those men and Reverend Pat. After candlelight we were informed that two of our pilgrims had committed their lives to Christ during their reflection time in the chapel. All praise to God for working in these men.
We wrapped up Sunday with some final talks and then we headed to Andy’s Court for closing. One by one each
of the pilgrims got up and shared with the community what the weekend meant to them. You could tell that
their lives were changed by what they experienced. They all were ready to go back and help change their world
by being the hands and feet of Christ to everyone they meet.
I want to take this chance to thank the members of the team for the hard work and dedication that they put into
preparing for the weekend in the months leading up to the weekend and on the weekend itself. Without what
you all do for the glory of God what we provided to the pilgrims that weekend could not have been possible. I
can’t thank you all enough for that.
To the pilgrims I am truly blessed by having been able to serve you on the weekend. I am grateful to have
gotten to know you and I look forward to continuing our bond throughout the years to come. I know you will go
out and show the world God’s love and Grace.
Thank you to the community for your prayers and support throughout the team building process and on the
weekend itself. Thank you to the Board for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the Lay Director for this
walk. I especially want to thank our counterparts on the Women’s team who were there with us step by step on
this entire process.
DeColores,
Matt Greener
45th Walk to Emmaus
Table of Mathias
Lay Director of the 58th Crossroads Men’s Walk to Emmaus
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From the Lay Director of the Women’s 58th Walk, October 2014
My dear women of the 58th walk to Emmaus, it’s been a few weeks since we came together at
camp Innabah, since we laughed together, cried together, told stories together, and listened to some really
bad jokes together. I want to ask you – how is your soul doing? How is your study coming? How has
your prayer life changed? How have you been moved to action? We shared this weekend about where
we were, where our comfort zone was, and where we want to be. We shared where these things line up,
and where we know we are being called to more.
I write today, to encourage everyone in the Crossroads community to remember – remember the
talks about God’s grace, about our need for Christian community. Remember the challenge of growing
in study, in prayer and in action. Some of us have only heard these messages once, some of us have
heard these messages more times than we can count. No matter how many times I hear these messages,
there is still new truths in them for me.
This year I was given the challenge of sharing with the pilgrims about our Christian community,
and within that community the importance of reunion groups. My pilgrims – have you looked for a reunion accountability group? Sponsors, have you invited your pilgrims to join your reunion group? If you
don’t have a reunion group that you’re part of, can you find an hour a week to spend with your pilgrim,
going through the reunion group card? Prior to this weekend, I did not have a reunion group. I have various small groups that I meet with for different purposes, but I did not know what was missing by not partaking in a reunion group.
For the past 4 months, I’ve been part of an accountability based reunion group. I did this in preparation to share with the women of Walk 58 about the importance of a reunion group, and in return I have
reaped the benefits of all that a reunion group has to offer. I knew it would be beneficial to become closer friends with some women I was close to at church. I knew it would give me some real life experience
to share in my talk. My most unanticipated benefit from my reunion group has been a sense of peace that
has flooded my soul. I do not have words for the peace that has surrounded me. I have always known
God’s presence in my life, but this group helps me to feel His peace that passes understanding in a new
and fantastic way.
I thank you all for sharing your pilgrims with me. I thank my team for the amazing grace they
showed me, and their willingness to serve in any and every way needed. I thank my friends and family
for all the ways you reached out and supported me as I helped to lead this Emmaus weekend. This was
truly an amazing weekend, with the potential to be life changing. I challenge you to remember our joy,
our laughter, our tears, and to find the way to make this weekend change your life.
De Colores,
Elysa
PS – in case you lost that reunion group card, or need a reminder…
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New Members of the Crossroads Walk to Emmaus Community
Richard Bowden
Kevin Carr
David Clendaniel
Debra Deck
Marie Direso
Rita Eisenhour
Dave Evans
Ann Frehulfer
Mason Gehring
Amy Griner
Christine Hall
Kathleen & Dana Ingerto
Anne & Frederick Koelble
Karissa Kuser
58 CWE
154 Shed Road
Douglassville, PA 19518
610-223-1290
[email protected]
58 CWE
19 Potter Street
Warminster, PA 18974
267-345-5287
[email protected]
58 CWE
565 Cherry Street
Lebanon, PA 17046
717-813-5222
[email protected]
58 CWE
1577 White Bear Road
Birdsboro, PA 19508
610-741-9631
[email protected]
58 CWE
848 Meadowood Lane
Warminster, PA 18974
484-680-2653
[email protected]
[email protected]
58 CWE
4427 Somerset Lane
Aston, PA 19014
610-322-2418
[email protected]
58 CWE
1010 Weavertown Road
Lebanon, PA 17046
717-272-1873
[email protected]
58 CWE
307 West Brookhaven Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015
610-717-8879
[email protected]
58 CWE
2010 Robert Burns Drive
Aston, PA 19014
610-558-4475
[email protected]
58 CWE
637 Lexington Road
Warminster, PA 18974
215-354-9272
[email protected]
Miki & Eric Chelton
58 CWE
407 Calais Drive
Sellersville, PA 18960
215-257-3557
[email protected]
[email protected]
58 CWE
400 S. Orange Street, Apt 7
Media, PA 19063
267-575-1159
[email protected]
58 CWE
P.O. Box 145
Brodheadsville, PA 18322
610-751-6752
[email protected]
58 CWE
2345 Overlook Drive
Aston, PA 19014
610-485-5136
[email protected]
58 CWE
767 Bayberry Drive
Breinigsville, PA 18031
484-949-0580
[email protected]
[email protected]
Dana & Louis Lopes
Jim McKay
Tara Pascal
Shelly Sobel
Carl Stumpf
Heather Wallace
58 CWE
173 Blue Mountain View
Drive
Fredericksburg, PA 17026
717-865-7063
[email protected]
58 CWE
204 Hickory Lane
Douglassville, PA 19518
610-385-3113
[email protected]
58 CWE
27 East Glenolden Avenue
Glenolden, PA 19036
484-574-9267
[email protected]
58 CWE
50 Main Street, P.O. Box
1186
Quentin, PA 17083
717-228-2392
[email protected]
58 CWE
123 Sugar Maple Road
Barto, PA 19504
610-587-3405
[email protected]
58 CWE
416 Bow Lane
Gilbertsville, PA 19525
610-310-8679
[email protected]
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Help for Pilgrim Packet Preparation
Your help is needed to prepare the Pilgrim Packets that are
given to each new Pilgrim on Sunday of their Walk weekend. Karen Bartkowski, who has been preparing the packets for several years, has found it necessary to give up this
position, as she has started several new things in her life –
Thank you Karen!
Packet preparation requires a couple of hours of work before each set of walks to print the pages for the packets, and
stuff them in envelopes. Access to a computer with internet
access, email, and a printer is required for this job.
If you think that you may be interested in filling this need for
Pilgrim Packet preparation, please contact Tracy Fasick at
[email protected] or 717-367-1282. Thank you.
New Board Members
Listed below are the results of the Crossroads Walk to
Emmaus 2015 Board of Directors election which was held at
the Women’s Candlelight for the 58th Walk:
Re-elected to a second three year term:
Chuck Addis
Alan Donaldson
Mary Wilson
Elected to their first three year term:
Matt Greener
Joanne Miller
Not elected this year:
Donna Craft
Cheryl VanLierop
I would like to thank all of the members of the Board of
Directors for their faithful service during this past year, and I
would like to thank Chuck, Alan, Mary, Matt, Joanne, Donna,
and Cheryl for being willing to appear on the ballot, and to
serve if elected.
Please support all of the members of our Board of Directors
as they lead this community in 2015.
Thanks, and Blessings,
Mike Kniley
CONTACT INFORMATION
Crossroads Emmaus and
Chrysalis Communities
Key Contacts
Emmaus Community Lay Director
Michael Kniley
529 Waterside Circle
Lebanon, PA 17042
(717) 270-5457
[email protected]
Emmaus Community Spiritual Director
Rev. Mark Moore
149 Davis Road
Coatesville, PA 19320
(610) 383-9856
[email protected]
(Emmaus Team applications go to Lou)
Lou Phillips
12 South Hershey Avenue
Leola, PA 17540
(717) 656-3489
[email protected]
Emmaus Community Registrar
(Emmaus Pilgrim applications go to John)
John Keenan
739 Main Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
[email protected]
Chrysalis Community Lay Director
(Chrysalis Team applications go to Jan)
Jan Schubauer
3079 Turnpike Road
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
[email protected]
Chrysalis Community Registrar
(Chrysalis Caterpillar applications go to
Belinda)
Belinda Ogitis
592 Carlisle Drive
Morrisville, PA 19067
[email protected]
Crossroads Emmaus Board of Directors
Michael Kniley,
Rev. Mark Moore,
Tracey Fasik,
Assistant Community
Jan Schubauer,
Chrysalis Community
Rev. Jim McNair,
Spiritual Director
Rev. Rick Andrews
Spiritual Director
Lou Phillips,
Pre-Emmaus Chair
Sherry Kuhfuss,
Post-Emmaus Chair
Maryann Griffith,
Gathering Liaison
Mary Wilson,
Weekend Coordinator
Dave Cappuccio,
Treasurer
Alan Donaldson,
Assistant Treasurer
Nancy Guenther,
Past Community Lay Direc-
John Keenan,
Registrar
Cindy Carpenter,
Secretary
Chuck Addis
Brian Billman
Curt Erb
Ed Hedemark
Alma “Tootie” Hine
Eric Ressler
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Chrysalis News
We have our teams for February in place. Team meetings will begin in
November. All we need now are the caterpillars. If you are thinking of
sponsoring a youth for the flights now is the time to get your applications
in. They are available on the Chrysalis website or at Emmaus events this
fall. All applications must be received by Dec 1. If you know of youth you could sponsor but
are not too familiar with what Chrysalis is, we can arrange for a board member to visit your
church or youth group with a presentation telling about what Chrysalis is and to answer any
questions that people might have. I can be contacted at 717-367-9764.
Fly With Christ,
Jan Schubauer
Chrysalis Community Lay Director
A Word for Rev. Beverly Andrews regarding Kairos Outside
Please be aware of the following website: 3dayol.org.
From November 14-16 I will be serving as one of two Spiritual Directors for Kairos Outside of
Eastern Pennsylvania. This is a 3-day retreat, similar to the Walk to Emmaus, for women who
have either been incarcerated themselves, or who have loved ones who are, or have been,
incarcerated. These women bear great burdens and the retreat is designed to shower them
with the love of Christ.
If you go to the website above and scroll down the listings, you will find Kairos Outside of
Eastern Pennsylvania. When you click on the dates, November 14-16, you will enter the listing
for the Prayer Vigil which covers the entire weekend in prayer. If you would sign up to pray,
wherever you wish, for these women and for the team presenting this retreat it would be a
wonderful gift of love. The listing of the prayer vigil will be shared with the guests to show them
how Christ's love comes to them through people they don't know and may never meet who are
praying for them.
For anyone who is available the night of November 15th to come to NE Philadelphia, there is
an event, similar to candlelight, for the ladies @8pm, I believe. If you'd like to come and share
this agape, please contact me or Candy for specific time, location, etc.
[[email protected]; or [email protected]]
I know you'll do what you can. Believe me, every prayer and every candle will do great good
that weekend!
Thank you and God bless,
Bev Andrews
Keep Us Up-to-Date
This edition of the Rooster Call marks the first time that nearly every copy of the newsletter will
be distributed by email. This means if you want to keep receiving the Rooster Calls you must
notify us if you change your email address. Any change should be sent to [email protected]
If you know anyone who does not have access to email and would like to receive the Rooster
Call by postal mail, please have that individual send his or her home address to: Curt Erb,
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93 W. 5th Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.
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Dear Crossroads Emmaus and Chrysalis Community members,
As the year draws to a close and the holiday season approaches, we cannot help but
think about how truly blessed Innabah has been throughout the year. This year, 2014
marked our 85th anniversary and we look forward to celebrating many more years at this,
special place. For many of us attending our Walk or Flight at Innabah, they have made
this camp very special and scared ground. Like many of our churches, Innabah is also
facing financial difficulties. In order to continue to grow as a ministry and to share this sacred place with even more people, we are asking that you collaborate with Innabah to
spread the message of Jesus Christ by considering a year-end donation to help offset
the costs that go into running Innabah. We are asking that you pray for Innabah, and ask
you to donate whatever amount the Lord would lead you to give. No matter how much
you choose to give, every gift will be used to continue to change lives and help bring others to the greatest gift of all, eternal life through Jesus Christ. Blessing to you in the upcoming holiday season and thank you in advance for your support of our
ministry.
In His Service,
Innabah Site Committee and Emmaus / Chrysalis Community members:
Barb & Ed Hartman—Lansdale UMC
Carlen Blakstone—Asbury UMC, Allentown
Wendy Schroeder—Faith UMC, Lititz
Maryann & Rich Griffith—Christ UMC, Broomall
Sandy Minnick—Ephrata First UMC
Donations may be sent to:
Camp Innabah
712 Pughtown Road
Spring City, PA 19475
Memo Line: Crossroads Walk to Emmaus/Chrysalis
Resources
There are ways of staying connected to our Emmaus Community in addition to the
Rooster Call and your Gathering. If you are not a member of our Facebook group,
please become one. You can do a search for Crossroads Walk to Emmaus of Eastern
PA and request to join. Those of you who are already members of the group,
check your Facebook News Feed on a regular basis, as there are frequent postings.
In addition to Facebook, periodically check our website at
www.crossroadsemmauspa.org. Here you’ll find information about our Emmaus and
Chrysalis communities, back copies of recent Rooster Calls, information on our
Gatherings and Scholarship funds, downloadable team and pilgrim applications, a
calendar of upcoming events, and links to the prayer wheel and website where you can
volunteer to serve on upcoming walks.
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The Rooster Call of
Crossroads Walk to Emmaus
93 W. 5th Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
Address Service Requested
November 2014
Crossroads Emmaus of Eastern Pennsylvania
Crossroads Chrysalis of Eastern Pennsylvania
Future Walks and Flights
Chrysalis Walk #26
Emmaus Walk #59
Emmaus Walk #60
February 19-22, 2015
April 23 - 26, 2015
April 30 - May 3, 2015
October 8-11, 2015
October 15-18, 2015
Next Steps Rush
March 7, 2015
TBD
Next Steps Rush
May 16, 2015
Cedarville UMC
4th Day Workshop
TBD
Please plan ahead! Team
applications must be
submitted 9-12 months prior
to the Walk weekend on
which you would like to serve.
Note that Team Selection is
in February or early March for
Fall Weekends and in
September for Spring
Weekends. All applications
must be submitted BEFORE
Team Selection for your
chosen
Walk
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weekend.