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august 2010

Ideally Speaking

My thoughts, My words, My heart

I have had the opportunity to meet and spend time with several communities in the last few months at our Leadership Development Events. What a blessing. The evidence of willing, obedient, servant hearts is in full view as I travel around our region. Those who host go out of their way to make those of us visiting feel welcome and at home. Those who help with things like sound and power point and other technical stuff are very gracious as they work out the kinks so things will run smoothly. Those who join us from all over the region not sure what to expect or worried about what they will hear are relieved to find out that they are loved and encouraged and part of a team. I always come away knowing that God truly has great things still in store for the wonderful movement Walk to Emmaus. We continue to talk about the history of Emmaus, where we came from, what was the original intent, structure, flow, purpose. We understand the importance of this knowledge and of maintaining Walk to Emmaus. But one of my favorite parts is when we talk about the Vision of Walk to Emmaus: FOURTH DAY LEADERS EMBODYING CHRIST. Who are these leaders? These leaders are you and me. How do they learn to lead? One of the main components of Walk to Emmaus is Leadership Development. Not just on the weekend, but in everything about it. Where are they leading? Into our Fourth Days. We are the hands and feet of Christ. Walk to Emmaus is not just about the weekend, but rather about changing our worlds, leading our worlds for Him. And so we make a full circle, the history, the tools, the resources, the purpose has always been there from the beginning to fulfill the vision. And the coolest part? People all over the region, in fact all over the world are starting to see and to understand it, to get it, if you will. Seeing Walk to Emmaus for what it truly is, a movement to change the world for Christ, can't help but cause us all to go out and be a part of that change! Want to hear more? Learn more? Then join us at a Leadership Development Event soon. I promise you it will make a difference for your community. Be sure to read the comments in this issue by some of the community and board members who have attended a Leadership Development Event. One pilgrim to another, you will hear the impact these events are having and can have for your community.

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The WALK in the West

WA L K TO E M M AU S W E S T E RN R E G I O N

In Him I Live and Move and Have My Being. Acts 17:28

WALK TO EMMAUS/CHRYSALIS Leadership Development Event Registration Form

Leadership Development Event Location: Leadership Development Event Date:

Name:

Emmaus/Chrysalis Home Community: Address: City, State, Zip Code Phone: Email: Board Member: Community Member: Attending Clergy Certification: Attending Friday Night Gathering: Attending Saturday: Cell phone: Emergency phone: Board Position: Clergy: YES YES YES Youth: No No No

Lodging Request:

Motel Stay at church RV in church parking lot

PLEASE BRING SNACKS AND DRINKS FOR SATURDAY LUNCH WILL BE SERVED AT THE CHURCH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY $5.00 PER PERSON

PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM BY OCTOBER 25 TO: Ideal Curtis at [email protected]

Leadership Development

EQUIP EMPOWER EDUCATE

A program designed for strengthening Boards and Communities

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BOARD AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT NOVEMBER 5 AND 6, 2010

Clergy Certification Friday, November 5 - 9:00 am Community Gathering Friday, November 5 - POTLUCK Leadership Development Saturday, November 6 - 8:30 am

EMMAUS - CHRYSALIS - CLERGY Regional Leaders will be there with Leadership Development for all three.

Greg Engroff, INTERNATIONAL Lay DIRECTOR WILL BE THERE!

The Orange County community has graciously agreed to be our hosts.

WHERE: LODGING Fees:

TO BE ANNOUNCED TO BE ANNOUNCED No Registration fee $5.00 Lunch You are welcome to bring snacks/drinks

Nearly everyone who has attended one of these Leadership Development Events has made the comment that if they had known how much they were going to learn and how much they were going to enjoy being there they would have brought several others with them. Plan ahead - bring your whole board , future weekend lay directors, and any interested community members. YOU WON'T BE SORRY!

The Upper Room Corner:

UPPER ROOM/WALK TO EMMAUS STAFF:

International Spiritual Director - Victor Perez Assistant to International Spiritual Director - Laura Feliciano International Lay Director - Greg Engroff Assistant to International Lay Director - Deana Fredrick

CONTACT THEM AT: 877-899-2780

HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE UPPER ROOM WEB SITE? There are so many resources there for your community. One of which is The Emmaus Library. This series of 10 books covers everything from The Early History, to The Board of Directors, to Fourth Day. They are inexpensive and are wonderful for your book table at Walks and other events. Check them out! www. upperroom.org/emmaus

An Invitation FROM REV. RONALD GRIELICH

With each Leadership Development Event we hold the response continues to be most positive. Since I work primarily with clergy that has been very rewarding. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is devoted to a presentation to clergy. We talk about theology, history of Emmaus, the role of clergy, the importance of communion and a lot more. At every session clergy who have been part of Emmaus for many years discover something new. The clergy sessions are designed as an opportunity for those who need to be certified to get that done. A second part of the design is to provide background information for all clergy including those who are already qualified to serve. I hope that as many clergy as possible will plan to attend. Coffee and dough nuts are available for the early arrivals. A light lunch is provided for $5. Of special note is that laity are also welcome to attend. Those who have attended past events learn in a positive way about the role of clergy in a Walk to Emmaus weekend event. The other major benefit is that we get acquainted and begin to build relationships that we have not had before. I look forward to meeting more of you in Idaho (September 18) or in Orange County (November 5 and 6). Please contact me with any questions you may have.. De Colores & Fly with Christ Ronald A. Greilich Western Regional Clergy Leader Walk to Emmaus & Chrysalis 1480 Santa Ana Ave Clovis, CA 93611 559-346-1633 [email protected]

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The following was shared at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the San Diego Walk to Emmaus community :

I saw Jesus this weekend, Wearing jeans and an old shirt, Preparing the facility and working very hard. For just a minute it looked a little like one of our Emmaus team... But it was Jesus, I could tell by his smile. I saw Jesus this weekend, Giving and Emmaus talk. It wasn't real loud nor were long words used, But you could tell the speaker believed every word. For just a minute I thought it was a table leader... But it was Jesus, I could tell by his loving voice. I saw Jesus the weekend, Kneeling in the chapel with a pilgrim. They prayed quietly together, For just a minute it looked like a Spiritual Director... But it was Jesus, I could tell by his caring attitude. I saw Jesus this weekend, In the kitchen doing dishes and preparing meals. For just a minute I thought it was part of the support crew... But it was Jesus, I could feel the love flowing out of his heart. I saw Jesus everywhere, Serving food to the pilgrims, Welcoming the community to candlelight, Being friendly to a newcomer and for just a minute, I thought, "that's someone I know"... It was always Jesus - I could tell by the way they serve. May someone see Jesus in you as you participate on a weekend.

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One pilgrim to another....

"I have learned more in this one day about Walk to Emmaus than I ever could read about in the manuals. Personal contact with our Western Region and International staff is a great help!"

"The Leadership Development was such a great opportunity to review what we knew and to learn something new. The history of Emmaus was a wonderful piece. It was an excellent overview of the essential elements to keep a community strong. I appreciate your (Regional Leaders) support."

"I found the information presented to be most informative. I intend to share this with the rest of my board and community. I learned the value of uniformity in the program, the vision, the methods, to insure the experience remains true to the vision. This was an inspiring training experience!"

It was the first time that I really saw a much bigger picture of the gift of the reunion card...It is a multi-layered tool for guiding the group not only at each individual meeting, but over time, through the Holy Spirit. The whole training opened my eyes to a much bigger picture of how God is using this movement... I have to admit that I was skeptical about what new information I might gain to warrant giving up yet another Saturday. Then I was reminded that God always blesses my Emmaus experiences, and the training turned out to be very helpful and it provided me with all kinds of new information. It is also a good relationship building time when we eat and snack."

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This is an opportunity you need to take advantage of. I promise you will hear something new. You will learn something new. And you will be renewed!"

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WESTERN REGION LEADERSHIP TEAM Ideal Curtis Rev. Ron Grielich Susan Jackson Aubrey Sloan Galen Shott Walk to Emmaus Clergy Chrysalis Assistant Walk to Emmaus Assistant Chrysalis [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

Please feel free to contact any of these leaders with questions, concerns, or suggestions. It is our privilege to serve together and with you.

The Purpose of Emmaus

The purpose of Emmaus is to renew the church as the body of the risen Christ in the world through the renewal of Christians as faithful and committed disciples of Jesus Christ. Emmaus expands participants' spiritual lives, deepens their discipleship, and rekindles their gifts as Christian leaders in their churches and communities. These aims are accomplished not only during the three-day Emmaus Walk but also through participation in group reunions and community Gatherings, sponsorship, prayer, support of Walks, and service on teams. Persons whose spiritual lives are renewed and strengthened through Emmaus are called to share within their community the grace they receive. They become leavening influences in their local churches. The purpose of Emmaus is not fully realized during the three days of the event itself but in the Fourth Day.

Our Vision: FOURTH DAY LEADERS EMBODYING CHRIST Our Mission: EMPOWER LEADERS THROUGH EMMAUS AND CHRYALIS TO BE THE HANDS AND FEET OF CHRIST.

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CHRYSALIS COMMENTS....

The following summary of the Leadership Development Event in Seattle, Washington was submitted by Tracy Daugherty When our Board was asked to host the first new Regional Training event in our own backyard, Puget Sound Chrysalis quickly and easily decided to take full advantage of the opportunity. Our Board had spent the previous year reviewing bylaws and weekend materials against the National standard and was curious to get a read on how we were doing in an environment where we could also share insights and discuss a few of our challenges with other Communities from the Western Region. Working with our sister Emmaus community, a location was reserved, we started to publicize and recruit community members for assisting with everything from hosting the registration table to leading music, preparing and serving lunch. Our Board chose to publicize Friday night's community-wide fellowship gathering as a Chrysalis "swarm" event to which we personally invited our most recent butterflies and were pleased to have several join us there for music, brief introductions to our visiting community Board members and perhaps most importantly, plenty of time for casual conversation. Saturday's agenda had an early start but that didn't stop the younger members of our Chrysalis Board (or the tired older ones) from actively participating in the ice-breaker challenge to get to know each person by uncovering their least favorite vegetable, last book read, favorite hymn, home church and even their name in 60 seconds or less. Lines of communication were wide open by the time we moved into a more formal training arrangement. Every member of the Puget Sound Chrysalis Board chose to attend this training with its youth members participating as actively as the adults. Over the course of the day, we were reassured that our weekends are 99% on target with the National model and made note of areas we might consider changing. Although ours was the only Chrysalis Board in attendance, connections were made with close neighboring Emmaus communities to open conversations about supporting each other as we seek to maintain a Chrysalis program for young people with very busy lives. We left the day feeling informed, inspired, on fire with new ideas and a renewed commitment to share God's love through the Chrysalis program. Praise God! As a reminder, all Leadership Development Events are open to all Community members from both the Emmaus and Chrysalis communities. Join Us!

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