On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to welcome all of you to Aldersgate Emmaus! I am honored to have been elected as your Community Lay Director for 2020, taking over from Frank Pifer who now becomes Past Community Lay Director, or as we joked in our last meeting, Director Emeritus. My goal is to continue the great work Frank, and Terry before him, have done and set the stage for the next Community Lay Director. Both of these men, as well as Terry’s wife Kathleen, are mentors and cherished friends.
Our next exciting challenge will be the first implementation of Face to Face at a location in The Villages. Face to Face “Encounters” are an adaptation of The Walk to Emmaus specifically designed to meet the needs and life-stages of older adults. This will include men and women 60 and over to experience Jesus through a 4 or 8 session journey with subjects including discipleship, mission, grief and end-of-life discussions. Face to Face gives seniors the opportunity to rediscover Christ in their lives and to gain fresh understanding of God’s grace. Tim May will coordinate Face to Face for Aldersgate, so we will keep everyone up to date on when and where.
Luke 24:32 recounts the result of meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus. It states, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked to us on the road and opened the Scriptures before us?” It is an amazing sight to see Pilgrims become Babe Chicks and radiate the fire that only the Walk can deliver. Keep your hearts “on fire” by participating in Fourth Day activities in your community and working on a Walk team.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!
Community Lay Director