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1) August 11, 2019 – Emmaus Gathering – Picnic at Longwood Park, Salem, VA beginning at 6:00 p.m. (Shelter at top of hill) Hot dogs will be provided. Bring a side dish and beverage and join us for fellowship, singing and a sweet time of communion.

2) Please keep our upcoming Fall Walks in your prayers. Walk No. 189, Led by Rhonda Smith 9/12 – 9/15 and Walk No. 190 led by Tom Oxley, 9-19 – 9/22. The cut-off date for submitting applications for these walks is August 12, 2019.

A Journey with Christ

While they were talking and discussing,
Jesus himself came near and walked with them. – Luke 24:15

The Walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian Spiritual Renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the love and grace of God in a unique manner. During the 72 hours, God will meet you where you are in your relationship in order to bring you closer to Him.

Testimonials

My attendance at the Walk to Emmaus was the most meaningful spiritual growth experience that I have ever had! I was inspired to reach out to others and to spread God's love.
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“My attendance at the Walk to Emmaus was the most meaningful spiritual growth experience that I have ever had! I was inspired to reach out to others and to spread God's love.”1 of 4
My Emmaus weekend was a turning point in my life. No longer was I just going to church. I learned how to BE the church! And I have been blessed by it ever since!
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“My Emmaus weekend was a turning point in my life. No longer was I just going to church. I learned how to BE the church! And I have been blessed by it ever since!”2 of 4
During my Walk to Emmaus weekend, I experienced the love of Christ in a way that I could have never imagined. It helped me to better understand what it means to be a part of the body of Christ and to share His love with the world.
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“During my Walk to Emmaus weekend, I experienced the love of Christ in a way that I could have never imagined. It helped me to better understand what it means to be a part of the body of Christ and to share His love with the world.”3 of 4
For 25 years I was a Sunday-only Christian, but my Emmaus walk showed me that going to church is not enough. We must also BE the church. Now I live out my Christian faith everyday in many ways.
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2018-12-04T16:59:26-05:00
“For 25 years I was a Sunday-only Christian, but my Emmaus walk showed me that going to church is not enough. We must also BE the church. Now I live out my Christian faith everyday in many ways.”4 of 4

A message from the Community Lay Director,

As the Board of Directors for SWVA Walk to Emmaus makes plans for the upcoming year and discusses ways to strengthen and grow our Community, I find myself thinking about the past 23 years that I have been blessed by my Emmaus family. Each of you is a vital part of the body of the SWVA Emmaus Community and we want to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions on how to best serve those around us. Through your active involvement in this Community, we can better fulfill the purpose of Emmaus – to renew the church as the body of Christ in the world, to deepen discipleship and build Christian leaders in their churches and communities.

I came across this statement recently while looking through some Upper Room Emmaus materials and it really resonated with me: “Personal Christian growth is not a solitary affair, spiritual growth involves the support of other Christians” – this is what the SWVA Emmaus Community provides each of us — this love, support and encouragement is the very heart of our Community. We appreciate all that each of you do to support our activities and events. I pray the Holy Spirit will give you direction and clarity in all that you do, and that each day will bring you fulfillment, joy and peace that passes beyond our understanding.

De Colores,
Jo

SWVA Emmaus