De Colores Brothers and Sisters!!!!
I hope you’re having a great summer. Although I missed it, I’d like to thank Larry Bergstrom, Mike Bialor and all of our community at Hollywood Hills for what I understand was a wonderful gathering this past Saturday.
So, how are you doing? That question has become rhetorical in our culture today. It has devolved into a casual greeting without much true sentiment – too often the person asking doesn’t really care what the answer is, much less wait for a genuine response. But that’s not what I want to do today. HOW ARE YOU DOING? How is your spiritual life? How is your reunion group going? Are you staying connected with Christian friends, Emmaus brothers and sisters, with Christ? One of the defining characteristics of a community, is that we live our lives together. We share each other’s joys, pains, victories and setbacks. We are very intentional about loving and caring for each other. I admit I have sometimes failed in this capacity and I’m sure I’m not alone. But there’s a fix for it.
The theme for this past Gathering was “Remember Your Weekend”. As I remember the days and weeks following my Emmaus weekend, I remember how on fire I was; connecting with all of these wonderful people in this community. Over the years that fire has waned a bit, but each time I serve on a team or get involved with a new group of pilgrims, it reignites. I deeply wish the same for each one of you. The best way for this to happen is to stay active in the community. Which means participating in Gatherings, serving on teams, and perhaps most importantly sponsoring new pilgrims. I’ve heard that there are a growing number of Pilgrim applications floating around out there throughout various churches. Praise the Lord!!!! But they don’t count until they’re submitted to the Registrar. So please keep the momentum going! Submit your Pilgrim applications, and encourage more people to attend.
I’m going to issue a challenge to this community. I challenge each church to sponsor at least 3 men and 3 women for the fall weekends. Some churches have already achieved this number, but I think we ALL can do it. If your church has already reached 3 & 3, don’t slow down! Keep ’em coming! Let’s fill these weekends up for Sam and Carolyn… and wouldn’t it be a wonderful problem to have a waiting list for both men’s and women’s spring 2018 weekends!!!
Thank you all for everything you’re doing for Our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ. I pray peace, health, and joy for each of you. I love you all! Your humble servant…
Phil Connell, Oceanside Community Lay Leader