Talk From the Walk
The Newsletter of the Louisville Area Emmaus Community
,,..,did not our hearts burn within us? Luke 24:32
Message from our President: December 2008
Assessing the Christian Life
Micah 6:8: He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love
mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Well, here it is December 2008. For many of us, there may rein a cloud over this Christmas season for the prospects of 2009 are so
uncertain. Yet, scripture teaches us to not hold to those “earthly” possessions, but seek the riches of the kingdom of heaven. In
essence, concentrate on those things that are eternal. Our world continues to change. It is neither a political slogan nor a position of
circumstance. The bible shows that our planet has been corrupted since the fall of Adam and that it will remain that way until Christ
Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, or days. All the things we
collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Our wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to
irrelevance. It will not matter what we owned, or what we were owed. Our grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will
finally disappear. So too, our hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important
will fade away. It won’t matter where we came from, or on what side of the tracks we lived at the end. It won’t matter if we are
beautiful or brilliant. Even our gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of our days be measured?
What will matter is not what we bought, but what we built; Not what we got, but what we gave. What will matter is not our success,
but our significance. What will matter is not what we learned, but what we taught. What will matter is every act of integrity,
compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate our example.
What will matter is not our competence, but our character. What will matter are not how many people we knew, but how many will
feel a lasting loss when we are gone. What will matter are not our memories, but the memories that live in those who loved us.
What will matter is how long we will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Micah 6:8: teaches us that living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. We are required to
exemplify the Christ in the Christian. I pray that as we celebrate the birth of our Messiah that we remember Jesus’ purpose was all about change.
May we lift each other beyond the circumstances of the future and remember that eternity is but a breath away.
This will be my last Emmaus Newsletter entry as President of our Community. I want to thank each of you for allowing me the honor
to serve Christ in this manner. It was, for me, a considerable growth experience and one that will have a profound meaning as I
continue my fourth days. I pass this torch to your new President, Marc Gritton. He has proven to be a very competent man of God
and one that has enriched my spiritual walk this year. He will need our unceasing prayer, support, and Christian love as 2009 will be
another year of seeing God in control.
I wish each of you a very special Christmas and personal peace and contentment in 2009. May the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
prevail in all you encounter through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior (Amen).
Louisville Emmaus Community 2008
Emmaus Walk Schedule
Dates Lay Director(s) Serving Meals…
It is recommended that you
#121 Mar 5th-6th-7th-8th
Lew Hawes not serve more than once
Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun during the weekend,
especially if you are a
sponsor. When coming to
#122 Mar 19th-20th-21st-22nd Valerie Grigsby serve park in the lot to the
Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun right as you enter the front of
the conference center. Enter
the building from the back
deck--there will be signs
directing you--and proceed to
the kitchen. The Kitchen
Team will give you directions
on what needs to be done.
Remember that you’ll need to
be there for approximately
one hour after the meal to
assist in clean-up and setting
up for the next meal. Don’t
forget to leave your watches,
phones, pagers, etc. in the
Snack Agape Reminder:
Please remember to…bring your snack agape to the Sendoff…if at all possible. It helps the Team to
better judge the amount of agape for the weekend and reduces the last minute pleas
(for snack agape) we’ve had on previous weekends.
Take your snack to the Agape Room or give it to an Agape Team member as you arrive for Sendoff. Or
if you have a pilgrim, you can deliver it after the Sponsor’s Hour is finished.
Residents Encounter Christ
Dates Lay Director(s)
LLCC March 13-14-15 TBA
KCIW April 24-25-26 TBA
RCC May 15-16-17 TBA
To everything there is a season....Ecclesiastes 3:1
As we come to the end of the year it is a time of ending and preparing. A time of remembering and planning. A
time to evaluate and a time to move forward. I close out my year as president of the R.E.C. Board with a sense of
closure for me and yet anticipating new days ahead for the R.E.C. program in the Louisville area.
The year started out like any other year. Then, changes in the retirement plan for the state of Kentucky prompted
wholesale retirements state-wide. (This summer at Roederer I would receive retirement announcements almost
daily.) Where before we had a nice working arrangement with personnel at the local prisons, suddenly there were
new people in positions and most had no idea what arrangements had been made and in one of the institutions,
that we even had a weekend reserved for the R.E.C. Where our R.E.C. program and personnel were known,
suddenly we were unknowns and the very rules we had been operating under were changed. Needless to say, our
apple cart came close to being upset.
Also about this same time we were finding that, while the operating budget allowed for putting on an R.E.C.
weekend had been increased by almost four times in a matter of a few years, teams were coming up short of money
because of the high and increasing cost of the food items we were purchasing. Our bank balance was shrinking and
team members were being asked to contribute more and more.
Neither of these two scenarios was good. From late summer on, your R.E.C. Board has been working to update
and improve Lay Director, Spiritual Director and Team manuals. We are planning for better communications all
around and an increased role for the R.E.C. Board Liaisons to each of the prisons. We are working on improved and
intentional training, better Lay Director support during formation time and an R.E.C. program specific to each prison
for the Lay Directors to follow.
R.E.C. Board - 2008
We are standardizing the weekend menu to allow more time Dennis Foy President
on team participation and less on food preparation. This will Tammy Underwood Vice President
also reduce the costs and size of the R.E.C. weekend Lois Vaughn Secretary
Shannon Seidt Treasurer
significantly. All the above will let us focus on the basic Martha Lynn Campbell Spiritual Director
purpose of the R.E.C. weekend and avoid the pitfalls we have Mike Huff Spiritual Director
run into this year. David Blandford RCC- Liaison
Tim Heard KSR- Liaison
I wish we could have gotent this all completed for you in 2008, Corey Beatty Co-Merchandise Sales
but we have a good start on it. Your new president, Chuck Young Co-Merchandise Sales
Glen Greer LLCC- Liaison
Tammy Underwood, has a tremendous ability to organize Cathy Henney Weekend Wheat Coordinator
and follow through on projects. I know that Tammy and the Donna Davis Wheat Trailer Coordinator
rest of the R.E.C. Board will have it all finished next year and it Joy James KCIW – Liaison
will be done prayerfully and with the program and Residents' Martha Lynn Campbell Housing Coordinator
interests at heart. Lew Hawes Emmaus Board Rep
However, it was not all gloom and doom in 2008. We put on nine R.E.C. programs in four prison institutions in
2008 and held monthly Gatherings in each of five locations. This is a tremendous feat for a community our size
and all those that supported, participated and prayed for the R.E.C. weekends and programs are to be
commended and blessed for their efforts. We also supported the beginnings of an R.E.C. program in Florida when
Mary and Bill Starkey and their team held the first R.E.C. weekends in the Sumter County jail. Your financial and
personal support has planted a new R.E.C. program in Florida.
2009 will continue with programs in the same prisons as always. Program changes in some of the prisons have
created some date changes for us and we are still waiting for all this to settle in. It looks like KSR will go back to
one R.E.C. weekend a year (hopefully only for a while) because of increased program demands mandated by the
courts. We will still have a great need for many people to take the Word of hope into the prisons and put on the
One of the most frequent questions/complaints I've received while on the R.E.C. board is "I filled out a form to be
on an R.E.C. team two years ago and nobody called me. How can I get to be on an R.E.C. team?" There is an
attitude of humility in the Emmaus community that you should wait to be asked to be on a team. I know I've felt
it. It's somehow brash to ask a Lay Director, "Please pray about me being on your team, I'd love to serve on it."
Well, the R.E.C. Board is behind me when I tell you to call an upcoming R.E.C. Lay Director, corner them at a
Gathering and ask them to pray about you being on their team. What a luxury it would be to actually have too
many people to pray over, especially when trying to find new, first-time people. So, now when you wonder, "How
do I get on an R.E.C. team?" the answer is "Ask!"
My thanks to you, the R.E.C., Emmaus and Chrysalis communities for your support in 2008 and especially to the
hard-working R.E.C. Board who helped me SO MUCH this past year. God bless you all in this season of
Advent and in the New Year ahead.
Please remember in your
prayers the teams and
caterpillars of theDirections are
Cornerstone Chrysalis Journey
13 and Flight 41.
All Chrysalis Journey and Flight) activities are held at Flaget Retreat
Center. Directions are available at our website. Check the schedule below for
1935 Lewiston Drive your opportunities to support
Louisville, Kentucky 40216
Journey 13 and Flight 41, with
prayer, service and worship
during send off, talks, meals,
Lay Directors Spiritual candlelight and closing.
2009 Schedule Directors
Day One – Faith
Kara Thompson - 8:30 AM Send Off
Journey Fri-Sat-Sun Daniel
Jan Wright 11:05 AM Ideals
#13 9th-10th-11th Scott Whonsetler
11:30 AM Servers Arrive for Lunch
12:55 PM God Designed You
2:10 PM Faith
5:00 PM Servers Arrive for Dinner
Sat-Sun-Mon 6:40 PM God Loves You
Flight Dottie Shaw Nancy
Jan 9:00 PM Prodigal
#41 17th-18th-19th Ron Cutler Tinnell
Day Two - Hope
7:45 AM Servers Arrive for Breakfast
9:15 AM Communication Through Prayer
10:30 AM Christian Growth Through Study
Fri-Sat-Sun 11:25 AM Servers Arrive for Lunch
Flight Diane Belt Mel
Jun 1:00 PM God’s Gift to You
#42 26th-27th-28th Charlie Grigsby Wilhelm
4:40 PM Servers Arrive for Dinner
6:15 PM Marriage
8:00 PM Community Gathers
8:30 PM God Sustains You
Now is the time to sponsor a young adult on Journey 13 or a 9:30 PM Candlelight
teen on Flight 41. You can download applications at: Day Three - Love
http://louisvilleemmaus.com/forms.html 7:30 AM Servers Arrive for Breakfast
8:45 AM Christian Action
Your gifts of table, pillow or snack agape are appreciated and can 9:50 AM Single Life
be dropped off in the Agape Room at Flaget Retreat Center on 11:10 AM God Empowers You
Day One or Day Two of each weekend. 11:30 AM Servers Arrive for Lunch
12:55 PM Priesthood of All Believers
To provide table or pillow agape for team and butterflies, please 1:45 PM Next Steps
4:00 PM Closing
plan for 70 on the Journey and 140 on the Flight ~ For butterflies
only—30 for the Journey and 65 for the Flight.
Need A Volunteer Form?
If you are interested in serving on a Journey or Flight, you can download a Chrysalis Volunteer
Come Join Us!
Applications are now being accepted for the Cornerstone Chrysalis board. These positions will
begin in March 2009. If you are interested in serving on the Chrysalis Board, forms are available at:
For more information please contact:
Dee Dee Hurt email@example.com or Donna Haskell firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Election Time…..
We’ve had a very solid turn out for voting, and the top 7 is way too close to call at this point. This is
one election where your vote WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please don't forget to vote in one of 2 ways:
Attend the November or December Gathering and vote the old fashioned way – fill out a ballot.
Or, send your 5 picks to email@example.com. How simple is that?????
Please remember to vote for 5 candidates and only 5 candidates. And, one vote per person, please -
this is not American Idol!
Here’s your slate:
1. David Blandford - Southeast Christian
2. Geoff Brandeth - St. Francis in the Fields
3. Nancy Crittenden - Forest Park Community
4. Leighann Hallac - Middletown UMC
5. Jean Hudson - Mosaic UMC
6. Jane Knapp - Covenant UMC
7. Susan Rittenhouse - Christ Church UMC
8. Charles Stallard - Mosaic UMC
9. Ken Stringer - Crestwood Baptist Church
10. Pam Tedesco - Adventure Christian
11. Mike Welker - Summit Heights UMC
12. Chris Wild - Crestwood UMC
Thanks and DeColores!
REKINDLE THE FIRE!
Attend a monthly Gathering scheduled on
the second Friday of the month at 7:27 pm.
Upcoming dates & locations:
Date Church Address 4th Day Speaker Communion Celebrant
Dec 12th Middle Town
11902 Old Shelbyville Rd Steve Homola Nancy Tinnell
Jan 9th Forest Park Rev. Ronnie Caswell
2713 Blankenbaker Rd Penny Brodie
Refer to the complete 2008 schedule located on the following page.
Don’t forget that them community provides
childcare services at all Gatherings so bring
your children and leave them in the
Questions or comments
professional care of
the folks at
Contact either…. Family Tree
Perry Probst firstname.lastname@example.org or A donation of
Susan Rittenhouse email@example.com. $5.00 per family
2009 LOUISVILLE EMMAUS GATHERINGS
Schedule is subject to change.
Date Host Church/Address
Jan 9 .… Forest Park Community Church
2713 Blankenbaker Rd, Louisville
Feb 13 .… Adventure Christian Church
3321 Ruckriegel Pkwy, Louisville
Mar 13 .… St. Paul United Methodist Church
200 Douglas Blvd, Louisville
Apr 10 .… Crestwood Baptist Church
6400 Sweet Bay Dr, Crestwood
May 8 .… New Life Church
3402 Goose Creek Rd, Louisville
Jun 12 .… to be announced
Jul 10 .… Christ Church United Methodist
4614 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville
Aug 14 .… Summitt Heights United Methodist Church
7400 Outer Loop, Louisville
Sep 11 .… Ascension Lutheran Church
13275 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville
Oct 9 .… Crestwood United Methodist Church
7214 Kavanaugh Rd, Crestwood
Nov 13 .… to be announced
Dec 11 .… to be announced
2008 Emmaus Board Members
Spiritual Director Don Craig 222-6039
President Steve Homola 241-9003
President-Elect Marc Gritton 241-8419
Treasurer Nancy Frank 499-8083
Secretary Sue Ehret 423-9352
Members of the Board
Agape Coordinator/KLEC liaison Steve Ulrich 966-0089/387-0420
Emmaus Mart Rodney Elzy 425-6968
Worship/Pastor Follow-up George Jones 633-0197
Prayer Charts Mike Welker 231-1281
R.E.C. Liaison Lew Hawes 228-3536
Reunion Group Sponsors’ Hour Coordinator Vance Taylor 425-8775
Transportation/Photo Coordinator/Agape Robby Hoke 228-8331
Worship Team Susan Rittenhouse 425-7539
Worship Team Coordinator Perry Probst/Susan Rittenhouse 423-7539/489-9918
Worship Team - Music Perry Probst 489-9918
Chrysalis Liaison Pam Tedesco 454-6704
Technical Coordinator - Agape Mark Young 241-9065
Emmaus Recruit Team for Church Coordinators:
Buz Frank - Forest Park Community Church
David Eager - St. Francis in the Fields
Catherine Detweiler - St. John UMC
Church Coordinators: Hopewell Baptist - Bertie Legg
Adventure Christian - Joni Pardue LaGrange Baptist - Steve Homola
Ascension Lutheran - Marilyn Glaser LaGrange Presbyterian – Jeff & Traci Clark
Audubon Park UMC - Marilyn White Middletown UMC - Doug & Sandra Dearen
Campellsburg Baptist - George Jones Mosaic UMC - George Davis
Christ Church UMC - Jodi Holley New Castle Christian - Kelly Woods
Covenant UMC - Todd & Janelle Trebuna New Goshen Presbyterian - Nancy Smith
Crestwood Baptist - Tony Underwood New Life - Revel and Carolyn Dawson
Crestwood Christian - Janice Leedy Northeast Christian - Bob Embry
Crestwood UMC - Cathy Henney & Karen Mitchell Southeast Christian - Mark Young
Fern Creek UMC - Lisa Newman St. Francis - Robby Hoke & Mike Simpson
Forrest Park Community - Perry Probst St. John UMC - Jennifer Partin
Gateway Community - Joan Rogers St. Paul UMC - Frank & Ann Bayens
Henry County Christian - Daryl & Joy Davis Summit Heights - Mike & Betty Welker
Hartsong - Sherri Luney Westport Baptist - Maureen James
Has your information changed?
If you have a change of address, e-Mail, church, phone number or name
since your weekend, please send your updated information to
Additionally, if you have valid addresses for any members who have
moved away, those could be useful as well.
Receiving the newsletter….
There are three ways to obtain a newsletter:
1) Hardcopy - contact your Church Coordinator. If your church does not have a Church Coordinator
perhaps you’d like to serve as one. Otherwise please contact a coordinator from another church and
request a copy.
2) Website – download the DOC or PDF file to view and/or print www.louisvilleemmaus.com
3) e-Mail – send your name/e-Mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have information to share?
To share information in the Talk From the Walk, (the deadline is
the 22nd of each month), send your article or information to:
Jeff and Karen Mitchell at email@example.com
or call them at 243-3902.
If you want to….
- visit your Emmaus Website: www.louisvilleemmaus.com
- change your email address, or add or drop: firstname.lastname@example.org
- add information to the Louisville Emmaus Prayer chain: email@example.com
- visit the Emmaus Chatterbox Bulletin Board*: http://tothworld.us/chatterbox
- view/post to the R.E.C. calendar/prayer chart: http://tothworld.us/webcalendar/month.php
*Note: use the Chatterbox for questions, items, or discussion topics that don’t quite fit the prayer chain.
For Emmaus applications contact: Barb Gritton at (502) 241-8419, or
DeeAnna Oliver at (502) 228-4080, or
visit the website
For Chrysalis applications contact: Dee Dee Hurt at (812) 948-1633,
visit the website
For R.E.C. Team consideration contact: REC.firstname.lastname@example.org, or
visit the website