Florida Crown Emmaus Newsletter
A Monthly Newsletter February 2010
Pilgrim Music Thank you Community 2009 Financial Calendar of
Sponsorship What’s Outgoing Board Spiritual Review Events
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Cheyrle Evans-Busack - Registrar
Happy New Year!
As I sat down to write this article, I realized that there has not been a newsletter since before Christmas. So Merry
CHRISTmas too. I hate to admit it but I just got through taking down the decorations on the inside of the house. But now
that's all done and we have a new year ahead. A new year to show our support for our community and to share the good
news of Jesus Christ.
Which brings me to the next set of walks.The dates are April 22-25 for the Men and April 29- May 2 for the Women. The
planning for them has already begun. Now we need pilgrims. That's where you come in. I am asking you to prayerfully
consider sponsoring a pilgrim or a couple for these walks. What a wonderful gift to send someone on the Walk to
Emmaus where they can spend three days being surrounded by love and having their every need met and to be given the
opportunity to shut out the world and focus on a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. To help them realize that He loves
them unconditionally and that eternal salvation is theirs simply for the asking. I can tell you that from my point of view it
is truly one of the best gifts anyone has ever given me.
Whether you pick and application at the next gathering or download one from the website - Please note that there has been
an increase in the cost of the walk. After much discussion and prayer, the board voted to raise the cost of the walk to $125.
The application fee is still $25.
So there should be at least 2 things on your agenda for the upcoming walks - Sponsorship and Prayer. Please start praying
about sponsoring someone, then pray for the board and the decisions we are called to make, pray for the teams and their
training, and pray for the as yet unknown pilgrims. We need your prayers - we covet them - they are essential for the life
of this community.
Decolores my brothers and sisters in Christ!
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit. Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
Paul Frendahl - Music
(904)269-7474 or email me at
email@example.com . I am open to your
De Colores from the new music “dude”.
suggestions and need all the help I can get. I will be in
Although at my age, I am not sure whether I can actually touch with you whether you call or not, so you might as
be considered a “dude”. So if you prefer music “old-fogy” well just volunteer and get it over with, rather than making
or music “geezer” I will answer to any and all. (Although me twist your arm. lol.
when someone addresses me as “dude” I am typically still
Of course, we will continue to follow Mike’s primary 3
a bit puzzled.)
rules, stand-up, smile, and sing along, but I would like to
First, I would like to say thanks to Mike Wildes for all his also add… let’s just make a joyous noise. And, I don’t see
hard work and leadership over the past 3 years! I know any reason why we can’t dance or jump around too! Why
everyone will join me in saying it was a lot of fun not?, right!
playing, singing, and praising the Lord with Mike.
If you haven’t already figured it out, I am all about
For those of you that don’t know me, I made my walk on inclusiveness. I guess if we are to model our lives and our
FCE #45 and have served on several walks and cook service after Jesus, it seems He was willing to include
teams since then. I have also served on both Chrysalis everyone in His ministry and in God’s Grace. Praise God,
and Journey teams. Yes, I am the typical musician type or very few of us would be here right now. I think the same
personality; you never quite know if I am being serious, holds for making a joyful noise… we all need to have an
or if I have just totally lost my mind, and frankly I border opportunity to play, sing, dance, and praise. That includes
on both at times. I enjoy having fun with the music and you!
hope that I can help make music fun, but at the same time
Come and get involved.
meaningful, enjoyable, and worshipful for the community.
I have set some goals for the next few years that I hope
can be achieved. Nothing difficult, but goals none-the- Paul Frendahl – FCE #45
less. I used to be extremely goal oriented in a former life,
but I have found that sometimes it seems when men set Thank You Outgoing Board Members
their goals, God just laughs. I am sure I have given Him a
few good chuckles over the years and probably a number On behalf of our entire Florida Crown
of out-and-out belly laughs. Emmaus Community I would like to thank our Board
The first thing that I would like to do is to assure that the of Directors and the Chrysalis Steering Committee for
Emmaus Music “team” per se, is open and inclusive. Not their dedication and service this past year. As you may
that music for Emmaus hasn’t always been inclusive, but or may not be aware our By-Laws only allow board
what I would like to ensure is that everyone feels members to serve for three years. So as we end this
welcome to come and play no matter what instrument or year we have five of our board who are leaving us, at
what skill level. That includes anyone that just wants to least in an official capacity. I want to take a moment
sing, dance, or help in other ways, like handing out music,
etc. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and to thank each of them.
participate. First, Mike Wildes and his 942 rules for
Some of the other goals I am going to attempt to singing in Emmaus. Thanks Mike for so joyfully
accomplish are to create some local musical “gatherings” leading us and arranging our music teams. Second is
for the purpose of learning new material and styles, as Jody Matchett who has so faithfully been our registrar
well as to encourage new-comers and beginners to for the past three years, thank you Jody. Also thanks
participate. The more experienced players will hopefully
to Magi Trotman who has been our kitchen
help the new-be’s to learn and improve. I would also like
to challenge the more experienced musicians to do some coordinator and arranged for all the good eating
medleys and some intra-song key changes to enhance the experienced on our walks. Next is Scott McLendon
quality of the music. Not to make it difficult mind you, who has hauled luggage and coordinated all of our
but just to try to push the envelope a little. physical arrangements, and finally Devin Clark who
I also would like to establish “directors” for each Emmaus has worked tirelessly as our communications person
event (i.e Send-Off, Worship Service, Candlelight, in getting out our newsletters and all of our printed
Closing, and Gatherings). My goal here is to make materials for the weekends. Thank you, Scott and
someone responsible for each event to bring music, song Devin.
sheets, and select the songs based on what the event
requires. In other words just attempt to be as prepared as Each of you will be missed greatly, and all that can be
possible so that everyone involved can participate in the said is “well done my good and faithful servant.”
If anyone is interested in volunteering for one of these Rick Williams
roles or helping in other ways, feel free to call me at Community Lay Director
Rev. Fred Woolsey - Community Spiritual Director
There is a Song in Your Heart
Music plays a big part in our Emmaus community and our musicians do a great job. But there is another kind of music all
of us have. God gave us the music and language of praise which pleases Him when our hearts are turned in praise and
There is a story told about how the music of praise came to be made by the Creator God. The story was told in the book
Three From Galilee by Marjorie Holmes. It I was called the “Legend of Yahweh’s
After God created the world, God asked the angels – “What do you think of it?” The
world was beautiful, they told him, but one thing was lacking and that was music.
“But the birds sing, the brooks babble,” said the Lord. The angels replied “There
needs to be music of people worshiping you.”
“Just wait,” said the Lord, “I will put music in their throats so they may sing!”
But the angels told the Lord God, “That is not enough; they must sing with hearts
forever, waking or sleeping, praising you for this wonderful world you have made.”
And it was so.
This simple legend tells us why worship and praise are so important. God has created
a beautiful world and sent a wonderful Savior. Our lives are enriched not only by the
beauty of sunsets but by the grace of God who loves us, forgives our sins, and calls us
to worship and serve him everyday.
May your lives be filled with praise and worship which is the music of the heart. This
is the greatest music ever written.
Rev. Marguerite Matthews - Asst. Spiritual Director
For the Adventuresome and Inquisitive
My dear Emmaus/Chrysalis brothers and sisters, I missed you all at the first gathering for the new year but share with you
a great thanksgiving to Rev. David Charlton and God’s people of Glynlea Grace UMC for hosting the event.
With hesitant wisdom, I chose not to share my virus at the January gathering. Please mark your calendar for our Florida
Crown gathering on Saturday, February 20. You will experience through sight, sound, and praise, how your host church,
Harmony United Methodist Church, worships weekly in the cafeteria of New Berlin Elementary School, 3613 New Berlin
Road off 9-A at the Alta Road exit. Great directions can be found at harmonyumc.com. We will eat and fellowship on
school cafeteria tables and then worship in the same yet God-transformed Sacred Space.
Chrysalis youth and Emmaus pilgrims must be great adventurers and hungry to learn more about our Lord and God’s call
on each of our lives. The goal of both Chrysalis and Emmaus is to develop Christian leaders and disciples to grow God’s
kingdom wherever God has called each of us to serve. Remember, Christian leadership is expressed in Christ-
like service to others so that new life can be brought about. “It is this service which gives eyes to see the flower breaking
through the cracks in the street, ears to hear a word of forgiveness and hands to feel new life under cover of death and
destruction.” (from The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen) Words of promise and great hope after the devasting
earthquake and human loss in Haiti.
So open your heart, mind, and spirit to God’s Word, direction, prayer time and experiences to fellowship with other
Christians. Be inquisitive and adventuresome because “you are a child of God in whom Christ dwells.” Praise God.
Bruce Fry - Communications
Lord, where am I to serve?
Philippians 2:5-8 (NKJV)
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the
death of the cross.
I became a Christian in 1991. My conversion came after a series of hardships in my life where I could look to no
where else but the cross for the answers. After seeing Jesus work with such peace in a friend’s life, I wanted that peace
and surrendered my heart to Him ( Jesus) by my bedside, one night, all alone. Here I look back, 19 years later and think
wow, I can’t believe where God brought me from to where I am now. Many of you know me as one of the musicians.
Many of you also know me as one to step on toes at times, in love. I have lots and lots of shortcomings, let’s not count
them, please.... I stumble and fall, and sometimes it really hurts. But the one thing I take great joy in is being a Servant.
One thing that I have heard over and over on weekends is Emmaus is not to be your church. Emmaus is (right
from our web site) a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of
Christian disciples and leaders. This passage of scripture starts: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
What mind, you ask?
Jesus made of himself no reputation, but took on the form of a bondservant. A slave, or one who works for no wages. He
wasn’t interested in anyone’s opinion or a reward for doing what He did. He did it because He was being obedient to His
Going to the cross for us was obedience. Leading by example, He set the bar real high. The ultimate Servant, the ultimate
I mean, how could I match what Jesus did?
Well the truth is that I can’t.
What can I do? I can follow His example. I can love others and sacrifice selflessly. I can choose to lay down my pride, my
will, and serve others. One of my Pastors’ recently remarked that the Body of Christ has missed the example of Jesus and
the Disciples. We get so caught up in thinking full time ministry is for paid staff members, we miss the example that He
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
Perhaps for many of us it is time to ask, Lord where am I to serve? Who am I to serve?
Grace and Peace
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50th Wedding Anniversary
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We are updating the web page with current
2009 Financial Review
Total weekend (Walk) Income - $20,158.00
Total Weekend (Walk) Expenses - $26, 495.00
Weekend (Walk) Loss - $6337
Total Agape / Other income - $4,339.00
Total Operating/ Other expenses - $7,778.00
Operating Loss - $3,439.00
Total Yearly Loss – $9,776.00
As you can see from the above financial review Florida Crown Emmaus, Inc. has again operated at a loss, for the
third year now. This is due to several factors but mainly it is twofold. First, we need full walks of 30 pilgrims.
This would have decreased our losses by $4,000. Secondly, our weekend expenses such as our camp fees and
food continue to rise. Thus our Board voted at the end of last year to raise our weekend fee to $125. This
should allow Florida Crown to at least break even on our Weekend Walks.
We then need you, our Florida Crown Community, to step up and support our operating expenses which include
such things as insurance, newsletters and postage through your gifts of agape.
Florida Crown Emmaus is a not for profit organization which means we are not out to make money, but we do
have to cover our expenses and we can not continue to operate with such losses. Will you sponsor someone for
an upcoming walk? Will you give a tax deductible donation or put a little extra in the green agape boxes? It’s up
Calendar of Events:
February 20th: Gathering Harmony UMC currently meeting at New Berlin Elementary School
3613 New Berlin Road in Jacksonville.
March 27th: Gathering at Faith UMC 4000 Spring Park Road, Jacksonville.
Florida Crown Emmaus Mens Walk #66 April 22-25 at LARC.
Florida Crown Emmaus Women’s Walk #66 April29 - May 2nd at LARC.
May 8th 4th Day Gathering at St. Paul UMC 8264 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville.
We have the following board positions open:
Board Contact the Board of Directors if you
Positions would like to further information.
Florida Crown Emmaus NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION
U.S. POSTAGE PAID
1058 Cathcart St.
PERMIT NO. 3597
Jacksonville, Fl. 32211
Next Gathering RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
Sat. February 20th
Harmony UMC @ New Berlin
3613 New Berlin Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226
Take 9A to Alta Dr.
Depart Alta Dr (1.4 mi)
Road name changes to
Yellow Bluff Rd (0.6 mi)
Turn right onto New Berlin Rd (0.8 mi)
Arrive at 3613 New Berlin Road
Board of Directors
Lay Director:Rick Williams (904) 646-9031 Music: Paul Frendahl (904) 269-7474
Asst. Lay Director: Corky Thomas (904) 398-8751 Secretary: Pat Sarver (904) 223-4020
Spiritual Director:Rev. Fred Woolsey (904) 636-6475 Men’s Team Selection:
Registrar: Cheryle Evans-Busack (904) 779-6499 Treasurer:
Asst. Spiritual Director - Gatherings: Physical Arrangements:
Asst. Spiritual Director - Worship: Chrysalis Board Rep: Tom Rauth (904) 699-7356
Upper Room Liaison: Kitchen Coordinator: Anita Simpson
Agape, Prayer Vigil: Ronda Woods (904) 276-0882 Reunion Groups:
Gatherings: Communications: Bruce Fry (904) 721-2167
Women’s Team Selection: Lee Brideson (904) 654-6444
For more information, please visit the Florida Crown Emmaus website at