Walks #19 and #20

MEN’S WALK #19
MARCH 7-10, 2019

WOMEN’S WALK #20
MARCH 14-17, 2019

The Walks will be held at Collinswood of Aldersgate in Buckhead, GA

 

WEEKEND LAY DIRECTORS NAMED FOR 2019 WALKS

SCOTT WEBB HAS BEEN NAMED AS THE WEEKEND LAY DIRECTOR FOR WALK #19

ANN MADDOX HAS BEEN NAMED AS THE WEEKEND LAY DIRECTOR FOR WALK #20

SCOTT AND ANN ARE THE FIRST OF THE OCONEE RIVER BASIN WALK TO EMMAUS PILGRIMS TO BECOME WEEKEND LAY DIRECTORS.  OUR COMMUNITY HAS COME FULL CIRCLE WITH THEIR SELECTION AND SERVICE.

Welcome to ORBEC

We are the Oconee River Basin Emmaus Community, and we are dedicated to those who are interested in strengthening their relationship with Jesus Christ, good news to those who are interested in serving God in this community, and a resource to those that are spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

ORBEC currently has two Men’s and two Women’s Walks to Emmaus per year in the Spring and Fall.  All of the Walks take place at the beautiful Collinswood of Aldersgate Camp in Buckhead, GA.

Next Gathering

OCONEE RIVER BASIN GATHERING
 August, 2018

Where: Eatonton First United Methodist Church
103 W Magnolia St., Eatonton, GA 31024
When: August 10th, 2018
Dinner: 6:00pm
Pulled Chicken will be provided by the church, the community is asked to bring side dishes and desserts to share.
Meeting: 6:45 pm followed by Worship at 7:00pm
Good Food, Good Music, Good Fellowship and Forth Day Witness
Great Music will be provided by the 4Th Day Band
Childcare will also be Provided
Guests are welcome. Bring a Friend, bring a Relative and Bring a Future Pilgrim.
Please join us in making the August Gathering a GREAT success!!!
If you need any other information or interested in giving a 4th day talk at a future gathering, Please, contact, Diane Bassett:  bassettd@plantationcable.net see guidelines for doing so at information table.
Last month we began highlighting an organization to support.   At July gathering community members were asked to bring canned and non-perishable food items that were donated to the food pantry for Milledgeville Presbyterian Church.  Community members responded in a great way.  As a continued part of the Emmaus way and mission, we will highlight a new organization at each gathering.
During our August Gathering we will be assisting by bringing toiletry supplies for, Out of Darkness of Middle Georgia.  This organization was founded in January 2014 when a group of people God connected began praying for women caught up in the sex industry in our communities.  Let us do what we can to assist this group in the Emmaus way.  God Bless
Suggested items:  Full size shampoo and Conditioner, lotion, body wash, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, basic hygiene items or non-perishable food items like nuts and crackers.

 

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OCONEE RIVER BASIN WALK TO EMMAUS
June 2018 GATHERING

Where: Wesley Chapel UMC
420 Sparta Hwy
Eatonton, Georgia 31024
When: June 8th, 2018

Dinner: 6:00pm
The meal will begin at 6:00 PM and the Music and program will begin at 7:00 PM.

More information will follow.

The community is encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert.
Drinks will be provided

Meeting:

Worship: 7:00 pm

-Good Food, Good Music, Good Fellowship
-Fourth Day Witness
-Great Music will be provided by the 4Th Day Band
-Childcare will be Provided
-Guests are welcome. Bring a Friend, Bring a Relative and Bring a Future Pilgrim.
-Please join us in making the June Gathering a GREAT success!!!
-If you need any other information or interested in giving a 4th day talk at a future gathering, Please contact, Diane Bassett: bassettd@plantationcable.net

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IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!!

FOR WHAT: THE OCONEE RIVER BASIN WALK TO EMMAUS GATHERING FOR APRIL

WHEN: FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

WHAT TIME: 6:00 PM

WHERE: THE BRIARPATCH (MIKE RAINEY’S FARM) 725 PEA RIDGE RD. EATONTON, GA
(LOOK FOR THE WELCOME ON THE ROAD)

WHAT TO BRING: NEW MEMBERS JUST BRING YOURSELVES, YOUR FAMILY AND/OR FRIENDS…NO FOOD…IT’S YOUR NIGHT!

WHAT TO BRING: EVERYONE ELSE JUST BRING SIDES TO COMPLIMENT HOT DOGS OR YOUR FAVORITE DESSERTS. THE ORBEC BOARD OF SERVANTS IS FURNISHING EVERYTHING ELSE, INCLUDING DRINKS.

WHAT’S HAPPENING: GREAT FOOD, OF COURSE.

LOTS OF MUSIC AND SINGING WITH OUR OWN “FOURTH DAY” BAND AND SINGERS.

HOLY COMMUNION WITH THE COMMUNITY.

AN OPEN MIC FOR ANYONE, INCLUDING NEW MEMBERS, TO SPEAK ON WHAT THEIR FOURTH DAY HAS BEEN LIKE.

AND, LOVE, MORE LOVE, AND MORE LOVE.

THERE WILL BE TIME FOR LOTS OF FELLOWSHIP IN THE “BIG BARN”.

THERE’S LOTS OF ROOM FOR PARKING.

CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED.

THIS GATHERING WILL BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE. COME ON TO THE BRIARPATCH FOR A GREAT EVENING OF LOVE AND FELLOWSHIP.

SEE YOU THERE!!!!

DE COLORES

LATEST GATHERING

HAPPY DECEMBER 2018 GATHERING AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

A crowd of 70, lovely decorations and delicious soup, chili, cornbread, salad and dessert dishes made for a very enjoyable evening at Greensboro FUMC on Carey Station Rd. on December 14, 2018. The rain outside couldn’t dampen the Emmaus spirit within the group of Community members present. Susie Pressley and Pat Dickey announced the next fundraiser to be held at Greensboro FUMC on January 18, 2019. A beautiful flower arrangement was presented to Shirley Wiley for her service to the Community. Shirley also gave the 4th Day Talk, and Rev. Hugh Hendrickson gave the Clergy Response and served Holy Communion, assisted by Butch Thompson, Ann Maddox and Shirley Wiley. Fourth Day led the group in favorite Christmas songs and praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you have never been to an ORBEC Gathering you don’t know what you’ve been missing. Join us next time and enjoy the praise and worship, the food and the loving fellowship of an Emmaus Gathering.

APRIL 2018 GATHERING

THE FIRST GATHERING TO FOLLOW ORBEC WALKS  #17 & #18 WAS HELD AT THE BRIARPATCH, THE EATONTON FARM OWNED BY ORBEC MEMBERS, MIKE AND CATHY RAINEY. THE GENEROSITY OF THE RAINEYS IN THEIR STEWARDSHIP OF THE FARM IS A BLESSING TO THE COMMUNITY.

THE ORBEC BOARD OF SERVANTS PROVIDED HOT DOGS AND THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE BROUGHT SIDE DISHES AND DESSERTS TO COMPLETE THE HUGE MEAL.  THERE WERE SOME 200 PEOPLE, INCLUDING SEVERAL GUESTS.

THE FESTIVITIES TOOK PLACE IN THE BARN, A LARGE WELL-LIT AND DECORATED AREA WITH TABLES AND CHAIRS SCATTERED ABOUT.  THE MEAL BEGAN AT 6:00 PM, AND WAS FOLLOWED BY MUSIC PROVIDED BY “FOURTH DAY”, THE ORBEC BAND AND SINGERS.  THE SONGS WERE INSPIRATIONAL AND FULL OF PRAISE, AND THE MEMBERSHIP SANG OUT WITH JOY.

IN LIEU OF A PREPLANNED FOURTH DAY TALK, DIANE BASSETT, COMMUNITY GATHERING SERVANT, ASKED THE NEW MEMBERS FROM WALKS 17 & 18 TO USE THE OPEN MIC TO SHARE THEIR 4TH DAY EXPERIENCE WITH THE GROUP.  FOUR MEMBERS SHARED WITH THE GROUP, AND MIKE RAINEY GAVE A MOVING TESTIMONY.

REV. BILL KING, ASSISTED BY REV. MIKE MORGAN, SERVED HOLY COMMUNION.

THE GATHERING FOLLOWING A WALK IS ALWAYS SPECIAL, AND THIS ONE DIDN’T DISAPPOINT.

JOIN US ON MAY 11TH AT THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF MILLEDGEVILLE FOR THE NEXT GATHERING.

ORBEC Newsletter Archives

2016 Newsletters

 ORBEC January Newsletter 2016

ORBEC Newsletter March 2016

 ORBEC Newsletter May 2016

ORBEC Newsletter July 2016

ORBEC Newsletter September 2016

 

2015 Newsletters

ORBEC Newsletter November 2015

ORBEC Newsletter September 2015

ORBEC Newsletter July 2015

ORBEC Newsletter May 2015 (1)

ORBEC NewsletterMarch 2015  (1) 

ORBEC Newsletter Jan 2015

 

2014 Newsletters

ORBEC Newsletter Nov-Dec 2014

ORBEC June Newsletter 2014 

 

 

Reunion Group Activities

PROMISEKEEPERS  SERVING AT JULY 2016 GATHERING

The Promisekeepers Reunion Group served a DELICIOUS Spaghetti Supper at Wesley Chapel UMC on July 10th.  The Oconee River Basin Emmaus Community is extremely grateful for their service.

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The Oconee River Basin Walk to Emmaus Community has a new Reunion Group

The “Women of God” Reunion Group is in the process of establishing mutually agreeable meeting times and dates.  The Group will meet at Freedom Church in Milledgeville, GA.  The contact person for the Group is currently Kathy Martin.  At this time there are five members.  It is such a blessing when ORBEC members come together in new Reunion Groups.  The Emmaus Fourth Day principle is alive and well in the Oconee River Basin Walk to Emmaus Community.                            SC

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The Gazebo Guys and their Gals had a lovely Valentine’s dinner on

Tuesday night, February 9, 2016.  They had a great time and wished everyone could have been there.

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SPONSORSHIP IS THE KEY

Community Building Through Sponsorship

An example of good sponsorship is most apparent in the way that a pilgrim
is led by his/her sponsor to approach the Fourth Day…as they are encouraged to participate in the Gatherings, reunion groups. perhaps even to serve on a Walk and become a sponsor.  Such was the sponsorship of Pilgrims for the 2016 Walk to Emmaus weekends.
Many who were “pilgrims” on Walks 13 and 14 have attended Gatherings,
joining in as community members to eat, fellowship, and worship together…
many have also joined existing reunion groups, as well as helped to form new ones…
and many have already signed up to serve on the next Walks.  The Fourth Day activities of new members help to build the Community and help to ensure success in future Walks.
“Success” on the Walk to Emmaus begins and ends with appropriate sponsorship.  Though team selection, training and community participation  are essential components of a Walk To Emmaus weekend, they have meaning only as they relate to the experience of the pilgrims.

The sponsorship process begins when a sponsor prayerfully asks God to lay on his/her heart the name of someone who might be interested in attending,
then thoughtfully talks with that person to explain the Walk To Emmaus and answer questions.
Potential pilgrims should be encouraged, but not feel forced, to consider attending the Walk.  Once they have said, “Yes” to the experience, sponsors stay in close touch as they walk with them through the process of application submission and making plans for themselves and their families for the Walk weekend.

The weekend is a benchmark, a point on the timeline of our Christian walks.
What makes Emmaus different from most “retreats” is that it keeps on going.
It designs a pathway for us to follow to become more Christ-like, and to encourage us on the journey.

The example of good sponsorship is most apparent in the way that a pilgrim
is led by his/her sponsor to approach the Fourth Day…as they are encouraged to participate in the Gatherings, reunion groups…perhaps even to serve on a Walk and become a sponsor.

Sponsorship does not end, but continues when a sponsor passes on to his/her pilgrim the baton of giving the gift of Emmaus.  It is never too early to begin to pray for God to nudge us towards potential pilgrims,  and to begin to plant seeds of interest in their hearts and minds.

De Colores.                                                                          Flo Douglas, Lay Director, Walk #14

 

 

The Story of the Walk to Emmaus

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The Story Of Jesus On The Road To Emmaus

“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them, but they were kept from recognizing Him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked Him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” ” What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed Him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified Him; but we had hoped that He was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find His body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said He was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.”

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the scriptures concerning Himself.

As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if He were going farther. But they urged Him strongly, ” Stay with us, for it is nearly evening, the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them.

When He was at the table with them, He took the bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, ” Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, ” It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when He broke the bread.”

Luke 24: 13-35 NIV

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The ORBEC Prayer Vigil still has openings just waiting for you to sign up to wrap Walks #13 & #14 in constant and consistent prayer over the next two weekends.  Currently the Men’s Walk Prayer Vigil has openings for 73 prayers for the Pilgrims, the team, the staff of Rock Eagle and the families of those serving and attending .  The Women’s Walk currently has 94 openings.  Please sign up  now.

De  Colores                                                                                                                  SC

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