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.

What is a Gathering?

gatherings

Where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them.           Matthew 18:20 

Monthly gatherings  of the Emmaus community are to celebrate God’s love and grace.  They are held at different area churches and sometimes at parks or on Community members’ property.  It is a way for new fourth day participants to meet others in the community.  If you’ve been on a Fourth Day Weekend, join us—call or email John Wilson for information or check for details here.

Personal Godly growth is not a solitary affair; spiritual growth involves the support of other Godly people. This can happen in a small group of up to twelve people, or the support can come from  larger gatherings. 

On the Walk to Emmaus faith is re-explained, grace is re-experienced, a Godly community is realized, and the body of Christ is renewed through the revitalization of a person’s commitment to Christ. If that revitalization is not fed it will be lost. Gatherings help to maintain that commitment, and are  places to worship as the Body of Believers, not just as single parts of the body. They help us to mingle with various denominations in a spirit of unity and cooperation. Gatherings help us encourage one another and persevere in grace. They are a place to encourage group reunions, to see and maintain relationships that were started on an Emmaus walk, whether it was our first Walk or our one thousandth one. And gatherings are to be a place of education: we can learn about a particular part of Emmaus, or about upcoming Emmaus activities.

The basic components of a gathering are:

SINGING AND PRAYERS—we get to sing songs we have learned and learn others. And we get the honor and privilege of praying for others in need.

FOURTH DAY WITNESS—someone is asked to witness to God’s presence in his or her life and their walk with our risen Savior. This witness can come from an experience, a spiritual  learning, a reflection on a part of their journey, or a challenge to live more fully in holiness and service. This is NOT a sermon, a teaching or an explaining of the scriptures.  The Fourth-Day Talk does come from the heart and is a sharing of what God has done for the speaker and how they may have dived  deeper into the divine. It should be thought-out and prepared ahead of time.

CLERGY RESPONSE—There can be a response from the evening Spiritual Director to pull  together the various thoughts and to highlight a connection with the gospel. This is NOT a  sermon, or even a prepared talk. It is a scriptural reflection on the general theme of the Fourth-Day witness for the  purpose of deepening everyone’s understanding of the connection between their lives and the story of God in scripture.  The response includes a transition into:HOLY COMMUNION- We  gather together as the Body of Believers to share with and inspire each other, and to feast at the Lord’s Table

EATGatherings can, and usually do, include food.

BUSINESSThey also include some kind of educational moments, Sponsorship reminders, announcements of upcoming Emmaus events, opportunities to sign up for prayer vigils are explained and offered: these are all educational moments. And always ask if there is anyone who wishes to join a group reunion, or if a group has an opening for another person. .

FUN-And we can remember that we can have fun and share our joy. Jesus went to weddings. He was not a wall flower at these events. He was fully human as well as divine, and humans can enjoy themselves and laugh.  One of the signs of being a  follower of Christ is our joy.

Visitors are always welcome, but Gatherings are intended to be a time of sharing and encouragement from and for the Community.

Excerpted from the article Reunion Groups and Gatherings  by Rev. Sue Farlow in the Cape Fear Emmaus Newsletter.

Source: What is a Gathering

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