Posts tagged ‘HNEC’

November 28, 2011

Emmaus 2012

I’m excited for a new year of Emmaus in Houston!!

Here are the dates for Men’s & Women’s walks for 2012:

Men’s Walk 66 – April 12-15 Women’s Walk 67 – April 19-22 Men’s Walk 68 – July 26-29 Women’s Walk 69 – August 2-5 Men’s Walk 70 – Sept 27-30 Women’s Walk 71 – October 4-7

If you live in the Houston area, these are your walk dates.  You can also check out the Emmaus website for more information in regards to sponsorship and other activities in our community or your community where you live as well.

“Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus.  While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them…their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.  They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ ”
The Gospel of Luke 24:13, 15, 31-32

June 3, 2011

Emmaus time again

I am preparing my talk on Priorities right now and am very excited about giving it.  It’s the First talk on an Emmaus weekend and really sets the tone for the rest of the 14 talks still to come.  There is no talk song on this one either, which I forgot about for some reason or another.

Anyway, the walk is at the end of July this year and I’m really excited about serving again as well.  I will be ALD for the first time on an Emmaus Walk and am excited about that too.

I will share more about this walk as I have more details to contribute, but if not, then I will definitely share my Walk #62 experience with you afterwards.


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June 9, 2009


There is a new newsletter from the Houston North Emmaus Community.  Please feel free to check it out.  There is plenty of good information about our community and about the upcoming walks for the rest of this year and the schedule for 2010 walks next year as well.

De Colores!

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February 4, 2009

hnec news

Our Houston Emmaus community has some new information available to those who are in the area check it out here!

De Colores!

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April 21, 2008

Emmaus_Walk #45

Well, I can’t believe it, but this past weekend was the culmination of the Emmaus Walk #45 for HNEC.  What a glorious weekend it was too.  The Lord was Praised and glorified! 

I served as a Table leader and the name of our Table was Caleb.  I chose this name from the Bible because of the good report that Joshua and Caleb brought back from the land of milk and honey that the Lord told the people of Israel to go and take and inhabit(Numbers 13).  I always admired Joshua and Caleb for their good report in spite of what others said and there were 10 others that did not bring back a good report.

The weekend started off slow as all weekends do and by Friday afternoon my table and the whole group were beginning to gel, like the 36 pilgrims had known each other for years!  How great is our God!

I gave a talk on Saturday morning, which is the 6th talk of the weekend, “Growth Through Study” was the title of the talk.  It was real hard getting started because of the time and emotions that are invested in the talk.  I believe it’s the same for everyone that gives a talk as well.  I enjoy speaking in front of large crowds and find it a liberating experience.  I think the pilgrims understood by the conversations the rest of the weekend, that study is an important piece of the Christian walk with Christ.

I shed many a tear along with the rest of the team and pilgrim’s.  One quote from the weekend by a pilgrim Joel was “I’m dehydrated from all the tears from the weekend”   Praise God!   Men and crying, it’s not something you see everyday.  It’s great to know that the Lord is and will continue to work in these men’s lives and hopefully, this past Emmaus weekend has something to do with their closer walk with Jesus.


February 9, 2008

Emmaus Walk #45_2

Well, we had our team training last Saturday and it went well.   We met at Lakewood UMC.  We have a really good team put together for this Walk I believe.  I’m looking forward to hearing the talks and giving critiques on them as well.  We meet again this coming Saturday the 16th.  There was a gathering after our training, but we got out of the meeting a bit early, so I headed to Starbucks and went shopping for a bit.  I really do enjoy shopping!

Last night, Angie and I went to Cypress UMC, a fellow Methodist church close to our home and near our home church as well.  We go there on Friday nights every other month or so to share in the fellowship, eat and listen to someones testimony.  I personally had signed up to share my testimony several months ago and last night was my night to give it.  I was pretty calm, cool and collected to give it and ready to hear everyone thoughts and questions on it afterwards.  We ate and enjoyed great fellowship and then I gave my testimony.  I didn’t go into too much detail about my life, even though I have tons of details and stories to share(at such a young age, I feel)  I wanted people to ask questions mostly.  They did too, to my delight.  I was able to share more details about me and my wife and our storied ‘high school sweetheart’ days and how we came to be.  I shared in more detail about God’s prevenient Grace that prepared the way for my full on convergence to Christianity.    Finally, we closed with communion, and Angie and I both gave the elements to the group there.  I was humbled and thankful to give that out.  Angie gave the ‘body’ and I gave the ‘blood.’

We then went to see a move “fool’s gold” afterwards and that was a real cute movie.  We enjoyed it and ate a ton of popcorn.  Jordan, my nephew, met up with us at the Cinemark and watched it with us as well.

It was a wonderful Friday, Praise God!!

January 31, 2008

Walk #45_1

I am going to chronicle my new team of men for Walk #45 here in the Houston North Emmaus Community.  Our first team mtg will be this Saturday, followed by a gathering.  The gatherings are fun because it’s  pot-luck style.  You get a whole bunch of different types of foods.  Chicken and the ‘fried’ kind tend to be popular. 

So, Saturday is team training for a couple of hours and then we meet again about every 2 weeks for a total of about 5 full day team mtgs.  The weekend for the Walk #45 is April 17-20.  I am very excited about it and serving on a God team that will bring Him glory!  I will post afterwards about any experiences and thoughts I have/get/observe.

Another Awesome thing about that weekend in April is that it will be my 10 year ‘official’ anniversary of my being a Christian on the 19th and my Baptism.

Do you think God had a plan with my life when He looked at it?

January 10, 2008

emmaus continued

I have worked several Walks now in the Houston North  Emmaus Community.  I was actually on the 1st ‘new’ Walk for the newly arranged HNEC after the 4 communities in Houston separated into their own communities.  It’s been a true pleasure to work these walks since going on my original walk back in 2000.  I have also worked/served on many other walks as well as serving on teams for Chrysalis too.

I have always found that whatever you give to GOD in service to Him, that you get back 10 fold what you put in.  That is never more evident than it is when serving on an Emmaus Team.  What a joy it is to see pilgrims(1st timers) faces after they have just come back from candlelight or after they start understanding what the weekend is really about.  For this reason alone, it’s enough to make you come back and keep serving.  Another reason is, you remember what it was like for you on your first Walk and remember the people that served you and how they were so unselfishly giving of themselves.  How Awesome it is when we serve and give from our heart.

Being unselfish is such a foreign idea in today’s society and I think that’s what makes Emmaus so unique.  That there is an environment that fosters just this idea.  That it’s not about you, but about them.  It reminds of the book by Rick Warren “Purpose Driven Life”  In the book, the first line in it says “It’s not about YOU”  What a way to start off a book, huh?