October 2016 Newsletter
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     The Board  of Directors are very sorry to announce that Men’s Walk 51, scheduled for October 13-16, has been canceled due to insufficient enrollment.  
     This was a very difficult decision to  make.  We know this affects the potential pilgrims who did register, the Team, the sponsors and the whole Emmaus community!  Our prayers are with each one affected, as we seek God’s Love and God’s direction and guidance.
     It is planned that WOMEN’S WALK #51 will be held, Nov.17-20 at Hamburg United Methodist Church.  Registrations are due Oct. 13th.

Greetings from your Community Lay Directors, 
We hope you all had an enjoyable summer. As always, there are many things happening within Western New York:
>The Women's Walk is right around the corner.
>We enjoyed the annual picnic and both the boy's and the girl's flights were a success.
>The annual Christmas party this year will be combined with the Reunion for Walk 51. Details will be forthcoming so watch for more information in future editions of your Rainbow Connection.

Wishing God's blessings on you and your families. 

Lynn & Pat Blakeman

     The Women’s walk is just around the corner.  Now is the time to prepare to be the light and love of Jesus Christ to the pilgrims.  There are a few ways to do that.  One is to sign up for the prayer vigil.  Surround pilgrims and team with the love of Christ through prayer. 
     Another way to show love is to give the gift of wearable agape.  If you do this, please remember to include gathering name or your name so any leftover can be given back.   
     If you feel artistically called to share the love of Christ, you may also decorate napkins and placemats for the walk.  If this is how you want to show God’s love, please contact either of the Agape chairs and they will make sure you have napkins or placemats to decorate.

     Thank you for all the love that you will show the pilgrims and teams!  God’s love is too good not to share!
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
If you have any questions for your Agape Chairs, feel free to contact us:
Jessica White at 716-536-1820 or 
Frank White at 716-734-5933 or 
Thank you and God Bless!
Jessica White and Frank White
Want to experience Emmaus Walks from behind the scenes?
What to get to know more Western New York Walk to Emmaus people?
Want to see pilgrims through each step through the weekend?
Want to see smiling faces?
Then, please read below...

All it takes is basic knowledge of food & menu preparation & project planning, and you too could be the next Western New York Walk to Emmaus kitchen coordinator!  Yes, Walk 51 in Hamburg will my last walk where I will be serving as kitchen coordinator.  It has already been 3 years since I started, and it has been an amazing experience.  It is now time for someone else to experience the amazing Emmaus Kitchen.

Kitchen Coordinator facts:
  1. No, the kitchen coordinator position does not need to be a chef or experienced culinary expert.  The position does require basic home knowledge of food and menus, but most of the work is shared amongst the Emmaus community.
  2. Yes, a trailer does come with the kitchen coordinator position.  But, there are many people in the Emmaus community that can assist with the storage and transport of the trailer.
  3. Yes, the kitchen coordinator has a budget.  There are plenty of funds available to feed everyone well, but the kitchen coordinator does need to stay within the budget defined by the yearly Western New York Walk to Emmaus budget.
  4. Yes, the kitchen coordinator should attend the monthly Western New York Walk to Emmaus board meeting.
  5. Yes, a big smile and positive attitude is required.
  6. No, you will be not alone to serve everyone for the Walk weekends.  There are many, many wonderful talented people in the Western New York community that can help with every aspect of the weekend.
  7. Yes, I will assist the next kitchen coordinator to make sure the transition goes smoothly.  Walk 51 would be a great opportunity to start the transition!
If anyone hears the call to serve as kitchen coordinator, please give me a call to find out more.  Please prayerfully discern as the kitchen coordinator is an important role in each Walk weekend.
My contact info: 
Phone or Text:  585-721-7237
Boy's Flight 18  
Kneeling: Dan Benjamin and Marty Doherty 
Row 1: Seth Prey, Erich Dicky, Evan Williams, Norb Fuest, Frank White, Logan Wheeler, Jon Lingenfelter, Bob Neamon, Ray Noell.
 Row 2: Pastor Carol Sierk, Matt Ficarra, Tadd Grimes, Justis Watts, David Knausdorf, Alan Vlack, Benjamin Consler, Scott Prey, Josh Wickins, Jimmy Lingerfelter.
Row 3: Bill Barber, Jack Waterhouse, Law Watts, Stone Sahrie, Joe Peters, Pastor John Loeser, Andrew Consler, Bill Lang, Pastor Dave Wickins, Pastor Clara Wilder, Ron Curtis, Jim Burkhardt.

October Gatherings...

Enchanted Mountain (Olean):
Christ UMC lounge
1st Wed of the month
7-8:30 p.m. - Meeting   Mike or Jan Mortimer 716-373-2237

Honeoye Falls:
Honeoye Falls UMC 31 East St
Honeoye Falls NY 14472
2nd Sunday of the month
6:30 PM Meeting
Darrell Rublee
Kendall: Kendall UMC,
1808 Kendall Road -
2nd Friday of the month;
6:30 p.m. - Meeting
Bob & Trudy Slocum 585-659-8445
Medina/Millville: Medina UMC -
2nd Friday of the month
7 p.m. - Meeting
Sandy Andrews & Holly Roush
(585) 297-4304
West Bank: Greece UMC -
2nd Sat. of the month
8:30 a.m. - lite breakfast
9 a.m. - Meeting
Will & Carolyn Rickman

Southtowns: Hamburg UMC
3rd Tuesday of month
7 p.m. in the parlor
Jerry & Caroline Schneggenburger

Alexander: Alexander UMC -
3rd Saturday of month
7 p.m. - Meeting, child care as needed            
Frank White (585) 734-5933
Springville: Springville UMC
3rd Saturday of month
9:30 a.m. - Meeting
Duane & Anita Domes
Napoli: Napoli UMC -  (Moved back)
4th Monday of the month
7 p.m. - Meeting
Bill & Geniece Perkins


Women's Walk - Team Talks
Click here to view the Team Roster for the upcoming Women's Walk #51

WNY Chrysalis
Boys Flight #18
Lay Director Report
Our God was so faithful in the reformation of this team and in the challenges that we faced, including HOT days and a large thunderstorm, and blest us with ten young men that had their lives changed on this Flight.  Right from the first night, they came seeking God with an open heart and wanting to develop a deeper relationship with Him.  And as you could tell by their testimonies, they were successful and God is faithful!  I was also blest by the talented voices God gave these young men who enjoyed praising our Lord.
Our Lord reminded me about helping our young people develop a deeper walk with our Lord through Mark 10:14 which states: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  Therefore, for the benefit of these young men, I am so thankful for the perseverance of the many to allow this Flight happen.
I also want to thank those who served in Big House for their help throughout the weekend.  The special gift by the community during candlelight was again breathtaking, with the love of God everywhere in that sanctuary.   And for those who attended the closing ceremony, thank you for sharing in the continuous Grace of God given to these young men. 
I am also thankful for the prayers that continued to pour in from the community during the weekend.  The power of prayer was very evident.  So please continue to pray for our new butterflies in their next steps.
Fly with Christ!
Norb Fuest
A gentle reminder: submissions for the November Rainbow Connection are due by October 15.  Please email to:  
4th Day News: Mark your calendars and save the date!
The Emmaus Christmas party will be held on

December 3

Stay tuned...More details will be in the November Rainbow Connection
WNY Walk to Emmaus and our Board of Directors covet your prayers!

You can Click here to view and download the full list of our board.  Print a copy and keep our board members in prayer, for strength, wisdom and boldness in their leadership roles.
Our mailing address is:
WNY Emmaus Chrysalis
5300 East River Rd.
West Henrietta, NY 14586

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