Valley Emmaus Community Welcome and News

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The Walk to Emmaus Overview

Based on a Journey with Christ on the Road to Emmaus after His Resurrection

While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and walked with them. – Luke 24:15

The Walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers.

The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor.  After one accepts this invitation they complete an application.  The Emmaus leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in God’s time, the person is invited to attend a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle.

The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work.  Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others.

Adapted from The Upper Room website:


We still have room for men to sign up for the Men’s Walk, February 7-10. What role do YOU have in the Lord’s plan? Please be praying about anyone you might sponsor since your personal invitation and witness of your own Emmaus experience can be very powerful in encouraging a pilgrim to step out in faith. Remember that you can tell them as much as they need to know to be comfortable with the Walk – nothing is secret. Details on the Sponsor’s role are at:

If not sponsoring yourself, do you know of any pilgrim candidates from church or work or anywhere in the area that you can share your Emmaus experience with? Please then work with your church leadership to find them a suitable sponsor.

And remember that scholarships covering half of the $190 cost for those in need are available on a first-come, first served basis. See the link under the Men’s Walk info for an application.

As you share Emmaus with potential pilgrims, be reminded that there is nothing secret about Emmaus. Our Upper Room Handbook and the booklet What is Emmaus?, both explicitly cover that topic. The Handbook states, “There is nothing secret about Emmaus. Even Candlelight, personal agape letters, and the community’s presence at the Closing can be mentioned when Emmaus is explained to a person being sponsored.” The Valley Emmaus Board encourages you to be open about the Emmaus experience and trust that these will all be powerful and fresh experiences even to the pilgrims who are aware of them.

Many publications that explain Emmaus are available from The Upper Room.

Gatherings Information

Gatherings are open to Community Members, their Guests, and anyone wanting to know more about the Walk to Emmaus. We meet at First United Methodist Church, 321 E. Harrison St. in Harlingen (FUMC Harlingen) on the 4th Tuesday from 6 - 8 pm. Childcare is provided. Note that there will be no December Gathering.

  • Emmaus Cross & Name Tag
  • Purple Worship Book
  • Friends & Family interested in Emmaus
  • Dish to pass that will serve at least 4 people

*Gatherings: As per Upper Room Guidelines, alumni of Presbyterian Pilgrimage, Catholic Cursillo, Episcopal Cursillo, Via de Cristo, Tres Dias, Chrysalis Journey, Chrysalis Flight, Kairos Prison Ministries International, and Walk to Emmaus are welcome to participate in Valley Emmaus functions.

*Candlelight: Childcare is not provided; Children under 12 may not attend. Open to Community Members. Candlelight includes a Community Worship Service followed by a Candlelight Service. What to bring: flashlight, agape letters for Pilgrims, name tag/cross, purple worship book & love offering.

Forms and Links

Please send your needs & announcements to the Community Lay Director.
Community Mailing Address: 53 Harbor Town, Laguna Vista, TX 78578 -, 956-572-0099
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