Fourth Day and Fall Gathering Dates and Locations

Here are some important dates to add to your calendar:

Fourth Day
Saturday, October 22nd
8:30am – Fellowship
9:00am – Program begins
First UMC
103 Monmouth Rd, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

Community Gathering
Saturday, November 19th
5:00pm – 8:00pm
First UMC
700 East Landis Ave, Vineland, NJ 07755

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A message from the Garden State Walk to Emmaus Community Lay Director

Hello Garden State Emmaus Community!

I invite you to take a moment to think back to the weekend you spent on your Walk to Emmaus. What did you feel when you arrived? And now, how did you feel when the weekend was over? Did you feel that you had met Christ along the road? The community that is the Walk to Emmaus, in the Garden State and worldwide, made that possible.

We, as community members, have the privilege of bringing the weekend experience to others. Walks are soon approaching! We have the opportunity to share the incredible love of our Savior through sponsorship, weekend service, and acts of agape. How sad it would be to miss this opportunity!

Now is the time to prayerfully consider sponsoring pilgrims for the upcoming walks. Pilgrim applications and sponsorship forms are available at Mail completed forms to Diane VanShenk Brill at PO Box 944, Newfield, NJ 08344.

There is also URGENT NEED for men to serve in kitchen and agape. If you are available and willing to serve for the entire weekend or any portion of it, please contact Diane Goss at as soon as possible.

The Fall 2016 Walks are being held in South Seaville:
Team training September 9-11.
Men’s weekend is September 22-25.
Women’s weekend October 6-9.

Please pray for the pilgrims and teams as Christ works through all.

The pilgrim registration form, sponsorship form and the sponsorship guidelines are available at the following link:

Our community needs your HELP!

De Colores to all!

Herb Simmerman, Community Lay Director


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2016 Garden State Walk to Emmaus Fall Walk Dates

The Fall 2016 Walk dates are:

Sept 09-11 Team Training

Sept 22-25 Men’s Walk at South Seaville
Oct. 06-09 Women’s Walk at South Seaville

Lay Director for the Men’s Walk #43: Bob Mott

Lay Director for the Women’s Walk #43: Carol Tait

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Fall Garden State Walk to Emmaus Walk #42

The Fall 2015 Walk dates are:

Sept 25-27 Team Training

Oct 8-11 Men’s Walk at South Seaville
Oct. 15-18 Women’s Walk at South Seaville

Nov. 7th Fourth Day celebration for Walk #42 @ Epworth UMC

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Second Emmaus Community Gathering of 2015 – April 18th at Bethesda UMC

Save the date for the second gathering of 2015!

This is a great time to come together and lift our praises to the Lord.

This can be a time to rekindle friendships, see what the community has planned for 2015, meet our new Community Lay Director, share ideas and partake in communion with the community.

Bring a friend or two.  Share the love of Christ with your friend.  You need not have been on a Walk to attend a gathering.

The Emmaus gatherings are also open for Chrysalis to attend.

Saturday, April 18th 2015


Bethesda UMC

1435 Kings Highway, Swedesboro NJ 08085

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Board of Director Elected Positions

Board members have established the following results for 2015 calendar (and beyond):

Herb Simmerman- Community Lay Director
Pastor Jack Orr- Community Spiritual Director
Debbie Campion- Assistant Community Lay Director
Keith Vine- GSWTE Secretary
Bill Whittles- Financial Sec’y
Yvonne Vine- Treasurer

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Class of 2017 Election Results

All 6 nominees will have a position on the GSWTE Board.They were elected during our quarterly Gathering in November. They represent the Class of 2017 as per the election results. Although the option for write-in candidates was exercised (as part of the election procedure), none were offered.

Your Class of 2017 Board members (in alphabetical order) include;

Ann Canter
Judy Niessner
LouAnn O’Shields
Charlie Ryan
Roger Shapley
Keith Vine

Many thanks to all who voted on line, and many thanks to those who voted in person and enjoyed our quarterly Gathering.

De Colores, Charlie Burch
Community Lay Director 2014
Garden State Walk To Emmaus

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4th Day and November Gathering

Please join us in welcoming the newest Garden State Walk to Emmaus community members at the 4th Day Gathering on Saturday, October 18th from 9am – 1pm.

4th Day Community Gathering

Saturday, October 18, 2014

9:00am – 1:00pm

Pitman United Methodist Church

Looking ahead:

November Community Gathering and

BOD Elections

Saturday, November 15, 2014

9:00am – 11:00am

FUMC Toms River

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Fall Garden State Walk to Emmaus Walk #41

Greetings to the Garden State Emmaus and Chrysalis Community.
Dear brothers and sisters,
God is good all the time ….
The Men’s and Women’s Teams for GSWTE #41 are officially in place. Please pray that everything goes according to God’s plan.
The Fall 2014 Walk dates are:
 Sept. 25-28    Men’s Walk at South Seaville
 Oct.   2-5        Women’s Walk at South Seaville
 Oct.   18          Fourth Day celebration for Walk #41
If you have completed Sponsorship Training, you are very welcome to sponsor a pilgrim for this Walk #41.
If you have not completed said Training, please contact me at 732-616-7936 in order to arrange Sponsorship Training prior to this Walk.
Kindly mark the above dates on your calendar in order to participate in the traditional Walk activities.
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
John 15:8 (NIV)
De Colores,
Charlie Burch (Garden State Walk To Emmaus Community Lay Director)
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Invitation to Emmaus Community Picnic, June 21, 2014


The Emmaus and Chrysalis Community

Invites you to their annual Picnic

On June 21, 2014

At Smithville Park in Mt. Holly (right off of Rt. 38)

From 12pm to 2pm

This is a pot luck event. Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be supplied by the Board of Directors.

Come out and have a good time. To renew old friendships. Meet new friends. What has God been doing in your life since your walk? Get reconnected with the community. Let us build up the body of Christ.

We will welcome the new Butterflies to the community.

  The event is open to everyone. Past pilgrims, future pilgrims, future Caterpillars and Butterflies.

Invite a friend or two. How many can you pile in your car? Can your church have the most in attendance? We do have a pavilion reserve for Emmaus.

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