Garden State Walk to Emmaus Announcements

Hope the new year has given you many blessing as we move into February.

There are several announcements that the Emmaus board would like to pass on to the community.

  • Upcoming Gatherings
    • February 18, 2017 from 12pm to 3 pm, we will be having first gathering of the new year.
    • It will be held at Beverly UMC.
    • Bring your covered dish.
    • Even though the calendar says February, come on out with a friend and feel the warmth of your Emmaus community.
  • Chrysalis Flights
    • Girls Flight
      •  Lay Director will be Sandy Hart.
      •  April 20 thru April 23
    • Boys Flight
      • Lay Director will be Charlie Ryan
      •  April 27 thru April 30
    • Next Steps will be on May 6, 2017
    • Ages 13 to 17
    • Applications now being accepted
    • March 5, 2017 there will a RUSH at Epworth UMC @6pm and a RUSH at UMC of Toms River. Parents are welcome to attend.
  • Face to Face
    • Face to Face encounter # 2 will be May 11, 13, 18, and 20.
    • Starting at 9 am and going till 3:30 pm.
    • Location to be announced.
    • Team is now being formed.
    • This encounter is for people over the age of 60  or who is physically unable to do the walk due to limitations.
    • Applications are now being accepted.
  • Emmaus Walks
    • Men’s walk
      • September 21-24
      • Lay Director will be Don DeFiccio
    • Women’s walk
      • October 5 – 8
      •  Lay Director will be Diane Goss
  • Garden Statue Walk to Emmaus Board of Directors
    • It is with great pleasure to announce the 2017 Board of Directors:
      • Community Lay Director: Debbie Campion
      • Community Spiritual Director: Pastor Sue Flicker
      • Assistant Community Director: Debbie Selm-Orr
      • Secretary: Keith Vine
      • Financial Treasurer: TBD
      • Recording Treasurer: Roger Shapley
      • Other members:
        • Herb Simmerman
        • Bryan Campion
        • Ann Canter
        • Peter Buckley
        • Charlie Ryan
        • Don DeFiccio
        • Bob Mott
        • Mary Buckley
        • Rod Henry
        • Pastor Peter Jamieson
        • Pastor Juliann Henry
Hope to see you on February 18, 2017.

Fly With Christ

Debbie Campion
Community Lay Director


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Face2Face Encounter #2

The Dates are set for the Walk to Emmaus “Face to Face” Encounter # 2
May 11, 13, 18 and 20, 2017
From 9 am. to 3:30 pm.
Lunch is provided.
Face to Face is a program for persons 60 and older who want to encounter the risen Christ. It is an experience in the Emmaus tradition.
If any church is interested in us coming out and doing a short presentation on Face to Face, let Debbie Campion know and we can set something up.  
We are starting to look for locations to hold the encounter at. If you or know of anyone or place that would be interested in holding the encounter, please contact Debbie Campion 856-786-4656.
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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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