Good morning everyone, I hope this day finds you happy and healthy.  There is not much in the way of pertinent news to pass along other than a letter from the Community Lay Director, which you will find below.  I would add that we still need pilgrim applications for the men’s walk and we need team applications for the women’s walk.   All info and forms are found on the website.  God Bless



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:


I have received word that gatherings of 50+ people should be canceled.  It is with great remorse that I am canceling the South Gathering scheduled for next Monday, March 23, 2020.  I know we are scheduled to have our commissioning ceremony and I regret that we may not be able to reschedule it prior to the Walk. However, in light of the ongoing threat to community health and the recommended practices coming out of the CDC, I believe this action is necessary.  Please keep our pilgrims, Conference and Servant Teams in your prayers along with those in the healthcare industry and emergency response teams.


We will have to also consider canceling the North gathering currently scheduled for April 13, 2020.  However, I think that is a decision that we can wait to exercise.  A commissioning ceremony is likewise scheduled for that night.


For now, I am not prepared to cancel the Walk 2020M.  That is 5.5 weeks away and by then we will hopefully be free of the threat to our health.  I have received guidance from the Upper Room on how to go about such a decision and will share with you at the appropriate time.  Let’s see how the situation plays out over the next several weeks before taking on that concern.


For the best information regarding closures, recommended practices and healthy measures I recommend checking the CDC and the Texas Health and Human Services websites.  Don’t pay excessive attention to the rantings and postings on social media.  Don’t repost pictures of empty store shelves and don’t purchase shortage items at ridiculous prices off Ebay or Amazon.


Remember that God has this problem in His hands.  Pray for His mercy and guidance as we go forward.  As ever, I remain one in Christ with all of you.



De Colores


Tom Ruiz

Community Lay Director

Heartland of Texas Emmaus Community