Bryan Pack Walk #84

posted Mar 18, 2020, 2:36 PM by Jim Borrell   [ updated Mar 18, 2020, 2:40 PM ]

I am sad to announce that HOC community member Bryan Pack passed away recently. He was a pilgrim on Walk #84 and had served with Chrysalis. Please join us in prayer for the family and loved ones of Bryan.

Walk 143 Follow-up and Gathering Date Change

posted Mar 13, 2020, 11:28 AM by Jim Borrell   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 11:29 AM ]

Due to the health concerns of the current time, the HOC Board of Directors has decided to change the date of the Follow-up for Walk 143 and subsequent Gathering from March 27 to Friday, April 24. The Follow-up will start at 6:30pm at White Plains UMC and the Gathering will start at 7:30, immediately after the Follow-up. Please spread the word to all your Emmaus friends and especially to any new members of our community from Walk 143.

Mens' Walk 143

posted Mar 2, 2020, 2:44 PM by Jim Borrell

Mens' Walk 143 will be held March 5-8 at Camp Agape in Fuquay Varina. It is a FULL WALK!!! Praise God! Send off is at 7:30pm on Thursday the 5th, Candlelight is at First UMC Fuquay Varina on Saturday night the 7th starting at 8pm and closing is on Sunday the 8th at 4:30. There will be sponsorship training before the Candlelight at 7pm at First UMC Fuquay Varina. Please attend these events and welcome our new pilgrims into the Heart of Carolina Emmaus community. Let's keep the fire burning!

Candlelight for Walks 143 and 144

posted Feb 7, 2020, 5:19 AM by Jim Borrell   [ updated Feb 7, 2020, 5:21 AM ]

The Candlelights for Walks 143 and 144 will be held at First UMC Fuquay Varina. See the home page for the address, a map and directions.

New Year Gathering!

posted Jan 17, 2020, 6:14 AM by Jim Borrell

It's time for our first Gathering of 2020 and time to start the year off right with your Emmaus brothers and sisters with a celebration of our faith and anticipation of a great year of HOC Emmaus Walks. Our Gathering is on Friday, January 24 at 7:30 with Sponsorship training starting at 6:30 prior to the Gathering. This will be a great time to sign up to serve behind the scenes at the Men's Walk #143 to be held on March 5-8 at Camp Agape in Fuquay Varina.

This month we are traveling from our familiar seats to ones we have visited many times before in the past.  We are going to Holland’s United Methodist Church.  However, seldom have we been there for a Gathering.   So to some this will be an entirely new experience, others may find this a Gathering with memories.  Join us.

Hollands UMC is just south of Garner.  This address is 9433 Ten-Ten Rd, Raleigh.  This is just east of the intersection of Ten-Ten Rd and Old Stage Rd.

Most likely childcare will be available from 6:30 to 9.   That will be updated next week as we have more information.

There is a wrinkle.   They are having some floor work done and now it appears that will not be finished in time for our Gathering.  So we will enter by the side door, the east side, next to the sanctuary into the Fellowship area.   That’s just as well as that is where you will be bringing your snacks for us to enjoy.

So come and enjoy this but also bring a friend.

Watch for an update next Thursday.

January 24th,   Hollands UMC, 6:30 Sponsorship, 7:30 Gathering,    Childcare and Snacks.   See you there!

Christmas Gathering tomorrow night!

posted Dec 5, 2019, 11:07 AM by Jim Borrell

Its Gathering time and it isn’t even close to the 4th Friday.  Still it will happen this week, Friday, December 6th.  Isn’t it great that the Holy Spirit doesn’t work off a calendar like we do.   This Gathering is a time of acknowledging so many things in our lives around Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas.  Please bring yourself with a grateful and anticipatory heart.  Seldom are we told around Emmaus Walks to be anticipatory but when it comes to Advent we are.   Let our hearts be burning with gratitude for the many things that have been done and are being worked out for us in Heavenly realms.  So come and join us in this time of worship.

This worship service will be in the Sanctuary of White Plains UMC.   So just walk right on past the door we normally arrive at, down to the end of the sidewalk.   This is where you will find us as there is another event in the space we usually get to use.  

·         Bring with you a grateful heart

·         Bring with you a voice ready to sing

·         Bring with you a snack

·         Bring with you some simple things of our abundance to stock the food pantry

Canned:    corn, mixed vegetables, fruit, pasta sauce, milk, large tuna, large chicken noodle soup, large cans chicken

Boxed:      pasta noodles, baking mix, macaroni and cheese, brownie mix

Bagged:     1 lb. rice; 1 lb. pinto beans 

Plastic bottles:     Peanut Butter, Grape Jelly


·         Bring with you a humble self to be in God’s presence


·         Bring someone else with you.


Also notice TRAINING IS OCCURING.   If you just finished a walk or it has been a while back, Training is a gift that allows you to give a walk to another.   That will be at 6:30 in the Pathfinders Classroom across from our regular room.  Please take this step in becoming a sponsor of others for walks.


This will be a time of celebrating new and old.  So join us. 

6:30 Training, Pathfinders Classroom,

7:30 , Gathering, Sanctuary,

White Plains UMC, Cary

Women's Walk #142 Candlelight

posted Sep 26, 2019, 12:03 PM by Jim Borrell

Candlelight for Women's Walk #142 will be at Fuquay Varina UMC, 100 Judd Parkway, Fuquay Varina on Saturday night, October 12 starting at 8pm. There will be sponsorship training before the Candlelight starting at 7pm. If you have not had sponsorship training in person, please plan to be there. Let's keep the fire burning in our Heart of Carolina community.

Women's Walk October 10-13

posted Sep 24, 2019, 1:49 PM by Jim Borrell

Greetings HOC Emmaus community,

The HOC Emmaus women's Walk is just around the corner on October 10-13. If you would like to serve behind the scenes at Camp Agape please navigate to the "Board of Directors" page on this website. There you will find the work areas and board members in charge of those work areas. Email them to volunteer to serve. They will contact you to find out when you can serve. Serving behind the scenes is a great way to re-acquaint yourselves with your Emmaus brothers and sisters. It's always a fun and spiritually fulfilling time. See you there!


Proposed HOC Bylaws Updates

posted Sep 23, 2019, 7:52 AM by Jim Borrell

Greetings HOC Emmaus Community! 

We are in the process of updating our HOC Bylaws, as we do every several years, to keep our community guidelines up to date and in sync with Upper Room guidelines.

The proposed updates have been approved by the Board of Directors. The changes will go into effect once the community approves them via a vote. This vote will take place at the October 25th Gathering at White Plains UMC.

The link to view the Bylaws with proposed changes is attached below. The areas to be updated are highlighted in blue with the changes highlighted in yellow with a red font. If you have any questions, please contact us at:


Men's Walk 142

posted Jul 20, 2019, 1:30 PM by Jim Borrell

It is with heavy hearts to inform you that Walk 142 scheduled for Sept. 19-22 has been postponed until March 5-8, 2020. We only had 11 men registered with a minimum of 20 needed by 60 days prior to the Walk. The contract with our retreat center, Camp Agape, requires confirmation of the Walk 60 days prior to the Walk. If we confirm but have to postpone after the 60 day deadline we must pay the entire cost of the Walk. This is the reason why we have been reminding our community to register pilgrims early and not wait until the last minute.
Our women's Walk in October has 18 women registered so we need several more before the August 10 deadline. So please send those applications in ASAP so we don't have to postpone our women's Walk. Keep these Walks and our community in your prayers.

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