Important Announcement!

posted Oct 18, 2020, 2:49 PM by Jim Borrell

The HOC Emmaus Board of Directors has decided to cancel the April 2021 Men’s walk. A decision on the May 2021 Women’s walk will be made in January 2021. Also the HOC Board of Directors will hold their next meeting on January 9, 2021. Please continue to talk to your pilgrims to keep them apprised of the ever-changing status of our Emmaus Walks. And also keep our Emmaus community and our Board of Directors in your prayers.

HOC Gathering this Friday Night

posted Sep 21, 2020, 5:49 PM by Jim Borrell

I hope you had a chance to partake of the International Gathering this past Saturday.   It was a moving time of hearing God's children , us, sing, witness, and encourage from many different lands and in different languages.   It was well worth the time.

The next Gathering  (remember two,  two, two Gatherings in one - - - month) is this coming Friday, 9.25.   This will be an HOC Emmaus Gathering.   Perhaps those of us with contacts in other places should share and invite others to join us.

More details will come Wednesday, check out the HOC Emmaus Facebook page and the Yahoo email group.

For the moment, know that it will be at 7:30.   It will be done across Facebook Live.   There will also be a visiting time before and after as was done in August using Zoom.. 

Watch for the "more details".   For the moment however, have your calendars marked.


posted Sep 10, 2020, 12:14 PM by Jim Borrell

The start time of the Gathering is 9:00AM not PM. Please make note.

Emmaus International Online Gathering and 100 Day Prayer Vigil

posted Sep 10, 2020, 11:32 AM by Jim Borrell   [ updated Sep 10, 2020, 11:34 AM ]

Emmaus International is presenting an online virtual Gathering on September 19 at 9:00PM EST. Follow the link below to register and see the details of the Gathering. You will have to copy and paste this link to your browser.

Emmaus International is also creating a 100 day prayer vigil. See the link below to sign up to be a part of this prayer event which is the lifeblood of the Emmaus movement. You will have to copy and paste this link to your browser.

Gathering tomorrow night and on-line giving announcement

posted Aug 27, 2020, 5:25 PM by Jim Borrell

Yes.. Gathering is Friday night. It will be broadcast on our HOC Ministries page for the worship service. Note that. As we get closer I will try to get a link sent out to all the other ways we connect.
So the Gathering is hosted by Nashville UMC in Nashville. This offers us a face to face opportunity at the church for those wishing that. They are doing social distancing and asking masks be worn. Remember the the three W's.
For those not wanting to be face to face yet, the Gathering will be streamed via Facebook Live. Chat should be monitored so comments, questions, prayer concerns should get to those leading the Gathering as you enter them in the chat/text box. There is more!!!!
In order to have some social time with all, there will be a ZOOM room set up prior to and just after the Gathering. That will allow those who are sheltering at home still have a moment to connect with others in HOC Emmaus That invite will be sent out midday Friday. So watch for that invite at our regular points of contact.
It is always good to worship, It is good to worship with a community where you know the faces and have shared sacred moments with. Lets watch that unfold Friday evening.
Oh.... no snacks needed if going to Nashville, plenty needed if you are staying at home.

Also, for your convenience, 0ur HOC Board of Directors is excited to announce that we are partnering with Vanco Financial Services in setting up Online Giving options for our community. You can find the new link on our HOC Emmaus website- The green button is on the left side of the home page and says, "Online Giving." You will have the option of giving a one time donation or setting up recurring donations from your checking or savings account or on your debit or credit card.
This link will take you to our website from this Facebook page.
I urge you to go check out this link on our website and consider making a donation and see how it works. At this time in the absence of in-person gatherings this is a way to support and ensure the financial stability of our community in preparation for upcoming Walks in 2021.

Gathering Announcement!!

posted Aug 14, 2020, 12:45 PM by Jim Borrell

          “The Heart of Carolina Emmaus community will hold it’s August gathering on August 28th at Nashville United Methodist Church. Gathering will begin at 7:30 pm and will be live as well as live streamed. You are invited, if you feel comfortable, to join us at NUMC. We do require masks and practice social distancing. If you come please do not bring snacks as individually wrapped ones will be provided. If you would rather watch via live streaming please use the “comments” feature to let each other know who is watching and to raise up prayer concerns. Live streaming will be on the HOC Ministries Facebook page. We hope that you will join us and enjoy a night of worship and fellowship.”

Passing of Lois Smit

posted Jul 2, 2020, 2:22 PM by Jim Borrell

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of George Smit’s wife, Lois earlier today.  Many of us know George as the helpful and faithful servant behind the scenes at White Plains UMC in Cary during our Gatherings and for his dedication to and love for the HOC Emmaus Community.  Please offer prayers for peace and comfort for George and his family at this time of loss.

HOC Emmaus 2020 Walk Status

posted Jun 8, 2020, 6:30 AM by Jim Borrell


On Saturday, June 6, the Heart of Carolina Emmaus Board met for our regularly scheduled meeting. One of the topics that we discussed at length was how to proceed with the scheduled fall 2020 walks. Our board has decided to postpone all walks until 2021 due to the current unknowns surrounding COVID 19. While this was not an easy decision, we feel it is the most responsible decision when considering the health and safety of our community. In the coming months, as we know more, we will be in communication about the 2021 walk dates. We will still be having virtual gatherings by either Zoom or live streaming so keep checking our webpage and media sites for information and announcements. Please be in prayer with us as we seek to discern steps moving forward.

Please pass on this information to all your Emmaus brothers and sisters.

Zoom Gathering Tonight!!

posted May 29, 2020, 12:15 PM by Ruthie Borrell

We did a Facebook Gathering last month which was a great success so this month - TONIGHT - some very smart people are going to present a ZOOM Gathering. The instructions to participate in this extravaganza are below. We look forward to getting together with the ability to actually see your Emmaus brothers and sisters. Looking forward to seeing you tonight!!

Friday’s UPDATE…. And it’s a big one….. READ IT..NO FOLLOW-UP for Walk 143.

The Gathering continues to develop as planned.   Arrival time if you want to visit some should be 7 or so.  The official part starts at 7:30 .  Come visit with all your friends before we mute the microphones and start Gathering.


THE CHANGE IS….. NO FOLLOW UP TONIGHT.   See that.   The correct information getting out is the FOLLOW UP IS POSTPONED.   But that doesn't mean that the pilgrims and team of Walk 143 should not participate in this ZOOM Gathering tonight.

That decision was made last night.   Those working to help this to happen wanted to wait to make the followup a richer experience.     So past the word far and near.


As for the Gathering tonight.   Here are a few tips.   This are more applicable to laptops and desktops than tablets and phones.   The same features are on tablets and phones but each phone and table do a it a little different.   So know these features are there, you just have to hunt for them a bit by sliding between screens like  sliding between pictures.

So on a computer, there is a menu of choices.  One set of these choices are across the bottom.  Move your cursor down to the bottom and you will see them.

From left to right, is microphone and then video.   Click on either and your turn it on or off.   

Then towards the middle, is “Participates” and “Chat”.   Both of these help you see who all is there.   Click on participants and you get a side bar listing of everyone there.    

The Chat icon will show when someone has sent a text message.  It might be just to you or it might be to everyone.   Click the chat icon and you will get a side bar posting as well.     At the bottom of that side bar you will see where you can type in a message.  It goes to everyone or to someone privately.   Be aware of who it is going to as you use this feature.    If you click on name in the participants lists you can choose to send them a message.

Another quick lesson on a feature is in the upper right corner.   There is a series of little block.  Those will let you define how you want to see all.   Gallery view, all the little boxes, allows everyone to be in little boxes across several pages of our meeting.   When someone speaks in gallery view, their block lights up, just like “Hollywood Squares”.  

Another view has a big box and a little box.   That one is called Speaker View.   In this view, you will see who is speaking in a big 2/3 page size window with all us other folks in our little boxes.   This is best when watching/listening to our leaders share their parts.   If you want to see everyone else there, you slide over to the other screens, just like scrolling through pictures.

OK.. that’s the quick lesion for today.   REMEMBER NO FOLLOW UP TONIGHT

Here is the invite link for tonight.   We will be there early, come early and visit yourself.

Cya tonight.




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posted Apr 22, 2020, 11:51 AM by Jim Borrell

Wednesday’s update for the Gathering for Friday night. We are trying to make it as normal a Gathering as possible except Communion. We will begin at 7:30 like HOC Gatherings. The event will be live from Southport Trinity UMC.

 The Gathering will be on Facebook Live through the Heart of Carolina Emmaus Ministries page. (This is not our closed HOC group but the open page so more people can access.) A person does not need to have a Facebook account to reach the page. They only have to go to and scroll down to find the video. It should also be available after the event as well.

Teresa Milton will lead music. She plans to use primarily Emmaus music that most people will know. (There maybe an upload of words to the songs on the  Facebook page. That is in progress). We have lay people and clergy helping share a word and prayers with us.


Since we can't have an Emmaus event without snacks, people are encouraged to have snacks as they watch from their home. You are encouraged to wear your cross. Also have your ‘Purple Worship Book” handy for the prayers. Please join us Friday night at 7pm LIVE from Southport UMC.

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