Keith Stewart

posted Jun 9, 2021, 2:16 PM by Jim Borrell

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce that Keith Stewart unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday morning. Keith was a true servant of God and served our Emmaus community as well as others whenever asked. The arrangements are as follows:
Visitation at Fremont UMC on Thursday, June 10 from 5 to 8pm
Celebration of Life at Fremont UMC on Friday, June 11 at 11:00am
Graveside service at Elmwood Cemetary in Fremont
Please join me in praying for Lynda and their family in their time of grief knowing God is with them to comfort them.
Well done, good and faithful servant. You will be missed.
Keith's obituary is at this link:

Obituary of Paula Pittard

posted Mar 8, 2021, 12:20 PM by Jim Borrell

Our Heart of Carolina Emmaus community is saddened to hear of the passing of Paula Pittard. She was a faithful servant of the Lord and of our community. Please use the link below to see her obituary and details of the celebration of her life to be held on Wednesday, March 10. Our prayers go out to her husband Roy and her family.

International Gathering Friday Night

posted Feb 25, 2021, 9:55 AM by Jim Borrell

Good morning HOC Emmaus Community! I apologize for not clarifying before now. But, the International Gathering that
Debora Murphy
posted about earlier this month, will take the place of our ‘normal’ monthly Gathering as it falls on the same day we would normally have our community Gathering.
We do plan on having a Zoom meeting open to those who would like to participate, starting at 7:00 pm Eastern and ending at 8:00 Eastern, when the International Gathering begins. We will get the link out to the Zoom meeting prior on this page once we have it set up. This time together will be informal & a time for us to catch up with each other before the larger Gathering.
We are still looking for those churches who are willing to take on a Gathering over the next few months. So, please, please let us know if that’s something your church would be interested in and have the tech in place to support.
Can’t wait to see everyone & enjoy some fellowship with you all.
Grace & Peace to you all! 🌈
15Lara Stout Siffer, Debora Murphy and 13 others


posted Jan 9, 2021, 4:49 PM by Jim Borrell

“The 2021 HOC Board of Directors held its first meeting of the new year on January 9, 2021. While much business was handled the major area of focus was the upcoming walks of 2021. After considering the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the community members and potential pilgrims, as well as all the planning and preparation that is required for a walk the Board has made the decision to have a season without walks in 2021.

While the future remains filled with many unknowns, we have a loving Father in control, who leads and guides us through the Holy Spirit. During the remainder of 2021 we plan to continue virtual gatherings and social media to “sustain the spirit” of Emmaus in our community. We ask that anyone who would like to offer their gifts and graces as a moderator, Fourth Day speaker, clergy, or musician to contact Lonnie and Toni Hickerson. Their information can be found at We look forward to the future of the HOC Emmaus Community.”

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.”

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