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.

Very Important Message

posted Jul 6, 2019, 5:37 PM by Jim Borrell

Emmaus folks....remember your walk and the love you received and the fire within....let’s spread that love and fire!!! We are in need of Pilgrims...especially for our Sept. Men’s walk! Right now we have only 8 men registered. To ensure the walk we need 20 registered Pilgrims 60 days out. This date is July 21!!! Only about 2 weeks from now! So right now this walk seems to be in jeopardy. We know God can change this and we are praying for Pilgrims. Team Board Training is next weekend.
If you have an application in the works...Please let us know!! Do not delay. And Pray!

The October women’s walk has 16 registered.

Sponsorship Training Opportunity

posted Jun 15, 2019, 4:08 AM by Jim Borrell

Greetings HOC community,
We need at least 20 pilgrims signed up for the fall walks in September and October by the middle of July. That means we need community members to sponsor new pilgrims and get the applications in ASAP. In order to do that you will need to have sponsorship training - in person if you've not had sponsorship training in our community before and on-line if you have had the training in the last three years. The on-line training is a very nice review for those who have had the training in person. The power point program is on our website -
We offer sponsorship training at Gatherings and before Candlelights but our community sponsorship training board members will come to your church to administer the training if you contact them. One such opportunity is coming up this Wednesday, June 19 at Orange Chapel UMC, 1634 Orange Chapel Clover Garden Rd, Chapel Hill, NC, 27516 at 7pm.
If you would like to attend this event, please contact Marvin or Pat Morris at Please prayerfully consider sponsoring a pilgrim on one of these walks so we can keep the fire burning in the Heart of Carolina Emmaus community.

Follow-up/Gathering tomorrow night

posted May 30, 2019, 12:15 PM by Jim Borrell

There will be a Follow-up for Walks 140 and 141 tomorrow night, May 31, at White Plains UMC starting at 6:30pm. Sponsors, please have your pilgrims at Follow-up by 6:30pm. There will be a Gathering immediately following at 7:30pm. Bring some snacks to share and help welcome our new pilgrims to our HOC community.

Important Announcement

posted May 14, 2019, 11:56 AM by Jim Borrell

All HOC Emmaus community members,

You may have heard that we are now using a new community database called the Ministry Management system from Upper Room. The previous IMS database is officially extinct and your profile information was uploaded to the new MM system about a month ago. If you did not have an email address in the IMS system or the email that was in there was obsolete or if the email address that was in the IMS system was identical to your spouse's, you did not get an invitation to join the new MM database. If you want to be able to get access to your profile information, see updated events of the community, and enable us to have valid contact information for our conference room team selection process please do the following:

Send an email to Lisa Reeder ( or Jim Borrell ( asking to join the MM system. Include your name and your Walk # for verification purposes.

We will update your email in the new system and you will receive an invitation email from Upper Room from the origin address, with instructions on how to log in to the MM system and set a password. You will then have access to your information as well as community members.

Please contact us if you have questions. If you have not been involved with Heart of Carolina Emmaus lately now is a good time to get reconnected. Remember "God is counting on you."

Please spread the word about this to your Emmaus friends so they too can connect with Heart of Carolina's database.

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