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The Emmaus Weekend and Chrysalis Flights are a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program's approach seriously considers the model of Christ's servanthood and encourages Christ's disciples to act in ways appropriate to being "a servant of all."  

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(2020 fall dates cancelled)





To Emmaus Community:


The Emmaus Board and Alan & Vicki Adam have decided given Covid19, the Governor’s mandates and our general concern for our Emmaus Brothers and Sisters that it would be in the best interest to postpone the gathering scheduled August 29th at Alan and Vicki’s home this year.  It has been a difficult year for the Emmaus Community but it is important that we do our part protect those more vulnerable, to minimize the chances of spreading Covid19 and take care of our brothers and sisters in Christ.


The Men’s Emmaus Walk is still scheduled to take place February 18-21, 2021 and the Women’s Emmaus Walk is still scheduled to take place March 18-21, 2021.  The Emmaus Board asks that you prayfully consider sponsoring someone and submit their application as early as possible.  It is our hope and desire to have these walks in 2021 and enjoy the fellowship and love of our Community.


Please continue to take care of your friends, family and those in need as we all pull together to get through this pandemic.  We are praying for you to stay safe and help those in need.


Dan Ellis



Dear Emmaus and Chrysalis Communities,

After much prayer, many discussions, and countless tears the Northwest Ohio Chrysalis Board has made the decision to discontinue the Northwest Ohio Chrysalis Community. The decision to cease Northwest Ohio Chrysalis was not made casually.  For years, we have struggled with servanthood; obtaining weekend servants, Board members, adult team members, youth team members and clergy has been challenging. We have especially found it increasingly difficult to get new youth (bugs) to participate in the Chrysalis Weekends.  

The Lord brought the Chrysalis movement to Northwest Ohio as a gift of agape, this gift has enriched and changed many lives.    God is doing mighty work through all of you who have participated in Chrysalis.  With a heavy heart the Northwest Ohio Chrysalis Board has discerned that it is time for this ministry to be concluded, we know that God is not done with us yet.  Jeremiah 29:11 says, 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

We are planning a celebration of the Northwest Ohio Chrysalis Community. The celebration is tentatively planned in conjunction with the Emmaus Gathering on August 29th, at Alan and Vicki Adam’s home, 9031 Stitt Rd., Whitehouse, Ohio.  Please watch the Joyful Noise and the website for more information.  We would love to see our past caterpillars, clergy, and adults at this celebration.  And it is a celebration.  God did produce good fruit and a bountiful harvest here in Northwest Ohio.   Let us celebrate that!

The Chrysalis Board would like to thank each one of you for your support, prayers, agape and participation over these past years.   It does take a Community to put on a flight, and we thank all of you who were a part of that.

May God continue to impart His grace upon us.

Blessings Northwest Ohio Chrysalis Board

Beth Holsopple, Chair Person

Kelly Hephner, Leadership

Dan Bruner, Spiritual Director




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Upcoming Emmaus Walks - Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Upcoming Emmaus Walks

Feb. 18-21, 2021  Men's #73 - Widewater
Mar. 18-21, 2021  Women's #89 - Widewater


Upcoming Chrysalis Flights (discontinued)
Boy's # - Maumee UMC
Girl's # - Maumee UMC

 Upcoming Gatherings
May 16, 2020  Epworth UMC in Toledo, OH
August 29, 2020  9031 Stitt Rd. Whitehouse (outdoors)
October 3, 2020  Widewater Retreat
December 5, 2020  Wesley UMC in Bryan, OH
5:30 Reunion,   6:00pm  Potluck dinner,   7:00pm  Praise & Worship

 Widewater Retreat Center 
4050 US-24, Liberty Center, OH


SILENT SERVANTS - Thursday, May 31, 2012


Some issues have arisen lately regarding Silent Servants at Emmaus Walks and the board would like to review some things with you.

 Remember we are SILENT SERVANTS! This means we come, serve and leave. We do not attempt to converse with the team or pilgrims. If it is possible to stay out of sight that is even better.
1.      When serving meals do not converse with the team or pilgrims. Just deliver their meal with a smile and move on. If you are a sponsor, do not change the serving order just to give your pilgrim their plate. If it works out in the normal order of things for you to give your pilgrim their plate fine, but don’t change things to make it happen. Don’t serve your pilgrim and leave. Please stay and help until all have been served.
2.      If you want to help, PLEASE sign up on the webpage before Thursday evening. The kitchen chairperson will check to see who is signed up before the walk starts, but may not have time or access to be able to check it during the weekend.
3.      Signing up in advance on the website is a huge help. It allows the kitchen chairperson to plan ahead and know who will be coming to help for that time slot. If you do not sign up on the web please understand that those that did sign up will be used in those slots first. If we have too many you may be asked to do some other task.
1.      Sign up for the set-up, luggage angels, and shower angels needs to be prior to Wednesday so the logistics chairperson can make plans for the weekend.
2.      Sign-up for Sunday tear down needs to be before Saturday.
1.      Sign up for Thursday needs to be before Wednesday.
2.      Sign up for ice cream party needs to be before Friday.
3.      Sign up for Sunday closing needs to be before Friday.
It is vitally important that we have silent servants to be able to have successful walks. It is also important that we do so in an orderly fashion. PLEASE continue to sign up and help…and come with a willing heart to do whatever job is needed.
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