September 16, 2017

Dakotas Walk to Emmaus Board Minutes September 16, 2017

In attendance: Susan Ehrk, Peggy Hora, Delmar & Betty Janke, Deb Mills, Scott Rodman, Tonya Whitmore, Clint & DeAnn Woods, Janice Antrim, Karl & Jo Watkins, & Howard Pearl.
Meeting was called to order by Community LD, Deb Mills. Community SD, Karl Watkins, gave opening devotions & prayer.

Secretary’s report was approved as sent via email. Treasurer’s report was approved as printed with motion by Betty and seconded by Karl.

Discussion regarding Team Reports was held. Howard Pearl, Men’s Lay Director for March 2018, shared that he is in the process of starting the team building formation. Spiritual Director for men’s walk will be Val Rush. Motion by Betty and seconded by Karl to approve Val for Spiritual Director.

Holly Siefert, Women’s Lay Director for 2018, was unable to be present at board meeting. She is in prayer regarding team members. Board is encouraged to keep Lay Directors in prayer as they build the teams to lead the upcoming walks in March 2018.
Deb Mills reported that the position of Men’s Lay director for 2019 has been accepted. Tonya made a motion and Karl seconded the motion to approve Mark Larson for Men’s Lay Director for 2019. Women’s Lay Director is unknown at this time.
The question was asked about allowing Pilgrims to leave the walks early. It is not in the best interest of pilgrims or team for this to happen. The full 72 hour walk is important for all to attend.

The Agape team is usually able to participate in communion services Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This is desirable as they find a time that works on Friday. Saturday the service is held with community in the evening and Sunday at closing.

Discussion was held regarding open board positions, especially clergy positions and how to fill positions. Members discussed the importance of sponsoring Pastors on the future walks in hopes that they experience the spiritual renewal and want to serve in furthering the Emmaus movement here in the Dakota’s communities.

The video is required by The Upper Room for each walk. Members agreed that we have to stay with the new video which is called: “Emmaus Thursday Night Video/DVD”.

Finishing touches are being made on a standardized script for the Community Lay Director on the closing remarks for Sunday Closing service. This will be discussed at next board meeting.

The next board meeting is set for Sat., Oct. 21 at First UMC of Mitchell. Meeting was adjourned.

Walk Dates for 2018: Men’s Walk: March 8-11, 2018; Women Walk: March 15-18, 2018 at Inspiration Hills Retreat Center.

Respectfully Submitted,
Betty Janke, Board Secretary