Show Me TheWay

Reunion Groups

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."

                                                  ~ Proverbs 27:17

 

As nearly every person that has "caught fire" spiritually from a Walk to Emmaus can testify, the fire will quickly dwindle if you are left to walk your 4th days on your own. Once you have had your eyes opened to the love of God for you, and the love He has placed in others for you, and you for others, the VERY best way to keep the fire burning is to unite with others and let the process of iron sharpening commence.

 

The Mountain Top Walk to Emmaus
Reunion Groups Guide

 

Effective Reunion Group Tips

  1. Be regular. The group meeting must take place on a regular, periodic basis and everyone should be there - otherwise, it will likely not develop and may soon fail.

  2. Prepare ahead of time what you will say. Bring something to share.

  3. The leader role should rotate through the members from meeting to meeting.

  4. Take each section of the Order of Reunion Group and have everyone contribute their share to that section; then move on to the next section.

  5. Be aware that Christ is working in the world through YOU! Take the reunion group seriously - be serious, be honest, be careful to keep secrets. Be concerned for others.

The group should get together for occasions other than the reunion, otherwise, it is difficult to develop a deep friendship in the group. The group activity can be a meal, a party, as well as visits to a hospital, making of agape, creating a banner, or other projects. Occasionally, as a group activity, review the success of your reunion group and ask how it can be improved

 

Question 1: What is a reunion group?

Answer: A reunion group is a gathering of 2 to 6 people meeting regularly to explore and grow in their piety, study, and action. Group reunions meet at regular times, usually weekly for an hour. The meeting consists of persons' sharing the stories of their walk with Christ during the past week. Let's examine more closely what group reunion members share.

PIETY - How our spiritual life is nourished through scripture, prayer, and the sacraments. One suggestion is for each member of the reunion group ... answer the question: "When did you feel closest to, or furthest from, Christ since the last meeting?"
STUDY - Each member in turn might share what they read which caused them to experience the "A-Ha phenomenon" ... about Jesus, or their brothers and sisters in the LORD or themselves.
ACTION - Each member may share the ways they tried to make JESUS more visible in their environments (home, work, neighborhood and/or Church congregation).

When reunion group members meet for the first time ... they mutually agree on the time and the meeting place. There are many possibilities for the type of reunion group you would like to start. For example, you can have groups of all men, all women, a mixture of both men and women, either married or single, married couples, varied ages. Since there are many variations of the types of reunion groups you can startup, the time and place will most likely vary from group to group. Each group establishes a workable meeting place, duration, and frequency. Meetings are usually weekly or bi-monthly and range from one to three hours in length

Question 2: What is the purpose of a reunion group?

Answer: Participation in a reunion group provides a secure environment where people can be themselves ... to open up, to be spiritually nourished and inspired. Ongoing participation in a reunion group provides an atmosphere of love, acceptance, support, and a sense of belonging which most of us need to grow personally and spiritually. A group experience might allow us to uncover and develop our spiritual gifts and receive the support and encouragement from our group to go forward and pursue a call from GOD.

A reunion group is a place where the fourth-day pilgrim can relate their successes and failures in answering the question we are all familiar with and that is ... What will you do in the future with your love of GOD? By sharing what is current in one's faith and lives ... we are strengthened and become more open and honest about our faith in JESUS.

In conclusion ... participating in a Christian community helps secure a personal relationship with JESUS. If you have a choice, it is not good to be an isolated fourth-day pilgrim ... remember we are all called to be an "apostle" to spread the "good news" of our living, three-dimensional GOD. "Christ is counting on YOU!" We all need the support of other saints while working together to do the WILL of GOD ... group reunions are a good medium to do good works which makes us feel GOD'S spirit within us. Many groups give themselves a name when starting up ... it gives one a sense of family. Reunion Groups are an important part of Christian living and participants should make a commitment with each other to attend their group regularly! Please ... join or start a reunion group in your geographic location as soon as possible.

 

How to Add Your Reunion Group

To have your reunion group to add to this page, send us an email with the following information:

Day of the week
Time
Men / Women / Both
Specific location (address, restaurant, church, home) City
Contact person(s)
Phone / Email

Show Me the Way Emmaus Community cannot guarantee the accuracy of the Reunion Group information since the list is only as good as the updates provided by our Community members.  Most Reunion groups are open to additional members. If you are willing to begin a group in your area, please let us know! You can email billiejobenson@yahoo.com, to update your Reunion Group information such as any requested additions, deletions, or corrections.

 

Below is a list of Show Me the Way Reunion Groups

 

 

BOLIVAR:

 

  • Women's Reunion Group #1: Wednesdays @10:30am- Bolivar United Methodist - 105 E Division

  • Women's Reunion Group #2: Tuesdays @4:00pm- Bolivar United Methodist - 105 E Division

         Contact: Cher Hargis - 326-8175

 

  • Men's Reunion Group #1: Saturdays @8:00:00am- Bolivar United Methodist - 105 E Division

  • Men's Reunion Group #2: Wednesdays @11:00:00am- Bolivar United Methodist - 105 E Division

          Contact: Bill Hargis - 326-8175

 

 

PINEVILLE/NOEL/SOUTHWEST CITY/ANDERSON

 

  • Women’s Reunion Group: Every other Saturday @ 9:00 am- Cafe 59,  501 N Cliffside Dr, Noel

Contact: Lark Hallum - 918.868.7383

 

BRANSON

 

  • Women’s Reunion Group #1: Wednesdays @6:30am--Branson UMC

Contact Norma Brandt (618) 340-2722

  • Women’s Reunion Group #2: Fridays @7:00am—Bob Evans

Contact Helen Henderson 334-7254

 

EL DORADO SPRINGS

 

  • Women’s Reunion Group: 2nd Tuesday @ 2:00 pm United Methodist Church

Contact Laura McCool 876-5791

 

HERMITAGE  

 

  • Men’s Reunion Group: Tuesdays  @ noon - Pomme de Terre United Methodist Church, 21046 Cr 295

 Contact Mike Alexander 913-244-9736

 

KIMBERLING CITY

 

  • Men’s Reunion Group #1: Tuesday @ 7:30am- Shirley's Diner

  • Men’s Reunion Group #2: Wednesdays @7: 00 am- Donnie’s Diner

Contact Jerry Beeler 779-0039

  • Women’s Reunion Group #1: Wednesdays @11:30am-Kimberling City UMC

Contact Mary Robertson 272-8212

  • Women’s Reunion Group #2: Thursdays @7: 00 am -Donnie’s Diner

Contact Nancy White 739-2008

  • Men’s Reunion Group #1: Thursdays @7: 00 am -Ma’s Place

Contact Duane Yohe 779-2328

  • Men’s Reunion Group #2: Fridays @8: 00 am-Shirley's Diner

Contact Rich Wittig 739-4196

  • Men’s Reunion Group #3: Wednesdays @11:30am-Kimberling City UMC

Contact Larry Robertson 272-8212

 

 

MT VERNON

  • Women’s Reunion Group: Mondays @4: 00 pm -MT Vernon UMC

Contact Nancy De Jager 466-1215

SPRINGFIELD

  • Men’s Reunion Group #1: Thursday @ 12 noon-Price Cutter, 3260 E. Battlefield at Hwy 65

Contact David Anderson 569-7524

  • Men’s Reunion Group #2: Thursday @6:45pm – Kingsway UMC

Contact David Anderson 569-7524 or Mark Harsen 836-4392

  • Women’s Reunion Group: Thursdays @7: 00 pm - God’s Glory Girls - Contact Paula Ward 863-0821

  • Women’s Reunion Group: Tuesday @ 4:00 pm Panera Bread, 138 Old Route 66, St. Robert

Contact Cheryl Wood (573) 528-3566

 

    (All telephone numbers are area code 417 unless otherwise noted.)

 

Please Note: Community members who have a "reunion group" that is not listed may contact us and have it added to the list. Also, if you see a group that is no longer "active", please let us know via email, billiejobenson@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in doing GOD'S work.