Thoughts from Community Board


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Indiana Walk to Emmaus (SIWE), we would like to thank the 4th day members for their continued prayers and devotion to our Emmaus community.  It takes a lot of hard work each walk season to orchestrate these events.  I have always loved Proverbs 27:17,  As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”.    We see a lot of “iron being sharpened” on the Emmaus weekends, and our 4th day people are a big reason why.  All parts of these weekends are important, whether it be sponsoring a pilgrim, serving on a team, serving meals, making agape, participating in the 72-hour prayer vigil, attending a gathering or candlelight, and the list goes on and on.  There is a role for everyone to play in the Emmaus community and no one duty is more important than the other.  Christ calls us all to serve in different ways.  But each form of agape is needed to make each walk special for the pilgrims.

We want to thank Camp Illiana for the amazing facilities they offer for our walks.  Ben and the staff work very hard to keep our needs met in every way.  It seems they are constantly upgrading some part of the camp.  In return, we ask you help us to always return the camp as good or better than we found it.  This will insure that we can all enjoy this special place for many years to come.

Obviously, sponsorship is a key part to building the Emmaus community.  However, we ask that you prayerfully consider individuals when sponsoring.  Emmaus is intended for those who regularly attend a church and are looking to deepen their relationship with Christ.  It is this deepening relationship that moves those individuals to become Christian leaders.

Walk dates can be found near the bottom of this page.  We ask for your prayers for the Emmaus community, the teams and pilgrims, and the Board of Directors as we make decisions for the community, always seeking Gods will in everything we do.  Please feel free to contact any of the board members if you have question or concern.  Our contact information is listed on this website.  We meet monthly (1st Tuesday of each month) at First Baptist Church in Petersburg, Indiana, at 7:00pm

Your Brother in Christ

Damon Fair, Community Lay Director

SIWE #37, Table of Paul


Lay Director's Report

See the Pilgrim Lists page for upcoming Walks


Men’s Walk 57




Women’s Walk 57


 I feel humbled, honored, and excited to have been called to serve as the Lay Director of Women’s Walk 57, which will be held September 13-16, 2018.  It is amazing to watch as God’s plans have been revealed.  He has given me a beautiful team of dedicated servants who want to share their love of the Lord with the Pilgrims chosen for this journey of faith.  I pray that when they return home they will have a renewed relationship with the Lord, ready to serve Him whenever and however called.

      The theme of Women’s Walk 57 is “Unconditional Love,” and the scripture verse is Romans 39:8:  “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will separate us from the love of God.”  The theme song is “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury, and the walk picture was painted by Becky Boyles.  I am so appreciative of her willingness to share her God-given talent with us.

     All Agape is greatly appreciated and is an important part of Emmaus.  Please consider honoring the Pilgrims by sharing your love for them with Agape during the weekend when we are together for Walk 57, marking it as either “Table Agape” or “Bed Agape,” if you have a preference.  Another type of Agape that is greatly appreciated is “green Agape” for our cooks, who would also welcome any assistance you might want to give them in the kitchen or by serving a meal. 

     The Women’s Walk 57 Team thanks you for all your support and continues to covet your prayers, knowing that all things are possible if we “Let go and let God” be at the helm.

     If you feel led to assist the Women’s Walk 57 team in any way, please feel free to contact any of the Heads listed below.

Mary Ann Miller, Lay Director


Kathy Hartsell, Assistant Lay Director


Mike DeCoursey, Head Spiritual Director


Nancy Tilly, Co-Head Liturgist


Renee Leydet, Co-Head Liturgist


Karen Decoursey, Co-Musician


Misha Engleman, Co-Musician


Susan Gadberry, Head Cook


Andrea Brown, Head Stew


Joanna Junod, Head Warden


Beth Merry Worland, Head Agape


Patricia McCracken, Head Weekend Helper


Angie Hatton, Board Rep.


Tami Jones, Board Rep.




Women’s Walk 57A

Love God - Love People - Change the World

Scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

Head Spiritual Director   Kathy Stephens
ALD                                   Michelle Helms
Co-Head Lits                    Ronna Alexander and Mackenzi Potts
Co-Head Musicians        Hannah Christenberry and Megan Seibert
Head Stew                        Nicole Bays
Co-Head Cooks              Julie Hoffman and Susi Brower
Head Warden                  Denise Newland
Head Weekend Helper   Brandee Downs
Head Agape                    Kayla Minderman
Board Reps                     Dana Hughes and Linda Letterman



See the Chrysalis page for upcoming Flights and Journeys


Other News


The Emmaus Pilgrim Application, as well as the Chrysalis Caterpillar Application, are available at the bottom of the sponsorship page. 



Parking Coordinator

Thank you to Andy Jones for becoming the new parking coordinator.  His contact information is: cell ph. 812-827-9127  email:

Andy doesn't have a list of people willing to help park cars. Please call and leave a message, text, or e-mail him if you are willing to help.  He will make a list and call for help as needed.


Note concerning Team Request Work Forms

All Emmaus Team Request Work Forms will be kept on file for a period of 5 years.  If you would like to be considered to serve as a team member on a Walk to Emmaus weekend and haven't filled out a Team Request Work Form recently, you will need to resubmit a new one.  You can do so by downloading the form from the bottom of this page, and mailing it in to the team selection secretary, Brian Hemmerlein, 6158 N US Highway 231, Jasper, IN 47546.


Help Needed Burning Names on Crosses

If you have the equipment and would be willing to burn the Pilgrim/Caterpillar names on their wooden cross, please contact webmaster at  You will be added to a list of possible people to call. 



"Greetings! My name is Susan Gadberry and I am in charge of coordinating the local Fourth Day Gatherings that occur on the months there is not an Emmaus Walk or Chrysalis Flight/Journey occurring.  If you are in a church that would be interested in hosting one of these events, are a musician interested in leading worship at a Gathering, or know of someone who you feel would be a great witness speaker, please feel free to contact me at 

Serving Him,



Click here to download a SIWE Gathering Announcement


Help Needed Making Lanyards

Any Fourth Day who would like to make lanyards:   SIWE yarn is called MEXICANA. Chrysalis and Journey yarn is called LOVEY (Red Heart Yarn #4 Medium).  Some use a Embellish-knit machine to make them. Embellish-knit machines (more modern but on the same principal as the old spool with nails) are available for purchase online at or by calling Bond America at 1-800-811-2325.


Email Prayer Chain

Do you have a prayer request? Contact Kim Fair about the Prayer chain. All you have to do is send prayer request or a note stating that you would like to be added to the chain to Or you can call her 812-789-3034 to add a prayer to the chain.


Upcoming SIWE Walk Dates


Fall 2018

Boy's Flight #52                          August 18 - 20, 2018

Men’s Walk #57                          September 6 - 9, 2018

Women’s Walk #57                    September 13 - 16, 2018

Women’s Walk #57A                 September 20 - 23, 2018


Winter 2018-2019

Men’s Walk #57A                        December 6 - 9, 2018

S. O. Journey #39                        December 28 - 30, 2018


Spring 2019


Girl's Flight #53                            February 16 - 18, 2019


Men's Walk #58                           March 7 - 10, 2019


Women's Walk #58                     March 14 - 17, 2019


Women's Walk #58A                  March 21 - 24, 2019

Fall 2019


Boy's Flight #54                          August 17 - 19, 2019


Men's Walk #59                          September 5 - 8, 2019


Women's Walk #59                    September 12 - 15, 2019


Women's Walk #59A                 September 19 - 22, 2019

Winter 2019-2020


Men's Walk #59A                        December  5 - 8, 2019


S. O. Journey #40                        December 28 - 30, 2019


Sping 2020

Girl's Flight #55                          February 15 - 17, 2020


Fall 2020

Boy's Flight #56                          August 15 - 17, 2020


Winter 2020-2021

S. O. Journey #41                       January 2 - 4, 2021



Want to sponsor a pilgrim on one of these Walks?  Check out the sponsorship page for information and an application!


Team Work Voucher Forms

This form has been updated as of  10/17/17.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a SIWE Team Work Voucher Form


Team Request Work Forms

This form has been updated as of 12/16/15.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a SIWE Team Request Work Form


This form has been updated as of 6/16/18.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a Chrysalis Team Request Work Form