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Emmaus Faith Community
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A parish of The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States


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July 23, 2019

Dear Beloved God,

I want to thank the Dayspring community for being such a loving and supportive presence all these years and for attending our final Mass.  You were there at our celebratory Mass after being received as a canonical parish in the Diocese of Washington, DC.  It is only fitting that you be with us again at our end.  And what a joyful noise we made together!  Ann chose lovely hymns for us to sing out on!

For the next several months, I will be spending time in discernment, praying and listening to where God is calling me next.  As I spend time in prayer, I will hold each of you in my heart and prayers as you also continue your spiritual journeys.

This will be the last newsletter – at least for a while.  I intend to write periodically to let you know what is happening as I discern.  If you do not wish these updates, you may always unsubscribe.  Do not hesitate to reach out or be in touch with me if you wish.

I also intend to keep the Facebook page and the Website up for a while.  As I follow Spirit’s lead, I am sure these cyber-presences will evolve.  In the meantime, I hope to continue to write a little for the blog I started which you’ll find on the Webpage “May I Have a Word”.  Past sermons can also be found there – and perhaps new ones now and then as I am asked to preach at other congregations.

Audio for my final thoughts at Emmaus can be found here.  There is no text.

Finally, as promised, below is Katie’s famous and fabulous recipe for kale salad.  THANK YOU, Katie!

May the love of our Creator, who is the Source of our being,
The peace of our Savior, Jesus the Christ, who is the Eternal Word made flesh,
And the fellowship of Holy Spirit, who is the fire of justice
Be with you now and always,

Mother Linda

The Reverend Linda S. Harrison
pastor, Emmaus Faith Community

Prayer Concerns:

  • Time together
  • All things being made new
  • Mother Linda
  • Angels tended by Emmaus
  • Dayspring Church
  • Local, state, and federal elected public servants of the people
  • The mission, ministry, laity, and clergy of The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States
  • Those who will not pray this day, nor have anyone to pray for them
  • Father John, St. Isidore OCC, and future parishes of our diocese
  • The people who have been touched by Emmaus Faith Community and have found healing and love
  • The people who have touched us by their presence here at Emmaus


Kale and Quinoa Salad (adapted from Allrecipes.com recipe by Kicius)

1 cup quinoa                1 large bunch of kale, ribs removed, chopped
2 cups water                 ½ tsp kosher salt
1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
1 cup raisins or chopped apples
¾ cup feta cheese, crumbled

3 Tbsp olive oil             2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard     1 garlic clove, pressed
¼ tsp fresh cracked black pepper

Cook quinoa according to package directions.  Remove from heat and rest covered for 5 minutes.
In large mixing bowl, massage kale with kosher salt for 5 minutes, or until it reduces size and feels silky.  Add hot quinoa to kale in bowl.  Mix.
Whisk dressing ingredients together in small bowl. Drizzle over kale/quinoa and toss to mix.
Cool in fridge for several hours.  Add pecans, raisins (apples), and feta to the dressed kale shortly before serving.  Enjoy!
(This salad is even better the second day.)    Serves 6-8.