7/16/16

THIS SUNDAY: TWO BOATS



Remember our April 3rd gathering at Fisherman's Terminal? Against a backdrop of boats, we pondered Jesus' calling to become "fishers of men," and how small crews of disciples are sent out to harvest - to connect with people and invite them into life in Christ. We gather as the church - like crews of boats in harbor - but we scatter for mission, sent out in teams. Part of this gathering/scattering rhythm includes working on boats and training the crew. Emmaus Road is taking tomorrow, July 17th, to spread out in two directions, to work on a couple boats and train a couple crews:
  • in South Park, we are invited to the Ruiters' home to pray, fellowship, and work for a few hours helping Dan and Reba cultivate a space for neighborhood hospitality (yard work). 
  • up in Lake Forest Park, Mike and Teresa Elenbaas have invited Emmaus Road households from the north end to come over and discuss launching a new group.

Mr. MATT's FAREWELL LETTER

After seven and a half years, our beloved Godly Play Storyteller, Mr. Matthew Park is moving to Philadelphia with Michele. Look for Matt's farewell letter in a separate message.


UPDATES on SUMMER PRIORITIES

  • Establishing "IN" rhythms - meeting in homes July 17th, August 21st
  • Recruiting new Godly Play Storyteller; posted job description to Seattle School last week
  • Launched Learning w/Elders Mike & Rennie; had first "huddle" last Friday

Still need to....
  • Recruit Treasurer
  • Recruit Children/Youth Ministry Coordinator

JULY, AUGUST

7/9/16

PARABLES OF HIDDEN KINGDOM; AURORA COMMONS DONATIONS

THIS SUNDAY - PARABLES OF THE HIDDEN KINGDOM

Mark 4:21-34 includes a group of short parables which reveal the hidden nature of the Kingdom
What do we not see? What gets in the way of seeing?
Why did Jesus use parables with the public, but direct explanation with his disciples?
What can we take away from Jesus' model of teaching?

Likkel's Lections:

SUMMER PRIORITIES

These may not be your personal priorities, but this is the list in your pastor's head, in terms of priorities for Emmaus Road:

  • Rest/Renewal
  • Explore/Establish UP, IN, OUT rhythms for growth
  • Recruit new Godly Play Storyteller (see below)
  • Launch Learning w/Elders - Mike, Rennie
  • Support Dan, recently transitioning into Music/Liturgy Leader
  • Recruit Treasurer
  • Recruit Children/Youth Ministry Coordinator

Please contact Pastor Eric, or Elders Mike or Rennie, with insights or questions about this list. Stay tuned for more information.


Mr. MATT is MOVING

After seven and a half years, our beloved Godly Play Storyteller, Mr. Matthew Park, is moving to Philadelphia to pursue graduate studies. Michele is also going to begin a church planting residency there. Matt's last Godly Play session will be Sunday, July 31st, but a farewell moment for Matt and Michele may be planned for Sunday, August 21st. Stay tuned!
 

JULY, AUGUST


  • Sun July 17 - RuiterHeis Day - brief morning fellowship; afternoon service project & BBQ
  • Sun July 31 - Church @ Seattle School  (Mr. Matt's final Godly Play session)
  • Wed August 3 - New Horizons Dinner - Crown Hill Group Hosts
  • Sun August 21 - Church @ Mark & Angie's; Last Farewell, Matt/Michele!
  • Wed September 7 - New Horizons Dinner - Mayhem Group Hosts

6/17/16

FOUR SOILS, FATHERS DAY, SUMMER SCHEDULE

THIS SUNDAY - FOUR SOILS

Happy Fathers Day! Our journey through the gospel of Mark takes us to a parable about gardening - something some dads like to do (along with some moms). 

What do we learn about ourselves, as spiritually fertile soil? 

What do we learn about ourselves, as farmers of the Gospel seed?


Likkel's Lections:

SUMMER PRIORITIES

These may not be your personal priorities, but this is the list in your pastor's head, in terms of priorities for Emmaus Road:
  • Rest/Renewal
  • Explore/Establish UP, IN, OUT rhythms for growth
  • Recruit new Godly Play Storyteller (see below)
  • Launch Learning w/Elders - Mike, Rennie
  • Support Dan, recently transitioning into Music/Liturgy Leader
  • Recruit Treasurer
  • Recruit Children/Youth Ministry Coordinator
Please contact Pastor Eric, or Elders Mike or Rennie, with insights or questions about this list. Stay tuned for more information.

Mr. MATT is MOVING


After seven and a half years, our beloved Godly Play Storyteller, Mr. Matthew Park, is moving to Philadelphia to pursue graduate studies. Michele is also going to begin a church planting residency there. Matt's last Godly Play session will be Sunday, July 31st, but a farewell moment for Matt and Michele may be planned for Sunday, August 21st. Stay tuned!

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST

CHURCH AVAILABLE TO COME OVER 

July 3rd and August 21st are two Sundays when Emmaus Road does not have use of the Seattle School.  These would be good opportunities to invite the church over for coffee and donuts, lead a prayer, and sing the Old 100th Doxology. Don't forget to invite your friends and neighbors who have always been curious about your church. If interested, speak to Pastor Eric, or Elders Mike or Rennie.

6/10/16

MARK NELSON MEMORIAL SATURDAY, 7:30PM

Please join us at EMP’s Sky Church on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., to honor and celebrate the life of Mark Nelson, a beloved brother in Christ, a leader in Emmaus Road, our worship and music leader for several years.

For details (and to indicate whether you will be able to attend),
click here: https://tnstrong.com/2016/06/04/tnstrong-mark-nelson-memorial/

This will be Emmaus Road's worship gathering for the weekend; NO SERVICE on Sunday morning.

Next week, we are back at the Seattle School of Theology/Psychology, 10:30AM.

5/21/16

CHURCH @ LIKKELS - 11:30am (5/22)

Join together at the Likkels' home (call Eric if you need the address), for fellowship, little song, short lesson on the "Thy Kingdom Come," and prayer. Eric will be coming home from the 10am service at First Seattle CRC (you are welcome there, as well), so our gathering is pushed back an hour from our regular time.  11:30AM @ LIKKELS!


CLOTHING DRIVE FOR AURORA COMMONS - June 5th Delivery Day 

Angie and Torii have been communicating about a men's clothing drive to help support the ministry of Aurora Commons and have a list of specific requests to share. We do not know how long or abundant this drive needs to be, but for now, we are designating the first Sunday of each month as a delivery day, June 5th being the first one. This could also expand to include New Horizons.

  • New underwear 
  • New (or gently used), socks 
  • Gently used (or new), jeans, shirts, and mid-weight jackets, fashionable and in good enough condition, that someone would be proud to wear them 
  • Gently used (or new), shoes in all sizes 


MAY & JUNE: 




SOMETHING TO CONSIDER: 
July 3rd, July 17th, and August 21st, we'll likely need some other households to host Emmaus Road gatherings when we do not have use of the Seattle School. We may also try out some service projects, social gatherings, spread out across small groups, or even go on a field trip. Please stay tuned - summer holds potential to play some new ministry rhythms together.

The Emmaus Road Story

In the winter of 1997, we began as a small team of about 10 people, committed to gathering and growing a church that would connect with others like ourselves; people interested in connecting with God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ, but disconnected from the activity of many mainstream congregations. With the financial support of a larger church organization, our pastor was able to work full time with the team in planning, leadership development, and meeting people in the community.

Our first meetings were open discussion forums. We talked about prayer, scripture, spiritual discipline and the issues with which we all struggle. As friends talked to friends, the first group expanded and we multiplied into two.

Inspired by the journey process as a metaphor for spiritual growth, we searched for a name which would reflect that idea. In the resurrection narrative of Luke 24, we found our name "on the road to Emmaus."

After our first worship event on Good Friday of 1997, both groups began to gather together for worship once a month. In various coffee shops and rental spaces, we gradually increased our worship times to twice a month, and in September of 1998 we decided to gather every Sunday. Since the beginning, numerical growth has been gradual but steady, most often through the personal contact of friends talking to friends.

Today, several small groups continue to meet for open discussions on prayer, scripture, and the process of encountering God in daily life; we all gather for worship each week.