TWO NEW BABIES, in one stormy week!

We celebrate with Mike and Teresa, the arrival of Marcus Bradley Elenbaas, born December 16.

We celebrate with Ben and Laura, the birth of Amelia Josephine Lappenga, born December 22!  

All are doing well, and we look forward to meeting these new little ones very soon!  Thanks be to God for these new members of our spiritual family.



Could Emmaus Road host an OPEN HOUSE for our neighbors?  Could we GROW A GIVING GARDEN in Belltown?  We couldn't accomplish much alone, but we could spark some holy activity in the neighborhood.  To read more....



The Wallingford Group enjoyed a few meetings on the water. To see more pictures, click here.

The Youth Group went backpacking in the Cascades this summer. To see more pictures, click here.


Emmaus Road celebrates the love and commitment two of our couples demonstrated this summer.  Here a few pix to help us share the joy:

Ryan & Kristin Engel, married June 28, 2008

Candido & Anna-Marie Chainus, married August 9, 2008



Andrew and Chandra Mullenix recently participated in the Belltown Block Party, Tuesday August 5.  Listen to Chandra, interviewed by KPLU, and Zander Batchelder, our friend on the Belltown Community Council, describing our church's neighborhood.

In other news, the July issue of The Banner (denominational magazine), featured a story on Young Adults and the Church. Emmaus Road was mentioned, with quotes from both Pastor Likkel and Brad Bishop.  That same issue features another story briefly describing the Seattle Cluster of CRC congregations and leaders, of which Emmaus Road is part.

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.