2/7/09

ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT APRIL 18

Saturday, April 18th @ 10am
Mars Hill Graduate School@ Elliott and Wall in Belltown, down the hill and a few blocks south of New Horizons near the water. Contact: chandra@emmausroad.net and/or reserve a spot online.

This year, the food, fellowship, and childcare will be just as great as last year, but the parking situation will be WAY BETTER! Having learned what we need (a couple valet volunteers on hand), and knowing the best parking lots nearby, we'll be ready. Like last year, our event will include time/space for going outside, walking and talking, at the P Patch across the street and the Olympic Sculpture Park down the road.




















Theme: still being developed, but something having to do with this question: who do you see joining Emmaus Road?  The Road Crew spent a lot of time and energy rewording and rethinking Emmaus Road's mission and purpose last year; this will be a time to look more closely at the personal implications of what we have declared as a community. Abstractly, this is about growth/evangelism, connecting/loving/serving friends/neighbors through the lens of the Gospel.  God has this big plan to send out "fishers of men," and there's a huge "net" he continues to weave.  Every congregation and every Christian around the world exist to be a part of that great net.  Is Emmaus Road part of that net in Seattle?  Are you participating in this process, are you part of this "net"?  What are the consequences of dropping the net, neglecting the net, taking up a different net, etc.?  How does this question, (and the answers of course), address dreams and fears about Emmaus Road's size, future, integrity, purpose?  Thoughts, suggestions?

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.