4/28/10

LEARN ABOUT HOMELESS & STREET-INVOLVED YOUTH

New Horizons Ministries, one of our partners of faith in Belltown, is hosting a training event. At this event, you can learn about issues of homeless and street-involved young people. New Horizons Ministries (NHM) is a Christian, interdenominational, non-profit agency that serves Seattle’s street youth. Training is happening Saturday, May 15 & 22 from 8:30-5:00. Topics will include Street Culture, Prostitution, Chemical Abuse, Relational Counseling, and Spiritual Formation. Whether you are interested in volunteering with NHM or simply want to learn more about young people involved in street culture, this is a great place to start! Registration fee is $75; partial scholarships are available. Contact Edward Sumner for more information: 206.374.0866 x 133 or edwards@nhmin.org.

Looking for a less time-intensive opportunity to support the ministry to homeless and street-involved youth? Consider joining THE WALK, or consider supporting Emmaus Road member and New Horizons volunteer Jennifer Henry.




Jennifer is putting together her team and also asking for financial support to help meet her team's ambitious goal of raising $2,000 by June 5th. She is happy to answer any questions or share stories about what happens through New Horizons; Jennifer can be reached via (425)306-6968.
  • To make a donation, go to this link www.nhmin.dojiggy.com, then click on "make a pledge" and you can do so under Jennifer's team name, THE Atomic Fireballs
  • If you would like to walk with THE Atomic Fireballs, click on "Register," then choose "Join a Team" under participation preference.

4/23/10

CHEER ON ELECTRON BOY

Emmaus Road member Jessie Elenbaas invites us to cheer on Electron Boy as he rescues Seattle from Dr. Dark & Blackout Boy. Jessie, who works for Make-A-Wish Foundation, also asks us to pray for Erik as he hopes to live out this wish during his remaining days.

Thursday 4/29 1:45PM
SPACE NEEDLE



4/21/10

JOSH & KARA'S CONNECTION TO HELP HAITIANS

Members Josh & Kara Gillanders, of Emmaus Road, have a direct connection to a team traveling to Haiti with help. Josh's brother Jake Gillanders, a paramedic in Kitsap County, is a member of Disaster Response Northwest, traveling to Haiti early in May. Here is Kara's invitation to our church, explaining how we can participate:

Dear Emmaus Road,

On behalf of Josh's brother (my brother-in-law) Jake, I'm sending out this message. Jake is a paramedic and firefighter in Kitsap County and part of an organization called Disaster Response Northwest. The group will be traveling to Haiti on May 11 to help with the medical needs of the community. Please know there is no requirement or expectation for participation. However, if you know of anyone who has soccer balls (new or used) that they would like to donate, or make other donations such as baby formula, Disaster Response Northwest would greatly appreciate it. Josh and I are willing to collect the donations and give them to Jake by May 5th.

Thanks,
Josh and Kara Gillanders





4/2/10

BELLTOWN ROOFTOP FARMER, DANIEL TIDWELL


While finishing a masters of divinity degree from Mars Hill Graduate School, Belltowner Daniel Tidwell has been pursuing urban agriculture opportunities along with his wife, Jocelyn. Members of the Belltown P Patch and part of the Emmaus Road crowd, Daniel and Jocelyn have also become rooftop farmers. Within the last year, the Tidwells have seen how growing fresh produce with the intention to share has brought neighbors together. Check out this radio story from GREEN ACRE RADIO on KBCS, and listen to Daniel speak about rooftop farming and community development.



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.