8/8/10

GROUNDWORKS WEEKEND, AUGUST 14-15

Emmaus Road is taking the weekend of August 14-15 to invest in our neighborhood of gathering, Belltown, in a unique way. Normally, we use fifth Sundays - Groundworks Sundays - as opportunities to serve with neighbors, becoming church beyond the building. August happens to be the month that a group of neighbors have been able to launch something Belltown has not seen for a long time (or ever?): a local, neighborhood festival. Seattle Founders Day includes "two days of free music, crafts, and theater in the street, at Second and Bell." A detailed line-up and map can be found on this online poster page. Our own Americorps volunteer, David Anema, has been attending planning meetings for months, getting to know the organizers and neighbors involved with the launch of this festival. In addition, Belltown Covenant, of which Emmaus Road is part, plans to launch "belltownvolunteers.org" in concert with the street festival. This is a terrific opportunity for our church to serve and connect with a new circle of neighbors in the heart of an active corner of Belltown. We would be serving alongside members of Mars Hill Church (downtown campus); one of their deacons posted a well-written description of this event, it's significance for our neighborhood of gathering, and why it's good for their church to volunteer. In addition, every volunteer who registers four hours of service gets a Tshirt!

Here is what we can do over the Saturday and Sunday this Festival takes place:
volunteer for two to four hour shifts either day, which could begin as early as 8AM (setup) and end as late as 10PM (takedown). Shifts would include security duty (wearing Tshirt and carrying radio - no confrontation), and/or trash cleanup (by using volunteers, saving thousand of $).
Parents, KIDS are especially wanted (with you parents, of course), on SATURDAY 12-4PM, to make paper lanterns and join a parade at 3PM.

Contact David Anema, who will be there all day Saturday and Sunday: 206-369-6534
Signup below!

8/4/10

CHURCH CAMP 2010

This past weekend an Emmaus Road crowd made the trek to South Whidbey Island State Park for Church Camp 2010; altogether, 14 adults and 7 kids joined the fun.
The food was WAY too good for camping; it made it seem more like glamping when it came time to eat. Some of us were fairly new to Emmaus Road and it was a great opportunity to slow down and get to know each other. We ended our time in prayer around the morning camp fire on Sunday. If you were one of the campers and you have pictures, send them my way!

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.