Emmaus Road is devoting the fifth Sunday of the month to our neighborhood of gathering, Belltown. We devote fifth Sundays - Groundworks Sundays - to serving with neighbors, aiming to become church beyond the building. Gather at 10:30AM; plan to volunteer for an hour or two; look forward to pizza and pop around Noon.
Our leadership team and volunteer tasks include:
  • Lori King - projects in the neighborhood
  • David Anema - street cleaning, landscaping in Belltown
  • Kurt Munson - painting @ New Horizons
  • Cornell Blackwell & Biff Gaitan - cleaning, sorting @ New Horizons
  • Nell Colyn, Jade Likkel - kids' craft; Advent decorations for New Horizons
  • Linda Bishop - Pizza and Pop
A couple unique volunteer opps. include:
  1. curtains @ New Horizons we use to surround main worship area are in need of repair; this requires a portable sewing machine
  2. speakers @ New Horizons need repositioning on ceiling; Mark Nelson has details
For more information or to sign up, contact David Anema, our Americorps Volunteer for Community Development: 206-369-6534; david@emmausroad.net
Also, feel free to sign up simply by posting comments to this blog.

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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.