11/28/12

SMALL GROUPS, BIG IMPACT

Small Groups can have a big impact!
This month the Crown Hill Group served dinner with New Horizons and the Belltown Group sorted HUNDREDS of pairs of shoes with Redeeming Soles. FEW HOURS X FEW PEOPLE X FEW TIMES A YEAR X FAITH = BLESSINGS
Crown Hill group serves dinner with New Horizons Ministries
Belltown Group sorted HUNDREDS of pairs of shoes with Reedeming Soles

11/20/12

MAYOR MCGINN WANTS YOUR FOOD


Not for himself, but for local food banks. Mayor McGinn called on Seattle residents to donate food, money and volunteer time to local food banks, facing the double whammy of increasing numbers of clients and declining food donations.  “As families and individuals struggle to make ends meet in a difficult economy, we want to make sure that no one goes hungry in Seattle.” According to the Seattle Food Committee, in the last five years, Seattle food banks have seen a
25 percent rise in the number of clients coming to them for help. At the same time a recent report on hunger and homelessness by the U.S. Conference of Mayors shows a 31 percent decline in the amount of food donations in the area.


Taken from November 19, 2012 issue of THE READER, published by the Mayor's office

11/3/12

COUNTING THE COST OF SERVING

Jesus calls us to serve. Elder Rennie Araucto spoke from the head and heart about serving a few Sundays ago. Much of what you see on Emmaus Road's calendar includes service opportunities. As a church, we serve! But at what cost? A thoughtful blog post, Counting the Cost of Serving the Under-served, by fellow CRC church planter Mark Hilbelink in Austin, TX, presents caution and hope.

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.