Bingo, food, gifts: we will party with the seniors at the Langdon & Anne Simons Senior Apartments this Sunday. It just so happens that fifth Sundays coincide with a time when these neighbors run low on food and cash; our regular Groundworks events make a big difference when we show up with food! Our partners from Catholic Community Services have provided "Shoe Boxes of Joy" which other volunteers stuffed and wrapped. We have the privilege of handing them out during and after the bingo game! Details:
11:45am we gather at New Horizons, head down Third
Instead of gathering for worship this Sunday, December 23rd, we will wait and return to New Horizons Monday evening, December 24 for our annual Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant! Join us at 7pm for reading, reenactment, and carols.
Back on Sunday, November 4, some members of our church, along with some special guests, provided great testimony to the purpose and power of foster care and foster adoption. Here are ways of supporting children, parents, and families involved in foster adoption:
The following non-profits have helped one of our church families directly. All continue to support them, with the exception of Childhaven (girls left for NW Center's program in April). The girls are currently supported by Treehouse and the CASA (noted above) program also.
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.