4/3/13

GROUNDWORKS APRIL 28, 2013

After evaluating Emmaus Road's GROUNDWORKS SUNDAYS (for background, read more here), it seems we have settled on a few changes. One of those changes includes flexible scheduling; we will no longer stick to fifth Sundays, especially when they fall on holiday weekends! This spring season, April 28 looks to be a promising day.


ROUTINE:
  • 10:15AM arrive at New Horizons, enjoy coffee, food 
  • 10:30AM  briefing; prayer
  • 10:45AM fan out; get to work
  • 12-1PM return to New Horizons for pizza

POSSIBLE PROJECTS
  1. Bingo Tournament with seniors at Simons Seniors Apartments (ages 3 and up) - Kristen VanderLinden lead
  2. Apartment cleaning for seniors - Pastor Eric Likkel lead
  3. Neighborhood cleanup (appropriate w/older kids) - David Anema lead
  4. New Horizons/Emmaus Road cleanup/organize, including scrubbing tables, chairs, working on inside and outside of new storage closet, both kitchens upstairs and downstairs, sorting Emmaus Road's storage closets - Biff Gaitan lead
  5. Redeeming Soles - sorting donated shoes for neighbors on the streets - ?volunteer? lead

We may have a volunteer willing to play with little kids in our nursery area (Nicole Molendyk, one of our Children's Ministry Volunteers).

OTHER THINGS WE NEED
  • Another volunteer to join Nicole
  • Donated pizza/pop/juice for lunch at New Horizons
  • Volunteers to make coffee
  • Donated snacks/beverages for bingo tournament; also prizes

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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.